Why I Like My Life Busy

A lot of people like to take it slow. They enjoy having activities and events spread out and be able to lounge and relax. But for me, I struggle to be able to relax when I actually have free time. Going from being busy to having free hours in the day- you start to worry and think should I be doing something?

I’ve compiled a list for reasons I like my life busy.

1. You get more things done! Funnily enough the less time you have, the more you actually accomplish because you don’t procrastinate.

2. You don’t take things for granted- You realise how nice it is to be able to have a slow breakfast or sleep in that extra bit longer when you are busy throughout the day. You tend to grow an appreciation for all the little things in life from coffee dates to being able to pamper yourself.

3. You cut out the junk from your life– More time for real friends and real passions. You no longer have time for just anyone or anything.

4. You are motivated and driven to get started with your day.

5. Better time management- I know that I can plan and organise things better when I actually know what is going to happen throughout the day.

6. You feel better- Personally I can start to feel a bit down if i’m just lounging around at home all day and not accomplishing much. A busy life gives me adrenaline!

7. You keep persevering and dreaming- I think that above all when you have a busy life you realise that you are actually capable of so much more then you would have thought!

So how about you? Do you like your life slow or fast paced?

How To Have A Life Aside Work and Study

I’ve recently started a job which requires me to work 3 full days. But of course considering Sydney’s layout and traffic it ends up consuming a 7am-7pm frame. On my two other days in the week I am at university (studying full time) frantically trying to catch up on missed lectures, tutorial homework, assignments la la la.

So I’ve had to come to terms with it- life is busy. But apparently life just keeps on getting busier which made me start to get a little upset. I already can see how I have less and less time for friends, those random coffee catch ups and everyday things I love. I can’t always go out to dinner or see friends on weeknights as sometimes I get home late, have work to do or am frankly just too buggered. The weeknights have never been so important to me and I finally see how working hard, playing hard is the way to do it.

But I don’t want to be waiting around for the weekend all the time to enjoy myself and see friends and have time to do the things I really love. So I’ve come to a few conclusions on how to incorporate life and love my life everyday (even those days that start at 6am and end at 1030pm.

1) Let your work become your lifestyle– If you hate your job, im sorry to say but you are probably going to start hating on your life. I’m not saying everyday has to be the most exciting thing ever but its important to feel positive and see the value in working so hard throughout the week. Your job should be a reflection of your purpose and passions in life. If its not then arent you just wasting 40+ hours a week?

2) Organize fun activities and social things throughout the week– It can be hard but sometimes that dinner with your partner or a good friend in the middle of the week is just what you need to balance work and play

3) Make the most of your mornings– For my partner its about physical activity whether it be running or surfing before work. For me its stimulating my creative mind however I want in the ways of blogging, reading or storming through Pinterest and listening to music on my way to work

4) Use your lunch breaks wisely– Ask your work colleague to go to the local park for a chat and lunch- you’ll almost always learn something new about your job or business and rapport is so important in improving the quality of your job

5) Vary up your routines– Whether it be what you eat or drink in the morning, how you get to work, what you wear, your work hours- change things up! Make life exciting in the little things everyday. For me I try to wear something bright and different everyday, vary my make up for a different look and take different routes to work (yesterday I took the ferry home and got to enjoy a sunset Harbour view- what a treat!)

6) Maximize your weekends- Me and my group of friends have always been for early Saturday mornings- get started! I tend to start my weekend with some Pilates, followed by family time then heading over to the beaches for anything ranging from hiking to beach time to just hanging with friends.

7) Always be positive and optimistic- Don’t winge and weep- If you’re not happy about a job or a lifestyle- change it! You are in control of your life and you only live once so do it well!

Let your job and study or whatever it is you do through the week be a part of your exciting and passionate lifestyle. Everything has pro’s and con’s to it but it’s up to you to choose which you focus on. Take charge and live the life you want- everyday!

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A Bittersweet Countdown

In 11 hours I will be leaving my flat in London. In 13 hours I will be reunited with my boyfriend of whom we had a 5 month long distance relationship. In 36 hours we will be flying out of England and I’m not too sure when I’ll be back. In 27 days I will return home to Sydney, Australia.

It feels so strange looking around my empty room. Just a week ago i could hear the laughter of my friends in the hall outside my door. There were photos covering my walls. Various peoples bags, clothes, drinks in my room that they had left behind. I had so much but now all that is left is a small silver suitcase packed with the bare essentials and a couple of sentimental things. Everything else- cleared out and given to charity. It’s amazing how much random stuff you can accumulate over five months.

I’m still so in disbelief that on the first day of this year I packed 10kg of luggage and flew out solo to the furthest place from home- London. Knowing no one and not knowing what I was getting myself into. But this turned into the most amazing adventure, and no doubt it was because of the people.

I could not have been more blessed. I am knackered and need to regain my energy for more adventures with my boyfriend when he lands tomorrow. Super excited!! Off to San Sebastian Friday yay!

Two Weeks

It’s been two weeks since I flew to the other side of the world to begin my London experience!

Experience; I like that word. It means to undergo, taste, feel, try, see.

Undergo my own journey of independence and finding myself.

Taste the cool British air.

Feel like a stranger in a foreign place.

Try to break routines, feel uncomfortable and challenge myself.

See the world as it is by being on the opposite side.

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My immediate impression of my new home was slightly frightening. I was put into my new room; large but blank. Just white walls. I knew no one, and I didn’t know where I was! I started to walk- I just walked around Roehampton. It helped to familiarize myself with my new surroundings and try and embrace this new place I would have to call home.

The first few days I really missed Sydney but I tried not to think about it. Seeing pictures of sunny Sydney, the beautiful beaches you find nowhere else and my smiling friends really didn’t help, unfortunately.

I was okay, sort of still in shock but I was excited! I knew I had brought myself here, this was my adventure, and it would only be what I would make it.

With not much holding me back, I tried to make friends with as many people as I could. I definitely did not come here to be comfortable or box myself in: the exact reason I left Sydney.

The first few days really helped. We were shown around the Uni campus, put into groups and ran around London town seeing all the landmark sights. I felt more at home, more comfortable. The sight of the hustle in London town was thrilling!

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Saturday night felt so surreal.It was one of those moments you can’t photograph, you could never describe to someone, but only you yourself know and remember.

I’ll remember the Winter Festival at Hyde Park for a long time. I definitely hope I can visit it again in some point of my life.

It. was. a. dream. come. true.

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London is such a beautiful place. Sometimes you just have to see the beauty in the little things. Or just wander and see what you find.

I’m glad that I’ve seen all the main tourist attractions, because now, I can just ponder and find all the little secret spots that make this place what it is!

Tuesday morning took my breath away.

I unexpectedly stumbled upon the most beautiful park, Richmond park, after an aimless stroll around Roehampton.

Endless fields, forests, deer, fox, a lake filled with geese and ducks, birds of all kinds.

Exactly like I had imagined European parks: like they were described in poems.

It’s incredible the force that nature can have on you!

Last Thursday night we visited China Town. It was great to just ponder through the busy streets and watch people go about their Thursday night. So many restaurants and places to see, I know we will definitely be visiting there again.

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I finally feel settled in. Not necessarily comfortable, but content. Home is a great place, but being here really awakens you. There seem to be surprises around every corner!

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Speak again soon. For now I sit in my warm heated room, wearing a knit jumper with ugg boots and green tea, candles light up sitting on top of my books and the occasional snow sprinkling from the sky.

Europe. is. beautiful.