Rewiring our thoughts

We hear time and time again that our brains are plastic and can be changed/molded/altered at any stage. We are the only ones in charge of this. And by constantly repeating certain movments, thinking certain thoughts, spending time with certain people etc- our brains begin to be molded. You don’t have to spend too long with someone to start using their mannerisms, speaking the way that they speak etc. It’s incredible really.

When we think to ourselves, ‘I’m broke’, ‘I don’t have enough money’… how do we feel after that thought? Far from wealthy.

What about when we tell ourselves, ‘I’m unintelligent’, how do we feel… not smart thats for sure.

It’s pretty insane the impact that these daily thoughts have on us over our lifespan. This is why I truly think if you’re spending time with people that are contantly picking at your flaws, we start to believe them, even when they weren’t something that we were insecure about in the first place! Our thoughts have SO much control.

I remember being an 18y/o and looking in the mirror, thinking to myself ‘I’m just a bigger girl, its the way I am, I accept it’ thinking back to this it makes me SO SAD. Firstly it was so untrue, secondly I wonder if this was I statement I came up with or if it was almost offered to me when I was younger. Thirdly, self pity does nothing for us. I was absolutely not super over weight anyway, chubby sure. But what even is chubby, what is a bigger girl? Labels get us no where. Drinking too many sugary alcoholic beverages, over indulging all too often, big portions, very rarely moving my body is probably why I felt the way I did. I wasn’t doing anything to make myself feel like a healthy human being- thats for sure.

When you make it an effort to meal prep, eat colourful foods and stay hydrated, you become someone that cares about what you put in your body

When you make the effort to go for a run, you become a runner

When you start to pick up a book before bed and read a few pages, you become a reader

Tell yourselves these things. Celebrate them.

‘We are what we eat, the company we keep + the thoughts we think’… πŸ™‚

Lets catch ourselves out next time we have something unconstructive to say about overselves, because hey, this is something we all struggle with! Catch you self doubt.

Loooooove. To a wonderful week. Tully x

Things I’d recommend looking for in hair products

Australian made

An obvious one but we should all really be on this bandwagon by now. We need to be supporting local Aussie business’ to keep them going. Kevin Murphy and De Lorenzo are winners here.

Sulphate and paraben free

It has actually been de-bunked that sulphates and parabens in shampoos, conditioners and masques(with sulphates and parabens in their ingredient list) can seep into the scalp and become harmful- they actually cannot. So I don’t think this is the be all end all… BUT if something is sulphate and paraben free I would much prefer that option over something that isn’t. Less additives the better. I also find sulphate and paraben shampoo can make my eyes sting when washing my hair in the shower.

Value for money

Hair products have never been such an investment. There are so many different brands, ranges and varietys aka: alot of competition on the market. I personally wouldn’t purchase a $5 shampoo from the grocery store as I know it won’t perform like a $40 bottle of shampoo will. I will also never purchase a shampoo bar, eeeeeek. It may seem super expensive when you first purchase salon quality home haircare but lets say you take home a $42 bottle of shampoo as well as conditioner= $82. This should last you atleast three months as long as you arent over washing/over using the products. Less is more. It ends up being less than a dollar a day to be looking after your hair as well as protecting your colour. And you shouldn’t be washing daily anyway! I see value here a thousand times over. But then again its where YOU see value for money.

Performance in the product

Whatever home haircare you have purchased SHOULD be performing as it says it will on the bottle. If it is stating colour lock/longevity, hydration, shine, volume, colour correcting etc- it should really be acting this way towards your hair. Hopefully your stylist has selected the right range for you to be using and the product is doing what it says. Like any product on the market we do need to do some research/put products to test first, so patience may be required here. But talk to your stylist, pick their brains, ask for a sample to take home. We are happy to help!

I will see you in the next blog! Tully x

Lets talk about satisfaction

We hear it all of the time, I’ll be happy when… When is when? I think its great to have goals to strive for but once we achieve these goals they really do only provide momentary bliss- then we’re onto the next… We’ve all been here and sometimes I catch myself thinking these thoughts and I nip them in the bud ASAP. Life shouldn’t be about yearning for something to happen or waiting until the day that we’ve finished this project, got that promotion or bought the car we’ve always wanted. We all know we’ll be craving something ELSE as soon as the honeymoon period of this accomplishment subsides.

