QUEENSTOWN

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If you haven't been to Queenstown in the summertime you need to add it to your list asap. You want to know why? I believe it is one of the most naturally beautiful places I have ever travelled to. I have visited many parts of Australia, Europe and the UK and don't get me wrong they all have their own uniqueness and beauty but Queenstown in New Zealand, every which way you look it is breathtakingly stunning.

I decided to write this post to tell you all about some of the incredible experiences that I had and share some insight so when you travel there it can be a little guide of places to explore.

Okay I will stop rambling on and let you get to the tips below!


MY TIPS FOR QUEENSTOWN


ACCOM

I decided to stay in an air bnb as I discovered almost everyone in Queenstown rents out their home or a room for visitors to stay. This was much more affordable than staying in a hotel or a hostel believe it or not and we were out exploring most of the time so just needed a bed and bathroom. Staying out of town you definitely needed a hire car and I would DEFINITELY recommend getting one for yourself even if you stay in town as Queenstown is quite a small town and there is so, so much more to explore in the surrounding towns and mountains. Plus they don't have Uber and the taxi's can get quite expensive.

COST

Everything but the flight to Queenstown is quite expensive so ensure you save your pennies prior to your trip so you can enjoy this beautiful place to it's fullest. the dollar difference isn't too different from Australia so that is a plus if you're travelling from the land of Aus that is.

EXPLORE

As I said earlier every which way you look in Queenstown is stunning so exploring the town and it's surrounds is a must. Taking a road trip from Queenstown to Glenorchy is the most picturesque drive along lake Wakatipu and I highly recommend it. One thing I didn't get to explore was Milford Sound by plane which I regret, so if you can do that and tell me how amazing it was please do!

FUN

I love extreme sports so zip lining and the Shotover Jetboat ride were a must for us! If you're a little more daring you may want to give bungy jumping a go as there are plenty of spots around that do it. I considered taking the plunge but I felt jumping out a plane last year was enough for me for now.

DINE

There are endless bars, cafes and gelato stores around town so if you wander around you will come across some cool places. Some that I loved and recommend are yonder cafe for a healthy modern breakfast and world bar for drinks and delicious nachos (Mexican food fiend has her hand up!). I was also recommended to try fergburger which is the most popular burger place in town, I didn't indulge as the line was always out the door but if you have more patience it is a must!

WINE

A little out of town you'll find a bunch of wineries all on the same road (sorry I cant remember the name, but google is helpful). I went to two of many and as much as going on wine tours sounded fancy and fun I got a tad bored (each to their own). Packing your own picnic is a good idea, with wine and hire some bikes from Gibbston Valley Winery to ride along the winery tracks yourself. If you do a bike tour ensure you wear comfy riding clothes, sunscreen and are prepared to work up a bit of a sweat.


Have you booked your ticket yet? Do it! 

PS. This isn't an ad or anything of the likes.. I genuinely want you to see this crazy beautiful place for yourself!

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VALUING YOURSELF

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"IF YOU DONT STAND FOR SOMETHING YOU WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING". - MALCOM X


Do YOU struggle to be yourself? Do you find it hard to value yourself? Do you follow the crowd?

Today I want to speak about breaking free from those titles and becoming true to you and valuing yourself for all that you are!

I believe to value yourself and value your beliefs is detrimental in living a life of truth. If we are going through our days trying to please others and only doing or acting the way others think we should act we would be devaluing ourselves, becoming a so-called sheep and not being true to ourself. I believe we all need to learn the best ways to not follow the crowd and not do what we think others want us to do; as that is blocking us from being our true, genuine or honest selves.

Over the years I have built myself up and learnt to stand up for what I believe in and not allow myself to get manipulated into being what someone else believes I should be. This has meant removing myself from certain friendships, relationships and situations in my world. The positive that I have I've always taken away is that doing those things has always been for the better. Despite at the time it was tough I knew it was the right thing to do. I'm all about those gut feelings that twist and turn and niggle me and I know something isn't right when I feel that way. That is usually a sign to me that I need to take a look at the situation and find the best ways for me to move forward from those feelings.

