Thursday, 2 January 2014

New Year Resolutions.

It has come that time once again where the world starts over..

The beginning of a new year sparks the beginning of 'new' New Year Resolutions. Resolutions can be big things, small things, heartwarming things, shallow things but no matter what they are, we all say they will be achieved, but are they always? No, but it's better to try and fail then to not try at all, right?

Some of the resolutions that have appeared on my list over the years include things like losing weight, getting a job, doing well in school, and all these things are fine, there's nothing wrong with them but they're lame, they're the easy resolutions, the ones where you don't have to think to hard or deeply within yourself.

I must admit losing weight, finding a good job, doing well in University are all on my list again for this year, but I've added some more, some that will challenge me, some that will hopefully make me a better person and help me become the person I've wanted to be but didn't know how.

My New Year Resolutions for 2014:

1. Let things GO! - I have a horrible tendency to let things bother me way more than they should. Mainly when it comes to my little brother.. who is turning 16 this year so I guess he's not so little anymore. My sister and I are very similar in the way we think and act so I automatically assume that's how my brother will think and act but we are polar opposites and sometimes I lose sight of that and pester him until he gets cranky and then everyone's day is ruined.

So this year, I am going to let these things go. I'm going to let my brother do what he wants and how he wants to and try and stop telling him what is 'right'. He has his own life and his own way of thinking and I need to accept that and love him for who he is.

2. Get OUT of my shell! - I am the most socially awkward person ever. I get anxious when I have to speak to people I don't really know or aren't close with and the thought of having to go to University this year without knowing anyone freaks me out! I hate this about myself and I always have. I find it hard to begin conversations and keep them going. I never know what to say or talk about and it's the one thing I would change about myself in an instant.

I want to push myself this year. I want to crawl out of my shell and become a more confident person! I want to be able to talk to someone one on one and not feel like the weight of the world is on my shoulders. This starts tonight. I'm going to a concert in Sydney with a girl I've known since Primary School, it's just the two of us going and she's driving us. I know once we're there listening to the music it's going to be an amazing night, but I'm so nervous about the drive there and home because I don't want it to be awkward. I hate awkward conversations that die and turn into awkward silences and that will most likely happen tonight.

3. Say YES! - I am a hermit. I would rather stay home and sit on the couch and watch TV then go out with my friends. Well actually that's a lie. I'd rather be out creating memories with my friends but every time they ask me to do something, I always find an excuse as to why I can't go and all I do is stay home! I don't have many friends, not the kind of friends that stick around through thick and thin and I don't want to lose them because I can't say yes.

4. Shed those KILOS! - In 2013 I took my 'gap' year and went to the UK for 6 months and I also put on 8 kilos. I'm the heaviest weight I've ever been and I feel un fit, un healthy and un happy. I've joined my local gym and my aim for the year is to drop 10kg and become a happier and healthier version of me. I've always struggled with my weight, I've always been the chubby friend, the one without the bikini body and it was hard to go through High School not confident in my own skin. I'm never going to have a perfect body like you see in magazines, but I want my perfect body. The body where I feel confidence enough to wear a two piece bikini at the beach and not think twice about how I look.

5. Do WELL at Uni! - Towards the end of Year 12 I slacked off a little because I had no intention of going to Uni so my final marks didn't matter. I thought there was no point in putting myself through so much stress to get the best marks that I didn't study as hard or do as well as I could have if I pushed myself. This year it's going to be different. In a couple of weeks I will hopefully receive my acceptance letter from the University of Newcastle saying that in March I'll be beginning the first of a four year double degree in Primary School Teaching and Arts. I want to push myself. I want to be top of my classes. I want to be the smartest kid in the room. I want to be one of the first people to get hired once my degree is complete! Plus, if I do crap I'll feel crap so fingers crossed for doing well!

So what are your New Year Resolutions?!

It doesn't matter how big or small they are, as long as you try your damn hardest to make them a reality. New Year Resolutions are things you want to accomplish within the year so go out and accomplish them! Make a better life for yourself, for your family and friends.

Make 2014 yours!

And let's make 2014 the best year yet!


Becky xx

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

I made it.

Hello my lovely readers,

So, it's been 6 days.

