8 Must Do's When In Cairns

The place I fell in love with. A place I know I will be going back to very soon. These are a few MUST SEES when you’re at this little spot of heaven. Make sure you take your time in Cairns because that’s part of the lifestyle.

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Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

Easily one of the first places you can go to. The lagoon is an outdoor pool located along the esplanade and such a relaxing place to go to when you want to chill out, live the Cairns laid-back vibe and cool down. I was in Cairns in February so it was extremely humid, but regardless of when you go, this is a must-do in the small city. Go during the day, go in the evening before it shuts, have a nap on the grass and then grab yourself an ice-cream at a nearby gelato spot.

Great Barrier Reef

One of the main reasons why I went to Cairns, and probably one of the main reasons why anyone goes, is to see the Great Barrier Reef. There is so much to learn about this natural world wonder and there are a lot of different ways you can see it. I took a dive course to get my open water diving certificate - if you’re thinking of doing this, I can highly highly recommend Pro-Dive. I went on the liver board for 2 nights and it was the most amazing and fun experience I’ve ever had.

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There are so many other companies that can take you out for intro dives or just to have a snorkel. I went on Passion’s of Paradise. On Passions you’ll get a bit of an insight on the Great Barrier Reef, and what we can do to protect it.

Hot Air Ballooning at Atherton Tablelands

This experience was one of the most magical things I have ever done. Wake up at 3:30 am to go take a sunrise hot air balloon over the Atherton Tablelands. The crew from Hot Air Cairns where so accomodating and I can definitely recommend them over the other Hot Air Balloon companies in Cairns since they were actually able to answer a phone call for some questions.

It was so peaceful, and such a lovely experience. They have a range of different packages for different lengths of hot air ballooning experiences!

Fitzroy Island

Whether you choose to go out to Fitzroy for a day trip, or spend a couple of nights, this beautiful island is an ABSOLUTE must do. I went to Fitzroy on my last day in Cairns and it was the best way to be farewelled by Cairns. 45 minutes by ferry off the coast of Cairns, it’s easily done as a day trip. But there are plenty of huts and various forms of accomodation to stay at as well.

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Lined with stunning beaches, amongst which there is Nudey Beach (not actually a nude beach). Nudey Beach was ranked #1 in Australia’s Best Beaches awards in 2018. There’s the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and plenty of wonderful snorkelling where you can swim with turtles.

Port Douglas

A 1 hour drive/bus ride north of Cairns, Port Douglas takes the laid-back lifestyle to the next level. Here you’ll find Four Mile Beach, a beautiful spot to swim at, and sweeping views of the beaches and surrounds.

When I was in Cairns I knew I wanted to rent a car to drive around since there are lots of things outside of Cairns, but there are plenty of bus tours that can take you to all the key spots around.

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Mosman Gorge

Mosman Gorge is in the direction of Port Douglas, North of Cairns. This is an easily accessible spot without a four-wheeled drive and without an intensive walk. Drive to the Mossman Gorge visitor centre where you then catch a shuttle bus. Here you’ll have the opportunity to stroll through a canopy walk and then cool down in the water. There are plenty of other waterfall spot to see but this is one that I had time to experience and is easily accessible.

Daintree Rainforest

When I was in primary school, I did a big project on the Daintree Rainforest. This area is the oldest surviving rainforest in the world and an absolutely must see to check it off the bucket list. There are plenty of tours that take you on cruises down the river where you’ll get to see crocodiles and experience the sounds and wonders of the Daintree.

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Skyrail and Railway

Lastly, the Skyrail and Railway experience to bring you up to Kuranda Village is a beautiful opportunity to get a different perspective of the rainforest. The Skyrail Cableway will take you up and above the tops of the trees. And the Railway will take you through the wonderful forest. You’ll get to see large cascades and the huge Barron River. Catch the Railway up to Kuranda, spend a few hours, walk through the village, markets, have some lunch and then catch the Skyrail back down.

When Your Friends Don’t Stay in Touch

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We all go through that period when a friend, a close friend, is slowly falling out of touch. It could be various things, distance, time apart, a boyfriend, a difficult time. But regardless what it is, it can be difficult. I’ve been chatting to my friends a little bit about this over some time. Sometimes it’s them feeling like someone they care about is not reaching out very much, or not keen to catch up. 

