These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: APRIL

April – where did you go? I genuinely cannot believe how quickly April has gone and how jam packed it has been! With eating challenges, 21st birthdays, numerous coffee dates, several visits from friends and family and interstate weekend away it was a pretty great month. Work has been as crazy as ever, I’ve even picked up another job… but as the days fly by and I counted that there’s a mere 55 days until I fly out, I know that it’s all worth it! So, without further adieu, my favourite things from April!

Adventures with my sister

I was lucky enough to have my sister come down for a weekend at the beginning of the month. Because she lives in Newcastle, I definitely don’t get to see her as much as I would like to. So when she came down for the weekend, it was filled with adventures and shopping (of course). A highlight was going to Fitzroy Falls. ‘How was that?’ I hear you ask? Well from the few meters ahead that we could see – it was pretty amazing!

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Fitzroy Falls through the mist. 

For The Love Of Challenge

For the love of our future is a fundraising challenge to raise money to fund educational schemes and political actions regarding Climate Change. The challenge can be as simple or as hard as you make it. People will generally either give up chocolate, beer or coffee (to those that gave up coffee, I applaud you). I decided to go VEGAN for the 2 week challenge. Already being a vegetarian, I naively thought that it wouldn’t be that big of a leap. Oh boy was I wrong! Being a vegan is hard! You have to read the contents of everything! You need to think and rethink what you can and can’t have which requires you to always be switched on. I’m planning on writing about my experience so watch this space. Long story short – going two weeks without cheese is just wrong! On the plus side, I raised just under $100 for an awesome cause!

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For the love of our future! You can find more information here!

My friends

So it was our lovely Nicola’s 21st birthday this month – which of course is celebrated with alcohol! And lots of it! We went to Pepe’s (a really chic place across from North Wollongong beach). Whilst I personally didn’t have the best night because I was a bit overstressed and over tired (sorry Nicola), one thing I love is this picture below. This picture just makes me so happy. And it’s a constant reminder to surround yourself with positive people who will always be there for you. And I’m so lucky that I have these two as housemates and the rest of my friends that were there that night because I honestly wouldn’t know what I would do without you guys 😘

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So grateful for my friends!

Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog Blog….

This month I worked on 2 posts that I’ve been working on for a while now. And finally publishing them and getting the reaction that I did was so rewarding! Top 5 Cafes in Wollongong and Making a Promo Video 101. Blogging is something I absolutely love doing, but there’s nothing quite like when people are engaged and interested with what I write. So a quick and sincere thank you to all of you out there who are reading this and following my journey!

 

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PROMO VIDEO MAKING 101

Anna Johnson-Hill’s Get Shit Done!

So I have this ridiculously talented friend who has this ridiculously awesome business centred around helping others be the best they can be. You can check out her website here. But the best thing is that she just launched this awesome e-course called ‘Getting Shit Done.’ And me being the slightly lazy and easily distracted human I am, I signed up. We’re nearly done with week 2 and so far it’s been amazing! There’s sooooooo much unique content and she really knows what she’s talking about because she draws from her own experiences. This week has been all about self love and her module has really made me take a step back and think about what makes me happy and how I can realistically implement strategies to achieve my goals! Can’t wait for the next 4 modules!

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My weekend getaway to BRISBANE

For the long weekend, I decided I wanted to get away. And where else to go but a warm city that seems to be home to friends and family… BRISBANE! You can read all about my weekend away here, but long story short – My sister and I travelled up there together, we stayed with one of my friends and we ate our way around Brisbane. Catching up with other friends, long lost friends, family and new born adorable babies! It was the perfect amount of time to get away from the stresses of reality and just chill out, eat amazing food, drink wine and spend some time with great company!

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My sister and I at the Barvarian Bier Cafe overlooking the river. 

Tunes

There’s something about how sweet and simple this song is, that I am absolutely loving! At uni the other day, my friend and I were sitting on the lawn having our lunch and there was a guitarist performing. He then sang this stripped back version and I commented how lovely it was. My friend asked if I had heard the twenty one pilots version of it, and oh my gosh you should’ve seen the look on her face when I said no. Ever since then it’s been on repeat!

This tune by Jack Garratt is super chilled an lovely. The video clip is especially amazing! I’ve been listening to a lot of Jack Garratt lately and I’d highly recommend jumping on board! You won’t regret it.

Blogs & Vlogs

Sam Evans Life. A Sydney sider whose Youtube account exploded after hanging out with Fun For Louis. And naturally, I just had to check his stuff out. Turns out, that it’s pretty damn amazing! At the moment I’m especially loving the video below – an epic highlights reel showcasing all of the wicked stuff he got up to in 2015. He’s got a really unique style about him, his photography is on point AND… my home town of Port Stephens even features in his highlights reel! I’m absolutely loving following his journey and watching his vlogs develop. Killin it Sam!

