New friends & the perfect weekend mix;

 

Sunset views from South Perth

It’s mid June & I’m sitting here with the heater cranking, just hours before flying off to Bali. The weekend just gone was my perfect weekend. It involved gym & sauna time, coastal walks where I looked like I was walking + video-ing myself (talking on FaceTime), brunch dates, river walks, free samples at a Woman’s expo, my favourite pizza, Fremantle adventures & a 9.5 km sunset river walk to top it all off. There was plenty of sunshine, deep conversations, massive smiles, last minute plans, lots of walking & just the right mix of stretching too.

Favourite spot: Raw Kitchen, Fremantle

And thinking about it all today, I realised the four people I spent time with this weekend were people I met this year. Two from February and two from exactly a month ago and the crazy thing is, it feels like I’ve known them all for years.

I used to have this idea that the people you grew up with, you had the strongest bond with but this year has been the biggest myth buster of that idea. You see, when you meet people with the same or similar interests as you, when you’re at a point in your life when you’re SO crystal clear on who you are & what you want in your life, those friendships fast forward a few years (or 10).

Raw Nachos – YUM!

Here’s three classic examples of how I’m attracting exactly who I am this year:

The Blue Buddha, Fremantle

I went to Raw Kitchen yesterday for lunch with a girlfriend I met exactly a month ago. Mid -May, we both attended the Train the Trainer course with David Wood where it was five intensive days of growing, stretching & getting WAY out of our comfort zone. From the moment we had our first chat, it felt like I’ve known her for years. Over lunch, we were discussing books & personal development courses & I suggested we go check out the last remaining book store in Fremantle (such a sad thought). There weren’t that many books there since it was a second hand one but on the way back, we stumbled upon a little shop called The Blue Buddha. There were crystals, books, little buddha’s and all sorts of CD’s and DVD’s; a small 5 minute stop turned into over an hour.

It made me wonder, how often do you get lost in places like this with someone you just met? Not often!

I took the above photo to send to my fellow Bali travel buddy, because he’s literally the male version of me (yoga, meditation, green smoothie, raw foodie and all). And of course, he happened to be in exactly the same store, 20 km’s away (buying me a salt lamp which release negative ions of all things – but that’s a whole new post, my love affair with negative ions).

Life seriously blows my mind every day.

Riverside Drive sunsets

And then Perth puts on a show like this where I’m walking with C & we’re both in exactly the same situation. We both so desperately want to be in California in August for our company’s massive annual celebration but time just isn’t on our side. Neither of us want to miss out but we also don’t want to do a half-arsed trip to the States. And after feeling down last week about having to postpone the trip, in a matter of minutes, I feel at peace with my decision & super excited that I have a friend to do the trip with next year, New York and all the other cities as well.

Now, time to get packing for Bali & have a week of pure bliss 🙂

Just add water;

Port Beach ❤

This weekend here in Perth, we celebrated the Queen’s birthday with a day off work. After all the uni assignments and heavy work load last week, this long weekend couldn’t have come at a better time!

There was a lot of sleeping involved as well as sleep ins, dinner catch ups, spanish donut treats, morning & evening river walks + beach walks, seeing old friends, wedding talks, lunch dates, tanning, reading anddddddddd a touch of shopping for new work out shoes & clothes (now I’ve got NO excuse!)

The key ingredient to my happiness? Just add water.

Wise Wilde;

Other than seeing a friend on Friday night and family throughout the weekend, I did my own thing the rest of the weekend. I enjoyed sleeping in both mornings (a total luxury compared to the other 5 days a week) and was glad to finally have a weekend where I didn’t have to be anywhere before noon. I made a list earlier this month with things I needed to do this winter break and I finally got round to two of them this weekend: organising my room & with that comes, getting rid of 1,000 things. There’s still so much cleaning to do but I managed to get rid of 233 things this weekend! Nearly a quarter!

