Long Time No See

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Ah, I’ve missed blogging. But anyone who’s had a blog before knows that sometimes you start to feel a bit pressured to write things when you blog for a while, and then you just get stressed out and enjoy it less. And I just found that I was putting too much effort into internet life and not enough into real life, so I went cold turkey for a few months to reset my priorities. Ya know?

I’ve actually really enjoyed my time off from blogging, and since I last posted I’ve managed to kick my life into a place that I’m really happy to be: I’ve started running again, I’ve been incorporating a lot of different forms of exercise into my life (ones that don’t make me go ‘ugh, do I haaaave to do this?’), gotten back on track with my finances and created a really good money-saving 5-year plan, and… I’ve made it through my first Aussie winter!

Life in Oz is finally coming to the place I want it to be. Starting a new life from almost-scratch takes time to get everything in order – your apartment, your job, your social life, and the most tedious, your new friends. In terms of post-university life-moves, I’d say that that last one is probably the most difficult to overcome, especially for a non-single girl living in the suburbs (to save money). It really teaches you to push yourself out of your comfort zone, or else more often than not you’ll find yourself spending evening after evening on the couch watching crappy television. And that’s hardly taking advantage of your new city at all.

In the more recent past aka this weekend, I did plenty of exercise and sightseeing. On Saturday my friend and I took to the Birdrock Steps in Mornington to train for our 88-floor Eureka Tower climb in November. We busted it to climb the 200 steps at birdrock a total of seven times, and then had a very zen stretching session on the beach (meditating to “ohmmmmiranda kerr’s bodyyyy”). I can’t believe I hadn’t been working out these past few months though. The photos above should give you an idea as to the kind of scenery I run by when I’m out, so really it was just silly of me not to get out and pound the pavement a little bit!

On Sunday Luke suggested we drive west of the city to hike the You Yangs, the small mountains we can actually see from our balcony on a clear day. Yeah, hiking the day after doing 1000+ steps was pretty rough. The hike up to the top of Flinders peak wasn’t actually that long, so when we finished and it was only 2pm we thought we’d head down to Geelong to visit a friend of ours who works for Geelong Helicopter Tours. I ended up closing my day on a helicopter ride around the Geelong Harbourfront! Tick that one off the to-do list.

On Friday night Luke and I were racking our brains trying to find things to do for the weekend that didn’t require any spending. But by the time Sunday night rolled around we realised that everything we’d done was both really fun and really cheap (or free!). How’s that for budgeting? I’m trying to plan ahead for big spending when I got home at Christmastime, because I know that’s gonna be a doozy, so keeping the purse strings in check for the next few months is my absolute primary goal.  As the weather is continuing to get nicer and nicer, I don’t think that is going to be an issue, and I’m really looking forward to exploring the city and heading beachside as the weather turns to a proper Aussie summer. Happy spring aussie friends (and back-to-school for NorAm-ers), and I’m so glad to be back and blogging with ya :)

p.s. it’s now Wednesday and I still can’t walk properly after all those stairs. Shoulda done a bit more Miranda-stretching I think…

  • kimberley

    So glad to see a new post from you! I totally understand what you mean about taking a break though. Glad to see you back, I’d love to hear more about how you got your finances on track – it’s something that I’m struggling with!

    • http://www.cupcakesandcoffeebreaks.com/ Erica | cupcakes+coffee breaks

      Aw thanks lady, that’s so sweet of you to say :)

      I have been trying to think of a good way to put together a finances post too, thanks for the reminder. What would you be more interested in, ways I motivate myself to stick to my budget, or how I actually go about creating my budget specifically? Or maybe I could do both I guess! Ah, this should be a fun one to put together, call me crazy but I looooove budgeting hahaha

      p.s. in my blogging hiatus i’ve also stopped watching youtube videos, and your comment reminded me to catch up on yours! There is a serious lack of aussie youtubers giving product recs for items that we can ACTUALLY get here. So I’ll be catching up on yours asap! and just noticed you have a book haul. a girl after my own heart…

      • kimberley

        Hmm definitely how you actually stick to your budget, although I am still interested in how you create it. I have a budget but I really struggle in actually sticking to it. But I’m interested in ANYTHING about budgeting, it’s so fascinating to me as it’s something that I really suck at.

        I definitely know how you feel, I love watching aussies on YT, there aren’t many!

  • Heels Forever

    Those views look amazing, would love to live there! xx

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    • http://www.cupcakesandcoffeebreaks.com/ Erica | cupcakes+coffee breaks

      Thanks girl! I could say the same about the UK ;) love it there too!

  • mckenzie.collins

    Wow, sounds like it was definitely worth the break! You’ve clearly come back stronger!