vi. recap.

And with a blink of an eye, 2015 has flashed past! All my good resolutions regarding this blog went pretty much out the window – woops! I have a Moleskine notebook that I use to draft blog posts before typing them up on the computer, which I somehow managed to lose. I had about 5 drafts in there, and I was so frustrated that I may have thrown in the towel. Which is terrible! But 2016, it is on like Donkey Kong!

Now, some of my highlights from 2015 …

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photo by Natasja Kremers

I survived a year of being married! It was our one year anniversary on 27 September, and I can honestly say that it has been awesome. I wasn’t really the type of girl who daydreams about her wedding, and could never picture myself as a ‘Mrs’, but it has been incredible. I haven’t actually gotten around to changing my name, but I DID change my Facebook status to married (after a year), which is pretty much the same thing.

I took part in some incredible dancing experiences, one of which was even paid! These included performing at a wedding, flashmobs for events, a flashmob performance to promote the launch of the Hopman Cup, and an annual dance concert.It has been incredible getting back into dancing, and I have a feeling 2016 is going to be even more fun.

My sister turned 30 in 2015 and she entrusted me with organising her party. We went with a “Leaving the 20s behind” theme and I did everything – invitations (thank goodness for Paperless Post!!), venue, additional drinks and catering, styling … there was muchos glitter, gold, sequins, DIY champagne cocktails and cupcakes (all gluten free!) and best of all, my sister loved it. Or at least she told me that she did!

Other highlights included hanging out with my perfect 10 of a husband, travelling for both work and pleasure (Broome, Melbourne, Karratha a few times and Adelaide for Christmas being the standouts), catching up with friends, seeing the giants wander down the streets of Perth, starting yoga, trying stand-up paddleboarding for the first time and eating lots of good food!

 

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v. resolutions.

2015 Now that the first month of the new year is almost over, I thought that it was high time that I joined the ranks of approximately 173278532 thousand other bloggers out there, and write out my resolutions for 2015. There are quite a few ideas bouncing around my skull, and to be honest I am a tad concerned that there are too many for me to achieve! However, I am nothing if not ambitious. fitness. My fitness goals this year will be quite varied, so look out for a post dedicated entirely to them. Spoiler alert: dancing, 12k, silks, yoga, trapeze. health. As I have mentioned in earlier posts, I am really trying to clean up my eating habits. This year will be a year of gluten free, vegan, raw, clean and paleo scrumminess. Not all the time, but most of the time. Follow my Instagram where I will be showing off keeping accountable – I will also post 1 x recipe a week of an actual healthy meal that I have made. style. I love how what you wear can be an extension of your personality. Too often I get shy, or worry about what other people will think about what I wear. I play it safe. This year I am going to be more daring when it comes to my outfits, and everyone else and their opinions can go screw themselves. In saying that, I am also going to be a bit more organised and structured with my wardrobe. I am going to try and loosely define my style and colour palette, based on what suits me and what I like – not merely what happens to be “in fashion”. My husband is a bit of a style inspiration for me. He has moved from ill-fitting boardies, t-shirts and thongs (remnants of a childhood in a regional town up north) and now wears perfectly tailored button down shirts, pants, suits, ties, bow ties, suspenders – all items that he loves, that reflects his personality and that suit him. I am going to try and post once a week, whether it be a whole outfit or elements thereof. mind. This year, I want to not only extend and improve my body, but my mind as well. A close friend and former boss from my hometown has asked me to do some freelance marketing/pr work for him, which is super exciting. At the same time, I’m petrified. I haven’t written media releases and corporate social media content in a few years, and I know I’m going to be a bit rusty. However, I’m crossing my fingers and toes that it all goes well, as that is really where my career passion lies. I will also be getting back in to learning French. I had to take compulsory classes while I was on exchange in Sweden (taking a language class where you know neither of the two languages being spoken = total disaster), dabbled at uni (I kept speaking Swedish instead of French) and then took intensive classes while living in Paris for a few months. I still have a few of my exercise and grammar books to use for independent study, and there is an Alliance Francaise just down the road. I’m aiming to complete a course by the end of the year. creativity. My husband and I were married last year, and while the wedding was a creative outlet for me, it was very … focussed. This year see me exploring other avenues of creativity that I’m interested in. First will be this blog – regular posting will allow me to write non boring corporate content on a range of different subjects, as well as continue with my photography and graphic design hobbies. In the second hald of the year I will also take a short fashion illustration course, which is something that has always intrigued me. So there you have it – a loose outline of my goals for 2015. Watch this space!

iv. so that was christmas …

Even though Christmas is well and truly over, I thought I would do a quick recap post. Because, you know, I’m super #thuglife like that.

As I mentioned previously, the husband and I were not only spending our first Christmas together, but I was also hosting for the first time. It was a pretty relaxed day and so I (hopefully) did not get too stressed out – Perth was way too hot for stress!

brunch.

The day started with a late brunch, with my parents-in-law, sister-in-law and cousin-in-law arriving bearing food and gifts at about 11ish. I had hit the kitchen early as I had a late minute craving for kanelbullar (cinnamon buns), a throwback to the year I spent in Sweden as an exchange student.

My mother-in-law had brought Brazilian chicken empadinhas (mini chicken pies), while my sister-in-law brought a massive fruit salad and ninja bread.

