These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: MARCH 2019

Wow, what a crazy month! The year has been flying by but somehow March seemed to go on forever! Perhaps it’s because it was so jam packed with amazing events, incredible people, some ups and downs and a strong reminder of my strength, determination and resilience. The temperatures cooling down and we’re making our way into April (I flippin love April!), but before I get swept up in the whirlwind of life, let’s have a look at the magic of March.

🙈 Arctic Monkeys Australian Tour and Sydney Mardi Gras

When it happens, it all happens at once. And on one magical night in March, I was graced by the presence of the Arctic Monkeys and the dazzling Sydney Mardi Gras. It seems that the Arctic Monkeys have received some mixed reviews from their most recent Australian tour, plus their new album. But I can honestly say that it was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to! Even their new stuff, which yea, we all know it’s no AM, was incredible. We watched them in Qudos Bank Arena and we were even seated, and I can tell you, we were rocking out to the Monkeys! So. Freakin. Awesome. Alex Turner, you look great on the dancefloor.

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Then, it was out to the crazy streets of Sydney, covered in glitter and ready for a boogie. We ended up in Oxford St in the heart of it all. There really is no time like Mardi Gras. Everyone is so happy, accepting and loved up. My favourite part was ending up at a quiet little bar with espresso martinis in hand and watching the world go by. And of course, followed by a kebab! What a great time to be gay.

👗 All About Women Festival

I’ve been wanting to attend this festival for years! And each year it’s seemed to slip right by. But this year I was determined to soak up some female power. It came at the absolutely right time in my life and my feminism journey. I wrote all about my experiences in a post because I felt like I learnt so much and was really challenged in my beliefs and place in the world. I would strongly encourage everyone to attend events and meet new people that challenge you. It’s so easy to get comfortable in our ways, so bring on being uncomfortable and getting out of the comfort zone!

🐚 Jervis Bay roadtrip

Top of my go-to places for this year has been Jervis Bay! And we finally went! There’s nothing like a little day trip to get away from the chaos of life. We stopped of at Gerringong for some brekky, Hyams beach for some white sand and tropical water, Huskisson for some fish and chips, and of course, Berry for some famous donuts! I feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world! Let this be a reminder to get out and explore your own backyard!

❤️💛💚 One Love Reggae Concert

Yep you read that correctly, I spent my Friday night at a reggae concert! There’s nothing like being a little spontaneous and I can definitely agree that a reggae band is probably the most random, but most awesome night you will have! I wasn’t drinking, and despite all the dreadlocks around, wasn’t smoking, but felt high off life, music and the good vibes everyone was vibing! If you ever get the chance – go to a reggae concert! You won’t regret it.

🎶 Tunes

Pasta by Angie McMahon
Angie’s back and she’s brought her A game. I always love some kick ass female rockers, especially with a cool little video clip! I’m hoping this means a new album is on the way!

Old Man by Stella Donnelly
Wow! What an awesome album! I saw Stella Donnelly perform at A Day On The Green last month and was seriously blown away by her stage presence and live show. And now falling in love with her album, gosh I have so much respect for her, her music and what she stands for!

📚 Book

The Trauma Cleaner, by Sarah Krasnostein
I can honestly say that this book was incredibly challenging to read. Not in the way it’s written but the raw nature of the content. As the reader you’re very confronted by your own privilege. This book follows the story of Sandra, a trans woman cleaning up after other people’s mess. This book isn’t just important because of the experiences she shares during her transition to a woman, but her experiences as a sex worker, and a woman during the 80s and 90s. It also shines a light on poverty in Australia, a topic that I personally feel there is little discussion about among the Australian public. You’ll be challenged, but it’s absolutely worth it.

🎥 Flicks

Russian Doll
I smashed out this series very quickly and thought it was smart, provocative and super interesting! Natasha Lyonne plays her character so well and I was totally hooked! Your curiosity will keep you hanging around until the end!

📷 Bloggers, Vloggers and Podders

Bobo and Flex
Yes. Yes. A million times YAAASSS! I absolutely love this podcast! These two gals have opinions and they want us to hear them! They dive deep into sex things that you think you’re not allowed to think. They make you evaluate your sense of self, your spirituality and your hotness. I love how candid their conversation is, and most of all Bobo’s reactions of ‘I am dead. Literally crying.’ (If you listen to the show you’ll know the exact voice she uses!) Absolute must for those independent women out there!

