The monthly round up: March;

March was another good month. I started valuing houses again & boy are the houses here amazing! I flew up to Brisbane for a few days to attend the Isagenix annual conference, got all dolled up, ate good food & saw my bestie, S at Jamie’s Italian. Our 2nd visit together, my 7th visit over 3 restaurants (a little obsessed!)

Gala night with my russian sister <3

Gala night with my russian sister ❤

The Communal, Brisbane CBD

Jamie's Italian, Brisbane

Jamie’s Italian, Brisbane

My parents came over from Perth for a week & we went up to the 88th floor and I think this is where they fell in love with my city.

Eureka Skydeck

Of course, their Melbourne visit consisted of trying some new places with me (duh).

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The Stables of Como

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Cecconi’s on Flinders Lane

Other places visited in Melbourne this month: campari // who’s harry // MoVida // othello // doughboys doughnuts // entrecôte // two birds one stone // drugstore espresso //bar none

My brother from another mother, M got married in NZ so it was another long weekend away for me visiting friends & family.

Reunited with H <3

Reunited with H ❤

99% of the time I'm in gym clothes. So good to be back with K!

99% of the time I’m in gym clothes. So good to be back with K!

Wedding ready!

Wedding ready!

After so many long weekends away from Melbourne the last few months, I flew back to Melbourne not wanting to leave any time soon. For the first time in what feels like 10 years, I don’t have any trips planned and you know what? I don’t mind. Moving to Melbourne just under six months ago is a holiday in itself. So many places to explore and so much food to get through 😀

Where did you go January?

If January was a little preview into how 2014 is going to pan out, I say – BRING IT ON!

I welcomed 2014 in New Zealand, singing along to ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ and other 90’s classics before one last road trip up the coast to Matakana, enjoying the likes of Shapeshifter & Fat Freddy’s Drop with my high school friends. It wasn’t long until I was back at work & head first into a dozen or so new tasks, ready for everything all at once (I can’t seem to do one thing at a time).

January was a pretty active month. When I wasn’t going for river or beach walks, I was going for swims at the beach, playing pool volleyball (SO MUCH FUN), big weight sessions at the gym, stretch classes (I want to be able to do the splits this year), having the time of my life on the trampoline at a new place called ‘Bounce’ and I even tried pole dancing….but I’ll leave that to my amazing dancer friends!

While it may seem like January was spent in my gym gear, I somehow managed to attend business and leadership training every monday night, nutrition info nights every Wednesday, lots of catch ups with friends, checked out new cafe spots and a weekend down the coast. AND on top of that, I completed 9 online modules for my property valuing licence & managed to 90% finish my three reports for my professional interview in March.

And because all the above wasn’t quite enough, I coached two girls through their first 30 day cleanse & one more jumped on at the end of the month.

& to all those that wondered what I’d do once uni finished? Here’s a little indication!

No place like NZ;

NYE on Waiheke Island

As I sit here & write this back in Perth, I look back on my NZ trip with a big smile on my face. It was my 6th time back in 7 years & it was most definitely my favourite time too.

I spent 9 days with one of my closest friends, Kse; going on road trips, doing bush walks, doing group dinners & drinks, dancing our little hearts out, looking at christmas lights & of course, christmas & boxing day celebrations. Since I haven’t been back in 2 years, our 9 days together went past SO fast.

Once Kse left, I did a few road trips with other friends, spent the night out at Piha Beach, celebrated New Years Eve and just enjoyed every minute of my time in NZ. The weather was absolutely perfect this time as well (unlike my previous summer return where I got rain for 2 weeks!)

View from the Sky Tower

I ended my trip with a day spent with an old friend, some height satisfaction from being up the Sky Tower & then dinner + drinks in Ponsonby (my new favourite Auckland spot). As I waited for my taxi in the early morning, I did consider just missing my flight like I did the last time. On more than one occasion, I felt like I lived back in Auckland. Even after 7 years, I slotted myself back into things there & it felt like I had never left.