Almost one week since I arrived back home on Australian soil, and honestly, I am so glad to be home. Don't get me wrong, I had a bloody brilliant time overseas, especially the last 3 months of my trip, but there's nothing better, no matter how badly you wanted to leave in the first place, than being home.

I severely missed my extended family like my grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and most importantly my friends. Who, I must admit, I have yet to see, but this jet lag thing is knocking me all over the place, I'm afraid if I see my friends I might fall asleep half way through a conversation. But, there are plans to meet, eat and chat over the course of the next couple of days and I am super excited to see them all!


Anyway, since my last post I've finished up in Liverpool (which I could have stayed forever because I love it there and not just because of the football) the rents, brother and I went further down south, quickly through South Wales and then down to Devon and Cornwall.. besides their freakishly tiny two way roads (they are more like a footpath), it was overly lovely. Cute thatched cottages, Devonshire teas (YUM) and lots and lots of sheep.

We visited the coolest town ever, whilst on our trip down south, it is called Clovelly and is one of the world's best known (apparently) yet, unspoilt villages. It's privately owned so there are no cars allowed - although there is no way in hell a car would be able to get to the bottom and then back up, as it is pretty much a steep, single laneish, cobbled street. But oh boy, the views were amazing the whole walk down and despite the fact I almost died from the effort it took to trek back up the hill, it was most definitely worth it. So, if you're ever down that way, go check it out!

My highlight of my last week in England was most definitely Tintagel Castle and below it 'Merlin's Cave'. Tintagel Castle is a medieval fortification located in Cornwall. The castle itself has been linked to Arthurian legends with a mysterious yet magical cave underneath, which by local legend belonged to Merlin, strengthening the Arthurian and Merlin legends.


However, even without these legends in the back of my mind, the sheer amazement of this site is beyond words. The castle is pretty much located on the edge of a cliff face with parts of it, over the hundreds of years since it's construction, falling into the sea below. Now, to get to the castle, and to the caves below, requires using your legs and walking. You have to walk down freakishly steep steps downward, across a bridge and then back up (if you're going to the castle, but further down for the caves) some more freakishly steep steps until you've reached your destination.

It's just one of those places in the world that just takes your breath away for just simply being beautiful.

Then after the rest of the week, Tuesday came. The day we were leaving. The day I was going home after being away for almost 6 1/2 months! We went to Oxford during the day and found the house one of my grandad's lived in as a kid before he hopped on a boat to Australia. It was still there. Over 60 years on and the house he lived in as a little boy is still around. That was cool.


After Oxford we headed for Heathrow. We spent roughly 4 hours (which actually went pretty quickly) and then boarded the plane. Via Dubai and Bangkok we made it into Sydney at 7:40 on Thursday morning. But that wasn't it. You see, I don't live in Sydney. I live an hour's north, by car. So, we were in for about a 1 1/2 hour train trip before we were actually home, yeah, I was dead by that point.

But now, I'M HOME!

I've already begun applying for some jobs because I really, really don't want to go back to my old job, and I have begun my 'get fit' program.. which is really just me going to the gym whenever I can get off my lazy butt. So, here's to being home and to my new adventure on Aussie soil!

Have a lovely day wherever you are in this beautiful world!

Becky xx

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Reminiscing... About school?!

Hello my loves,

It was one year ago yesterday that I graduated from Highschool. 

12 months, 365 days, 8765 hours, 525 948 minutes and 31 556 926 seconds, a year is a long time. But gosh, the older you get (and yes I know, I'm only 19, but still) the quicker time seems to go! It only feels like yesterday that I was actually walking up on to the hall stage at school to collect my folder with my graduation certificate inside. 

So yesterday, I woke up (obviously) and like the Facebook addict that I am (which I don't like to admit), I checked my Facebook to see what was going on in the lives of my Australian friends and family. Literally every second status was from someone I went to school with saying things like 'one year since graduation and I've done.. nothing' and 'it's been one year since we graduated, I'm going to list my achievements.. 1. nothing'. 

This got me thinking. 

Anyone who is 18 or 19 has spent the majority of their life time in the school routine. The routine of getting up early, going to school for 6 hours, coming home (most likely with homework in your bag) and then up again the next day doing the exact same thing. So I guess, yes, one year after the routine is no longer implemented in our lives, we might feel like nothing has been accomplished. But that's a lie.

