Everyday Wanderlust: Thanksgiving Gratitude (Week 8)

Everyday Wamderlust - week 8

All week long my blog and social media feeds have been bursting with words of thanks and gratitude in celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Whilst others across the globe bedded down in blankets and scarves, toasting beside fires, and nursing pumpkin spiced lattes, I was sat in the afternoon sun with a beer wearing my favourite jean shorts.

I have had a busy week and have been exploring my new city (Melbourne!)

Without further ado, here is my list of weekly love:

  • I have fallen in love with Sally Hope’s website. Filled with positivity, it is guaranteed to brighten your day. Make sure you follow her on Facebook!
  • I had a great time wondering through Melbourne’s outdoor Noodle Market this weekend. It was craaaazy busy though so I didn’t stop to eat, but it was worth going just to see it. Amazing smells, huge crowds, a great atmosphere and plenty of laughter. This is what cities are about:

Melbourne Noodle Market 1

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Everyday Wanderlust (Week 7): #Girlboss


This week I finally read Sophia Amoruso’s book, #GIRLBOSS, and it was so inspiring that I promptly wrote a blog post, an online article and a to-do list.

Moreover, from adventurous travel bloggers to ladies who kickass in the job market, I feel like my computer screen has been wonderfully overloaded by women who rigorously go after what they want.

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Everyday Wanderlust (Week 6): Perseverance

Oh, it has been a long time since I last posted an Everyday Wanderlust list of joy and inspiration! Every time my life gets busy my blog takes a big hit.

To provide a quick update: I have just moved to Melbourne, Australia, with my boyfriend. We have found a home and our bedroom is huge with super tall ceilings. The best part has been having wifi back in my life! Things haven’t been easy, I will admit. I have been stressed about the move and my finances, and I have been so overwhelmed by my long-term goals and ambitions, I can’t even begin to describe the level of drama I have allowed my head to get into.

However, this week I have been considering PERSEVERANCE. Having the strength and the mindset to simply persist with our goals. Learning to keep going, no matter the stress or the setback. With this in mind, here is a list of gratitude and inspiration:

  • How to survive criticism. As Arika from Varnak & Lollies says, don’t let one person stop you from doing what you want to do. Don’t let a note of negativity stop you from sharing your gifts and talents with the world.
  • Watch this inspiring talk from Elizabeth Gilbert: “Success, failure and the drive to keep creating.” “Your home is whatever in this you love more than you love yourself…for me that home has always been writing.”
  • Wifi. If you are reading this from Australia or New Zealand, you know exactly why I am listing wifi down in this list of gratitude! I spent 3 weeks in Melbourne’s libraries desperately trying to use painfully slow public wifi. Now that I have a home, I have wifi. Actual fully-functioning wifi. My writing cannot be stopped!!!
  • Getting shit done. Do you always start a task but never seem to follow through and complete the damn thing? Watch this video and find out how you can get shit done.
  • Clean room = clear thoughts. I haven’t had my own room in 18 months so I am relishing having my own space. I keep it clean, tidy and filled with scented candles. A clean office/bedroom helps your productivity and sense of well being.
  • 4 things to try when you’ve lost motivation.
  • Red wine and scented candles. The perfect way to unwind in the evenings after a difficult day.
  • Sunshine walks. I have been wondering around St Kilda’s beach and botanical gardens. If you want to get your thoughts together, going for a walk should set you straight.

What do you do when you’ve lost all motivation? Leave a comment below and share your tips with everyone!

Everyday Wanderlust (Week 5) – 23.07.14


I have returned to the winter wonderland that is Queenstown where I have a new job. Whilst my bank account is looking happier, my 5am starts are leaving my mind and body a little worse for wear.


However, whenever I feel myself begin to slip into sadness or tilt towards tired melancholy, I only have to think for a moment about my future travel plans and my memories of travel adventures past, and suddenly I am ready for the road ahead.

So, centred on the ideas of self-growth and the love of travelling, here is my latest list of everyday happiness and cheer:

Read this excellent article, “How Travel Has Changed My Life”. I relate to pretty much everything that Lauren writes in this article, and it is the perfect example of why I personally love travel.

Remember that you work to live, you don’t live to work. Don’t believe me? Read Microsoft’s rambling redundancy letter to its employees.

Watch this awesome speech by author David Foster, “This is Water”. He speaks of stepping outside of our natural state of being self-centred and living with empathy and sympathy for others. A beautiful and vital sentiment, and one that is only reiterated when you travel.

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Everyday Wanderlust – Spicing things up! 10.06.14

How to change things up and make the everyday

The seriousness of work can make us all feel a little tired, especially here in New Zealand where winter is setting in. (I write this looking out at grey skies through rain-spattered windows.)

In between blog posts and articles, I have been cheering myself up with various links and everyday moments. This week’s theme is changing things up and making the everyday more exciting. Click away and see where the mood takes you:

Positive desktop backgrounds. I am a firm believer that you should decorate your computers and phones the same way that you decorate your room. I like my tablet to be a positive space that I enter into. Diary of an Essex girl has been posting various desktop backgrounds that she has designed herself lately. Love!

10 Awesome Life Changes. Agree, agree, agree!

Listen to remixes. You know how Adele’s “Someone Like You” gets played over and over and over again? And you know how you used to love it so much but now you just want to rip your hair out every time you hear it, and it’s so sad because it used to sound so good to your ears? Listen to Timeflies version. Breathe and feel the old love coming back.

Not forgetting that Father’s Day is coming up (June 15). Seeing as how I forgot my parent’s 32 year anniversary and my mum’s birthday last month, I figure that I should change things up and remember an occasion for once. Don’t judge me – I usually remember a week before and say “happy birthday” or “congratulations” well in advance because I know that I will forget closer to the time. However, this time, I will remember and send gracious words on the day itself.

Learn something different or new. I have been trying to play “Fifa” thanks to the group of lovely gentlemen that I am currently staying with. And, yes, I suck: the controller vibrates at me for no apparent reason, I can’t shoot a goal, and I can’t seem to work out which of my players is going to move next. What’s worse is that the vibrations of the controller serve no purpose other than to stress me out. Sheesh.

Delete negative people. You know those individuals who never talk to you and only ever comment on your posts to say something negative? Get rid of them. I see my Facebook as an extension of my social life, and in my social life I simply don’t hang around people who don’t support me or have anything nice to say. The answer is simple: “unfriend.”

Drink wine whilst cooking. Cooking may be dull at times (I am a terrible cook!), but you can make it a million times better by drinking wine whilst doing it. If you drink it out of an actual wine glass, all the better.

Try a new scent. Whether it’s a simple body spray or a new shampoo, shake things up and try and something different. Sometimes we can’t wonder through the wonderful spice markets of the Middle East to entice our nostrils, so we must bring the wonderful smells to our own doorsteps.

Exercise. If you’re like me and most people around the Western world, you probably don’t exercise very much. I went for a run this morning and I felt amazing afterwards. I recommend Zumba, running and the Youtube channel Blogalites.

Watch a sport. It is no secret that I don’t like competitive sport very much, but as I am currently staying with a group of New Zealand boys who all love cricket, horse racing, rugby and darts, it’s inevitable that I would have to join in at some stage or forever sit alone at a laptop.

Guess what? All this team spirit/group activity shouting at a screen malarchy ain’t half bad. Join in!

– Change your perspectiveThis video of a talk about marketing is simply amazing. Thing is, the conclusion is nothing new really, but its obviousness stuns even the audience in the auditorium into silence. A must watch for sure!