Have a great New Year!

Hello everyone, I have had a little break from WordPress in December but that will be coming to an end the moment 2020 hits. I have a plan, I have lots I want to see and do and I want to hang out with you all. I have missed you.

2019 has been fun. I spent the beginning of it overheating in a Brisbane summer…


Followed by a colder winter working in Melbourne.


Now, spending Christmas and New Year exploring London.


I am really excited for 2020, but in this post I want to thank you all for helping make the last 12 months so enjoyable. Blogging has helped me get through hard times and helped me find what I enjoy in life. Writing, photography and exploring the world. Your support and interest in my blog has motivated me more that I can put down in words and for that I will try my best to deliver interesting posts for as long as I can. Thank you all so, so much.

I will keep this short, as I am sure many of you have better plans this evening than to read this. I hope you all have a fantastic New Years Eve and a great start to 2020. Happy New Year to those that have already seen it hit midnight, and I am thinking of you all in Australia with those wild fires. We are seeing it on the news constantly and it looks awful. My thoughts are with you all in the country I have called home for the past two years.

Stay safe everyone, be the best person you can be in 2020 and don’t let the year go to waste!!

Thank you for being amazing!!

What’s your biggest plans for 2019?

Here we are, into January and a brand new year awaiting us. A clean slate. An opportunity to forget what has happened and start again or to continue what was going so well. This is different for everyone and as always, the New Year will mean so many things to so many people.

For me, I am going to keep travelling and blogging as I go. My mum and sister are travelled from the UK to Sydney yesterday so my new year is going to be off to an amazing start as I haven’t seen them in over a year. I am also going to remain focused on blogging throughout the year and improve on this as best I can whilst updating you regularly with where I am and what I am up to along the way. It is going to be another great year I am sure.

And what are your plans for the new year? Any holidays or special occasions happening in the next twelve months? Any interesting resolutions or changes you want to see in your life?

Make it a great one!


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One of my posts has a hundred likes… (Just another thank you post)

I just wanted to give a little update to you guys, my Happy New Year! post currently has 105 likes at the time of typing this. This is pretty insane considering most of the posts I have typed over the course of the four years of being a blogger probably average 3-4 likes each.

This is most definitely due to engaging with the community more instead of just putting posts out there. I used to spend most of my time typing up posts and publishing without actually venturing too far from my own site. This isn’t because I didn’t want to, I just couldn’t find the time to blog regularly and connect with other blogs. The only reason I am able to now is because I am spending most of every day blogging. I really want to reach out to more and more and allow my blog to grow further to help develop as a blogger. This is the only way I can really push myself and achieve the goals I want to achieve, even if it takes up much more of my free time.

And of course, it wouldn’t be possible without people actually wanting to read the content, so thank you for choosing to.

With that being said, I want to use this as a quick chance to ask a couple of questions to my regular readers. What do you think of the blog? Do you like where it is going? Is there something in particular you don’t like, or would like to see in future posts?

I know these are pretty open questions, and I am open to any kind of response. I haven’t really asked this before so I think it’s a good idea to make a start and touch base with you once in a while.

I’m working tonight, meaning I’m all ears until sunrise (it’s currently 9.50pm here).

Enjoy your day and make it one worth blogging about!


A new page.

It’s interesting to see how many people view the New Year as a new slate. It isn’t just another day that we wake up to but another chapter of life’s book.

One of the first things I heard after midnight on the 1st was a guy leaving the building I was in declaring that ‘I haven’t had a cigarette since last year!‘. A totally expected and cheesy joke, but it made everyone laugh.

I have always seen new days as new chapters. From 00.00 to 23.59, one block. Once is hits midnight, the whiteboard is wiped clean. This probably comes from our concepts of time and the use of calender’s. Instead of living in a continuously flowing world where each moment is different to the last, the sun setting and rising again is classed as one segment of time. This has provided me stability when it comes to managing my time and weekly schedule, however it has also made my life very difficult indeed. I grew up with pretty bad OCD, and it was only last year that I learned the term for one of these struggles at therapy. Contamination.

I was under the impression that contamination was just a fear of getting sick and the constant need to be clean. It turns out that it is also a mental phenomena. When I was a kid and through my teens and early twenties, I had to get out of bed with a good thought. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t get out of bed until I had a good one. If I got out of bed on a bad thought, or the first thought I had after midnight (the start of a new day) was a negative one, I wouldn’t enjoy the day until it was over. On New Years Eve in 2005, this happened and because it was the start of the year, it wasn’t just the day I contaminated but the whole year of 2006. I had a bunch of anxiety at this moment, worried that this negative feeling would last 365 days. Thankfully it didn’t but the feeling of contamination did keep flaring up throughout the year and I still remember it over a decade later. The danger here is that it can keep getting worse if I keep reacting to OCD thoughts. A day ruined can be a year, and then a decade. During the hardest moments of my life with the condition, if I won the lottery on a day that I felt I contaminated with a negative thought (such as a bad thing happening to a family member or me doing something pretty immoral for whatever reason) I wouldn’t enjoy the incredible wealth I just gained. And I know at this time I most definitely wouldn’t have enjoyed it. Mental illness is that strong.


But I really wanted to write today’s post about how many people see 2017 as a train that has departed as they jumped onto the 2018 one that has just arrived onto the platform.

‘Bye 2017, you won’t be missed!’

‘So long 2017, I am going to make sure 2018 is one to remember’

‘Lets make 2018 even better than 2017 was, bring on the new chapter!’

It seems we all put time periods into separate boxes. This can be a great thing I guess, as it helps us to disassociate with a negative past. A bit like a crabs ability to completely remove a damaged claw, we can mentally detach from a whole year, despite it only being two days ago. It just gets problematic when OCD creeps into it I guess.

Was yours a 2017 you were happy to leave behind, or a train you wanted to stay on? Thankfully we are on the same train all the time, there is just an illusion that we aren’t.


Last Photo by Charles Forerunner on Unsplash