The truth is, we've already achieved something. 

We've survived. 

We've survived the first year of our lives where we've had to or had the ability to make our own decisions. To choose where we want to go, what we want to do, who we want to see etc. And whether or not we're still living at home, got ourselves a full time job or even got ourselves to University, we're now old enough to know right from wrong (most of the time anyway) and sadly we're no longer 'kids'. 

I don't think it's a bad thing for 'young adults' not to know exactly what they want to do straight out of high school, I didn't, and taking a gap year was the best thing that I could ever have done, for both myself and my family. Good things have come out of my first 'grown up' decision to come to the UK, I lived my dream of travelling, my family (mum, dad, sister, her boyfriend and brother) finally lived their dreams of travelling and I finally realised what it was that I wanted to go to University for and for me, that was a big deal!

Life is the longest thing you'll ever do but it goes in the blink of an eye. So my lovely readers, even if you think you've done nothing with your lives so far, just promise me that you'll live your lives happy. Get up in the morning and go out there and live your dreams, don't settle and make sure you live with no regrets. Go have a ball. 

Becky xx 





Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Fun in the Scottish sun!

Hello my lovely readers,

How has everyone's week been?! 

My week (if you're wondering) has been fantastic. 

Because I'm in Scotland! Woo! 

I arrived in Edinburgh on the 3rd of September, which also happened to be my brothers 15th birthday. We were still in Edinburgh on the 5th of September which was my Dad's 47th birthday and we had a lovely day! We also travelled to Stirling, Inverness (and Loch Ness), Oban and tomorrow Inveraray over the course of the week. Unfortunately I'll be leaving Scotland tomorrow afternoon but I'll be heading to the Lakes District again to meet up with relatives! (Yay, I miss them) 


But back to Scotland.. This place is stunning. Where ever I have been I've just been gob smacked at how simply beautiful everything is! It is places like this that make me want to stay here and never go home (although I'm really home sick and going home sounds wonderful) just because waking up to a view like Scotland would definitely be a good life!
I want to talk about my favourite day this week though. It was when I travelled with my Mum, Dad and younger (now very taller) brother to the beautiful part of the world that is Loch Ness! 

I don't know what it is about the place (maybe the fact there's a mysterious monster who resides there.. or is there?!) but it's just a must go to and must see place when you're travelling through Scotland! Regardless of whether Nessie is real or not, you have to go for a cruise across the Loch in search for her... which I'm not ashamed to say, I did! Although she was no where to be seen I still had a brilliant day! The sun was out and shining across the water, for the tourist attraction that is it there wasn't a load of people there so it was like we had it all to ourselves and the climb to the top of Urquhart Castle is worth the short walk because the views are seriously breathtaking! 

I only spent, oh probably 4 and a half hours there all together but it was such a rewarding day. To go there with family was also a bonus, we had so much fun together and it will be something we'll talk about for the rest of our lives. 

I honestly and seriously recommend going there if you haven't already, and don't forget to take your own 'Nessie' and catch yourself a 'OMG I saw Nessie' photo, it's all part of the fun! 

Anyway, I am now sitting outside at 8pm and my fingers are about to fall off because they're so cold! I'll try to update as often as I have something interesting to say and when I have the time! I have a fun packed few weeks ahead so you'll be hearing from me! 

Have a lovely week and I'll talk to you guys soon!

 

(Oh by the way, we did find Nessie!!) 


Becky xx 

Friday, 30 August 2013

How quickly life can change!

Hello my lovely readers, how are you today? 

Just to clarify something, I'm probably the worst blogger.. ever. I've been MIA in the blogging world for quite a few weeks now and my one and only excuse being, that I've been busy. Busy traveling around England for the past two months non stop with different family members (July with my sister and her boyfriend and August with my parents and my brother!) 

So, sorry about that! 

But I suppose I should catch you up on the happenings of my life over the past couple of months. You know what, I'm going to talk about my whole trip and how my life has changed. 

January 2013. It was a new year and a new me.. Or so I tell myself every New Year. I was fresh out of high school and was beginning the first year of my adult life. No more school (unless I decided to go to University in the future, which I wasn't planning on) and no more being stuck in a place I didn't want to be. 

