These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: NOVEMBER 2020

Can you believe it’s December?! We made it! Who would have thought we would finally be graced by the good vibes of Summer kicking in, daylight savings, and that sweet taste of optimism as 2021 approaches. November was an absolutely awesome month! With weekends filling up, people wanting to get out and about and the good vibes rolling in, I’ve been feeling like one of the best versions of myself. Surrounded by friends, family, getting outdoors, getting sweaty, I’ve been trying to enjoy everything as much as I possibly can – what else is life for?

On the 1st of December (yes I know this is a November favourites post but bear with me), I got two tattoos. I had been wanting some new tattoos for a long time now and had been putting it off for my next overseas adventure (I’ve got both of my other tattoos overseas – Ireland and Mexico – and was looking forward to adding Mongolia to that list). Suddenly three years had passed since my last one waiting for the right time, the right moment and the right adventure. I realised I don’t want to wait for this perfect situation to arise because as it currently stands, we won’t be jet setting anytime soon. And I guess this translates into so much more, why wait or delay what you really want? Perfection and the ‘right time’ may never come. So I took this as a sign to be proactive and chase what I want, create and control what I can. Which took me to a tattoo shop in Corrimal with my (amazing) boss where we got inked up.

I got a beautiful little swallow on my arm and the French word ‘insouciante.’ I absolutely love them and as I sit here typing, looking after them to make sure they heal properly, it’s a nice reminder that we have the power to take steps to create the life we want each and everyday. It starts with an idea so follow through, make that inquiry, ask questions, figure out what you want and run with it. I don’t want to waste my time waiting for my dream life, dream tattoo, dream [insert anything you want here]. Life is messy, unplanned and we’re all just winging it – now I’ve got some beautiful wings on my arm to remind me to take off and chase it.

Before we launch into the festivities of December, let’s have a look back at the month that was November.

Blue Mountains

Another month and another adventure to the beautiful Blue Mountains. With so many incredible hikes and adventures on its doorstep, each visit makes you feel like you’re entering a new world. This time we went adventuring down Wentworth Falls, complete with an icy swim at the bottom (I have literally never been colder in my life – be prepared). It’s always a joy spending some time away, especially with my sister and Dad. We survived the Valley of the Leeches (be careful if you decide to hike after a storm and everything is wet) and our legs were only half dead from the dreaded stairs!

Ocean Alley – the return of the gig

Sweet jesus, hallelujah! Gigs are back baby and what better way to ease back into it than to see Ocean Alley with my bestie Tish. While I may have completely sprung it on her, we had the best freakin time! Despite the sitting down and buying an ugly beer cooler (thanks Tish hehe), it was so incredibly amazing to see live music again. We both had a really profound moment of appreciation for all the gigs we’ve moshed around at prior to COVID, but also immense gratitude that we were able to actually go to a gig in 2020! Bring on more in 2021!

Shenanigans

Basically I just wanted to share these photos that make me so damn happy. I’m so fortunate to have such beautiful people in my life. This year certainly hasn’t been easy but it’s meant the world that I can be silly, be fun, be adventurous and have legends to share it with!

Bloggers, vloggers and podders

Stuff the British Stole
Marc Fennell can do no wrong and this podcast is no exception. If you’re a history nerd then this podcast is definitely for you. I know it’s a bold call with only two episodes out, but they are a great two episodes! I love that it makes you think about the British empire and the ‘contested history’ behind some of the most iconic artifacts now sitting in museums in the UK and around the world.

Music

Omar Apollo
Ooft hello Omar – thank you for bringing this beautiful album to my ears. While exploring Spotify I came across this album and dayum it is good. The perfect kind of album to listen to when you just want to chill out, feel a bit sexy and take it easy for the evening.

Clairo
And also, hello there Clairo, why has it taken me so long to fall in love with your music?! It’s the perfect chilled afternoon album when you’re tidying your room and makes you feel like the ultimate protagonist in the story of your life.

Tired Lion
As if I needed more good music this month, Tired Lion did a number on me and released this badass album. I’ve been playing their album when I’ve been going for my morning runs and it always motivates me to push harder and channel any negative emotion into my running. Singing this out loud will also just make you feel amazing!

