Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas...

I hope that you all have had a great christmas,
That you have eaten way too much food,
Enjoyed naps to recover,
Spent time with loved ones,

But more importantly I hope that you have remembered the true meaning of Christmas,
I am grateful for the Saviours life and the sacrifice that he made for us!
There are so many things that we can learn from His life and example.
One of those is service, and keeping the spirit of Christmas with them all year long.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Mistletoe Kissing...

I think this video is hilarious!
I love the fact that it is at BYU 
And the fact that he got slapped!
But he is cute...
I would let him kiss me...
All in the spirit of Christmas of course... hehe

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Thoughts and Prayer for Newtown...

Twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
When 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.
Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
They were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say.
They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
"Where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
"This is heaven." declared a small boy. "we're spending Christmas at God's house."

When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
But Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.Then He opened His arms and He called them by name.And in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bringThose children all flew into the arms of their King

And as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
One small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face.

And as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."

Then He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woeThen He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,"Let My power and presence re-enter this land!""May this country be delivered from the hands of fools""I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!"

Then He and the children stood up without a sound.
"Come now my children, let me show you around."Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.All displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.And i heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,"In the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT."

What happen last week breaks my heart, 
But when I read that poem,
My heart was filled with peace,
Because I know, 
That right now they are in the presence of the Lord, Jesus Christ, their older brother.
He is caring for them,
While they wait for their family to one day join them.
And I know that the Lord is looking over the families effected by these horrible events,
Blessing their lives and giving them comfort.

A story about Victoria Soto amazed me. 
I don't know how to explain in words how this effected me,
All I can say is that there are hundred of people right know that are so grateful for the sacrifice that she made,
Because of that sacrifice there is a group of little kids with their whole lives to look forward to.

Today I read a article about the Stake president of the Parker family who lost their little girl Emily.
This made me cry but also made me proud to be a member of this gospel.
I was touched by how quick, within a heart beat willing he was to serve,
By the fact that nothing could be more important than to be there for that family,
And the other reason why it touched me so much, 
Is that because even though I am in a new city,
I know that if somethings bad was to happen to my family, 
I would have people from my local ward and stake,  that don't really know me,
Ready to serve me and my family any way they could.
I love the gospel! It is certainly true! I am so grateful to have it in my life.

I hope that this bring peace to anyone that is hurting.
Turn to the Lord, Jesus Christ... He can bring you peace, comfort and allow you to forgive.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Song Of The Moment...

There is a particular song at the moment that I am kinda addicted to...
And it's a Taylor Swift song.
Seriously wish that she was around over the past ten years!
The song that I am loving at the moment is...
"I Knew You Were Trouble"
Taylor you are awesome, and gorgeous!
Thank you for a song that I am happy to sing at the top of my lungs with passion!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas...

This is my favourite time of the year!
And I already have so many things planned,
But so now let me share with you a few things that I wish that I could do,
But unfortunately can't do to factors such as...
Living in a rental property,
Not having planned enough,
and so many other factors.

But let me share with you some of my favourites from Pinterest.
I would love to do this!
In my dream house I would love to have a blackboard wall,
And this would be my Christmas themed wall!
May need someone else to draw it for me though.
This used to be me when I was a little kid, along with my brothers and sisters.
I look forward to the day that I can watch my children snuggle up in front of the Christmas tree.
 Santa's real,
He eats cookies, drinks mike and takes the carrots to he's reindeers.
And leaves sparkly white foot prints!
 Bright, warm, christmas,
Filled with family, laughter, and Christ.
 My house will have the Tradition of Mistletoe.
I am yet to be kissed under mistletoe...
I wonder who will be the first?
My sister is doing this displace and I also plan to do this too.

Other than these few ideas, there are many more which I would love to implement in the future.
Christmas is a wonderful time of year.
But most of all it is the time of year we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
I am truly grateful for the saviours life, and the love he has for each and everyone of us.
Christmas is a time for family and friends,
A time for forgiveness, and love,
A time for sharing and service, caring for each other.

