A YEAR IN REVIEW

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.

LANEWAY

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ST JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL, RNA SHOWGROUNDS, 10.02.18

Wearing: Crop and skirt, both by Glassons, vintage heirloom jewellery & jewellery by Lovisa & Sportsgirl, bag by Topshop

SOUL PANTRY

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SOUL PANTRY, TERRARIUM WORKSHOP, 5.12.17

If you have a green thumb, are obsessed with plants, or just like to get your hands dirty – Soul Pantry is the place to go. For around $70, you get a place in one of their workshops, all materials provided, step by step instructions from a professional plant person (is that what they’re called? I have no clue) and in the end you get to take home your creation, plus the knowledge to create more in the future.

I bought a spot for myself and Harrison for his birthday, and while I’m not that into gardening (the only other plant I own is plastic), it was really fun, in an incredible space, and the instructor imparted some interesting information on terrariums and plants in general. AND I have a badass little forest world with moss and shit to brag about. Win.

Find workshops and buy tickets here: thesoulpantry.com.au/workshops

Alternatively, if you don’t have a green thumb, are not obsessed with plants, or don’t like getting your hands dirty, they also have a cafe amongst the greenery with lots of amazing raw, organic delicacies, and specialty cheeses.

HOMEMADE DYNAMITE

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MELODRAMA WORLD TOUR, BRISBANE 23.11.17

I hadn’t planned to go to Lorde’s show, but a severe bout of FOMO struck as Hannah and Gemma were dashing about in a flurry of makeup, clothing changes and glasses of cheap wine. Suddenly Mia & I found ourselves running barefoot into Woolies for cash, and then madly dashing into the city to buy tickets from a mum who’d realised she was “too old to party with the young ones”. Her words.

What followed was one of the most beautiful, hilarious nights I’ve ever had – a cocktail of tears, laughs, love, vodka and redbull. What else do you need, really?