These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: NOVEMBER 2021

The best time of year has finally arrived and I couldn’t be more ready for it. November has come and gone in the blink of an eye and some rest and relaxation sounds like an incredible end to another wild year.

This month has been a big month of thinking about what the future and next few months look like. This year has been a bunch of short term contracts and feeling in a constant state of flux trying to figure out what your next move is. I feel that 2021 started so strong then quickly went downhill, so I’m ready for 2022 to enjoy Canberra to its full extent. I’m a strong believer in timing and even when it feels like all of the odds are stacking up against you, you never know what will fall into place and when – let’s just say, I might have something exciting up my sleeve.

As we race to get over the finish line, I hope you can take time to go slow and steady, be intentional and be present. I already know that the next two months will absolutely fly by and before I know it, I’ll be starting a new job and back to the grind. Make the most of it, go easy on yourself, enjoy some sunshine (fingers crossed) and do what makes you feel truly happy.

Let’s take a look at the fun month that was November.

Tour de Gong

It would appear that my love of the Gong has reached new heights because my housemates in Canberra were sick of just hearing about it and were ready to experience it for themselves. And believe it or not, it was a year ago (nearly to the date), that we embarked on our first tour de gong pub crawl. So I thought it was only fitting to implement Tour de Gong 2.0. And boy was it a hit?!

We started off at the stunning Scarborough Hotel to take in sweeping views over the Pacific Ocean, before heading down to The Fitz in Bulli (certainly a crowd favourite). After a few fancy cocktails, we headed to Resin, a brewery in Bulli to get some tasty beers before jumping on the famous 90 bus to head to Dagwood. Everyone else in the Gong seemed to have the same idea and was out on the town. So we headed to Dicey Riley’s to wind down.

The Gong has such a special place in my heart and it was so nice to share it with people I love for a big ol weekend together.

Family visits

After nearly 6 months of not seeing my family, they were finally able to come down to Canberra for a weekend and wow it was SO AMAZING to see them! We celebrated Isaac finishing uni (woo) with some noodles, a BBQ and some nice cocktails. I’m SOOOO looking forward to Christmas to hang out with my family by the beach and relax!

We also got to head up to Sydney for the first time in SOOOO LONG! It has been over 6 months and the biggest teller of time was seeing how big baby Jack is now! My goodness. We had such a great weekend in Sydney, hanging out and playing with Jack, watching movies, going out and about in the city for Michael’s birthday and drinking copious amounts of coffee. I absolutely adore the Chapple family and am very keen to hang out in Sydney with them over summer for wine, adventures and sessions in the pool!

I also had a visit from my spicy love, Tishia. After months of being separated due to COVID, we were finally reunited and we spent the weekend going out and about in Canberra. It’s always such a nice feeling knowing you don’t have to entertain your friends, you just have to be. And I love just being with you always!

Tunes

Sly Withers
These guys released their Like A Version several months ago but damn I have had this on absolute repeat lately! It’s so powerful and punchy and I absolutely cannot wait for their tour!

TSwift
Well Taylor Swift has officially taken over the world – and my TikTok for you page. It’s so funny suddenly becoming a big TSwift fan, I was never into her earlier so it’s hilarious that I’m now low key obsessed. I absolutely adore her new song with Phoebe Bridgers and have certainly had it on repeat.

Tiny Little Houses
I can’t remember the last time I was so excited for an album to be released! Finally! They have been teasing it for what feels like all year and my eyes absolutely lit up when I saw it was out… hoping this means there is a tour on the cards.

Books

The Country of Others, By Leila Slimani
I felt inspired to read some books from international authors set in places and times I didn’t know much about – and then I stumbled across this gem. It’s set in the 1940s, Morocco and tells the story of Mathilde, a woman from Alsace who falls in love with Amine, a Moroccon soldier fighting with the French forces. It’s an incredibly gripping story which I believe is set to be the first of three. Would strongly recommend this one.

Love and Virtue, Diana Reid
I could not put this down and would recommend to anyone who is interested in friendship, university culture, dating culture and the age old question ‘what does it mean to be a good person.’ I absolutely loved this book, the way it was written, the characters, the situations they created – just wow.

Love & Virtue by Diana Reid | 9781761150111 | Booktopia

The Inner Self, by Hugh Mackay
I borrowed this one from my housemate and was nodding profusely while reading it. This book explores the 20 things we ‘hide’ in to distract ourselves from our true inner self. Things like ‘busyness, work, and anxiety,’ all of which I’m guilty of hiding in. While I would have loved for this book to go a little deeper and hit a little harder, it’s a great book to get you thinking about what your true inner self is.

The Inner Self - Pan Macmillan AU

Flicks

Yellowstone
Jumping on the basic bandwagon and jumping on the Yellowstone train. It’s certainly not what I expected to be loving but here I am. I often roll my eyes, think it’s problematic and violent af but here I am thinking ‘maybe I should go and ride a horse.’ The real question is, when can I get a cowboy hat and boots?!

Podcasts

Too Much Time Alone, By Brooke Saward
Also known as World of Wanderlust, Brooke has launched her new podcast that reflects on the time she has spent alone over the past few years while travelling the world. It’s light, fun, and talks about travel and romance in a real and raw way.

The Culture, by Osman Faruqi
I cannot recommend this podcast enough! It’s a critical examination of pop culture in Australia and around the world. I particularly love his episodes on ‘Why do millennials love Sally Rooney?’ and ‘Why Kanye West can’t be cancelled.’ You will feel even more intelligent after listening to it too.

Products

Converse hi-tops
I landed myself some Converse hi-tops during a 30% off sale on the Iconic. And let me tell you I AM OBSESSED! They are ridiculously comfortable, add a nice bit of height and go with everything. Keep an eye out on the Iconic for these bad boys.

Converse - Chuck Taylor All Star Platform Hi - Women's

December you are looking FIIIIINNNNEEEE! I am beyond excited to spend some much needed time at home with friends and family, head off on an adventure with Johnnie, eat eat eat, get some serious beach time and take a deep breath in and out. 2022 is just around the corner and I am so ready!

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.

πŸ™ˆ 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.

πŸ‘— 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!

β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’š 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!

πŸ“š 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.

πŸŽ₯ 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!

πŸ“· 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!

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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!