Getting ready for 2017

2016 has been a great learning year.

For so many years I dreamed of moving away from from. That was my main focus. The goal LONDON. I achieved it this year. I had many amazing experiences. Touring Europe. I got to toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain (this was on the top of my list since I saw Lizzie McGuire). Visit Budapest and fall inlove with a sunset. Get legally high in Amsterdam. I got to be in the same room as J K Rowling – even got to go to the cafe she wrote the first Harry Potter book (well at least some if it). I got to experience the most amazing plays. I also overcame some major fears. This year I also, like previous years, felt very lost. I felt what it feels to be truly lonely. I got trapped in bad habits and darkness. I didn’t expect to feel this when I moved. I was ignorant enough that purely a change of location would solve all my problems. Little did I know that location doesn’t change mind set. That is up to me.

I have always thought I understood myself. I felt superior sometimes. Like I had life figured out. I make my goals, I would have them clear in my mind and make all these determined plans – which lasted days. Then I find the first excuse I could think of and BAM – I call back into darkness, stumble around and wonder why I am not happy. What I never realised was, that I was afraid, believing in stupid beliefs that I just made up.

Your life can be amazing, if you just have the right mind set. Mind Set. Mind set changes everything. You don’t realise how powerful it is until you analyse your own life. What can seem to bleak and unfulfilling can be turned into something exciting and opportunistic within seconds. This all comes down to being present. When you are present you can really be in the moment, enjoy the small details and make the right choices. Having choices turns into taking actions. Action is the most important thing anybody can do. Actions turn into results. 

It is so simple to be happy and live the life you want.

  • Have the right mind set
  • Be present
  • Make the right choice
  • Take action
  • RESULTS

And of course, even if it is simple it isn’t easy. In fact it is easier to have a terrible mind set, distract yourself, make the wrong choice, take no action and make excuses for others who have the results you want. This is all because of the stupid beliefs we made up about ourselves. Once we realise that we have these stupid beliefs, we can CHOOSE to disregard them.

This is my new journey. To go beyond those fucken thoughts I made up. To be in the right mind set, be present, make the right choices and take action to get the results I want.

Is this going to be hard? Yes. The difference now is that I know I can do this. Because I choose to. I am planning my structure carefully. Surrounding myself with the right people. Most importantly, I am choosing to put value in myself. I choose to give myself the life, because I, like everybody else, deserve it. I choose to be happy right now. To live my life to the fullest. To appreciate the small moments in life.

I am excited to start my new journey. The remaining weeks in 2016 is to set myself for greatness. 2016 has been a great wake up experience. I entered it 23, scared, unsure and running away from herself. I am leaving 24, a woman who knows she can achieve the life she deserves.

 

Goodbye New Zealand

The day has finally arrived. I have left my country to move on the otherside of the world. 

I have it easy. I am not fleeing my country. I also have Skype and so many other social networks to stay in touch with people. I am one of the lucky ones. 

Currently I am in Transit. Waiting at Singaporw Airport Changi. 

Leaving was easier than I thought. I wasn’t feeling anxious which suprised me. My mother cried, I’ve already called her to let her know I am okay. I am ready for the new chapter. New challenges and experiences. 

Of course being jobless and jobless isn’t glamorous. It is a very bizarre feeling. Very freeing. 

Excited for the Top Deck tour and exploring the sites. We got to do a mini tour of Singapore that the airport offers for free.

    

 
It is so beautiful. Very green. The gardens are superb. If it wasn’t for the humidity I would love to live here. 

Next stop London. 

Goodbye 2015

2016 is upon us. Time is going so fast.

It feels just like yesterday I was on the shores of Fiji, soaking up the sun looking forward to the future.

2015 was an interesting year. No major events BUT a lot of personal growth. Highlights include, the village tour in Fiji, Masquerade, Ed Sheeran concert, meeting Meerkats, Dinner at Hippopotamus for free, Meeting Russell Brand and jumping of the Sky Tower.

It was filled with amazing moments. And I feel like can only get better from here.

Next year of course is going to be completely different. New country. New job. New experiences. Sadly I say goodbye to some amazing people but adventure awaits!

My goal this year is to get set up in England. I want to start me career officially, put 100% into my job and gain a great reputation. I want to travel – lucky for me in 14 days I will be in Paris and setting out on a Europe tour. I also want to get down to 55kgs, which has been the goal for the previous two years. I got pretty close the last few years but can’t seem to break the 58kg mark. I want to maintain a Vegan diet. Resist the urges towards the darkside. Experience as many things as possible. Take every opportunity I can. Read 100 books (I got to about 75 this year).

I am very hopeful about 2016. It is all up to me to make this an epic year.

It may not be a pirates life for me.

Ahoy!

After channeling my inner pirate yesterday I am feeling pretty exhausted. Too much rum.. and by rum I mean vodka and wine.

It was my work Christmas party last night. On a Thursday. Which made today a very painful work day. But it was a great night even if I have a few bumps and bruises.. and maybe a slight concussion.