I hope you all are looking forward to Christmas as much as I am.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Million miles away...

At the moment my thoughts feel like they are a million mile away, leaving my head all fuzzy.
I really don't like that feeling, so at the moment I am working at clearing my head, and getting my thinking straight.

I know that I haven't been blogging lately, so to make up for it... here are 10 random, random thoughts, and things that I have come across lately that have interested me...

1# For those that love Big Bang Theory... Thanks to one of my friends for sharing on facebook!
BTW... I love the fact that Sheldon stays in character in the background and doesn't dance, but ends it all with BAZINGA!

2# I hate the fact that I am a shy person! Seriously annoys the heck out of me. That mix with confidence problems oh what a great mixture! Seriously need to get my head sorted in that area!

3# Love this quote... need to remember it though! And stop being so judgemental of myself.
4# Music: oh there are so many songs that I am loving at the moment, but that is another blog post.
The reason why I love it so much at the moment is because it's great to be able to drown out the thoughts in my head.

5# I hate hayfever! That is one thing that I don't like about Brisbane. I have never in my life had hayfever, but since move to Brisbane I have now developed it. I'm over it! The itchy eyes bug me but the thing that I hate the most is the sneezing. Some day will be good and my medication will keep it at bay, but other days I sneeze all day long.

6# Security camera catch so many interesting things...

7# Currently I am working on a list of 100 things about me... it's actually harder than I thought I would be! But only have 10 more to go, then I will share the list with you!

8# My bike hasn't been ridden for a couple of weeks, I have a feeling it needs some attention this weekend! Time for a bike ride!
9# I am so grateful for new friends, both far away and near. Thank you for your amazing friendships! I have learnt so much off you all, and you are all such big examples to me!

10# Christmas is right around the corner!! My favourite time of the year! Oh I can't wait for the festive celebrations to begin!!!

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your week!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I Commit...

I commit to...
-Enjoy the small moments of life.
-Making the most of each opportunity.
-Capture the moments of life more.
-Smile & laugh more
-Make sure my family and friends know how much I love them.
-Ride my bicycle often.
-Drink more water each day.
-Find the joy in cooking
-Try something new every week
-Discover the state I live in
-Make new friends
-Step out of my comfort zone
-Be creative
-Read the classics
-Study the gospel
-Random acts of kindness
-Love myself
-Forgive myself
-Sned more snail mail
-Learn to get to bed early!
-Learn to trust
-Be more organised
-Plus all the commitments on the photos.

Plus so many other things,
But for now I think that this list is long enough.
I aim to improve one thing at a time,
Steadily improving myself,
Become a better person,
A happier and healthier me!

Thank you to my awesome work for creating these photos for the newest ad campaign.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Clean Up Time...

Over the last few months I have lost my blogging spark.
I lost the desire to write blogs and read other blogs.
And I have not liked that fact, not one bit.
But I knew that there was a reason to why I had lost my joy of blogging.

So I have decided to change up a few things.
I am taking the stress out of blogging,
And just blogging for me, and not for any one else.

Some of the changes that I am making are...
Deleting my blog facebook page,
No longer advertising my blog on other blogs.
No longer hosting giveaways.
And blogging when I feel that I have something that I want to say.

I want blogger to follow me because they like my blog
I want to get to know people better, to make friends of the blogger that I admire.
I want to create a blog full of memories, because I don't want to forget them in the future.
I want to document the highs and lows.
I want to be a 'real' blogger.

I hope each of you that read my blog wish to continue to read my blog,
I hope that you will start to find it a bit more interesting
And I truly want to get to know you!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

We All Have At Least One Things In Common...

Thank you Kenna for creating this uplifting video.
When I first watched the video it made me cry.
Kenna, even though you are going through a hard time, 
You are bringing light to so many people's lives.
Thank you.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

While We Sleep...

The next 24 hours the world is on the edge of our seats waiting to see what the future brings who the president of the United States of American is going to be.

Good luck American, use your right to vote rather than being silent.
If you don't vote, then you have no right to complain about the outcome.