Some important things to remember when valuing yourself and they key tools I have found for myself are:
-  never comparing yourself to someone else
- embrace your mistakes and learn from them
- take opportunities to develop yourself
- never let someone else's view of you define you (that is their projection)
- share your journey with people you trust to let you be yourself and always stick to your dig.

Removing negativity and bad influences isn't always as easy as treating say the flu (if only) but it's not impossible it just takes strength and a willingness to stand up for yourself and what you believe in.

Please note: You are you and there is no one in the the world youer than you (thanks Dr. Zeuss youve always known what's up!!)

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I AM THE CHANGE

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I recently made a very conscious decision to take control of my Anxiety and Depression and I want to speak to you all openly about it. Mental health is something that is still not spoken about openly by so many struggling with it because to some of us it has been engrained as a weakness. I believe that is bullshit (excuse the naughty word). We are all on our individual journeys and the majority of us at some point in our lives will hit some speed bumps that throw us right off track smacking us down on our arses. It can feel really crappy, it can makes us feel useless, horrible, sad, over-think the crap out of stuff and just going around in circles with all that and just end we up in a big fat rut.

This post is about sharing my journey with you in the hopes you may see the light like I have as you are not alone! 

The main thing we need to grasp about mental health is taking control and grabbing life by the you know whats and making it better for ourselves. There is help out there and in so many different forms but the first step is asking for it. Speaking truthfully I have struggled with my mental health for over 10 years..yep that's since high school. I saw a psychologist a few years ago now that gave me some helpful tips and taught me about what I was going through but it didn't completely fix me as such and that helplessness feeling came back just a month or so ago and my world felt like it was falling apart. 

I hit rock bottom with my self esteem and self worth, I didn't love myself and I didn't want to get out of bed in the mornings, I didn't enjoy my days and then I lost and hurt people I loved because I was so angry inside. Something clicked in me that if I don't start to make things better for myself I am just going to continue down a very destructive path which just wasn't me.

I had someone reach out to me about a 30 program.. my initial thoughts were "that's not going to help me". But I had a mull over it for a day and thought if I don't take action and try something new I will continue to feel the way that I felt which freaking sucked.

When I began the I Am The Change (Wake Me Up) Leadership program I was quite reserved, nervous, scared and felt out of my comfort zone.. but to be honest I think that was the best thing and the thing I really needed was just that.. to get out of my comfort zone. It taught me things about myself and what I was capable of and allowed me to get a better understanding of why I feared things and why I felt and did the things that I did/do. Learning about how the mind and body works was incredibly eye opening and I learnt things about my own mind that I never knew I was capable of (to learn is to grow!).

As the program went on I started to come out of my shell (yup just like a turtle) and be more comfortable with myself and the things I was feeling and learning to just feel them. I have started to turn my negative thoughts into positive ones with new ways of viewing things. 

I want to share this program with you all as it has been a life changing experience for me and it has made me feel passion for life again. I wake up in the morning and feel excited to be a part of the day for me and I want you to feel that way too!! You are capable of taking control you only need the courage to ask for help!

If you have any questions about the program please don't hesitate to contact me here!

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BUDGET SUMMER OUTFITS


DUNGAREES ARE BACK

Let us think more 90's cool than Fresh Prince when we think of Dunagrees. Comfort overload and you can style them anyway you want, whether it's super cas or paired with some pumps.


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H&M  -  ROUND SUNGLASSES  - $12.95

H&M  - ROUND SUNGLASSES - $12.95

H&M -  STRIPE SHIRT  - $24.99

H&M - STRIPE SHIRT - $24.99

 H&M -  DUNGAREE SHORTS - DENIM  - $39.95

 H&M - DUNGAREE SHORTS - DENIM - $39.95


THE STATEMENT TEE

I have always loved how edgy a statement tee can make an outfit look and again you can create this look for day or night depending on your vibe!


