Currently exploring Tropical North Queensland…¬†

On a road trip with my Mum and Step Dad exploring Atherton, Kuranda and Cairns – thought I would share some snaps of our little trip. Gorgeous weather up here in the tropics… you certainly wouldn’t know Winter is just around the corner! Where the rainforest meets the beach, and dairy farms stun visitors with their country side charm. Yesterday we sampled some beautiful cheese and chocolates, before trying organic Chinese for dinner in a medicine/massage shop. Very authentic experience! While we all are battling varying degrees of the flu, spirits are high to be venturing into new places. There’s nothing like a mini-holiday! Sun, sea and sand is all this girl needs to smile ūüôā 

Can’t wait to imitate this lovely creation at home with all the shells I have been collecting ! Of course I had to buy some fairy lights as well… you can never have too many. 

Parents enjoying a sneaky moment in the rain at Kuranda, surrounded by rainforest. Doesn’t get much better. 

‘You won’t find any wifi in the forest, but you will find a better connection’ 

Hope you all have a great weekend x  

On getaways and gaining clarity…

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They always say you need to lose yourself in order to find yourself. I honestly¬†believe this is true, and after experiencing a mini getaway this weekend I’m feeling in tune with my emotions, goals and direction in life.¬†From the rainforest bungalow retreat we stayed in, lost among the trees with no WIFI, the sound of cicadas in the humid air and the scent of candles burning, to the gentle lapping of the ocean at a place aptly named ‘Hydeaway Bay’, I experienced¬†some things this weekend that I won’t forget.

There’s nothing quite like the stillness, isolation and peace of the rainforest. Wooden textures, leafy greens and ever-present wildlife made for a lovely retreat into nature, and nature at it’s undisturbed¬†finest. I definitely know I’ve made the right choice moving out of the noisy, hustling city. I just felt so centred and calm in this hidden spot, where the fast moving world outside can pass you by with ease. I have to ask myself though, why am I craving such an escape at this time in my life? I think I’m honestly just exhausted from the last few years and desperately need this down time to recharge, and there’s no shame in that.

We all reach a point in our lives where the questions start flowing… Is this the right job for me… Is this how I want to spend my days… Are these the people I want to surround myself with? The list could go on forever. I think for me personally, I nearly came to breaking point with a few areas in life before deciding I needed a shake-up, and I’m so proud I took that step. It might be a step into the unknown, but at least it’s a step away from something that wasn’t serving me in any kind of positive way. I spent an hour yesterday just dozing in the shade of a palm tree, the sound of waves gently lapping a few metres from my feet and it was magical! Such a simple, relaxing moment in time where I didn’t have to answer to anyone or pretend to be anything I’m not.

Now to steal a (fitting) poem from one of my favourite novels,

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be the blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
(J.R.R. Tolkien). 

There’s a few things that I’ll be taking away from my relaxing weekend, but I think the most poignant one of all is that I’m on the right path. I need to trust my instinct, and instinct is telling me that I’m very close to a break through, and knowing exactly what it is I want from life. The butterflies in my tummy are reason enough to smile.

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Photo credits – michellebishoff & hubsunited