Oil paint on canvas – 2 hours. First attempt in painting landscape instead of people. Reference was of Coogee beach in Australia.
Oil paint on canvas – 3 days. Trying to master specific parts of the human body before I dive into more complex pieces.
Cheers to another beautiful year of life. My love for life and my appreciation for the amazing people in it has absolutely skyrocketed this past year. 365 days ago I would have never imagined myself living the life that I do, in the city that I’m in, and having the mindset that I do now.
A year ago today I was feeling completely lost and unfulfilled with the life that I had chosen for myself, but I couldn’t pinpoint the reason why. What I did realize though was that I needed a change; one that would take me out of the bubble I was mentally living in. I didn’t want to live with any regrets and I knew for certain I would regret not taking this opportunity. My curiosity got the best of me and before I knew it I was buying a one-way ticket to the other side of the Earth. This was the start of the most beautiful chapter of my life so far.
Year 20 will be remembered as the year I finally went off autopilot and started moving myself towards a more beautiful, adventurous, and wholesome life. It will be remembered as a year of great personal growth and mental healing. A year of maturing and building confidence. A year of trying something new every single day because this world is too incredible to be close minded. A year that has been so generously filled with new friendships and unforgettable memories. This is the year I fell back in love with my life.
I have always believed that you will get what you give, but I feel as though this year I’ve cheated life and won the lottery with the amount of kindness I’ve received by the people I’ve crossed paths with. Every friend I’ve made has taught me so much and I will always be so thankful for that. I moved to this country only 8 months ago and I’m still so shocked by the amount of hospitality, love, and kindness I’ve been given by my friends. There are incredible souls everywhere so don’t be afraid to explore the world. Take a chance because you never know when you’ll meet someone who changes your life for the better. One of my friends always tells me the phrase “Live your best life” and I truly feel that I am now.
Thank you to my mom and dad who have supported me through this crazy whirlwind of a year.
Thank you to Sabdy who has not only been my role model but my loving big sister.
Thank you so much to every single person who has gifted me with their kindness this year.
Remember to love generously and live with an open heart and an open mind.
It’s jumpsuit szn Sydneysiders 💐🍃☀️ With winds reaching up to 65 km/h in the city today, a flowy spring dress might not be the comfiest idea. Until Mother Nature calms down a bit, you’ll find me rocking the jumpsuits as much as possible. My new fav is this beautifully bold green jumpsuit from Forcast. 💚
Jumpsuit – Forcast
Purse – Michael Kors
Heels – Billini
Necklace – Forever21
I’m so madly in love with this adorable floral jumpsuit! It’s so versatile and can be dressed up or down for the occasion. The lightweight fabric makes it the perfect go-to daytime outfit.
The top part features a lovely v-neck cut in both the front and back and the bottoms are loose and cropped. All held together with an ultra comfy elastic waist and tie up belt. Oh and the best part – it has pockets! Lately I’ve been wearing it with simple tan shoes and a beige cardigan.
Get my new favorite jumpsuit at Forcast
Cardigan from Forever21
Tan ballet flats from Rubi Shoes
Uncle Tetsu’s Angel Garden is one of the cutest dessert cafes I’ve been to in Sydney! Located conveniently at Regent Place (also one of my favorite centers) sits this cozy little shop. They specialize in delicious Japanese cheesecake and other sweet treats. Unlike traditional cheesecakes that are dense and heavy, the Japanese cheesecake is light and fluffy so it doesn’t leave you feeling too full.
I always eat with my eyes and when I saw this adorable menu item I just had to get it. This is their Jopanda dessert. Soft serve macha ice cream with crushed graham cracker and garnished with whipped cream, macha jelly, and cute cookies.
Since I was a teenager I felt like I needed to become a certain type of person to be considered successful in our society. From the little things like joining certain clubs/organizations, to bigger things like choosing what degree to pursue and what university to attend, I felt like none of these decisions were 100% what my soul truly wanted. They were all made in order to get closer to this “ideal” person that I thought that I had to become. I was putting so much time and energy into these goals that were never my goals. I was living my life on autopilot without even realizing it. It wasn’t until my 20th birthday when I took a step back to review the past two decades of my life and all I could think was what the hell am I doing? Towards the end of my fall semester of my 2nd year at college, there wasn’t a sober moment where I didn’t feel incredibly anxious, depressed, and stressed out. I felt extremely unfulfilled in everything I did and I didn’t understand why. Shortly after the semester ended, I went to visit my cousin in Australia for what was suppose to be a simple 3 week vacation. I wasn’t expecting it, but from the very first day that I landed in the country, I felt like the light inside of me was glowing again.
