Life Lately – My Month MIA

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So apparently today is exactly a month since my last post – whoops!

It’s not that I’ve had nothing to say – more that I’ve had a million things I’ve wanted to say, but every time I try to type or write something out, I either mental blank, or get sidetracked and write 1000 words no one wants to read.

Maybe I’ll gradually make it back to the long list of drafts I have on the go, but in the meantime, the only way I was going to get anything out was a good old “Life Lately” brain dump. So here’s what’s been happening since my last post!

We've temporarily said goodbye to the eternal city and are now somewhere in the Mediterranean aboard the @celebritycruises Reflection - ship internet is very exxy so you may not hear from me very often, but I've just found out i have an extra day in Athens, so please hit me with suggestions!        Sorry I dropped off the radar for a while lovelies! I haven't been taking many photos on my phone because my wonderful boyfriend (don't tell him I called him that ) bought me this gorgeous Sony RX100 III when we were in Athens. Currently at a cafe in Rhodes (hence the frilly tablecloth!) but I'll share some shots from my last few days in Athens and Kusadasi soon!

1.I’ve been overseas! If you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed I spent two too-short weeks trotting my pale Australian self around Italy, Greece and Turkey. This could be a few months worth of posts on its own (and a couple are definitely in the works), but for now I’d just like to say UGHHH TAKE ME BACK.

2. I got a new camera! B bought it for me while we were in Athens (OK, B mostly bought it for himself, but he already had a DSLR so it may as well be mine). It’s a Sony RX100 M3, I’m in love with it, and you can (hopefully) expect my blog quality to improve over the next few months.

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Guess which is me?

3. I got super nostalgic, as yesterday was 4 years since my high school graduation.

4. I’ve joined the party a few years later and become addicted to Entourage.

5. I’ve started selling my old clothes online for the first time – listing my Black Milk felt like selling my 2012 self.

6. I lost the plot momentarily. As I’ve vaguely mentioned before, I work in marketing for the hospitality industry, and once August hits you’re looking at a 6 month blur of posters and social media campaign for Melbourne Cup, Christmas parties, actual Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Australia Day, that only finishes in February when Valentines Day is done and dusted. Combine all this with being behind because you missed the first two weeks of it while on holiday – not good! This post by Carly at Smaggle just about sums up how the last 10 days have gone for me – luckily I snapped out of it yesterday with a gym session and long sleep.

7. I’ve started house hunting again – B and I are on the move! In a couple of months we’ll be clearing out of our first ever apartment together, and into something that isn’t such a ridiculous drain on our finances.

Today's adventure: hiking to the top of Mount Vesuvius, high above Naples. Also, pizza. Lots of pizza.    Selling a few things in my wardrobe, and getting a bit nostalgic - I feel like I'm selling my 2012 self!

8. I’m feeling much healthier and happier in the last month or so, so 2015 Resolution #1 is well on track. I still miss boot camp and group fitness, but yay for not being even a little bit self-conscious in the gym anymore! I’ve also gone back to reading more often, so Item #1 on my 2015 bucket list (very different things, promise) is picking up.

I’ll have my travel posts up very soon, but in the meantime I’d love to know what else I’ve missed! Leave me a link to your favourite post from the last month and I’ll check it out!

Jessi sig

 

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June Recap: “Reality”

There’s been a lot of talk lately on the difference between real life and blog life, and whether we portray ourselves as another person entirely.

Everyone is at least slightly different on their blog compared to the “real world,” even if that’s only because your blog lets you backspace until you’ve found the perfect witty words, or fine tune your photos. Most of us are a little less polished in reality – no one flat lays unless they’re taking a photo. But all that doesn’t mean you’re being fake.

So to break down the wall a little, I’ve decided to do my June recap by revisiting all of the photos on my personal Instagram, rather than the one attached to this blog – prepare for fewer photos but a lot more dodgy filters, and the weird realization that I’m possibly more interesting in real life than on the blog (there are reasons for this – will do a post on it soon).

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The 14 Day Minimalism Challenge (and how I sorta succeeded)

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STILL don’t know what a good “minimalist” image is. So here’s me on a hill being mindful

As some of you might recall, I recently attempted a 14 day minimalism challenge.

I wish I could say this is the post where I share my successfully 14 day mindfulness diary and declare I’m now a thoroughly cool, calm and collected person. But I think the fact that it has now been 25 days tells you that this is not that post.

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9 Things Making Me Happy Lately

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Both this weekend and last have been pretty fantastic, and the working week in between wasn’t too bad either! In my mission to be more mindful (still haven’t managed to complete that challenge – don’t judge) and appreciative, I’ve sat down to think about the things that have made me happy over the last week or so – from premiere tickets to the little things like fruit.

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14 Day Minimalism Challenge

This image is minimalist, right? From Death to the Stock Photo
This image is minimalist, right? From Death to the Stock Photo

I am not a minimalist by any sense of the word.

I have a case of shelves entirely dedicated to decorations, souvenirs and trinkets.
My wardrobe is certainly not a carefully curated rack of crisp monochrome.
And I find it incredible hard to do one thing at a time.

The last point is the only one that bothers me. While I’m happy with my collection of mementos and I will never restrict myself to wearing black, white and the occasional beige, I would love for my mind and attention spam to be a little less cluttered – right now I’m typing this out, watching House reruns on Netflix, drinking tea and trying to coax my kitten out from under the lounge.

I’m one of those people who finds it easier to make a change when it has the word “challenge” slapped on it. Work has been hectic and my thoughts are all over the place and I wanted to change it up, so the 14 Day Minimalism Challenge in May’s ‘Less is More’ issue of Women’s Fitness magazine came along just at the right time. 

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The Opposite of Same-Old-Same-Old

 

Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA lately! It’s been a hectic few weeks with a lot of stress and the cold from hell. BUT when I stop to think about it some pretty cool stuff has happened too.

Sometimes life can feel a bit work-eat-sleep-repeat (even if you love your job, it can happen) but when I stop and think I’ve actually been doing a lot of things for the first time – and doing new things is the exact opposite of same-old-same-old.

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Pick-Me-Up: 5 TV Shows For When You’re Having a Bad Day

We all have bad days (or weeks) sometimes. Maybe you’re friends are being lousy, you can’t catch a break at work, or maybe you’ve caught the flu. In most cases the best way to cure a bad day is exercise, a bath, or getting out of the house to do something fun and get your mind off things, but let’s be honest – sometimes all you want is to curl up with a blanket and the TV, and go a bit brain-dead.

Below are some of my favourite shows to watch when I’m sad – as great as Disney movies are, they’re lacking the binge-watchability that entire TV seasons have.

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Read It Now: The Universe Doesn’t Give a Flying Fuck About You

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“Do yourself a favour, right now, and realise two things: 1. You will keep getting older, and then you will die. 2. Everything that’s ever entered your experience has lasted and will continue to last for only a brief moment in the life of the universe. This is game time, champ. You’re in. You’re in, playing, right now, and the clock is ticking. So stop wondering what it all means and how you’ll possibly ever do X and what people will think, and get on with your life already. Stop being a pussy and go do something amazing.”

– Johnny Truant, The Universe Doesn’t Give A Flying Fuck About You

Ever read a book and thought “what the hell was that” afterwards, but in a good way?

A few nights ago I came across and downloaded “The Universe Doesn’t Give A Flying Fuck About You” by Johnny Truant, mainly because it was free on the Kindle store. I settled in for a read, but it actually only took 10 minutes to get through. 10 minutes of fabulously back-handed motivation

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