The Student Teacher Diaries Ep 6

Hi Everyone!!

So I’m going to start off by saying that last week was not my most enthusiastic of weeks! I was still super sick most of the week and as a result my motivation to film things was severely depleted!!

I was going to skip this weeks Vlog entry because I thought it was just too lazy — BUT I’m not about giving up so I pulled myself together, got my edit on and Ta-Da The Student Teacher Diaries Episode 6 came to life!!

I forgot to mention in the Vlog… our plans for Cambodia are coming along really well – time is flying by!! I just need to buy my travel VISA and then I am good to go 😀 I’m flying home on my own (because I have a wedding to get to) so Im a bit nervous about being at the Singapore airport on m y own for 10 HOURS!!! If you have any advice on things to do during a ten hour stopover in Singapore PLEASE TELL ME ABOUT THEM!!!! (not going to lie… I am a little bit scared ).

 

I also included a little entomology stuff this week ❤ (to make up for the fact that I forgot to film a concluding segment! – sorry guys … I did warn you that I wasn’t on the ball this week!). If you have any questions about my butterfly collection please let me know ❤ Entomology is one of my favourite things so I am always happy to talk about it :p

Until next week !

Namaste xx

The Student Teacher Diaries Ep 5

 

Hi Guys!!!

Wowsers… so I had another hectic week last week and unfortunately my body could not keep up with my brain!!

I got what I think must have been the worst flu of my life… it was so bad I couldn’t even move from my couch for 2 days 😦

Something I didn’t go into very much in this video (but I think I’l talk about this week) is how hard it is, not only working full time AND being a full time university student,  but being the partner of a FIFO worker. Normally I can handle Scott being away and it only affects me slightly but this week I really noticed his absence. It isn’t easy (if you watched last week’s blog you’ll know all about the pressure it puts on us) but we work really hard at our relationship and I’m so so soooo lucky that I found a man that loves me even when I’m crazy ❤ ❤ ❤  If you have any questions about how Scott and I keep balance in our relationship, please don’t hesitate to ask!

So without further a-do… here is this week’s Vlog ❤

 

That’s all from me this week guys,

I’m still recovering from my flu and, given my bed-ridden weekend, I’m also behind with my studies so most of this week will be spent playing catch up 🙂

Until next week

Namaste x

My top 10 (possible) Honeymoon Locations

Good Morning / Afternoon (depending on where in the world you are 😛 )

What a week! It’s school holidays so I’ve been flat out working vacation care at school and trying to write my lesson plans for prac (#studentteachingftw).

I’m using this “down time” to do some significant wedding planning and one of the trickiest things to decide is where my wonderful new hubby and I will go to celebrate once we’re done with all the crazy wedding magic. So I made a list of all the places I would love to go on honeymoon… summarised all the good and bad points and attempted to come to a conclusion – here we go…

 

  1. Bali

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I love the idea of Bali. I’ve never been but it looks amazing.  I think the thing that draws me to Bali is the versatility of the country. There’s lush jungles, tropical beachside resorts, party hotspots (not that Scott and I party very much… the only thing that gets lit at our house is our scented candles (jokes – they’re too expensive to be lighting just willy nilly)). I love the ocean and I love equally love the rainforest. One of my best friend’s got married recently and she spent her honeymoon at a beautiful little rainforest villa in the hills above Byron Bay… if I could find something exactly like that, but within walking distance to the ocean, and shopping district, but still really private … I’d be happy.

 

  1. Jamaica

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Every seen that movie, Cool Runnings? Well ever since I saw it as a child I have been in love with Jamaica. The people are beautiful and kind and the country itself is amazing. There is a tonne of hidden lagoons and secret waterfalls. We could go ziplining, tubing or on a safari adventure… the only thing is Jamaica has so much stuff to do – and although its beautiful – I’m not sure I want to spend my honeymoon adventuring. I love adventure and a little bit on our honeymoon would be nice… but I don’t want to be so exhausted I haven’t got any energy left for the more traditional honeymoon  activities 😉 …. Plus, flights from Townsville to Jamaica are hella expensive (around $8,000 return) .

 

  1. Greece

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Mumma Mia, here I go again… I wish that the hostel that the women in Mumma Mia owned was a real place .. is it a real place? Imagine honeymooning there! The history in Greece is what draws me to it the most; Acropolis, the Delphi Ruins, Temple of Apollo, Parthenon, the list goes on… but I’m not sure how much pleasure Scott would get from looking at (in his words) “old things” all day. However, there is a lot of what I can only describe as “fishing tours” that I think he would enjoy… and I could always go shopping… but I don’t think that would be a very fun honeymoon L

 

  1. Paris

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Hands up if you’ve ever heard mixed reports about Paris. The only reason this one made the list is because, again, when I was a little girl, I was in love with Beauty and the Beast … so of course I assumed that Paris was a magical land of singing candlesticks and bossy teapots. Now as an adult, I hear constant reports about Paris being a dirty, tourist filled hole, over run by prostitutes and poodle poo. But that little girl inside of me is still curious. I think Paris would be better left as a stop off on my travel-around-Europe girls trip (a brilliant idea that I just thought of, just this second) – but in terms of a honeymoon location – it doesn’t really make the cut.

