Winter Getaway to Byron Bay 

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

6 Tips On How To Be A Boss Lady (and be killin’ it in your twenties)

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.

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Love A x

Valentines Day Inspiration

Valentines Day is almost here! Are you still stuck for inspiration? Haven’t figured out what to do? Can’t think of a good date idea? Or gift idea? Don’t really have much money to spend?

I’ve put together this Valentines Day mood-board with some more ideas to get you excited about Love Day! If anything let it be an occasion to take some time out and appreciate all the amazing people in your world.

Here are 6 more Valentines Day Date Ideas that will make you feel all loved up:

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A Valentines To Remember

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Valentines Day is coming up faster than I can say “What are some good V-day Ideas”. For me and my partner Valentines Day has never been that much of a big deal – we’ve never been into the big bears, underwear folded into roses and excessive present giving. We tend to opt for the more relaxed day often including a handwritten card, watching a movie together or just cooking a meal together and surprising each other with homemade desserts.

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Wedding Zen

With just sixteen days left until the big day, I am finding it more important to focus on what has been done rather than what hasn’t. I find these little thoughts and to-do’s constantly creeping into my mind and I don’t want them to subtract from the excitement and thrill of the wedding fast approaching!

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Being a marketing student, I’m all about strategy. My current strategy for the wedding is listing out everything that we have achieved and realising how little there is left to do. Our goal always has been to finish up planning at the two week mark, which only leaves us with three more days! Yikes!

In order to get my zen back (peaceful and pure state of mind), here are all the achievements I am proud of whilst planning a wedding:

  • Got the bridal party sorted and they are all going to look glam!
  • Our guest list is filled with the best people from all parts of our life & I really can’t wait to spend the day with them
  • My partner’s previous bible study leader will be marrying us
  • We officially completed our pre marriage course
  • I am obsessed with our church and reception venue – they are a dream come true!
  • We have an awesome honeymoon planned – bring on lagoons, snorkelling, lots of sleep and amazing food
  • Two words – Rolls Royce
  • We officially have the most amazing vendors – my favourite photographers, florist, cake maker, videographer… so.much.fun
  • My dress and accessories are all sorted and even though I can’t imagine what it will come together like, it feels like a fairytale come true
  • I got to buy all my favourite items off Etsy
  • Our set list and music is pumping
  • We found our dream apartment and are currently moving in
  • I’m so glad we did an engagement party and engagement shoot – love all the pics!
  • Our wedding bands are unique and I can’t wait to add to my ring
  • My girls have planned the funnest bridal shower and hens for this weekend
  • We have some really fun, stand out decorations for our venues
  • And a few extra sneaky surprises planned….
  • And I am obsessed with our favours – I feel like taking them all home!

I’ve come to realise that even if we stopped planning today and got married tomorrow I would still be the happiest girl in the world.

Stay tuned for the final countdown and then our two week escape to the Maldives! Can’t believe I will be going there yippee!

Love xx