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.



About three years ago, I read a Theresa Palmer interview in some magazine. I didn’t know it then, but it would send me down a path that would ultimately change my life forever.

In the article, Theresa discussed how she manifested her ideal man – now-husband, Mark Webber. She wrote down a list of attributes that, for her, were non-negotiable, utilised rose quartz (crystal of love & romance) and sure enough, three months later he came along. At the time I wasn’t interested in the idea of using the Law of Attraction to find love (although later it would push me to end my then-relationship), but it did light a spark inside. A quick ‘manifesting’ google search, and I was hooked. With similarities to religion and extensive ties to ancient history, the principles of the Law of Attraction have been passed down through the centuries by famous philosophers (Socrates, Plato) and is believed to be one of the Universal Laws of Nature.

For a long time I was entranced by this idea that you could have literally anything you wanted, just by ‘asking The Universe’. It seemed to good to be true. But then when I actually started to try to practise the law, I realised that while eventually the benefits may be amazing, it’s a fucking buttload of work. ¬†Practising gratitude is one of the main principles of the Law of Attraction, along with re-programming your subconscious mind, affirming language, and unshakeable belief. It’s a difficult, long process and for me it pretty much meant uprooting my entire life, clearing everything out and completely starting over.

Fast forward a year, I’m not sure if I’ve really ever truly manifested anything, but I’ve decided I don’t really care if I don’t end up with material things. Practising the LOA has given me something far more valuable – happiness, joy, peace, love, gratitude and safety in the knowledge that The Universe has got my back.

I’ve put some links down here if you’re interested in reading more about it (which I would recommend because it’ll seriously change everything for you):

The origin of the Law of Attraction

Law of Attraction Wiki page

History and early teachings of the Law of Attraction

or, if you don’t wanna read anything after just reading my long-ass post, I’ve also linked a ¬†youtube channel that is fantastic:

Jake Ducey Youtube