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H&M -  PRINTED TEE  - $14.99

H&M - PRINTED TEE - $14.99

H&M -  DENIM SKIRT  - $49.99

H&M - DENIM SKIRT - $49.99

H&M -  PLATFORM TRAINERS  - $34.95

H&M - PLATFORM TRAINERS - $34.95


THE PLAYSUIT

If you don't own a playsuit in Summer on the Gold Coast what are you doing with your life? I joke I joke but there are just so many cute styles for every shape!


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H&M -  KHAKI PLAYSUIT  - $39.99

H&M - KHAKI PLAYSUIT - $39.99

H&M -  TWO STRAND NECKLACE  - $9.99

H&M - TWO STRAND NECKLACE - $9.99

H&M -  BLACK HAT  - $29.99

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BE PRESENT

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Have you ever found yourself in a social situation out with friends and you are all sitting on your mobile phones not talking? I almost instantly want to put my phone down if this ever happens and make everyone do the same. Or have you ever been having a conversation with someone to realize you're just talking to yourself because they are engulfed by what is happening on their Instagram feed? Have you ever sat down to have a quick look over what is going on with your social media and wasted an hour scrolling pointlessly, only to then maybe feel sorry for yourself for comparing your life to someone elses life.

I am sure these situations and more have happened to you at some stage with either friends, family or partners. I can't sit here writing that I haven't been the one to do some of those above things too, I am guilty. But I can say in the recent months I have taken note of myself doing those things and made sure I am using my phone for the right reasons at the right time.

I want to ensure I am not missing out on beautiful moments by not being present in them but rather try to record or photograph them. So that is why I wanted to share with you some great ideas for becoming more present not only with others but also with yourself.

PHONE FREE CATCH UPS:
When you organise to catch up with friends or your partner try turning off your phone, or sitting them in a pile in the middle of the table and not touching them until you leave. Sit there and talk about your day, listen to what others have to say, enjoy the food your eating and let your senses take in the moment.

LEAVE YOUR PHONE AT HOME:
I practiced this a couple of times when I went to Bali recently. Being such a beautiful place I wanted to photograph things in the places we went but I also didn't want to get too engulfed in trying to capture and share everything as it was happening without enjoying it so I left my phone at home when we went out a couple of times.

GO A WEEKEND WITHOUT SOCIAL MEDIA:
Get outdoors and take in everything you see! Jump in the ocean, go for a run, breathe in deep, hug someone, play with your dog, read a book, laugh until your stomach hurts and be one with the world, yourself and others.

DO AN ACTIVITY WITHOUT TAKING A PHOTO:
We live in a world of Snapchat and Instagram stories which has it's positive and it's negatives. We can easily share our day and adventures with friends and fans. But we can also get caught up in photographing everything without actually just enjoying it. For example the food you eat out, try and enjoy the food for what it is.. delicious, beautifully displayed, nourishing and sometimes naughty.

PRESENCE IS BETTER THAN PRESENTS:
I write about this one as it is nearly Christmas which to me means spending time with family, being thankful and enjoying goooood food.

I hope that if you are reading this and you struggle to be present or someone in your life does that it can help you or them if you pass it on to find the best ways to come back to the real world to just enjoy it and be present in all it's goodness!


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- JIM ELLIOT

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CAFE 2 U

On Wednesday I had the pleasure of heading to the Cafe 2 U & Uber Shape Gym fitness circuit with my best gals. We started the morning with a fun but tough circuit that has my legs feeling oh so sore.. but in a good way!! I love working out with friends..it makes it so much more enjoyable and a great way to socialise and get fit at the same time.

Cafe 2 U just launched their new Protein Shake range and the best word for me to describe them is delicious.. I consumed at least three which is probably way more than I needed to but they tasted so damn good! I love that Cafe 2 U brings the goods to your work place or venue too.. if only they could deliver it to my door front every day I'd be a happy gal! I also wish Nude Sisters would deliver me their raw treats on the daily.. YUM!

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