How about we all just appreciate where we are. Who we are. We’re doing our best. And if we aren’t 100%, whole heartedly where we want to be in our lives right now- it’s okay. Whats to say we cant appreciate right now? Life is still good. We are living and breathing and hopefully we all have loved ones surrounding us. Life could be alot worse!

Lets keep chipping away and carving our paths. We’ll get to where we want to be, who we want to be there with and what we want to be doing with our time. Lets do more of the things we love, relish in our hobbies, spend more time outside and disconnecting from social media. And just be present. Because now is the moment that never ends. And we’ll never get this time back. Life is wonderful. Lets appreciate what we have, right here, right now πŸ™‚

Until next week x

5 Recomendations for Cairns

Here are 5 things I LOVED doing in one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations:

Eat at Salt House

We had the most amazing dinner here one night. The atmosphere, service and food was incredible. Everything I put in my mouth was so delicious. If you’re into seafood, this is the place!

Drive up to Kuranda

There are a few alternate options in terms of getting to Kuranda. There is a goldola, train or you can drive. We chose to drive and the 40 minute commute was unreal. There was so much to look at along the highway, everything was so lush- the whole experience was just devine. We walked around Kuranda town, there is a butterfly farm and famous markets but we were too late for both unfortunately. Next time. We did have a good amount of time at Barron falls though and highly reccomend. Cairns has alot of rain throughout the year but in January it was FLOWING, probably the biggest waterfall i’ve seen with my own eyes. Such a fun, nature filled and inexpensive day!

Visit Rusty’s markets

You can’t visit Cairns without attending Rusty’s. Its such a great market in the heart of town with an ABUNDANCE of amazing produce. It’s limitless what the locals can grow up in the FNQ area. I think they call this the golden triangle? It’s cheap, a great atmosphere, the food is amazing(visit the vietnamese stall- yum) AND they have the tastiest V GF DF banana bread. A friend raved about this so had to try, can confirm- scrumptious.

Swim at Babinda Boulders

This was probably my favourite swimming spot I had the pleasure of visiting in the Cairns area. We’ve all seen photos of these rock pools online somewhere. And I must say I thought they looked pretty different to what I was expecting, but SO beautiful none the less. I guess with the climate in Cairns and the wild weather they experience these places probably always seem a little different! Which is a bonus. Th water is so clear, very refreshing and the perfect place for a picnic!

Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

No matter what it costs or what the weather is doing for the day, get out on the reef. You travel for about 2 hours to get to snorkel/scuba locations but just being out on the water is pure MAGIC. There are so many colours, species of fish and it is all round such a great day. I loved it and would go out 100 times over. The food was so good on the boat also. Remember: suncreen.

Woah writing this makes me want to move up north… what a gorgeous adventure filled area of Australia! Can’t wait to visit again. To a wonderful week x

Travel is a teacher

I wrote a touch note to a friend the other day, and I sent a couple of photos of her and I in the back on a crammed mini bus in Central America 4 years ago. I remember it being SO uncomfortable. The aircon didnt work, so it was a very sticky 13 hour bus ride. Majority of the 10 passengers were also European or spoke Spanish, which kind of annoyed me too(shouldn’t have)- not being able to converse with anyone, but I still had my friend! I just remember thinking it was torture… oh how dramatic we can be in the moment! What I’d give to have one of those experiences this year, as I know none of us will be having them for quite sometime.

Things, feelings and situations always seem so much more hightened while we are going through them. And it makes sense. Nothing seems ‘worse’ at the time, but oh…. there will always be so much worse.

Something to take with us the next time we lose a job, go through a pandamic, end a friendship or persperate in the back of a bus in another country. Our minds really are so much tougher than we realise. It’s hard not to over dramatise situations, but it’s something to work on.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday!

PS: the featured image on this post is from this morning, how bloody gorgeous! What a way to wake up.

Growing up remote

Dundee beach, NT.

