These Are A Few of My Favourite Things: APRIL 2018

Well hello 2018! You have done a full 180 and have been delivering nothing but good times! (thank you). This month has been a freakin roller coaster and I can’t believe it’s over already! I can honestly say that this month was filled with joy, celebration and laughter (and I’ve never been happier). I’ve been partying hard and working harder (working hard doesn’t look good on Instagram so that’s why you may not believe it). But seriously, to everyone who featured in my life this month… THANKYOU! What a ride!

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🎓 Graduation

Pictures are worth a thousand words. But what if you took one thousand pictures?? So I finally got to suit up in the incredible blue cap and gown. I’m so grateful for my incredible friends and family that came to celebrate with me. Yes I’m still studying (my Honours degree is a separate degree) but it was pretty great to take some time out of my hectic life and celebrate the achievement of finishing my double degree.

🏠Home

There’s no place like home. Lucky for me, home is absolutely paradise! This was one of the first weekends I’d been home when all us of kids were together. I absolutely love my fam and sadly don’t get to see them as much as I would like. Working part time, studying full time and living 4 hours away will do that to a person. But it’s so great to know that when I do go home, I have lovely humans to eat, drink, swim and laugh with. My favourite bunch of goofballs.

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🎬 Being assistant director for the  day (enjoying the heck out of my new job)

I’ve recently started a new job at uni doing digital marketing and damn am I LOVING IT! A project I was working on involved 3 days of filming on campus with an awesome film company, CRATER. I got to interview staff and students and prompt them to provide the kind of answers we were looking for. It was incredibly high energy work, but hearing all of the wonderful feedback from my colleagues and CRATER was so encouraging. Film and photography is something I’m deeply passionate about and I am so grateful for this hands on experience being an assistant director for the day!

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🎉 Party’s galore

This month there were a fair few hectic parties going on! And we know there’s nothing I love more than a good party (especially if it’s dress up!)

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Soph’s double denim

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🎶 Didirri & Crooked Colours

This month I reigned it in a little and only went to two gigs, Didirri and Crooked Colours. They were both incredible! I went to RAD to see Didirri and it was so gorgeously intimate and special. I rendez-vous’d with a girl I met in Montreal and had a great night being lovingly serenaded. Crooked Colours was a great little party indeed! Especially when you go on a double date!

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Check out Didirri’s music here

🐄 Groovin the Moo

OK so gigs are AMAZING but there’s nothing quite like a good ol music festival to fulfil your gig desires. This year I went to the Canberra festival (I usually go to Maitland) and it was RAD! I went with an awesome bunch of people and boogied all day! Towards the end of the night it dropped to extremely cold temperatures (around 3 degrees) and I’ve never been more grateful for dressing appropriately and my Docs!

💖 The start of something new

Whether I know you in person or through the blogosphere, it’s pretty awesome to tell you that I am dating an incredibly amazing woman named Sophie. For some of you who are extra attentive on Instagram, you may have already connected the dots. For others, it may come as a complete surprise. And I totally get it. Life’s full of wonderful little surprises. I am incredibly excited to share this new chapter of my life with Soph and see what this surprise has in store for us.

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🎶Tunes

Spector – Fine Not Fine. 

Damn I have had these guys on repeat for the past few weeks! Such a great band to sing along with and rock out to!

Press Club – Headwreck. 

You know me, I love my rock music. And I especially love some kick ass female rock bands! These guys are extremely talented and their entire album is addictive!

🎥 Flicks 

The Office. OK so I’m a little late to the bandwagon on this but holy shit this show is HILARIOUS! I seriously cannot get enough and find myself laughing endlessly! Anyone who’s seen it knows that there’s really not much else to be said because it’s genius. And anyone who hasn’t seen it, well what the hell are you doing with your life?

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The Handmaid’s Tale. YES YES YES! I read the book a few months ago and honestly can’t stop raving about it. The book is incredibly well written and definitely a book of our generation. And the TV series is equally amazing! It has incredible cinematography and carries a very strong message that I believe will be a test of our time.

📗Books

Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. WOW. A crucial read for anyone wanting to further understand our fucked up world. Particularly for a white person, this book is essential in the process of coming to terms with our white privilege. The books is centered on racial tension in the UK which is extremely insightful. When you hear the term ‘race wars’ you usually think of gun violence against black men in America. Britain has a troubled history of race relations (um hello colonialism) and is currently struggling with an identity crisis. I especially loved the chapter dedicated to Feminism and race. As a feminist, I’m extremely aware that feminism can be exclude women of colour. Reni’s insight is truly essential if we are to ever create a world without racial prejudice and discrimination.

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Every Lie I’ve Ever Told by Rosie Waterland. If you read her breakthrough novel ‘The Anti-Cool Girl’, then you’ve absolutely got to read this book! Witty, smart, sad, raw, Rosie takes her through her struggles with mental health and dealing with the troubles life throws at us. I smashed this book out in a day and I couldn’t recommend it enough.