View northwest from the Sky Tower

Every trip back is so different but with the number of friends I really bonded with this time, it made me feel so blessed to have such amazing people in my life. Until next time NZ!

NZ highlights 2013;

I’ve spent the last 2 weeks enjoying every single minute of my time in NZ. Because I haven’t been back since January 2012 & my best friend was only around for my first 10 days, we were trying to fit in as much as possible in the first half of my visit. The weather was nice to me (for once) so there’s been lots of beach visits & time outside.

Here’s a few pics of my highlights so far:

En route bush walk in the Waitakere Ranges

Handstands with gorgeous back drops

Catching up with old friends at the usual bar

 

Tequila fun with my girlfriends

 

Getting ready with the girls for Z’s wedding

Going down to The Mount with my bestie for the first time in 6 years & climbing the mountain for the first time in 8 (!!) years

Being surrounded by the most beautiful landscapes everywhere I go

Looking at christmas lights on Franklin Street

Spending christmas night with my friends

Days out at Piha, going for walks & admiring this view

Nights spent at Piha with good food & good company

Camping in the Coromandel & walking up to this! Still love you NZ!

I’ve spent majority of my time in Auckland, with a few days out at Piha, 2 days at Mt Maunganui & 2 days on the Coromandel Coast. I’ve had the most welcoming visit, I tend to forget I’ve been gone nearly 7 years because I have so many solid friendships here (but I’ll save the big write up about my trip until the end).

Tonight, I’m relaxing at home (well my NZ home) before a big new years eve day tomorrow & a few days away up north. Wishing everyone the best new years eve celebrations!

Living two different lives;

There’s half of me still in New Zealand. Every time I go back, I just pick up where I left off, drive around the places I grew up and say hi to friends & family. I’m constantly with my friends, we hardly even do anything other than talk, chill out & drift between each others houses in the winter and the beach houses/caravans in the summer. There’s never a moment of dullness because everyone has such vast ideas on how to pass time.

Then there’s the other half of me in Perth. This half works long hours and studies even longer. This half keeps to herself, the slightest social interaction requires recharging of the batteries at twice the time. This half has a few close friends, no big groups. Weeknights are usually spent at home (winter) or at the beach (summer).

What was originally only supposed to be a few months, has turned into a split between the two cities for the past 5 & a half years. I’m currently half way through my degree which excites me like nothing else. If I continue to keep my head down here in Perth, I could finish it in even less time but we’ll see how it goes.

Soon; my life will no longer be split between two cities.

I don’t like goodbyes.

I’ve been very fortunate in the past year that I’ve been able to see my best friend four times, considering we both work full time, I study half the year and we live 8 hours flight apart.

It was S’s fourth visit to Perth since I moved over here five years ago, three visits thanks to her work, Virgin Airlines. It was one of our shorter times together but we did plenty to make up for it.

The goodbyes never get any easier though. This time was a lot harder than usual because neither of us know when we’ll be visiting each others home turfs next. While S is in the process of relocating to the east coast of Australia this year, I’ve got a lot of thinking to do about my future movements.

If I want to move back to New Zealand in the future, I need to stop making trips back home 1-2 times a year because it comes at a cost of visiting other places. There’s so many places I’m still yet to visit like New York, Thailand and Rio before I can even think about going back to some of my favourite places such as Bali, LA and Berlin.

I’m racking my brain trying to think of ways I can work less yet be able to travel more. Any ideas?

It’s christmas time!

This Thursday, I fly out to Melbourne for 2 days and then off to New Zealand for just over 2 weeks. Even though I was only in NZ in July, I miss all my friends like crazy. Past few months have been crazy busy with starting a new job & moving out so I’m looking forward to 2 weeks in the sun, doing nothing but relaxing and hanging out with my friends.

Now, to finish writing all my christmas cards and to start packing! I’ve never been good at getting things ready on time. Think that may be a new years resolution…