These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: OCTOBER 2019

Well well well…. October what a ride you’ve been. It started with a bang, also known as the Sullivan wedding. It took me interstate to beautiful Perth to live out my young professional dreams. It took me to Sydney where I had a wholesome and soulful weekend in Manly with my sister. And the weather finally started to warm up and treat us. I love this time of year… the days get longer and hotter, and everyone is working their asses off to get them to the end of the year. Lucky for me, we’re not quite there yet, so for now I get to soak up the sunshine and good vibes. Let’s take a look at the crazy month of October.

💍Wedding time!

It finally arrived! The wedding of the century and indeed the best wedding I’ve been to between the beautiful Haidee and handsome Chop! Seriously though, why get your makeup done before the ceremony when you’re just going to cry and be an emotional loved up mess? This was basically a 5 day bender and I’m so glad I got to be involved. From getting all dolled up with my hair and makeup done (and wearing a fabulous outfit where I felt like a superstar), to meeting the big Washington and Sullivan family, to dancing and drinking all night… it was an event that I’ll never forget. Plus, did you see how freakin stunning my girlfriend is?!

👭 Wholesome weekend

When you’re feeling a bit blue, there’s nothing that brightens your soul than a wholesome weekend with your sister! Elly and I went to Manly to eat, drink, swim and soak up some sunshine. I’m so lucky to call my sister my best friend and I can honestly say that one of my favourite things is to get all dressed up, drink cocktails and chat and gossip all night long. P.S – How bloody amazing is Manly?! I haven’t spent much time there before and wow! 20 minutes to circular quay and meanwhile it feels like you’re living in a bustling sea side town! Thank you and love ya sis!

🏖️Perth

I was lucky enough to head to the other side of the country to Perth for a conference. Wow, what an incredible experience! I attended the Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) and met some incredible people. It was inspiring, overwhelming and an incredible personal and professional experience. I spent an extra two days in Cottesloe at a cute little Airbnb and I am so glad that I had that time and space to myself. It included a full on day trip to Rottnest Island and wow! I can honestly say that I have not felt that adventurous and relaxed in a very long time!

There was a moment where I was riding a bike around the island and pulled up at a stunning little beach. There was hardly anyone else around and I whipped my towel out, dove into the crystal clear water, soaked up some sunshine and took a deep breath. I remember laying in the sun (with a lot of sunscreen on of course) and letting my imagination run wild. Seriously, spending time with yourself is so underrated and I would totally recommend booking in some rest and relaxation time to recharge and reconnect. Oh – and I also hung out with my second cousin! That was rad! Thank you Western Australia!

🎵 Tunes

Lime Cordiale
So maybe I was hiding under a rock but wow Lime Cordiale are bloody amazing! I’ve been listening to their Like A Version cover on repeat. Their album is serious goals and I cannot wait to catch them on tour some time very soon!

🎥 Flicks

Shrill

I cannot recommend this series enough! It’s on SBS On Demand and free for your viewing. It’s a miniseries (which I hope will continue on to more seasons) about a self-identified ‘fat’ girl who is finder her way through life and learning to put herself first. It’s an incredibly wholesome series about knowing your worth and learning to love yourself.

Fleabag

I watched the whole series on a recent flight and holy shit I was nearly laughing out loud on the plane! OMG it is hilarious! It’s about an awkward single/taken woman struggling through her life in London. There’s awkward sex scenes which highlight the reality of dating, there’s family conflict, friendship and a whole lot of hilarious one liners. Wow. Get on it as soon as you can.

Broad City

The latest and last season of Broad City is AH-MAZING! I was seriously crying so much in the last season. As weird and quirky and twisted as that show can be, there is seriously no better show that accurately represents female friendship. The finale had me thinking back to all of my incredible, life-changing friends who I’ve had to see goodbye to at some point. In France, in Canada, in London, there’s really nothing quite like that sisterhood bond between two friends who don’t know when they’ll see one another again. I’m not crying, you’re crying.

The Final Quarter

Every Australian should watch this documentary. I distinctly remember when this embarrassment unfolded on our screens. I honestly couldn’t understand why someone who has demonstrated such leadership, such pose and pride in the sports world, and on a national scale, was dragged under by the Australian media and public. As white Australians, it’s important to listen and sit in the confronting nature of this documentary, and learn how to be a strong and supportive ally. Adam Goodes is such a role model and it’s such a shame and embarrassment that his football career ended the way it did.

 📚Books

The Testaments
Yes yes yes! The long awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale is finally here! If you were a fan of the book and the incredible TV series, you will love the much awaited sequel! I read it in a matter of days and wow! It’s honestly amazing!

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📸 Bloggers, vloggers and podders

Tiddas4Tiddas
If you’re looking for a podcast recommendation I would highly recommend Tiddas4Tiddas, hosted by Marlee Silva. Marlee is an incredible young woman whose podcast aims to share the experiences of young Indigenous women in Australia. Wow! Subscribe, check it out, these are voices that need to be heard and we need to listen.

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This month, I’ve really been reflecting on attitudes and mindsets. And I’ve found that when I get in a bit of a rut, it’s a bit of a downward spiral. I say something negative and by the end of the conversation I think ‘what’s the point, everything is fucked, why bother.’ And I leave feeling awful. But one of my amazing friends recently reminded me about the law of attraction and how we attract the energy we put out in the world. So in the past few weeks, I’ve made a conscious effort to be positive and emulate positivity. I’ve noticed that I’m more present, less worried about the small things, and attract more positive energy. It’s hard, and it takes time and effort, but life is better this way.

