8 goals down, 93 to go!

By Tuesday, March 24, 2015 9 No tags Permalink 0

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As of today, I finally finished coming up with goals for my 101 in 1001 list. It’s been a challenge in itself – coming up with 101 things I want to accomplish in the next 2.75 years. Of course, the challenge officially started on the 1st of January so I’ve been chipping away at some of the larger goals and completing some of the smaller ones. Here’s a quick break down of what I’ve achieved so far!

15. Finish watching Roswell

This was one of my favourite TV series as a 11-13 year old. I was in love with Max and the love story between him and Liz. Fifteen years on and I still feel the same. It was a really bittersweet ending for me. I became so involved in the show and so used to having the characters around – it almost felt like leaving friends behind.

21. Visit the Air NZ 75 years exhibit at Te Papa

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I love planes. I am terrified of flying, but I freaking LOVE planes. Blame it on my Dad. He used to have his Private Pilots Licence and would take my sister and I to the local aerodrome most weekends to sit there and watch the planes land and take off. When I heard about the Air NZ exhibit I was so excited. I was initially planning a weekend away in Wellington based around seeing the exhibit with my boyfriend but then my work needed me to travel down there for a week. Flights and accom were covered, so why not pop in during their late night on Thursday and check it out? I really enjoyed walking through the history of one of my favourite airlines.

36. Visit a museum by myself

Okay so this kind of ties in with the one above. I had never been to a museum by myself – which is silly. Museums are so much more enjoyable when you’re able to walk through at your own pace and leisurely browse whatever catches your interest. I’ve missed out on seeing some really cool things in museums because others wanted to rush through. It was great being able to take in the Air NZ exhibit and some others on the same floor at my own speed. I’ll definitely be doing this again!

58. Go to another #brunchclub event

I went to the January #brunchclub event at the White Rabbit. While I probably don’t have the nicest things to say about the venue, the company was amazing. I was sitting with the lovely Sandi from Bakeology and Anjali from L&P to English Tea. I just have to say that Anjali’s hair is gorgeous and I may have weirded her out by staring at it in envy most of the time. It was als oa great chance to catch up with my buddy from Uni – Ben from benevans.co.nz.

59. Go sailing on a yacht

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I’m pretty lucky that one of my good friends owns a 24 foot yacht. We went out sailing to Motuihe Island the day before I had to go back to work. It was glorious. I basically sat on the bow the entire time, avoiding any sailing duties while drinking beer and sunning myself. When we anchored up at Motuihe we had lots of fun jumping of the yacht into the water. 10/10 would sail again.

64. Come up with 101 goals

This was harder than it seemed. It took me one month and 8 days to finish the list! I’m really happy with what I’ve come up with and I’m fairly certain it is going to be achievable!

70. Go to Tawharanui

I fell in love with this place when I went there for a hike with some friends back in 2013. I didn’t realise it was better known as a beach and we spent the entire day walking around the peninsula. While that was an awesome day, I swore to myself I’d come back just to enjoy the beach one day. Back in February I was finally able to do this. We drove up there with a bunch of friends, found a shady spot to set up and base and spent the day swimming, lazing on the beach eating and playing “throw the ball to each other and try not to get it caught in the outgoing tide!” in the water.

73. Meet up with bloggers outside of Auckland

Okay, so I kind of put this one on the list, knowing it would happen. When my work sent me down to Wellington for a week, I asked if any Wellington #brunchclub bloggers would be interested in meeting up one evening. I met some really lovely people and had some amazing 2-for-1 dessert at The Library on Courtenay Place. Highly recommend it by the way! I’m gonna make a shout out to: Dani, Jessie, Matthew, Talulah, Georgina, …… – thanks for being my dessert buddies for the night – you were all wonderful!

 

 

 

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Review: #BrunchClub Goodie Bag

By Thursday, October 23, 2014 3 No tags Permalink 0

#BrunchClub Goodie Bag!

As I mentioned yesterday, I got a kick ass goodie bag at the #BrunchClub on Sunday. I thought I’d give a a run down on the stuff that was in it and my first impression.