What a beautifully liberating feeling it is to wake up in a city where no one knows who you are. When no one knows your past, you feel free to become the person that your soul wants to be. You know how it’s often easier to open up to a stranger rather than a close friend? Because a stranger has no expectations of you, they have nothing to judge you off of. You feel like a clean slate, an untouched canvas, a fresh new page on your book of life. It’s as if a wave has cleansed your soul and washed away all the pressures of your world. You gain the courage to talk to new people and try something different every single day. There is a fire in your eyes and the anxiety has morphed into adrenaline. You know you’ve been alive but you feel more awake and inspired today than the sum of every day before that.
Listen to your heart. Was it logical to suddenly pack up my bags, leave my college, two jobs, sorority, organizations, and all my friends and family to live in another country by myself at the age of 20? No, absolutely not. I had no job ready for me in Sydney, no apartment, no friends, and only one family member in the entire country. I was over 9,000 miles away from the people whom I loved most in the world. It sounds like the worst idea, but somehow it felt right in every single way. Call it God, the universe, destiny, whatever you may, but everything inside me was pushing me to take this leap of faith. Sometimes you just need to trust your instincts. I’m so grateful every single day that I took this chance because I know that if I didn’t I would’ve regretted it until the day I died. The experiences I’ve gone through while living here have pushed me closer to becoming the person who I want to be and the kind of life that I want to live.
I’m not going to sugarcoat it, sometimes it is terribly lonely. I’m lucky enough to have met so many beautiful souls since moving to Sydney, but it’s still not easy to be so far away from the people that you love most. That being said, starting out with no friends in the entire country really forces you to get out of your comfort zone. You can’t get discouraged and you can’t beat yourself up over not having strong connections right away. I truley believe that every soul that walks into your life is there on purpose. I try not to question the length of their stay in my life, or whether or not their impact on me should have been greater than it was. They were there at the right time for the perfect amount of time. People will come and go, and that’s not a bad thing, but the people who are meant to stay in your life will naturally grow with you.
Now, as much of a people-person as I am, moving here solo taught me how beautiful alone time can be. I honestly use to hate being by myself with just my thoughts to keep me company. Anxiety would fill me to the brim within a matter of seconds. After some time in Australia I realized I didn’t have much of a choice; I needed to overcome my fear of being alone or else I would never become the person who I wanted to be. Being completely alone is inevitable and it’s part of growing up. At the end of the day, the only person who’s going to be there for you is yourself. I know it’s not nice to think about, but one day for some reason or another, every single person in your life today will not be there anymore. You need to be living for you. I know you want your loved ones happy, but they have a life of their own and this one is yours so craft it how you want it. Take time to get to know your soul. Meditate and journal your thoughts. Be aware of the things that make you feel more alive and grab on to more of it. Treat your body and your mind and fill your heart with love. The life that shines in your eyes belongs to you and you alone. Treasure the life you’ve been given because it is all for you.
Here are some links to books that I love and have made an incredible impact in my life. I recommend them to anyone who wants to live happier. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. ❤️
- The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
Staying comfy and relaxed this Sunday morning with a light and airy color palette.
The weather is finally warming up in Sydney so I paired these ultra slim cropped pants with a loose fitting white cropped tank and white bralette underneath.
Layering up with a light beige button up to keep the outfit soft and effortless. Add on some dainty jewelry and tan flats and I’m out the door for the day! Find the details and links for the clothes I’m wearing at the bottom of the post.
Vera Slim Cropped Pants in Sage from Forcast
Jayla Button Up Blouse in Beige from Forcast
White loose crop top from H&M
White lace bralette from Forever21
Silver Bracelet from Michael Kors
Winter in Sydney calls for kitty hot chocolates and pretty purple desserts. Nestled in Chinatown is this tiny quaint restaurant that gave us the biggest surprise inside. The menu was filled with colorful Asian styled desserts and drinks that had us in awe for ages.
Treating the taste buds with a chocolate egg waffle filled with whipped cream, strawberry, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. We couldn’t resist channeling our inner child and ordering up the most adorable hot chocolates to go with it 😻🍫
Couldn’t pass up this beauty of an ice cream cone 😋💜 Perfect way to end this dessert-for-dinner meal.