Moving and getting into a new routine!

Hi guys,

As discussed briefly in my previous post, I recently packed my car with a few big suitcases and relocated to Brisbane. I was lucky enough to get a great job pretty quickly and to find a place to live in with Austin very close to the city.

While I am super grateful for everything I have and the situation I am in, I always purposely seem to plan a lot into my day, and lately since moving out of home I have found it quite overwhelming. I very easily thought that I could get away with this same routine I have had before moving to Brisbane, but little differences such as, working full time instead of part time, cooking dinner, doing laundry and cleaning has really taken more time out of my week than originally anticipated. The first few weeks were admittedly hard. I still wanted to make it to the gym 6 times a week, study part time and prep and cook all of my meals. I was waking up at 5:30am and not getting to bed until 11:00pm. Whilst I knew how to cook and clean, I wasn’t very quick or efficient at managing time to do it. A month or so down the track I now feel that I have a good routine going that allows me to do everything and to still have free time in the day.

I know a lot of my friends moved out of home to study when they finished high school, so I am late to the party…but in general if you are like me and have quite a busy schedule, I hope these 4 tips are helpful.

When you are writing your shopping list for the week, write down all of your meals on the weekend and list the ingredients for each. I have been trying to do only one big shop on the weekend for all of our meals for the week. This way each day you don’t have to think about what you are going to cook or try to get to the grocery store after work. This saves a lot of time in the afternoon/evening. Sometimes we have to top up on a few things closer to the end of the week but it usually a quick shop.

Schedule time to clean thoroughly. While you don’t want to spend your whole weekend cleaning and shopping, jobs such as putting laundry on, cleaning the toilet and the kitchen can feel like they can take a lot of time but, if you set a timer for an hour and get into it with no distractions and your headphones on, it flies by. Usually I like to get it done first thing in the morning on Saturday, so I don’t have to think about it for the rest of the week. I have found cleaning is easier to maintain if you put the effort in to just get it done, rather than constantly doing it quickly or little bits each day, I have found this takes up a lot more time in my week.

Not everyone enjoys going to the gym, but I really enjoy it for the mental and physical benefits. While I never really have to force myself to go, I still have to fit it into the day. A good way to ensure I get there, the night before I plan or book in exactly what I am going to do in the gym the next day. If I book a class or write down my work out before I go to bed, I can go to gym and know exactly what I need to do, then I don’t find myself wandering around the gym trying to make something up on the spot. I love HIIT training, if I can push myself for 30 minutes and get a really good sweat on, I feel like I have accomplished something and get the most for my time (and the money I pay for a gym membership!) I feel like having a plan and a schedule makes me accountable to show up.

Go easy on yourself and take the easy option if you want. When I envisioned myself moving out of home, I saw myself in the kitchen making my own healthy muffins and prepping so much food and to only cook with organic ingredients, and man was I so wrong!! While I still do buy quality food and eat healthy 80% of the time, I really don’t want to spend all my free time on Sunday cooking all day, I would rather spend time with Austin or my friends. So, it’s really okay to buy that ravioli that you throw into water with the packet sauce mix every now and then, and I never thought I would buy a frozen pizza for dinner, but when you are at the end of your pay cycle and are feeling lazy, the $7 frozen pizza is really the highlight of that day. Whilst I say that, I do prep a little for my lunches, like to cook some chicken or pumpkin to throw into salads or wraps in the week ( I will probably write another blog on that another day!), but while I am working full time and studying, I don’t have the time to make my own hummus and milk my own almonds haha.

This is quite a long post so I am going to wrap it up there. Please leave a comment if you can relate to me or have found these helpful in anyway 🙂

Kate xx


Final Days in New Zealand – Days 5 & 6

Hello everyone,

I still had two more days from New Zealand left to post, I really like these photos so I couldn’t not!

So here it is, the final two days

Day 5

We visited the small Arrowtown. While it was very small, it was worth the visist. It was like going back in time briefly. We had lunch at a small pub and looked around the cute shops.

Day 6

We fit a lot into the last day. We changed hotels that morning, while the one we were in was beautiful, we wanted to stay one night in the centre of Queenstown. We spent our last morning exploring the town and the gardens one more time, and then that afternoon we booked a last-minute trip to Glenorchy. The trip drove us through the mountain range and also took us to a small place called ‘Paradise’, definitely a fitting name, it was a great end to our trip.

When we got back Austin was keen to try indoor sky diving. He did really well for his first try, better than a lot of other people I had watched who went before him. For dinner we decided to try Ferg Burger, everyone in New Zealand had told us to try before we left, they did live up to all the good reviews.

Finally, we had tickets to one of the Ice Bars in Queenstown, everything was literally made of ice, including the cups. I think it was about 12 degrees inside ,it made outside seem warm,

Austin and I had both agreed New Zealand was up near the top of places we have travelled. I can’t believe it took me so long to visit such an amazing place that was so close!

