Last month of 2014 and it was my second month in Melbourne. In December I explored Parkdale, Sandringham, Black Rock, Beaumaris, Sorrento, Shelley Bay, Portsea, and Elwood Beach. My friends and even I wondered how I would survive, living away from the WA coast and turns out, I’m surviving just fine! The beaches south of St Kilda Beach are quite lovely. Especially on the Mornington Peninsula.
May was one of those months where it looked okay on paper but in reality, was a lot more chaotic than I would of liked! If there was one way to describe May? Total mix bag!
I checked out a new pilates studio, Lifestyle Boom; went to the sauna four times in one week & as many times as possible after that; fell in love with gym classes once again; did free yoga at the Lululemon store every Saturday morning and enjoyed lots of coastal + park walks with friends.
I did a one day makeup course with my friend K where we learnt that the trick is in the tools! I’ve been using the same makeup for YEARS (creature of habit) and although it does the trick, it looked SO much better with some better makeup tools & certain techniques. Plus, trying a new chemical free primer for oily skin was a total godsend!
Horrorshow, Seth Sentry and Bliss N Eso (my three favourite hip hop artists) came to town & they played an outdoor show. It felt good to put on some jeans, boots & a hoodie and enjoy some of my favourite music in the outdoors (especially because I got to experience it with my big sis which made it even better).
For the month of May, I’ve been off the white stuff (processed sugar) but more on that in another blog post! (recipe for the raw prune balls can be found here).
May also marked a massive change in my life. I attended a 5 day course called ‘Train the Trainer’ with David T.S Wood (pictured above) and 300 others. I was pushed outside of my comfort zone where I got up on stage and trained the room as best I could (it was SO much fun!!), played like a little kid, laughed like I’ve never laughed before and met so many incredibly genuine people, it still warms my heart two weeks later. So many previous friendships are THAT much closer now and all the new friends I made in those 5 days, feel like friends I’ve known a lifetime.
Dancing at 1pm on a Thursday, the usual!
Some pictures of me up the front with David. I had to go up after we watched a video about Nick Vujicic (no arms, no feet, no worries) and that was the hard part. I was sitting there, balling my eyes out & then the next minute my name got called out & I was walking to the front to present. If you haven’t heard of Nick, definitely check out his story on his website, it’s incredible.
David is the impeccable human behind ‘The Kickass Life‘ podcasts which I highly recommend downloading! Now that I’m doing so much driving everyday, I listen to hours of the podcasts and have learnt so much in the last two weeks.
And here’s a small fraction of the awesome people I got to train with from all parts of the globe.
The Monday after Train the Trainer, my beautiful friend Courtney shared her 5 month progress photos with me & they were nothing short of amazing. I’ve watched this girl change before my eyes & seeing the positive changes in her life this year has been a super proud moment for me. So I figured I would take my own progress photos & I was a little shocked to see the difference! The photo on the first was taken in May 2012 and when I saw it, I said to myself, enough is enough. I was eating poorly, my stomach was always bloated and I did not feel good at 21. Fast forward two years, a wheat free diet, nutritional cleansing & better overall health, I feel a million times better. You can read my 12 month nutritional cleansing story over here.
And if I thought life couldn’t get any better, the day after Train the Trainer, my best friend of 17 years, S, called me & asked me to be her bridesmaid in her upcoming Gold Coast wedding. I’ve never been a bridesmaid before but I couldn’t think of a more perfect first time than standing up there with my best friend and her little sister, Bec, who also happens to be my little sister (naturally).
And of course, no month is complete without some epic food dates with loved ones. Photos pictured from Harvest Espresso, Wild Fig, homemade pulled pork, Roasting Warehouse and The Raw Kitchen (and that’s raw black forrest cheesecake pictured – sugar free!)
Amongst all the things that made May amazing (and chaotic and crazy), I sat my interview with the Australian Property Institute and was accepted to be a Property Valuer (kinda a big deal but whatever). So the last two weeks have been fun; going to lots of awesome houses & apartments and meeting a ton of owners, builders, selling agents and tenants.
Will June be any less crazy than May? I highly doubt it!
If January was a little preview into how 2014 is going to pan out, I say – BRING IT ON!