I’ve got friends that live in a different country. I always like staying in touch via messaging and video calling but not everybody does. I’ve had old friends admit to me that they hate staying in touch with distant people because it’s a lot of work. My thoughts are always shock, because I value my friendships so much, no matter the distance. But I acknowledge that it does take effort on both parties to make it work.

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This is something that, growing up, I struggled a lot with. I was always the one organising things. I would consider myself the glue of all my friendship groups. And I always felt that if I stopped making the effort, everything would fall apart.

In some cases that was true. I’ve had friendships slowly disappear as soon as I stopped breaking my back trying to keep us together, since they never did. But in other cases, my friends pulled through. I’d be pleasantly surprised that I was wrong. 

As I’ve gotten older, the friendships I cherish are the ones where my friends also make an effort. I’m not sure if I’ve just chosen friends who have this trait since I value it so much, or if just because the people I surround myself with now are my true friends. 

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What I used to remind myself growing up, and sometimes even now if I’m feeling alone, is: Be open to change. Someone who you may see almost every single day right now might be someone you stay really close to, but only see once every so often in the future. Change happens, but it doesn’t mean you’re losing your friends.

I felt like writing this because over the past week I’ve been reaching out to people I haven’t spoken to in a while. People overseas, old friends etc. And we never went out of touch on purpose, life just ‘happens’. Sometimes you’ll make the effort and sometimes you’ll just be too ‘caught up’. But just remember, it’s never too late to reach out again.

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Setting Goals and Sticking to Them 

Lately I’ve been setting mini goals here and there. It started with my New Years resolutions. I wrote briefly about them in a blogpost. The main one including creation more. But what I’ve realised over the past couple of months trying, and sometimes falling a bit short, at these goals, is that there are some things you need to remember when it comes to setting and sticking to goals. 

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Be Specific.

I realised I need to be more specific about what I want to be doing. The goals I’ve been more successful with this year have been ones that are clear whether I’ve achieved them or not. 

Goals like: post a photo everyday this year to Instagram. And, do a 1 second every day video. These are ones I’ve been (mostly) succeeding at. My general, overarching, “create more” goal, I have no idea if I’m achieving that or not! 

Good enough, is good enough. 

Some people like to say that good enough is NOT good enough. But this kind of thinking will be the enemy of “practice makes progress”. 

What I now realise is that the more create, and share those creations with people, the more I actually feel like I’m improving in these creative areas.

So, instead of looking at something I’ve completed or an idea I have, and thinking “that’s not good enough” I remind myself of how much work it actually took to make the ‘thing’ and share it anyway. Because something is better than nothing!

The difference between a hiccup and a fail.

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Forgetting about your goal, not meeting it for a day, or feeling like you’ve completely failed it, doesn’t ACTUALLY mean you’ve failed. It’s so easy for me to think “oh, I just missed two days in a row for posting to instagram, better throw in the towel and call it a year!”. But instead, I remind myself that (almost) NO ONE will notice that I missed a couple, or a few, days. And when it comes to day #365, I won’t mind that I missed a few days here or there, because at least I did more than the year before!

So, just remember that sticking to your goals means continuing on, even after a few hiccups.


So, I wrote this a little while ago. I am well aware that we’re a day off of February but I still wanted to share this post with a couple of little goals for the coming year.

2019. The year I create more.


Realistically, it’s going to be a rough year. My last year of uni, still working part time, and now I have a lot of ambition to do more things.

I want to give myself more opportuntities, more reasons to create more. And less excuses to put it off. I want to try and put more effort into my photography and videography business, because after all that’s what I want to be pursuing.


I’m going to do more photos, more blogs, more videos, more scrapbooking. And amongst it all, hopefully more travelling.

Here comes #photoaday on Instagram.I’m also attempting to do a 1 second a day video for 2019. I just bought myself a g7x ii so that I don’t have an excuse for not wanting to lug around my big camera. 


In a few days I’ll be heading off to Sydney and Cairns for a little getaway and a greatly deserved break. More to follow but I’ll be getting my diving certificate (another thing to check off the bucket list!).

Now, let’s see where all this takes me!