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Our two sets of parents haven’t spent vast amounts of time together, so it was really nice for them to be able to relax and chat.  And really, that’s what Christmas is all about – spending time with loved ones!

presents.

After a mammoth brunch, we got down to the business of opening presents. This made a nice change from the year, when we didn’t open pressies until after dessert. AFTER DESSERT, PEOPLE. I know, right – crazy!

I don’t what to go into a massive description of what I received, suffice to say that I super appreciate my fam and love all of my presents. They will probably crop up in later posts, I’m sure!

dinner.

dinner 1After much lazing around for the rest of the day (trying to keep cool), we finished off the rest of our prep for dinner. For my mother- and sister-in-law, this involved roasting vegies and making farofa, while I ducked across to my sister’s (beautifully cool and quiet) apartment and made the pav. I had previously made a ginger and rhubarb glazed ham and a pepita and kale stuffed turkey breast roll, while my mum had roasted  a pork roast roll earlier in the morning.

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I have to admit, I’m pretty stoked with how the dinner turned out. The Christmas crackers were top notch (chosen by me level of glitter and quality of toys) and the food was perfect. But more than that, it was so much fun and was the perfect end to the day. There had been no stressing out, of fighting, and family sniping – just a love-filled day with family (yes, very cliched and corny, but still true). It was hopefully just the first of many Christmases just like it.

iii. christmas eve.

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As I sit here and write, I am content. Life, as they say, is sweet. For the very first time, my husband and I are spending Christmas together. All the previous years of our relationship we have separated for the holidays, spending the festive season with our parents instead. Neither sets of our parents live in the same city as us, so it was always the best option. However, now that we are married, I wanted our first Christmas as husband and wife to be spent together – strange, I know, but I’m crazy like that!

As such, I wanted to make this Christmas extra special. Both sets of parents are travelling to spend it with us, and we will hosting brunch and dinner (and festive siestas in between, I’m sure!). My sister-in-law and cousin-in-law will also be with us, so we will only be missing my sister and her husband. Yesterday, my husband, mum and I went out and bought a real live Christmas tree from a real live Christmas tree farm, which was awesome! I have to admit there was a bit of faffing around, what with trying to MacGyver a stand using a bucket and bricks (the tree farm had sold out of the small size and we decided to not fork out $70 for the next size up), squeezing it into our tiny car, getting rid of all the bugs, spiders, etc, and making it fit into the bucket stand and not lean over. But after all that, I am stoked! While being only a baby tree (just over 5 feet), it is super bushy and smells amazing.

In more firsts, as I mentioned above, we are hosting Christmas for the first time. The feasting will kick off with brunch and will be followed by dinner and dessert. While I am asking family to contribute, I am determined to try and provide the lion’s share, and so roasted my turkey and ham today. I had originally planned on having a totes amazeballs #clean #paleo #vegan #raw feast, but it was all left to the last minute (as per usual) and so I have gone the more traditional route. My husband’s family is Brazilian/Portuguese, and this will actually be the first year that he has Christmas pudding, glazed ham and roast turkey. It is a Christmas full of firsts!

And now I really should go back to my last-minute Christmas wrapping and spending time with the fambam. Wishing everyone out there an awesome Christmas and New Year – may all your wishes come true!!

ii.

Forget breakfast being the most important meal of the day – breakfast is my FAVOURITE meal of the day! There are so many delicious options out there – pancakes, french toast, porridge, banana bread with chocolate and raspberries … the list goes on. However, though they are a breakfast party in my mouth, I usually feel like sh*t after eating them.

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So, I am on a quest to find delicious but healthy breakfast options. At the moment I am absolutely loving green smoothies. Or rather, my green smoothie. I’m the first to admit that I can at times to be a tad less than adventurous when it comes to food and the thought of drinking spinach initially made me gag a little.  But the fact that I would be able to down a good hit of greens (without juicing, so keeping in all the nutrients – yay!) helped me get over my squeamishness. And now I am a little bit addicted!

ingredients jarIngredients:
1 banana
approx. 1 cup of frozen mango pieces
1 scoop of protein powder (optional)
2-3 cups of baby spinach
1 cup liquid – I use almond milk, but you can easily substitute with water, milk or soy milk

Simply blend, and voila! Totes amazeballs green smoothie!

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i.

People say that the first step is the hardest, and I know that it definitely holds true for me. I have always struggle with making that final commitment, whether it be making the first mark on a blank piece of paper, hitting send on a draft email, or clicking the “publish” button. I want whatever I create or send out in to the world to be exactly how it should, as perfect as it could be, and I hate the thought that it might not.

However, I also hate how caught up I get in that worry and stress and feeling anxious. And that is one of the reasons why I have created this blog – even if no-one is reading it, every time I write a post and I hit “publish”, it will get easier and easier. That’s the hope, anyway!

Another reason why I want to write this blog is to have a record of what is happening in my life. There is so much going on at the moment – trying to balance my work and personal lives, trying to turn myself around healthwise, plus I just got married – that I want to take time to sit and reflect, and have a record of thoughts and feelings and those special moments. I have never been great at keeping a diary, so we will see how this blog goes.

Anyway, welcome to my “halsyon daze”!