Things I would tell my 16yo self

Sometimes, I find myself thinking about all the things I wish I knew, or, did differently when I was about 16 years old. So, here’s a list of them. But first let’s start with a comparison. Here’s a photo of me now:IMG_0380

and below is a photo of me aged 16 at my school formal: She may look similar but she’s a completely different gal to the one in the top pic. You can just tell, she’s so naive about the world. Here’s the shit I wish I had of known.

  1. 16yoMeformal School is so easy. Yes, it’s so boring and it’s the same routine for an entire year but, damn, a 6 hour day with 2 lunches is bliss.
  2. Please stop doing cheerleading. Honestly, you’re not very good at it. You’re much better at more traditional sports like netball and soccer.
  3. For the love of God, pleeeeaseeee start saving your money. Seriously, at the least just save up enough to buy a decent car.
  4. Which reminds me, yes, mum’s crazy when you’re learning to drive but just get your license ASAP.
  5. Dump that twit of a boyfriend, he aint worth the time.
  6. Start practicing make up now. It’s a lot easier to experiment and make mistakes with your make up as a kid opposed to a young adult.
  7. Start the YouTube channel. You’re 22 and you still haven’t done it.
  8. This is a big one. TAKE A GAP YEAR. Yes, you feel like the right step after school is to go to university but do not do it. Rachel, you don’t want to be a nurse.
  9. Please stop feeling like you don’t fit in. Most of it is in your head and you’ll meet a lot more people outside of school. They’ll get you.

 

I think that’s just about it. What kind of things would you tell yourself if you had the chance?

Magnetic Island, Australia

For those of you who don’t know, I’m from a town in North Queensland named Townsville. It’s a 4 hour drive south of Cairns and isn’t too well known on the tourism map. You’ll often hear of tourist driving straight through Townsville en route to either Cairns or Brisbane. However, those people probably don’t know about Magnetic Island. Affectionately called ‘Maggie’ or ‘the island’ by the locals. Only a 20 minute ferry ride away and you’re on island time surrounded by picturesque scenes and beautiful beaches. Surprisingly though in my whole 22 years of living in Townsville I can count the amount of times I’ve visited Magnetic Island on my hands. So I made it my mission to visit the Island as many times as possible this year. I’m up to a total of 3 trips so far and decided I would share some of my piccies with you guys. Enjoooooy and if you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask

 

DSCN0371

IMG_0821

IMG_0859

dscn0368

IMG_0869

IMG_0792

IMG_1255

IMG_1247

IMG_1237

Let’s Talk: My Decision to go back to University

This has taken me a while to write, simply because I didn’t know where to start and how not to sound like a bit of a Debbie downer. So, basically, I’m just going to type it out like I would as if I was speaking to you guys and edit it a bit when it’s done.

After I graduated from school I went straight to University to study nursing, my first year was 2014. I enjoyed the course but I was a terrible student. I would procrastinate like you can’t even believe. Because of that I had to repeat two first year subjects the following year. I also learnt from my practical experience placements that although I loved learning about it I didn’t like the job. So, I tried to finish my second year, but I really had no passion at all, which is funny because that’s when I learnt what study and assignment techniques worked for me and I started passing with pretty good grades. But anyway, I dropped out and I had no idea what I wanted to do. None. So I worked full time.

Working full time was alright for the first few months. It was the first time I’d had proper Saturday/Sunday weekends for 3/4 years, which was cool. Having a good, steady income was cool too. The same thing 5 days a week, every week with no break in sight killed me. It was the same thing I hated in high school. The same routine, every week for a whole year. It’s funny because there was a point where I thought I could be happy working full time in retail or an office job if I would be able to travel or have a family. Except then, I started getting depressed. (Not clinically depressed, but I was on a downwards spiral). All of a sudden I couldn’t wake up in the morning, I was getting mad at people for nothing. I started going out drinking more than I normally would. To make matters worse my relationship felt like it was getting hit with the brunt of that. So I started looking into degrees I might like. I thought about midwifery, because it’s something I’ve always loved learning about, but it’s too similar to nursing. I thought about marine biology, another topic I was really interested in when I was younger, and I thought about primary education.

It took me months to finally decide that 1. I did want to go back to uni and 2. primary education was what I wanted to study. I would seriously make a decision and then I would talk myself out of it. Just over and over again. Then it took me a while to actually apply and then when I did get accepted I started freaking out again. To be honest, I’m still freaking out but I’m just taking one day at a time. So, now I’m back at uni at the age of 22 feeling like I’m 18 again but a whole lot more focused this time round (thank god).

 

Have gone back to uni or started uni a little later in your life? Let me know how you went, I’d love to hear your stories

My top 3 Favourite Travel Blogs

As you may have gathered from my blog, I like to travel. So, I thought it might be fun to share with you guys the blogs I gain inspiration from.

 

1 . World of Wanderlust

World of Wanderlust was actually one of the first blogs I ever followed. Brooke is an Australian from Tasmania and is a massive advocate for solo travelling. You’ll find major travel inspo matched with easy to read posts and beautiful photography on her site. Plus she’s extremely relatable and down to Earth. I literally recommend her blog to everyone.

2. Flying the Nest

There’s a few things I love about these guys. They love sharing tips on how they edit, they’re a cute couple from Australia, their photography is bloody amazing and they’re massive advocates for volunteering abroad. Which makes for really interesting reads and a lot of inspiration. Also, as an added bonus, they had the most beautiful wedding in Greece. So, if you’re interested in volunteering and destination weddings (or just love love), this is definitely the blog for you to check out.

