These Are A Few of My Favourite Things: JUNE

June where did you go? Please come back because you were one amazing month. Despite the depression associated with exams and the end of session, there’s nothing quite like walking out of an exam hall hearing ‘Eye of the Tiger’ flood through your mind and you feel like an absolute champion (unless you did a linguistics exam like me). Either way, Autumn session is done and the holidays are here! June has quite frankly been fabulous and I’d like to share it with all of you.

Our end of session college formal. Open bar, DJ, dancefloor and 200 of your closest friends. You’re definitely in for a good night.

My awesome housemate dressed to the nines
My awesome housemate dressed to the nines

The Northern Beaches. If you’re looking for a nice little weekend away, then get on a bus from Sydney and head up towards the Northern Beaches. I couldn’t believe how gorgeous it was! We were treated to a gorgeous sunset and wandered the streets and beaches… it was absolutely spectacular!

Venturing up to the beauitufl Northern Beaches with my best friend
Venturing up to the beauitufl Northern Beaches with my best friend

A PepTalk. Need some inspiration to make the most of life? To value your individuality and pursue your passions.

Finishing EXAMS. Need I say more?

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And if you need some more inspiration… World of Wanderlust. I’m constantly inspired and motivated to make the most out of life and spend hours gazing at beautiful travel pictures on pinterest! WARNING: this particular video will challenge you to reconsider your life.

And on that note… The day I got to meet Brooke Saward and have morning tea wanderlusting about the world. 

Brooke and some very inspiring readers
Brooke and some very inspiring readers

THIS SONG! 

Going home for the weekend. I don’t get home much lately because of uni and work, but whenever I do go home it’s always lovely. I’m constantly in awe of how beautiful nature is and how much I love just taking some time to unwind and relax. Oh, and it’s always great to have a roast dinner with my family.

Beautiful Port Stephens
Beautiful Port Stephens
And just another because it's just THAT pretty
And just another because it’s just THAT pretty

And finally, I joined the gym! After recently re-reading my post about all the things I’ve been hoping to achieve this year, it’s about time I did something on it and re-joining the gym was the easiest (and at the same time hardest) thing to do. Watch out City2Surf.

I hope you’ve all had a lovley month and hope that July is equally as awesome.

Peace and love

xxx A

Morning Tea with World of Wanderlust

Just incase morning tea at the Shangri-La’s Horizon Club isn’t good enough, add Brooke Saward, travel and lifestyle blogger, into the scenario and you have one of the best morning tea’s an aspiring writer can have.

I have been following Brooke’s incredibly inspiring travel blog, World of Wanderlust for nearly two years now and she’s inspired me in so many ways to make the most out of life and appreciate the gift of travel. (read here) I was lucky enough to get the chance to meet her and it was so incredibly motivating and just down right freakin awesome!

Brooke and some very inspiring readers
Brooke and some very inspiring readers

I had no idea what to expect. Here is a girl who’s living her dream. THE dream. Travelled to over 50 countries, written books, how could she possibly find someone like me interesting?! To actually see her in person, just made her and everything she stands for so much more real.

We talked about so many different things; the importance of being a positive role model, relationships, university, pinterest, macaroons, travel as the most valuable form of education, Tasmania, Taylor Swift, the changing face of the internet, future travel plans, life and how freakin awesome the Blogosphere is.

Desserts by the renowned Anna Polyviou at the Shangri-La
Desserts by the renowned Anna Polyviou at the Shangri-La

It was incredible to get a insider’s view into the World of Wanderlust. I have a new found respect for her and other full time travel bloggers. Brooke makes it look so easy, staying in luxurious hotels and seeing all corners of the world. But it’s so much more than that. Switching between time zones, living out of a suitcase, trying to maintain relationships, managing your own business, all whilst trying to deal with the regular emotions associated with traveling. And at the bottom of it all, she seems so humble and appreciative. She’s worked damn hard to get where she is today and now she’s living her dream. THE dream. And after an amazing morning tea, with an amazing person, I feel like I have the ultimate control over my life and it’s up to me to make the most of it.

View of Sydney Harbour from the 30th floor of the Shangri-La
View of Sydney Harbour from the 30th floor of the Shangri-La

Sure, I may never be paid to travel the whole world and stay in 5 star hotels, but something better may even happen. But it’s up to me to make sure it does!

So, graçias Brooke for allowing me to realise my potential and passion in life and daring me to be brave enough to pursue it.

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xxx A

An Open Letter to Brooke Saward: World of Wanderlust

Dear Brooke,

I have been following your inspiring story for over a year now and I just felt the need to let you know just how awesome and inspirational I think you are. I have so much respect and admiration for you and what you do and checking your blog on a daily basis is one of my favourite things to do.

For anyone who hasn’t checked out World of Wanderlust, here’s what I absolutely love about it and why you will too!

http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/
http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/

Brooke is a twenty something full time traveller from Tasmania who booked a one way ticket out of Australia after graduating and decided to make her life AMAZING! She’s travelled to 50+ countries across 6 continents and has a HUGE social media following. And with photos like above and throughout this piece, it’s no wonder why! From Brooke and her adventures, I’ve learnt some pretty valuable lessons and outlooks on life that I always try and carry with me.

Chase your dream. Like every dream, you’ll face many road blocks and hurdles, people telling you ‘you can’t do that’ or questioning why, what, how. But at the end of the day, it’s your life and your dream. No one’s going to hand it to you on a golden plate. You have to work for it, fight for it and make it happen for you.

http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/
http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/

Take the road less travelled. Whether it be some lake in Slovenia, a mountain range in Peru, a back street in Paris or an Island in the Pacific, adventure and beauty is all around. It’s not always about the destination, but the journey you take to get there and once you’re there.

Get to know people to learn about a culture. Brooke usually has meet ups at various destinations across the world to meet readers and explore a city with them. Getting to know locals is an invaluable skill because it’s once you put your map down and have a quality conversation with someone from the country you’re in, is when you’ll learn what it’s actually like in that culture.

http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/
http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/

Life isn’t meant to be smooth sailing. I’m not entirely sure of all the hurdles that Brooke has experienced in her travels, but I do know about some entry denials, flight delays and I’m sure there’s many others, but hiccups occur, you get lost, baggage goes missing, you stay in a less than desirable hostel and things get stolen. Whilst at the time it can be scary, daunting, overwhelming and can leave you not wanting to get out of bed, life goes on. And it’s all of these hiccups that make for a good story after your trip.

Indepence and confidence is beautiful. These days, there’s so much pressure to go to uni, get a boyfriend, buy a car, a house, get a job, get married and then get sucked into ‘life.’ But what if you want to do something different? I want to go on exchange whilst at university, then once I’ve graduated, go and live in Edinburgh, or Paris, or New York or Tokyo, who knows but I want to explore this world inside out and not stop until I have. Brooke makes travelling the world, having dreams and pursuing them look absolutely beautiful.

http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/
http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/

So Brooke, thank you so much for brightening my days when I’m bored studying or working. I truly admire everything you are doing with your life and I hope you never stop living your dream. You’ve inspired me to pursue mine, reaching for the moon and if I miss, at least I’ll be among the stars.

Check out Brooke’s blog here: http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/

*I do not take any credit for these photos. They are all property of Brooke Saward.