I remember being in Canada and having people say(Australians mind you) “wow its crazy that you’re from such a small town and you’ve ended up/come all the way here”…… Ummmmmmm. Excuse me Mr. Melbourne’?(I still hear this in Brisbane, sigh). What the heck is that supposed to mean? Is that a compliment? An insult? Just something that people have not thought through before they’ve spoken? Why would me travelling abroad to live in another country be any different than my other Australian/foreign friends from cities/larger areas of the world? It’s kind of mind boggling. I had access to an airport, it wasn’t a 30minute uber away(you poor city slickers), but it was do-able. I had a good job, income(you generally make a better wage remote- der) and DESIRE, DRIVE and a massive WANT to go and live overseas, too. A few things stand out to me here. A massive one(which I’ve probably realized more with age) is:

Interest:

When people say these, sometimes seemingly raw comments; they are generally just interested. I get it. Sometimes we can take these ‘unfiltered’ if you will, things the wrong way but it is really cool that strangers show interest in our lives. It’s cool they care! It’s great having a conversation with someone that is from somewhere you haven’t visited, you want all of the information you can get. I know I do!

Possibly Spitefulness?:

Australian’s are well travelled. But when it comes to our own country I definitely think we could visit/learn/be more educated about certain pockets of our island. I do think where I am from originally(which is Katherine, Northern Territory, 3 hours south of Darwin- I’ve actually had an Aussie ask me where Darwin is located before- wow…) is quite misunderstood. Not many people I know personally have visited- but everyone has an opinion. We all have a voice these days, especially on the internet- (aka me on this blog, lol). Anyway, I often do feel like spite occurs when chatting to people that aren’t from a regional area.

In saying all of this, I am not from the most remote, isolated place in the world. I grew up in a town of 10,000 people. Small for sure. But It had everything you needed to survive. A grocery store, a few schools, a hospital, sporting opportunities(hated sport, catch me anywhere but there). It was a great up bringing- I grew up with three siblings and parents that are still together(rarity). We had so much fun. Spent a lot of time outdoors, swimming in our pool, rivers, going camping and fishing. I have so many great memories growing up in the NT. I feel privileged I was able to experience such a cruisey, low key, simple up bringing. I now see 10 year old kids walking across pedestrian crossings in Brisbane CBD and it looks so, odd. I want to grab their hand and make sure they get to school safe. But hey, it’s all about your upbringing and what you’re used to, right? These kids don’t know any different. Catching the public train to school and dodging corperate suits each morning would be the norm for them. I have no idea what that’d feel like. Just like they wouldn’t know what it’s like going to a high school with 500 kids. They’d think that’s odd.

Isn’t it so funny how much where we are from shapes us? Is it with us forever? I truly think so. No matter how much we move around(like I have), where we were born plays such a massive role in terms of who we are, our morals and values. I wonder if I’ll still be telling people that ask where I’m from that the NT is home in 20 years time? Probably. But then they say home is where the heart is huh, I feel like I’ve had many homes around the world. I’m lucky to have made so many memories in different parts of this country and globe. Katherine, Banff CA, Noosa, Queenstown NZ, Broome, Brisbane. Ah nostalgia. I cant wait to visit my previous ‘homes’ again.

Anyway. I tell everyone I meet to visit the NT. It’s barren, out of the way, unique, sunburnt, underpopulated(winning throughout COVID), wild, rugged, friendly, the wages are great, the sunrises and sunsets are some of the best I’ve ever seen, the lifestyle is a simple one, non-pretentious, you can’t buy booze past 8pm(boo), its always warm, there are waterfalls, millions of bugs, it’s full of wildlife, there are social issues, you can swim with crocodiles in Darwin CBD, you can drive a boat without a license and more likely than not you’ll hit a kangaroo or two driving the massive distances along the Stuart highway. The NT is classic Australia. It’s got to be visited. If you are reading this and are Aussie- go this year. Flights are cheap and it’ll be unlike anywhere else you’ve ever experienced. I promise πŸ™‚

Mataranka hot springs, NT.

Will I ever live there again? Hmmm possibly, possibly not. It’s hard to go home again after living elsewhere for so long. But I LOVE visiting!

Shoutout to my mate TC for giving me inspiration for this blog!

