new blog

i have a new blog!
well, more like my blog has a new home πŸ™‚
i’ve finally switched over to my own domain name, so head on over to Other Pretty Things to check it out!

thanks so much for all your support & hopefully see you over there


Queensland via my phone

Queensland came and went by far too quickly
It was the first time I’d made it up since the middle of last year, but unfortunately this visit was due to family health reasons (everything is good now though!)
I know I say it (or at least I think it) all the time, but I really want to try & get up there more often.

There was so much family time, it really made my heart feel full!
I also managed to get my hair done &, as the photos below prove, take far too many photos of myself! πŸ˜‰
so much goodness!
Can’t wait to get back up there soon

finding the words

San Fran 2010
an hour ago I realised that what I’ve always wanted was lying here at my fingertips – just a pen & a blank page.
I’ve spent years not even thinking twice about it (far too many years), it comes so naturally to me, just like breathing.
I love the way that the ink sprawls across the page as I race myself to get all the words onto paper. once I start they just keep coming & more often than not, when I read back, I have little to no recollection of what I’ve written.

writing frees me.

how is it that I’ve spent years searching for the one thing I’ve always possessed? the ability to share & communicate through words.
somewhere along the line I became sidetracked. I attempted art journaling, photo blogging & a number of other outlets, but ive rarely shared raw & unedited words.
maybe as I’m sitting here I realise that something has changed. I have changed.
I’m willing to open myself up to others.
I’m willing to share again.
this is a beautiful life we’ve been given.

don’t waste it chasing someone else’s dreams…

“pretty much celebs over here”

my brother just sent me this image via WhatsApp along with the above text.
they’ve been having a blast on their trip & recently they’ve been soaking up all the atmosphere at the Tour de France…so much so, they even managed to get featured in the french newspaper!
i love it!
they’ve been updating us with pics from their adventures here & there, & now i’ve found myself obsessively watching the Tour & scouring the crowd to try & spot their faces! hahaha
love & miss these kids so much

girl time 2011

i spent new years eve art journaling, and one of the reoccurring themes seemed to be spending more time with my girlfriends.
i didn’t see them anywhere near as much as i would have last year (along with the pitiful amount of times i managed to visit my family interstate…was that 2 times? in an entire year? yea – that will be worked on this year too!) but i’ve already managed to nip that in the bud!
The past month has been filled with girl time so i’m feeling very very loved ❀

here are a few snaps from some girl time toward the end of 2011 – Twilight movie night at the GoldClass cinema from back in November, and a delicious feast with the girls right before New Year ❀

lounging with these lovely ladies

seriously – how big are these chairs??

(they even have space to store your bags!)
((also, we did spend 95% of the movie giggling…hysterically! oh ridiculous movies/books, how i love thee!))

dinner dates are the greatest…
especially when you ask to keep the menu so you can continue ordering more delicious treats!

Erin and Gracie trying to choose

oh hiii Deb πŸ™‚

the very lovely Deb and i

i’m almost certain that this is why i’m usually behind the camera…i can be very annoying! πŸ˜‰

Erin explaining the term “Wenis”…

this is the closest i got to a group pic – even though both Gracie and Deb aren’t in it! πŸ˜‰
i also forgot to take picture of food and drinks? so unlike me! i blame it on the fact that the drinks arrived first & we were starving! buh bye delicious food!

buh bye lovely date night