I welcomed 2014 in New Zealand, singing along to ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ and other 90’s classics before one last road trip up the coast to Matakana, enjoying the likes of Shapeshifter & Fat Freddy’s Drop with my high school friends. It wasn’t long until I was back at work & head first into a dozen or so new tasks, ready for everything all at once (I can’t seem to do one thing at a time).
January was a pretty active month. When I wasn’t going for river or beach walks, I was going for swims at the beach, playing pool volleyball (SO MUCH FUN), big weight sessions at the gym, stretch classes (I want to be able to do the splits this year), having the time of my life on the trampoline at a new place called ‘Bounce’ and I even tried pole dancing….but I’ll leave that to my amazing dancer friends!
While it may seem like January was spent in my gym gear, I somehow managed to attend business and leadership training every monday night, nutrition info nights every Wednesday, lots of catch ups with friends, checked out new cafe spots and a weekend down the coast. AND on top of that, I completed 9 online modules for my property valuing licence & managed to 90% finish my three reports for my professional interview in March.
And because all the above wasn’t quite enough, I coached two girls through their first 30 day cleanse & one more jumped on at the end of the month.
& to all those that wondered what I’d do once uni finished? Here’s a little indication!
I’ve spent the last 2 weeks enjoying every single minute of my time in NZ. Because I haven’t been back since January 2012 & my best friend was only around for my first 10 days, we were trying to fit in as much as possible in the first half of my visit. The weather was nice to me (for once) so there’s been lots of beach visits & time outside.
Here’s a few pics of my highlights so far:
I’ve spent majority of my time in Auckland, with a few days out at Piha, 2 days at Mt Maunganui & 2 days on the Coromandel Coast. I’ve had the most welcoming visit, I tend to forget I’ve been gone nearly 7 years because I have so many solid friendships here (but I’ll save the big write up about my trip until the end).
Tonight, I’m relaxing at home (well my NZ home) before a big new years eve day tomorrow & a few days away up north. Wishing everyone the best new years eve celebrations!
If you follow me on Instagram, you would of seen that considering November was my last month of university, I still had a pretty fun one at that! There were beach & river walks with friends and by myself, a weekend down in Dunsborough with far too much wine & cheese, air yoga fun (hanging upside down is so much easier than handstands- who would of guessed?), birthday celebrations, raw food dates, The Bachelor finale (complete with wine, cheese & bruschetta), outdoor training sessions, work christmas party madness and of course, the final exam, post exam celebrations and a day to myself in Perth before flying off to Melbourne for 5 days.
November was a good month! I guess you could say I sure know how to make the most of my time.
With all the uni assignments and exams at the moment, I haven’t had the chance to stop & think about all the amazing things that have happened over the past 6 weeks. I’ve gotten my car back (finally!); went hiking with girlfriends where we barely stopped to rest because we had so much to talk about; there’s been birthday celebrations where I’ve dragged 3 of my closest girlfriends along for a 12 km ‘fun run’; there’s been another visit to Jamie’s Italian because I just cannot get enough of the raspberry brownie; there’s been a girls night at B’s with lots of red wine & yummy food; lots of river walks with friends; breakfast & lunch dates; personal training sessions for bikini body season; pizza night at work; lots of gym/swim/sauna sessions; ticking off long awaited cafe visits to Moore & Moore and Venn; helping people get healthy with the nutritional cleansing products I’m obsessed with and the rare outing with old friends where it felt like I took a step back into 2009.
& to think that I’ll be finished with all things university in 6 weeks time! SO SOON!
I was sitting in the sauna last week & just outside, there was a man doing a headstand. A lot of banter goes on in this sauna & some people got onto the topic of the benefits of head and handstands. The last time I did a handstand was when I did gymnastics many, many years ago so to me, handstands were part of my routine (amongst other things).
Reading about the benefits though, got me doing handstands this week! Here are the top 3 benefits:
- They help stimulate the endocrine system: they get blood moving to the head; they stimulate the pituitary gland which helps the set point for a healthy weight. They also bring blood to the adrenal glands to help reduce the production of cortisol, the “stress hormone” AND not only that, they’re good for the metabolism too!
- They help build upper body strength (but that’s a pretty obvious one)
- They help relieve minor depression: handstands are a well-known remedy as a mood-elevator; they can often relieve a headache, improve digestion and prompt detoxification.
So my goal for the next few months, to be able to do a split leg handstand (like this) on the beach. Who’s with me?