The 1st month of 2017! What a way to start off the new year and celebrating turning a quarter of a century. I just got back from travelling around Australia and New Zealand for the past 5.5 weeks. It was such an incredible journey and I feel so blessed and fortunate to have had the opportunity to go for that amount of time. I made some amazing memories and I am sharing those with you in my January favourites for 2017.
So here it goes…My JANUARY 2017 FAVOURITES
1. Fraser Island
We took a 4×4 self drive tour in Australia on the world’s largest sand island for 2 nights and 3 days camping out at an aboriginal camp by the beach. It was such an amazing experience with an awesome group of people. Definitely a must do when in Australia!
2. Book: Subtle Art of Not Giving a F****
This was a great book by Mark Manson about helping the reader to think a little bit more clearly about what they’re choosing to find important in life and what they’re choosing to find unimportant.
These are few of my favrite quotes in this book:
“The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience.”
“Everything comes with an inherent sacrifice — whatever makes us feel good will also inevitably make us feel bad. … Because happiness requires struggle. It grows from problems. Joy doesn’t just sprout out of the ground like daisies and rainbows. Real, serious, lifelong fulfillment and meaning have to be earned through the choosing and managing our struggles.”
3. Trip it App
My fav travel app! It compiles all your reservations into one seamless document so you never have to sift through your bookings again.
4. Book: Shoe Dog
I think Shoe Dog by Phil Knight is the best memoir I’ve ever read by a business person. I consumed it in a day last week. It’s about the origin story of Nike, which started out as Blue Ribbon Sports.
“Life is growth. You grow or you die.”
5. Celebrating my 25th Bday in New Zealand
TURNING A QUARTER OF A CENTURY! First off, it is not as scary as people make it sound but it did make me realize that time flies and we don’t have any time to waste. Each day is precious and I need to make the most of every single day. Take nothing for granting. Regret nothing. It showed me that I need to focus on creating my dream lifestyle and stop procrastinating or else life will just pass me by.
6. Black Water Rafting with Glowworms
Such an amazing adventure activity. We went rapelling, tubing, zipling, climbing waterfalls all while swimming inside caves and looking at the amazing glowworms. More about this on my upcoming blog about my travels around NZ so stay tuned…
7. TNA Sweater
The weather in Australia & New Zealand was very unpredictable. This sweater was my best friend throughout the trip since I wore it EVERY SINGLE DAY. It is so comfortable and warm!
Atlantic Hoodie ($75) from Aritzia
8. Go Pro Hero 4
No trip is complete without a great camera. We were in water most of the time so the Go Pro really helped us get great footage of our trip. Costco has it on sale for $300 so don’t miss out!
9. Lay Bag
We bought these in Australia and is definitely my best purchase throughout the trip. I don’t remember the brand but there are several companies out there selling these. I paid about $50 for mine. Perfect for the beach, picnics, camping and road trips.
10. Scuba Diving
I was so scared to try scuba diving in Australia because I have a bad ear and get regular ear aches. I booked 2 dives at the great barrier reef and I could not complete my first dive because I felt a lot of pressure in my ears and thought that my ear drum would bust. It had been on my bucket list for so long and didn’t want to regret not having to try it. I knew I had to get over my fear so I mentally prepared myself for the second dive. By staying calm underwater I was able to complete my second dive and it was such an incredible experience being underwater and exploring a whole new world. It was such an amazing feeling but the great barrier was definitely a disappointment. Most of the reef has been destroyed because of tourism and climate change.
Hope you enjoyed my JAN Favs:) Stay tuned for upcoming blogs about my trip to the land down under!