Three Favourite Photography Apps

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It's no surprise that these days a lot of people take and edit their photos straight on their phone. With the rise in popularity of doing this (even by professional photographers), it's no surprise that their are a countless amount of photography apps available. Ranging from complex apps that replicate photoshop to simple editing apps that can automatically apply a filter for you, anything you need, there's probably one out there. 

I've decided to share my 3 favourite photography apps with you. After trying and testing quite  few over the years, here are my top 3.

1. Moment

If you haven't heard of Moment, you must be under a rock, or behind on the mobile photography game. These guys develop their own lenses for your phone, various accessories, as well as an app.

The moment app turns your phone into a DSLR camera. With full manual controls like ISO, shutter speed, focus, white balance, image format and more. It's not only an excellent photography tool but also videography tool.

The pro version is only $2.99 which gives you access to all the features including the ability to take photos in RAW format. By far the BEST camera app if you're wanting more control.

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2. VSCO Cam

Another extremely popular app for mobile users. VSCO has a tonne of free filters as well as purchasable ones. You're then enabled to fully edit a photo adjusting all the usual contrast, saturation, hue etc. A simple, clean app to edit your insta-worthy photos on. 


3. A Color Story

This app is another editing app with slightly different features. A Color Story was created by the fantastic girls from A Beautiful Mess. Similarly to VSCO, the app is free but you can make in-app purchases for more filters or effects.

You can do the standard editing but one of my favourite things about it is that can choose to edit only sections of a photo. For example, wanting to make only the ocean in your photo bluer - but not the rest of it? A Color Story has got your back. I also love the light effects you can layer onto your photos. I never realised how much of a difference these kind of effects can add to a photo. A new fave effect for any photo! 

Let me know what your favourite apps are in the comments! I'd love to hear what other apps I can try out. 

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Starting off 2018 with a post from overseas. Japan!

I'm in Japan for a couple of weeks with a group of friends and so far, Japan has treated us well! We've gotten cold, crispy days in Tokyo. Coming from Perth, you'd be right to assume that we are freezing our butts off. We are not used to this kind of weather, so layers of jackets and heat packs are the way to go. Not to mention the vending machines with hot drinks in them (That's definitely one thing I'll miss greatly about Japan).

It doesn't take much to fall in love with Tokyo. From the busiest crosswalk to the quaint streets. It's reminiscent of every asian country I've been to before, but better. 


You've probably already heard everyone tell you how clean the streets are, and yet there are no rubbish bins everywhere. Also, that Japan is a country that doesn't accomodate to tourists by having a lot of english signs, or english speakers. But what Japan does have is a rich culture in countless, various aspects. The huge anime and gaming area in Akihabara. The red light district, and the famous robot restaurant. The animal cafes, like the adorable hedgehog cafe. And the temples within the most populated city in the world.


Studio Ghibli Museum

Shibuya Crossing is considered one of the busiest intersections in the world. My friends and I crossed it backwards and forwards a couple of times just for the fun of it. I would recommend going up to the Starbucks and trying to nab a spot at the window to watch the people down below. It's surprisingly mesmerising and I'm sure you'd be able to spend hours watching the world go by.

If you're a Studio Ghibli fan, you can't go to Tokyo without going to the Studio Ghibli Museum. You can't take any photos inside so you'll just have to trust me when I say it's absolutely amazing. The architecture and interior design of it makes it feel like you're in a studio ghibli movie yourself!

The museum takes you through various parts of the creation of the movies from the evolution of animation to the animation of food. You get to watch a private screening of a short film and there are walk throughs where the rooms replicate how the creators would work, and where they got their inspiration from.

Ueno Park is reminiscent of central park in New York City. Around this park are countless museums and even the Ueno Zoo. We went to the National Museum of Nature and Science which was AMAZING and I'm sure the other museums are too. 

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It didn’t take long to fall in love with Japan and I’m sure I’ll be back. There are other places to check of the bucket list, but if I’m ever craving skiing, super friendly strangers are a busy city that’s intriguingly calming, I know where to go. 

Wedding Upmarket | August 2017

Last Saturday, the Perth Upmarket held their Wedding Upmarket at the Winthrop Hall at UWA. Although I'm not getting married (and nowhere near it either), I decided I'd go to take some photos. The amount of times I was asked if I was engaged was past funny and I almost got to the point where I was going to play along with them! But regardless, it was nice milling about, seeing couples who were ACTUALLY engaged plan their special day.

