7 Mood boosting morning habits

Implementing good daily habits into my routine have been an absolute savor for me during this slow/uncertain/semi-unemployed year. There are so many things that can make or break our day and starting our day ‘right’ makes a massive difference on our moods and productivity! Keep reading to find out 7 of the most beneficial daily habits for a twenty something gal-

  1. GRATITUDE JOURNAL

Being able to actually write down things that we are grateful for rather than just silently going over them in our heads makes a massive difference. When I write out my list in the mornings, (sometimes I will be grateful for 3 things and other times 20- depending on how I’m feeling). I feel a weight off my chest straight away, I just feel so happy automatically that I’m able to list things like “the sun on my skin”, “a bed to wake up in and make”, “a roof over my head”, “how loving and supportive my partner is”, “how lucky I am to have my parents around and the relationship I have with them”, “that I am able to pay my own rent”, “to have access to clean drinking water, all day everyday” etc… once you get writing, the list really can go on for ever. A massive mental health hack is keeping one of these babies and expressing yourself if you ask me!

2. YOGA

Can safely say yoga has changed my life. The breathwork, the movement and mindfulness of it all does WONDERS for our bodies and most importantly, brains. I have just started my 200HR YYT whoop whoop, so this has been keeping me busy also which is an absolute blessing and a half! Whether its 5 minutes in the morning or 50, it is all so beneficial. The mat is such a happy, positive place to be. Youtube videos like Yoga with Adriene(everyone has heard of this queen) are super helpful if you’re lacking inspo that day! Even putting some mellow music on Spotify and having a stretch feels so so good! Can’t speak highly enough of this beautiful practice.

3. MEDITATION

There is a reason that we hear so much of meditation and that’s because it is such a useful tool. I would love to say that I meditate everyday, but to be honest i struggle. I have recently set a goal for myself to meditate for 5 mins on my made bed when I wake up in the mornings. It is something I have to work on but the thought is there and I have intentions to gradually increase my timeframe as I become more familiar/comfortable with the practice! Happy people meditate. Mindset and perspective are everything.

4. BODY MOVIN’

Exercise is an absolute gem when it comes to boosting our moods. There is nothing quite like the post workout high. I must admit some days are SO MUCH HARDER than others. But I get it done and feel proud of myself for it. I generally do a 30minute HIIT/Pilates/Strength workout in the mornings that I have written up myself or again, YouTube! Kayla Itsines and Pamela Reif are great accounts for quick body weight workouts! If you have the space for a yoga mat you really can workout anywhere- no excuses. Your body and mind will thank you for it.

5. CALL SOMEONE YOU LOVE

This is another super important habit to get into. This year we need to be keeping in contact with our loved ones more than ever! It can be a friend you haven’ spoken to in ages or a sibling/parent. Call them, check in and tell them that you love them. Human connection is the most important thing there is, and again- so favorable for our mental health to have a vent/laugh/much needed conversation.

6. READ A FEW PAGES

I really feel like when I read I learn a lot. It can be a few pages or a chapter(I try to read a chapter a day). It can take our minds off unnecessary things, its time consuming and good for our brains. This can be something that you do waking up with your morning coffee or even taking a book to a nearby park. It really is a relaxing ‘habit’ that slows us down.

7. A WALK AND A PODCAST A DAY

Find a podcast that you really enjoy, I like My millennial money, Happy hour, KIC, Oprah and Do you F**king mind as I feel as though they are uplifting and informative. Podcasts also feel a bit like you’re having a conversation with a friend. Aim for half an hour a day(its so nice to get out of the house) Steps + sunshine + spontaneous learning = success.

“Create before you consume” is a quote I heard recently and I couldn’t vouch for it more! Instead of waking up and scrolling or putting on the news to get smashed by depressing media coverage at the very start of a fresh day- have a stretch, take in the sunrise on your balcony, read something, write in your journal, make yourself a nice drink and relax- take it all in, think positive thoughts and just how lucky you are to be here, another day alive and well! There isn’t much else we can ask for!