 

  1. Fiji

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Fiji is amazing. Scott and I took our first “couples getaway” there a few years ago now and it still holds a special spot in my heart. We stayed at three different resorts and spent our days sleeping, swimming and being naked. My only regret is that we didn’t spend any time outside of the resorts exploring the country… we did take a day cruise and explore the reef though – that was incredible. The people in Fiji are wonderful and friendly and always smiling. This is definitely a top runner in my honeymoon list, the only thing that stops it from being a definite pick is that I think I want a little more adventure on my honeymoon.

 

  1. Mexico

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You know when Mr Big dumps Carrie on their wedding day, but she still decides to go to Mexico and spends her honeymoon with her girlfriends at that amazing resort !!! That’s what I now imagine all Mexican honeymoons to be like (not the getting dumped at the alter part… just the beautiful sunny resort part). It’s sunny, warm, there’s bound to be a coastal resort somewhere AND I could wear all of my colourful clothes and not stand out as much as I normally do (seriously… why is black active wear so popular?). We could visit that creepy La Isla de las Munecasand see the hundreds of hanging, decomposing, decapitated dolls and to calm ourselves down afterwards (because that would be super scarey) we could visit the hidden beach (or lovers’ beach) and Cenote Xkeken. Mexico is pretty close to the top of my list … adventure, history, romance – it’s got it all !

 

  1. Thailand

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Cultured, historic, fun-loving and friendly… Thailand has rainforests, beaches, history and lots of luxury resorts. Most importantly it is the home of Thai food (which is my second favourite sort of food… right after chico rolls). How romantic would it hire a gondola (is it still called a gondola when you’re not in Venice?) and row around the waters of Railay? We could visit the markets during the day and sit sipping cocktails, watching the sun set from our deluxe resort room’s patio in the evening. The only thing that turns me off Thailand is the wealth of reports I hear about animal abuse for the sake of tourism.  I don’t agree with torturing and drugging animals just for the sake of a good selfie or two.

 

  1. Caribbean

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For a girl who loves the ocean I think it is incredible that I have never been to the Caribbean. There is a forest filled with clouds, submarine tours, moonlight dive trips and volcano sight-seeing explorations. We could hire a house boat and spend our entire honeymoon floating around pretending to be characters from Pirates of the Caribbean. Anguilla, a British West Indies island, has virtually untouched beaches and is popular with rich famous people (… so it’s probably out of my budget ) and Antigua  is a sailor’s paradise with resorts famous for their sophisticated, romantic atmospheres. The only down side (like Jamaica) flights alone are crazy expensive (and long)… I think I’ll put this one in the 5 year anniversary destination list instead!

 

  1. Hawaii

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The perfect way to visit the USA without actually visiting the USA (this whole Trump thing is out of control!). Beaches, spas, volcanoes and plenty of beautiful hiking trails – Hawaii is another one pretty close to the top of the list. Plus there is an Outrigger Resort on Waikiki Beach (which is fun to say). Hawaii also has Pearl Harbour, which is on my bucket list of places to go and a rich cultural history that I find fascinating. Some people like to go swimming with sharks, not really my thing, but we could get onboard with a submarine tour (pun intended) or just spend our days spa-hopping.

 

  1. New Zealand

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Yay, saved the best for last! New Zealand is an adventurous, lord-of-the-rings loving country, jam packed with things to do. Kayaking, sailing, diving, bungee jumping… pretty much any sort of dare devilling adventure sport can be found in New Zealand.. not to mention it’s such a quaint little country we could just hire a car and see the whole thing in under 2 weeks. Hobbiton and the Weta Workshop would obviously be our first stops, and seeing the snow falls on the South Island are a close second. The only thing that turn me off is that with so much to see and do, I don’t think we’d find much time to relax and just enjoy each other’s company… it would be amazing and fun – just not exactly romantic.

 

 

Conclusion

So … after all of this research I’ve managed to narrow it down to either: New Zealand or Thailand OR Tasmania (not on my original list- but looks pretty amazing)- but it all depends on what Scott thinks (apparently the Groom is allowed to have an opinion…).

Ideally I think a cruise around Fiji / Bali / Thailand would be ideal because it would (1) cover three of my main locations (2) remove the hassle of packing up and changing resorts (because we’d be on a boat) and (3) provide plenty of romance ❤ ❤ <3… then again making love in front of a fire in a snow lodge in Tasmania is also pretty high on my to-do list (in case you haven’t gauged from my previous posts I am incredibly indecisive)…

Do you know of any incredible honeymoon locations?? PLEASE HELP ME!!! My main priorities are (1) must be luxurious (2) must be relaxing (3) must be romantic, and (4) must not be ridiculously overpriced (because you know … Uni student!).