The Guardian’s Longread
This may reveal my inner nerd but I have fallen in love with The Guardian’s Longread podcast. Because unfortunately, I’m a busy gal and don’t always have time to read in-depth investigative journalism. And this podcast reads it to me! It’s a great way to feel informed, educated and in the know with leading issues.

One of the most interesting episodes I’ve listened to is called ‘White Gold: The Unstoppable Rise of Alternative Milks.’ Seriously I cannot stop talking about it so you should go and listen to it right now!

📝 Quote

Something that I kept coming back to this month was being strong and believing in myself. By having faith that I was in the right place, at the right time. I started a new job (a permanent one – what?!) and really believe that this is where I’m meant to be. It’s scary seeing friends move on and move away from their life in Wollongong. It’s even scarier thinking about your future in a place that you love so much, but think there’s maybe more out there for you. That time will come, but it’s funny how I have to keep reminding myself that I’m 24 years young. I have literally my whole life ahead of me. And there’s nothing wrong with taking your time, making the most of what you currently have, and making the most of the opportunities that present themselves to you.

Woah March, you were pretty hectic. Moving in to April, I think I need to make sure I’m constantly checking in with myself and see how I’m doing. It’s so easy to get caught up in life that you forget to take a step back, take a deep breath, and just be. I’m excited for all the awesome things planned for April, but I’m also looking forward to some down time and focusing on me!

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: MARCH 2018

I guess time really is the heart’s biggest healer. March absolutely flew by, and despite some of the negative things I encountered this month, I can honestly say I’ve never felt happier. That’s why I really believe everything happens for a reason. You go through these rough times and come out the other end a stronger, more resilient and a more confident person (thanks universe!). But damn March you were awesome, hectic and wild, so let’s have a little look back on the month that was.

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🎵 Gigs

March was the month of music! I went to several incredible gigs including; Tired Lion, Tiny Little Houses, Camp Cope & Smith Street Band. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love going to concerts, having a few beers and dancing along to some music. I was lucky enough to go with some pretty rad people and have a blast! I have to say that Tiny Little Houses totally blew my mind and I’m now even more obsessed with them (sorry Chloe and Dylan for having to put up with me playing their music on repeat!).

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Tired Lion

🌈 Mardi Gras

If you were following me on Instagram, then you would have known that I went to Mardi Gras. And if you’re not following me on Instagram, what the hell are you doing?! (@missadelaide_) Mardi Gras is my FAVOURITE day of the year! It’s a time to dress up, glitterfy yourself and anyone within proximity, to be yourself, feel confident and express your love in whatever form it takes. I think the photos speak for themselves; I had a flipping amazing time with some flipping amazing people!

💻 Starting a new job

This month I started an exciting new job as a Digital Marketing Officer at the University of Wollongong for the Faculty of Law, Humanities and Arts. It’s so exciting and daunting starting a new job, in a new team with lots of new responsibilities. But the first few weeks have been amazing, I work with an incredible team and I feel like I have a lot of valuable ideas to contribute. It’s also the first time I’ve felt I actually have a degree (which is super exciting). Feel free to check out the UOWCreative Instagram page that I’m in charge of!

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😎Shenanigans

Whether it’s for a beer, coffee, tea, boogie, karaoke sesh, swim, hug, these beautiful people have helped make March purely magical. Sure there were probably one (or five) too many hangovers, but it was totally worth it to share all of the moments with you.

🎶Tunes

Crooked Colours. Ummmm so where have these guys been hiding my whole life? I get strong Alt-J vibes and their music is super chill yet funky (my fave). I’m going to see them next month which makes me all the more keen to keep their album on repeat!

Tiny Little Houses. OK so they also appeared in my November faves, but after seeing them at UniBar, they make it back to the top again! They were soooo incredible live! Their music just gets in my brain and heart and I can’t stop listening to it. PLUS – they responded to my Insta story, which in my eyes is the coolest thing ever and I love them looooong time!

Ali Barter. The perfect amount of badassery right here. Dealing with the remnants of a breakup is not easy. But when you’ve got some kick ass tunes like this one, it makes it a little easier.

🎥 Flicks

Sin Frontera. This is a compelling short film about migrants with undocumented status living in the United States. I would 100% recommend this to everyone and it was particularly captivating for me and my thesis I’m working on.

