2019 Parrtjima: A Festival of Light

It’s that time of the year again where the heart of Australia comes to life with festivals and creativity. One of my all-time favourite festivals, Parrtjima: A Festival of Light, has once again lit up the Red Centre with spectacular lights and colours, and this year the theme was Language Expressions.

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Bucket List: Play 5 New Board Games

Stack of board games on Chasing Emma

When you think of board games, what comes to your mind? Twelve months ago I would have immediately thought of Monopoly, The Game of Life and Uno (not a traditional board game, but it comes to mind anyway). This list would have been followed by a groan of despair as I reminisced about growing bored three turns into a game of monopoly, or the fights that would erupt amongst my family whenever we tried to play Jenga.

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Bucket List Blogs You Should be Following

The Peak of Mt Gillen from the summit of the mountain.

The idea of a bucket list or a life list has been around for quite some time, so it’s no surprise that all it takes is a quick google search of ‘bucket list ideas’ before you’re inundated with pages of hits. For me, the whole idea of starting a bucket list began when I was in year 12 and I stumbled across a site that listed 101 things to do before you die. I was instantly hooked (though I confess I was at school when I did this and not remotely interested in doing my work, so no surprises there). It was a fun list which included things like go sky diving and blow a kiss at a biker.

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Explore Litchfield National Park, NT

Florence Falls from the pool at the base of the falls

In early 2018 I took a week trip to Darwin to catch up with some friends and do some site seeing. Normally when I go to Darwin I’m going for work so site seeing time is limited, but this time I got to explore the Litchfield National Park. Saying that this is the perfect place for waterfalls lovers is like saying sky diving is the perfect activity for adrenaline junkies. There are so many!

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Celebrating PRIDE at the FABalice Festival

A Drag Queen performing at the FABalice Festival

This weekend just past, the inaugural FABalice Festival was held in the Red Centre to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and provide a safe celebratory space in the Red Centre for individual expression.

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5 Travel Experiences to Include on Your Bucket List

Classic tourist photo in New Zealand

5Often when you see a travel bucket list, every single city in every single country is included on the list. This isn’t exactly a bad thing, there are after all 195 countries in the world and thousands and thousands of cities to explore. My only issue with this is a list of countries to visit sounds a little superficial, and I’m saying this knowing full well that my bucket list contains a number of countries I would like to visit.

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12 Bucket List Things to do Before 30

Chasing Emma looking over the desert of the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt.

Over the past few weeks I have made a decision that I didn’t realise I needed to make: I don’t want my career to be my life. You see, my job never seems to end, and while I hate working on it over the weekend I still regularly find myself spending hours on my laptop working; and before I can blink, the weekend is over! I honestly never thought that I would need to actively make this decision, but here I am.

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Why You Should Become an Organ Donor & How to Do It

Back background with a girl holding a neon red heart

A couple of weeks ago, I went to the funeral of a colleague’s daughter. She died at just 21 years of age. Just like that. At her funeral I discovered that her wish upon dying was to donate her organs.

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Red Centre Bucket List: Climb Mt Gillen

The view of the ranges as they continue west from the summit of Mt Gillen.

When it comes to Alice Springs, one of the most iconic geological features is Mt Gillen, the Western peak of the MacDonnell Ranges. This mountain range provides the backdrop for the town Alice Springs, and never ceases to amaze me by providing the most perfect silhouette for sunsets or storms that roll in from the North West.

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My Favourite Photos of the Red Centre

Views of Mt Sonder from Section 10 of the Larapinta Trail

The Red Centre is the heart of Australia. It is also my home. And while I sometimes feel confined by the small town I live in, I cannot deny the feeling that sweeps through my body whenever I fly back into the Alice and look at the ranges that streak across the desert. I love this place and feel a deep spiritual spiritual connection. Today, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite photos of this special place. You might be surprised by what photos I have and haven’t chosen to include, but just know each of these photos tells a story for me.

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