Hope we are all having a wonderful week. x

Best smoothie recipes

It’s warming up and I am lovingggggg smoothie bowls atm! I have an old ninja that keeps on keeping on, and I feel like I always have ingredients of some form to throw into these bad boys for breakfast! Here are my fave smoothie recipes this summer-

Green smoothie bowl

Probably my all time fave!

2 x teaspoons greens powder, 2 x tablespoons salted caramel protein powder, half a banana, 1/2 cup milk of your choice(I like soy or oat), 1 x teaspoon flax meal, 1/4 zuchinni, 1/4 cucumber, few spinach leaves, 2 x pineapple chunks! Greek yoghurt also goes really well in this mmmmMmmMm. Topped w: with whatever I had in fridge/ pantry! Almonds, berries, pepitas + PB is a must πŸ˜›

Acai smoothie bowl

Soooooooo delicious in the morning after a sweaty workout!

2 x teaspoons acai powder, 2 x tablespoons salted caramel protein, 1 banana, few blueberries, 1/2 cup soy milk, 1 x teaspoon fibre, 1/4 zuchinni. I topped this w: fresh berries, PB, passionfruit, mango pieces and pepitas! (Can you tell I love pepitas ;))

Goji berry smoothie bowl

Super tasty + something diff!

2x tablespoons goji berry powder, 1/2 cup oat milk, 2 x tablespoons greek yoghurt, 1/4 cucumber, 1 x teaspoon fibre, half a small banana!

Topped w: PB, goji powder, PEPITAS, frozen blueberries, sunflower seeds!

Would love to know your fave smoothie ingredient(s)?! Also find myself making quite large portions and would love tips on reducing calories/ limiting even though I’m eating ‘healthy’ foods…

Thanks for reading and happy MONDAY! x

Christmas 2020 but w/ less waste

Growing up in a household of 6, Christmas day was always BIG. It was the BEST, being too excited to sleep in so you’d wake your siblings up, and then hassle mum and dad hardcore to let you start opening presents! But I also remember the garbage bags full of wrapping paper, toy boxes, plastic, ribbons etc. None of it is really used for that long before its disposed of, its kinda sad really. We could all be doing better- including myself. Here are a few things I’ll be being conscious of this festive season-

Make a christmas tree

Out of anything. Draw one and stick in on your wall. Use a pot plant/actual tree and decorate til your heart is content. Create one out of red and green beer cans. Obviously purchase a tree if you’ll have it for the next 5+ years! PS: I definitely wish my Xmas tree was a jacaranda! How beautiful are they.

Use anything else for wrapping paper

Wrapping paper is a waste of paper and money. Use news paper, re-use wrapping paper that you’ve stored in your cupboard from a previous gift you were given b/c you’re an eco warrior :P. Use an old pillow case(it add’s character). Get creative!

Secret santa

If you’re reading this and you too are from a big family you won’t be a stranger to this suggestion. It’s exhausting buying for so many people/why spend money on something that you know the receiver won’t LOVE?! My fam and I used a gift exchange generator app so no one knowwwwws who each other got… JK’s we all talk and have most prob spilled many beans. I love this idea though and it makes gift giving more fun.

Homemade cards

Self explanatory. Make them your own! Or get a touch note account and send your loved ones post cards for $2! Best site ever.

Eat all of the leftovers

This must be done. Is it even Christmas if you aren’t eating all of the same food groups for 5 days solid? There will be no waste! Absolutely the best part about Christmas though- cooking, food + fam! Bring it on.

Give

Donate something this Christmas. $5 to a charity, dry goods to a food bank or some old clothing items. You’ll feel better for it.

Came across this quote and thought it was fitting, “This is a beautiful day, I’ve never seen this one before” -Maya Angelou. Hope everyone is having a lovely week! Good vibrations, positive moments and money manifestation’s are being sent your way! Ciao x

6 Things I wish they taught us in school

  1. Nutrition

I luckily had a fairly healthy upbringing with parents that spent money on ‘good’ food and cooked for their family every night. But if this was implemented more during school/at an early age we’d all be better off in the long run. I’ve heard the quote “three times a day we need a farmer”, yeah we do. Three(generally speaking) times a day we make a decision on what we are fueling our bodies with. We’ve all seen those kids(unfortunately) that seem as though they’ve had zero nutritional advice from their parents/school(Coca cola @ 8am). On that note though- when their parents have no clue what our bodies need and what they don’t, how can we expect them to know any better? When we know better, we do better.

