We’re Coming Home.

We’ve made the bittersweet decision to leave Australia for good this July. Unsure of how to feel about this but it’s time to say bye bye to the adventure of a lifetime. It had to end at some point right?2015/01/img_7141-1.gif
Bailey has his best friends stag do at the end of July and then the wedding is in August so we definitely have to be home for that. Then September is my birthday and I know I want to be with my family and friends when I turn 24 after missing them last year. We also know we want to be home for Christmas 2015 and I can’t wait to just be reunited with my loved ones after 15 months away from them.

I’m excited to move into my own house and get decorating and setting up home again after living in a van for so long. I want to set up my own business too, I’ve had so many ideas pop into my head during our travels and they’re all written down ready to be executed (attempted at least) on my return to the UK. I’m excited for the future and the life we want to start setting up for ourselves.

But at the same time, I’m so anxious and sometimes sad about leaving Aus. I’m worried that we’ll regret not using the entire 24 months we could have stayed here working and travelling. I’m scared that none of my ideas will come into fruition when I return home, that my inspiration will disappear the moment I stop travelling. Mostly I’m worried that we don’t have enough time left to do everything we wanted to do in this beautiful country. We still need to visit Tasmania, Perth, Uluru, the west coast and Northern Territories. We’ve already accepted that the mini excursions we originally planned (Bali, Fiji and New Zealand) are going to have to be saved for another century.

I’m proud of us for all that we’ve done though. We’ve spent 15 months on the other side of the world, made some amazing friends, had some incredible experiences and seen some beautiful things. We lasted longer than anyone thought we would and we’re going to come home with a fresh outlook on life and a stronger relationship.

How homely can home feel after a year and 3 months away? Australia feels like home too now. Ugh! If only we had a teleporter and could just skip between homes whenever we felt like it (free of charge!)

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And the other half’s all….2015/01/img_7141-0.gif

I think I know that deep down we’ve made the right decision. Time to just suck it up and embrace the 26 weeks we have left. Let’s do this!

xo

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30 Day Challenge!

I am always stumbling across these 30 day challenges on Pinterest, instagram etc and have always wanted to take part in one but I never seem to find one that is quite how I would like it to be.

I like the idea of having a whole month to make small baby steps towards what will hopefully become a life changing outcome.

There are things I’ve always wanted to do and know I should do but I never be able to find the time (excuses!)

I’m hoping that by setting myself this challenge and posting daily about it on social media throughout September that it will be harder to ‘let myself down’ as it were.

Most of these thing will only take 20-30 minutes, some will take less time and others will take more…

I’m also going to give myself room to swap days around. For example the 13th might have to be a pjs and boxset day if I’m off work so I could swap it with the 10th and do the quick workout that day instead.

As long as I have everything on this list completed by the end of the month I’ll be a very happy girl. And hopefully will have gained some new (good) habits that will stay with me long after the challenge has finished!

So here it it! My personalised 30 day challenge which I will be starting on September 1st!
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Let me know what you think! Feel free to repost and take part in this challenge yourself! Or make your own, if you were to set yourself a 30 day challenge what would be on your list?

Get involved 🙂

xo

#EATCLEAN

Carrying on from my ‘fitness for the unfit’ post which you can find here, I’m upping the ante on project ‘happy-healthier-fitter-version-of-self’ as I like to call it.

Aswell as taking full advantage of the physical job I’ve managed to secure here in Australia I’ve also started watching what I eat. It’s not a diet as such though, no counting calories or reading labels, I’m simply ‘eating clean’.

I’ve seen a lot of different blogs and instagram feeds and magazine articles on clean eating and all their rules and levels of strictness seem to vary!

The way I see it, and the way I’m choosing to do it, is basically not using any foods that have ingredients you can’t understand or pronounce! It’s about choosing fresh produce. Loading up on fruits and vegetables, nuts, wholegrains and pulses. If I wasn’t vegetarian it would also be about chicken and salmon and lean steak, but I am vegetarian, so for me that is not what it’s about.

It’s really hard sometimes; after a full day of working I just want to eat carbs and chocolate.

I think the number one trick that I’ve learnt is I can’t go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. It leads to really, really bad choices and I end up regretting it the day after when I’m surrounded by the temptation of cakes, biscuits, crisps and chocolate.
If I go shopping after lunch and with a list I am more than happy to fill the trolley with fresh fruit and veggies! Not having the temptation of junk in easy reach is a BIG help.

Here are some pictures of my recent meals and snacks! I love sharing these with the instagram community and have found so much inspiration from other peoples feeds.

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I would love to be able to start trying out more advanced ‘clean eating’ recipes and juicing etc but that’s pretty hard when you’re spending most of the year living in a van, so will have to wait until the Australian adventure is over to up my game even more!

Any hints, tips or inspirational stories welcome!

xo