50 Things to be Grateful for

Earlier this year when I was in a total slump I bit the bullet and made an appointment with a counsellor. While there I received a metaphorical slap in the face. My counsellor told me that I should try adopting “an attitude of gratitude” by listing five things I am grateful for each morning.

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An Attitude of Gratitude + 50 Things I am Grateful for

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

Earlier this year when I was in a total slump I bit the bullet and made an appointment with a counsellor. While there I received a metaphorical slap in the face. My counsellor told me that I should try adopting “an attitude of gratitude” by listing five things I am grateful for each morning.

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Round Up: August 2020

August is one of those months that has always been insanely busy for me. It’s the beginning of Semester 2, there’s usually a scramble to find my mother a birthday present, I have to actually start caring about getting my tax done, and it’s the second half of the year meaning it’s the time to re-evaluate my goals and how much (or how little) progress I’ve made on them. This year, August has been much for calm and settled than usual despite a big change that I recently made in my life.

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Bucket List: Wine Tasting at McLaren Vale

Wine Tasting in McLaren Vale Blog cover

Going on a wine tour has been an item on my bucket list for a very long time, so when I found myself heading to Adelaide during a time that corresponded with my birthday you can bet I jumped at the opportunity to celebrate with a big bucket list check.

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Bucket List: Play an Escape Room + Tips and Tricks for Your First Escape Room

The Escape Hunt image cover the The Deadly Discovery game

Escape rooms have in recent years become all the rage, and for obvious reasons. Not only is it a great social activity, it’s like playing a 3D board game. My friends and I recently decided to give it a go as part of my 2020 birthday celebrations and we had a ball.

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Trephina Gorge Ridge Top Walk and Chain of Ponds

Chasing Emma at the Trephina Gorge Ridgetop Walk Lookout

The wind had a bite to it.

It had kicked up the night before after we’d set up camp at the Trephina Gorge camp site and sent us in retreat to our tents for an abnormally early night, but I guess the copious amounts of wine and cheese also contributed to this. Nevertheless, we were committed to our mission. There are a number of short day hikes available at Trephina Gorge. Infact, we’d done the 2km Trephina Gorge Walk the evening before to admire the scenery. Today we were going to do the Ridgetop Walk and half of the Chain of Ponds Walk. A total of close to 19km. I wasn’t feeling fear exactly, but I was nervous.

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Bucket List: Experience the Magic of Rainbow Valley

Rainbow Valley as the sunsets

“How many people do you think will be camping there?” H asked as we turned off the highway and onto the red corregated road.

“I think there will be five” I said hoping Murphy’s law would be on our side and we would instead be blessed with an empty camp suite.

“I think there will be two others” T said.

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Hiking Bridle Path Lookout in New Boots

My heels were really starting to sting and I could feel the sweat trickling down my spine. Over the past half hour my strides had shortened to something akin to a shuffle and my rest stops became more frequent. I could see the end point and the 4km marker indicating I only had another 900 metres before I reached the goal of my hike. I gritted my teeth and pushed on.

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Should you go White Water Rafting in Bali?

Did I hear that right? I thought to myself when my friend first suggested it. White water rafting in Bali? I suppose it makes sense. They get a lot of rain every year and there are many rivers and waterfalls so why shouldn’t there be white water rafting.

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Dear Future Self

“How many crossroads are you allowed to have in life? I seem to have a lot of crossroads. I think maybe I crossed back across the same road too often.” – Queen Latifah

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