Monthly Round Up: October;

October was one of those months that was ridiculously jam packed. Blink & it’s gone.

I welcomed October with a zen hen’s week away with some awesome girls. Best start to the month!

So much beauty in one pic!

Our very own private yoga class at Samudra!

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Happy 12 months to me!

On Thursday night last week, I graduated from university & went straight to the airport to catch the red eye to Brisbane. For the last 12 months, I’ve been on the greatest wellness journey to date, feeling better & better as time goes on. I started this journey for energy, a stronger immune system and a big detox post summer celebrations.

What I didn’t know last February was the fact that aligning my body would change my life in ways I wouldn’t even be able to imagine. Other than having energy for days, not being sick in 8 months, better sleep & feeling happier, less stressed & burnt out, I’ve met a HUGE amount of amazing people on this same journey as me.

And for someone that moved to Perth in 2007 & went straight into the party scene when I was still underage, this has been the biggest blessing of all. I remember breaking down to my parents in early 2009, confessing just how bad my life was spiralling out of control (first time ever admitting I had a drug problem to my parents – turns out they knew the whole time). I was just about to do a 2-year bridging course for university (since I dropped out of high school as soon as I turned 16) and I felt so stuck. I was surrounded by toxic people, negativity, drugs & alcohol and in general, people who weren’t on the same path as me.

I did my 2-year bridging course, meeting some incredible people along the way before doing 3 months backpacking through Europe & then straight into 3 years of intensive work & study.

Over the last 5 years, I’ve slowly changed aspects of my life. I’ve done lots of physical activities, saved as much as possible to travel, spent lots of time reading, connecting with new & old friends & done plenty of stuff by myself (as well as working and studying of course).

If I could tell my 17 year old self where I would be today, at the age of 23 (nearly 24), I would describe my current situation as completely outrageous from what it used to be.  To think how much my situation has changed in the last 5 years, especially the last year, totally blows my mind. The amount of times I have cried in the last 3 days, just thinking about how amazing things are at the moment cannot even be counted on two hands (and here I was thinking I was an emotional-less Russian!)

So this weekend has been the biggest game changer. I flew to Brisbane by myself, having met some of the people briefly in person or spoken with online. I’ve known a handful of people for a few years that were there but that was it. But I guess that’s what I’ve learnt over the last 7 years – you have to go out there & meet people. We celebrated the success of this amazing wellness company we’ve all partnered with & all the incredible individuals that really get it (there were SO so many!!) Can you imagine a company conference going from 300 people in February 2013 to over 2,000 in 2014? It’s a pretty good indication of its success over the last 12 months that I’ve been SO blessed to be a part of & witness.

So what’s next? It’s all a work in progress at the moment but now that university is finished and my property valuation reports are just days from being submitted for my property licence, I’ll be updating this blog as often as possible, sharing as much as I can.

All I can say for now is, I’m SO so excited for what’s to come in the next few months!

The sunshine state;

I love visiting friends in their hometowns. While my bestie has been between Auckland and Queensland for the past year, when K announced she was moving to Queensland late last year, I instantly planned a visit in my head.

Bestie & I flew in on the same morning so I did the very corny thing of standing at the arrivals gate with a bouquet of flowers in my hands & a massive grin on my face. It was her birthday the week before & she recently got engaged too! Plus, who doesn’t love a gorgeous bunch of flowers?

I spent some time on Macleay Island where her fiancé was living temporarily while helping work on the family home. The boys caught fish from the backyard while us ladies sat around and had drinks. And as far as island living goes, I was sold within minutes! Imagine waking up to this peaceful view & watching the sunset from your backyard!

Heaven!

Thought I could eat 2 desserts….until I saw the size of them! Mine were the two biggest ones!

When bestie headed down the coast the following afternoon, I headed into Brisbane to spend some time with K & A. There was dinner, drinks & the most toffee filled dessert involved. I haven’t been in the city since July 2011 when I was there quickly with bestie so it was good to go for a river walk with K in the morning & see more of the gorgeous city.

Walks around Kangaroo Point, Brisbane

On my third day, I headed down to the Gold Coast with K & A and we had lunch with S at the Rainbow Bay Surf Club. $15 for a jug of cider? dangerous! We haven’t all been together since we went to Sydney last November so it was awesome to catch up & get excited for all being home in NZ for christmas (I may or may not have a countdown set for that little reunion).

my other half, my bestie ❤

Considering it was the middle of winter, all I had worn in QLD was a pair of shorts or a skirt. QLD really lived up to its name as the Sunshine State! I spent the evening in Surfers, just doing my own thing, walking around & doing a little too much thinking. I really fell in love with the state but it all depends if I can survive another January there. Once bestie is all moved over, I’ll test that one again!

Surfers Paradise at night

& in the morning, looking towards Coolangatta and the NSW border

 

Time over east;

Last Wednesday, I flew over east for 5 days. Most people have asked me, “only 5 days?” but you’ll be surprised what you can do in a few days!

I spent some time on an island with bestie and her soon in-laws, caught up with friends for dinner & wine, tried yummy desserts in the city, went for a morning walk around Kangaroo Point (Brisbane), drove down to the Gold Coast for lunch, walked around the Coolangatta area, spent an evening & morning up the Q1, watched the sunrise from Surfers Paradise followed by a morning beach walk, drove down to Byron, Newrybar and Ballina, walked around Byron and up to the Lighthouse, explored the hills, learnt more about Buddhism at Crystal Castle and watched the sun go down from various spots near the water.

Once I sort through all the photos, more posts to more!

Friday Letters, Beginner style;

Every Friday, Michelle over at Jarrah Jungle takes part in the Friday Letters hosted by Ashley at the Adventures of Newlyweds and this Friday, I thought I better take part! So here go my first set of letters;
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Dear Horrorshow; It’s been 3 years since I first discovered you and your music is still just as amazing and relevant as the first time I heard it. Can’t wait to see you guys for the 6th time tonight!

Dear sugar; you are my number one love but also my biggest enemy. I try walk away from you but everyday after lunch or dinner, I give into you. This really must stop.

Dear bestie; can you hurry up & move to Brisbane already? Love, your biggest supporter

Dear Perth; thank you for being awesome & sunny today….can you stay this way for next weekend too? Thanks xo

Brisbane

On my way back to Perth, I stopped by Brisbane for one day and night with my best friend S. We walked around the city, hung out in the hotel room and just talked a whole lot. It’s the third time I’ve been to Brisbane but I’ve never really spent time in the city and I was actually surprised how beautiful it was and how much the city centre looked like Perth and the suburbs looked like Auckland!

Paddington, a suburb very close to the city centre. The hills remind me of Auckland so much!

Character house located within the suburb of Paddington. Needs some loving!

5pm in Brisbane

S & I were mega tourists; we went on the ferris wheel

Southbank, Brisbane

Peak hour traffic out of the city

Aren’t we classy?

View from the hotel room at night

Good Morning Brisbane!