Travel Diary: Port Stephens

Last month, some friends and I headed up north for a week by the beach. We played board games for hours, swam to an island, hiked up a mountain, read in hammocks and walked along the beach past 3am. It was such a fun week and a nice post-exams break. It's crazy to think I met all of these people this year at uni! 

If any of you are ever planning a trip in NSW, I definitely recommend Port Stephens. For when you go, I've compiled a list of all of my favourite things to do up there:

+ Hike up Mount Tomaree
+ Walk along the fire trail to Fingal Bay
+ Fish and Chips at Nelson Bay
+ Snorkelling at Shoal Bay
+ Paddle Boarding
+ Sand Boarding at Stockton sand dunes 
+ Watching the dolphins at Shoal Bay
+ Markets at Nelson Bay 
(you'll have to check when they are on before you go)
+ Walking along the spit from Fingal Bay 
(need to check tides)
+ sunset dinner on the beach
parasailing (from Nelson Bay) 


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A Christmas Throwback

Last BLOGMAS post of 2017! Today I wanted to share with you a Christmas Throwback - all the photos I could find of Christmas through the years. Most years, my family has spent Christmas up north at a beach house. It's always a fun week of swimming, bush walks, delicious food and prezzies. A couple of times we've been overseas and Christmas has been celebrated with just my siblings and parents, while exploring a new country. This year will be the first year I'm not with my family - I'll be spending it with my boyfriend, Wil, and his family. 

Thank you so much for following along with BLOGMAS - whether that was a couple of posts or every single day. It has been challenging but rewarding to put so much time and effort into my blog, which was a bit neglected this year. 

Wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas (or whatever you celebrate) and New Year! 

Much love as always,
Gigi x

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Inspiring Quotes to Live By

Hello and welcome to the second last day of BLOGMAS! 

You may not know this about me but I looove a good quote. 

Today I've compiled a list for you of some of my favourite quotes that I try to live by.

Comment below your favourite quote or any ones from my list that inspire you!

G x


Change your thoughts and you change your world + Norman Vincent Peale

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose + Dr Seuss

Happiness doesn't come from having what you want, instead it comes from recognising that what you want, you already have.

We don't see one planet as more worthy of existence than the rest. Or one star. Or one rain droplet. Or one snowflake. So why do we create so much comparison among humans?

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that its stupid Albert Einstein

Be who you are and say what you feel.. Because those who mind, don't matter and those who matter, don't mind + Dr Seuss

You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think + Christopher Robin 

Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine + Joan Clarke, Imitation Game

It is impossible to live without failing at something… unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case you fail by default + J.K. Rowling 

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it + Ferris Bueller

This is the youngest that we're ever gonna be, this is our time; live in the now + The Spectacular Now 

Why worry? If you've done the very best you can, worrying won't make it any better + Walt Disney 

Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die + Buddha 

Aspire to inspire before you expire + Eugene Bell Jr.

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us + Helen Keller

The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well + H T Leslie 

Consumerism: Buying things you don't need with money you don't have to impress people who don't care + Andrew Clifford

This above all: to thine own self be true + William Shakespeare 

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime + Maimonides 

When life gives you a reason to cry... quickly find two reasons to smile + Marian Van Der Poorten
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Is it just me or does 2018 sound like a year that should be a long time away? I feel as though I'm just getting used to the fact that it's 2017 and it's almost over! A lot has happened this year and so I wanted to make a post showing some of the highlights. I did this sort of post 2 years ago in 2015, which you can see here, and it's one of my favourite blog posts to look back on, so I wanted to create another one for 2017.

Hope you enjoy a peek into more of my personal side. 2017 has been a year full of challenges, new experiences and new friends. Here's to 2018, a year of friends, family, joy and laughter.

Much love as always,
Gigi x 

Family trip to Maui

Skiing with the cousins in Niseko, Japan

Work experience at a furniture design company

Uni O-week

Sunrise at Bondi

First day of uni with my friend Elise

I have no photos from this month... Not too much happened though. I got a job, celebrated my brother's 12th birthday and went to uni. 


Trip to Melbourne for my cousin's Bar Mitzvah 

Group meetings for engineering (yes we are playing cards...)


Best friend's 19th birthday

Bought my first car

Maccas runs

Dustin Tebbutt concert ft. Lisa Mitchell with Tashi


Grandpa's 75th Birthday

Blue Mountains with Wil

 Blue Mountains with Tashi

 I turned 19!

 Chocolate Festival

Christmas in July (except in August)

Observatory with friends

Featured in a short film

Spontaneous cartilage piercing 

 Decorated my room for Halloween

Elise's 19th Birthday brunch

Halloween Party

Sister's 17th birthday

Beach house with friends


Decorated my room to be all festive

Made an advent calendar for Wil

MCA exhibit 

 BLOGMAS (shooting a blog post every day of December) 
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