Good luck Mitt Romney
My prayers are with you.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Keep Calm & Baking On...

Lately I have had the urge to bake...
So I made these...
Chocolate cupcakes with peppermint icing and sprinkled with candy cane. 
Now I want to make these...

**Please note the hint of Christmas... Oh I can't wait for Christmas and all the baking that I have planned!!**
Btw you can find all these lovely treats on my Pinterest page!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sunshine & lollipops...

Somedays you have good days,
Other days you have just wish the day would start over.
When friends go though a hard time, 
All you want to do is try and cheer them up or just give them a hug.
But when they are far away it makes it a bit harder.

So thanks to an awesome idea off Pinterest,
I was able to sending a bright birthday present to my awesome cousin and friend.

Now that she has received the package I can share it.
I hope it brought a smile to her face.

I had fun making this package!
Can't to make another care package.

Monday, October 15, 2012

General Conference Quotes...

Oh how I LOVE General Conference!
The talks are always so powerful and inspirational.
Here are some of my favourite quotes from October 2012 General Conference:

Friday, October 12, 2012

Life Is Like A Bicycle

Last Saturday I became the proud owner of this beautiful vintage style beach cruiser.
I have fallen in love with this bike from the moment that I first rode it.
I love the basket on the front, it is extremely handy.
I look forward to going for more rides in the future.
Perfect way to discover Brisbane!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Things That Make Me Smile...

Pinterest has been a great means of entertain myself over the last few days at work in quiet moments.
Hope you enjoy these random but fun things

 This would be so much fun to do!!
 I really want the library!
 I wish I could do this at my work!!
So true!

Monday, October 8, 2012


Tonight I randomly found some voice memos in my itunes library.
These memos were created in June 2011 by a dear friend.
I was such a joy to discover these tonight,
They made me laugh so much remember the good times that we have had.
I am so grateful for her friendship,
Even though we are miles away form each other,
I know that we are still as close as ever and that we are there for each other.
I can't wait for November to come so that we can hang out in person!
Oh the fun that we will have, and all the laughter!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sweet & Simple...

And straight to the point...
I am not perfect,
I am just a girl trying to improve her life and be a better person.
I love my faith and I am proud to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

The weekend was General conference in Salt Lake.
Over the next week and mainly next weekend I get to listen to the words of the Prophet and the apostles.
General conference is my favourite two times of the year. (One is in April and one in October.) 
I love listening to the words of guidance, I always find that I am uplifted and look forward to what the future has to bring.

I hope you all have a great weekend.
And if you have a spare moment this week, then I invite each of you to take a moment to listen to General Conference, trust me you will find it inspiring.
You can find all the talks and highlights on the Church's YouTube channel.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

What Been Happening...

I have officially been in Brisbane for a month now. I am still loving Brisbane.
It was great this month to have a quick fly in visit from Kat! And the presents she brought with her were amazing!
I am glad to be getting settled into my new flat, I am so glad to have a space to call my own. The first thing that I did to make the space my own was to create a Polaroid heart with photos taken of some of my awesome friends.
There are some many other things that I want to do to my little space, Pinterest is great for so many ideas!
My aim this month is to discover and to step out of my comfort zone.

Do you have instagram?? 
If so leave me a comment with your username so that I can follow you :)
Mine is jess_barnes22

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Guest Blogger: Jessica

Next blogger up is Jessica from Faith Permeating Life.

My husband and I had been talking for over a year about moving to the West Coast from Chicago when an opportunity presented itself at the right time. My husband was tired of his job as a restaurant manager and had always wanted to become a residence hall director on a college campus, and as soon as he started looking at jobs out west, he found and landed a hall director job perfectly suited for him. 
So I quit my job, we packed up a moving truck, and we spent five days driving across the country. You can find my tips for moving across the country on my blog.

We've now been here almost three months, and Jess asked me to talk about getting out of my comfort zone, meeting new people, and discovering new places in our new city, which for the purposes of my semi-anonymous blog I call Whoville.

