Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Hello everyone! Ever since getting a Macbook Air for university, I've been curious to see if I could master the "iMovie" app, and although I am fair from that level of skill as yet, I did try my hand at video filming and editing today. It's not exactly HelloKaty standard (if you don't know who she is... you should definitely check her out, she's an editing QUEEN), but nonetheless, it's a look into my current nest now that I'm living out of home. In the video, you'll also notice a number of things I didn't bother to conceal; such as my hair in the morning (often resembling a salad) and my catastrophic wardrobe that poses as a hazard to anyone that dares open it. Haha! Hope you enjoy, and have a lovely rest of the week. 
P.S: Semester 1 finishes OFFICIALLY for me on the 26th, which is so close, yet so far. Very much looking forward to the holidays so I can devote some more time to blogging and reconnecting with the world of social media/ cyberspace. 


Thursday, June 04, 2015

bicycle // life update

Hello everyone! It seems time has absolutely flown by this year and it's already the sixth month in and I haven't done a blog since early March - the early days of my 'moving out life/ phase' have well and truly passed and I've settled into my new home in Brisbane very well. I'm pleased to report that since I last wrote, things have just been getting better and better. I am still in love with UQ; the atmosphere, how it looks when I am heading home in the late afternoon when the sun is glimmering between the sandstone pillars in the Great Court, the intelligent and insightful professors that have taught me so much, and all the lovely friends I've made in my courses. I've honestly never been so happy, you guys. My roomies and I are constantly laughing and mucking around; I am part of an awesome community of accepting and great friends; I can explore the beauty that is Brisbane whenever I please; head out to fancy dinners and dances wearing beautiful gowns; immerse myself in culture and learning... and, I go to bed with a twinkle in my eye and a smile in my heart. Brisbane is more than I ever thought it would be and I find myself completely awestruck at how lucky I am to be living this life. 

I decided to come home for a few days this weekend to see my family and my close friends - hence the familiar suburban background! It was a lot of fun to get back on my bike and take it for a spin even though I fell off moments after the pictures were taken (*face palm*). The next few days will be spent relaxing, shopping and catching up with my old friends before I head back home (to Brisbane... my weird!) to start studying for my final exams. How are you all? If you're reading this than thank you for still visiting Avenue Maria! I swear it's not a cemetery, I'm gonna try and update a little more when I have the time :) In the meantime, I'm still an avid Instagram user, so if you'd like a more personal, slightly excessive glimpse into my life - feel free to follow! @avenuemaria is my username, naturally. 

Anyway, it's been quite an exhausting (but still good!) day of long train rides, shopping, eating and socialising. I'm definitely excited about diving into my floral PJS, fluffy socks in my old bed with rooibos and Throne of Glass (my current favourite book - highly recommend!). 
Until next time,

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Sunday, March 08, 2015

Life through the lens #9

Today marks the "two week anniversary of Maria living in Brisbane". I went home for a quick visit this weekend and came back today and although my public transport skills have improved considerably since I arrived here, I still managed to catch the wrong bus twice and it took me a lot longer than anticipated to get to the shopping centre I needed to get to. Still, I'm thankful that my stress levels have decreased a lot and I can sit on a bus without feeling so high strung about "OMG WHERE DO I GET OFF?!". 

Anyway, I have a few things to reflect on about Brisbane. So far, despite the homesickness and uni stress already kicking in, I'm very happy here. Happier than I have been in a long time. When I lived on the Coast, my life had no purpose. There was nothing exciting happening and I felt like I was sitting in the epitome of a comfort zone and all the future opportunities and "newness" that I wanted, but was so scared to discover, were unreachable. Living in a city is very different from living in a semi-rural town. For example, people are bold! Romantic encounters with strangers are also... the norm? Okay, so people don't ask for my number. It doesn't happen. The first time it happened was a few months ago at work and I'm fairly sure the guy was just playin'. 

