Full disclosure here, I am not a breakfast person. I hate soggy cereal with a passion and skipped breakfast all together as a teenager. During adolescence, I developed a particular love for breakfast when camouflaged as ‘brunch’ (obviously involving smashed avo or shakshuka). But my relationship with breakfast didn’t change until I endured my first round of Whole30 last September. During that month, I discovered Australia’s Own Unsweetened Coconut Milk and it completely changed my breakfast routine.
There’s a quirk about me that I generally like to keep hidden: I’m a sucker for astrology. Have been for as long as I can remember — which is a long time given Virgos have one of the best memories out of the zodiacs. Growing up, I’ve gone through phases of acquiring bits and pieces of zodiac jewellery. In fact, I’ve got two Virgo constellation necklaces because my sister bought one as a Christmas present one year and I impatiently bought the exact same necklace only weeks prior (without knowing she’d bought one for me). As I regularly keep an eye on this niche style of jewellery, a few gorgeous pieces have caught my eye lately and it seemed too selfish not to share. Plus, I’ve included a few zodiac themed dishes so you can easily find a home for your bling too.
I spent most of teen years spending life as a singleton, so I’ve had my fair share of lonely V-Days. But this year is my first year in a while where I’m spending it by myself. Really, it’s just another day. But with social media growing year on year, it’s hard to escape the suffocating romance that surrounds it. As result, it’s a day that reminds you of what you had with some and then, in turn, what you lost. Depending where you are in the grief cycle, that shit can be fucking painful.
But as I’ve written below, there are ways you can genuinely enjoy the day. And if you commit to doing something for yourself, rather than hoping someone will do something for you, you’ll feel a hell of a lot more stronger and liberated. Plus, without a SO around, there’s little to no chance that your Valentine’s Day will be forgotten about. It’s a win-win really.
Despite completing a double major in creative and professional writing with honours, it’s been years since I’ve read leisurely. Last year I decided to change that and, as a result, I smashed through 17 books. It fell short of the 24 I was aiming for. But, considering the circumstances of 2018, I am beyond proud of what I achieved and also what I learnt from the pages I absorbed.
This time last year I touched on what I planned on reading. Given how much I enjoyed 2018’s reads, I plan on doing it all over again while also nailing the novels I couldn’t get my hands on last year.
2018, where do we we begin? It literally began at the beach with a take-away bag of McDonalds and an incredibly intoxicated boyfriend in tow. We’d abandoned a disappointing NYE event, but I was impressed. We’d ditched the event rather than wasting our time and forcing it to be something spectacular. What a good way to start 2018, I thought. Life’s too short, so why spend it unhappy and unsatisfied? Fast forward three months, and that was exactly what we did with our relationship. Adios. Sayonara. Au revoir.
I don’t know what it is about curries, but I love them. One of the meals I heavily craved at the start of Whole30 was curry (and pizza, chocolate, ice cream…). Thankfully for my tastebuds, I’ve stepped up my culinary game and learnt how to make curry from scratch so it’s Whole30 compliant. In fact, I enjoyed this dish so much, I made it for dinner two weeks back-to-back.
The beauty with curries, is that they’re flavoursome and full of healthy goodness if you load it up with veggies (like I do). I actually intended to add broccoli, but I had already packed it to the brim! Plus when you’re cooking it in a slow cooker, you can literally just leave it to brew while you cook up your other Whole30 dishes or even head to the gym.
I’ve never been into fads and diets when it comes to losing weight. But recently my friend suggested trying Whole30 after I was having a bit of a “I feel shit” moment after multiple weekends of binge drinking, Uber Eats and hangovers. It can be hard to stick to a healthy lifestyle in Melbourne, because there are so many bars, restaurants and cafes to explore. It’s even harder when you have friends or family visiting and you’re then out all the time to catch up with them. So when my friend recommended Whole30, I knew it was time to have a cleanse from my extremely sociable and unhealthy lifestyle.
Hello twenty-three! Didn’t think I’d see you so soon!
While I’ve learnt WAY more than 23 lessons, I want to share my top 23 on my special day. These lessons have been an absolute life line this past year or so. And I can’t wait to see what lessons are learnt by the time the big two-four rolls around next year.
Growing up we’re used to celebrating our birthdays with close friends and family. Surrounded by an abundance of presents, cake and company. But as we hit out 20s, we’ll probably find ourselves celebrating our special days by ourselves at some point. That doesn’t mean it has to be sob story. You know the kind where you’re having an existential crisis wondering why you’re still single, renting and in debt. If anything, solo birthdays are the perfect opportunity to have the best birthday yet. Here are a few ideas to get you started for planning your big day.
Over the years I’ve been inspired by A Beautiful Mess’s incredible print collages. I’ve always dreamed of adorning my walls in a similar fashion. Unfortunately by being in a rental, my options are restricted. Thankfully I was introduced to the magic of washi tape a few years ago (cheers Typo), and I’m constantly finding new and inventive ways of decorating my life with them.