I'll be honest that some things are working in my favor here, more so than when we were starting out our married life in Chicago. Being on a college campus again means a built-in community, both with people somewhat younger than us (our residents) and with those around our age and older (the other hall directors). Also, I've been able to take my time in finding a new job out here, so I've actually had time to get out and explore Whoville.

But even before we left Chicago, I had started to make more of an effort to get out and meet new people, something that's tough for a natural introvert and homebody like myself. I was able to bring those same skills to Whoville, where I've surprised even myself at how much I've been out and about these past few months. I'll share with you a few of the approaches I've taken to better connect with the Whoville community, so that whether you're new to an area or just want to break out of your shell a bit more, you can have some concrete steps for making it happen.

Learn the public transportation system I refuse to drive in any city, both because of the stress of being surrounded by other cars and pedestrians and because of the cost (and difficulty) of parking. But I'll admit that public transportation makes me nervous -- I hate not knowing where to pay, where to stick my card, where to stand, etc. What I've come to accept, though, is that the first time I use any kind of public transportation, I'm going to look like a clueless idiot and probably irritate some people with my ignorance. After that, I'll have a better idea what to do, and before long, I'll be a pro who sighs and rolls my eyes at those clueless idiots using the train or bus for the first time. My advice if you live somewhere with public transit: Accept that ignorance and embarrassment the very first time is a small price to pay for getting access to a system that can take you wherever you want to go. and
I never really got into Meetup when we were in Chicago because we lived out in the suburbs where there were rarely any events going on, and I hated staying late in the city after work and having to take a super-late train home. However, it's been a fantastic resource for me here in Whoville. You join groups that match your interests or demographics (e.g., I'm in one for women in their 20s and 30s), and then you can opt to receive an e-mail whenever one of your groups schedules a new event. Not only do you have the chance to meet new people who have something in common with you, but it gives you a reason to check out new places in the city, whether it's a museum, a park, or a restaurant.

Speaking of restaurants, Grubwithus is one way I started meeting new people in Chicago. (It's not in every city yet, but they're constantly expanding.) Someone organizes a meal, you pay a set price ahead of time (including tax and tip), and then you simply show up, present your ticket, and enjoy a meal with people you've never met before. I love it because it provides an organized environment in which to meet and talk with people with a set endpoint (the end of the meal), as well as a chance to possibly try out a new restaurant. Meals are family style or provide a choice from among a few entrees, and if you order drinks you'll get an individual bill at the end of the meal.

I found out about Grubwithus from Rachel at MWF Seeking BFF on her post about friendmaking services, which has several more options (some are Chicago only), and I'm sure there are even more of these types of sites out there, possibly some specific to your city!

One great and easy way I've met new people here is through volunteering. Most of the volunteer opportunities I've done have actually been events, though there are many different ways to get involved in volunteering. One that I attend regularly is volunteering at the local food bank, where you sit around these giant tubs of donated food with a few other people and bag or box up the food while chatting with the other people at your tub. It doesn't have to be an ongoing commitment, though -- even volunteering to work at a one-day local event can be an opportunity to meet new people. A great site for finding volunteer opportunities in your local area is

Find professional contacts using LinkedIn
This is a tip I got from Ramit Sethi at Since I've been job-seeking, this has been especially important for me, but it's also a way to make new professional contacts even if you're currently working full time. Ramit suggests being introduced by a mutual contact where possible, but the vast majority of contacts I've made have been completely cold, and it hasn't been a problem. Here's what I do: Go on LinkedIn and search for job titles similar to what I'm looking for or for organizations I'm interested in. Find someone I want to talk to who works near where I live. Go on the organization's website and find the person's e-mail address. Send them a short e-mail saying that I'm new in town, I worked in such-and-such field in Chicago, and I'm interested in the work they're doing. Would they be willing to meet with me over coffee to have a short chat about their work?