But today, someone was genuinely interested in me and naturally, I handled it in the most awkward, embarrassing way ever. 
I was sitting on a bus and this really nice looking guy was staring at me and I could feel it. When I got off at my stop, he was going the same way as me and he eventually stopped me at the staircase and said, "Excuse me", and I turned around feeling surprised. He then said "Can I just say that you are very beautiful...". I could feel my face turn brighter than tomato red and I'm fairly sure I responded with a "Thank you, that's very nice". The conversation continued from then (we talked about uni and Brisbane etc) and he then asked for my number and I said no... BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. He persisted for a little and eventually offered his number and I said no again. I had to catch a bus quickly so we parted ways with him smiling and me, well, feeling every emotion possible. I wanted to cry because I was tired, I wanted to smile because it's flattering having a stranger compliment you and I also wanted to kick myself for not being the smooth, eloquent young lady that I always aspire to be. I don't know what to do in these situations... I only ever read about romantic stuff and I always think I'll be ready for it, but this time, when it actually happened, I handled it terribly. I'm 18 and at an age where I'm in my prime for romance - I could be rubbing elbows with my future husband without even knowing it! 

Another thing about living here is that I can literally FEEL myself changing, adapting, growing. This newfound confidence (er, aside from the way I handled the above romantic encounter) has taken over me and I find it so easy to make friends. I'm actually a very shy person around people I don't know and the idea of going to uni and having to develop a whole new group of friends scared the life out of me. But now that I'm actually at uni, it's so easy to make friends. You just sit in a class, introduce yourself and you just start chatting. Maybe it's just my uni, but everyone is so friendly! I've made friends with a girl from Dubai, a guy from Vermont and another guy from Rockhampton and that was just at the top of my head. I feel like I'm a completely different person. 

Hanging out with school friends has also been really amazing at uni too, it's like a little glimpse of home and high school. It's great being 18 too... the other day my friend Kristy and I finished class at 5pm and went to the bar and had a wine! It was very strange. But basically,  I feel like a grown-up and I love it. I am happy, a little bit stressed and teary because I miss my Mum, but I am happy. I have a lot to be happy about and things are slowly falling into place, like a perfect puzzle. I feel so proud of myself. I can't believe I actually took the plunge and moved out! 

What's been happening in your life lately? Anything profound? Embarrassing? That you could compare to my embarrassing moments? Thanks for the support and for reading, as always. Will be back soon with a PROPER outfit post because my backyard is greenery galore xo

Listening to: The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

quick life update // moving out of home


Greetings, internet! A lot of "life" has happened since the last update a few weeks ago and as always, it's nice to sit down and write about it all. I don't even know where to start! On Sunday I moved out of home. The whole arrangement was a little bit rushed and disorganized and I didn't do as much preparation as I initially thought I would do. The whole homesickness thing didn't kick in until that night when I realized that everything was real; I wasn't going to see my Mum every day, I had bills to pay, I was on my own with that kinda stuff. After a few tears, I snapped out of it and mentally prepared myself for university the next day, the start of O week. 

A lot of things went wrong, which was to be expected. I caught the wrong bus, was yelled at by a bus driver, it started raining as I was walking to a bus stop (seriously the cherry on top), I had no idea what was going on half the time, my student ID is seriously the funniest photo ever (I look like a little rat) and it basically reminded me of the first day of year 8. I didn't cry until after 4 o'clock though which is such an amazing achievement on my part because I'm already an emotional person, but if I'm tired too than it's a mess. Good things happened too, though. My first impression of the university was absolutely amazing. UQ looks like Hogwarts and it's so beautiful and picturesque and I feel lucky to be going there. There is also an abundance of really nice people too, I've made so many new friends already that I can tell will be the life-long kind. The boys as well, wow. Just wow - absolutely stunning creatures. At the end of the day, it was my older sister Rosey who got me through and made things bearable. I was absolutely ravaged of all energy and she took me back to her house and let me have a nice soothing shower, light a scented candle and give me a few birthday presents for the next day. It reminded me a lot of how Maria helps Liesl in Sound of Music. 

