August Playlist – What I’ve Been Listening To This Month

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One thing you must know about me if you’re wanting to become friends is that I love music. I adore music. I live and breathe music and would not be the same person without it.

Each month I’ve been compiling playlists with some of my favourite tunes which have been my soundtrack both day and night.

This past month I’ve really been loving DJ Snake/Justin Bieber’s tune Let Me Love You which you’ve probably heard countless times on the radio. I’ve really enjoyed the majority of music we’ve heard from The Biebs this past year, he’s stepped up his game when it comes to music. Also featured in this month’s list is Snakeships’ Cruel which features ZAYN.

Also on my playlist are some cool bops from female artists Dua Lipa, Tove Lo, MØ,  and Hailee Steinfield as well as The Queen herself, Adele (All I Ask is one of the most beautiful songs I have heard in a long time).

Then there are some country/pop tracks from Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini (congrats on the CMA nominations, girl!) and an amazing duet from Kenny Chesney featuring acrobatics extraordinare, P!nk which you wouldn’t necessarily think would work, but trust me, it does.

Good Charlotte is also on this playlist with their new song Life Can’t Get Much Better which I initially thought sounded a lot like a 5 Seconds Of Summer Song until I realised the Madden Brothers are behind a good chunk of 5SOS’ songs. So that makes sense. Then there’s my current fave Closer by The Chainsmokers (they’re so hot right now) featuring Halsey.

Shawn Mendes’ Mercy from his upcoming album Illuminate rounds out this playlist. Shawn is a perfect blend of Ed Sheeran/John Mayer with his own unique, soulful touch. For someone with such deep and moving lyrics it’s hard to forget he’s only 18 years old! Will definitely be hearing more from him in years to come.

So, get your headphones out or plug your phone into your car and turn this playlist right up.

Enjoy the music and let me know below what your favourite songs were this month!

Happy listening!

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Love Advice – You Complete Yourself

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We’ve grown up in a world where finding a partner to spend the rest of our lives with is viewed as the ideal. Romantic comedies and Disney movies alike tell us that if we want our lives to be better and happier, ending up with someone is the way to do it.

There comes a point if you’re single like me and you’ve hit a certain age, realising that you haven’t found the person of your dreams can be incredibly upsetting and worrying. You find yourself comparing your life and love life to that of your friends/family, thinking that time may be running out for you.

I have some news for you: time is not running out. The fairy-tale is far from over.

In fact, in this fairy-tale, the Princess doesn’t need a prince or princess in order to live happily ever after. The Princess does need to accept that they don’t need to share their life with someone else to feel complete (no matter what Jerry Maguire may have told you).

Finding love should not be a sport. It should not be a race. I wish that I had grown up with fairy-tales about women who found their own happily ever afters through their own self-acceptance and courage. Women who were open to love and ready for relationships, but who were also focused on other important things in life such as a satisfying career or fulfilment with her relationship with her closest friends.

If you are feeling like you’re waiting for your true love to find you, you’re not alone. Know that you are open to love, new experiences and to the prospect of finding someone to fits into your already amazing life.

The most important thing in our lives is self happiness – start by loving yourself some more and who knows just who might be around the corner.

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Weddings – 5 Things You Need To Know

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It’s been a while, and I apologise!

My life currently is a bit of a shamozzle, with things happening both professionally and personally that are out of the ordinary and are taking a bit of getting used to. Because of that, I just haven’t found a nice block of time to write. But, I’m here now!

This past weekend was special for me. I was invited to attend the wedding of a dear friend of mine and was even asked to do a reading, which I was nervous for, but also very excited! It was the first wedding I had attended where I wasn’t part of the bridal party, and the second I had ever attended during my adult life.

Since weddings aren’t a regular occurrence for me, there were a few things I learned that I thought I would share with you incase you’re not a wedding veteran either:

Take Photos

This one is pretty obvious in a world where camera phones are part of every day life. Take photos of the bride and groom, the guests, the band, the flowers, the food…weddings are such a special celebration, you may as well remember as much of it as you can. Photos can also be a wonderful gift to the bride or groom as a Christmas or birthday present, so be creative and capture those memories!

Don’t Drink Too Much

Weddings are different to bachelorette parties, where everyone is expected to get a little rowdy and probably do some pretty embarrassing things. There’s nothing worse than making a fool of yourself in front of your best friend’s Nanna, or that boy you had a crush on in year 2…be smart – have fun, but don’t be too silly.

Eat Something 

I learned this one the hard way! You may have a full morning of hair/makeup appointments, but make sure you take a moment to eat something. Whether it’s grabbing a banana on your way out the door, or stopping for a yummy smoothie before you put on your outfit, food is important! Your headache from not eating anything for hours on end will eventually catch up with you and will surely make celebrations less fun if you go with an empty stomach.

Be Social

Weddings aren’t about sitting around a table playing Pokemon Go with a friend all night until it’s time to go home. Make the most of being in a room with some people you probably don’t see all too often and say hi. Introduce yourself to those you don’t know, and catch up with friends you do. Dance, sing, laugh and add to the overall atmosphere of the event. You don’t want to look back in 20 years time and wonder why you didn’t enjoy yourself more at such a special moment in a loved ones’ life.