So far I've only had one person not respond -- everyone else has responded enthusiastically, made time for me, and given me incredibly valuable information about getting plugged into the right networks, professional organizations, etc. in the area, as well as suggesting other people to talk to. People to whom I was a complete stranger the day before are offering to look out for job openings for me and recommend me to their colleagues. It might feel awkward to send an e-mail to some random person you've never met, but believe me, it works amazingly well.

Those are my tips for meeting new people and checking out new places in your city. What tips do you have?

 --- Jessica blogs at Faith Permeating Life, where you're invited to join discussions about big issues like on marriage, faith, sex, and happiness. You can also find her as keepbabbling on Twitter.

Thank you Jessica for sharing you awesome advice!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Guest Blogger: Brittany

Today's blogger is the gorgeous Brittany!

Hi GWC readers!  My name is Brittany, and I'm so happy to be guest posting for Jess today.  As the wife of an Army Veteran, I've done plenty of moving (I've actually lived in 3 separate states within a 6 month period- crazy!), the details of which you could read about on my blog Delightfully Awkward.   

One of the most important things you can do to adjust to a big move actually needs to happen BEFORE you ever hit the road- RESEARCH!  Find out absolutely everything you can about the area that you are moving to.  My husband and I knew for quite a while that we were headed to Colorado Springs, Colorado and spent months getting our hands on as much information as possible about that part of the country.  There are several different ways to do this- one obvious one is the internet.   

There are websites dedicated specifically to military moves which I utilized, but I have found several civilian equivalents since separating from the military.  Utilize Google to the best of your ability and find message boards, Facebook pages, etc surrounding the new city or region for candid personal recommendations.  I'm not suggesting to ignore state/city tourism pages- those are GREAT resources for major events and places to visit.  But you need to pad out those special and unique events with day to day information such as school systems, common traffic patterns, the best local restaurants, tattoo parlors- whatever it is that is that you consider a necessity.  Also, be sure to take in to consideration the more mundane, but incredibly important, factors like...climate!  Moving from North Carolina to Texas wasn't much of a shock- maybe slightly dryer but not noticeably so.  Colorado, however, was a complete culture shock.  North Carolina is very hot and humid, with a low elevation (my hometown was around 500 feet above sea level).  While Colorado does get quite hot in the summer, it's much drier and it's elevation tops 5,000 feet.  Not to mention the winters can be brutally cold (-16 not counting wind chill) and include several feet of snow.  These differences have a huge impact on your life- it should affect your choice in vehicles, clothes, etc.  Prepare yourself in ALL ways possible.

Next, spread the word about your move!  Make sure that EVERYONE you know is aware of where you're headed- you'd be surprised who might be able to give you tips about your new location.  Two unexpected sources of information for the move to Colorado- a former pastor and former high school teacher, who had both visited the region!  Along with warnings about how the elevation (which basically translates to lower oxygen levels in the air) can have such drastic effects, we were pointed in the direction of Garden of the Gods- a great park that is one of my favorite places to spend time to this day. 

Once you're settled in the new place, it's time for step two- getting out of your comfort zone to experience new things and meet new people!  I am the textbook example of an introvert, so this is the difficult part for me.  I mean, my blog title is Delightfully Awkward so clearly I realize how odd I can come off...and I worry that not everyone will find it delightful!  However, sometimes you just have to push yourself out of that comfortable little box we can sometimes put ourselves in.  Don't just rush into a situation that won't make you happy, though.  Sit down and think about what your interests are, and then find out what your new town has to offer within that genre.  Do you have/like pets?  Check out the local dog park or volunteer at the local shelter.  Are you into crafts/DIY?  Take a class offered at a store like Michael's or Jo-Ann's.  Huge sports fan?  Head to a local Buffalo Wild Wings or sports bar and strike up a conversation with whoever is cheering for the same team!  This way, you are still getting an enjoyable experience while maximizing the opportunity to meet people who share a common interest.  The most important part of this step, though, is the FOLLOW-THROUGH.  If you meet someone at that class, exchange numbers or twitter handles.  While it's a weird way to put it, I think sometimes people (and by people I really mean myself) expect friendship to just happen and sometimes we need to put effort into it the same way we would put effort into dating.  Make people aware that you're interested in getting to know them and being their friend- do some platonic flirting!  Be your most appealing and friendly self- the adjustment to your new location will be so much easier if you have a support system in place.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Guest Blogger: Kristine

Today I am celebrating 1 month since I have moved to Brisbane.
And to celebrate I have a couple great guest bloggers.
They are going to share with you tips on moving city
How to set up a new life, meet new people and discover the city.