Not to mention everything was instagram worthy.

So here are a few of the snaps I took while I was there. ALSO, I've been using film lately which is super fun, even though I haven't actually developed anything yet. I'll definitely do a blogpost on that when I get around to developing. 

The Tribute Cafe


It's safe to say that I'm healthily obsessed with this place. 
The Tribute Cafe in Shelley opened up in late July, and in the span of less than 2 weeks I've already been four times. 

They have a reasonable amount of seating without making it too crowded. They've timed their opening perfectly as the weather is just clearing up, making it beautiful to sit outside. You can also bring your furry friends as there's a spot to tie up your pup outside and a water bowl too!

They have perfected the interior design and also mastered their menu and the food itself. It consists of the classics; eggs Benedict, buttermilk pancakes and smashed avo (because you can NEVER go wrong with smashed avo). You can't even call yourself a breakfast place in Perth without having a good smashed avo, and this place does it perfectly. Dukkah crusted feta and beetroot puree drizzled over the top? Yes please!

I'm also glad that they didn't skip the eggs Benedict because that is an all time favourite of mine (but for some reason lots of the "hipster" breakfast places don't serve it). I would gladly like to hear why because a perfectly poached egg is one way of starting an excellent day.

They also have various other dishes of their own like the Tribute Sarni and the Wagyu Brioche Burger, both of which look amazingly instagram worthy with their charcoal brioche buns. 


With not much else in the area as far as trendy café joints go, this place is bound to be bustling all Spring and Summer long. So make sure you check it out to see what the hype is all about! Also, you're bound to bump into someone you know on a busy Saturday morning seeing as Perth is so small. 

If you're going on a Saturday I'd recommend getting there nice and early, especially if the weather is nice. When I went on Saturday the queue was out the door and all the way to the street!

I also made a short youtube video if you want to see more of what The Tribute Cafe is really like. 


Quinninup and My New Mantra

This is a few months overdue, but I just finished an assignment for my PR unit, so I need to write for my own enjoyment for a little bit.

Mid June, I went down south with Coralie (down south is what Perth people say when they go anywhere in the South west region). It was the day after my last exam for the semester, my first semester at uni, so I definitely deserved a little break. Going down south is definitely one of the best parts of living in Perth. A few hours of driving and you can end up in the middle of a forrest or at a campsite right on the beach. I always tell friends who aren't from Perth that when they come, I'll take them on the best roadtrips.

But, why Quinninup? Or you may be asking, where the hell is Quinninup? Well I'll answer both those questions. It's about four hours south of Perth, and my Uncle and Aunt have a farm down there. It's quite a small farm as far as Australian farms go, but I have so many memories of going down there. It had been so many years since I last went, so it definitely was a bit emotional being back there.

If you weren't aware, I spent 7 years of my childhood in France. I used to say that I "grew up" in France, but you're not really grown up at the age of 9 (the age when I moved back to Perth). But having spent that much of my childhood in France, I can't help but feel like I missed out on a bit of extended family bonding. I'm not saying I'm not close with my relatives, but I sometimes wish I was closer.

I think it has something to do with becoming an adult. You start realising that time is slipping away, and that you're soon going to be one of those people that say "where has the time gone?". I'm not ready to be that person yet. I don't want time to get away from me and realise that there are things I've missed out on doing, on people to see.

So going down to the farm, seeing my Uncle, my Aunt, my cousin and his kids, was the most precious thing I could have ever wanted. What was suppose to be a little break from city life ended up being so heart warming and almost awakening. Not only do I want to make sure I remain close with my extended family, I want to get back in touch with family and old friends.

I was recently talking to a stranger, now a friend. I was telling said stranger about myself, I told him that I'm often eager to meet new people and reach out to ask them to get to know each other better, either just by chatting online or organising a little brunch date. I told him that I've made so many new friends at uni because I just go up to people and start a conversation. And he the way he put my personality was "fearless of rejection". Which is absolutely perfect. It's something I'm going to make my mantra, because life is too short live in fear. What have you got to lose anyway?

