I know it may seem a little late (or early) for a retrospective, but stick with me. One year ago today, I picked up my entire life and set it back down in Brisbane – relatively friendless, completely jobless, but not hopeless. What followed was the most amazing time – incredible friends, some strange jobs, too much alcohol, too much food, bad decisions, good decisions – and because I’m a millennial, I’ve taken photos of it all.

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In addition to the plethora of probably pointless photos I took over the past year, I came away with just as many life lessons:

  • Say yes. You never know what adventure, story or friendship could come out of the most unlikely of activities.
  • Find the beauty in everything. I know, this sounds very much like something you’d find on the front of a glitter diary at Typo, but when we’re buried in our phones constantly we tend to miss things. You don’t need to pull a total Ferris Bueller and make the whole city your playground, but look up once in a while and just notice how great everything really is.
  • Love really is all around. Download Tinder, say hello to the cute person on the bus, give a stranger a compliment. If you really go out and look, human connection and love are so readily available anywhere you go.
  • Just do it. Nike were really onto something. Stop overthinking every situation and apply for that job, book that flight, enrol into that course. Start the journey, figure out the logistics later.
  • Practice gratitude. As I detailed in another post, making an effort to practice gratitude will change your life completely, no matter what situation you’re in.

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