First I would like to introduce you to Kristine.
She is the blogger behind Just The Way I Am

Here is Kristine to tell her a bit about her....

I am originally from New York and moved to Arizona right after I graduated college.  Well, technically I moved to Arizona twice.  The first time was during my sophomore year in college.  My parents moved here and my dad convinced me to go with them instead of finishing school in New York.  I was very closed minded to this change and I had a miserable time so I went back to New York a year later.  After I graduated school, I was ready to move on with my life and decided to come back.  This time I was more open minded for the change but it was still not easy.  I started blogging during that time and 3 years later here I am!  I went from college graduate, ballroom dance instructor, my first long term relationship (two years long!) to a single 26 year old still trying to find her path.  This has actually been the hardest, biggest self-discovery year of my life but I can get through anything as long as I’ve got my blog!

Here are Kristine's tips...

1.      Be open to new things.  This biggest thing you need to know is nothing will ever compare to home and that could be good or bad.  Stop saying, “In ­­­­_______, this was so much better.”  The harsh reality is you are not there anymore so get over it.   Hold onto your home town memories and be open to what your city has to offer.  If people are really into bike riding, going to dog parks, or town fairs…go to them!  If people invite you to something you have never done before, try it and be opening minded.  The worst that can happen is that you realize it isn’t for you and that is ok.  Best case scenario, you win big and have fun.

2.     See what the city has to offer.  We have a site here called “AZ Central”.  It informs you on all the cool events taking place in Arizona.  From plays, art shows, concerts, grand openings of restaurants and clubs, top 10 summer/fall places to go…it has everything! See if your new home has a resource where you can find out what are the happenings of your town or city.  You would be surprised on what type of fun a small town offers, so don’t get into this rut of “there is nothing to do here”.  Go out and do some research.  When you find that resource, pick one that sounds interesting and make it a point to go.  Go as far as to make a pact with yourself to do something new once a month or more if you like.  It gives you the chance to have some fun, get out of the house and take advantage of what your new city has to offer.  Go with a co-worker, a neighbor or even by yourself!  You would be surprised what things you can enjoy even though you are alone. 

3.     Be the first to make a move.  As I get older I realized how much harder it is to make friends and moving to a new city makes it even tougher.  If you aren’t going to school, don’t have kids in school or don’t even have a job it seems nearly impossible to make friends.   God forbid you are shy, it feels like absolutely torture.  However, when you meet someone that you feel you could get along with, ask them out!  If you are going to wait to be invited to something, you are going to be waiting a while.  The reality of the situation is, this person probably already has friends and they are comfortable with their surroundings.  Not everyone you meet is going to think, “Hey, she is new.  Let me see if she wants to join me and the girls for brunch.”  And I wouldn’t take it personal if they don’t automatically start including you in their fun, they probably don’t realize how tough it is to be the new person in town.  So start asking them out to things.  Once you start making an effort to form a friendship, it will be reciprocated in no time.

4.      Trust your instincts. This is major!  You will start to eventually meet a lot of new people but don’t be desperate for dates and friends.  I once went out with this guy even though I really didn’t want to.  My thought process was “I don’t know anyone; I never have dates, why not?”  Sometimes you don’t need to have a solid answer to not do something.  If your instincts are telling you no, then listen.  It was probably the worst date I had ever been on because of my paranoid nature.  There were so many red flags throughout that date and I am still to this day convinced that this guy was high on coke.  Not kidding.  When meeting new people, if you have a bad feeling about something then go with it.  Remember, things will slowly fall into place but you have to be patient and you can afford to pass on an invite if it means not putting yourself in a bad situation.