So I challenge you: when you're not sure whether to do something or not, or if you're scared or embarrassed. Whether it's asking that cute girl out, applying for a job thats way out of your league, or just sitting next to that person in class, ask yourself "what have I got to lose?".
(please don't answer with dignity because I will slap you).

Also, I made a little video from my time down there (drone footage included)...

Mauritius and Coralie

One of my favourite places in the entire world is Mauritius. It isn't easy for a place to get up there on my list. But if you've been to Mauritius you'll understand why. I'm sure that from seeing these photos you can understand why.

But it isn't only the beautiful beaches, pristine waters and the fact that everything is instagram-worthy. It's also because it's my best friend's home.

My best friend, Coralie, is from Mauritius. She moved to Perth when she was 9 but everything about Mauritius runs through her. You can still here it in the way she talks, her mannerisms, the things she does and most of all, everything about her when she thinks about, talks about or is in Mauritius.

I've had the chance to be with her twice in Mauritius. Once in January 2015, when I stayed with her family and had the most amazing few weeks with her. And once again, recently, in April 2017. Now the main reason I went over last month was for her sister's, Valentine's, wedding. Let me just say it was absolutely beautiful. It's the first wedding I've been to as an adult and will definitely be one I remember forever. It wasn't a beach wedding, which is what you might expect for a tropical island. It was at a beautiful place called Domaine de L'etoile. It was everything I had imagined and more. Of course someone like Val would have all the essentials and of course all the cute ideas you see on pinterest (a polaroid for people to use, cute wedding signs and a sparkler aisle for the bride and groom to walk down during the reception, and so much more).

The other day was that an amazing day, if not, THE MOST AMAZING DAY EVER, was when we hiked up the Lion Mountain. Now, I've done hikes, but I've never done a rock climb up a mountain. It was so intense that at times I thought we were gonna lose someone on our expedition (and I don't mean by getting lost). However, I'm a little bit on an adrenaline junkie, so I enjoyed the slipping and sliding and monkey climbing. Not to mention that the view from our highest point was breath taking. Absolutely phenomenal. Again, something I'll never forget.

Also, have I mentioned how happy I was that I bought my drone? I was so hesitant to buy it, and so anxious after I had bought it that I'd crash it, or I wouldn't use it enough for the amount I paid for it. But in this trip alone, it has made it all worth it. The drone photos and footage is amazing. And definitely captures the beauty of Mauritius in a grander way than just a photo, and that's saying something.

But, not only was the wedding amazing and the walk was crazy unforgettable, I'll also never forget what it is like to see and be with Coralie in Mauritius. I don't even know how to explain it. Her happiness and carefree-ness just radiates off of her. Especially after hearing about her excitement for months before and listening to her reminisce about her wonderful childhood, I feel so honoured to be with her in the place that will always be her home.

Little Olive Leaf Cafe


Here's a recommendation for a little café in Perth! It's called Little Olive Leaf Café, over on Archibald Street in Willagee. There isn't much there but it's definitely worth going to just to experience the cute and extremely aesthetically pleasing café. Although it appears quite small at the front, there are tables through to the back (I didn't manage to get any photos of it), with trees, plants and vines. It's cozy yet sophisticated at the same time.

I decided to go here after contacting a primary school friend. We were considering going to one of the Coffee Clubs but decided to go for something a little different instead of your average café (where the only thing I ever order is eggs florentine).

At the Little Olive Leaf Café there are the classic staples such as tomato and cheese croissants, banana (and coconut) bread, or granola bowls. But there are also things that are a little different. From breakfast wraps to lasagnas and chickpea patties, there are plenty of vegan options as well! My friend, Lauren, and I both ended up ordering the same thing. We got the Mexican beans with poached egg and toast. It was absolutely DELICIOUS. I would definitely go back here just to order this again. To top it off, it wasn't very expensive either! Definitely cheaper than most of the breakfasts you get from chain cafés.

It is such a beautiful little café, I could not recommend it enough. Support local businesses and try them! They have hit the nail on the head with their interior design and choice of food and drink!

Here are a few pictures I snapped from today. Also, is a link to their Instagram where you can check them out.