Wear Comfortable Shoes

Again, I learned this one the hard way as well (I have done this a few times, unfortunately!). Plan your outfit based on 2 things: weather and comfort. If you know it’s going to rain, bring a jacket and if you know you will be dancing all night long, bring a spare pair of comfy flats! I can’t tell you how many events I have gone to where I think my heels are reasonably comfy, only to be in agony 2 hours into the event without a backup! You can always take your shoes off to dance, but if your wedding is being held on grass, remember to wear block heels, or sandals to stop yourself sinking. By the end of the night, nobody will be looking at your feet, they’ll be too busy dancing to care!

 

I’d love to know what your words of advise are for attending a wedding!

What is a moment where you’ve been caught out and thought ‘I wish I had planned ahead for this!’?

Until next time,

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Life Advice – You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are

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Life is funny, isn’t it? Without any context, I know  you still know what I mean and I am sure you agree with me.

Everything can be running according to our plans and we can be feeling on top of the world one moment, but unfortunately with such highs also come hurtful lows.

Sometimes when we’re sinking, we are running at such a fast speed, trying to piece things back together and keep our head above water that we don’t even realize we’re sinking until we actually stop. Then it hits like a million waves…until we usually find the ability to float again.

Humans are amazing.

Personally, I’ve marveled at my own ability to push through a really difficult week, getting knocked over multiple times. But somehow, I kept getting up and only now am I able to sit and realize just what I’ve dealt with and how (surprisingly) well I’ve handled it thus-far.

During times of adversity and hardship, try to remember your strength as a person and think of other times you have been faced with challenges which you have been able to face and triumph.

It may take weeks, months or even years to fully comprehend your strength, but one day you will realize just how much perseverance you have within you. Some days it gets you out of bed, others it gets you through hell and back.

Don’t give up on yourself or your ability to conquer life, no matter how tough things seem.

Well done to you – you amazing thing!

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How Reading My Teenage Diary Helped Me With Self Acceptance

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It’s amazing what reminiscing about the past can do for your current self.

Over the weekend, in between cleaning, I came across my collection of diaries/journals I kept from age 10-21. I used them to write about anything and everything. From the boys I had a crush on, to my thoughts on friends/family and the moments in my life which caused me great heartache or joy. I guess I’ve always loved to write.

Reading entries from 10 year old me to 21 year old me, it became incredibly apparent to me how much I have grown as a person. Of course, 10 year old me would be different to 26 year old me, that’s kind of a given (and a hope). The thing that surprised me was just how much I have matured from 21-26. How my views on life/love have changed. Most importantly, how my views on myself have changed. Reading diary entries from my 20 year old self was almost as if I was reading writing from someone else.

I feel like my most important years for growth (so far) have been ages 18-22. When high school ended and I began working, trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I began drifting away from certain friends and also making new ones. I also experienced some extremely happy times and some incredibly sad times between those ages. They were years I think many people will agree were formative and although some days were tough to get through, I now realise, looking back, that I needed those days and those years to move closer to self acceptance.

18 year old me honestly believed she needed to find love and get married/have babies by the time she was 25-30. 26 year old me is single and although she’d love to find love, marriage/babies is the furthest thing from her mind. 20 year old me was so content with finding a job which she could do forever. 26 year old me realises not all jobs are meant to last for years and even the ones you only get to work at for a few months will teach you something about people and a lot about yourself.

19 year old me was so hurt by people she didn’t even know. She was so intent on pleasing everyone and fixing everybody’s problems, even when they didn’t necessarily need her to help. 26 year old me has (only recently) realised that she cannot help anyone without first helping herself and loving herself/taking herself to the best of her ability.

Then there’s Teenage Me. I don’t even know where to start with her! I will say that when you’re 14, friends mean everything to you and in a different way than they do in adulthood. 14 year old me trusted people so easily, confided in the wrong people and got her heart broken by ‘friends’ who were honestly probably just as selfish as she was. 26 year old me still trusts people too easily, but knows when to keep her mouth shut regarding things she doesn’t want the world knowing about. She may not have as many friends as she did in high school (who does though?) but the ones she does have would be there for her at the drop of a hat.

The person I used to be, or the people I used to be, all lead me to be the woman I am today. No matter how embarrassing some of my old diary entries are – let me tell you, there are doozies – they truly remind me how far I have come in life and how much I have learned about myself and my capabilities as an individual over the years.

Usually I talk about moving forward and keeping the past in the past. I still think that this is an important way to get through life’s struggles, but sometimes it’s important to look back and marvel at how far you’ve come. Read an old diary, look through scrapbooks, smile at old photos and even read old letters from friends you may have forgotten you had. Then, turn your attention back to the You of today and hopefully you’ll see how far you’ve come and how much more you have left to achieve for yourself.

Sometimes, in order to continue down the path of self-acceptance, we need to look behind us every now and then.

Nostalgia is a powerful thing, don’t you agree? Did you keep a diary/journal as a teen? How have you changed through the years?