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📷 Bloggers and Vloggers

Hey Nadine. This girl has been absolutely killing it lately! Her India vlogs are incredible! She’s been pumping out content which is a real testament to her hard work and dedication. It’s great to get an insight into travelling somewhere like India and is incredibly inspiring for my travel bucket list!

📝 Quote

This quote has been extremely motivating this month. It makes me believe that I am here on this earth for a reason and that our life is such a precious gift. A gift that shouldn’t be wasted on worrying about things beyond our control, or things that do not bring complete joy to our lives. It centers me and leaves me thinking that this big bad world maybe ain’t so bad after all.

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Wow April! Thank you for turning 2018 around and delivering a great hand! It’s pretty amazing to think about all of the wonderful things happening and the wonderful people in my life right now. Moving in to ‘mental May’ I just need to remember what keeps me grounded, to work hard, not slack off and maybe not drink so much.

Life is freakin amazing!

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: NOVEMBER 2017

Oh damn time is flying by too quickly! The other day I found a white hair on my head (red heads go white not grey just FYI), and I’m sure before I know it, it’ll be 2018. It’s already a week into December and I haven’t even published this post! Many apologies, life has been pretty hectic as you’re about to see. So without further ado, my fave things from November!

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✈️ 🇹🇭 Travelling around Thailand with my sister

How else do you celebrate finishing your undergrad than by galavanting off to Thailand with your best friend? That’s exactly what my sister and I did. We did a 9 day G Adventures tour (which you can check out here), which took us around stunning Southern Thailand. We ate, drank, swam and ate some more. It’s the first time I’ve properly explored an Asian country and I was definitely impressed. Bangkok was insane and the countryside was beautiful! It’s definitely somewhere I’d love to go back and it really was the perfect way to celebrate finishing my degree.

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🎉 One Day Sundays

For those of you who don’t know, One Day Sunday’s is originally a Sydney mini festival with rnb/dance music. This weekend they brought it to Wollongong so naturally, my friends and I got down and funky.

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I love you Tishia! Even when you’re hungover (I promise to stop feeding you alcohol when we go out).

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🎶 Tunes

Louane. Louane is a French artist and regardless of whether you speak the language or not, everyone can appreciate her soul, energy and talent. This song particularly is super sweet and lovely and I’ve had it on repeat lately. For those of you who do speak French, I find that listening to music is a fantastic way to practice your vocab and embrace everything French!

Tiny Little Houses. If you’re after some grunge garage rock, these guys are for you. Really loving their stuff at the moment and I can’t wait to hear more.

 📗Books

I think that possibly the best thing about finishing uni is all the spare time I have to read! And this month I’ve read some fantastic books that have really made me fall back in love with reading!

Adventures of a Young Naturalist – David Attenborough

Um hello it’s David Attenborough?! But seriously this book is amazing and suitable for anyone who finds him an absolute legend. It’s about his expeditions during the 50’s to Guyana, Indonesia and Paraguay. It’s absolutely fascinating and when you imagine him reading the words to you, it’s even better.

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Trafficked – Sophie Hayes

I literally read this book in 1 day. It is such a page turner for all of the wrong reasons as the story is absolutely horrific. It’s about a British girl who is trafficked into sex work in Italy. For anyone remotely interested in the topic it is a must. For everyone else, it is incredibly eye opening to this huge hidden problem that affects millions across the globe in modern slavery.

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The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

WHY HAVEN’T I BEEN TOLD TO READ THIS BEFORE?! This book is absolutely incredible! It’s almost like the female equivalent to 1984. Again, I really couldn’t put this book down. It’s intelligent and incredibly relevant. Now I have to binge watch the TV show!

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For One More Day – Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom is one of my favourite authors (my fave book every is Tuesday’s With Morrie). I read this in 2 days so it’s an easy read, but a really enjoyable one. It’s focused around family and relationships and I feel I really got something out of this book. Extremely lovely!

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🎥 Flicks

Ali’s Wedding

A 2017 Australian film about love, friendship, faith and family, this film really does have it all. It offers a unique and much needed voice from Muslim Australian’s living in a tense yet multicultural Australia. It’s really enjoyable and I absolutely loved it.

📷 Bloggers and Vloggers

Danielle Carolan

This girl has been slaying lately! I admire her so much! She’s so young, talented and successful. She’s been smashing out videos and her beautiful personality really shines and is incredibly inspirational. Love her work!

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📝 Quote

This month I feel that I’ve really been trying to embrace myself completely. Sometimes I can be weird, crazy, sad, emotional, ecstatic and excited and I’m trying to learn to stop apologising for that. To be myself and be unapologetically myself.

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Wow what a month! December has already been hectic (like I said, we’re already a week in and I can’t believe what I’ve done already). Plus, there’s only a few weeks until Christmas and 2018! How flipping exciting! I hope the end of 2017 is fabulous for you!