(Side note: don't forget to check out my instagram as well! )


Overnight Oats Breakfast Bowl

I know I am VERY behind on this band wagon, but I finally decided to give overnight oats a try. In the past I either just heat up my oats in the morning, or I just don't eat them at all. But over the past few months I've been trying to eat healthier, more fruit and veg, and so I decided that I'd try oats with a bunch of fruit in it. I put equal amounts of oats to almond milk (but you can replace this with anything you want), and then added a dash more milk (because I usually like my soaked oats a little more runny). I don't know about you, but I find oats a little 'bland'. And I know this takes a little bit away from the 'healthy-ness' of the oats, but I decided to put a liiitttlee bit of hot chocolate powder into my bowl. I think you would also be able to use cocoa powder or something a little healthier. This added just a little bit more flavour to my otherwise boring oats.

The next morning, my oats were perfect! I added a bit of granola to add an extra crunch, before arranging my beautiful fruits over the top (only for this picture though, in general they would be smacked on there before being eaten in seconds). The granola I used had strawberry and chocolate chips, which probably isn't that healthy but if it's just a bit it can't hurt. I also added some walnuts and Brazil nuts (those are my favourites).


It turned out so well and was SO delicious. The chocolate powder added just the right amount of sweetness to the oats.


How To Be A Morning Person


Once upon a time, I considered myself a morning person. Growing up, all through highschool, I never needed an alarm clock. I would wake up at 7 every morning and jump straight out of bed. However, over the last year, my "morning game" has dropped. Taking a gap year was excellent while I was working and travelling. But over the 12 months there were weeks where I didn't have much planned, or where my shifts were in the afternoon, or that I was staying up late repeatedly. This all lead to my beautiful body clock to not be so fantastic anymore.

Being a morning person is the foundation of being productive and I believe also a necessity to being a fully functional 'adult' (whatever that definition may be). Being a morning person doesn't mean going for a run at 6am, it also doesn't mean having to go to bed by 9pm every night. It simply means feeling awake and rejuvenated after waking up.

So, to all those who want to be morning people, here are my tips for being a morning person:

1. Go to sleep at a reasonable time

This is pretty self explanatory. Sleep early, rise early. Now, I don't go to bed at an unrealistic time, but this is also dependent on how well you sleep. When I sleep, I sleep like a log. I don't go to bed after midnight unless its on an occasion when I am going out. I know, it's hard not getting sucked into netflix, or the endless youtube videos, but when you start feeling tired, GO TO SLEEP!


2. Switch off

I know people have said this since the dawn of sleep issues when technology is present. But sitting on your phone or laptop and telling yourself "when I get tired I'll go to sleep" isn't helping you. While you've got a screen in front of you, stimulating your brain, you're not going to feel sleepy. Most phones and laptops now have applications to dim out the blue light from your phone, now that is effective to a certain point. But it's not just the light that stimulates your brain, it's expecting that next message, or commenting on that next photo that's keeping you up.

So before you go to bed, turn your phone upside down, put it on the other side of the room, and try to sleep.

3. Set that alarm clock

You can't expect your body clock to work as soon as you have an early night. If you hate that dreaded sound of your phone in the morning telling you to get your butt out of bed, change the alarm to something soothing. Choose a song that eases into it. Also, turn off the snooze button.


4. Look forward to something

I know it can be difficult to always have something on or have something to look forward to everyday. But if you're reading this post, it surely means you're wanting to change something in your life. You're wanting to wake up early so you can be more productive, or happier, or healthier. Having something positive in everyday that makes you excited is at the core of all of those things.It doesn't mean it's a big thing, a party or sky diving. It's as simple as your favourite flavour of tea, or a phone routine phone call to your grandma, a morning bath, seeing your dog in the morning or seeing the sun when you open your blinds.

Choose something that every morning you rejoice and embrace. And every morning, really absorb that feeling, and make it the first thing you do to get you out of bed.

5. Stick to it

Maybe you went on a night out? Maybe you pulled an all nighter to get your assignment done? Is your body clock completely out of whack now? No it's not. Take a day or a couple of days to recover and get back to it. If you want to feel alive and rejuvenated every morning, you're going to have to stick to your plan.

Now, go get some sleep.


My Dream Job and Holding Me Accountable

Life update: I've started uni. I'm studying commerce and am going to major in PR and marketing. But you know what? I have this niggling voice in the back of my head. It repeats "what are you working towards?" "what do you WANT to do?". And I'm constantly answering: I DON'T KNOW!