Flicks

The Odyssey
If you’re looking for a cinematic French film then look no further. Based on the true story of Jacques Cousteau and his boat the Calypso, it tells the story of Jacques quest for adventure, exploration and money. Jacques invented the aqualung, whose invention took him to the depths of the ocean to explore a new world under the sea. It’s absolutely gorgeous and would highly recommend (there’s not too much dialogue so it’s not overwhelming in its French-ness). You can watch it on SBS On Demand.

Enola Holmes
If you’re looking for a light, adventurous, wholesome movie to watch then look no further. I absolutely loved this movie and thought Millie Bobby Brown was an absolute delight in this. I love a spin on a classic story, especially when it has a badass lead woman!

Season 4, The Crown
I have been waiting patiently for this season to come out and man can I tell you, it was certainly worth the wait. Like every other twenty-something, I’ve fallen in love with Princess Diana. I was also fascinated to learn more about Margaret Thatcher (of course, do your own research on the facts) and the way Gillian Andrews played her was so remarkable (your majesty). I loved the imagery of the Queen, Diana and Thatcher and thought they did a wonderful job and comparing and contrasting these dynamic women. Cannot wait for Season 5!

Books

No is not enough, by Naomi Klein
In the midst of the US Election, I felt compelled to find out how we got in this mess. I was drawn to Naomi’s book because of her incredible expertise and insight into climate change and policies, and brand superpower. The themes she touches on in this book are pretty incredible and paints a crystal clear image as to how Trump was elected in 2016. I may have been pessimistically trying to prepare myself for a world where his reign would continue but thank the lord Biden won. A fascinating look into capitalism, the climate crisis, the rise of brands and ‘super marketing,’ and how it intersects with 21st Century politics.

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Believe Me, by JP Delaney
My sister has been raving on about this book for what feels like years, so I finally picked it up and read it. To her credit, it is actually quite interesting and certainly keeps you on your feet. I’m not usually drawn to suspenseful books so it’s not something I’d usually go for, but I’m glad my sister insisted. It was easy to read, had me questioning how it was going to turn out and I quite enjoyed it – thanks Elly!

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The Coconut Children, by Vivian Pham
I’ve heard so much about this book and when I was looking for an Aussie fiction book to read I just couldn’t go past it. Set in Cabramatta, it tells the story of young Vietnamese-Australian teenagers navigating high school, family, relationships and culture. I absolutely loved it and would LOVE to see this turned into a Netflix miniseries! Plus Vivian Pham wrote this book while she was still at high school! THE TALENT!

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Product

Fujifilm Instax Polaroid camera
Honestly this little beauty continues to deliver the goods. I know a lot of people seem to save it for special occasions but honestly, whip is out at your next dinner/drinks/walk/thing you’re doing, and snap some pics. They’re such a lovely way to capture a moment, share them with friends, and pop them on your wall. Can’t get enough and I can’t stop taking little snaps with this beauty!

Well November, what a month you’ve been. Let’s keep the good vibes going into December. Let’s go slow and calm, let’s seek joy and happiness, let go of the stress and anxiety and let December be the best month yet! I hope you all stay safe, happy and healthy over the festive period. Go easy on yourself, take the pressure off and just enjoy the end of the craziest year!

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: MAY 2019

What a month?! We were blessed with beautiful weather which kept everyone smiling and happy. In the last few days winter has well and truly arrived, and now we’re scrambling for our jumpers. It flew by in the blink of an eye, some wild nights were had, some delightful hikes were hiked and good times were enjoyed! Let’s have a look back at the delightful month of May.