Thank you October. You were challenging, exciting, shaping and you taught me how to take time for myself and how to realign with what I want. We’re at the pointy end of the year and let’s bring it in, in style.

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: OCTOBER 2017

I’M FINISHED MY DEGREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! OMG! Words really cannot describe how I’m feeling (maybe a little hungover from all the celebrations) but damn 4 years, two degrees and I’m finally done! I’m sure with my new found spare time I’ll be blogging about how it actually feels. This month has been a roller coaster, finishing a degree and applying for another is stressful. But I made it and now I can finally relax and celebrate my achievement. Let’s have a look back on the tumultuous month that was October.

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💃🏻 Feeling Confident and Proud of Myself

OK so I know this is super lame and cliché, but this month I’ve felt incredibly proud of everything I’ve achieved across my 4 years at uni. And not just uni related, but in a lot of aspects of my life. This month I spoke at the National Leadership Conference, worked hard at work, have been smashing out my uni assignments, taking time for my friends, boyfriend and myself…. and I think I’ve made it out rather unscathed. I know it may seem a bit la di dah, but every now and again it’s important to take a step back and think, damn…. I’m doing well. And I think that’s what finishing a degree means.

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🇫🇷 French

For those of you who don’t know, French is my major for one of my degrees, and it’s definitely one of the skills I’ve struggled and worked extremely hard at. Learning a language is extremely difficult, and therefore it’s important you have a good support system around you. I’m incredibly grateful for my bobos who have supported me through this last and final year of French. Not only in the classroom, but helping me indulge in my obsession with cheese, by arranging wine and cheese nights out at the Throsby. I’m super proud of my level of French and it’s definitely one of the life skills I want to continue to improve. Alors merci beaucoup mes bobos, je ne survivrais pas sans vous. 

 

 

 

 

🎓 DEGREE!!!

I have officially submitted my final assignment for my Bachelor of Communications & Media Studies – Bachelor of International Studies (Deans Scholar) – Majors: Global Media, French Minor: Global Sustainable Development

Woooo!

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🎶 Tunes

BØRNS. Damn this track is absolutely fabulous. The dance moves are to die for, and the music is just stunning. Always puts me in such a good mood.

Demi Lovato. OK for any of you who know me quite well, you’ll know that this is absolutely, completely NOT the sort of music I usually go for. But DAMN this album is actually amazing. My friend Chloe and I secretly disclosed this info to each other. ‘Hey have you heard Demi Lovato’s new album?’ ‘Yeah!’ ‘OMG it’s actually good’ ‘OMG thank god you think that, I’ve been listening to it on repeat!’ 

🎥 Flicks

Lovelace. THIS FILM IS AMAZING!!! It’s an incredibly story and filmed in such an exciting yet deeply sad way. I’ve been finding some amazing flicks on SBS On Demand so make sure you keep an eye out there for some amazing flicks!

📗Books

So apparently I’ve been on a bit of a reading rampage this month… reading is so rewarding and relaxing I always try to take time before bed to do some reading and put my mind to rest for the night.

Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay. I’ve been wanting to read this book for such a long time and I finally got my hands on it. For anyone grappling with their identity as a woman, or as a feminist, I would highly recommend this book. It’s easy to read and broken into distinctive chapters that address a broad variety of issues such as race, assault, entertainment and identity.

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Violent Borders – Reece Jones. At the beginning of this book, Jones discusses a small Spanish city called Melilla. He then mentions that the city is actually located in Morocco. Literally stop what you’re doing and look it up on Google Maps, it will amaze you! He then discusses how Spain is a part of the EU and therefore migrants from Northern Africa risk everything trying to make it into the fortressed city of Melilla to land on EU soil and be processed correctly as refugees. You can read more about Melilla here (I honestly was so amazed by this!) but this book is a fantastic look at the current refugee crisis and examines how nations (even including Australia) are struggling to manage their borders.

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1984- George Orwell. MIND. BLOWN! I honestly couldn’t put this book down. It was miserable, depressing, gripping and real. I read it in about a week and I think I could’ve easily smashed it out quicker than that! Cannot recommend enough. Also after classic book recommendations, so if you’ve got them, send them through!

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📷 Bloggers and Vloggers

👼 Twenty Something Mummy. I’ve never met Lucy myself, but I grew up in the same area as her and have followed her on Instagram for quite a while. She’s recently started vlogging and I’m really enjoying watching her! It’s definitely content I’m not used to seeing as I don’t exactly follow many mums on Instagram, but I love her voice and think it’s a real value being added to the whole ‘Twenty Something’ millennial community. Definitely go check her out!

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💛 🌻 ✈️  Raya Was Here

I’ve always been a fan of Raya’s channel, but lately her Instagram has been POPPIN! I’m absolutely in love. She’s such a positive and bright person who is such an inspiration to so many people! And that yellow dress!

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📝 Quote

The following quotes translates to ‘we are our choices.’ Jean-Paul Sartre was a French writer who turned down the Nobel Prize for literature (yep I learnt that in my French class – impressed bobos?). But this really resonated with me. Each and every day we make choices, that determine how we feel, our attitude, feelings, outlook on life… Each and every choice we make has the power to change our lives. We are our choices, so take pride in these choices to live your best life.

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Well… what a month. It absolutely flew by I can’t believe it. In the blink of an eye, I’ve finished my degree. November holds some pretty exciting things in store so definitely watch this space because I have a hell of a lot more free time which means blogging and vlogging!

Much love!