Anyway, things did progressively improve. I had a lovely 18th birthday and was spoiled rotten by my friends and my roomies (who are lovely to live with) on Tuesday. Today, was market day and I got an awesome henna tattoo! I'm exhausted though and looking forward to heading home for a short visit home tomorrow. 
I think I made the right decision moving to Brisbane, still absolutely terrified about money and study (hoping I have what it takes), but I LOVE IT. I love the university with all of my heart, it's everything I hoped it would be. The social aspect is going wonderfully too, I've just met so many lovely people! Moving out has been a milestone for me, and I think it's only going to get better. I'm really proud of myself but I have a lot of people to thank as well. Basically anyone who has shown some sort of support has been a life saver. Thank you. I'll be back soon xxx

Sunday, February 08, 2015

life through the lens #8

Making the most of my lovely little familiar space before moving away. I intend to make my room in Brisbane look just as much like a sanctuary as my "home" one does // Signature scents, both from Lancome // Serene summer sunsets // Out for breakfast at Miss Moneypenny's - one of my new favourite places in Noosa.

Hello! So the last few weeks have been a total whirlwind and it's lovely to be sitting down, putting my fingers to the computer keys, listening to Sia's new album and sharing some thoughts.
  • I'm officially moving out of home in just under two weeks! I checked out my accommodation this weekend and it's lovely. A cute little two-storey cottage that has a warm, nest-like feeling to it and the people are friendly and I think it's going to work out wonderfully. 
  • University starts in March and I'm studying Political Science! I'm jubilant about my course as I've only heard great things about it and I'm feeling excited and ready to learn again. Especially because this is something I am genuinely passionate about. 
  • I bought a bike for Brisbane too recently! After weeks of driving the local bike shop owners bonkers with my indecisive-ness, I finally bit the bullet and bought a lovely cruiser that will probably be delivered this week. 
  • I got a piercing!!! I'm not the most rebellious teenager, but over the last few years I have accumulated a number of piercings and now have seven in total, three in a row on my lobes and a helix on my right ear. It hurt quite a lot in comparison to the previous three but I think it looks great and going with my friend Abbey softened the blow quite a bit. 
  • Lately, with all the cleaning out for my big move in two weeks time I've been finding a lot of old blogging props/ things including beautiful flower crowns from my shoots in 2013. It's really made me appreciate my hobby of blogging and how far it's taken me in my life. Although now it's more of a side hobby, I still love it and it's always there if I need to feed my creative flair. 
  • As mentioned above, I also found my MOO business cards! I got them custom made a few months ago and I remember how impressed I was with the quality - if any of you are looking for a good business card site, I would recommend MOO highly. Designing your cards is actually super fun. 
 Two of my favourite cafes on the Sunshine Coast: The Poet's Cafe in Montville is completely divine and is nestled beautifully amongst trees and nature, and the Silva Spoon in Cotton Tree which is a tea-lovers heaven with beautiful food and homewares. 

I'll definitely miss the spontaneous adventuring that I've been doing where I live. 

Do I look like a dorky undergraduate yet?

You know that post I did recently about having a bad day / not feeling yourself (click here)? Well, I just wanna thank you guys, because the support is still coming through my email inbox and it's awesome. Lately, there's been a lot of ups and downs and whenever I'm feeling even a little hopeless or victimized, I've actually been reading that post and taking my own advice for once and it's working. I'm not saying the next few months are going to be easy... because moving away from home is terrifying and a massive leap into the unknown, but I'm equipped and I'm ready, you know? It's time to start living! 
It's time to start the life that I was meant to live after high school. Now that I've finished school, goals and aspirations are so clear and bright. My self esteem and respect as increased because I think for myself and my health and well-being now. I'm trying not to let people/ things hurt me the way I used to. It's a really good, empowering feeling. There's really no time for negativity. It just doesn't fit, it doesn't belong. Of course it's gonna happen, but I think the most incredible thing I've realized is that I can work on reducing it. 

Best of luck with your futures, too. Bottom line: DO WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU. Have an awesome week and I'll keep you posted with what's happening with my big move!! xo