Bucket List: Star Gazing

A large domed tent lit up from the inside with circles cut into the panels enabling those inside to view the outside sky.

I was lucky enough to enjoy a the four day long weekend over Easter work free this year, and decided to try and make good use of the time off. I was supposed to go camping with friends, but our loose plans fell a part. What I had been looking forward to the most in camping over Easter was the chance to be outdoors, uninhibited by modern life. So when camping plans go out the window over a long weekend what do you do instead? You go star gazing.

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Bucket List: Explore Red Bank Gorge

The red rocks of the West MacDonnell Ranges during the hike to Red Bank Gorge

In Easter Friday, one of my girl friends asked if I felt like having a look at some of the Larapinta Trail heads to determine if we could access them without a 4WD. Naturally I said yes, and off we went.

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Starting a New Hobby: Water Colour Painting

The entrance to Simpson's Gap, Alice Springs from the car park.

I could feel the itch under my skin; the need to be colourful, peaceful but loud, and outdoors. This is not a new feeling, and is one I’ve felt often over the past four years. I’m a high school teacher so I am blessed with some opportunities to release this creativity through assessment and resource creation and lesson planning, but it doesn’t always feel like enough.

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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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