Round Up: October 2020

Mt conner and red sand dunes

As I welcome the start of a new month and begin the race towards the end of 2020 I’m enjoying the opportunity to reflect back on the month that was. In my goal to improve my mental health and better manage my stress, I took to writing these monthly round ups to help remind myself of all the wonderful things in life that I have to be grateful for.

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Outdoor Orchestras and Saying Yes

I’m gazing up at the striking blue sky of Central Australia. My vision is guided by the looming red walls of Simpsons Gap. White, fluffy clouds drift overhead. The breeze picks up and I huddle even more under my thin blanket. The sounds of the AS World Chamber Orchestra wash over me. The soothing, deep sounds of the cello. The dancing of the flutes. The sparkling sounds of violins resonate off the red cliffs. This is probably one of the best Saturday mornings I’ve had in a long time. It’s probably one of my more unique Saturday mornings too.

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Bucket List: Visit Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Red Uluru at sunrise

I put my belongings into the back seat of my friend’s ranger and hopped up into the passenger seat. I was terribly excited because in 4 short hours I was going to be in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and would be ticking one of my biggest bucket list items off.

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Round Up: September 2020

What I’ve Done

September was one busy month for me in regards to work. I started my new job in August as a part time relief teacher and was looking forward to a reduced work load and responsibilities.

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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

The d'Ardenberg Cube

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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