📗Books

If you’re looking for a little girl power inspiration, then this book has got you covered. It’s not the kind of book you sit down and read cover to cover. But flicking through the pages and reading about these incredible women of history truly is amazing! It also really resonated to me how deeply embedded sexism and gender inequality is in our society. One of my favourite sections was about badass women wearing trousers. Yes trousers. Because back in the day it was illegal! The Times wrote about this only 2 years ago in reference to Hillary Clinton and thus my friends, this book is necessary to realise how far we’ve come, but how far we need to go.

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📷 Bloggers and Vloggers

@travel_inhershoes

So I’ve fan girled over Aggie for some time now, but this month particularly she is deserving of a mention. HER PHOTOS ARE INSANE! Not only is she insanely beautiful (that’s kind of a given these days to be an Instagrammer) but her photos are unique, captivating and fun. A very worthy reason to give her a follow is her Instagram Stories. She’s always posting content whether it’s of her travels, behind the scenes of her photos or of her dog (LOVE!). This girl is certainly talented and certainly works hard. She is an absolute must for all of you obsessed with travel.

WARNING: she will leave you with a major case of travel jealousy.

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📝 Quote

This month I made peace with myself and loved myself for that. The past month hasn’t been the easiest, but it’s been the happiest I’ve been in a looooooong time. Being strong enough to stand up for yourself, can sometimes be quite difficult. But at the end of it all, you’re going to walk away knowing that you’ve got your back, you will not tolerate being treated like shit, and that you know your self worth and should only invest time and love into people who make you feel your absolute BEST! Self love is the only kinda love I need right now and it feels amazing.

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Well what a month! April will be dedicated to working hard, studying harder, ensuring I make the most of my time and appreciate my friends and family because god damn are they amazing!

❤ Keep up with me on Instagram @aworldlyaddiction ❤

 

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: MARCH

March Madness. March really was a bit of a mixed bag. Ups and downs, exciting nights out and boring essays to write. I guess that’s to be expected with uni kicking off, working 30hours a week and trying to maintain some sort of ‘normal’ social life. Overall, it was pretty damn good. However I have to admit, I had a week or two where I was completely flat. It was a good reminder that I need to be taking more time to myself and allowing myself some time off every now and again. (you can read about how to overcome a bad week here). But, over to some good news… this post celebrates 1 year of ‘These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things.’ How exciting! If you’ve missed my previous few, you can read them here. Et voila! Here are my highlights from March!

Mardi Gras

Ah Mardi Gras – the happiest day of the year. I wasn’t sure I could top the excitement of Mardi Gras 2015, but I have to admit, I had a pretty damn awesome time! You can read all about my experience here!

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My awesome housemates embracing the Mardi-madness

Garden Party

So by now, most of you would probably know how much I love my music. So when I saw the tickets to Garden Party at UOW Unibar were only $30, I bought one straight away. It was such a good night with such a good crowd. Dune Rats were amazing, but I must admit that Mansionair stole the show!!!

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Front and centre for Mansionair.

Home for the long weekend

Because uni’s kicked off again and I’m working ever spare hour I’m not at uni, I usually can’t justify making the 6hour journey home just for a weekend. And then God gave us long weekends (or should I say Jesus?). I had such a lovely weekend at home. Sunrise walks, swimming at the beach, spending time with my friends, playing with my dogs and chilling out watching nature documentaries. It was so good to just switch off for a day or two and relax. Something I’ve really been needing to do for a long time.

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Let Them Stay Rally

A few weeks ago I attended the Let Them Stay Rally. Not only is it about the refugees currently hospitalised on mainland Australia from Nauru, but about all refugees. Letting them know that they’re welcome. That we’re all the same, and we all have the right to live without fear of prosecution or abuse. I’m so glad that I went to the event because I felt apart of a wider community who genuinely cared so much about this massive issue. And then we held the Let The Stay Banner on the beach and there I am holding the banner above the L.

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Let Them Stay: Wollongong

Netball

This session, we’ve started up our awesome KB Banditos team again. We’re only in week 3 and we’ve already won a game! (I’m not the best netball player out there and we’re in it for the fun, so for us to win… that’s a big deal!)

Tunes

I’ve been playing this song on repeat!!! My housemate introduced me to Urthboy’s music and for that, I will always be grateful!