5.     Blog about it! The whole reason I started my blog was because I moved.  I graduated school, didn’t have a job, lived with my parents and felt so alone.  Adjusting to a new home, in a new city, far away from comfort is very hard; at least it was for me.  Blogging helped me connect with people when it was so hard to do it in my real world.  I never knew the type of friends I could meet through blogging and it is so fun to look back in my blog and to see how far I have come in life.  My blog is like my own reality show and I’m the star!

Thanks for stopping by Kristine!
And for the awesome tips!
Be sure to check out Kristine's awesome blog!

Friday, September 28, 2012


Tonight I had a been of a look at the up coming movies over the next 6 months.
I have developed quiet a list of movies that I am looking forward to watching when they are released.
The movie called 'The Impossible' is at the top of that list.
This movie is based on a true story.
I have a feeling that it may tug on the heart strings a bit at points.

BTW... I really want to make a floating lantern!

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Dear Chocolate,
I'm sorry,
It's not you...
It's me.
I have to break up with you...
For October (anyway...)
From Jess.
I am extending the challenge to each and everyone of you.
Join me in the challenge to break up with chocolate for the month.
Say no to the hot chocolate, 
Pick the fruit over the chocolate bar.
It is for 1 month,
31 days!
We can do this!

You don't need to sign up for the challenge (as per link below photo)
It can be as simple as giving up chocolate for the month.


Check out another thing I am doing at the moment to improve health and wellness,
Check out Weekly Wellness!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


This song brought a tear to my eye when I watched her sing it.
Taylor Swift sung this song earlier this month at Stand Up To Cancer.
It is about a 3 year old boy that died in 2011 from cancer, 
He inspired Taylor to write this song...
My heart goes out to all those people that have lost someone to cancer, 
Especially a child.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012



How long has it been since you have listened to your music collection on random shuffle?
For me it has been awhile and I have just a couple of songs... 10,796.
Tonight I decided share with you 25 songs that come on while I listen to my collection.

Now I have stuck one main rule...
*No skipping no matter how embarrassing.
As you know I have a large collection, just so you know I have a wide range of genres that I like.
Here we go...

1: Trust Me by Lucy Woodward
2: Freak Tonight by Scarlett Belle
3: Khe Sanh by Cold Chisel
4: Market Forro by Rio the movie soundtrack
5: Wonderful Tonight by Michael Buble
6: Catch Me If You Can by Matt Pokora
7: Push by Enrique Iglecias
8: Trouble by Leona Lewis
9: Amazing by Kanye West
10: Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle
11: Fallin' For You by Colbie Caillat
12: She's Got You High by Mumm-Ra
13: Voodoo Child by Rogue Traders
14: Never Be The Same by Kent Moran
15: April In Paris by Frank Sinatra
16: Na Na Na by My Chemical Romance
17: Between The Lines by Sara Bareilles
18: Secrets by One Republic
19: Please Don't Stop The Rain by James Morrison
20: Scatman by Scatman John
21: Bat Out Of Hell by Meat Loaf
22: Yeah by Usher
23: Don't Leave Home by Dido
24: Satisfaction by Rolling Stones
25: Strip Me by Natasha Beddingfield

I actually really loved doing this random shuffle play list.
There were so many songs that I have forgotten about, and so many memories connected to these songs.
It is also interesting to be able to see who different people have effected the songs that I listen to.
For example my Dad, he can be thanked for my large collect of Meat Loaf, Rolling Stones, Cold Chisel, Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, The Bee Gees and so many more!
My mum, because of her I have my love of musicals and soundtracks, church music, Enya, piano music, and others too.

Life would not be the same without music!
Thanks you to so many people out there that have share their songs with me, made memories to them, danced and sung them at the top of their lungs with me.

Monday, September 24, 2012

FINAL CALL: Guest bloggers...

Wow, ok so time has passed pretty quickly over the past few weeks.
Now due to my lack of organisation and lack of reminding everyone....
I have extended the cut off date for your guest blogger posts.
So you have until THIS Saturday 29th to have your posts emailed in!
Any questions please ask.