I have spoken about these habit trackers in a recent blog but a great way to stay on top of your good habits! Keep on fridge! Just google ‘habit tracker’

This little thing called life

Life is a wild ride. How many of us have looked up to our parents/people of age when we were younger and thought that ‘they have it all together’. Yeah right, none of us do. This seems to become so much clearer as we get older. Isn’t it funny we just assume with age we’ll ‘sort our lives out’. True to an extent, but I truly do believe we are constantly learning, growing, evolving and changing- and if we aren’t, surely we can’t be living correctly.

On the topic of age and growth, how’s the pressure as we mature? On both sexes. To buy property, have a mortgage, have a stable vehicle, be in a relationship and everything that comes with that(marriage, starting a family etc), oh and career- because every human on this earth will have the same job in the same field for 50 years… yeah right. I personally haven’t felt a crazy amount of pressure as my fam are the bee’s knees and so supportive. But I honestly dread the pressure and questions that are to come as the years pass. The pressure on women especially- to start a family before 30. In my mind 30 is SO YOUNG. 30 years of living(fingers crossed) isn’t even half of our lives!

When I think of purpose, being a mum really isn’t something that springs to mind. Mum’s are EASILY some of the most caring, unselfish, protective and nurturing people on earth; and they do such an unreal job. But I don’t think that is the only reason most females are earthbound. I do see the appeal, but I agree with most women that it ‘comes with age’. It takes so bloody long to figure ourselves out let alone understand our moral compass and values to want to pass on to tiny humans. But then again, when are we ever ready? When is the right time? At what ripe age will we ‘figure ourselves out’? Will we ever? Probably not, and that’s okay. We’re human. And figuring our shit out is all part of this journey.

I’ve found myself reconsidering the questions I ask people when I first meet them. ‘What do you do for work?’ is something that simply doesn’t matter all that much. This is generally something I’ll ask later on in the conversation if it comes up. I feel as though it can make us uncomfortable. Why is that? Why can we feel so un-proud when answering this? As if we were to think the person receiving the answer is about to stereotype or judge. When most of us love/have passion and experience/are really good at what we do! It’s mind boggling! I very rarely see people answer this question with confidence, myself included. I think we all need to change our perspective(+ how we answer this!) just slightly. We should be PROUD of our achievements! And work is one of them lol.

15 or 55, none of us have it entirely together + we can all learn something from one another. Lets reword the questions we ask.

DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP but food for thought. Could I have put any more question marks throughout this blog? Hehe. Have a lovely Thursday!

How to: backpack healthier

I used to think of holidays/trips/vacations as a time to ‘binge’ and ‘eat whatever I wanted’. But when you happen to be away for longer periods of time this gets very old, very quickly. I’m sure we can all agree that food and trying different cuisines is the best part of travel(and the reason a lot of us do!). But when we are making better food choices and not over consuming we do end up enjoying our time away to the fullest extent! Peace out to feeling lethargic when there is so much we want to see and do. Here are a few things I’ve learnt with more recent trips πŸ™‚

  • Eat something green everyday

Definitely not super hard to achieve, and pretty easy to add to one meal of your day- but this will help with the upkeep of essential vitamins and minerals. Have a juice or smoothie with some kind of melon/spinach in the morning or add a side of buk choy to your dinner. So beneficial for our digestive systems and hydration!

  • Stay hydrated

Easy to achieve but also easy to forget. I will admit its harder in countries with foreign water systems(the plastic hurts our hearts, I know) but hydration, skin health and not passing out due to heat exhaustion is important too. Where you can- refill the plastic bottles. And where you cant- purchase and do your best to recycle. I’d even aim for 4 litres of water a day whilst backpacking, so much walking and if you happen to be like me… the occasional cuppla lunchtime beers. Clear spirits with soda and beers are probably your best options if you are going to… over indulge.