That’s all from me this week guys (see I told you I’d post every Monday 😉 )

Have a beautiful week!

Namaste xx

 

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My 3 Most Epic Failures: and how I overcame them…

What ?! 2 blog posts in one week 😛 This is bananas.

Ok so, I got a bit excited last week and posted on Friday instead of Monday … which is why it might seem like I’ve gone a little bonkers writing blog posts left right and centre – but everyone stay calm… I promise after I post this there won’t be any more posts until next Monday ❤

I’ve spent my entire day writing a unit plan for the year 12 physics class I have to teach on prac… let me tell you nothing makes you feel more like a dummy than forcing your brain to try and remember all of the concepts encompassed by nuclear radioactivity… well enough to teach it to a room full of 16 year old geniuses! Golly… when I was told to not worry because “you can just learn it the night before..” I have a sneaking suspicion that teacher never taught senior physics 😀

BUT this entire unit planning exercise got me thinking about all of the other things I’m not great at (very depressing topic – sorry guys!) and then my tired little brain started thinking about all the times I’ve epically failed at life. You know those moments in life when you do something and then afterwards you think to your self  “oh dear… that probably wasn’t the smartest choice”.

Being the optimist I am.. I decided to write down all of my epic life failures and do some detective work to figure out how exactly I got myself through it … *que Kelly Clarkson vocals* …”what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…. na na naa na na”… and it made me feel amazing. Looking back at the tough times and realising that I made it through was a really uplifting experience so I decided I’d share some of my realisations with you ❤

 

1. The naked-in-public highschool experience:

In reality this one could have been a lot worse. I was in year 9 (I think) and we had to go to the swimming pool to do some sort of swimming thing (I assume). I was in my little change room getting changed and just as I was in the nudey I bent over to put my swimmers on, my bare bottom bumped the door and it swung wide open for all of my classmates to see. Now firstly, the change room was not unisex so it was only my female classmate present (thank the lord) and secondly, I’ve always had swift reflexes so I was able to slam the door closed in what I think would have been less than 3 seconds – however, when you’re 15 and naked 3 seconds might as well be 3 lifetimes. The change room erupted in laughter and I was so embarrassed I had to be coaxed out by my teacher – even now as I’m writing this my cheeks are going red.

How did I overcome this epic life fail?

Glad you asked! Like most embarrassing high school experiences the best thing to heal the embarrassment is time. This story has gone from being one of the most embarrassing moments of my life to one of my funniest life stories (best retold with my best girlfriends and a bottle of wine). So if you’re reading this, and you’re in high school and you feel like your life sucks right now – trust me when I say it will get better ❤ ❤ ❤

 

2. The makeup experiment

This is a tough one.  But very relatable, for most people (particularly women). There are countless times when I’ve seen some beautiful instagram personality and thought “that’s what I want to look like” then I’ve gone out, purchased some sort of magical makeup up, watched 5 youtube videos and thought “yes, I’ve got this”. Then I’ve gone out in public looking like an absolute silly-head (literally). The amount of times I’ve drawn on my eyebrows too dark, or put on so much blush that I look like a circus clown is uncountable AND the worst thing is that I usually don’t notice it until I’m out and about. I’ll be in the middle of a shopping centre, realise my makeup fail, and walk home with my bio-degradable woolies bag pulled firmly down over my head.

How did I handle this one?

Well, to be honest, I don’t think I’m ever going to be great at doing makeup. Some women have a gift – I’m not one of them. Again, I think the older I get, the more I don’t care what I look like. I have a wonderful, devoted fiancé who adores my goofy natural face, and (as hard as it is) I’ve learnt to love it too.

 

3. Dropping Out of Med School

For a long time I considered this to be my biggest life fail. I tried it for a year, wasn’t sure. Tried it for another 6 months and decided it wasn’t for me. I think the reason this hurt me so much is because I had alway been told I was the “smart one” and in a family of 8 kids – being the smart one is a pretty big deal. I felt like I had let the world down.

What next?

It took a long time and a lot of soul searching but eventually I worked out that my happiness doesn’t depend on how other people feel about me (yes I know it’s a cliche). I took some time off, started studying education and now I can honestly say I’ve found the path my life was meant to follow ❤ When I look back it terrifies me to think what would of happened if I hadn’t realised I wasn’t made to be a doctor. Would I have finished my medical degree, began working and been miserable for the rest of my life? Medicine isn’t just a career it’s a lifestyle and I have the utmost respect for my classmates who made it through – but it just wasn’t for me. My soul is headed in a different direction.

 

So there you have it my 3 most epic life fails (or were they?). I have a lot more life lessons I could write about but I think I’m going to save them for another day. No doubt I have  a lot of lessons still to learn and if nothing else, this little reflection exercise has taught me that no matter how bad things might seem at the time – when you’re at your lowest of lows … the only way to go is up ❤  and things will always get brighter ❤ ❤ ❤

Have a beautiful day everyone ❤ ❤ ❤

Namaste x