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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Photo by STIL on Unsplash

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.

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)...

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.

Scrapbook of My Europe Trip

img_6757 After being back for a month, my regular routine resumed, already bored of the day in day out working life, I decided to finally put together all the little souvenirs from my Europe trip. Over the course of the 2 and a half months that I was travelling, I did my best to keep and collect train tickets, restaurant receipts, business cards and brochures from places I had been to. Rather than scrapbooking on the road (and making a huge effort to be neat and artistic), while I was travelling I wrote daily journal entries, knowing that I would transfer it into a scrapbook. However the thoughts I wrote down were sometimes rather personal and I decided only include bits and pieces that I was happy to share in this scrapbook.

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I can only imagine this will be something I pull out in future years, perhaps showing it to my future kids, reminiscent of my gap year, my first trip alone, my magnificent adventure.

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I believe that capturing your adventures in a creative way such as scrapbooking or in video form makes the  trip more memorable and more magical to look back upon. I can only dread the times when I will no longer remember my trip as vividly as I do now, and no longer feel the longing pang of wanting to be back, like waking from a good dream.

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Although it's difficult to be back, I just try to remind myself of what I felt while I was there, and that I will feel like that again. Over the course of my trip I realised how much I love Perth, but also that I will continue travelling for the rest of my life. The feeling of discovering something new, or embracing being helplessly lost, are feelings you can only know after travelling to an unknown place.

The highlight of my trip was definitely fantastic new friends (shoutout to Lydia) and I can't recommend enough travelling solo to any young person. You learn so much about yourself and you are constantly forced to put yourself out there more.

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Don't forget to check out my youtube channel, I posted videos from my trip as well! https://youtube.com/user/raandomrach/

Kalamunda's Zig Zag Scenic Drive

It's already October and the weather is still raining and cloudy and not spring-like at all. So, when there was a glimpse of sun through all the dull weather, Coralie and I decided another sunset mission was long due. With our list of potential locations (all of which will be revealed throughout the duration of Summer), we decided to make the drive up to Kalamunda's Zig Zag Scenic Drive, or Zig Zags. img_6591-2

Most of the time we were sitting in the car because it was FREEZING! But we were both able to get some good shots of the sun setting right behind the city.

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I hope you all liked these photos and I hope you're looking forward to Summer as much as I am! xx

The Wonderful Brighton

Before starting my trip I was telling everyone "I am going to live in London one day", but after spending a week there, and a week in several other places, I've realised that might be the single biggest lie I've told everyone I know. What I didn't tell everyone before I started my trip was "I am going to live in Brighton one day", and right now, that's something I truly believe. DSC04190-2

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Brighton was a unique, colourful, bustling yet calm city with people from all different walks of life. There was the busy city center and lanes, the wonderfully uncomfortable pebble beach, and the quiet grassy country-ish sides. Everything about it reeled me in, wondering what hidden treasure is hidden around the next corner or down the next narrow alley. What street art was I going to find on the next wall? What hippie event was I going to experience next weekend at the hove lawns? What would life be like were I to live here?

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When my friend, Thalia, and I google things to do in Brighton there were multiple events ranging from a food and music event on hove lawns to a little garden charity party. By coincidence, and to our delight, we met Zoe Sugg, Alfie Deyes, Poppy Deyes and Sean Elliot at this charity event. A little exciting moment amongst our travels in the UK.

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Spending a week in one place is long enough to do many of the touristy things, as well as run out of those things to do and spend some time just living. I've realised that living in Brighton might well be something to write down on my bucket list.

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Chocolate Brownie Cookies

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Over the last week I have made these cookies three times, and three times I have received compliments and requests for the recipe. I got the recipe online, but I altered it to suit my liking and more importantly, what I had in my pantry.

I have always been a love of soft, chewy cookies. If you have ever had a subway cookie, those are the best kind. The perfect texture to hold its shape as you lift it to you mouth but soft enough to melt once you bite down on it. Often I would just resort to undercooking batches of cookies and quickly scoffing them down while they're still warm. But NO MORE! This recipe creates the perfect chocolate cookie (if you, like me, enjoy them nice and soft). So here it is:


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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of Almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
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Method:

  1. Preheat your often to 175º C (fan forced).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
  3. Mix in one egg at a time until smooth.
  4. Then stir in vanilla and almond extract.
  5. Combine flour, cocoa powder, bicarb soda in a bowl and then add this to the mixture. Stir until you think it's time to use your hands.
  6. Add chocolate chips. Mixture should be thick.
  7. Place un-flattened spoonfuls onto greased baking tray. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Let cool completely.

And there you have it! Chewy, chocolate brownie-like cookies! Enjoy!

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Little Olive Leaf Café

Processed with VSCO with f2 preset After buying all the essentials from the pharmacy for my trip away, I drove past this little café. Hidden over in the suburbs of Wilagee, I had never seen this café before. I was pleasantly delighted to see the range of foods and drinks they had and the quaint beauty of it. There aren't many seats but it wasn't busy; the perfect time to sit down and have a little something by yourself.