I hope you have enjoyed these travel posts 😊

I have a lot of new ideas for blog posts.Please leave me feedback if you have anything you would like me to share, I would love some suggestions. I am starting to get a bit more traffic on my posts now so that’s exciting. I think I am going to upgrade to a proper website domain soon, I can then get rid of those annoying ads that pop up on my posts.

Kate xx

New Zealand Adventure, Queenstown Days 3 & 4

Hello everyone!

While I am back in Brisbane now, I still wanted to finish my trip posts, this week has been so busy starting my new job and house hunting. But my new job is great, really enjoying it so far. We also have found a place to live that is in a great location in the city, so I am excited for that, I finally get to fill my room with the house plants my mum never wanted in her house!

Anyway, if you didn’t see my first post you can find that here but as continued from my last post, here are the next two days in Queenstown 🙂

Day 3 –

We went on a scenic flight and cruise of Milford Sound. We did spend a little extra flying rather than driving, it was definitely worth the money as the views were incredible. I can’t even describe how beautiful Milford sound was, we were super lucky to see dolphins, you can kind of see in the picture below but it was hard to get a clear photo of them. We really couldn’t of asked for better weather. 100% put Milford Sound on your New Zealand bucket list.

Day 4 –

Not going to lie on day 4 we really didn’t do much. I think we woke up at about 10:00am, which if you know me is super unusual, I think all the traveling we were doing caught up with us. That afternoon we did hire some bikes and went for a ride along a small track along the lake. I hadn’t ridden a bike in a few years, but although I looked like a wobbly small child to start with, I got the hang of it again!

I have one final New Zealand post to put up next week and then I have a lot of other new content ideas, so make sure you stay tuned 🙂

Kate x

Queenstown, New Zealand Adventure! Days 1 & 2

Hi everyone,

So I know I haven’t written about our stay in Melbourne as of yet, we had an awesome time visiting friends and my brother and his girlfriend. I will share those photos on here soon but considering we are currently in New Zealand, I wanted to share these pictures now. 🙂

Queenstown weather (while super cold) has been amazing since we landed. We have had nothing but clear skies and sunshine, which is unusual for Austin and I as we usually arrive somewhere with a storm, heatwave or torrential rain. The view from our hotel room is amazing, we are right on the lake with snowy mountains surrounding us.

We have been up to so much already that I’m going to section these blogs into days. The day we landed, once we had checked into our hotel we went straight into town to watch the sunset and walk around the streets to see what it had to offer. We got some great photo, as you can see below of the mountains at sunset! While Queenstown is beautiful it certainly isn’t a cheap place to holiday. We found somewhere to have dinner, which the food was amazing although little did I know the cheapest glass of wine on the menu was $18! We have been pretty careful choosing places to eat since haha.

The following day we woke up early and might I say, I commend anyone who lives in a place in winter where the sun doesn’t rise until after 8:00am, it makes it 10 times harder to wake up in the cold weather. Anyway, we had a trip booked on the Shot Over Jet. While going on a river jet in 2 degree winds usually isn’t my idea of fun, it was really awesome, the views were incredible and the jet boat drivers are insanely skilled! I have no idea how they swing that boat in and out of the canyons so quickly. It was safe to say my legs and face were numb after, but it was totally 100% worth it, definitely a must if you come to Queenstown.

By the time we finished the boat ride, it was still early, considering the weather was so nice, we went up the skyline gondola and had some lunch at the top. Once again, the views were incredible! I think we stood up there just staring out for at least an hour.

Annndd the rest of the evening was spent like this… self-explanatory really.

Stay tuned for the next few days 🙂

Adelaide and the Barossa Valley

Hello everyone 🙂

Austin and I recently left Airlie Beach to start a new adventure in Brisbane – but first we decided to make the most of having some time off work to travel. We are starting in Adelaide and making our way to Melbourne via part of the Great Ocean Road. We are also going to New Zealand for a week. Hopefully I can stay on top of my posts and keep you updated of our travels.

Last Thursday we flew to Adelaide from Brisbane, hired a car and drove to the Barossa for the night. Thanks to a great deal I had on a hotel app, we stayed at the Novotel Barossa Valley. We had a nice room with a view over the wineries and the mountain range. The next morning, we took our time checking out, we ordered room service and sat on our balcony to make the most of the location. The hotel was luckily only minutes’ drive from Tanunda. Tanunda was gorgeous, so many autumn trees and wineries around, including the well-known Jacob’s Creek. Austin was happy when we were sitting in a café and a Ferrari and Lamborghini drove past, obviously a lot of money in the wineries!

That afternoon we drove back into Adelaide. We stayed at Glenelg on the beach side. Although it was cold, the view of the sunset was great over the jetty. On Saturday we went into the city. We visited the central Adelaide markets, which is a must if you enjoy food (cheese and cake mainly), although we made the mistake of eating brunch prior, forcing us to get some take away food to eat later. In the afternoon we went to MOD an interesting – yet slightly confusing modern technology exhibition at the university of South Australia. The interactive-ness was cool, but possibly a bit out of Austin and I’s interests.

