Halloween is a huge deal at home. Everyone loves to get dressed up and go out. I prefer to stay in, watch scary movies, and hand out candy but I definitely have had my fill of crazy halloween nights out; everything from pub crawls to hotel events in Serbia. Celebrate how you want, either or is alway a good time. Now that I"m in Aus….people don't really celebrate the honorary holiday. My boyfriend actually asked me "what day is Halloween on?" ….WHAT!?
When referring to relationships, majority of people would advise anyone that 'communication is key' which I totally agree with. It is so important to speak your mind and state your opinion…when necessary. Sometimes people need to choose their battles but for the most part, you feel better once you've voiced how you're feeling. I can only speak for myself but hopefully I'm not the only one who second guesses and hesitates before I speak my mind. Doesn't matter what I'm doing, I plan strategically, word for word what I'm about to say. Sometimes that comes in handy, however sometimes its better to just spit it out. If there is a problem between another person and myself, for some reason I listen to what they have to say and forget why I was upset in the first place; like what I was feeling was insignificant. In reality, I think about my argument all day long and I know I had good reasoning. When there is something I want to do but don't want to straight up ask for it, I try to dance around the subject until the other person guesses what I'm indirectly and implicitly talking about and then I pretend they're the one the had the idea. Why do I do that when it is so much easier to just say what I had in mind? Even if I am not in an argument, I have an idea and want to be forward about it….I hesitate. For some reason, I don't value my opinion and feel like someone else might have a better idea or perspective. This is one thing I need to try to work on because I will go mental letting all my feelings, thoughts, and ideas burn away in my brain. You never know who shares the same opinions as you do; better yet, your opinions and feelings matter just as much as everyone else's. Speak your mind and if someone doesn't like it…it's not the end of the world. No matter what you do people will judge and criticize, you can't please everyone so you might as well do and say what you want.
So I always try to stay active and I'm into fitness and all that jazz…but I get so bored of doing the same workout everyday. Last month, I got a gym membership to Howzat gym…it is just across the street from my house so I have no excuse not to go! They offer so many amazing classes that are so versatile and for all ranges of ages/fitness levels. There is one class that I'm OBSESSED with. Its a Barre class…its a mix of pilates, ballet, and cardio/aerobics. With so many types of movements integrated into one class, it flies by! It works your whole body and focuses on leaning the muscles and toning them. I grew up dancing and figure skating so I've taken so many dance classes and it brings me back to the basics! If you have a Howzat near you, I highly recommend going! That being said, I haven't seen what other gyms have to offer.
My only suggestion for venues would be to offer more dance classes! I love getting my boogie down to some tunes and literally dancing my butt off!
Get outside. Get active.
Thank you Jess for taking me on adventures around Newcastle! Love me some afternoon adventures and a sit down for some iced coffee. PS the iced coffee here comes with ice cream and whipped cream! How crazy is that?
In the mail today, I received a letter from my good friend Malcolm back home. He is one of the best people I know; so talented, caring, unique, and funny. If anyone in the world could do it all, it's him! He is definitely an old soul and quite possibly the last person in the world who still writes handwritten letters. Its the simple things like that that make all the difference in the world. The other day, I went for a nature walk just to observe the scenery in my new town. I brought my camera and tried to capture some of the natural beauty of life. Society today takes so many things for granted. The fact that I can breathe clean air, smell fresh flowers, listen to the crash of ocean waves, and the chirping of wildlife is amazing.
It is ironic that I started blogging when I don't believe in using technology for everything, but on a day-to-day basis I make sure to get outside and bring it back to the basics. Whether it be a simple conversation face to face, a classic sunset, a walk in the park, a good cup of tea, or a beach fire and guitar; nowadays, people focus on their grande, non fat, double mocha blended frappuccino, their extravagant social events, or a constant texting conversation. Not saying that it is wrong to move forward with the times, but I think it is crucial to be unplugged every now and again. Why be concerned with anything that doesn't allow you to be present in the moment?