Plus… Violent Soho’s new album came out this month WACO, and I’ve been listening to it on repeat! I’ve been waiting for them to release this album for a long time coming!

Blogs and Vlogs

Tiphaine Marie

I am absolutely loving this girl! She’s a fashion/travel vlogger from Switzerland and has such a cute and chic sense of style! Her videos are short and sweet and I always enjoy watching them of a morning! Definitely one to subscribe to!

You can check out her blog here.

Lives Abroad

I also stumbled across this cool blog. It’s focused around education through travel. I absolutely love the concept and have spent many hours reading through the content!

You can check out her blog here.

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Quote

“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.”

I’ve been loving this quote this month, because I definitely had a few rocky seas to get through. But it’s reassuring knowing that these setbacks, these challenges and these fears are actually helping me become the person I’m supposed to be.

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Mardi Gras 2016: Glitz, Glamour and Glitter

“We cannot all succeed, when half of us are held back.” ~ Malala Yousafzai 

Mardi Gras 2016. What a magical day and night! After the amazing fun I had last year – I wasn’t sure that I could top it again this year. (You can read about my experience here). But lone and behold, 2016 delivered! It was one of the best days I’ve had in a long time! I dressed up as a pirate, complete with fishnet stocking, frizzed hair and glitter galore. We went to Sydney in a massive group and it was so great to spend time with some amazing people.

The amount of acceptance, love and joy shown at Mardi Gras exemplifies the absolute urgent need for equality. This is not a political, religious or moral issue. It is about love. Self love, loving others and accepting and respecting the love that others share. Australia, let’s stop being a international embarrassment. How are we supposed to grow as a nation when we can’t even grant a human need like love to all.

So I thought the best way to show you all of the love felt is to show you some of our bedazzled photos!

Happy Mardi Gras!

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Happy Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras ~ The Happiest Place On Earth

Happy Mardi Gras! And what a happy occasion it was! It was my first ever proper Mardi Gras celebration, and it wouldn’t have been complete without a tonne of glitter! This day is about equality and celebration of people from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Intersex Community.I enjoyed this magical day with my two good friends  Tishia and Dylan and these are some of my observations/conclusions from one of the biggest Mardi Gras Festivals in the world!

I felt incredibly happy. I’m not sure if it was the glitter or the ecstatic energy from the buzzing crowd but I felt so HAPPY! In fact, I felt like a real life fairy, skipping around everywhere and sprinkling glitter on everyone. This euphoric state got me questioning, ‘why can’t I feel this good everyday?’ And I guess I have no legitimate reason at all! And everyone seemed happy and thus everyone was absolutely beautiful. Whether you were wearing hot pants, leather, sequins, had glitter on your eyebrows, lips or breasts, jeans and a t-shirt or basically nothing at all, everyone looked absolutely FABULOUS! And not only were they fabulous but also lovely people. Walking up and down the parade, we talked to and met some incredible people.

All this colour and happiness and loving acceptance got me thinking about everyday life. When we’re not covered in glitter or listening to doof doof music, what happens then? I honestly believe if we lived everyday of our lives like we were at Mardi Gras (yes, glitter included), the world would be a much better and much more peaceful place. Wearing what we want to express ourselves and not being slut shamed. Talking and accepting our own and others sexuality and not be labelled as a derogatory name with associated stereotypes. Meeting new people without fear of being judged. Dancing in the street and listening to great music. And most importantly. BE OURSELVES! Why is it that for only one day we let our guard down and flaunt what we’ve got? And every other day we embody prejudice, we discriminate subconsciously, or judge others? Equality is for everyone! But unfortunately for some, they wipe their glitter off with a conservative and close minded wet blanket. We all have the right to be our own unique being on this planet, some of us just prefer a little more glitter in our lives.

Here are some photos of my night and all the sparkles!

Tishia, Me and Dylan
Tishia, Me and Dylan

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Eyebrow game on point!

Clothes are definitely optional at Mardi Gras. Glitter is compulsory!
Clothes are definitely optional at Mardi Gras. Glitter is compulsory!

We are FIERCE
We are FIERCE

Celebrating with a view
Celebrating with a view

Street Parties should happen every weekend
Street Parties should happen every weekend

Dancing all night with my best friends
Dancing all night with my best friends

xxx A