3. Travelettes

Travelettes is a blog written by a group of female travellers sharing their stories and tips. They’ve got posts on luxurious travel,  adventure travel, tips on travelling to the country side, the beach, the city, solo travelling and how to reduce your environmental impact while travelling. That’s just to name a few, they’ve got just about everything.  If you’re in the process of planning a trip this blog is definitely worth a read.

Do you have any travel blogs you enjoy and would like to share? If so, please let me know in the comments I’d love to check them out

What They Don’t Tell You About Moving Out

I moved out of my parents home when I was 20 years old. I was beyond excited. I think most women look forward to picking furniture and styling their own home. Which, seriously it’s fun but I don’t think I fully understood what moving out was all about. And, I don’t think anyone can tell you about it, you just have to do it and get through the first few months. Or, in my case a bit longer. I’ll be honest, I struggled when I moved out. Like, bad and here’s the reasons why…

Routine is thrown out the window 

Whether you know it or not you’re in a routine. It’s kind of hard to explain because it’s not your routine you’re in, it’s your parents. And when you move out it’s gone. There’s no set dinner time, no one waking you up (my mum hates when we sleep in) and no one telling you to clean up. You just have to grow up and start your own routine.

It’s lonely

I’m not sure if everyone experiences this but this really sucked at first, and sometimes still does. My family is pretty close. Like, I hang out with my family for fun. So when I moved out and it was just my boyfriend and I, I would get pretty lonely. I wasn’t used to not having multiple people in the house to talk and hang out with.

It’s so so expensive

You know how everyone tells you moving out is expensive? They’re right. They’re so right that what ever amount you expect it to cost, double it. It often feels like you can’t quite get your head above water. You will get better at budgeting though, so that’s a plus.

Furniture shopping isn’t that fun

Actually shopping for furniture isn’t as fun as walking around the store looking at all the stuff you like. Mainly because you have to pay. And not only do you have to pay but it has to match the rest of the stuff in your house. Then you have to figure out a way to get it home. Which, sometimes, you have to pay more money for.

…Cooking…

Really this only sucks for half the population. The half that don’t like cooking (me). This actually sucks, you don’t realise how much you take your parents cooking for granted until it’s gone. And, for those who don’t like cooking, when do you start liking it? Like I actually feel kind of sorry for my future kids

 

What do you guys think? Is there something you didn’t realise until you moved out?

 

20 Things That Make Me Happy

*Sing* These are a few of my favourite things….

 

  1. A Saturday morning sleep in
  2. My dogs and cats
  3. Winning a game, whether it be soccer, futsal, netball or anything
  4. Finding someone who likes the same books as you so you can finally talk about them
  5. The Beach dscn0368
  6. Musicals
  7. That feeling when you book flights for a trip
  8. Singing in the car
  9. How well I dance when I’m drunk
  10. Coffee
  11. Rain
  12. New episodes of Brooklyn nine nine
  13. Going on road trips
  14. When my online purchase finally arrives
  15. Going out for Breakfast
  16. Finishing work for the week
  17. Coming home from a trip and laying on your own bed
  18. When the plane lands
  19. When I totally wing something and it totally ends up working out
  20. Setting a goal and finally achieving it

DSCN0012

 

Things to Do in Bali, Indonesia

We’re all pretty familiar with Bali and it’s label as a party destination for young people. But, what if I told you it’s also the ultimate relaxation destination as well? About 2 years ago my best friend Nikki and I went to Bali for a week. We’re not big party goers so we leaned more towards the relaxing side of Bali. So I thought I would make a list of the things you can do in Bali, other than party.

*Disclaimer: Because we went before I started this blog up, there is going to be limited photo’s and they’re not going to be of the best quality. (Not that I’m a pro photographer anyway)

IMG_4257
The vegetarian burger from WACKO Burgers

Eat

The food in Bali is absolutely delicious and cheap. The best thing about Bali and food is that they’re really accommodating for vegetarians, as well. All you do is ask for it to be vegetarian and voila. I’m not sure how accommodating they are for vegans but they did ask us if egg was okay a couple of times… One place I 100% recommend to everyone heading over is WACKO burgers in Seminyak. The restaurant itself had a really cool vibe to it and it was across the road from Harris Hotel, which is where we stayed in Seminyak. Most importantly they had the best Veggie burger, I think, I’ve ever had.

Get A Massage

My favourite part of the trip. You can get massages for so so cheap. Just about anywhere as well. Whether it’s at your hotels spa or even down the beach. Which is bloody awesome. **As great as massages are I can not stress enough how important it is to take your health into your own hands. If you have a bad back for example, please do not get a back massage. These are not trained remedial massage therapist they can cause more damage than good.**

img_4259

Chill Out

The most important part of a Bali holiday is chilling the eff out. Everything is so chill that it just comes naturally. You can chill in your hotel room, by the pool, at a cafe or by the beach. Literally everywhere is so chill. Just relax.

Yoga

I’m not much of a yogi and I’m not very flexible either. However, I do like a yoga class every now and then and I attribute that to the first ever class I took in Seminyak. The classes at Yoga 108 Bali are instructed by people who you can tell really know their stuff and are happy to help out. The studio is really beautiful and unique as well.

img_4148

Sight See

This is an obvious one but if you can squeeze it in around all your other activities there is a lot to see. To name a few, there’s Tanah Lot temple, Uluwatu temple (there’s a lot of temples), Monkey forest and lots of waterfalls to see. Just to name a few different things.

img_4238