These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: JUNE 2018

What the heck? I swear I just hit publish on my May Favourite things right?! June has absolutely FLOWN! Winter is well and truly upon us, I finally have an excuse to wear my trackies for days on end and it’s perfect snuggle weather. It’s been emotional, stressful, joyous, exciting and hectic… so let’s take a moment to pause, breathe, and look back on the month that was.

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🏠Home Visits

This month I was a tour guide for Soph around Port Stephens, and Soph showed me around her country home town of Leeton. Despite the torrential rain that hailed down from Port Stephens, it was awesome to be home (as always). Heading out to Leeton was pretty damn awesome. For those of you who don’t know (which I had zero idea before going there), it’s about 6-7 hours west of Sydney. It’s a stunning town with lots of charm and the best furniture store for miles! Sometimes it’s just so nice to get away for a little adventure and these few weekends away was exactly what I needed!

💃 Shenanigans

What’s a month without a couple of shenanigans here and there. Another month and some more blurry photos to remind me just how lucky I am to call these beautiful people my friends.

🌲 Sublime

OK so I may have gone a bit overboard this month on the sublime hikes. I just can’t help it! It’s so addictive and you get so competitive with yourself. It hurts, it’s painful, it’s a struggle but damn does it feel good when you reach the top! That’s why I keep on going back and snapping those pictures! Plus it’s a good way to practice your self timer skills!

✨ VIVID

I don’t care how overrated anyone says Vivid is… I FREAKIN LOVE IT! I’ve been every year for 4 years now and it honestly makes me fall in love with Sydney all over again. It’s a great excuse to head out into the big ol city, catch up with beautiful friends, have a drink or two and take some gorgeous photos. It’s always amazing walking among the bright lights and soaking up the creativity and innovation that Sydney has to offer.

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🎶Tunes

Courtney Barnett. So it only took me a few years but I’m finally on the Courtney Barnett train. Her new album is incredible and I’ve gone back to revisit her older stuff and wow I have been missing out! The song below makes me want to join a rock band, learn the guitar and belt out those lyrics to a drunk bar. She’s talented, edgy and all round kick ass. It you’re a bit on the edge just give it a go… I promise you’ll thank yourself for it.

George Ezra. Yay! Finally some new music from this deep, mellow voiced guru! I am thoroughly in love with his new album and his voice is smoother than ever! It’s so unique and happy. His music just makes you feel good and sometimes that’s all you need from an album.

5 Seconds of Summer. Guilty confession…. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I love this album! Who would’ve thought? 5 Seconds of Summer. I am not usually one for boy bands but damn their music is so damn catchy! The song below in particular! Oh yea, and I guess they’re maybe a bit cute too….

Florence + The Machine. This red headed goddess can do no wrong! Even though this album was only released a few hours ago, I have had it on repeat and cannot get enough! Funnily enough, I never really got into Florence + The Machine and when I heard she was releasing new music I was pretty impartial. But hearing this song changed everything. She is so powerful yet delicate, fragile yet strong, confident yet vulnerable. I am in AWE! Plus she’s a fair skinned red hear and us women have to stick together! Hello new girl crush!

🎥 Flicks

The Incredibles 2. I’ve waited 14 years for this… need I say more? In all seriousness, this movie was pretty damn awesome. There’s always something special about going to the movies, sneaking in drinks and munching down on some popcorn!

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Gaycation. There’s nothing I love more than an entertaining and engaging documentary series. Gaycation is fucking fabulous and imperative that everyone watch it! It’s free to watch on SBS On Demand, and I promise you’ll be binge watching it. If you love travel and culture and are curious about the everyday reality of the LGBTQI community across the world then this is for you. As someone in a same sex relationship, it’s confronting and has challenged me to grapple with my privilege, identity and where I fit in (if I fit in at all). There’s a blog post coming soon so watch this space for more about all things gay. Oh – did I mention Ellen Page hosts the series?! Enough said.

📗Books

I’ve been a little naughty this month and haven’t read any books! #fail
In my defence, I was finishing off my honours coursework and have been galavanting across NSW while working 30 hours a week. That said, I did just order several new books for my research so stay tuned and I promise I’ll be a good little book worm!

📷 Bloggers and Vloggers

World of Wanderlust. 

Whenever I find myself getting lost in her blog, it reminds me why I started and LOVE blogging so much. I’ll never forget the day I got the chance to meet Brooke and since then her blog has been so special to me. For all of your travellers out there, it’s an absolute must. I love her style of writing and the way she elegantly presents her travels, lifestyle and thoughts. It’s captivating and eternally inspiring.

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📝 Quote

This month (as amazing as it was), I found myself upset and struggling to deal with my emotions. (nothing to worry about – in a normal ‘I’m tired and have so much to do but so little time with a pinch of hormonal fury’ way). Nonetheless,  I found myself needing to really stop and take a moment for myself. I guess it’s a reminder for myself, and any of you out there that sometimes feel a little down, that it’s OK to feel this way. It’s not the end, it’s not over, god we’ve only just begun this wondrous journey! Sometimes it’s jut nice to know that you’re not alone and that sometimes you need to be alone in order to reconnect with yourself.

