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February 27, 2017

Summer Australia Victoria Melbourne Country Regional Hanging Rock Adventuring Bush 2017

Summer Australia Victoria Melbourne Country Regional Hanging Rock Adventuring Bush 2017

Summer Australia Victoria Melbourne Country Regional Hanging Rock Adventuring Bush 2017

Summer Australia Victoria Melbourne Country Regional Hanging Rock Adventuring Bush 2017

With summer on it’s last legs, I feel bittersweet about it. To be blunt, Victoria’s weather did not come through with the goods. That being said, after reflecting over the last few months, I am pleased to see how much time I’ve spent outdoors. When I lived in Melbourne, I can’t say I did that all that much…

Jordan and I have been exploring our still fairly new surroundings (also known as the bush) most weekends, so we’ve doing a lot of adventuring. It’s exciting not knowing our area very well, I feel like there is so much more unchartered territory to uncover and I can’t wait to discover more places for us to walk all over!

So while I’m a little sad to see summer go, I must admit, I’m excited for the cold weather. Autumn is my all-time favourite season, and no matter how hard I try to tell myself I was jipped from summer this year, as soon as I feel that first crisp breeze on one Saturday morning, I know I’m going to forget all about those warm days…

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De-Clutter

January 29, 2017

For the last few months I have been pondering over the concept of de-cluttering. Allow me to elaborate; when I say de-cluttering, I don’t just mean in a throw-out-a-bunch-of-old-clothes way. I am also not referring to minimalism – getting rid of everything.

What I have been contemplating is a habit I have of holding onto everything. Not literally everything, but things I have associated as having sentimental value in my life at one point or another. When I moved house, this was something I noticed in particular. Old birthday cards and photos, knick-knacks I picked up on my travels through Europe – train tickets, key chains – just to name a few.

The other things I found were old DVD’s of shows I used to watch, over 100 magazines I haven’t read, a bag of recycled craft pieces I might one day use in a creative project… I could go on, but I think you get the point.

I suppose my point in all of this is, I have been challenged to ask myself why I kept some of these things for so long. In a lot of ways, I suppose, I tie things like this to who I am. These possessions have somehow shaped who I am. I realise now, that this isn’t true. I also realise that I don’t need so many reminders of things from my past. What is poignant to me, is that those things are in the past for a reason. I am living in the now, I don’t need to look back anymore. And I don’t need a train ticket or old polaroid to remind me that I’m not that person anymore.

I’m proud to say that I threw a lot of those aforementioned things out. A lot. Most. Not my Lizzie McGuire DVD’s or my 100+ unread magazines but perhaps one day I will get there. And while I view those boxes and boxes of things I donated to charity or filled my neighbours bins up with as an achievement, I realise now that that was only the start of a much bigger de-clutter.

Ironically, the bigger de-clutter isn’t getting rid of the physical things, it’s getting rid of the more permanent kind. Like the photos I have on my computer of people no longer in my life, the music and television that I no longer find entertaining and the words and photos I put on this blog that I no longer wish to endorse.

Am I trying to find who I am? No, I know who I am. And I know what I believe. I guess what I’m trying to do is get rid of all the distractions that I have allowed for so long to deter me from that.

It has been equally liberating and confronting, but I cannot recommend it enough.

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January 11, 2017

summer-beach

Hello 2017! January is here but to be honest, it’s taken me awhile to shake off December. I reluctantly took down the Christmas tree and I stocked up on mince pies and Christmas pudding as soon as Boxing Day hit. Because you know, I really like those things but also because who am I to resist the specials!?

I’m trying to find some routine to my life again, I’ve joined a gym which is literally just down the road from my house and I’ve been starting to run again which has been really good. I used to run a lot and I didn’t realise how much I missed it! The weather has finally picked up too, as in, it actually feels like summer now.

I went to the beach on the weekend, which I don’t do too often and it was…perfect. Growing up, I never really went to the beach. I realise now how much I like it. I hope I get to go there a few more times this summer. That and drink as much iced coffee that I can get my hands on!

I hope the start of your 2017 has been a good one so far!

marnie

Go On Then

December 30, 2016

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2016. Well. I don’t quite know where to start. I suppose a good place to start would be at the end of 2015, a year I so desperately wanted to see end. I remember waking up on January 1, 2016, relatively fresh faced – all things considering – and ready to seize the day. New Years Day makes my expectations higher than usual for some reason, which is stupid, I know. Nevertheless, by the end of that day, I had resigned myself to the fact that it was going to be another disappointing year.

While I can’t exactly put my finger on it – oh wait, no I can – there were certain aspects of my life that just weren’t right. An unhealthy relationship, a warped sense of self worth, having a poor set of priorities. I was conflicted about different choices to make, I didn’t quite know what I was doing or even where to start really. Of course, I didn’t realise this at the time, but I guess that is the beauty of perspective.

Approximately 30 days into 2016, is when everything changed. It was completely unexpected, yet felt like the most natural thing in the world. I think that’s what it’s supposed to feel like. I think you know what I’m talking about.

Those choices I had to make were no longer difficult to figure out. Those priorities I had; became non-existent. It’s like the world slowed down and sped up at the same time, everything changed and yet nothing changed. If that doesn’t make sense to you, then you’re not alone.  And that is one thing I’m not; I am not alone.

There is no way I could have possibly predicted where this year would go; where I would be sitting as I write this post and who I would be sharing the home I now live in with. What is so poignant about this very moment I’m in, is that I cannot predict where I will be sitting a year from now, or how my life will change over the next 12 months.

I do know who I’ll be sitting with though. And to me that’s all that matters.

 

 

Wishing you all a safe and Happy New Year.

marnie

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