2. How to manage our finances

This would have been SUCH a helpful one. We all deal with different finances at different stages of our lives. But even being taught how to budget, save, do our taxes, how to save for and purchase property etc. I don’t recall being taught any of this… and then you become an adult!

3. How to change a tyre

Anything car related would have been helpful too. How to service your vehicle/change a tyre. Still something i have no idea how to do, lol!

4. A language

I’m sure a lot of schools around the world made learning a language compulsory. My school surely didn’t. How incredible to be bilingual or even trilingual!!! So helpful when wanting to travel/work abroad. Second languages look so great on resumes also. I am now learning Spanish and I love it!

4. Confidence

If there’s anything school for me didn’t help with, it’d be confidence. Large groups of people. Public speaking. Unconstructive criticism from teachers and fellow students. I definitely can’t remember any classes that helped me become more of a confident person. I hated feeling like I was being moulded in a certain way and being misunderstood. And we all know that confidence is something that can make or break us later on in life! I’d say having a class a week where students build each other up, encourage, compliment etc could possibly diffuse lack of confidence whilst going through school. But hey- bullying is such a massive issue in school systems these days so I’m stumped on how to resolve any of this.

5. Your attitude changes your reality

This. I’ve learnt this in the past 4 or so years but was absolutely a much more negative person prior to that. What we tell ourselves has such a massive impact on how our lives play out. Optimism is the best alternative.

6. You will go through career changes

Things aren’t how they used to be. I meet 50 year old’s that have decided they no longer want to be in the field they are in and they are back to studying something else. Our priorities are always changing and we are always evolving. We are HUMAN. I don’t know many people that are crazy in love with their jobs and want to commit to their areas of expertise for 40-50 years. It’s healthy to want to upscale, improve and learn something new.

All well and good for me to take a dig as I am certainly no curriculum inventor day by day, haha. But its crazy how many essential skills we need later in life and have no idea where to start. This blog has me so glad I’m out of a schooling environment- no thank you! We learn insane amounts when we leave. SCHOOL OF LIFE baby. Ciao! Tull x

Choooze the right shoe’s

As long as they’re not croc’s, you’ll be fine. Kidding but not really. Comfortable shoes to travel in make or break your trip.

  • BIRKENSTOCKS

Ya didn’t hear it here first but i’m going to mention these absolute godsends once again. They are on the more of a pricey purchase but they last forever, are so good for our feet and postures and are sustainable(don’t have to purchase rubber thongs every 6 months… or worry about blow outs for that matter). They’re pleasant on our lowest limbs that do ever so much for us aka carry us across the world and can wear with any outfit. WIN WIN WIN.

  • Don’t take shoes you won’t actually use

Be realistic with your shoe packing. Shoes are generally bulky and awkward sized items to pack not to mention TAKE US ALOT OF ROOM! I once took hiking boots tied onto my backpack while travelling for 1 month and only used them ONCE- what a pain in the arse they were to carry around. Note to self: never do that again. If anything like winter boots, hiking boots, water shoes are needed on your travels you could always hire!

  • Comfortable socks and bandaids

Splash a bit more cash on socks/double sock if you are doing intense walking on your travels. Bandaid’s can most likely be bought anywhere in the world but good to have on hand if you ever feel blisters approaching!

  • A decent pair of workout shoes

Money well spent, always. These will keep you active on your trip at the same time as keeping your feet happy. Brands I like are Sketchers, Asics and Nike. (Also Converse if they count). If you’re in Australia- buy these brands anywhere else lol, they’ll be cheaper.

  • A pair of something cheap to shower in

If you’re hostelling, you’ll most likely want to keep something on your feet while you shower… just in case. Cough, hygiene. This is something you could purchase while you’re away or take with you.

This post was created by Tully with the help of Rose, you’re welcome. Xoxo