Europe 2018

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. 

Spring in Sydney

Spring is my favourite time of the year in Sydney. The days get longer, the air turns warmer and everyone starts to get that holiday vibe...

Spring has finally arrived in Sydney and oh boy it is so lovely! You can honestly feel the difference straight away. The air is slightly warmer, the sun lingers for longer and there are more people showing their faces to the sun.

Spring is my favourite time of the year – how can it not be, it’s when we got married. It also means we are getting closer to the end of the year. This means summer in Australia! There’s nothing like it. The beaches here are just divine when the warm weather kicks in.

We’ll be heading off again soon for another travel adventure to celebrate our two year wedding anniversary! How time passes.

Here are some snaps from some precious time I have been spending at home (also got to celebrate my birthday – hooray for cake!). For me home is Manly in Sydney. It’s my dream home – right by the sea surrounded by nature.

Enjoy xx


What’s your favourite season?

Love A X

A Heart For Travel


This Good Friday morning I’ve spent some much needed downtime in bed with hubby and have been reading and reflecting on the past couple of years. The adventures we have been on, places we’ve explored and things we’ve learnt.

I wanted to share with you guys some of my favorite travel snaps I have dug up. I hope it inspires you to live a life of freedom, chase your dreams and make way to bless the world with your journeys.

Travel is something God has put in my heart, and it’s there for a reason. When you know that Gods anointing and purpose is on your life, it changes how you do and think about things.

“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” —Neil Gaiman

Love A x

An Everyday Kind Of Bravery

It’s funny how life passes by. Days. Weeks. Months. Years. I’ve learnt that it’s about the little changes you make on a daily basis, that end up being the big changes.

Little by little our lives and relationships blossom. Minor things with the right kind of attention can become something you never would have expected them to.

I’ve just come back from Hillsong Colour Conference in Sydney, and I’m feeling so enlightened and encouraged. It’s amazing what a couple of days devoted to bettering your faith and being surrounded by inspirational women can do. If you haven’t been before, I would highly recommend going. It’s my second conference and I’m already signed up for my third next year! Woo bring it on.

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Thought I’d share some nuggets of wisdom that I got out of the conference..

  • Marriage is a dance. And you just need to keep dancing when the music changes.
  • Don’t let roles define you. Or your relationships. Because roles change, and they can’t determine how your relationships work.
  • Speak up to your friends and be more purposeful in who you give your time to. Communicate your commitment to friendships.
  • Saying No is powerful.
  • Discover beauty in everyone. Even if we disagree with them.
  • Through relationships, God shows up and moves.
  • Stop drawing lines Jesus never drew
  • Jesus = your personal bravery

I could really just go on… So much goodness! It’s makes my soul smile.

“Get the best of evil by doing good.”

Arden and I are now in another interesting season in our life. We’ve been married for a year and a half and we just keep learning. About each other, about life, about God… I can’t say I’ve fully understood how things work yet, and I know I never will. It’s kind of scary.

Sometimes God throws interesting roadblocks in the way. Maybe roadblocks is the wrong word for it. New paths that weren’t previously around? Opportunities you didn’t expect. Worldly assignments that become Godly missions? I’m not sure yet. As you can see there are many questions in my head right now.

If only the right answer was clearer. I was talking to some girls about how sometimes God doesn’t give you a Yes or No answer. It’s more a movement in the day to day. What people say, what opportunities become present.. I feel like God is saying “just go with the wind.” Because he ultimately is the wind. And I trust his guidance.

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Hope you’ve all been well, and are growing and full of joy.

(Remember choose Joy – it’s a decision, not a feeling)

Love A x

 

 

 

 

Lessons I Learnt In My 20’s (Part 1)

  
Wow how is it already December! I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like this year has slipped through the gaps of your fingers like sand. Eeeeeek. Nonetheless what a year it has been.

I feel like this year I have learnt a lot about myself and what really matters. And I mean the reeeeeeeal stuff. The stuff that often doesn’t get publicized on social media because perhaps it’s not hashtag worthy or trending? Or maybe because we are too in the moment enjoying ourselves we forget to capture it, and it’s kind of nice to keep some things private. 

Here are five key lessons I have learnt so far from my early twenties: 

1. It’s okay to say no to going out/ being with friends. It’s important to slow down and look after yourself. Understanding the value of exerting your time and energy on other people is priceless. Less is more. 

2. The big guys aren’t always right . I used to think the big people with more experience, status and fame were right and always knew what was best. Not entirely wrong but not entirely true. We are all human and we all make mistakes at the best of times. Speak up even if you’re the young one, or have less cred.

I’m never so sure as I was in my mid-20s. Meryl Streep

3. Happiness is shallow. The idea of being happy is overated. You are never going to be 100% happy all the time. It’s about a deep joy that extends beyond happiness. Because stuff happens and it’s okay to feel all sorts of emotions. Joy is key in these moments. 

4. Be unique not fake. Be weird not popular. The cool kids are overated. Seriously. Taylor Swift said it herself – Ha! Just do you. It’s pretty freaking awesome. 

5. Silence is a wise thing. Sometimes it’s just not worth it. Hold your tongue. Save your breath. Sometimes, most times, people need to make the decision or the mistake for themselves and learn from it. It will have much greater impact then creating a hissy fit about it. 

  

Love A x