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Every year my work team dress up for our Christmas party. Last year we had an amazing time at the Zoo dressed (obviously) as animals. It was filled with laughs, alcohol and dancing.

 

This year was another great year. The theme was nautical. We had heaps of pirates, sailors, captains, swimmers and a Sponge Bob. I decided to go as a pirate. A simple easy costume. I didn’t want to spend to much as my money as I am going to need all I have for the UK which is in 24 days. I decided to draw on a eye patch which was a good hit at work. I also decked out my desk.

Cocktails were made and music was played. After some socializing we were put into teams. My team – The Love Boat – was a great mix of people. For the starting quiz we came second – which was rad because the questions were tough. Apart from the one about Nemo’s fathers name. I nailed that. We then had a scavenger hunt on the way to the boat.

We had to take photos and answer questions at little stops on the way to the boat. It was the most fun event of the night. We took some hilarious photos. In the end.. our team won! Not that surprising. We were awesome.

The boaIMG_8515t itself was great. An open bar always ensures a good night. The staff were really good. Unfortunately there wasn’t any Vegan food. So I just decided to go Vegetarian and had a potato salad and a beetroot salad (both at egg and milk products in the sauces). I would normally try and be very good but as I have been dieting I needed some food or the alcohol may have killed me.

The rest of the night went on the same. Dancing, drinks and conversation. We had a ukulele performance. I then discovered shots were available and UNWISELY spent sometime taking shots. Which made the rest of the night (thankfully almost the end of the night) a blur – however this could of been due to a possible concussion not the alcohol

I remember getting of the boat – apparently we went to a bar for one more drink. Then a couple of us went to the park. I played on the swings (as you do), went down the slide. Then I fell backwards. Not because of the alcohol (although that did have a role to play) but I tried to get up onto another platform but it didn’t work in heels and I slipped backwards smashing my head onto the concrete. I didn’t pass out but I remember everything wen fussy as I laughed at my clumsiness. After that I pretty much called it a night to have 4 hours sleep before starting the work day.

I don’t think I will be a pirate again for a while.

7/10 night. (would of been a solid 9 BUT 1 point came off for not the lack of vegan food, and 1 point off for the head injury which has resulted in a bump in the head)

 

 

UK Bound – January 2016

This week confirmed my future.. my VISA was approved.

On Thursday morning I was frantically refreshing the courier tracking page to see if the package had arrived. My sister was at my house (I begged her to wait around  for my package). They had emailed on Monday saying they had “made a decision”. Not knowing the outcome was painful. Then I got the call. “It says you have been approved for some.. ancestry thing” my sister said.

I was ecstatic. Also terrified.

My back up plan was to tour Europe, spend a couple of weeks in London and then go to Australia. I have heaps of friends there, it is close to home and the money exchange is much better. I know practically no one in the UK, my money will be halved and it is on the other side of the world. Of course – this makes it a lot more exciting!

Now that this is actually becoming real, I have a shit load of things to do. Get a job, find accommodation, get decent winter wear (otherwise I won’t last a day) etc. The job market is going to be a lot more competitive over there considering there are 8.5 million people in London alone.. double the amount of people in New Zealand. This is just more of a challenge to make myself stand out more. Also – my dream job of becoming a dog walker could actually become a reality with that many people.

This is the start to a new adventure in my life. I am so fucken happy.

 

Bucket List

I have so many things I want to experience, I decided to make a Bucket List here. (I do also have 30 activities I want to do before I am 30 – which will be the first 30 listed here). I will be updated this list whenever I get an idea into my head.

  1. Live in a foreign country.
  2. Write a book. It might not be read by anyone other then me, but I want to finish one. 
  3. Go to Burning Man.
  4. Throw a Coin in the Trevi Fountain
  5. Witness a Miracle.
  6. Conquer a Fear.
  7. Run a Marathon. Right now I can’t even run for 2 minutes.
  8. Become fluent in French.
  9. Go Bungee Jumping & Sky Diving.
  10. Fall in Love.
  11. Attend a protest I am very passionate about.
  12. Become successful at something.
  13. Walk in Central Park.
  14. Pay off my Student Loans .
  15. Get down to my goal weight. Pretty much get in great shape.
  16. Write a Script for a Tv Show
  17. Become good decent at one sport.
  18. Volunteer overseas.
  19. Climb a Mountain Even if it is a small one.
  20. Change someones life. In a positive way. 
  21. Learn to cook.
  22. Stay somewhere without modern technology. Either camping or in a cabin. 
  23. Help organize an event
  24.  Become comfortable in my own skin.
  25. Sing at a karaoke bar.
  26. Get high legally in Amsterdam.
  27. Swim with Sharks.
  28. Be good at Yoga. Right now I can’t even touch my toes. 
  29. Sleep under the stars.
  30. Have a moment so perfect that I cry of happiness.
  31. Have a job (even a once off) as a Dog Walker
  32. Visit Hever Castle The birthplace of Anne and Mary Boleyn 
  33. Spend a night in a Castle
  34. Go on a Safari
  35. Be an extra on TV or a Film Something in the background as I cannot act
  36. Publish an Article
  37. Jump of the Sky Tower
  38. Visit Every Continent Currently visited 3/7
  39. Go Paragliding
  40. Visit The Anne Frank House
  41. Dive between the Continental place in Iceland
  42. Visit the Roman Colosseum in Italy
  43. Visit the Moulin Rouge in Paris
  44. Go to the Stonehenge
  45. Go on a Ghost Tour
  46. Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  47. Meet J K Rowling
  48. Go on a boat ride in Venice
  49. See the Northen Lights
  50. Attend a Movie Premiere
  51. Meet Russell Brand