  1. Eco Store Haul
    Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Lotion, Lip Balm and Laundary Powder
    I’m pretty happy with these! I’ve been having issues with various shampoos and conditioners for awhile and these ones are Paraben and Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulphate free. I’ve been searching for a shampoo like this for awhile so hopefully it’s as good as they promise. The lip balm is awesome too, by the way.
  2. Artmeis Stress Relief Tea
    I’m a bit of a tea snob. I have a large tin of the T2 Just Peppermint tea – it’s pretty much exclusively what I drink. I don’t have a tea strainer contraption thing at present, so it may be awhile before I make this. I’m awfully curious to try it, so I might just have to buy one.
  3. Mrs Rogers Moroccan Seasoning (not pictured)
    I looooooove Moroccan seasoning. Back when I still ate carbs, my go-to lunch was couscous covered in moroccan seasining with chicken. I’m going to have a go at seasoning some chicken breast with this stuff in future. Watch out for it as a shitty food porn feature.
  4. Pop Roc Parties
    I got some string and some black sticky things. I seriously have no idea what these are for. If anyone could enlighten me, that’d be great. (Bottom right in photo
  5. True Holistic Beauty Rejuvenating Hand Cream
    This stuff looks awesome, and is really nicely presented. My problem is I have like 50 million hand creams floating around and it’s going to take me years to get through them all. Don’t tell her, but this is probably going to end up as Laura’s Christmas present.
  6. The Fairy Light Shop Battery Fairy Lights
    These actually look cool. I’m thinking of the most nefarious way of using them. Will update in the future.
  7. Kokako Cold Pressed Coffee (not pictured)
    I hate coffee. HATE it. I don’t know why it exists. Why would anyone drink it when there are delicious sugar-free V’s in this world? Anyway, I gave it to my boyfriend who said it was a bit average. He’s not really a coffee fan though. So, if you actually like coffee, don’t take this as a strike against it.
  8. Flossie Concierge Gift Voucher ($10)
    I’ve used Flossie before to buy vouchers for different beauty services. Flossie Concierge is actually an app for your smartphone. You tell it the service you want, pick some salons, dates, times etc and they match you with someone who has an availability at that time. I like the idea, but sadly, while they have the Britomart Off Wax loaded into it, they don’t have Newmarket. I work just around the corner from there and it’s my usual spot to get my waxing done. I’m not going all the way into the city. I’ll keep checking – apparently they’re always adding new places.

Whew. A whole blog post and not one mention of poop. I’m losing my touch. Normal programming will return soon.

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The day I realised I was a blogger

By Wednesday, October 22, 2014 5 No tags Permalink 0

Do you ever have those moments where you suddenly realise “Wow, I’m a insert-thing-here”? I’ve had a few interesting ones over the last few years. The day I realised “Hey, I’m a draughtsman!” – I have a job with a job title that means something specific. All my previous jobs had been generic retail and customer service jobs with no real description. Then there was day (after being single for about a year and a half) that I was like “Hey, I’m someone’s girlfriend! Cool!

Well, on Sunday I had another one of those moments. I realised I was a blogger. Sure, I’m only two posts in, I’m still new to this. But the fact is, it’s something I’ve decided to commit to. Every word I type cements the fact that I am now a blogger (among all the other things I am).

So what brought upon this amazing revelation? Well, I attended the October #BrunchClub (I’m not gonna lie, I feel dirty using that hashtag), formerly known as #BloggersBrunchClub.

It was sitting there, having people ask me “So, what’s your blog about?” (I responded with a blank face, then “Uh.. I wrote something about pooping at work?” for the record) that made me realise, I’m one of them. I’m a blogger!

The brunch itself was a really great experience (thanks Laura and Lizzy for organising)! I met some wonderful new people.. and even caught up with people I went to uni with (Ben)!

It was held at the Tuihana Cafe on Dominion Road in Mt Eden. It was a cool little space. The menu had a fairly good range and the drinks were excellent. I would say the hot chocolate I had was easily in my Top 3 best ever Hot Chocolate list.

This brunch was a little bit different than usual. Not only did we get some awesome goodie bags (which I’ll tell you all about in my next post), but we also got to hear from Nate, the owner of Tuihana cafe.

It wasn’t quite the talk we were expecting to get. I guess there was a miscommunication somewhere. It was still interesting and informative though, and I learnt heaps about how to run a cafe. Which is totally relevant to my life (it’s not at all). Despite that, I came away from it feeling motivated. It was great to see someone achieving something and being so passionate about it and looking to improve all the time. That’s probably what has inspired me to post for the first time in a month. Pretty sure it won;t be another month before the next one. 😉

 

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