March 2013. The month I left my old life behind. March marked the beginning of my dream coming true. I was flying away, flying to England, where I honestly wanted to stay. I wanted to stay longer than the 6 months printed on my e-ticket, I wanted to live there. To live here with no intention of ever living in Australia ever again. I just wanted to get away. 

Which is what I did. I got away. And after a while, being away, on your own, blows! 

But being the stubborn young adult that I was, I thought that I could manage it, not get home sick, just communicate to my friends and family via Facebook and Skype. And for the first 3 months of my trip, that's all I did, because I was here on my own. 

I failed myself the first few months I was here. I got in about 0.1% of the travelling that I wanted to do and as much as it is my fault, it was also those who I was staying with, who had promised the world. They had promised to take me everywhere. They promised to take me around England, to Scotland and Ireland, to France and Italy. But no. The majority of my time was spent in the Leeds / Yorkshire area. My only traveling into Europe achievement was to Santiago de Compostela in Spain for a few days. But that said, I only made it there because a friend was finishing the Pilgrim's Walk and was finishing. 

I could have done so much more if I was brave enough. 

July 2013. My sister arrived with her boyfriend and they graced the people of England and Scotland with their presence! It was when they arrived I truly realised that family meant so much more to me than I gave myself credit for. I am so extremely lucky to have the family I do, and all I wanted at the beginning of the year was to get away from them, that, makes me feel ill. 

July was so much fun when I was with my sister. We spent as much time as we could together and in the short period of time she was here, we went through a lot together. There was drama with someone we were with, and we were each others rock (along with her boyfriend of course) when things were said and feelings were hurt. So that said, it took everything in me to not burst into tears every night when she left, and I was alone again. 

August 2013. My parents arrived with my brother. And quite literally for the past 4 weeks we've been travelling non stop. We've been to London, Bath, Winchester, Brighton, Hastings, Dover, Suffolk, York and we're heading further North in a couple of days. We've still got a month on the road and by the time it's the 'end' of our holiday, we're going to be dead from exhaustion! 

Since my sister, her boyfriend, my parents and my brother have been here, it changed my mind in an instance about my future here in England. At the moment, England isn't and won't be my home. As much as I wanted to get away from Australia, I've realised that there's no place in the world that is better. Australia is and always will be my home! And I can't wait to get back! Bring on the 3rd October when I land into Sydney International Airport and land back on Aussie soil! 

29th August 2013. This was the day when I decided that I want to go to University. In 2014 I'm going to go to University and begin my 4 year course in becoming a Primary School teacher! It was the first thing I dreamed of being when I was a little kid but grew out of it, just never considering it as a real job. I also kept knocking it back because it's what people kept telling me I'd be good at, and I wanted to start a career because I wanted to and not because someone else thought I could do it. 

So yes, everyone (my Dad in particular) can now say, 'I told you so', because I want to be a teacher! 

                        

I've changed quite a lot since being here. I've turned another year older (knowing I'm 20 next year freaks the shit out of me), I've realised where I want to be in the world and I've realised what I want to do for the rest of my working life! 

Bring on finishing my great adventure overseas.
Bring on getting back to Australia. 
Bring on starting my University degree. 

Bring on the beginning of the rest of my life! 


Becky xx 




Sunday, 2 June 2013

Hola from Santiago de Compostela!

Hola mis amores, 

Mientras escribo esto a ustedes que estoy sentado en la hermosa Santiago de Compostela en le increíble país de España! 

For those of you who don't speak Spanish here's a quick translation: 

Hello my loves, 

As I type this to you I am sitting in beautiful Santiago de Compostela in the incredible country of Spain! 


I arrived here yesterday morning with my aunty after a shockingly early 3:45am start and a stressful time at the airport (almost not being let on the plane because the lady didn't Visa stamp my boarding pass) and won't be leaving until Monday mid day! Our reason behind the trip, besides a spontaneous weekend away to Spain, was to meet up with our friend who had just completed a 6 week Pilgrimage walk across Spain! With no one meeting her at the end we decided to be there for her and help her enjoy a few relaxing days in this beautiful small town! 

