Friday, July 24, 2015

holidays have come to an end...

(Wearing MAC's matte lipstick in "Russian Red", a favourite. My current bedside table ft. a bright and beautiful lamp and some of my favourite Anne novels! Me again with some baby's breath flowers, and my hair during the hiking trip with lotsa pretty flora in it!)

Happy Friday, friends! I go back to university on Monday, so I thought I would squeeze in another post before things get really busy. Looking back over the last three weeks of holidays - I realised there's a whole bunch of special moments that I didn't realise were really that special until I look over pictures/ reflect on the specific day. I think that's something we often do... we're in the moment, enjoying life and we have no idea how significant that memory is going to be in the future.
Despite getting sick these holidays, I'm going to make a list of reasons why they were still wonderful and happy and I'm ready for another semester of uni. 
  • I went on a hiking day trip with my friends to the Glasshouse Mountains in which my hair was adorned with lots of wildflowers found on the pathway up Tibrogargan 
  • I spent a fortnight with my family recharging; eating chicken soup, reading L.M Montgomery books and blogging!
  • My roomies and I became addicted to the Vampire Diaries... (Okay, little bit of character analysis here: I think I like Damon so much because despite how morally bankrupt he is, during the series he continues to make a significant effort to acknowledge his humanity and the fact that he has the potential to be a really good person, like he was before he turned. Oh, he also has killer eyebrows and the cheekiest smile and eyes I've ever seen. *swoon*)
  • I got to see my sisters! I hung out with my oldest sister in the sister a couple of times for hot chocolate and gossip, and tonight I'm seeing my other sister for a much-needed weekend catchup. 
  • Discovered this hilarious version of "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley in which he's laughing the whole time. Just listening to it warms my heart, his laugh is so genuine and happy. 
  • I caught up with my old friends Abbey and Belle too... discussing boys, makeup and reminiscing over high school. So good. 
  • FOOD! Had so much delicious, real, good FOOD! There was actually time in the days to dedicate to solid meals. 
  • Cuddled a newborn. A perfect, precious little baby!
There. That's not even all of it! I'm really grateful for everything life has to offer and the people in it. 
I hope if you're about to start uni, you're looking forward to it and that you enjoy this last semester before 2015 is over! I can't believe how fast this year is going and that I'm halfway through my first year living out of home. It seems like only yesterday I was pouring my fears and anxieties out about the move and the trials of my first few weeks of Brisbane where I felt like a lost lamb. Now, look where I am! Life is really good at fooling you into thinking things won't work out, then it works things out and you're thinking..."Oh, wow. Okay, I can roll with this!". 

Over and out. xo

(Makeup - glorious makeup and...me... in the Queens Plaza food court, moments after handing in copious copies of my resume to any store that is hiring. PLEASE GIVE ME A JOB!)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

lilac


Heyo - me again! Notice anything different? Of course you do! And yes, it's my hair! There's this magical thing called a hairdresser and up until this year, I'd barely even payed attention to the services they provide. So far, since January, I've been three times and I'm immensely proud of my efforts to keep this monstrosity of hair under control. Today I saw my fave girl, Dee, again and as usual I left feeling like a million smackeroonies. Unfortunately, this blowout will probably only last about two days max, but hey, that's what makes it so special. 
It's been relatively holiday-ish since I last updated... I had a sleepover with one of my good friends (shoutout to you Abba for doing my makeup this morning!!), watched a sh*t-ton of Netflix and wrote quite a lot. I went for a walk the other day to get some fresh air and when I got home I had this overwhelming urge to write a novel, so naturally, I typed 5000 words and will probably never finish it. It's good though, I enjoyed reading it and did crack myself up a few times. Maybe I could be a writer one day, just maybe. 

I'm heading back home to Brisbane soon, which is good because I miss my friends and roomies and I do enjoy the constant buzz quite a lot. I'm definitely going to miss Mum's cooking though (and Mum, duh). Basically food in general.. OKAY, it's not that bad. I mean, I'm eating, but when I come to Mum's, I feast on delicious, nutritious wholesomeness. Anyway, I'm gonna go and clean up the guest room because at the moment, it looks like a bomb has struck. Ciao for now! Have a nice weekend. 

P.S: I've rekindled my obsession with all things The Temper Trap... definitely give Love Lost, Trembling Hands, I'm Gonna Wait and Need Your Love a listen to if you need some good music! 

Thursday, July 09, 2015

head in the flowers


It's not often that you find the time - or opportunity - to arrange gazania's (thanks to my Aunty for identifying them!) in your hair and have your photo taken... unless of course you have a little sister who would do anything to get her paws on your iPhone for a turn at Dubsmash! It's been quite peaceful during my visit at home so far this week. Today I went rifling through the boxes of books in the garage to find the rest of our L.M Montgomery book collection and I'm so glad I did because I have enough reading material to last me until at least the beginning of August (which also happens to be the start of second semester). I also made a vegetarian pizza, played another game of monopoly with my sisters (it was seriously ridiculous... I lost by over 10 million! (definitely a poor reflection of my skills as a business woman!)), watched Call the Midwife on Netflix and picked my subjects for next semester. I had limited options because a lot of the courses I was anticipating on doing were either only available to second/ third year BA students, or only ran in first semester. So, I settled for a classic mix of liberal arts just for something a little different. I'm doing Philosophy, Art literature, English literature and a History course based around evolution. It's going to be quite refreshing I think, after doing such heavily political-based subjects during first semester. I did enjoy them, but they were dry in a lot of crucial areas and it can be hard to get variety in your first year of Arts if you're a picky student. 

I'm pretty excited for the coming weeks... despite having such a hideous string of bad days earlier on, there's still plenty of forthcoming postivity including another dance (I really need to sort out a dress for it!), a wedding, christening and plenty of other social events too. As well as that, my roomie will be home soon from New Zealand and all of our house will be reunited again AND I'm keen for another semester of uni with fresh new classes, some more new friends and learning about things I love :)
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Patience child, patience. Remember, life is a journey. If you got everything you wanted all at once there’d be no point to living. Enjoy the ride, and in the end you’ll see these “set backs” as giant leaps forward, only you couldn’t see the bigger picture in the moment. Remain calm, all is within reach; all you have to do is show up everyday, stay true to your path and you will surely find the treasure you seek. — Jackson Kiddard 

I found this quote today and thought it had definitely been written for impatient 18-year-olds (*ahem* ME!). I do find myself wanting things to speed up in life, rather than enjoy them in the moment and it's definitely a habit I've been trying to slow. Sometimes I think we underestimate the power of just waking up, going outside and participating in LIFE because without it, how else would opportunities arise! Have a great weekend!