Thursday, December 23, 2010

Must Love... 2010

· Welcomed in the New Year at the Gold Coast in a penthouse suite · Made cupcakes for the first time · Looked forward to going to work · Discovered the marvel of lay-by · Finished a Bachelor of Journalism · Laid a rose on my beautiful aunt's casket · Took a trip to Thailand · Planned a trip to New York and Europe with a best friend · Wrote poems and the start of a novel · Packed everything I owned into my car and moved to the Sunshine Coast · Turned 21 and ate a popcorn cake · Celebrated countless other 21sts · Road tripped to Blackwater · Dined on nachos at Cactus Jacks - both the chicken and chocolate variety · Went to a number of music festivals and concerts · Ate lots of movie popcorn · Got a henna tattoo · Continued to collect books of every shape and size · Made an inspiration board · Held a garage sale · Indulged in coffee and gelato on a regular basis · Realised just how much I loved my friends · Got 5 inches cut off my hair, and kind of regretted it · Sang a million songs · Snorkeled · Bought a red coat · Threw away my P-Plates when I went on my open licence · Became obsessed with Eminem and Jake Gyllenhaal · Bought a pair of clogs · Watched on as Blair and Chuck re-united on Gossip Girl · Won tickets in the Big Day Out ballot · Renewed my passport · Read Frankie and Shop Til You Drop religiously · Played boardgames with my little cousins · Wore gumboots · Became closer to my sister · Went on far too many Maccas runs · Wore pearl earrings · Made a list everyday · Lost money at a Casino · Went horse riding · Logged onto Just Jared most days · Had a Friends marathon · Took photos of a sailing regatta · Ate sushi · Was pushed home in a shopping trolley · Took a ferry to Magnetic Island · Went to the ballet · Started listening to Triple J · Danced on tables · Read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for the seventh time ·

What happened in your life over the last 12 months?

I look forward to hearing all about it,

Popcorn x

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Must Love... 24 Things to Always Remember

... and One Thing to Never Forget.

This is the title of the inspirational verse that hangs in my bathroom. Every time I read it I feel self-assured and confident that I can control my own happiness. My future is only what I make of it.

And so, I would like to share it with all of you, in case you need to be reminded of just how special you are!

Your presence is a present to the world.
You’re unique and one of a kind.
Your life can be what you want it to be.
Take the days just one at a time.

Count your blessings, not your troubles.
You’ll make it through whatever comes along.
Within you are so many answers.
Understand, have courage, be strong.

Don’t put limits on yourself.
So many dreams are waiting to be realized.
Decisions are too important to leave to chance.
Reach for your peak, your goal, your prize.

Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.
The longer one carries a problem, the heavier it gets.
Don’t take things too seriously.
Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.

Remember that a little love goes a long way.
Remember that a lot… goes forever.
Remember that friendship is a wise investment.
Life’s treasures are people… together.

Realize that it’s never too late.
Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
Have health and hope and happiness.
Take the time to wish upon a star.

And don’t ever forget for even a day how very special you are.

After reading these words another countless time, I have decided that my New Year's resolution will be to open myself up and be more accepting of people I meet and situations that arise. Since recently moving to a town where I know no one, I have realised that in order to meet new people I need to be more willing to put myself out of my comfort zone - talk to people I've never met, don't be afraid they will think I am silly for talking to them and feel confident in myself that I am someone that people could enjoy getting to know.

I think mine and Sew's upcoming overseas holiday will be the perfect test.

You are all special to me,

Popcorn x

Friday, December 17, 2010

Must Love... Thailand

As previously mentioned my mother recently treated my sister and myself to a nine-day trip to refreshing Thailand. It was one of the most amazing trips I've been on and I enjoyed (nearly) ever minute of it.
We kicked off our travels by flying into the huge city of Bangkok. Flitting from market to market in tuk tuks, we drank $2.50 cocktails and indulged in $4 half-hour massages. We sun-baked and swam at our four-and-a-half star resort, eating poolside or getting room service.
One of our many tours took us to a war memorial where hundreds of Australians were lain to rest after the bridge over the River Kwai incident occurred around the second World War, before walking over the bridge itself. We nursed leopard cubs and got up close and personal with elephants, tigers and monkeys.
We then flew down to Phuket for a more beach-style getaway. Here we toured the biggest Buddha in Thailand, Old Phukettown, a cashew nut factory and even more markets. One day we took a day trip to Coral and Raya Islands where we sun-baked, swam and snorkeled out over a nearby reef. Other highlights included horse riding through the jungle and along the beach and attending a Ladyboy Cabaret performance at Patong Beach.
The people were very friendly and once they knew we were from Australia they all wanted to say "G'day, mate!" I'd recommend anyone to take a trip over - just be prepared to be asked if you want a massage, taxi, tuk tuk, tailored suit, designer bag or dvds a million times over.

P.S I've got the travel bug bad now!
Happy holidays,

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Must Love... New York, I Love You

I just finished watching a lovely little movie entitled New York, I Love You.

As you can probably guess it is all about New York, the people in it and their interactions with one another. I'm not sure why, but I really dug it.

It seemed real and honest and lets face it, who isn't intrigued by human relationships and interaction, that's why airports and coffee shops are so cool.

One of the characters had a video camera running the whole time, filming everything and everyone in her daily life. I thought it was really cool when she set it up in the window of a restaurant and just let it run for hours capturing the people who walked by while she went about whatever she was doing.

It didn't follow a plot, it didn't seem to have a big "point" or a big ending. But it was fascinating all the same. And it made me even more excited to visit New York. Imagine all the people I am going to meet over there! New York is the city of dreams, the place people go to make something of themselves, somewhere anything is possible. I can't wait to see what is has in store for me.

Much love,
Popcorn x