My 21st Birthday

I’m 21! My birthday was June 5, and although turning 21 doesn’t mean much in Australia, I took a few days to celebrate making it this far and thought I’d share it with you.

With my best friend and my mum, we took off to the Gold Cost in QLD, where, although it’s winter, it was warm enough to swim and be in the sun. We had cocktails, beautiful lunches, played putt putt golf (which I won), went to the Star casino and won $50 on roulette, visited Dreamworld theme park and went to this cool holographic place that had a holographic planetarium.

The weekend afterward, I also had some drinks with friends in the city and saw my family for a delicious lunch.

Enjoy the photos!

We stayed at the Hilton Residences in QLD and had this amazing view!

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If you’re anything like me, a night of cheese, rose and a shitty movie is perfect.

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Cuddles for mumma bear x

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Way too much good food!

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A selection of photos of me drinking in different locations

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Staying humble

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Back in Sydney, here I am at The Grounds of Alexandria…

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Ucello Italian Restaurant in Sydney is absolutely stunning but needs a bit of work on their spelling haha!

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Out for drinks with friends in this Boohoo playsuit and F21 boots

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So, in conclusion, happy birthday to me!

 

Zoe x

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What To Do On Your Commute

Before I moved back to Sydney, I spent over 4 hours on the train each day getting to and from work. This is a lot of time to spend sitting down, so I needed to find out how to make the best use of the time. After some experimentation, I discovered the best way to not go insane was to make my brain work. Sure, I’d have a nap every now and then (okay, okay, every morning), but I refused to let myself just do nothing or play repetitive games on my phone. I needed to make this time work for me and not be a complete waste, so that when I got home I could do the things I couldn’t do while commuting (exercising, cooking, etc), and not focusing on things that could have been done in the two hours I spent sitting down.

My biggest piece of advice when it comes to commuting is a tablet. I know not everyone has one, and you can do most of these things with other devices and the like, but having a small, lightweight device that houses everything made the journey so much better for me. I have  Samsung Galaxy Tab A 🙂

Meditate

Meditation isn’t for everyone, but I for one love the challenges of it. Nothing puts you in a better state of mind before work or winds you down after than giving yourself some perspective, gratitude and forcing yourself to be in the moment. I love the app smiling mind for guided meditations; they have a range of meditation activities that are perfect for commuting.

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Blogging

If you’re reading this, you probably have a blog. So get some of it done on your commute! Without internet, you can’t be distracted by “research”, so more time goes into actually writing than perusing pinterest.

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Learn

One of my favourite ways to spend my time – even with my much shorter commute these days – is learning. I use Ted Talks and Podcasts to expand my knowledge and vocabulary, and set myself up in a good head space for the rest of the day.

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Read

A fairly obvious one, but a long commute is a great time to get a chink of reading done. I use the Amazon Kindle bookstore to get my books on my tablet, and occasionally I use audible to listen to audio books in case I’m not feeling reading for whatever reason.

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Watch TV

If all you want to do when you get home from work is veg out to your favourite TV show, why not use your commuting time to get that out of your system? You’re going to be sitting still anyway – make the most of it! I got through a lot of seasons of TWD on my trips – here is a lovely screenshot of when Glenn was still alive #RIP.

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Watch YouTube

In a similar way to TV, I live and breathe chilling out to YouTube videos. So, I got myself YouTube Red so I could save videos offline to watch on the train. Two birds, one stone.

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Get A Start on Your Day

This tends to only apply if you’re a morning commuter, but why not get ahead on your day by starting to sort through your emails while you’ve got time to kill? This obviously is not a relaxing time, but it might help you to feel more organised!

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What are your tips for a successful commute?

 

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NYE Music Festival • Falls in Byron Bay

Happy New Year my lovely readers and welcome to 2017!

