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
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  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

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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)

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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.**

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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.

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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.

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What to do When You’ve Booked the Wrong Flight

img_0290I’m going to set the picture here. Imagine, you’re sitting down with your (then) partner ready to book flights for your first overseas holiday. You’ve chosen a month or season you’d like to go and now you’ve just got to choose the flight. Eagerly you pick the flights and pay. Then you read back over what you’ve booked and… it’s the wrong date. You’ve accidentally booked the return flight for the next month. Now, you’re panicking and you’re not sure what to do… I’m going to stop the imagery there. Thankfully for you, I’ve made this mistake so you can learn from my mistake. It’s really a simple fix, I’ve only got two points and, yes, I know when you do accidentally book the wrong flights you won’t be looking through peoples blogs to find the answer. But, I wish I had read an article like this before it happened to me.

Do Not Panic

I cannot stress this enough. Panicking is not going to help. The less you panic the faster you can fix this. Remember this isn’t an actual emergency. I mean, it feels like it, but in reality you have, in most case, a couple of weeks to fix the problem. So stress less and stay cool, calm and collected.

Change the Booking Online

I learnt from the above scenario that it’s actually cheaper to fix the issue yourself online than to call and ask for help. Because, they will charge you to do it for you!! Trust me though it’s fairly easy to do it yourself online. I just checked Australia’s main flight companies (Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin) and it was quite simple to find out how to change your flight. All you have to search for is ‘Manage Booking’.  From there, it should be fairly easy to follow instructions. I think most companies give you the chance to change your flight at least once so it should be free to change the flight, you might just need to pay the difference.

 

So, as you can see it really is quite simple and something not worth panicking over. Of course, it’s easier to triple check you’ve booked everything correctly, but it’s nice knowing it’s a simple fix as well. Have you ever booked the wrong flights? If you have, let me know in the comments. I’d love to read your stories

Books with Plot Twists that You should Definitely Read

I want to start this post by clarifying that I am a massive bookworm (which is kind of weird since I had so much difficulty learning to read as a kid). But from the day it finally clicked I haven’t stopped. And, because of that, I have so many recommendations I want to share. In this post I will share a couple of my favourite books that had massive plot twists. (I love plot twists)

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Into The Water – Paula Hawkins

Written by the same author as The Girl on the Train so you know it’s going to be good. However, I won’t say if you liked The Girl on the Train you’ll like Into The Water, because they are very different books. Written around the death of Nel and the mystery to find out what really happened to her in the lead up to her death. This book isn’t quite as suspenseful as The Girl on the Train and it’s told from a lot more character point of views. Which can make it a little confusing but trust me, it’s worth it. The twist in this book was insane and left me thinking about it for days after.

The Woman in the Window – A.J. Finn

Told from the perspective of Anna, a psychologist living with agoraphobia. A condition that has her trapped inside her own house. Finn did an incredible job with this book, especially since it’s based entirely inside Anna’s house. With the exception of maybe two or three scenes. Just to think Finn has written an entire thriller based inside one house is actually crazy! (I think so anyway). Although, I will admit there were times Anna’s agoraphobia was insanely frustrating it was also extremely eye opening. This is a real condition that real people live with. I really recommend this book for something a bit different.

Pretty Girl – J.C Burke

Pretty Girl is based around a group of four girls who go to university together. As you gather from the blurb one friend is in hospital, one ends up dead and Sarah has some relationship struggles while dealing with the first two issues. As you can probably tell, Pretty Girl is a young adult thriller opposed to the first two books which were written for adults. Which basically just means it’s not as ‘thrilling’ but it still has a pretty good plot twist and I’ve added it to the post because it was the book that got me into the reading the thriller genre.

We Were Liars – E Lockhart

We Were Liars is another young adult book. Because the first three books were thrillers I feel the need to point out that this book is more of a mystery. Basically, it’s based around a rich family that holiday on the same island every year and a main character that can’t remember what happened the holiday before. I have read some bloggers who claim they didn’t see the twists coming and others who said they saw it from the start. I’m somewhere in the middle of that. I saw it a chapter or two before it was revealed but the story behind it literally had me in tears. Like, I’m actually being serious. It’s also one of those books you can’t talk about too much because you’ll give it away, so you’ll just have to trust me on this one.

 

Have you read these books? If you have let me know what you thought, I would love to have a chat about them

New Zealand, South Island Photo Diary

When I was 19 a couple friends and I decided we were going to travel around New Zealand’s south island. Being 19 we legally weren’t allowed to hire a car, so we bussed it. It’s safe to say I’ll probably never use busses as a means to travel half a country ever again. I did get some cool photo’s though.

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A cathedral in Christchurch that was destroyed during a devastating earthquake in 2011

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We came across this bridge on a trail near Fox Glacier

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This was taken at the underwater observatory in Queenstown which I recommend everyone I talk to to check out 
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As an Australian who has never been anywhere near snow, just looking at it fascinates me 

If you have any questions about the images please don’t hesitate to ask

My Goals for 2019

Goodbye 2018 and hellooooo 2019! This year is going to be a very exciting, interesting and busy NewYearsEveyear. I’m quitting full time work and starting full time study plus part time work. So here’s a couple of my goals for this year to keep me on the straight and narrow

 

  1. Pass all of my Uni subjects.
  2. Clean up my diet. I’ve been eating a lot of junk food and I feel like absolute shit because of it
  3. Stop buying cheap clothing. I’m so over Cotton On, it’s not funny. I mean I love them but the quality of clothing just isn’t there
  4. Go on at least two holidays. Whether they be in Australia or Overseas, just as long as I go somewhere

 

There we go guys, my goals for 2019. Hopefully, writing them down and publishing them will give me more incentive to see them through(Especially no. 1)

Looking Back on 2018

If you want you to check out my original 2018 resolution post you can here. However, I’m going to do a quick recap of them in this post and have a quick chat about how they went.

  1. Live more

I actually think I did alright with this one. I mean I didn’t get to crazy and do the whole yes man movie plot. But I’ve definitely accomplished more this year than previous years. For example, I joined a social netball team and then a soccer club. I’m so glad I did too because I made new friends and I started going out more. Which has led me to being more confident in myself. IMG_0380

2. Work Towards a Career

If you read my ‘Why I took a Week off work’ post you’ll know that I hate my job. Which is a full time position in a retail store. So basically, I started panicking about my career. But, then I started over thinking it. Which meant I was getting no where because I would think of something I would like to do and then I would talk myself out of it. So after months of thinking about it and talking about it I enrolled back into university to study Primary Education. Which, coincidentally, was my original choice before I decided to enrol in Nursing. (Which did not work out)

3. Build a Better Home

This was a hard one to describe even back in January when I wrote my first post. But basically, I was sick of feeling like I was just coming back to a house rather than a home. And, I think I did alright with this one. I got a bit better with my home routine, I added a few candles to the house and added a couple different ‘homely’ touches.

4. Travel More

IMG_0007I really didn’t do great at this one. In fact, I didn’t even do good. Besides a trip to the Gold Coast in January I haven’t travelled at all this year. Hopefully 2019 brings more travel plans