❤️ Keep up with me on Instagram @aworldlyaddiction ❤️

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: APRIL 2017

OK Shit. My bad. We’re already a week into May and I’m only just getting around to writing this…. I would love to say I had some epic excuse as to why I haven’t got around to it, but tbh, I just didn’t get around to it. Priorities change and suddenly you find yourself a week into May with the embarrassment of not posting your fave things. I’m sorry I kept you guys hanging. HOWEVER – APRIL was a SICK month! I did lots of awesome and exciting things so I’m excited to dive right into it!

❤️ Friends

I know this is cliche, but this month I’ve spent some truly wonderful times with some truly spectacular people.

🎼 Getting to interview MAYA

Yep – my first real interview. I got to chat to the lovely, talented and girl boss MAYA about music, family, Andre 3000, near death experiences and being a ranga in Australia.

You can read it here. 

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🌟 Smashing Goals with Anna Johnson-Hill

Lucky me, I got to attend another awesome inspiring dinner party with the lovely Anna Johson-Hill. Not only did we get to have a lovely meal, but we extended on what we talked about in our last dinner party (you can check out what we did last time here). Plus I got to bring my beautiful friend Tishia. It was a very inspiring night, hearing about everyone’s goals, dreams and passions where we all encouraged each other to take that step to get to where we want to be! Make sure you click here to find out more info.

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🇦🇺 Sydney

Lucky me – this month I got to spend a lot of time in Sydney with friends and family. We went to Sydney for Mum’s birthday which we spent galavanting around the Rocks, going to performances and eating Indian food. I then went to Surry Hills with my friends Dylan, Tishia and Claire where we drank too many peach slushies and laughed until we cried. I topped it all off with a lunch date in Bondi beach with my fam to farewell my sister before she headed off to Vietnam to go and change lives. Sydney is such a beautiful place to be and it’s always great to be a tourist in your own backyard. 

🍻 Dylan

Dylan – if you’re reading this (which you better be). I freakin love you. For those of you who don’t know, Dylan and I have been friends since high school and we both moved down to Wollongong for study. He’s one of my best friends who I know is always there for me and I know he’s always there for me. You’re one of the kindest humans I know and I’m so lucky to have you in my life. Even if you’re hands are weirdly out of proportion. (I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much from laughing).

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📚 Books

Jungle – Yossi Ghinsberg. This is a must read book for anyone who loves travel and adventure. It’s based on a true story of a man (Yossi) who gets lost in the Bolivian jungle. It’s soon to be a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe, so make sure to get in ASAP to be that person who read the book before seeing the movie. I literally couldn’t put it down!

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🎥 Flicks

‘Girlboss’ it wouldn’t be a summary of my fave flicks without an honourable Netflix TV show. The name gives it away, it is boss af. I think I love it because she’s 23 (the age I’m turning this year) and I’m feel like I’m almost approaching a kind of mid life crisis! It’s about persistence, innovation, and just general struggles of being a millenial.

An Education’ is an uncomfortable, thought provoking drama that is a must see for any young woman. Set in London, 1960’s, it follows the story of a young schoolgirl who falls in love with a much older man. It resonated the importance of education and being an independent woman, which is what I’m all about.

‘Where To Invade Next’ is the perfect entertaining documentary for all of those culture and politics savvy nerds out there (like me). He travels around Europe stealing all of their great ideas whilst bagging the shit out of America, what’s not to love?

🎶 Tunes

The Football Club – Ivy. Damn this song has been absolutely smashed out on Triple J and every single time I never had my phone and couldn’t Shazam it. When I FINALLY discovered who sang it, I couldn’t stop listening. Definitely a contender for my Hottest 100 short list for next year!

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. The king has finally released his new album and holy shit I’m in love. His music is so damn important and it fills me with emotion, love and anger. Honestly one of the most important albums of 2017.

📷 Bloggers & Vloggers

The Blonde Abroad. This girl has been inspiring me for a very long time, but lately her Instagram has been on freakin point. Her content is super practical and useful for people, especially young women, who are planning their epic holiday adventures. She also gives us some pretty serious travel envy.

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Robert Strok. I’ve only recently come across his content and holy shit – it’s spectacular. The cinematography is world class with beautiful editing and post production effects. I’m not the biggest fan of his personality (most vloggers I get hooked on because of their personality), but he seriously inspires and challenges my filming technique, and that’s why I’m a huge fan of his channel.

📝 Quote

“She believed she could so she did.” Ah this one has really been singing to me lately. It’s all about positive energy and positive vibes. About being proud and believing in yourself – because trust me, people aren’t going to do it for you. It’s about action, about being proactive, taking initiative and taking risks to get to where you want to be. And that’s what I’m all about.

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What a freakin crazy month! And we’re already a quarter of the way into May which is absolutely terrifying. This month I have an insane amount of assignments due, and really have to get my shit together for Mexico! But bring it on!!! Ain’t nothing going to stop me!