Filled with friendly strangers, earth loving hippies, and characterised by it’s dreamy surf breaks and beaches, Byron Bay has got to be one of my all time favourite places to escape to in Australia. Having family up there and a holiday flat makes it that much easier for repeat visits, but I recommend it to all my friends as there are so many cute rentals and places to stay. Continue reading 10 Things To Tick Off Your Byron Bay Bucket List
Tropical holidays are my favourite. Anywhere where the sun is shining, the days are long, the skies are blue and the salt fills the air – I’m there! You may have recently seen on my Instagram we traveled to New Caledonia for a family holiday. This time we traveled with my husbands side of the family – all 9 of us. It was a wild adventure full of memories. Continue reading New Caledonia Top Moments
The last time I traveled to Byron Bay in winter was a couple of years ago. Oh my – how good it felt to be back at this time of the year. I’ve forgotten how powerful nature can be in the cooler seasons. Over the past two weeks Byron has experienced a tremendous bout of rain. Luckily the sun decided to shine and the clouds cleared up as soon as we arrived for the weekend.
You’ll often hear me talk about Byron Bay. It’s our go to place over summer and the new year, although we don’t often go up over winter. I guess it’s the whole mentality of “save beachy places for summer” but how wrong we can be! No regrets for visiting during the middle of winter because Byron sure did put on a show for us.
I can’t promise this weather to everyone because I think we must of just got the window of sunshine. The water was incredibly clear and the sun was super warm. We managed to sneak in a few ocean dips and hubby enjoyed several surf sessions he raved about the whole weekend.
Every time we go to Byron it ends up as a food tour. I’m convinced this coastal town has some of the best food spots in Australia, especially for breakfast. I couldn’t tell you just how many incredible cafes and restaurants there are. This delicious coconut concoction was from Bay Leaf which is a well known cafe in B-town.
We always like to try something new or see a different place every time we visit Byron. This time around we ventured to Brunswick Heads which is only a 20 minute drive from Byron. It’s quieter, has an amazing pub called Brunswick Hotel and has some really cute shops and cafes.
On Sunday morning we managed to squeeze in a quick walk up to the Cape Byron Lighthouse, by following the trail from Wategos Beach. Would highly recommend it as the views were to die for and we spotted about 30 dolphins swimming off shore – amazing!
The beauty of Byron is that every time you go you’ll discover something different, meet someone new and come home feeling refreshed and in tune with nature.
Have you visited Byron Bay in winter?
Love A x
Now let’s first set things straight here. I am by NO means writing this post in an attempt to say I have nailed being a boss lady and am killin’ it at everything I do. Reality is no one is perfect and we should wake up everyday with an inspiration and aspiration to be better, wiser, stronger… This is more so around the amazing women I’ve been lucky enough to meet on life’s journey and the lessons I’ve learned from them along the way.
Life can be full of ups and downs, and navigating your way through your twenties can provide more challenges then you could have ever imagined (isn’t life supposed to be all sorted out by the time you’re 20?! Definitely not!!) I’m starting to see the older you get, the more challenges that present themselves, but also how things get easier when you start to develop a perspective on who you really are and what really matters in life.
Above all, it’s so important to stay true to yourself and just keep doing what you’re doing. One day at a time, one step at a time. I’m a perfectionist, and at the worst of times I’ve let it cripple me. At the best of times, I’ve let it ruin completely amazing situations where I just couldn’t see past that one tiny little insignificant thing that didn’t go according to plan. I’ve even let it stop me writing blog posts because they weren’t perfectly polished or timed or perfectly articulated. But then I’m missing out on sharing with you guys and hearing all the beautiful things and changes happening with you.
Your twenties are a flourishing time in your life, as I’m experiencing now, full of love and light and change and growth and the happiest of times. What I sometimes face is feeling like I can’t add value to the conversation in different circles of people because of my age. But did you know you can actually be a boss lady in your early/mid twenties? You can actually inspire people much older then you? You can actually influence others to change their behaviours or thoughts for the better? And you can definitely be killin’ it in more ways then one.
