So I’ve just returned from three weeks of being on holidays.
During that time I travelled to up to Cairns, back to Canberra for a day, then to Ballina and the Gold Coast for Christmas, Toowoomba for New Years, the Sunshine Coast for a week afterwards, back to Ballina and then to Byron Bay, and some places in between.
During those three weeks away, I had some of the best times I’ve had with friends and family in a looooong time. I also realised a few things along the way, which I’ve decided to share with you today…
Some of these are things I have always known, but became more apparent whilst I was away, and others are things that I want to focus on doing more of this year.
FAMILY IS NUMBER ONE
So this is one of those things that I already knew, but over the holidays became more apparent and important. Whilst I was away I spent time with my extended family, as well as Sam’s family, and also with friends that feel like family too!
Being an only child means that family is SO very important to me, and is something that I always put first. Because I don’t live close to my extended family, when I do see them I try and make the absolute most out of it, and cherish every moment.
EATING GOOD FOOD MAKES YOU FEEL SO GOOD
Another one that I already knew, but something that I’m really going to focus on this year. Whilst I was away I really focused on eating good quality food, whether it be seafood, or healthy produce, wherever we were.
Because I wasn’t doing my normal exercise routine (having a break from that is healthy too), by eating well throughout my trip, I was able to still feel my best too!
This year I am going to make more of an effort to source produce from local suppliers, and shop at the farmers markets more, instead of opting for my local Coles.
TIME SPENT IN THE COUNTRY IS TIME WELL SPENT
My parents, Sam and I spent New Years Eve and New Years Day in Mt Tyson, Queensland, which is located in the Darling Downs, just near Toowoomba. We visited family friends who live on a property there, and I’m not joking when I say that it was one of the highlights of the trip (and it was a last minute decision to head there too!).
Sam and I spent New Years Eve at the Toowoomba races (totally spontaneous), with good friends, and honestly had the time of our lives surrounded by country folk, and listening to country music! It’s spontaneous moments like these, that actually end up being some of the best.
I often forget how good it feels to spend time in the country. Taking in the fresh country air, and being with genuine people was absolute bliss.
BEING BY THE SEA IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME
Towards the end of my trip I spent five days in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, where we stayed right on the beach. Each morning I would go for a run up and down the Esplanade from Point Cartwright to Maroochydore, and would run right along the sea.
These were precious moments and really made me realise that being by the sea is important for me. Just hearing the waves, and smelling the salt really calms me, and I know it does for many others too.
There is a reason why they say that everyone seems more relaxed on the coast…
What I’m Wearing
Dress – Nunui
Shoes – Country Road
SO IS GOING FOR WALKS
You all know how important it is for me to do some form of exercise each day. As I said, over the Christmas holidays I slowed down my exercise routine, and just stuck to healthy eating, and doing regular walks and runs.
Whilst I was away, I went for regular walks in Mooloolaba, as well as on the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, and each of these walks were absolutely magical. Nature is a magnificent thing, and it’s so important for everyone to get out there and experience it when they can. You’ll be amazed at how it can work wonders for your mental health too…
What I’m Wearing
Crop & Runners – Adidas
Sunglasses – Tony Bianco
What I’m Wearing
Crop – Nike
Shorts – Lorna Jane
Shoes – Adidas
THAT I LOVE FLYING AND SITTING IN THE WINDOW SEAT
When I flew up and back from Cairns, I was seated in a window seat, which is pretty rare for me as I’ve always been an aisle seat kinda gal.
However, this time, I was so happy to have the window seat, because I got to see an exceptional view of the North Queensland coastline. It was truly amazing, and may have even bought a tear to my eye! It’s funny how therapeutic gazing out of the window of an aeroplane is…
IT’S IMPORTANT TO CAPTURE THE SUNSET WHEN YOU CAN
My best friend has as a rule to never miss a sunset. When she first told me this I didn’t think too much about it, UNTIL I saw an incredible sunset these holidays, and knew that it was something I never wanted to miss again.
Sitting down at the end of the day and admiring the sunset is an incredible, and soothing way to end a day and reflect on the past 24 hours. If you have’t had a chance to sit down and watch a sunset (especially at the beach), then I highly recommend you do so.
BEING IN THE RAIN IS ACTUALLY REALLY FUN AND REFRESHING
When we were on the Sunshine Coast, we visited the Eumundi markets (a must visit). It was raining lightly when we arrived, but as we started walking through there was a massive downpour, and it was absolutely glorious!
Instead of getting annoyed that it was raining on a day we chose to go to the markets, we instead embraced the cool change, got drenched and loved it!
What I’m Wearing
Dress & Bag- Zara
Shoes – Sportsgirl
So, how were your holidays? Did you have any realisations?