Hello hello sweet pumpkins.
Can you believe we’re settling into another decade already? It honestly feels very much like a privilege this time around with everything that’s been going on (Australia’s record-breaking bushfires, ongoing conflicts on the other side of the world, and I could easily go on but let’s not turn this into a depressing post).
I know I hadn’t gone back here for the latter half of the year as I’ve had some personal crap that I needed to deal with, and at the same time blessed with work that kept me occupied with travels and exciting new projects. 2019 was a lot, and I wanted to take a moment to thank myself for staying reasoned and grateful despite the roller coaster of emotions I had to go through. Relieved to say I’ve made peace with all that’s happened and I’m starting the new year on a very hopeful note – you too you too.
While it’s going to be impossible for me to sum up a decade, here in no particular order, are some of my favorite moments from 2019: an impromptu day trip to see the sunflowers in January, spending Mom’s birthday in WA, trying out new recipes, late night conversations in the balcony, countless picnics by the beach, swimming in Lake McKenzie, spending Christmas with my family in Europe, and simply finding comfort in familiar faces. The year was far from perfect, but you always find magic in the mundane, and life is always worth celebrating again.
Have an amazing 2020, X.
Allora, Darling DownsMy birthday barbeque in March with a viewA birthday cake that I baked with a friend without a recipe but turned out amazing
(I wish I’d jotted down what I did)
Summer dipping in waterfalls (Mount Tamborine National Park)
A sweet long weekend in Bali
Winter hikes in June (pretty sure this was Mount Coolum)
One of the best books I read last year: Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
Attending my first press conference in Melbourne
Plenty sunshine on the first day of spring and making the most of this one before she went back for good Another Melbourne trip: speaking as a guest panelist in Monash UniversityRoad tripping Fraser Island and swimming in Lake McKenzieAnother wonderful week back home
Guest speaking in one of Brisbane Student Hub’s workshopsWeekend in Sydney and rediscovering my love for headbands
Christmas Eve in Copenhagen