But that's not true. I do know. I know that the ultimate goal is to open my own business. Whether it be a photography business, a coffee shop or whatever, that is my ultimate life goal. But I'm not in a rush. First, I want to experience working as a photographer for a company, or a social media manager for a company, or as a writer. and I KNOW, getting my bachelors degree will help me get there.

I'm writing this post to remind myself WHY I'm here, and WHY I'm studying and WHAT my goals are. My goals are to pursue my passions is a professional way, and the best way (for me) to get there is with the help of a degree.

I understand that for some people degrees are unnecessary, and I believe this more so if you're studying art subjects. You can teach yourself so much over the internet. But for me, personally, I want to have this commerce degree.

And I know that having a degree doesn't mean I'll be handed a job as soon as I'm done, I know it still going to take work and dedication. But I'm already working towards it. I'm volunteering with social media clubs and companies, I'm applying at jobs that are more in my field of interest. It all starts NOW! I'm already making steps to increase my social media following in an attempt to kickstart a photography company.

It's all a step by step process. And right now, a big step for me is University.

So, this post is to holding myself accountable. Don't forget your dreams, don't forget what you're working towards and remember to seize every opportunity you possibly can.

La La Land | Los Angeles

Upon our arrival in Los Angeles it was pouring down with rain and flood warnings were heard. Our taxi driver nearly crashed due to "no one knowing how to drive in rain" and we got absolutely soaked while trying to get into our airbnb. It was not what I was expecting at all. I was ready for sun and blue skies, how every Hollywood show depicts LA.

Thankfully the weather cleared up quickly and we were welcomed with clear skies, only so clear after some good rain! I went to all the iconic Los Angeles tourist spots, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice Beach and the Venice Canals but my favourite place of all was Griffith Park/Griffith Observatory. On the walk up we stopped at a café called the Trails Café. A perfect way to start your walk up to the best view of LA.

We also went down to Irvine to meet up with some friends and along the way went to Laguna Beach and Huttington Beach, both of which were lovely, probably the nicest non-Australian beaches I've seen.

Another thing I thoroughly enjoyed was the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. I'd recommend going there if you're a fan of any of the TV shows and movies that they show (check their website). My favourites were seeing the Gilmore Girls house, the DC Comics (worth over $1 million) and costumes from the movies, the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Props, and sitting in the Central Perk Café (the couched ACTUALLY used in Friends).

San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most iconic cities in the USA. It is known for the Golden Gate Bridge, its silicone valley, and for having a lot of rain. And let me tell you, during the week while I was there, there was A LOT of rain. Regardless of the weather, I thoroughly enjoyed my time in San Francisco. I got to see many of the iconic sights, Lombard Street, the Coit tower, Pier 39 and much more. I also went on a Stanford University tour which made me want to go there desperately. Furthermore, I attended the women's march while I was there, which was such an amazing experience (you can see those photos here). Here are the photos from my time there.

The Coit Tower

Lombard Street

The Bayview Bridge

Inside the Ferry Building


Stanford University

The Golden Gate Bridge

Hello 2017

So it is a little overdue for a 2017 post but here it is regardless... Although 2016 may not have been an excellent year for the world, there were many unexpected downs and issues that shook the world, personally 2016 wasn't too bad.

I started my gap year, I worked 4 jobs for 6 months before travelling solo the Europe (the greatest decision of my life)! It had been 10 years since I moved back to Perth from France and 8 years since I had been back for a visit. It had been something I was looking forward to years, and this year my dream finally came true.

I did a 2 and a half week Contiki, making some of the most amazing friendships and unforgettable memories. I then stayed in Paris, Brighton, London, Wales, the French Riviera and ended my trip back in the French town that I grew up in, Grenoble.

It was the most amazing few months, and I made solid friendships with fantastic people all around Europe and I know I'll be back soon. On the 10th of December I then departed on my 7 week USA trip with my family (where I am writing this now). It has been such an overwhelming trip to be honest. We've done Miami, Washington D.C., New York City, skiing up in Vermont and there is still San Francisco and Los Angeles to come! I've fallen in love with these cold snowy cities and been showered with "oh you're from Australia? G'DAY MATE!".

