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!

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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: NOVEMBER 2017

Oh damn time is flying by too quickly! The other day I found a white hair on my head (red heads go white not grey just FYI), and I’m sure before I know it, it’ll be 2018. It’s already a week into December and I haven’t even published this post! Many apologies, life has been pretty hectic as you’re about to see. So without further ado, my fave things from November!

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✈️ 🇹🇭 Travelling around Thailand with my sister

How else do you celebrate finishing your undergrad than by galavanting off to Thailand with your best friend? That’s exactly what my sister and I did. We did a 9 day G Adventures tour (which you can check out here), which took us around stunning Southern Thailand. We ate, drank, swam and ate some more. It’s the first time I’ve properly explored an Asian country and I was definitely impressed. Bangkok was insane and the countryside was beautiful! It’s definitely somewhere I’d love to go back and it really was the perfect way to celebrate finishing my degree.

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🎉 One Day Sundays

For those of you who don’t know, One Day Sunday’s is originally a Sydney mini festival with rnb/dance music. This weekend they brought it to Wollongong so naturally, my friends and I got down and funky.

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I love you Tishia! Even when you’re hungover (I promise to stop feeding you alcohol when we go out).

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🎶 Tunes

Louane. Louane is a French artist and regardless of whether you speak the language or not, everyone can appreciate her soul, energy and talent. This song particularly is super sweet and lovely and I’ve had it on repeat lately. For those of you who do speak French, I find that listening to music is a fantastic way to practice your vocab and embrace everything French!

Tiny Little Houses. If you’re after some grunge garage rock, these guys are for you. Really loving their stuff at the moment and I can’t wait to hear more.

 📗Books

I think that possibly the best thing about finishing uni is all the spare time I have to read! And this month I’ve read some fantastic books that have really made me fall back in love with reading!

Adventures of a Young Naturalist – David Attenborough

Um hello it’s David Attenborough?! But seriously this book is amazing and suitable for anyone who finds him an absolute legend. It’s about his expeditions during the 50’s to Guyana, Indonesia and Paraguay. It’s absolutely fascinating and when you imagine him reading the words to you, it’s even better.

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Trafficked – Sophie Hayes

I literally read this book in 1 day. It is such a page turner for all of the wrong reasons as the story is absolutely horrific. It’s about a British girl who is trafficked into sex work in Italy. For anyone remotely interested in the topic it is a must. For everyone else, it is incredibly eye opening to this huge hidden problem that affects millions across the globe in modern slavery.

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The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

WHY HAVEN’T I BEEN TOLD TO READ THIS BEFORE?! This book is absolutely incredible! It’s almost like the female equivalent to 1984. Again, I really couldn’t put this book down. It’s intelligent and incredibly relevant. Now I have to binge watch the TV show!

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For One More Day – Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom is one of my favourite authors (my fave book every is Tuesday’s With Morrie). I read this in 2 days so it’s an easy read, but a really enjoyable one. It’s focused around family and relationships and I feel I really got something out of this book. Extremely lovely!

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🎥 Flicks

Ali’s Wedding

A 2017 Australian film about love, friendship, faith and family, this film really does have it all. It offers a unique and much needed voice from Muslim Australian’s living in a tense yet multicultural Australia. It’s really enjoyable and I absolutely loved it.

📷 Bloggers and Vloggers

Danielle Carolan

This girl has been slaying lately! I admire her so much! She’s so young, talented and successful. She’s been smashing out videos and her beautiful personality really shines and is incredibly inspirational. Love her work!

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This month I feel that I’ve really been trying to embrace myself completely. Sometimes I can be weird, crazy, sad, emotional, ecstatic and excited and I’m trying to learn to stop apologising for that. To be myself and be unapologetically myself.

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Wow what a month! December has already been hectic (like I said, we’re already a week in and I can’t believe what I’ve done already). Plus, there’s only a few weeks until Christmas and 2018! How flipping exciting! I hope the end of 2017 is fabulous for you!

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