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So this isn’t really a quote, more of a motto, but at the moment I’m very centred around being grateful. I’m so blessed to be where I am and surrounded by people who love and support me unconditionally. I feel like lately I’ve been stressed out due to work and planning my big trip, but I never want to lose sight of what makes me happy and that is the relationships I have with so many incredible people. I feel like I’ve said it a few times in this post already, but I am so thankful and deeply grateful for everyone around me and I hope you know that I am always there for you as well when you need a hug, someone to laugh at or laugh with, or someone to encourage you to pursue your dreams.

I hope you had an equally amazing month and hope that you have an even better MAY! xxx

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Travelling Your Own Backyard: Spotlight on Brisbane

Brisbane, the capital of Queensland and a city I’ve never been particularly interested by (sorry Brisbane). Until several of my closest friends moved there. Then I was slightly more intrigued. I began doing my research and found some return flights from Sydney over the ANZAC day long weekend for $120. My intrigue grew. Then I came to the realisation that if I don’t return to Australia until February next year, I’ll go over a year without seeing my closest friends. And that’s just not OK. So I closed my eyes, pressed confirm, threw some clothes in a carry-on bag and was on my way to Brisbane for the first time.

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Getting There

Brisbane’s public transport is fantastic! Easy to understand and easy to work your way around. As soon as you land at the domestic airport, you simply exit the airport, cross the road and follow the signs to ‘AirTrain.’ I would strongly recommend purchasing a Go Card (the equivalent to a MiKi Card in Melbourne or an Opal Card in Sydney). They cost $10 to purchase, plus whatever credit you want to put on. I put $50 credit on it which was the perfect amount. And the best part is that when you leave again, you can return it and get your $10 back (perfect for an airport coffee). The train heads into the city and from there you can basically get anywhere.

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Tigerair do super cheap deals from Sydney to Brisbane. Just make sure you stick to your baggage limit!

Where To Stay

This is a bit of a trick question because I was lucky enough to stay with my friend in the North of Brisbane. Of course, if you don’t happen to have friends in a city – I would always opt for a centrally located hostel or if you’re travelling with friends, AirBnb!

What To See & Do 

If you’re new to a city, what else is there to do but aimlessly explore?! My sister spent a whole day doing that, so lucky for me, when we went exploring, she knew exactly where to go. But these are definitely my top recommendations!

The BRISBANE sign. A bright and colourful sign on the river overlooking the city. A MUST have shot!

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Go to the beach. OK, for those of you that are good at geography, you’ll know that Brisbane doesn’t have any beaches. So when you don’t want to go to the beach, you bring the beach to you! On the South Bank, there’s a man made beach, complete with sand and lifeguards! A perfect way to spend a hot afternoon! There’s countless bars and cafes nearby as well! Is there anything better?!

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Eat & Drink

OK confession – this trip wasn’t really about the site seeing. Sure it’s a bonus! But what we were really here for was the food, coffee and drinks! And let me tell you, Brisbane delivered!

Barvarian Bier Cafe

We went here twice on our trip and I couldn’t recommend it enough! Not only am I a fan of the chain ‘Barvarian Bier Cafe,’ but this one really excels! It has a beautiful big balcony with stunning views of the bridge and the river. The espresso martini there is to die for, and you really can’t go too wrong with a stein of beer as well!

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My sister and I enjoying the views. 

Cowch

A dessert and cocktail bar… need I say more? The South Bank is where you can find this hidden treasure! We orderedthe bannoffee pizza with some churos which I would highly recommend. If I wasn’t already buzzing off of a sugar high and about to crash into a food baby coma, I could’ve definitely gone for one of their delightful looking martinis as well!

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Grub Street

This one is a bit out of the way (but conveniently down the road from my friends house). Just a short walk from the Gaythorne station is THE BEST BREAKFAST I’VE HAD IN A LONG TIME!!!! I really cannot emphasise how good the food there is! From the outside, it really doesn’t look like much at all. But the quality of their coffee and food was beyond all expectations! So much so, that I went there two days in a row for breakfast! I’d strongly recommend a latte with their carrot pancakes. I know it sounds weird, but just for proof, refer to the picture below. You won’t be sorry.

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Jimmy’s on the Mall

Quite fancy and quite pricy, this place is so charming and worth the extra money on your bill. Not only is the food and wine exceptional but the staff are super friendly and attentive. Hello wine refills. Upstairs is a nice bar where they had a guitarist playing some great music. It’s located right in the middle of Queen Street Mall so you feel like you’re in this gorgeous bubble among the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Morgan, my sister, Mack, Charline and Teagan being fancy at Jimmys. 

Et voilà! Not exactly a complete guide to Brisbane, but if you’re looking for some good food and coffee, this has got you covered! Do you have any recommendations for my next visit? Let me know in the comments below!