For our final night we played some mini golf by the beach in Glenelg and had dinner at a cosy pub by the beach.

Today we left for our drive to Melbourne – we have stopped in Robe tonight, a beach side town, the pictures looked amazing online but when we arrived unfortunately a large storm passed through with very strong winds. Hopefully it clears tomorrow so we can see the views! We are driving to Port Fairy tomorrow stopping in Mt Gambia. I will post again sometime soon with some more images 🙂

Three things I have realised over the past year…

Although it has been a few months now since turning 22, I had written this blog a couple of months ago and never shared, due to life getting pretty busy!

What I wanted to chat about are three things that have become evident to me over the past year. I think I had a pretty sheltered teenage life, when I was 18 I never really got into going out or drinking. I really had always been the ultimate nanna deep down (still am, but we’ll get to that!). Until last year, my best friend and I became single gals once again for the first time in a long time and I had found myself out almost every weekend. We had some really great times, I wouldn’t change any of it.

Although that only lasted so long, until I realised in the club and it was 2:00am, I would look around and think to myself ‘why am I here’. I first thought that it is not a normal thought for a 21-year-old to be having, I should be having the time of my life. What I realised that I didn’t like more than a sweaty, sticky club being crammed together in a room full of strangers at 2:00am, was the next day, I felt so rubbish the entire day and usually spent the majority of it in bed, for some reason hangovers affect me really bad, even if I have only had a few glasses of wine, my body just doesn’t like alcohol.

I realised, now while I enjoy the occasional wine with my best friend or cocktail on a special occasion, drinking/clubbing really isn’t my thing. I realised it doesn’t align with my current lifestyle and what I enjoy doing. I’m much more of a wake up early, hit the gym and head to the farmers market on a Sunday kind of gal! And that’s totally okay! It did take me a while for me to come to terms that this was okay because trust me, it’s hard to find any other 21 years old who relates to this, and the friends who I have who do relate to this are in their late twenties/early 30’s. Peer pressure is also something I had never encountered, I didn’t think it would affect me but it is actually hard when everyone around you is doing something that you don’t want to do, but feel the need to!

From all of this, I realised a few things:

1. You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing

This is pretty straight forward, but if you don’t wanna do something or go somewhere, just say no and don’t do it, super simple. Filing your time with what makes you happy is so important.

2. Surround yourself with people who support you

Lately the saying ‘you are who you surround yourself with’ has been popping up everywhere, it is very relevant in my life at the moment. If you have friends who support your decisions and you support theirs, that’s who you should be hanging out with. This doesn’t mean you need to cut out the friends you have now, for example, my best friend loves a good night out on the weekend but she knows I don’t want to do that all the time, so we find other things to do that we both like and we are honest with each other about that. It’s a different story though if your friend circle aren’t supportive of your choices or what makes you happy, perhaps then you should find some new people to hang out with, as they aren’t really your true friends,

3. Stand up for yourself

This is a short but effective, if you are out having a good time with your friends and someone does make a comment such as ‘why aren’t you drinking alcohol tonight’ and tries to tell you that you are being ‘lame’ or a ‘sook’ ( I have had them all) you don’t need an excuse! Just say you don’t want to and leave it at that. It’s really none of anyone’s business about your decisions. This doesn’t just go for drinking alcohol, you shouldn’t need to justify yourself for anything you choose to do.

Anyway here are a few pics from that weekend that I never got around to posting!. It was such a nice day spent with the people I love 🙂

Also, hopefully there is about to be a lot more content, Austin and I have quit our jobs and are about to start a new adventure. Make sure you stay posted for more 😉

Kate x

Our Little Road Trip

When I say it’s been a while, it’s been a long while! Talk about consistency? But I’m not going to dwell on that fact and rather get straight into what I had intended to chat about.

I feel like a little explanation of what’s been happening in my life is due for this post to make some sense. Last year I travelled to America and met this amazing guy, Austin. To save the mushy details, we fell in love and had such a great time we decided to stay together and have a long distance relationship. Although this was a challenge, especially as our time zones weren’t in our favour (he was often waking up as I went to bed), Austin obtained a year work/holiday Visa and finally landed in Australia just before New Year’s. We spent New Years in Sydney, which was amazing, something we had never experienced before.

Once we had arrived back home, considering I had a bit of time off work at the start of January, I thought a road trip would be a good way for Austin to see the coast. We travelled over 10 days down the coast stopping in the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Byron Bay. Although I have seen these parts of Australia before, it was an even better experience doing it with someone who has never visited the country. It felt like I was seeing and doing everything for the first time again. We spent every morning swimming in the surf and ending each day hiking to watch the sunset.

Anyway, I have been reminiscing on these photos over the past few weeks and thought I would post them on here to share!

Austin trying his first Australian Meat Pie!