👠High School Friends Reunion

OK so it wasn’t a formal reunion, but it was close enough. It was our beloved Mitchell Wilson’s 25th birthday which called for mega celebrations. For anyone who doesn’t know, Mitch and I were high school captains back in the day. We had such a tight friendship group and I was lucky enough to laugh my abs into existence with our friends Matt and Nikki. We all went out in Surry Hills along with a group of Mitch’s friends. I had the best night! Not just because we were out and about in Sydney, but because it made me realise how lucky I am to have such a special friendship with people from school. I guess my ‘friends’ experience is a little different because I moved out of home when I was 18 and didn’t look back. I moved somewhere where I knew no one and had to recreate my whole network from scratch. And whilst I successfully did that, I think I forgot the special friendships I had with these beautiful people from high school. High school friends are pretty damn special. There’s not many people that remember the awkward, nerdy Adelaide from 2010. And for that, I’m pretty damn grateful.

☀️Hikes

Everyone knows that I love a good hike. There’s nothing quite like taking an hour or two out of your weekend to soak up some sunshine, hike to the top of a mountain, take some cool piccies then go find some coffee or beer. I headed up one of my favourite hikes, the Wodi Wodi track. The weather was ‘absolutely amazing,’ and to top it off, we enjoyed some lovely coffees and beers afterwards!

💪Sporty spice

This month I’ve been really focused on my health and wellbeing. I’m well and truly back into the swing of yoga which I am absolutely loving! Who would have thought once a week I’d be waking up at 5:30am, but I’ve been absolutely loving it. Hello flexibility! I’ve been plugging along with netball as well, and #shamelessplug been killin it with my shooting! And, just this week, I somehow got talked in to taking up touch footy! I’ve never played a game of it in my life, and don’t even know the rules, but playing with a group of legends, what have I got to loose? I’m super excited to be trying hard and having fun with my fitness! #fitspo

🎉Shenanigans

What’s a month without shenanigans? Some of these pics are from last months favourite things, but the lovely Jayno just got her film developed, so they were worthy of an inclusion. But seriously, I’m super grateful for all my beautiful friends and family for your unconditional support and love. 2019 is a pretty wild ride and I’m glad we’re in it together.

❤️Wellbeing

This month I’ve also begun to see a psychologist. I never thought I’d be admitting this, but after attending for several sessions, I realised how chill and ‘normal’ it is. We go to the doctors when we’re sick, even for a check up. We spend money on waxing, eyebrow tints, gym memberships… why not for our mental health and wellbeing? I think this is leading to a bigger blog post, but I thought it was important to include in my favourites because I’m so damn proud of myself for going and I want to encourage each and every one of you to to take care of your wellbeing! It’s serious business and your mind and soul will do a little backflip of joy for acknowledging it.

🎥Flicks

BPM
Do you ever have those nights where you’re craving the rawness, intellectuality and joy of a French film? Well I had that recently, and the only place I go to find good French films online is SBS On Demand. I’d apparently shortlisted BPM a few weeks ago and I’m so glad. Wow. This incredibly raw movie follows a group a HIV/AIDS activists in Paris in the 1990s. All based on true events, I can’t help but see a strong resemblance between this nonviolent activism and the nonviolent vegan activism we see today. I was deeply moved by this film and can honestly say that I never truly understood the severity of HIV/AIDS. It’s insane to think that politicians weaponised this disease to further their own agendas, but the courage of these young activists perseveres. Wow!

🎼Tunes

Monday, by pinkiscool
Do you ever listen to a song and you can somehow play out the video clip or a scene from a movie? As soon as I heard this song, I could see myself walking confidently through a crowd with hand in hand with my love. Get among it.

Mansionair
We went along to their gig at UOW’s unibar and wow were they amazing! There’s nothing quite like rocking up to uni bar with all your mates, sinking a few beers and dancing along to some amazing music! These guys were absolutely awesome and I would totally recommend getting along to one of their gigs! Best $25 I’ve spent all year.

📚 Books

big little lies, by Liane Moriarty
Isn’t this a little page turner? This is my first encounter with Liane Moriarty and I really enjoyed it. I’m all about books that are easy to read because you can’t put it down and just keep churning through the pages. Nothing like a bit of mystery, a bit of drama and a bit of whodunit.

📸 Bloggers, Vloggers and Podders

Danegar and Stacey
I am really loving these two NZ vloggers. I actually ‘met’ them when we were in Bali last year. And by met I mean, Soph and I were waiting for our ferry back to the mainland of Bali, and I saw these two with a huge vlogging camera. I didn’t know at the time, but I saw the camera and thought… vloggers. Haha! But I’ve since discovered their channel and I’m absolutely loving their content! Check them out.