So here are 6 tips on how to be a boss lady in your life:
1. Self love is everything.
Be so sure in yourself and who you are, that no one can steer you away from that. The more you move and create change, the more people will push back. Don’t listen to the haters because after all, they’ll just keep hating.
2. Don’t let anyone dictate your worth.
You deserve better. Back to point one. It all starts with an internal, unshakeable kind of confidence. The kind where you can look someone straight in the eye and tell them exactly what you’re thinking because you have every reason to back yourself.
3. Try, fail, then keep trying.
No one ever got it right the first time. And it’s so important to remember that. Because when you fail, or when you’re down, that’s when the haters come out and will try make you feel like you made the wrong move or call. There’s no such thing as failing or a wasted attempt, only another reason to keep moving.
4. Follow through with the “out there” ideas.
People insecurities come out when you suggest something that’s never been done before. It’s scary, it’s unsettling, but it’s also an occasion for positive change. If it’s never been done before, isn’t that every reason to give it a go (and learn at least)?
5. You don’t have to be everything to everyone.
It’s not about ticking everyone’s boxes. Don’t let people guilt trip you, because that’s their insecurities coming out. Check in on yourself and sometimes let yourself be you’re number one priority. Ask yourself – who do I really report to / have to impress? If you’re happy with who you are and how you are going in life, that’s more then enough.
6. Surround yourself with other inspirational women.
“Tell me who you spend your time with, and I’ll tell you who you’ll end up being.” Mentors, friends and your circles of influence are everything. Be careful who you chose to give your time to. Be wise in how you spend your work and free time. Be intentional with who you let shape your character. Iron sharpens iron.
Love A x
Is it just me or is everyone going to Europe this year? For us, this year has been about home. And home can come in many forms. It’s about building a place we love and investing in our family, friends and community. We now have our dream (literal) home in the beautiful seaside location of Manly, and have been spending the last few months fixing and tweaking our place to just how we want it.
If you’ve been following on on Instagram you would have seen that we have been enjoying our beautiful home a lot more this year (aside from some quick trips to Byron Bay and Melbourne – hello wedding season!). I remember this time last year I was preparing to go to South East Asia for a couple of months to work in Singapore. And what an incredible and life changing trip it was, that really was a curveball.
But now this year, I am currently lying in bed, in my dream home whilst my husband is intensely studying away for his big exam in June. This year has been everything but what we imagined it would be. Both good and bad. Sometimes life throws unexpected troughs your way, but it’s all for making you stronger and for bringing out the deep, rich character in you. Together, we are mainly focusing on work (setting up our careers and impact on society) and saving (so we can have financial freedom to follow our calling). BUT I have big dreams in my heart for 2018 and feel like “across the oceans” will be the words of my heart.. The words I felt for 2017 were “BIG” and everything so far has been just that. What a stretch! But hey, God is good.
I am so grateful for my husband and for the beautiful family and friends around us, for supporting and encouraging us everyday. They have made sure we haven’t given up in the hard times, and have only spoken words of wisdom and love over our lives. I am forever grateful, and its times like these I realise how important it is having a trustworthy and reliable support network around you.
Ok enough of my emotional, kind of vague ramblings (I can be a private person and don’t like giving everything away). I DO have it in my heart to venture to Europe again soon – but for a slightly longer trip. We really want to go and explore more of Europe and visit family and friends sometime in spring / summer next year. Throughout my travel diaries over the past few years I’ve always said how I love traveling like a local, and being able to stay in places for that bit longer and really get to know the people and rich culture. Hopefully next year we can venture to places and towns across Portugal, Spain, Italy, France and Scandinavia (just to name a few) for at least two months…
Here are some European spots that have caught my attention, some of which we have already been to but I’m eager to see more of..
Where would you like to explore for an extended period of time?
Love A x
Ps: Thank you to those who follow along on Instagram and give love to my photos, or write a sweet note or comment or email. I love the community we’ve built together & that we can inspire each other daily. You are a gem.