After travelling so much this year, I know that this is something I want to do for the rest of my life. Travelling, meeting new people and experiencing something new is what fulfils me. However, on the other hand, I truly believe having a home base is important. And for me, that home base will always be Perth, my lovely, beautiful Perth.

This isn't turning out to be much of a 2017 post is it? Okay, let's look at the future.

2017, I'm starting uni, I just ordered my DJI Mavic Pro, and I'm in the process of organising countless roadtrips and overseas trips. I'm planning on making more content, more youtube videos, and pursuing photography more (gigs already in the works), I've already started designing my business cards! There's so much to come and I couldn't be more excited for 2017.

I want to end this post asking you guys, what are you most excited for 2017? Or, what is a dream for you in 2017? I would love to hear what other people's ambitions and dreams are!

New York, New York

More than halfway through my seven week trip to the USA and I can confidently say that New York City has been the best part of the trip so far. I was there for 6 days. I decent amount of time to see the iconic NYC places, but no where near enough for everything I wanted to do. Not to mention it was super busy because it was during the Christmas and New Years Eve Period. But regardless, I had the most amazing time and I will definitely be back soon.

We caught a bus up to NYC from Washington, D.C. because it was a lot cheaper doing that than catching the train. I'd recommend doing that as it was less than half the price and the bus drops you right in the centre of Manhattan at Port Authority. First minutes in NYC and it started pouring down with rain, but the amount of congestion NYC always has meant that it would be a lot quicker to walk to our hotel in Times Square than it would be to try and get a taxi (or a cab as they call it here). So off we went, walking in the pouring rain through the streets of New York.

We were staying at the Novotel Hotel on Times Square. A perfect location if you want to be right in the middle of the most iconic tourist attraction for New Years Eve. Although most people say you shouldn't stay in touristy places and rather "live like a local", if you know what you're wanting to do while in New York, and you know the "local" things to do, it doesn't matter where you stay because the subway system is amazing.

First night in NYC we went to City Kitchen, a slightly fancy food-court near Times Square. We walked around Time Square and noticed that on the 28th of December, they were already preparing for the biggest New Years Eve celebration in the world. Originally, I was convinced I wouldn't go. Everyone who lives near New York avoids Times Square ESPECIALLY on NYE like the plague, and everyone told me it would be ridiculous. But at some point I realised I would likely never be in New York City for New Years Eve again, so why not? On the 31st of December at 1pm, I left my hotel room with layers upon layers of clothing and stacks of food in my bag, and made my way into the centre of it all. So there I stood, for the last 11 hours of 2016, waiting to watch the ball drop. Despite the fact that I was freezing cold, it was such a fantastic atmosphere and an amazing thing to be part of. I made friends with the people around me, they were all international students and even more prepared than I was. One of the girls brought cardboard to sit on and cards to pass the time! 11 hours passed like the wind when we were busy chatting with interesting people.

On other days, I made my way over to Brooklyn. However it was extremely rainy, so I think next time I come to NYC I'll have to come in late Spring for better weather and to see Central Park blossoming. We were to the top of the Rock; I'd recommend this over the top of the Empire State Building because here you get the Empire State in your pictures. We went down to the Financial District, along wall street and explore the lovely streets of Chelsea and Greenwich. I had also made my way to Upper East Side where I took photos on the steps of the MET (gossip girl fans HOLA), and then found the palace hotel (HOLA AGAIN).

I also watched a Broadway show! Honestly, I was really wanting to watch Hamilton. I entered myself into online lotteries every morning, checked online for tickets day after day and even scouted the ticket booths for last minute sales. But in the end I had to settle with Kinky Boots for $45, which might have been my best decision yet! Kinky Boots was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC and I got to meet many of the actors afterwards (including Todrick Hall!). It was such an amazing show and I recommend watching the show to anyone! Another tip is don't be afraid to be the cheapest tickets, with such amazing shows in such renowned theatres, it's hard to ever get a true "nosebleed seat" (unless you're comparing them to front row tickets, but who can ever afford those?).

Overall my time in New York City was the most fantastic 6 days of my trip (so far). The hustle and bustle, the yellow cabs, the high rise buildings and the beautiful Central Park, was all plenty to make me fall in love with city.

See you next time NYC!