Sunday, 5 January 2014

Goodbye 2013, hello 2014

As I'm sure you have all been muttering on repeat for the last few days, I can't quite believe we are into 2014. Even stranger is that I've now had my second Christmas and New Year in Australia, seriously-how time flies.

I've had a fantastic year exploring more of Melbourne and doing as much travelling as I can and am looking forward to doing some more over the next few months too. After spending a few days driving up the South coast of NSW I ended the year finally watching the Sydney fireworks (I've been complaining about not seeing them since New Year last year) from an amazing spot right in front of the Harbour Bridge, and I'm pleased to say that they were every bit as impressive as I had hoped. Apart from a quick soaking from a 10 minute shower (cue girls huddling under blankets while boys stand in manly fashion and roll eyes) we brought in the New Year picnicking whilst doing a lot of 'oooohing' and 'ahhhhing' as the fireworks went off around us. I wish I had better pics but we were determined to actually enjoy the moment rather than spend the whole time concentrating on getting the best shot for Facebook (you know it's true).

Here are a few photos of what I've been up to over the Christmas break, followed by the inevitable New Years Resolutions. I know it's a bit of a cliché, and most of the the time we forget about our admirable declarations for the year ahead around about the same time we go back to work and realise life is the same as we left it a few weeks ago, but I figure it doesn't do any harm to ponder the things in life you'd like to improve, remove or embrace. Right?

New Years Resolutions

1) Yep, blog more. And more importantly, get braver at actually telling people I have a blog...
2) Work on a better balance between exercise and eating well, less of the extremes please. Eating a balanced diet = less hours in the gym. No brainer really.
3) Learn to curl my hair (one of life's essential skills).
4) Bake more. 
5) Worry less (especially about what other people think of you), do more.

Have you got any resolutions for the year ahead?


  1. Hi Catherine, just found your blog via your Instagram. How do you like Melbourne? My boyfriend has the option of working in Oz and I'm pondering the move. Also, where was your pic with amazing view from the balcony taken? Looks fabulous. Thanks,

    1. Hi Laura, I really love life in Melbourne, I was only originally coming for one year and now on my second so I guess that's a good sign! I'm not gonna lie it's not always easy being so far from friends and family but the lifestyle here does a lot to make up for that; I find life is just easier and less stressful (than London anyway). When I was deciding whether to come , I figured it was more important for me to do it and come back to the UK if I didn't like it, than not do it, and risk regretting it. Know what I mean?! I hope you manage to come to a decision-let me know if you have any other questions! Oh and the balcony was the view from brekkie at a little b&b we stayed at in Eden on NSW coast.

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