  • Rethink over indulgence

I’m all about making the most of free breakfasts at hostels and love a good buffet splurge every now and then. But possibly limiting REALLY over indulging in these free meals to once/twice a week will help curb that calorie intake and getting into a bad routine at the start of the day. Because when we eat shit in the morning= we generally eat shit for the rest of the day. Opt for all of the beautiful fresh fruit on offer, yoghurt and vegetable stir fries/soups if you happen to be in Asia, yummm.

  • Take a pack

Suitcases are all too easy, and kind of inconvenient if your hopping on and off multiple types of transport. Taking a pack travelling means you’re constantly carrying a bit of weight and its keeping you strong. Plus you can put any important documents/extra money in the pocket against your back- ain’t no pick pocketer getting in there.

  • Don’t Uber

We generally have extra time on our hands while we are away(depending on the trip). Walk to and from, you’ll see more of the region you are visiting and more walking= more calories burned= extra room for a second lunch. Cheering.

Hike when you can, swim when you can, go to yoga when you can. Make it a priority to move everyday while being away! You’ll see more of the gorgeous area that you are visiting, it doesn’t cost a cent and your body will thank you for it!

5 Tips to save for trips

It feels kind of ironic writing a blog about something ‘finance’ related due to the ‘rona and being semi unemployed myself… lets ignore that though πŸ˜‰ here are 5 tips that have helped me save money QUICK in the past, enjoy!

1. MOVE BACK IN WITH YOUR PARENTS

If you’re wanting to save for a longer trip I would highly recommend this. The money us millennials spend on rent is CRAZY! So if there is a way to cut your rent in half(or maybe you’ll be lucky enough not to have to pay anything at all) definitely make the move. Even if its only a few months. Probably not the most ideal situation for most of us but hey- its only temporary. Parents are generally super on board when it comes to helping us achieve goals like this anyway, I know mine are!

2. START SAYING NO

Unfortunately, especially with funds; we cant have our cake and eat it too. We really need to prioritise what’s important, and in this case its having enough coin to feel secure going away with! Going out every weekend isn’t going to impact our bank accounts in a positive way. Just say no. Your true friends will understand. Obviously don’t become too anti-social, but being home means you aren’t spending money(also say no to online shopping). Suggest different ideas to your friends, do a workout in a park together rather than paying for a hefty spin sesh, go on a picnic, invite friends to yours for a few beverages, visit a free museum etc. Do anything but go out for food and drink.

3. PACK YOUR LUNCH

This does go hand-in-hand with tip 2. But I’d say in Australia its not often you could buy lunch for under $15. A standard 5 day work week you’d be spending $75 on food… that’s a zip lining tour in NZ! If you didn’t buy lunch during the week for 6 months you’d save $1,800… return flights to South America! You get my gist. It adds up. Lunches are so easy to make and generally a lot healthier than what you’d purchase out anyway. Less take out bought also means less landfill. Beneficial for your wallet and the environment. Sold.

4. WALK MORE

Whenever you can during this ‘saving period’ do whatever you can to walk from A to B. This may not always be possible depending on where you are living, climate etc. But walking costs nothing and is so valuable for our health. If you have the time try to avoid driving/paying for public transport/Uber. And I would say you’ll be doing a mass amount of walking when you head away so this will prepare you for what is to come. More walking= more time to listen to travel related podcasts like my millennial money. Exercising + learning = winning.

5. HAVE A BUDGET AND STICK TO IT

Probably the hardest task for us all… but probably the most rewarding. Sticking to budget you’ve promised yourself you’d stick to does wonders over time. Determine a realistic figure you can put away weekly, whether its $100 or $500. Just make sure you do this consistently. No if’s or but’s about it. Don’t cave for anything. It’ll be so worth it when you’re on the tarmac about to take off to your dream destination. You’ve got this!

