These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: FEBRUARY

February. You graced us with an extra day this month, and it still wasn’t long enough. This month was full on! With work being absolutely crazy and uni starting back, February was pretty damn intense! However I learnt a pretty valuable lesson this month. Because life was so damn hectic, I ran myself down to the ground! For the first time in years I got a cold sore. What the heck?! And not only that, but it stayed for three whole weeks! Three weeks! I took so many vitamins, used lots of different creams and tried my hardest not to touch it, but it just wouldn’t leave. And along with having a cold sore, I constantly felt fatigued and found it difficult to concentrate when at work. My body was screaming at me to just calm down and take a breather for a day. It felt horrible and it’s not something I want to go through again. This just made me realise how we need to look after our bodies, and when we need time out, we need to be strong enough to say so. Alright, enough about that. Here’s some of the things that got me through the craziest and shortest month of the year.

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Diary Goals. Source

My Diary

So I finally got around to buying myself a diary. I used to always write in a diary, however for some reason I just stopped writing. It’s something that I’ve always loved doing. So with February being a pretty stressful month, I thought I would suck it up and finally just buy a diary and get writing. The best thing is that the diary I bought doesn’t have lines. So I’ve experimented with some little drawings here and there too. Watch this space for more reasons why I absolutely love keeping a diary. I honestly can’t explain how beneficial and amazing keeping a diary is, so I’ll fill it in later.

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Speaking to 1200 year 12 students. No big deal.

Being a Keynote Speaker at Discovery Days

I wrote about my experience and what I learnt here. Quick run down – I spoke to over 6000 students over 5 days spreading my word and trying to spread some happiness and inspiration to some truly incredible kids. It was one of the scariest, exciting yet nerve racking experiences of my life.

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These lot! From left to right it’s Nicola, Tiger, Me and Chantelle!

Moving into a new apartment with new and awesome people.

This session, I’m living at the same residence but in a different section (a much nicer and cleaner section). I was so excited to move into a new place, but slightly nervous about who I would be living with. And as soon as they moved in, it was love at first sight! I’m living in a four share apartment with Nicola (Graphic Design student), Tiger (Engineering student – and yes… his name is really Tiger), and Sam (Medical Health Science Student). Plus we’ve adopted a few more housemates who practically live with us too! And I’m so happy that my old housemate Chantelle is one of them. Overall, I’m living with some pretty awesome people! #imagine #thedream

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Greatest roomies!

Sunrises and Waterfalls

So you probably already know I’m not the best morning person around, however I’m trying to change that. And after moving in with my new housemates, I’m not really getting much of an option. I’ve spent two mornings up at 5:30am to watch the sunrise and go for an early morning swim.  We also spent a day a day at Macquarie Pass (just half an hour from Wollongong) and it was such a beautiful way to spend a day off!

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Spending a day jumping off rocks and sliding down waterfalls at Macquarie Pass. For more photos check out my Instagram @aworldlyaddiction

More 21st’s

Again, 2016 is the year of 21st birthday parties! I went to my friend of 10 years 21st in Newcastle! It was so good to see her and everyone from back home! I also went to my other friends 21st who had a decked out bar tab in Wollongong. It was great to spend time with people I only see occasionally and have a free flow of beer! Thanks heaps to Mollie and Audi for the amazing parties and even better memories! Keep up the parties guys!

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Myself, Chantelle and Elly prepping for Mollie’s birthday in Newcastle!
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Audi’s 21st! Instagram frame and all!

Books

I read Escape From Camp 14 this month and I wrote a review about it here.

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Tunes

I have absolutely been LOVING Claptone this month! The perfect chilled out yet get pumped music!

Blogs and Vlogs

I’ve really been digging Hey Nadine. I’ve been wanting to watch a few more female vloggers and eventually want to move beyond watching just travel vloggers and watching people who vlog about important social issues. But I particularly like this video because there’s a few different travel vloggers talking about the pros and cons of female solo travel.

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“Seek respect, not attention. It lasts longer.” 

This past month I saw some pretty horrible acts of attention seeking. It’s fake and everyone can see right through it. People are attracted to other people who are confident and true to themselves. Not people who act how they think they should. This quote has showed me the importance of self respect and respect for others, and to always be conscious of the long term effects of decisions you make now.

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And so concludes the month that was February. Uni has started and of course I’ve got plenty of things to keep me busy so I’m really looking forward to what march has to offer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: DECEMBER

After being very politely reminded by a friend that I actually hadn’t written a ‘favourite things’ post from December, I had to smash one out immediately! With all of the hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Years – I really just could not find the time for it! Horrible excuse I know! So… voilà!

Borders – M.I.A

I absolutely love this video clip! It just goes to show that singers and people in the entertainment industry have the power to raise awareness about serious social issues. I feel that more people in positions of power should actually use their power and influence to make a different in our world. Congrats M.I.A – absolutely killed it!

The Anti Cool Girl by Rosie Waterland

I read this book in literally 3 days and I swear they were the 3 best days of my life! This book is witty, gritty and hilarious. I’d definitely recommend it anyone!

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Settling in to our new home for the Summer

Complete with sometimes swampy pool and all, our humble little abode for Summer is pretty damn sweet! And living with your best friend definitely has it’s perks!

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Santa Pub Crawl

It’s a pub crawl. And everyone’s dressed up as Santas. What’s not to love?! The best thing is that the money goes towards charity so I guess it’d actually be rude not to go.

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Going home for Christmas

So this year I actually got to enjoy Christmas properly! Aside from being slightly *headache-y* in the morning, I had such a fabulous day with such great friends and family!

Jetsetting to Melbourne for New Years Eve

So we left on the 30th December and carried our antics into the New Year. There’ll definitely be another post to come with all of my recommendations but for now – I’ll just leave these photos here.

I hope the end of your 2015 was as spectacular as mine and you’re ready to take 2016 by STORM!

 

 

 

 

These Are A Few of My Favourite Things: APRIL

It’s that time of month again. Where I’m filled with hope and optimism that I’ll actually begin training for the City2Surf or stop spending so much money on ASOS. So as Summer is well and truly over and the cold dark nights get longer, it’s time to reflect on the awesome month that was April.

Going home for Easter

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Catching up with my housemates from London.

This was one of the absolute highlights of my year. You can read more about what we got up to and how special it is to have life long friendships which transcend space and time here.

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The Wombats new ablum: Glitterbug

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My centre for happiness

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Celebrating 21st’s and college friends

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Triple J – #1 Dads – Like a Version

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Because being environmentally responsible, aware and friendly is not only important but cool

And MAY you all have a lovely month

xxx A

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: MARCH

So I’m starting a new part of my blog that I’ll be writing at the end of each month as a recap/highlights reel from the month that has been. And what a month March has been!

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Mardi Gras Madness

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Tishia, Me and Dylan: Being fabulous at Mardi Gras

Shenanigans with new housemates and friends

Coconut Thai with awesome new friends and housemates
Coconut Thai with awesome new friends and housemates

Lena Dunham’s epically amazing book ‘Not That Kind of Girl.’ (I wrote a post about it here).

Get it and get it now
Get it and get it now

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Silver Linings Playbook

Everyone loves a bit of Bradley Cooper
Everyone loves a bit of Bradley Cooper

Working more and more 🙂

How To Get Away With Murder – the fastest I’ve ever smashed through a season of TV shows #addictive

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Riding my awesome red rickety bike here there an everywhere

Ed Sheeran concert in Sydney #lifecomplete

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Ed Sheeran performing ‘Tenerife Sea’

Early Morning Yoga

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Life goals
Life goals

xxx A