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Millennial Guilt – Time To Stop Being So Hard On Ourselves

Guys, welcome to my first ranty post. It’s been coming for a while now, but one more passing comment pushed me over the edge. So strap yourself in and lets hope I make sense.

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5 Things I Didn’t Expect From Pokemon Go

5 Things I Didn’t Expect From Pokemon Go

This time last week, I jumped in a car with four friends and drove an hour north after work to spend four hours walking around barely lit parks in suburbs I used to feel unsafe in during the day – and it’s all because of Pokemon Go.

Pokemon finally made it to smartphones in Australia, New Zealand and the US on July 6. As a member of the prime Pokemon generation (aged between 6-13 in the Golden era of gameboys, Ash, Misty and Brock) this was the moment we’ve been waiting for since our first Nokia, and I’ve never been so glued to my screen as I was in that first week.

You’d think that was a bad thing (especially considering last year’s resolution) but the game has left me pleasantly surprised – apart from a few dickheads, it’s really bringing out the best in people. Even if we’re all over completely it in a week (very likely), I feel like this is a bit of a turning point and we’ll be knowing our neighbours in no time.

Wondering what the heck I’m on about? Here are the five things I totally didn’t expect from Pokemon Go that are making the world a better place (and please note – I don’t condone the moronic habit of playing it in the middle of busy footpaths).

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5 Books To Make You A Super Happy Efficiency Ninja (probably)

Ever since I was around 12-13 years old and my mum brought home the 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens, I’ve been varying degrees of obsessed with self development and books which encourage it – who doesn’t want to be a super happy kick ass efficiency ninja with an awesome bucket list?

While I’ve taken bits and pieces from some of these books (and others are still sitting on my shelf or in my Kindle as a symbol of my good intentions – I’m looking at you, grown up, original 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People) every now and then you stumble on one that is just one lightbulb moment after another.

Below are 5 of my favourite books, ever.  Some are specifically self development books, others just came along at the right time. They’ve changed my life in one way or another, and have all played a big part in the loose philosophy that kinda guides this blog.

Read on and reach your efficient, bucket list ninja best, and let me know about your favourites!

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June So Far: Eight New Firsts

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When was your last “first time?”

I’ve been at my new job for nearly two months now, and life has definitely slowed right down. I’ve actually managed to chill, and spend time on the low-key things I enjoy – blogging, reading, playing video games.

So now more than ever, I’m making an effort to mix things up – because holy wow I’ve learned to relax and isn’t it amazing?  If I don’t get out and about I might become one with my couch and cat (joking – Scout doesn’t like me that much).

If there’s one thing that will throw a spanner in the works it’s doing, eating, or trying something brand new – no matter how small. I’ve said it before – if you feel like your life has gotten a bit same old, same old, doing something for the first time can be the difference between routine and rut that will stop your brain turning to mush.

Here are a few things I’ve done for the first time in the last two weeks:

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Trust In Humanity Tuesday: The Luminous Lantern Parade

#trustinhumanityTuesday is a regular series which brings you the best feel-good moments to be found across the internet. Want to find out the back story (and why it happens on Tuesday)? Click here.

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Today, like so many other people, I’m bursting with anger and sadness.

For what was allowed to happen in Orlando, and for the recent tragedies in Syria and Istanbul. A lot of terrible things have gone on, and I think that this Tuesday more than most, we all need a little more Trust In Humanity.

I’m not going to pretend that focussing on the nice stuff will make all the bad go away – it’s going to take a lot more than a case of the warm and fuzzies to fix all this –  but it’s still important to remember that there is still so, so much good and in the words of John Oliver: “that terrorist dipshit is vastly outnumbered.”

So for this Trust In Humanity Tuesday I’m throwing it back to Friday, when I attended Brisbane’s LUMINOUS Lantern Parade and thousands of people turned up for a lovely evening to welcome Queensland’s newest arrivals and celebrate our diversity – check out the photos below.

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Things To Do On The Gold Coast: iFly Indoor Skydiving

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Activewear, activewear, indoor skydiving in my activewear 🎵 … sorry

Getting High: iFly Indoor Skydiving

A little over three years ago, I went tandem skydiving. A sign on the wall said “WARNING: skydiving is a high risk activity which may result in loss of job, spouse, sobriety, virginity, vast amounts of money… and oh yeah, you can die.”