What encourages you to save? What tips would you add to this list? Even ways to save money whilst travelling? Would love to hear πŸ™‚

This one time… in Guatemala

The only(known) hot waterfall in the world that flows into a body of cool water. This was incredible and needed after so many cold ‘suicide’ showers

A few years ago i flew to Guatemala city for a month with a mate I was living with in Canada. We basically had return flights booked and not much else. Was such a great way to do it as it was low season when we visited in October. Guatemala was a country I didn’t even know existed until we found cheap flights one day.

Guat’s had really good coffee, super friendly little(emphasis on both friendly and little lol) locals, it was so lush and green(reminded me of being back at home in the tropics!) and a VERY cheap country to travel. Wasn’t for the faint hearted though. It got hot. It is an extremely poor country. There wasn’t really a garbage system and go to transport options are basically busses(we had a 13 hr trip one day, never again). Wouldn’t change a thing though, such a memorable experience.

Blissing out after leaving the start of Canadian winter behind for black sand beaches and 30degree weather

My friend and I had previously done a bit of travel before this trip, but we weren’t oblivious to the fact that we were in what would most likely be considered a third world country. We were going to see some sh*t…

After being in town one day, we decided we’d attempt to walk back to our accommodation(a lot further than we had anticipated) and it started to get a little dark. A Toyota prado(boujee) pulled up beside us and offered us a lift, of course we said yes- it was a free ride with a stranger in a foreign country! Be crazy not to(wouldn’t recommend ppl). We get in and this local 50+ man is smiling but also shaking his head at the same time. We couldn’t really converse as not many locals knew English and we had minimal Spanish. Our driver started saying “arma, arma” which we knew was gun in Espanol… he literally ends up pulling this weapon from under his seat and waves it around. Our hearts sank… He could have killed us then and there. Turned out he was just warning us that it wasn’t a super safe area and lots of people were armed. Makes sense, it was Central America after all. He dropped us to our destination and we couldn’t stop thanking him and attempting to put Quetzal’s(local currency) in his console. He wasn’t having a bar of it and didn’t want a cent of our money. What a legend.

Eating the best homemade hummus and reading communal journal entries at a local cafΓ© in Lake Atitlan

After 478739 bus rides, we were sooooo over it. Probably myself more than my mate lol! We stopped at a hostel on the water for a cold brew. We ended up meeting an older bloke named Guy. Considering he 1) spoke English 2) was Canadian 3) had a bloody infectious personality- we ended up really getting along. He informed us he was headed to Belize in a few days via the water. Offered us two seats on a boat not a bus, we were in. Syd(mi amigo) and I didn’t actually end up telling our families what we’d decided just errrr… incase things went south. I texted my siblings and my parents a short and sweet ‘love you’ before we left the mainland as we didn’t have any service on the boat for four days. Not going to lie I was definitely nervous during the first night we had on the boat, and when I say boat it was basically a catamaran- it was bloody nice. We all had our own rooms and I made sure I locked mine. Turns out Guy was all too much fun. He’d had previous paying passengers(charged us maybe $200US, cheap) so he was super hospitable and quite the chef! We spent everyday playing music, tanning on the front nets, drinking beer and smoking joints. It was a damn wonderful time. A couple from Melbourne ended up joining us on the boat as well as a crazy Norwegian staff member/sidekick of Guy’s(shoutout Jules, Layla + Ruben) We all had a blast!

Guy is definitely yelling at us here for ‘steering wrong’ lol. Note that i apparently needed a pillow to sit on? Haha

After arriving in Belizean waters, we stopped at a very unofficial office in Ambergris Caye and handing our passports over. We got them back and headed to Caye Caulker, probably the coolest little island on earth. But that is a whole different story…

Looking back things could have gone either way, but spontaneity and taking soon to be friends up on offers like these definitely make(or break) your travels. It’s pretty crazy how much trust we can put into people we’ve briefly met, just go with your gut feeling I guess. Ended up that Guy our wild captain was in a boat accident later that year and unfortunately passed away. To think if we’d declined his proposal we wouldn’t have ended up spending a week with one of the most ridiculously insane people i’ll most likely ever come across. He was SO full of life, lived it right that’s for sure.