The Future 2016

Since I was a little girl my dream has been to travel. As I got older and reality stepped in I came to realize that you need money to travel the world. My friends who grew up in England had so many wonderful stories of travelling I decided the best idea would be to move there and travel. As the years have passed and life kept happening, my dream seemed further and further away. I didn’t have enough money, I had to finish my studies, I was scared and making excuses. But now AFTER ALL THESE YEARS I am finally going!

On 11th January 2016 I will be saying by to New Zealand and Hello to England. I finally grew some balls and booked the ONE WAY ticket. I will be doing a 24 day Tour of Europe before I settle in. I have had people tell me not to do a tour before I go BUT fuck it this is what I wanted to do.

Words cannot describe how excited I am. Or how nervous I am. I have no friends nor family over there. I will be truly alone. I still have 6 Months.. 217 days.. but there is a lot to do between now and then. Saving, VISA etc. At this point, I am planning on moving to London for a year or two. But this will be the first time in my 22 years (well I will be 23 then) that I will be free to go with the flow. I honestly have no idea who this will turn out – I might fail and be back home in 3 months. Or I might find my place in the world. But if you want to do something you should do it. 

The one part which is certain is the Winter Spirit tour of Europe. It is going to be amazing. Cold, yes. But wonderful. My favorite destination is not Paris (surprisingly) but Amsterdam. Anne Frank has been one of my role models since I was a child. To be able to go to The Anne Frank house will be amazing. I am also very excited to go to one of Amsterdam’s famous Coffee Shops.

I have a feeling 2016 might be the best year yet!

Growing Up

When you are young, the world is black and white. You see the world through your eyes. Innocent eyes. People are either good or bad. Your parents are right (most of the time). Then once you get older and start becoming a teenager and you develop your own opinions and views. You think you know who you are, your friends are always right, your parents are wrong (most of the time).

At 14 I thought I was an adult. I thought I knew it all. I knew who I was, what I wanted and I understood everything. I had such strong views in my black and white world. I made a lot of bad choices and I missed a lot of opportunities due to the fact I was so stubborn. I only saw my point of view.  And although made mistakes, I also learnt new lessons. The world started getting more and more grey. People become both good and bad. Life isn’t as easy nor as hard as it looks. I too started to change. My mind is so much more open. I try to understand people, even if their decisions are ones I can’t agree with. It is okay. Everyone is different.

Heraclitus said “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change”.

The constant change in ourselves and the world is all part of us growing up. Life is constantly evolving and improving. This is why growing up is so important and exciting.

In 10 years, I will be rolling my eyes and choices I made in my 20s. I will want to go back in time and tell myself “Girl.. you should not have gone there”. But all those mistakes and life lessons are going to keep me growing to become a better person. So don’t be afraid to live your life. Don’t be afraid of making decisions which might not be the right choice; one day you will be thankful you did.

30 Things I Want To Do Before I am 30

On the 19/10/2022 I will be turning 30. (Hopefully) 

This seems like ages away, 8 years seems like a long time. But it really isn’t. The past 8 have gone crazy fast. So I thought I should make a list of what I want to do and achieve before then.

  1. Live in a foreign country.
  2. Write a book. It might not be read by anyone other then me, but I want to finish one. 
  3. Go to Burning Man.
  4. Throw a Coin in the Trevi Fountain
  5. Witness a Miracle.
  6. Conquer a Fear.
  7. Run a Marathon. Right now I can’t even run for 2 minutes.
  8. Become fluent in French.
  9. Go Bungee Jumping & Sky Diving.
  10. Fall in Love.
  11. Attend a protest I am very passionate about.
  12. Become successful at something.
  13. Walk in Central Park.
  14. Pay off my Student Loans .
  15. Get down to my goal weight. Pretty much get in great shape.
  16. Write a Script for a Tv Show
  17. Become good decent at one sport.
  18. Volunteer overseas.
  19. Climb a Mountain Even if it is a small one.
  20. Change someones life. In a positive way. 
  21. Learn to cook.
  22. Stay somewhere without modern technology. Either camping or in a cabin. 
  23. Help organize an event
  24.  Become comfortable in my own skin.
  25. Sing at a karaoke bar.
  26. Get high legally in Amsterdam.
  27. Swim with Sharks.
  28. Be good at Yoga. Right now I can’t even touch my toes. 
  29. Sleep under the stars.
  30. Have a moment so perfect that I cry of happiness.

I can totally do the above. I have from today.. 3,040 days to complete the above 30 things. Yes. Better start now.