In 2014, when it was time to jazz up our home after our year-long renovation, there was one element of my room that I was particularly eager for: my desk. Over the last seven years, my bedroom hasn’t simply been “my bedroom”. It’s been my study quarters and, more recently, my office space. Trying to find a balance between bedroom, office, storage and library hasn’t been easy over the years. It felt like every few days I was cleaning up the scatter across my desk or re-filing documents. No matter how many times I stored away books and journals, they always seemed to stack up and cop an elbow. But despite the frustration and the restorations I’ve endured, it’s still my little sanctuary.
The Golden Triangle is known for a lot of things. Many prestigious Western Australia’s secondary schools are located somewhere within the GT. As a result, some of the over-rated, superficial and sanctimonious individuals can often be found on Daddy’s yacht somewhere on the Swan River, or partaking in their weekly shop at Claremont Quarters. But what’s of particular relevance to me, is the GT’s abundance of incredible eateries. Being a South of the River gal, I don’t get to enjoy them on a regular basis, but when I do I am never disappointed. This time around it was The Little Pantry in Shenton Park.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
— Benjamin Franklin
I’ve been planning and organising for as long as I can remember. During the days of university, you’d always find me running off three types of planners with everything colour coordinated and highlighted. It sounds crazy — almost unhealthy — but it helped me keep on top of my work, academic and personal responsibilities. In retrospect, I don’t think there’s ever been a time where I haven’t had a planner to work off, so when I meet people who live their days by the improvised schedule in their own head I’m bewildered.
There’s no harm in living life without a planner. Sometimes the best things in life happen unscheduled. But from personal experience, I find I achieve a lot more by organising my days, weeks and months way in advance. So, without further ado, here’s a bunch of motivating and stylish planners that’ll make sorting your life out a breeze.
If there’s warm sunshine on a Sunday in Fremantle, I can guarantee you that South Terrace will be swarming with bike riders and dog walkers heading to and fro from South Beach. Chuck in some grumbling tummies that are ready for a decent breakfast, and Fremantle comes alive on weekend mornings.
After the trauma of Honours, I decided to have a hiatus from writing for a few months and just enjoy the present. Now that my life’s in full swing again — I’m job hunting, blogging, creating habits for a health lifestyle plus fitting in a casual job — it’s time for me to resume my one true passion: creative writing. For me, it feels like it’s been ages. For the first time in two years I am returning to my favourite fictional world, trying to do it justice. So far though, I feel like I’m letting it down and as a result, I am losing my enthusiasm to write.
This isn’t uncommon, and happens to all types of writers. Sometimes the lack of enthusiasm is temporary, maybe an hour or so. Sometimes it can last days or even a couple of weeks. In unfortunate cases, it can last months. Regardless of the duration, my understanding is that it’s a natural part of the writing process, and rather than just waiting for enthusiasm to strike again, it’s better that you seek it out. That being said, here are my top 10 favourite ways to kick-start my enthusiasm to write.
Tucked away in North Fremantle, right near the edge of the Swan River, is Rabbit in the Moon cafe. Aesthetically, RitM was not what I expected. I don’t know why but I was expecting something grungy yet retro, like a cafe set up in Foreman’s Basement from That 70s Show. Instead it’s Perth’s very own rabbit hole that leads you to Alice’s Wonderland: white and bright with quirky hints of yellow, porcelain rabbits and miniature tea cups, nutcrackers and babushka dolls, lights hanging in whisks and petals scattered over plates. It was all kinds of crazy and cute all in the one room.Read More »
A trip to Ootong & Lincoln has been long overdue for me. Over two years ago I added it to my Brunch Bucket List and today I finally had the chance to check it out with my two best pals (who also happen to be my brunch sidekicks).
O & L is versatile. Whether you’re after catering, interested in brunch or are keen on a healthy treat while you’re on the go, O & L’s perfect for everyone’s needs. Located on South Terrace, below the popular Cappuccino Strip, O & L is a part of what I like to call the South Freo Trio, which also consists of Little Lefroy’s and Roasting Warehouse (notable mentions on my Brunch Bucket List). While they aren’t in the heart of Fremantle, they are definitely favoured by locals.
Back in July 2015 I had the privilege of interning at Australia’s Most Entertaining Luxury Lifestyle magazine, Box.
While being surrounded by amazing writers and editors, I had the opportunity to contribute to the magazine in their Scene:Heads Up, Lift the Lid, Toolbox, Mode: Fashion Model sections, as well as writing odd snippets here and there.
Their Spring/Summer 2015 “Power Issue” is now available, with all subscription sales going towards charities.
My time at Box HQ was wonderful, and I couldn’t be prouder of the final product.
As part of the LJ connection (that’s Logan and Justine, for those not in the know), Justine Spencer knocked many a task out of the park. She’s also a vital part of any engaging conversation around the centre, and as such, I often thought of things to talk about just to see her take them on. Justine Spencer is most definitely in the house…