I’m a planner.
As much as I love being spontaneous, I need to plan my life out so you can bet your bottom dollar that as soon as I finished uni and we entered the new year, I knew exactly how I wanted to spend this year.
I have a well thought out plan. To travel. To use this year as my gap year. To look for a job in social media but to not let it impact and affect my life. And I’m standing by it. I used to spend so much time dwelling on the fact that ‘I’m not good enough to get a job in my preferred industry’ and a lot of last year I stressed myself out because of it.
I’m about to head on my first trip of the year to Bali. I’m excited, I’m anxious but most importantly I’m satisfied that even if it’s my only trip for this year, I’ve at least reached my goal of travelling.
I hate new year resolutions and try to never make them, but I try to reach one specific goal a year that I know will help my future. This year it’s about just doing what I want. Not listening to others and just living.
So here’s to 2018.
Being a Melbournian means my lifestyle is fast-paced and always busy (explains why I’ve been M.I.A). Everything is always go, go, go and there’s rarely anytime for a break. Last weekend boyfie and I headed down to Barwon Heads for the weekend. I’ve never stayed down there and was excited to experience the laid back nature so many people talk about. Before coming down, I’m not going to lie, I had extremely high expectations. Everyone said how incredible this place is and how welcoming locals are. At first, I took it with a grain of salt… I mean isn’t there always someone who says how great a place is just to tell you they’ve been there before? But as soon as I arrived, I realised Barwon Heads is one of Victoria’s most beautiful places.
I stayed at the local caravan park which was in the perfect location for tourists like me. Being so close to the shops, restaurants and the instagram-perfect beach across the road, you begin to get a feel of the locals lifestyles down here. The staff at the caravan park were extremely approachable, kind and offered good old-fashioned customer service which you rarely get in Melbourne now. As soon as I settled in and unpacked, I ventured off to see what the town had to offer.
Fresh produce, incredible local made clothes, homewares and aaaaaamazing almond croissants left me in love with this place. Being a vegetarian, it can be hard visiting towns and finding something to eat that’s not pasta. Coming to a beach town like Barwon Heads which is known for it’s seafood had me worried. But, for the first time I had options. A lot of them. From vegetable pesto panini’s to smashed avo and wood fired pizza… if there was such thing as heaven, I found it.
Barwon Heads exceeded all my already high expectations. It’s a place that not matter how many times you go, theres always something to see and something to do. For a place so close to Melbourne, it makes you feel like you’re a million miles away. I will be back.
Your life is YOUR life. I know… it’s stating the obvious right? But to be the happiest you can be, means that sometimes you need to put yourself before anyone else.
Hate gets you nowhere. Putting all your energy into hating on someone or more importantly, hating on yourself doesn’t do much for you. I much rather put my energy into something a lot more positive. Like my blog hehe.
Your mental health is more important than money. This is a little hypocritical of me as sometimes I over-work myself and completely ruin myself, but no amount of money can beat a good mental health state. Take the time out if you need to. A good manager always understands.
Find a hobby. A hobby always makes people happy. Blogging for me is my biggest hobby and sitting down, writing and sharing my content with the world makes me one happy little girl.
Have a self care day. You know how you go shopping with friends, have pamper sessions with your friends and spend time with your friends? Do the same with yourself. When I get the chance, I always try and take myself out of the house, even if it’s just down to my local shopping centre. I loooooove my own company.
You’re not alone. In a world of 7 billion people, there’s always someone.