These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: JULY 2018

July is by far the best month of the year. Not only is it Winter which means jeans, jumpers, beanies and trackies, but it’s also my birthday month. And for those of you who partied with me at some point this month, you would know that those beers indeed hit a little harder now. But seriously, this month has been amazing! I love when it comes to writing these posts because it reminds me to reflect on all of the things I have done and all of the people I have shared special memories with. Chuck a birthday in there and I am gratitude overload! Honestly, life is good!

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🎉 My birthday

24! Holy moly look out world! I recently reflected on all the things I had learnt across my time on earth, and I’m feeling so excited, happy and beyond stoked for everything coming my way! My birthday was well and truly magical and I’m so grateful for my friends and family who made it extra special! From a glorious cheese and wine spread, to espresso martinis, drunk kebabs, coffees galore, a road trip down south, an epic BBQ, a few too many beers and beautiful people to share it with, it was the best way to celebrate one more year of wisdom and silliness! Check out the photos here.

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🍺Gigs

This month I went to some pretty epic gigs (let’s be honest – is there a month where I don’t?!). I went to Big Top feat. The Wombats & Skegss (there were more artists but we missed them). It was 16-year-old Adelaide’s dream come true! Dancing the night away to the Wombats with your best friends in the world! I also went to Alex the Astronaut and I was super impressed with her ability to captivate a room. Plus I was ticket bitch for my mates band Creatures at Leisure. I’ve known these guys since day one of uni and it’s pretty awesome to watch their journey as musicians. If you haven’t checked them out already… what are you doing? Treat your earbuds!

🍷Work shenanigans

I am so lucky to work with such a great team! Every day I am inspired and challenged more than I would have ever thought. I feel that I’m really learning the importance of working in a positive workplace with people who help build you up and I’m super grateful to be apart of a team that does just that!

🎶Tunes

Hatchie. I have been listening to Hatchie ON REPEAT! Her music is retro-inspired and it makes me feel like I’m walking through an 80’s rom-com starring Drew Barrymore! I seriously love the vibes of her voice and would totally recommend listening to with flared pants and a denim jacket.

Mallrat. Woo some more awesome tunes coming your way. This music is super chill with some good ol road trip with your bestie vibes!

🎥 Flicks

Nanette. Wow. I really am quite speechless and am still processing the power behind Hannah Gadsby’s ‘comedy’ performance available for all to watch on Netflix (get onto it ASAP). I started off laughing which turned into crying which turned into a genuine human connection. There’s some lesbian content sprinkled in there which is pretty enlightening, but all women should watch this. And better yet, all men should watch and learn from this. It’s uncomfortable, it’s confronting and a bit uneasy. But you know what else can be all of these things at once? Being a woman! Thanks Dylan for recommending this to me because it’s not my usual type of show (comedy) but damn it’s a must watch for all of us living in this crazy confusing world.

📚 Books

The DREAMers: How the Undocumented Youth Movement Transformed the Immigrant Rights Debate by Walter J. Nicholls

I read this book for my thesis but I would recommend it to anyone remotely interested in immigration, human rights and activism. It’s well researched and well written making it easy to understand for those of you unfamiliar with the DREAMers. This book is incredibly timely and I’m glad to have got my hands on it! If you’d like to borrow it, let me know!

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📷 Bloggers and Vloggers

Rose & Rosie. I AM IN LOVE!!! These gals are amazingly entertaining, funny and just on point! I got completely sucked down a YouTube wormhole watching their videos. They’re hilarious and I love watching their chemistry on camera! #Obsessed!

Bryce + Hailey.  Aw these two are so so cuteeeee! They give me complete fashion envy and make me want to buy a van, raid a thrift store and galavant through fields of tulips with a Polaroid camera! They’re adorable and I’d totally recommend following them on Instagram too! They’re very talented so check em out!

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I’ve been ridiculously happy lately (if you couldn’t tell). I’ve never felt so sure of myself and the people I love (which is crazy because I usually doubt myself and second guess relationships). Maybe it’s because I’m 24 now and have reached a new level of maturity, but I don’t have time for anyone or anything that doesn’t help me shine and be the best I can be. Life is too damn short. Sure – life isn’t always smooth sailing, but it’s nothing you can’t simply talk about, take a deep breath, let it go and move on from. You’ve got this, you’re freakin irresistible, don’t let anyone make you feel like you’re not.

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Well damn, what a month. Complete with a beautiful full moon/lunar eclipse, I feel sensually connected to the earth and the people around me. I’m excited to move into August with the same attitude, fire and love.

