Happy New Year!

It’s been a while, I know. To be honest I don’t really know where the last 3 months have gone. My blog has been pushed aside for a bit while I have worked non-stop, celebrated my birthday, Christmas, New Year AND prepared almost 40 documents for my visa application.

I will start by saying Happy 2018! To say this year has whizzed past would be a huge understatement. I have almost been in Australia for a year and it has been the best. In this year I have been on 10 flights, moved into an apartment with my boyfriend, had 2 jobs, explored New Zealand, climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge and got over 5 thousand views on my blog. And that is just to name a few things.

I spent new years at a farm 3 hours north of Sydney up the coast. Just a small group of friends, sitting round a fire pit, drinking bubbly & staring at the stars. To me, it doesn’t get better than that.

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The outcome of 2017 has made me really happy. I am very content with where I am with my life, who I am and what I’m doing. I have also learnt, and this year especially, that the phrase ‘New Year, New Me’ is not one that I want to follow. I am so happy with the person that I am and this year really helped me develop my strengths, but also highlighted my weaknesses. In my opinion, I don’t want to change. Yes, of course maybe I should eat a bit less MacDonalds, and go to the gym for once in my life, but changing as a person, nope, not for me.

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I have also learnt not to compare my timeline to other peoples. Due to a lot of my friends being a few years older than me, I often have to remind myself that it’s okay that we aren’t at the same position in our lives. Sometimes I get down because I am frustrated that so and so is a manager, or so and so can afford a bigger apartment, or even down to being able to pay for a more expensive phone bill. It sounds a bit silly, but when you’re having one of those days, it’s hard to put it into perspective. At the end of the day, I have just turned 20 & I still have so much to do, see and achieve.

I have surprised myself so much this year with how well I have managed and coped with becoming a full-blown adult, although I don’t feel like one. When I take a step back and look at the fact that I have been completely financially independent since October 2016, it’s has made me realise that money doesn’t actually grow on trees. This in turn has made me prioritise my money. Do I need a large takeaway coffee for the train ride to work, where I get free coffee anyway? No. Saving money has also been a huge part of my year and I have impressed myself with my ability to focus on a financial goal and achieve it.

I am also very excited to say that I have successfully applied for my visa, and I am now on a temporary visa until they grant me my Defacto visa which can take up to 2 years. Here’s to the next 2 years of living life down under!


In 2018, my goals for the year are:

Put a small amount of money in savings every pay check.

Get back on track with my blog & remind myself why I love doing it

Do more of what makes me happy

See friends as often as possible & get a better work life balance

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2 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Glad you don’t want to change, you amazing grown up adult girl, you. You don’t need to change a thing. Always lovely to read about your adventures and always inspiring to hear your very mature thoughts on life. Keep on being you. The very special you that you are. Xxx

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