Brandon, my brother and I all went together, and we all swore we’d go back to get ourselves on our way to an A license. And then we never went back. Largely because a) it’s expensive (worth it, but not really an every week or month activity for most of us) and b) you can die. The sign is pretty spot on.

But luckily, there are geniuses out there who decided to put epic wind machines indoors and give you the chance to play on air in total safety at a fraction of the cost.

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6 Things I Regret About My Time At University

6 things I regret not doing at university

6 Things I Regret About My Time At University

Recently I’ve realised something.

Although I’m all about creating memories, having great experiences and just generally wanting to live without thinking “I should have done that,” there’s one stage of my life that is full of regrets – my time at university.

It’s not that I did badly or that anything went wrong – I graduated from The University of Queensland (apparently one of the world’s top 50 schools) with a decent GPA and walked straight into full time employment – but that I didn’t make the most of it. People were always telling me “you’re going to miss uni!” or “enjoy it, they’re the best years of your life” but neither has proved true.

I had the wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am of university careers: I was in and out with my bachelors degree in hand within three years, and didn’t spend any more time on campus than necessary. In fact, by the end of third year I barely went to class, even though I was lucky enough to go to one of the biggest and arguably the prettiest campus in Australia.

With that said, here are the six things I most regret about my time at uni – I hope some future or present students read this and learn!

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Trust in Humanity Tuesday no.15: Sharing The Dignity and One Hell of an Iron Woman

#trustinhumanityTuesday is a regular series which brings you the best feel-good moments to be found across the internet. Want to find out the back story (and why it happens on Tuesday)? Click here.

Trust In Humanity Tuesday no. 15

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a great week. Having two long weekend’s in a row definitely helped (thank you Queensland and your enthusiasm for public holidays), but I feel like my last 7 days have been filled with happy, genuine people. While it means I’m not in need of a little Trust In Humanity Tuesday loving as much as usual, it’s made it so easy to find the good and share it for those who do. Read on for what’s restored my faith in humanity this week.

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7 Affordable Things To Do In Port Vila, Vanuatu

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Blue Lagoon, Port Vila

7 Affordable, “Off The Beaten Track” Things To Do In Port Vila

7 of my favourite things to do in Port Vila, brought to you by a few too many very short trips.

I have a confession to make.

I have an embarrassingly high number of Captains Circle points for someone my age. Or in other words, I have somehow, through the influences of my grandparents and B’s family, become a “cruiseling.”

Reputation as an oldies way to travel aside, cruising gets a bad rap for not allowing you to truly “experience” the places you go, but I’ve actually found that it gives me a better appreciation for the time I spend in each port – even if I do that by running around like a headless chook. With plenty of time to drink cocktails and lay by the pool when you’re on the ship itself, you become an expert in pushing past the “island resort” face of the places you visit and seeing as much of the culture/architecture/food as possible in your 12 (or less) hours on land. One place where I have managed to nail this thanks to repeat visits (and to B’s dad, who has cruised there umpteen times and lived there for a while) is Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu.

The beaches, the underwater post office and the always-packed Mele Cascades are all well worth a visit, but there is so much more to Vila than people realise. So if you’ve got a day in Vila lined up on your cruise itinerary and want to get away from the other 2,000 passengers, or are staying for a week but looking for a break from the resort, here are 7 of my favourite affordable, mostly off the beaten track things to do in Port Vila.

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Trust in Humanity Tuesday #14

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Trust In Humanity Tuesday – No. 14

New Tuesday, new reminders that not everyone is a dick! Here’s what’s been giving me the warm and fuzzies this week:

  1. The recent stories that have been submitted to Love What Matters (actually, basically anything on this page) of police officers doing incredible acts of kindness, and people realising that cops are just human too.
  2. Sneaky Cards! I discovered them yesterday and have already purchased mine… now just to wait for them to ship over here.
  3. The Jetstar flight attendant name Jessica who went out of her way to help a friend of a friend of mine and her two small children get home after a storm meant they had to divert to another airport hours away. Also props to my friend’s friend for sharing the story – so many people take the time to leave negative feedback, but not enough share the positive.
  4. This guy who resisted road rage and saved a life.
  5. Prince George’s cheeks in these portraits (OK, so exactly on the same level as the others, but look at that face – how can you not smile and know the world is good?)

Heard a lovely story that restored your trust in humanity lately? I’d love to hear about it!

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