Have your moved city away from your home town?
Moved to a place where you know a slim few?
Moved so far away from home that you would have to fly at least a couple of hours?

If so...
I would love for you to be a guest blogger on my blog!
The topic is "Tips/advice on how to adjust to making the big move."

Any questions or to send your posts in please email me!
Also include:
*Twitter links
*Facebook page info
*Blog link
*Max of 4 photos
*Plus a blurb about yourself!

Post will being to be posted as of: 2nd October.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Little Letters...

Dear Mr Physio,
Your hands are amazing! Even though I only just met you today, I already know we are going to get along great. Still is going to be a love/hate type relationship, but you get bonus points for massaging my back! Thank you it is feeling on the mend already. Same time next week?!

Dear Brisbane Friends,
Thank you to all the people that I have met over the past two weeks! You are all awesome people! Thank you for those that have taken the time and interest in chatting to me and getting to know me! I look forward to some awesome friendships and fun!

Dear Work colleagues,
You are all great to work with and thank you for all the laughs!
P.s. Thanks Michael for naming my desk the naughty corner! Even though I am totally innocent!....

Dear Mr Wiggles,
I have missed seeing you over the past two weeks and I can't wait to see you on Friday, I think lots of hugs are in order!

Dear Saturday!
I can't wait for you to come! I have a special visitor for a couple of hours and I can't wait to see you!

Dear Back,
Please stop playing up. You know I hate it when you decide to be mean and cause me pain. Please just settle back down!

Dear X-ray gown,
You never look good on anyone! And it is not conformable standing around for half an hour having what feels like a never ending x-rays taken! At least that's over for a another year!

Dear new flat mate,
I can not wait to move in with you at the end of this month! Oh it is going to be so much fun!

Dear Nail polish,
I love the fact that I have so many colours, after tomorrow I think I may go one colour per day, except for tomorrow. Wednesday is clear nail polish, the place where I am going tomorrow is the one place where I do not wear coloured or any nail polish!
Hmm... what colour should I pick for Thursday??

Dear Readers,
Hope you are all having a great week!

Dear Madagascar 3,
I can't get this out of my head...

Monday, September 17, 2012


I have now been in Brisbane for 2 weeks.
Let me share you a few of my thoughts...

*Perfect weather we have had so far! Love the clear blue skies and warm days.
*Shopping, so much better shopping to be done!
*7/11... Oh my goodness hello slurpees! But I have been good and only had two.
*Trains, I actually enjoy catching public transport, it's give me time to relax, think, listen to music and read.
*Pool, my sisters house has a pool! This pool with be my heaven in summer!
*Southbank, love the social relaxed feel that it has about it!
*So much to do! You could never get bored in this city
*Lots of bike paths, I am so tempted to buy a cruiser, such cute bikes.

*I have a feeling I am going to boil come summer.... oh great, thank goodness for working in air conditioning!
*My parents not living here, I wish they would sell up and move up here!

*Theme parks! Hello fun!
*Road trips! bring on music, long conversations, beautiful views and fun times.
*Max Brenner food, I have tried a American Hot chocolate from Max, but not 100% impressed.
*Drive in movies!
*Go on a picnic
*Ride a jet ski!
*See a AFL or rugby game live for the first time.
*Paint balling
*Ride a tandem bike
*Bike ride the river
*Go to a live comedy show

My to do list will certainly grow fast of things with things I want to do here in Brisbane, there is just so much!

At the end of the month I am moving in with an awesome YSA girl, I have only known her a week and already she has been a amazing influence in my life, I am such a huge believe that the Lord puts people into our life at the right time for the right reasons, and she has already helped me more than she knows, she has helps me make a choice I didn't think I could make for a while to come, but she encouraged and shared her testimony of it.

I can't wait to have my own room again and to unpack fully and to get settled into my new home.
There are fun times to be had, and I look forward to them all!
Bring on some crazy fun times!