Monthly Round Up: May;

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!

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;

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

Horrorshow Gig # Five

Last night, I went and saw my favourite band, Horrorshow, for the fifth time since they started touring in 2009. They’re a relevantly new Hip Hop duo who are gaining massive attention as each month goes by. Last year, they toured Europe for the first time, supporting a very popular Australian Hip Hop group called Hilltop Hoods. This year, they’re touring America with some of their friends, Spit Syndicate, another Hip Hop group from Sydney, Australia.

The crowd for Horrorshow

Horrorshow- Solo on the mic and Adit on the fader (mixer)

My friend Jac, Solo from Horrorshow & myself- big fan moment! 

My friend Trav didn’t have tickets and last minute, I got him one so he wrote me a little rhyme:

“you’re a star slipZov-a you rock like j HOv-A ….or something more epic like a supanov-A – hopes once shattered now swiftly rebuilt_ gonna lap up this SHOW like a cat does milk – slight wilt, full glow. shock horror, gonna blow. we just roll up through the hills and the meadows wait …HOLD UP – i’m goin to BLISS N ESO!!!”

That boy has so much talent.

Groovin the Moo Festival

This time last year, I set off on a road trip two and a half hours south of the city for two nights for the first ever ‘Groovin the Moo’ festival in Western Australia.

It proved to be successful and this year, 20,000 people attended. I went down Friday evening with two friends and we met up with other friends down there. Both years have had amazing hip hop line ups, this year, I was over the moon that my favourite group, Horrorshow were on the line up.

Solo, the MC from Horrorshow

The crowd

My friends, B & K

It eventually started to get late

And cold! K & I in our Horrorshow hoodies!

We thought it’d be fun to go on a ride! It definitely was all I thought it’d be!

And home time. Until GTM 2012…

I had such a good weekend away from the city, and enjoyed the festival once again. I even realised that I can keep my travel bug under control whilst at uni by making small weekend trips a few times a year. I don’t know what it is but being 3 hours away from home makes me feel as good as being on the other side of the world!

Guess I’ll be exploring a lot more of Western Australia this year!

Road Trip!

Tomorrow, as soon as I can get off work, I’m driving down to the country for a festival on Saturday called ‘Groovin the Moo’. I went last year and had such a great time. I’m going down for two nights, sleeping in a little studio apartment by the beach with two friends.

I can’t wait to see my favourite group, Horrorshow and all the other Australian Hip Hop artists. I’m sad that L won’t be there with me, my partner in crime but at least she’ll be there with me at the side show next weekend so it’s not too bad.

Now I just need to pack all my overnight clothes, some food and CDs and I’ll be all ready to go!

Grateful to see Horrorshow again;

Last night, I got to see my favourite Australian Hip Hop duo Horrorshow for the 3rd time in the last 12 months. The two previous times, they were supporting other artists so this was their first tour as the headliners and let me tell you, this was my favourite gig out of the 3 by far.

I went with my favourite hip hop partner, Lindsay aswell as my friend Brad & then met Josh & Andrew there. The atomsphere was amazing & I’m sitting here, still smiling about last night.

Last night, I also picked up the courage to approach the MC because the other two times, I was far too shy.  And of course, I had to get a photo too.

And yes, he even signed my arm. Oh giddy little fan much?

Itchy Feet;

This is a song by my favourite Australian Hip Hop act Horrorshow that I can always relate to.

I’ve never been able to keep still & the line “On we march with itchy feet, there’s always somewhere you could be” describes me perfectly.

What do you think?