Monthly Round Up: June;

In the last week of May, my boss had this crazy idea that I could get my reports together in three weeks for my Certified Practising Valuer (CPV) qualification. I love tight deadlines but even then, I thought, “is this guy mad?”

Venus Bay escape

I spent the first weekend of June, relaxing by the fire in Venus Bay and then my head was down for the rest of the month getting my reports together. I had to physically submit three copies of three reports and it was something I did in May 2014 (for a lesser qualification) but for some reason, it was much less stressful the second time round.

And you know what? I submitted by 3pm (with a 5pm deadline) and walked away feeling so proud. I seriously doubted myself but when you have your director, who hasn’t known you for very long, saying it’s possible, I just ran. Part 1 of 3 was complete so I treated myself to a weekend of doing whatever I pleased which included a movie night, brunch date, relaxing at home, 1,000 steps and seeing Hermitude.

The walk to the 1,000 steps. My happy place!

But there’s one day in June that sticks out to me the most. On Tuesday 23rd, I booked myself in for a skin analysis, something I’ve been meaning to do for months. Over the years, I’ve been in the routine of looking after my skin, getting peels/facials but eating poorly. Then I realised the products weren’t working if I wasn’t looking after myself from the inside so I focused on eating well and exercising which led me down the path of natural medicine and oils. For the last two years, I’ve been cutting chemicals out of my life, in the food & product sense (Sarah Wilson has been one of the biggest driving factors behind this).

In the last three years, I’ve attempted to cut out sugar every year with little success. I’ve managed to go somewhere between a month and three months before something happens that makes me have a little and then binge. It’s literally the worst addiction I’ve ever had (and there’s been a lot of addictions over the years).

So when I got my skin looked at this month, and the dermal clinician said my face was extremely dehydrated (amongst other things) and recommended a number of skin products and treatments (which are long overdue), the only thing I could think about was….quitting process sugar for good.

In that moment, I made the decision to quit sugar that very second if I was going to be focusing on my skin from the external surface. Unlike previous posts on the blog, I’ll be talking about my experience quitting (processed) sugar the further I am down that path.

Another highlight from June? Having C over from Sydney for the weekend and checking out Serotonin Dealer. I am definitely living in the right city to quit processed sugar!

C on the swings at Serotonin Dealer. Best idea ever!

Plate of goodness!

Why I had to quit my job to start again;

Perth houses I valued < 3

Five months ago, I made this post, saying how I was quitting property valuations for the mean time. At the time, I had no idea what I would do next but I did not see valuations in my near future.

Leading up to that moment five months ago, I was feeling frustrated and extremely burnt out. Sure, full time work and uni for three years was tough but then going straight into studying for a valuers licence in the summer time wasn’t my idea of fun. I wanted a break to enjoy summer in Perth because I’ve literally been ‘go go go’ ever since I moved to Perth eight years ago. But I also wanted a pay rise so money won in the end.

New development inspections call for a mirror selfie!

My boss was right, getting my valuers licence was SO worth it. I got the time flexibility I so badly craved. I worked my own hours & worked from anywhere I wanted. But there was still something missing.

So October 2014, I quit my job. I went to Queensland and Bali, spent some time in Perth and then moved to Melbourne. I’ve had a love affair with Melbourne for over five years so the move was well overdue. At first, it wasn’t easy. I was seriously doubting the timing of the move, wishing I had stayed with the original plan which was to move at the end of summer.

But as luck would have it, I instantly got a job with my old firm, where the office was situated 5 minutes from my house. At first, I chose to work decreased hours, making the most of my weekends and weeknights. After doubting the timing of the move the first two months, all of a sudden there was a massive re-structure in the firm and a really desirable position was made available to me.

If I think back to March last year, I didn’t even want my residential valuers licence, but all of a sudden, here I am applying for my commercial valuers licence.

My work friends (and boss) in Perth will be extremely surprised to hear this but what can I say, a lot has changed in the last five months. A change of scenery here in Melbourne has been so good for me but I think I also needed a break to stop and think about why I was doing what I was doing and what it is I enjoy.

First place I got to value in Melbourne: a converted chocolate factory!

And as I was looking for other jobs in Melbourne, it made me realise how good I had it. Valuing properties gives me the time flexibility I need but also the holiday flexibility as well. Will I change my mind again in 12 months time? Who knows. What I do know is that I have an incredible opportunity in front of me here in Melbourne with four directors that are SO willing to help me in any way they can and that’s one awesome feeling!


Two days before my property license reports were due for submission last week, I walked into my boss’s office & said I was quitting. It may come as a total shock to most but it’s been a long time coming. I had a leaving date set for end of November (one year after graduating) and then I moved it forward to August 2014 and then it sort of hit me; why not now?

I love property; I love going through the inner city apartments; I love meeting all the lovely agents, tenants and owners and all the wacky ones in between; I love doing my investigation work for those times when things just don’t add up; I love being in the city; I love having no two same days; and most importantly, I love the people in my office.

But that spark & that passion for what I do went away for a while. I tried to bring it back, I tried to push through it & I also tried to ignore that tug on the shirt sleeve but there was no denying it. Getting up for work was a struggle & I felt drained.

