March 25, 2015

MY CHILDHOOD BUCKET LIST


Twelve years ago, I wrote a bucket list. This list was filled with the aspirations and daydreams of eleven year old Emily. Although unlike other hobbies I had at that age, I managed to maintain this list for another five years, diligently crossing off accomplished items and replacing them with new plans. Ultimately however this list became buried under years of clothes, books and new memories… until I stumbled across it a week ago. 

I have always found it interesting reading things I wrote a year ago, (let alone eleven years) and seeing to what extent my personality and writing style has developed. Interestingly, it seems some things never change. I still want to be a better person, own my own apartment and 'live instead of exist’. Saving money is more of a necessity if I’d like to eat this week rather than an objective on a list, and kissing in the rain isn’t all it is cracked up to be.  Not to mention I should probably listen to #9… Clearly some things never change. Maybe one day…  

1. Get Married / 2. Save a persons life / 3. Learn to speak Italian / 4. Save money / 5. Stop Gossiping / 
6. Get my own house or apartment / 7. Get my drivers licence / 8. Write a book and get it published / 
9. Stop playing on the computer when I have things to do / 10. Make a CD of Happy Songs /
11. Be less addicted to MSN Messenger / 12. Get a boyfriend / 13. Kiss in the rain / 14. Stop being jealous / 15. Be pretty / 16. Get my ears pierced / 17. Be a better person / 18. List three things that make me happy everyday / 19. To live instead of exist / 20. Start a magazine. 

Have you ever had a bucket list from your childhood?
 What was on yours? 

March 1, 2015

WHATS MADE ME HAPPY #20


Happy March everybody! It's the time of the year where everything is slowly getting back into routine. Early morning bus rides with a coffee mug surgically attached to my hand, sitting in traffic on the way home, and passing out in bed by 8pm (I like to embrace my inner granny bedtime, nothing wrong with that!). All the while counting down until the weekend, just to repeat the week all over again. But enough is enough, it’s time to be grateful for the little things and stay positive. That said, here is a couple of my favourite things from the week thats been… 

1. Playing board games with the family and laughing till your cheeks hurt.
2. Taking an online course in social psychology. Finally getting my brain back into gear! 
3. Going on a ‘date’ with Dan to the movies to see ‘The Theory of Everything’… honestly, I think my expectations were too high. If you’ve seen it, what did you think?  
4. Oscar chasing me around the house (If you haven’t met him, you can meet him here
5. Spending this morning at the beach eating breakfast and admiring the view. 

Pinch and a punch for the first of the month! 
What has been your highlight of the week? 






February 26, 2015

PARIS | PHOTO DIARY






I am a homebody through and through. Track pants, cuddly jumpers, blankets and Greys Anatomy re-runs are my haven. Backpacking, living out of out of hostels and surviving off a loaf of bread and cheese for a week was not up my alley, however when Dan and I went backpacking across Europe I suddenly realised what it was all about. We visited some of the most beautiful cities that stole my heart, but in true cliché style I fell madly in love with Paris.

I didn't climb the Eiffel tower, or go inside the Louvre, we didn't pay for extravagant tours or go to fancy restaurants. It rained the entire time we were there, and we actually had a fight underneath the Eiffel Tower when we arrived (not exactly the city of love, right?). All this, and it was still one of my favourite places in the world. Why? Because of the little things.
 
Paris is a treasure trove of unique finds, secret passageways and quirky signs from the 1950s. Sitting on the metro (which is so much better than Sydney trains) and listening to people speak to each other in their incredible French accents, swoon.  The Parisian style, the elegance and the culture were so dreamy. Not to mention France is home to the greatest cheeses in the world, and don't forget the macaroons, the crepes, pastries and baguettes...  Hungry yet?  
 
 Have you been to Paris? What did you think?
 

February 18, 2015

BAKING: CINNAMON AND SULTANA TWISTS





CINNAMON AND SULTANA KNOTS: 

Ingredients: 
2 cups flour
1 tbsp instant yeast
2 tsp sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup warm water 
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter (melted)  

Inside the knot:   
3 tbsp sugar 
2 tbsp cinnamon 
3 tbsp sultanas (or other dried fruit) 

1. In a large bowl, place the flour, instant yeast, sugar, salt and warm water. Mix together with a wooden spoon until combined, and then knead for 6-7 minutes until smooth and elastic. 

2. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until risen. Roughly an hour. 

3. When ready, roll the dough so it is even and roughly 0.5cm thick.  Spread your sugar, cinnamon and sultanas (or other dried fruit you desire) on the top and roll again. 

4. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into roughly seven parts. Roll each into balls, and then into ropes. Make a knot out of it and place it on your baking paper. 

5. Brush the tops with melted butter and bake at 200° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. 







January 31, 2015

FIVE THINGS | I’ve learnt in my 20’s.




I am almost twenty three, and it scares me. When I was younger I remember sitting around the swings in the park, listening to my friends talk about their goals in life while I clutched my pen diligently listing down my own. I decided if I was going to live my best life, I needed to start organising it. I called it my ‘life plan’ (creative name huh?) and I loved it. As much as I love spontaneity, I have always been a fan of lists and plans. They provide comfort. They provide direction. Not to mention the fact I had ‘Marry a man with a British accent’ on mine. What’s not to like? 

As wildly creative as my ‘life plan’ was, it is certain to say I haven’t stuck to it very well. I am not a model, an actress, nor have I been on Oprah. I am meant to marry by 23, have a baby by 25 and oh my absolute favourite, ‘save the world’ by 32. Yeah… I told you I was a creative little one. What I’ve learnt is that unfortunately life doesn’t always go to plan, but it does give you things you never imagined and teaches you pleeeenty along the way. Here are five things I’ve learnt so far. 

1. The world doesn’t owe you anything: You are not entitled to anything in this world. Put your head down, work hard and respect the people around you. Try and stay positive and be the best version of you that you can be, its the only thing you have control of and it’s the only way you’ll get anywhere. 

2. Don’t waste your time: Time is non-renewable. Once it’s gone, it’s really gone. Don’t waste your time on people or things that have a negative impact on your life. Forget the friends or boys that forgot about you, and cherish the good ones that hung around. People change, friendships fall apart but the ones that stay are keepers. You deserve to have people around you who love and support you, anyone else is a waste of your time. 

3. You’ll make your money go further: You’ll learn to do more with less. You’ll also learn that if you spend your weeks pay on a big night out you’ll get to enjoy baked beans every night for the rest. of. the. week. Great… Just great.

4. Life goes on: My Grandpa used to say ‘no matter what happened the day before, the sun will always rise the next morning’ which really put things into perspective. We all go through breakups, loss of jobs,  friendship meltdowns, the list goes on, but the world will keep spinning. Failure is part of life and there will always be other opportunities out there if you keep your eyes and heart open. 

5. Your parents are people too: In your 20’s they are no longer the totally uncool authoritarians you saw as a teenager, nor the all-knowing protectors you saw as a child. They are peers, just two people who are somewhat flawed like the rest of us, doing their best to help out in every way they can to give you the best life you deserve. They deserve a medal.  

What have you learnt in your 20s? Let me know!