It’s ok.. take care of yourself. No explanations needed. Feed your soul. ♡࿊

Hey June (hehe what a tune!), but seriously, you were pretty awesome but I have a feeling that July will be even more awesome! It’s my birthday month and the month of all things good and fun and amazing! There’ll be a lot of hard work coming my way but it’ll be worth it to reap in the rewards! July – let’s do this!

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: JUNE 2017

What a freakin whirlwind of a month! I started stressed out of my mind about submitting my final project for the semester at uni, and now I’m en route to Mexico City. And the craziest thing is that this time last year, June was the epic month where I jet setted across to Europe about to commence my French program in La Rochelle. I remember feeling super excited but equally nervous. And I think that’s how I’m feeling right about now, sitting in Cancun airport with an overpriced salad and burnt coffee. But before I get too ahead of myself, let’s throwback to the epic adventures had this month!

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💕 Friends

What’s a month without some epic memories with some amazing friends of mine. Everything from house parties, gigs, dinners, library study seshes, and even my friend Max visiting all the way from Montreal! I especially loved going to my friend Pete’s gig at Rad bar (plz don’t forget me when you’re famous) and going out in Sydney with my besties and family before jetting off. I’m so lucky to have such amazing friends who show me such kindness and support and I’m always grateful to have them in my life so huge shout out to y’all.

❤️Family

Mum you get a special shout out here because I’ll always be grateful that you come to the airport with me at 6am just to make sure I’m all checked in and to give me one last hug and kiss goodbye. It’s probably the sweetest thing ever and one of the many reasons I love you.

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🎆 VIVID

My favourite time of year in Sydney! Winter’s finally kicked in which means boots, coats, scarves and the need to galavant around Sydney Harbour. I actually didn’t take my camera so you’ll have to settle for this iPhone shot of the Opera House, but I had such an amazing time taking in all of the beautiful lights of this city.

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🇺🇸LA

Woo! Back in LA baby! Words really can’t describe how happy I was to be back in LA. Despite horrible jet lag and forgetting my PJ’s (how do I always forget my pyjamas!?), it was amazing to be back in some sunshine and back in Santa Monica. I went into full holiday mode – taking myself out to lunch, long walks on the beach, shopping at Brandy Melville (yay!) and catching up with friends, it’s easy to see how this place is loved by so many.

🇬🇹 🇧🇿 🇲🇽 Central America

Now this is where the whirlwind starts… 17 days of exploring, drinking, hiking, jumping off of waterfalls, 10 hour long travel days, going to a rave in an empty swimming pool, sailing in the Carribean sea, swimming with sharks, countless boats, eating so many tacos, getting sick, staying with a Mayan family, learning Spanish, meeting the most amazing people, swimming with turtles (I’m in love with those turtles), and getting the most sunburnt ass I’ve ever had….. doing the Mayan Sun tour with G Adventures from Guatemala, through Belize and to Mexico has definitely been one of the best experiences of my life. I felt challenged, inspired, motivated, educated and a little slimmer because of getting sick, but I honestly wouldn’t change a thing about it (except maybe the sickness part). Watch this space for more posts about the specifics of the trip!

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My amazing German roomie on the G Adventures trip! #iminlovewiththoseturtles
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Our awesome G Adventures crew in Antigua

🎥 Flicks

Moonlight. The best thing about long plane rides, is that you get to watch a fair few movies. And when I saw this on the list I couldn’t press play fast enough. After winning best picture, damn I was so intrigued. It’s an absolutely beautiful film with some honest, raw and incredible scenes that really stick.

Lion. Note to self – when watching this on the plane – prepare the tissues! Dev Patel is absolutely outstanding and this incredible true story will have you in tears and filled with love. Honestly can’t recommend enough!

What If. Daniel Radcliff is slowly stripping away his Harry Potter label and I’m loving it! This film literally had me laughing out loud, cringing and just really enjoying this cute, artistic and creative film.

🎶 Tunes

MØ – Nights With You. Ah I’ve literally had this on repeat and I’m addicted. It’s just so damn catchy and I can never get it out of my head!

Chronixx – Here Comes Trouble. This song just takes me right back to Belize…. enough said.

📷 Bloggers & Vloggers

I really haven’t been watching many vloggers lately! GASP! But the one guy that I keep going back to, and keep absolutely freakin loving… is my man, Logan Paul. So here’s a cute photo of him that I’m in love with…. ah.

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📝 Quote

Again, because this month has been so hectic and so fast paced, I haven’t exactly had a quote or motto to get me through. I was just taking it one day at a time and doing the best I could with it. When we were travelling around Central America, a lot of the time we didn’t have access to wifi, or functional wifi so I never took my phone out with me. And as ridiculous as it sounds, it was so refreshing turning off.

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So… that’s done. I can’t believe how quickly this month flew by. And I’m afraid July is going to do the exact same thing! I’m so incredibly grateful for the incredible experiences I’ve had, especially in Central America with the special memories created. This July, I’ll be spending 4 weeks in Mexico City studying Immigration, Human Rights and Mexican Society. It’s an AIM Overseas course (and if you remember correctly, I studied in La Rochelle with AIM – so you already know how amazing their programs are and you can certainly expect lots of blogs and posts from Cuidad de México!