Maybe suddenly announcing I wanted to quit was a little over the top (dramatic is in fact, my middle name) but it sure brought action forward. Because when I really thought about it, the biggest reason I wanted to quit was because of the lack of time I have with my job. Working 8-6:30pm with a lunch break considered a rare occurrence, and the reports on top of it this year got a little too much.

So walking into my boss’s office, I was like, “here’s my resignation” but what I didn’t expect was for him to refuse it. I guess, sometimes I forget just how AMAZING my boss & my old boss really are. I got some time to think about it and some options too. Options I didn’t think were available but options that far outweigh what I had in mind, post resignation.

Long story short, the spark is finally back. And the most incredible thing? because I opened up to my work about the new business I’ve started this year, they have encouraged me to go for it & want me to do well in it (say what?)

Crazy what happens when you open up huh!

So for now, my life will be a juggling act but hasn’t it always been that way?

Lately….because it’s been awhile;

With 2013 being my last year of uni & March being one of the busiest social months as of late, I’ve really ditched the blog. I’ve wanted to sit down numerous times but when the clock says 11:15pm and writing wakes up my brain, I’ve had to tell myself no….as hard as it has been. I think 2013 blog wise, this little writing space of mine will be filled with monthly summaries and the occasional post that is too special to fit in with the said summaries.

So here’s the March summary. Property Finance, Property Development, Property Economics and Specialised Property Valuations at uni. Lots of family court jobs at work as well as development potential valuations that have gotten me excited beyond words. Beach swims with old friends. Pool swims. Soundwave Music Festival where I got to see Sum 41, Garbage, Blink 182 & Cypress Hill. Sculptures by the Sea in Cottesloe. Breakfast dates with big sis. Hen’s Party. Airport pick ups. Steak Nights. Quick lunch catch ups with big sis before she flew out, next home visit unknown. Fishing at Wedge. Sets on the Beach with Hermitude and DJ Lord. The end of something. Work Drinks. Wedding. Dinner from high places. Easter Long Weekend.

Here’s a few snaps that make March the unforgettable month it was:

Garbage at Soundwave Festival

Sculptures by the Sea…I went on the very first morning and it wasn’t quite ready!

Pool hangs with K


Breakfast at Gordon St Garage with big sis

River walks that help recharge my batteries

He was pretty yummy 😉

There’s nothing quite like waking up on the beach & hearing the ocean crashing nearby

DJ Lord at Sets on the Beach, Scarborough

Witnessing the marriage between two dear friends- magical!

Dinner from the 33rd floor; C Restaurant


Phew. It’s been a big month! April, can you please be a little quieter for this introvert?


Photo source: Miranda Kerr’s Instagram

Marking the significance of today’s date, (12/12/12) and my love for number patterns, I thought I’d make a list of things I’m loving today and this month:

– Being on summer holidays & reading books for pleasure again

– Signing up to the gym & getting 4 weeks free (hello christmas savings!)

– Working alongside someone with 20 years Valuation experience

– Valuing million dollar mansions and realising time & time again that money doesn’t buy you taste

– The amount of times big sis has been back in Perth (she’s back again today woo!)

– Driving 25 minutes along the Perth coast & feeling very lucky to live in such a beautiful city

– Clothes steamers for $49 from K-Mart; best thing ever!!

– And even though I’m sad I’m not in NZ for xmas or London, I get to be in Perth with open arms for all my inter-state friends (trying to look at the positives here!)

Friday Letters- the rare edition;

I’ve been seriously lacking in the letters department the past two weeks but with all my uni assignments & tests now completed, time for some letters!

And this is how I study

Dear Property Investment Analysis;

You’re my favourite unit but also my hardest. Knowing there’s a 45% fail rate with this unit, I thought there was a typo with my results today. Please don’t let that be the case, I’ve never gotten 90% before! So chuffed.

Dear B (guy from work);

Yesterday, you tied my bag to my draw (not just any knot but a noose knot that I couldn’t undo- thanks a ton) but today, you outdid yourself by sending around an email to all staff from my desk and asking everyone if they wanted ice cream. Yeah REAL FUNNY.

Dear Corner Deli;

It’s the second day this week I’ve purchased ice cream from you (see above) and you probably think I’m a little crazy coming in & spending 5 minutes picking out dozens of ice creams but summer hasn’t even began yet and I have a feeling I’ll be the official ice cream runner for the next 6 months. Hope to be on a nickname basis soon!

Dear Ed Westwick;

Why are we not together? I mean, look at you. Reading is the most handsome thing of all.

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If you want to see more Friday Letters, please click on the image below:

Generation 2025;

What do you think the future will look like? Virgin Media Business have provided us with what they think the future in 13 years will look like. Check out the video below and let me know what you think:

Do you think we’ll be able to accomplish that in 13 years? And most importantly, do you like the look of the future?

I’ve mentioned before how much I believe in sustainability and maximising land usage, with that also comes a minimalist approach. I’m a firm believer in ‘less is more’ and I’ve very cautious of the things I buy (most my money actually goes on services and experiences rather than physical objects). My ideal future would mean I can be free to work from wherever I choose (like in the video above) and a future where flexibility is a given (not being tied to working 9-5pm everyday).

Now who’s with me?