📝Quote

Carrying on from taking care of yourself, is this quote. I don’t know about you, but I feel a lot of pressure to ‘look after myself’ in the right way. I’m always comparing myself to my friends, peers and colleagues. But this year, I’m taking my journey of self-care seriously. I’m all about the self-love, patience and compassion. Knowing that I’m on the right journey for me.

Also, I thought I’d leave you with the following. Be a nice human. It’s simple.

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: JANUARY 2018

There’s nothing like a new year (new me) and a fresh start. I wrote some goals for the year and published them online for the world to see (you can read them here).  This month has been hectic with moving, work and getting my shit together to smash out another year, I’m convinced I’ve blinked and January has disappeared. So let’s look back at the hectic month that was.

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👪 Family Visits

I love when my family comes to visit me in the Gong. I love taking them out and about to my latest and greatest cafes, restaurants and discoveries. This was no exception. I took them rock climbing and tortured them with a climb of sublime point. We went to some lovely cafes and all round had a great time! Thanks fam.

🏠 Moving House!

It’s that time of year again! The time where I pack up my life, sign a new lease and get some brand spanking new keys and house mates. I’ve just moved into a beautiful apartment with two beautiful people and I am so so so excited to be living where I am! Close to the beach, town and the station… I feel like the world is at my fingertips! Unfortunately I haven’t taken a visually aesthetically pleasing photo of my room yet but I sure will soon and I sure will let you guys know!

☀️ Port Stephens Tour

I’m pretty lucky to have grown up in Port Stephens. And there’s nothing quite like taking someone I love there to show them around. So I took Mitch to see the sights. Of course including Tomaree mountain, Murray’s Brewery, a romantic dinner at The Deck, and a cheeky dip at the nudist beach.

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🎶 Tunes

Cloud Control – Rainbow City.  Wow have I had this on repeat! It’s grungy, funky and I’m in love! They’ve had a few really great singles out lately that I’ve been loving, so make sure to add this to your Summer hit list asap.

Winston Surfshirt – Be About You. It’s sexy, smooth and funky… what more could you ask for in a song. It’s the ultimate Sunday sesh tune to kick back, bob your head and sip your beer to.

Ocean Alley – Holiday. I don’t know what took me so long but damn am I in love with these guys! Their whole album is on point! They played recently at the uni bar and I’m devo I missed them. I get some serious Sticky Fingers vibes from them which is always fantastic. Their song Comedown is another banger I’ve had on repeat!! 10/10

🎥 Flicks

L’asenscion (The Climb)

📷 Bloggers and Vloggers

Damon and Jo

Oh my god I have literally watched them for hours and thought they are the funniest, brightest and more awesome people alive! I’ve only just come across their channel and I am honestly in awe. They speak something crazy like 6 languages and produce videos in French, Portuguese and English (WHAT!!!) It’s so contagious watching their fun friendly chemistry and really puts you in a positive mood! For anyone that loves travel and language… these guys are for you!

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Woman of the Hour – Lena Dunham podcast

So I’m a huge fan of Lena Dunham and am slowly getting more and more intrigued into this mysterious world of podcasts. I found Woman of the Hour on the music streaming app ‘Deezer’ that I use (it’s like Spotify but better). I’ve laughed, cried and been incredibly inspired by these podcasts and is an absolute must for all!

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📝 Quote

This speaks to me. Happiness is something that I value SO MUCH! It is core to who I am as a person and my values. One of the hardest things is acknowledging and accepting those moments when you’re actually not happy. It’s not a bad thing and it’s nothing to feel guilty about, but instead, should act as a reminder to check in with yourself, look after yourself and ultimately make changes that will lead to your happiness. And there’s only one person in the entire world that can ensure that happens… YOU.

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February, please be kind. I’m not sure I can handle another crazy whirlwind month. The grind is real and the work is hard, I just need to remember to love myself along the way.