I will definitely go again with the company of someone else to enjoy the lunch meals. They have a range of classic breakfasts ranging from plain croissants to eggs florentine. But as you can see in the image, they also have quiches, curries, pastas and shepherds pies. I'm looking forward to trying those beauties :)

The seating area is lined with mismatched cushions and chairs. Perfect for a lounge, anytime of the day. Let me know if you've been to this café or if you plan on going! Would love to see what you order.

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I can honestly say that this pressed juice (although not freshly pressed at the café) was THE BEST juice I have ever had. Man, I'm really discovering some "best" things on this blog (check THE BEST banana bread ever).

Open invitation to anyone reading this if they want to come with me to this café next time ;)

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Location: 7 Archibald St, Willagee WA 6156

Opening Hours: 7am-4pm Tuesday to Friday, 8am-2.30pm Saturday & Sunday, Closed Mondays.

A Day in North Cottesloe

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If you guys didn't know, I am OBSESSED with pinterest. Not saying I'm late to the train or anything because I have been obsessed for a very long time, and I don't think that's going to stop anytime soon. If any of you live in Perth, I would suggest following my "Places to Eat in Perth" board. I often update it with screenshots of instagram locations.

Coralie and I started our Tuesday by going for a drive down to Cottesloe/North Cottesloe where we found Daisies Cottesloe. A cute little café/brunch spot. With indoor and outdoor tables and a short walk to the beach we ordered our coffees and went for a stroll up the road.

When going to the beach, the most common beach to go to is Cottesloe Beach. With cafés, fish and chip shops and the iconic Indiana overlooking the ocean, its no wonder why it's always busy. However, after seeing this North Cottesloe beach on such a beautiful day, I think I'll be driving that little extra distance to go to the beach more often than not. The beach was mostly empty and the water was crystal clear.

Coralie and I both regretted not wearing swim wear, but that didn't stop us from getting in the water.

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The Little Blue House

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If only it was a sunny day when we decided to go out to take these, but I guess the lighting wouldn't have been so fantastic if it was glary. Credits to Coralie for taking these photos.

Wearing:

Jacket $25 from the Op Shop (Unbranded); Cropped Top $10, City Beach; White High-Waisted Jeans $29, Factorie; Boots $30, Cotton on.

YouTube

If you didn't know, YouTube is a video-sharing website. It has grown bigger and bigger the last few years and thousands of people can now use their audience/fame to make a living. There are 300 minutes of video uploaded every minute and over 80% of young people watch youtube videos. Youtube is obviously, only just beginning to take over the world.

I've been pretty discreet about the fact that I have a YouTube channel. But I guess be truth is now that I've graduated from high school, I can be more selective about who I surround myself with. High school was difficult for me and I'm so glad I got out of there in one piece (more or less, haha) but at the same time high school taught me so many things about the world and myself that I would have never learnt had I never gone through the experiences that I had. I've come out of high school and stronger, more mature person. I appreciate myself, my skills and my flaws more than ever, knowing to find comfort in loneliness. I've learnt that other people aren't always what you expect them to be, no matter how well you may know them. But most of all, I learnt that you can't please everybody, but you can try to make yourself happy.

My aim is not to make money from videos, nor become famous. I simply enjoy filming and editing videos. Furthermore, I adore the community and believe it's an excellent way to make friends near and far.

For the past couple of years that I've been making videos, I've been embarrassed to tell people about said channel. Although YouTube is so present in society, it's still "weird" to sit in your room and talk to a camera (let alone because I don't really have a massive audience watching me). So, I have only told my close friends about my hobby. And even so, some of my friends have given me the weird look or simply questioned why I do it: "The chances that you'll get famous are very, very low".

My biggest fear was that people at school would find my channel, especially people who didn't really know me. That people would make fun of me and think I'm a weirdo (truth be told I am a weirdo).

Fortunately, that never happened. And thankfully, I have graduated from high school! No more do I have to hide my YouTube channel. I know, I know; out in the real world, people might still giggle at the fact that I talk to myself. But now, I can find and make friends with people who do the same! Already, I've made some friends within Perth and around the world who are just as lovely as I thought they would be. And now, not only is filming and editing my hobby, it is also becoming my craft :)

So, if you feel like wasting a couple of minutes of your life, go check out my youtube channel. Or watch this video from my 18th birthday:

https://youtu.be/pK3wUu_ml4Y

Busselton (Leavers 2k15)

If you asked me a few months ago whether I was going on leavers (schoolies) or not, I would've said no way. But with two weeks until the leavers parties, and everybody raving about it, Elyse booked accomodation. At first I was iffy about the whole ordeal because of what I had heard about leavers, but it ended up being so much fun (other than the fact that I feel like I'm suffering from swine flu now that I'm home). I thought I'd share a few photos I took over the time I was there.