The whole crew. RIP mate.
Along with coffee, bananas and sugar are the main agricultural exported goods from Guatemala
Cleaning up a beach in the south west of Guatemala, El Paredon. I turned 22 this day.
All of the hammocks + corona’s

I would travel back to Guatemala 100% and cant wait to. I loved how unexpected and unpredictable the whole trip was. Made friends I’ve been lucky enough to see since, ate some really good + also really basic food, made me appreciate all of the small things we take for granted in our commonwealth countries, drank really cheap booze, picked up alot of Spanish along the way, got a good tan and most of all… HAD A BLOODY GOOD TIME!

Advantages of solo travel

This is definitely something we should all do once in our lives. Solo travel does wonders for our independence, self confidence and future friendships. You plan your OWN trip and do the activities YOU want to do. Personally I think there is nothing worse than travelling with someone you don’t travel well with(we’ve all been there), getting dragged around to places you’d rather not be(*cough* museums) or dealing with picky eaters that only want to eat at fast food restaurants we have at home, hell no.

To be honest I feel like most of us like the sound of this, but it is easier said than done. It can be intimidating meeting larger groups of people at hostels, because we are so much more comfortable when we are around humans we know. Makes total sense- but its time to get uncomfortable.

GETTING PREPPED

I’d suggest booking a flight, going to the airport and DOING IT because putting action towards these things are the best way to face our fears. But to build up some pre independent travel confidence:

  • Take yourself out for a meal- this can be daunting for sure but you’ll have to get used to this during your travels, so may as well start now. Bring a book or listen to a podcast(don’t be antisocial on your phone) while waiting for your food. Its a date with yourself. Its a positive thing and we really shouldn’t find this such a difficult thing to do.
  • Mutual friends- we all know someone that has a friend/cousin/uncle/school mate etc that lives in another country. Ask around, if you remember someone mentioning the country/area that you’re going to; pick their brains. There is a 99.9% chance they’ll know someone that you can meet up with while youre abroad. This offers you an instant friend and exploring these places with locals makes your trip so much more of a journey. Local insight is priceless. It makes them appreciate where they live even more, too.
  • Get advice from someone supportive- talk to a parent, sibling or friend that will install more confidence in you. Even better if you have someone around you that has made a simular move/decision. Don’t listen to people that will tell you its a bad idea, if its something you have your heart set on- do it. You’ve got this.

DURING TRAVEL

  • Befriend the person sitting next to you on the plane- this is a bit give or take but if you’ve struck up a conversation with a local you’ve hit the jackpot. It’s also funny how often you run into travellers that have been on the same plane as you. I’ve made some really good friends on flights.
  • SMILE- sounds slightly lame but we’re all attracted to happy people. If you look like your having a good time(which girllll, you will be) you’ll seem so much more approachable
  • Confidence is key- ‘fake it til you make it’ we’ve all heard 1000 times but very relevant motto in this circumstance. Wear what you want, go to the bars/markets/attractions you want to go to, start up conversations with random people. You most likely don’t know ANYONE in the country you’ve just arrived in. If there is a time to truly be yourself, its now πŸ™‚

Moral of this blog, just go. Solo planned trips really have brought me some of my most wild and wonderful friends. Rely on yourself. I promise it’ll be eventful. You’ll be amazed how many more friends you’ll make along the way without the security blanket of your friendship group at home. You’ve got this.

I am currently ISO BORED so if anyone has any blog topic suggestions i’d love to hear them, time is not of the essence. Hope we’re all safe and doing things to benefit ourselves at this time. All my love x