Autumn in Sydney 

Hello there! How have you all been? Thought I would share some happy snaps from the past month hanging around Sydney.

We have had exceptional weather lately and it really doesn’t feel like winter is three weeks away. I do love spending as much time as I can on the weekends exploring Sydney. It is such a unique part of the world and if you haven’t yet visited, add it to your list!

Sydney is the home to amazing beaches, local cafes and restaraunts, boutique shopping, the friendliest people in the world and an incredible location compromising of mountains, rivers, country and the sea.

Here are some snaps at my favourite local places

Where in the world have you spent your April / May?

Love A x

3 YRS BLOGGING // Explore the Great Barrier Reef

Today marks exactly three years of blogging. Funnily enough it lands on my husband’s birthday – before I even knew he existed! It hasn’t always be Golden Hour Girl. It took a while for me to figure out the direction of this blog. At the start it was a place for me to vent out my thoughts on life & experiences I had endured.

It quickly turned to an avenue to keep in touch with family and friends when I ventured to the other side of the world and lived in London for six months. About three months into that adventure fate had its way and I somehow won a blogging competition through Mango Fashion which meant I was flown to Barcelona, Spain for an incredible couple of days spent in the company of international fashion and travel bloggers such as Sincerely Jules and Gary Pepper Girl. You can read more about it here.

Golden Hour Girl continues to be a travel, dreaming and photography blog. With three years of content, GHG grows in terms of available travel advice, photography from around the world, fashion styles and a reflection on the adventures that life brings. It doesn’t promise that life is 100% happiness but it looks at the world through vivid coloured glasses. GHG pauses to reflect on the small yet beautiful things in life and encourages everyone to wander and be amazed by the world around you.

In the spirit of great memories I have pulled together my photographs from our recent trip to Hamilton Island. On our first full day there we rushed to the Great Barrier Reef on a day trip with The Explore Group (You can see the details of our trip here). I love that the Great Barrier Reef is a short trip from Sydney and is a place that will make you feel miles away. This was my second visit to the reef and I was still completely mesmerised. This time around we snorkelled but I would really love to try out diving sometime!

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Love A x

2 Years With My Blog

I was thinking about it the other day. How long has my blog existed? Well – WordPress quickly solved that problem after sending me an online achievement medal for launching my blog 2 years ago! Wow! 

2 years… I remember – it was my first year of uni, about week 8 of the first semester. I had all these journals piled up by the side of my bed with bits of paper, words of inspiration and ripped pages out of magazines hanging from them. I thought to myself:

1) Wow – I either have a lot of feelings or a lot of cool experiences and life moments

2) I really need to stop buying journals and find a quicker and cheaper way to store all my information and writing

3) I wonder if anyone will be interested in what life has taught me and join me on my journey

I took a chance, barely knowing what a blog was or how to create one and started this very blog you are reading right now! I see a lot of people blogging these days and it’s cool! It’s become a career now for many people! In my current job now (the paid one i.e. not this blog) I actually get to speak and work with a couple of bloggers which is lovely to be able to have that experience of being on the other side.

But I have noticed a few things. I guess some people take advantage of companies who don’t know how to use bloggers efficiently so that they themselves can make money from it through high advertisings costs and “sponsored posts” on their pages. Not everyone, but some. And some blogs have lost the two things that make up what blogging is:

1) A passion so deep inside of you that you can’t help but spread the word whether it be to 5 people of to 5000!

2) Being honest.

And that’s what my blog has, is and always will be.

For me – it’s an escape. It’s something that I wish I could do everyday, and maybe I will one day, but for now it’s balanced between all my other life commitments. One thing thing that keeps me going is the feedback I get from people all over the world about how this blog has inspired them to try harder in life, do things differently to their friends and to see the world!

And how happy that makes me!

I look forward to continually sharing what life has taught me, what is currently on my mind and the beautiful places I have travelled to.

And it doesn’t bother me one bit that I struggle to find time to blog. All the other stuff happening in my life teaches me so much more then I could have imagined sitting in my room all day and just writing. The craziness of life brings me the ideas for my posts!

Like for example today. It taught me to always, always be yourself. Even when it feels like it’s the wrong thing to do. Don’t let the world punish you for what makes you see the best in life and people.

xx

Ps: I’m getting married in five months (seriously)… does anyone what to hear about what it’s like being a 20 year old bride-to-be? (haha)

Pps: Exactly one year ago I was in…

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London – I will be back!