 

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: JULY 2017

What a freakin whirlwind! I spent most of July in Mexico City for my program with AIM Overseas (if you’ve missed what’s been going on, you can check it out here). Retuning to Australia, starting back at uni and being able to drink the tap water has been a bit of a change (an extremely grateful change). But July has been a truly incredible month. I not only had my eyes ripped open to the reality that refugees and migrants live through in Mexico, but I discovered what really set my heart on fire, plus I turned 23, the dreaded age of being somewhat an adult. But before we jump too far ahead of ourselves, let’s look back on the month of July!

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🇲🇽  Mexico City

What a crazy city? Over 22million people, an altitude of 2500m and a city of extremes. The rich, glamorous, hipster and the poor, dirty and poverty somehow live together in this city. Mexico City is A LOT. You can catch up here for specifics of what we got up to on our program here. My program in Mexico was honestly one of the craziest, most educational, inspiring, challenging, overwhelming and incredible experiences I’ve ever had. I’ll truly cherish the time I spent there and the people I met. I don’t think I can ever forget the feeling of doing something I’m truly passionate about. It helped me realise my passions, my goals and how I really want to make a change and help share the stories of some of the bravest people I’ve ever met.

🎶 Catfish and The Bottlemen

When I found out that one of my absolute favourite bands were playing in Wollongong the day before I was due to land back in Australia, I looked into changing my flights. After serious consideration, I realised ‘wtf I’m 23, my fave band is playing at home, that’s it I’m changing my flight!’ And I can honestly say that it’s one of the most spontaneous, crazy and freakin awesome things that I’ve done. I went with my friend and we had such a good night! Considering I managed to sleep for about 9 hours on the flight, the beers went down an absolute treat and my ears were treated to the sweet sounds of Catfish!

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Catfish and the Bottlemen at UOW

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❤️ Home

One of the best things about spending time away from home, is returning back. I was so excited to see my friends and family again. And lucky for me, semester 2 was just starting back so everyone was down for a beer or three!

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My sister and I at home in Port Stephens
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My brother, sister and I out in Newcastle

🎶 Tunes

HAIM. These lovely ladies just released their new album and GOD DAMN IT’S AMAZEBALLS! I’ve honestly had it on repeat and I’ve been singing along like there’s no tomorrow.

The XX. Another great band, another great album. Holy shit am I thankful to have new music from these guys grace my ears.

Bob Marley. OK maybe a bit random but after being in Belize and embracing those Caribbean vibes, Bob Marley just makes me feel freakin good. If you’re feeling stressed of anxious, simply play some of his music and I promise you’ll instantly feel happier.

🎥 Flicks

Frida.  I was lucky enough to visit the house of Frida Kahlo whilst in Mexico City. And before going I watched this film to get some background info on her life. And damn I would honestly recommend this to anyone. She had such an interesting, painful and flamboyant life and it was even more incredible getting to visit the house she grew up in and went through so much in.

Gangs of El Salvador – VICE. If anyone knows me, they know that working for VICE would be the ultimate kick ass job. And after spending time in Mexico and learning about the extremely violent gangs that govern Honduras and El Salvador, watching this documentary was incredibly educational and informative. An absolute must if, like me, you had no idea about gangs in El Salvador, or even where El Salvador is!

📷 Bloggers and Vloggers

Flying the Nest. I’ve only just stumbled across this cute Aussie couple and I’m slowing falling for their chemistry and excitement. They just got married in Greece so if you’re into that you’ll be obsessed. Me – I’m just really into all of the coffee they drink!

📗Book

T2 Trainspotting. This is definitely not for the faint hearted. It’s difficult to read (mostly because it’s written in a Scottish accent) and it’s all about porn, sex and drugs. Now I just can’t wait to watch the movie!

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I have to admit, going to Mexico was definitely one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. Not because I thought something bad would happen to me or go wrong, but because I’d never travelled anywhere like it before. Everything was new, scary, overwhelming and exciting. It was both terrifying and amazing and one of the most defining experiences I think I’ve ever had. And I think in life, when you’re faced with experiences that are both terrifying, scaring, exciting and amazing, then what do you have to lose by pursuing it? Sometimes you just have to take risks, and I’d hate to live a life thinking ‘what if?’ So dive in, be brave and embrace it.

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What a freakin amazing month! I learnt and discovered more about our beautifully complicated world, I turned 23 and apparently people still like me, and I’m back into semester 2 ready to smash out my last semester at uni! Things are looking up!!