                        

Hundreds of thousands of people complete this walk each year and each do so for completely different reasons. Some for religious reasons, some for personal reasons, some for a challenge but what ever the reason it is a tremendous achievement for all who are involved and it's making me want to give it a try next year! The finish line is a beautiful small town called Santiago de Compostela in the North West of Spain! 

It has been such an uplifting experience seeing the complete look of achievement and accomplishment  and pure joy on all the people's faces who have completed the walk! It is such an inspiring thing to do, going 6 weeks with an incredible amount of blisters on your feet, wearing dirty clothes for days at a time, dealing with injury, illness and being away from all you love and know. It would be an extremely difficult thing to do but I'm sure once you've made it to the finish line you're glad you've done it. 

                        

Today I met several of the people my aunts and my friend travelled with and the sheer excitement on her face when seeing them tells me that they'll be friends for life. It's such an emotional journey for all involved and your perception on yourself and the world changes each day you walk! 

Moving on from a serious note, coming to Spain is the first time I've been in a non English speaking country and it's quite strange and bizarre! I've been so sheltered in my life and never exposed to life beyond the English language! Although it is quite nerve wracking at points not knowing what people are saying to me but it's an experience of a lifetime that some people may never have! I am so humbled to have been given this experience, of giving my self this experience! 

                      

If I never made the final decision to pack my bags and go to the UK I would not be sitting here in Spain right now, I would never have thought it possible! So for me, such a simple thing of hopping on a plane and visiting somewhere new and exciting is what is making my life so perfect right now! I am absolutely loving the time I am having and I can't wait to experience more of Europe! 

Oh and by the way, I'm seriously contemplating staying in the UK for longer than the "6 months"! Now I just have to tell my mum this which may not end so well! 

Here are some more photos of my last couple of days here in Santiago de Compostela in Spain! 


Have a lovely day! 

Becky xx 
                  
 
                     

                  

                  

                  
                   
                  

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Such a perfect day!

Hello my loves, 

The sun was out. The birds were singing. There was not a sad face in sight! What could be better? 

Monday's beautifully sunny 20'C day was just what I needed to get out of my "what do I do", "I'm so confused" and "I need to please everyone" funk. I travelled to the breathtakingly stunning Fountains Abbey in Ripon and I don't think anything could have made it a more perfect day! 

Besides the beauty of the Abbey ruins themselves, it was just so lovely to see so many couples, friends and families out in the sunshine enjoying the weather and their company! Seeing so many people happy really does lift ones own spirit and makes you want to enjoy yourself just as much as those around you! 

To top it off there was a small medieval festival in progress on the grounds. To be honest it did bring out my geeky side and I loved every minute of it. Sometimes the smallest things in life can make you the happiest. I watched some men cooking some strange concoction which was actually food, watched a lady use a spinning wheel to spin silk, watched a man use coins to add up sums using Roman numerals and watched several men fire long bows and cross bows onto a single target. All that with the backdrop of the ruins of Fountains Abbey, it could not have been better! 

After exploring the ruins, climbing up old stairs and jumping over giant stones, I just took a moment to take in where I was. Just imagining the Abbey in its prime with all the monks there living their lives was an incredible feeling. This is why I love history, today's generations still have small glimpses into the real lives of real humans who lived such a long time before us. It gives me goose bumps that the human race has been around for so long. It makes you feel so powerful and yet so insignificant at the same time. We are apart of a race that has survived and evolved over thousands of years and yet, all the mountains and rivers and trees and stones are going to out live us long after the human race has perished. 

All the simple things that made my day perfect really got me thinking about the way in which we live our lives. Life is such a perfect and sacred thing. Our generation today, I believe, take this for granted. We think we have forever to do what we want, go where we want, see what we want. But truth be told, we don't. I guess what I'm trying to say is that don't wait. Don't put things off thinking you'll get around to it. If you want to travel, travel. If you want to move out, move out. If you want a new job, get a new job. It is of course easier said than done, and diving into the unknown without a life jacket is shit scary but what have you truly got to lose? 

Everything you do in your life moulds you into the person you are and the person you will become. How you deal with certain things in your life and how you live after that changes you into the person you're meant to be. So take life by the hand and live to its capacity. Live your life the way you truly want. Live with no regrets. Live as happily as you can. Try and make the small things in life feel big. Try to be the best version of yourself that you can be and you will succeed in every aspect of life. 

Becky xx



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