My first post of the year is showing you how I brought in the New Year with some of my favourite people at Falls Festival in Byron Bay. We stayed at a beautiful AirBnB in the middle of the forest, and spent our days battling the heat and dust at Falls farm to see Childish Gambino at midnight on NYE, as well as London Grammar, Ball Park Music, Matt Corby, LDRU, The Reubens, Ta-Ku, AlunaGeorge, Client Liason, Hot Dub Time Machine and more. We had an absolute blast over the three-day festival, and even turned up on the last day dressed in matching Hawaiian shirts.

I hope you enjoy seeing how I celebrated New Year! Get ready for a 2017 full of new content from me 🙂

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Ha Long Bay Travel Diary 2016

​​​​As a graduation present to ourselves for finishing uni, my best friend and I are spending three weeks in South East Asia! This will be my last post. I hope you enjoy!

Destination Nine – Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

We went on a cruise through Ha Long Bay and stayed overnight on the ship- this is a great way tomsee beautiful Ha Long! We visited the biggest cave in Ha Long, swam in the calm water, kayaked through the fisherman’s village and just relaxed with the beautiful scenery. Overall, this was a fantastic way to end our trip! I’m definitely looking forward to going home and starting blogmas! 

Thank you for travelling with me. Writing these posts has kept me sane!

 If you liked this series, please give this post a like and comment your favourite thing about it! Get excited for Blogmas, I know I am! Remember, they’ll be going up at 5pm WordPress time every day until the 25th!

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Hanoi Travel Diary 2016

​​​​As a graduation present to ourselves for finishing uni, my best friend and I are spending three weeks in South East Asia! For every place we go, I’ll be sharing pictures and what we did, and for each country I’ll do a lookbook. I hope you enjoy!

Destination Eight – Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is a lot cooler than everywhere else we’ve been! It’s a welcome change, but we were not prepared for it in terms of clothes! Although Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, it is a lot less modern than Ho Chi Minh. It’s a weird mixture of Chinese and French influence but it’s quite pretty! We visited  one of the ridiculously big shopping malls, the famous lake, Old Quarter and night markets. We’ve mostly just chilled out, as there isn’t a whole heap to do up here. Next we head to Ha Long Bay though, a couple hours East of here, for two days before we fly home!

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Hanoi Travel Diary 2016

Ho Chi Minh Travel Diary 2016

​​​​As a graduation present to ourselves for finishing uni, my best friend and I are spending three weeks in South East Asia! For every place we go, I’ll be sharing pictures and what we did. I hope you enjoy!

Destination Seven  – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh zis such a nice city! While here, we stayed in thr backpacker district which had some fantastic restaurants and a great atmosphere. We visited the huge markets, the Notre Dame replica, the War remnants museum and the Mekong River. I devoured some insanely good pho and rice paper rolls (Pho Hung is amazing for pho and Wrap & Roll is great for rolls). I really enjoyed the city and would love to come back one day!

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Phnom Penh Travel Diary 2016

​​​​As a graduation present to ourselves for finishing uni, my best friend and I are spending three weeks in South East Asia! For every place we go, I’ll be sharing pictures and what we did, and for each country I’ll do a lookbook. I hope you enjoy!

Destination Six – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

From everyone I’ve heard of that has been to Phnom Penh, they’ve all told me the city is dangerous and filthy. My experience was quite the opposite – everyone was helpful and super friendly! We spent a very short amount of time there, but did everything we wanted to do. I tried the traditional amok curry which was delicious, we saw the Royal Palace and the Cheong Ek Killing fields ans S21 prision. These last places were very emotional, but well worth a visit. 

I just thought I’d add that if you are travelling from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh or Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Min I would strongly recommend the Giant Ibis bus services. They are something like $12 and a fantastic way to see thr sights as you drive through. On a similar note, if you need a Vietnamese visa, try Cina Travel in Phnom Penh. They were very helpful and it was only a third of thr price than it was at home!

I didn’t take too many photos, but juat be warned the ones from the killing fields are disturbing. 

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