Keep growing,

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Legally Blonde Turns 15 – Life Lessons From Elle Woods

Unless you haven’t been on social media over the past 24 hours, you’ve probably seen that today marks 15th anniversary of chick-flick Legally Blonde.

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The film has become a modern classic, cementing the career of Reese Witherspoon and spawning a sequel (Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde) as well as a successful Broadway musical of the same name. The character of Elle Woods also became somewhat of an icon to women who wanted to achieve things that may have seemed just too far out of reach.

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Reese Witherspoon (Elle Woods) has been tweeting fans of the film as well as showing her personal collection of costumes from the film, which she has kept safe over time.

So, what lessons have we learned from Elle Woods over the past 15 years?

Well, there are many lessons to be learnt from Legally Blonde, especially for women:

 

  • Believe In Yourself

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  • Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover

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  • Exercise Is Good For Your Mood

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  • Friendships > Boys

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  • Pink Is Always Hip

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  • Realise Your Worth And Do Not Compromise It

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  • Cosmo Is Bible

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  • The ‘Bend And Snap’ Works Every Time

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Basically, Elle Woods was and still is an icon for all women wanting to achieve their dreams, no matter how big they are. Elle proved that with determination, a sense of self and friends who push you to do better, it’s possible to do anything!

 

What’s your favourite Legally Blonde quote?

 

10 Weekend Getaway Travel Essentials

Weekend Getaway Essentials

 

Firstly, I want to begin this post by saying that I had it all typed up and ready to be published, but I then pressed an unknown button and the whole thing disappeared without saving. Needless to say, it’s been a stressful morning. So, I am hoping version number 2 will read just as good as what I had planned initially!

 

What I wanted to tell you was that I am going away with friends this weekend for a bachelorette party and as I started to write my list of what to pack (something I’ve done since I was a kid), I thought I would make a post on my essential items.

So, without anymore ado, here are 10 packing essentials for your next weekend away:

 

Medication

An important lesson I have learned over the years is that if you think you may need a certain medication, you should take it with you. Just because you’re only going somewhere for the weekend, doesn’t mean you won’t need the medications you usually take. Skipping your usual medications won’t do your body any good in the long run. Pack what you need in a zip-lock bag, along with your band-aids (see below) so that they are all together in one spot. In the same vein as medications, I usually some multivitamins or Berocca to give me energy for the weekend.

 

Spare Underwear

I don’t think I need to go into too much detail with this one. But, as women, accidents can occur and spare underwear is always good to have packed just incase. Also, if in the event you and your friends are feeling extra adventurous and decide to stay another night, you’ve got an extra pair of undies at your disposal! Better than washing an old pair in a bathroom sink (although, that works too!).

 

Band-Aids

You will regret not packing them when you get back to your hotel after a night out wearing those new heels you bought. No band-aids usually means blisters. Also, it’s just really safe to have some on hand incase you or a friend gets a cut or scrape.

 

Ear Plugs

If you ever went to a sleepover as a teen and lied awake in your sleeping bag all night because of the unfamiliar noises surrounding you, earplugs are the way to go. They’re cheap and you can buy them in different thicknesses, depending on the level of silence you’re comfortable with at night. Sharing a room with a friend, or being away from the usual comforts of home makes it hard to sleep sometimes, it’s best if you drown things out so you can have a good night’s sleep.

 

Music

Load up your iPod with all your favourite tunes and connect it to the car as your journey starts. The amount of roadtrips I’ve been on where the first half hour was spent finding a radio station to listen to, or trying to connect someone’s phone to listen to music through the car is one too many. Create a playlist the night before with some classics (90s pop is a fave amongst my friends!) so you’re ready to press play as soon as the engine starts.

 

Cardigan/Jacket

Because we all have that one friend who always forgets to bring a jacket or cardigan on holidays…okay, I am that friend. But I have learned my lesson! No matter how hot the weather forecast says it will be, there are no guarantees!

 

Hair Ties/Clips

I have come to the conclusion that hair ties and hair clips are magical because they constantly seem to disappear into thin air. No matter where I go, I always pack a spare hair tie and some clips in the zipper of my handbag or in my clutch for a night out. You just never know how windy it’s going to get, or how sweaty your face will be after a big night out.

 

Eye Cream

You may have only slept 2 hours last night, but that doesn’t mean you can’t trick your under-eyes into thinking it was actually 8. Gel eye creams work wonders for tired eyes, and help brighten dark circles.

 

Socks

Because it’s winter here in Australia, socks is one of the first items that goes on my list. For the evenings back at your hotel, watching movies with your mates, socks keep your tootsies warm and protect them from getting dirty on hotel floors. They’re also great to pop on if you’re feeling cold!

 

Camera

Perhaps this isn’t as important now that most phones can take high-quality snaps, but it’s still fun to experiment with digital cameras or even polaroid cameras (they’re back in a big way, incase you missed it) and capture moments to last a lifetime. Something fun you could do is print your photos and give copies to your friends at Christmas time as a thoughtful, memory-filled gift.

 

Take lots of photos, stay safe and enjoy every minute of your trip. The older we get, the less we usually get to travel with friends, so make the most of it!

I would love to know what your essential travel items are! Comment below!

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