My favourite part of the weekend (other than talking to my best friend S) was going to my favourite ice creamery (one which I worked at 5 years ago), getting a scoop of cookies & cream ice cream in a fresh waffle cone & sitting by the river eating it. The sun had already gone down but the sky still looked breathtaking. I contemplated asking some friends that live near by to meet me by the river but at the last minute decided I rather go alone. I’ve had so much on my mind recently, there’s no better place to think things through than by the water.

How was everyone else’s weekend? Did you enjoy your own company or someone else’s (or both)?

Not so sunny Saturday;

This weekend was a rather quiet one. I had my big ‘end of semester’ celebrations last weekend and because I organised a group of friends to celebrate with me, I got a whole lot of catch ups all ticked off at once. Score! On Friday, I wasn’t feeling too social so after work, I went into the city to do some shopping (more about this in my next post though!)

After a much needed 11 hour sleep Friday night, I met a friend in Fremantle on Saturday for lunch at an Italian Restaurant called ‘Tabella‘. The food & wine was delicious, the wait staff were so nice & the interior was so gorgeous. Highly recommend the place if you’re from Perth!

Straight after lunch, I zapped off up the road to North Fremantle to a cafe/restaurant I’ve been meaning to check out for YEARS. It’s called Harvest, located on Harvest Road. It’s got this gorgeous little front courtyard that is used 80% of the year, the interior is very cosy & the bathroom is located outside in the garden- very Freo-like!

I met my dear friend K there who has spent the past 3 months living on the east coast in complete isolation, finishing off her thesis. She’s probably one of the busiest girls I know but while she was over east, we got to speak on the phone every week so this catch up was more of a ‘what’s next?’ than anything else.

The more time I spend in Fremantle, the more I want to live there. Getting to work would be a complete pain but living only 5 minutes from my favourite beach and the coast would be totally worth it. I could see myself living here or here.

Do you guys like the little journal I found above? I was early for lunch and walked into an old favourite store, Red Tiger & saw this little book. I feel like the book was written personally for me, it’s so perfect! It will always be found in my handbag wherever I go, you never know when you need a good rant!

xx

INSTA WEEKEND;

Friday night// I went to the city for dinner with some friends for the last weekend of the ‘Twilight Hawkers Markets’. The markets are a combo of different food stalls open from 5-8pm. I had a taste of (in this very order): butter chicken, beef burrito, german donuts, potato on a stick, german sausage & chicken satay skewers. Who said sweets should be eaten last?

Saturday// Lunch & ice cream with my boy, afternoon at my parents & then I worked at the bar. Nothing too interesting to report here.

Sunday// I worked at the Future Music Festival, serving drinks in the VIP section. It was 36 degrees that day so I was very happy to be in the air-conditioned room! The picture above is the view we had from the room. Not too bad!

Monday// I went to Soundwave with some friends & I partied like it was 2004. I grew up listening to these bands so it was a little unreal seeing them live.

Come Tuesday, I am absolutely wrecked! What a busy weekend. I am looking forward to some quiet time this weekend….hopefully.

This weekend;

– Tried a new Mexican restaurant that was absolutely divine

– Went out with some old friends and had a blast dancing

– Went stand up paddle boarding again

– Lay in the sun & went swimming at a new beach

– Chilled at a new cafe on the beach

– Caught up with an old girlfriend and went out for lunch

– Lay on my parents couch after I ate too much over lunch

– Had a few drinks and pizza with some friends at night

– Ate crepes for the first time in a year (I ate too many last summer/ northern hemispehere’s winter)

– Had drinks in the sun at my old favourite pub, the Rosemount Hotel

❤ summer

Ideal weekend;

2 weeks down with uni & I’m starting to understand what works for me & what doesn’t. I’m surprised how committed I am but what can I say, I’m loving every single unit I’m doing, all 4 of them are so interesting and they’re only the core business units.

I may or may not have a life anymore but I guess that all comes down to what you consider important. I used to consider having a life meant going out for dinners or drinks every weekend but oh my, has that changed.

This weekend, even though I was studying Friday & Saturday night from 7-11pm, I was able to go for a walk after work with K on Friday, go to the gym on Saturday, make dinner for L on Saturday night and spend some time in the sun today, writing.

Now that’s what I call a good weekend.