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Enjoy December x

Living In The Moment

If you haven't been living under a rock, sheltering you from the viral trends of social media, you would know that the "new thing" always has to do with spring cleans, starting fresh and living in the moment. If I got a dollar every time I saw an instagram post captioned "living in the moment", I would be rich. But is there anything at all that's "living in the moment" which requires you to stop, take a picture, and post it to social media? Living in the moment is about not worrying about what anyone else thinks, not stopping for anything and just LIVING IN THE MOMENT. What is more self explanatory than that?

Social media has begun to take over the world. No matter where you go, you'll see people on their phones, texting, taking pictures, sharing their lives in an instant.

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But there is a movement. A movement towards a better future? A less 'virtually-connected' and more physically-connected future. Take Essena Oneill. She may have been titled social media 'queen', or instagram 'goddess'. But after years of "having it all" she has decided to quit social media. She's keeping her blog (http://www.letsbegamechangers.com/ an amazing blog about her thoughts and her journey). She changed all the captions on her instagram photos, to satirical or serious captions to do with the fake-ness of the posed/edited photos. They're interesting reads, especially for you're usually someone who admires the perfectly staged bikini shots of instagram models. Essena Oneill's new outlook and new life has influenced the lives of many. She made a video directed at her 12 year old self, or anyone who is 12 and felt like she did, convincing her that having "everything" is not what it perked up to be. That she and people around her who would've been known as 'famous' or 'having it all' were deeply depressed, whether it was conscious or subconscious. Her video is deeply moving and makes you feel guilty for watching the video in the first place. She urges people to leave their house and go do something they love, without having to meet people over social media.

The new social media app, Snapchat, is an ever-present thing in lots of people's lives. The ability to take a 'cheeky snap' and send it to your friends in seconds is appealing. Maybe it's goal was to be quick so people COULD live in the moment. But I think that with the volume that people post snapchats at, there can't be anyway that they are truly living in the moment.

I am torn in this controversial subject. On one hand I completely agree with Essena Oneill and anyone else who is part of this 'social media-less' movement. I believe that living in the moment is one of the greatest things you can do. Why do you need to have a physical copy of the memory when you might remember it 100 times better if your just LIVE it? And why would you need to post what you're doing to facebook, twitter, snapchat AND instagram, are you seeking the validation of others? Because newsflash, the validation of others means nothing. All you need is to believe in yourself, the amount of likes or followers you have doesn't show your value.

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However, on the other hand. I adore photography. It's one of my many passions (if you can't tell by this blog). I have an expensive, BEAUTIFUL, camera. One of my most prized possessions (I know, materialistic). I love taking, editing and producing beautiful pictures. It would be a dream for it to become a career. But such a love prevents one of living in the moment. If there is an absolutely beautiful shot I can visualise, I will take it. Does that prevent me from fully living in the moment? Yes. However, I think there is a slight difference between this and social media. I'm not one to share the snap instantly, or post it seeking other people's validation. If I have created something beautiful, sure I will share it, but I will also be proud of it on my own accord.

Furthermore, I like to share somethings. I grew up in France, which means lots of my friends live far away from me. Keeping them updated through facebook is fascinating to me. So that when I go to visit them in the future, there are conversation topics and maybe they haven't completely missed out on who I am as a teenager.

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But, with summer coming, I'm going to take a page from Essena Oneill's book. I'm going to do my best to clear out my need for social media. It's going to be my first summer having my drivers licence (yay!) and first summer when I don't have school, or anything, to have to go back to after (yay for gap years!). Even for the coming year, I said I will post my adventures on this blog. So maybe I'll make that my only outlet? (I mean, if I'm sharing everything everywhere else, why would anyone read this? Mwahaha, marketting strategies)

Edit: Dodie, another youtuber (whom I love), posted a response video. I completely agree with everything she says. It's so perfect and makes perfect sense.

Regardless if you are even remotely agreeing with me or not, I hope you have a nice day without too much social media :*

Rachel

What It Feels Like To Be Graduated

As of Tuesday night, I am officially graduated from highschool. Although I've been looking forward to this moment for a really long time (probably around 5 years to be exact), it's an odd feeling. Not having to wake up early everyday, not knowing what's right around the corner. It's not only liberating, it's also daunting. For the past 12 years I've always known what's happening next week, or the exact things I need to study for the next test. And now, for the first in forever, I don't know who I'm going to be sitting next to at exactly 11:20am everyday. IMG_5320edit

I still have my final exams to complete over the next few weeks, but after that, it's all over. I cannot wait for the holidays. I have an endless list of things I want to do. Most of you know I am taking a gap year (the reason why I started this blog) which means for the next year, I am going to be documenting everything. Documenting through photo and video. I'm excited to be posting blog posts and youtube videos of my adventures for you all to enjoy. In no less then 17 days, I'm going to be done with study and the adventures will begin.

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