A look at the week that was and a little insight into the #bloglife, sharing things with you here I just can’t share anywhere else!
Highlights of the week
It was a low-key this week because I was pretty sick with sinus troubles. Sometimes I do really silly things, like deciding it’s a great idea to go to the gym when I’m sick because lifting weights will surely push the sickness out of my body, right?! WRONG. It made things 100 times worse and I really regretted, so my weekend and most of Monday and Tuesday was spent on the couch, in the fetal position, wrapped around my favourite pillow, watching 1,700 hours of Netflix. Actually, come to think of it, it was pretty great.
This week was also my mum’s birthday. My family lives in Singapore so it’s always a bit sucky when milestones like birthdays roll around and I can’t be there in person to celebrate with them, thank Zuckerberg for video chatting! One of mum’s favourite things to do is eat at her favourite sushi spot in Brisbane, so Matt and I took my grandma out to sushi for lunch… check out this epic selfie of my Nan giving me the finger.
Yesterday was supposed to be Matt’s brother’s wedding, but we’re having some chaotic weather in Queensland at the moment, with a tropical cyclone causing all kinds of weather mayhem across the state. The wedding was meant to be a three-day party extravaganza in country Queensland and the weather forecast is torrential rain and flooding – can you believe it! We got two months worth of rain in 24 hours, which made it impossible to have the wedding yesterday. We’re just about to jump in the car to try and head out there now to see if we can get through. Luckily the bride and groom are both super chill though so it’s by no means going to ruin anything and everyone going is still super excited for the party. Be sure to keep an eye on my Insta-Stories to see me drinking bottles of champagne dangerously close to a soggy camp fire.
I also published a post about cruel animal tourism experiences to avoid, which has been a long time coming for me. I’ve done some things I’m not proud of the past, mostly because I was uneducated on best practice. Now I know a lot more about what’s right and what’s wrong and I’m trying to do better. It was a tough post to write because you have to write to the facts on what’s wrong, but not discourage people from still going to the experiences that are good. I hope I did it right. If you missed it, you can read it here.
What I learned this week
My focus this week was on allowing. I did a lot of soul work (reading, journaling and meditating) to understand the art of allowing better. I’m learning how important it is to allow people, situations and things to be just as they and to accept them without judgment or trying to fix them or wanting to change them. It’s kind of like this: you are you and that is good, I am me and that is also good.
There are a few parts to allowing, the patience aspect being the one I struggle with the most and need to focus on more. I spent a good amount of time meditating on:
- accepting things as they are
- trusting everything is working out just as it is supposed to
- believing the feelings, experiences, accomplishments and outcomes I desire are on their way, and
- allowing myself to receive them with ease and gratitude.
I find it hard sometimes, but I’m slowly learning to feel comfortable with the fact I’m not in control of any situation, person or event. All I can do is surrender, let go of my feelings and accept those things I can’t control, focusing instead on myself and being happy while I wait for things to work out exactly as they should. I’m still wrapping my mind around all the moving parts of it, so I think it may trickle through into next week for me too.
News and updates
A few exciting things possibly coming up in the coming months. Matt and I could be headed over to Japan in June and are looking at locking in a trip down to Newcastle toward the end of April. I’ll also be doing some work scouting out cool spots in Brisbane next week for a couple of pieces I’m writing for a major hotel brand. I haven’t really done anything in Brisbane for a while, so it’ll be good to reconnect with my hometown. Also, Matt and I are headed out to Ipswich this weekend to cover the Watercress Creek Olive Festival! Some fun bits and pieces in the works.
My weekly playlist
These are the songs I’ve been crushing on this week and my current playlist staples…
- Too Much – Drake ft. Sampha
- Hotline Bling – Sad Money Remix ft. Kehlani & Charlie Puth
- The Heart Part 4 – Kendrick Lamar (this song is insane! listen to the whole thing cos Kendrick is a genius)
- Nature – Dan Bravo Extended Remix, The Citrus Clouds
- All I Want – Manila Killa Remix, Dawn Golden
- Somebody Else – The 1975
- Dreams – J. Cole (this song is a story… J.Cole is amazing, though this ain’t an official music video)
- Fast Lane – Rationale (possibly one of my favourite beats of all time)
Cool things I saw on the internet
Few things in life compare to the pure joy of an internet deep-dive, here are a few gems I uncovered this week:
- I watched this awesome Kendall Jenner inspired make-up tutorial by YouTuber, Genelle, and can’t wait to give it a go
- Somehow, I found myself deep enough in the recesses of the internet that I stumbled across Jeffree Star and Kat Von D’s infamous mid-2016 feud and went down a rabbit-hole of hilarious, spiraling drama… watch this and then this and/or read this
- I saw these great cat beds at Kmart and will be purchasing some for my cats soon
- My YouTube bender also led me to this clip from MTV’s Wild n’ Out where the hilarious Michael Blackson had me in stitches, I was laughing so hard (he comes in at about the 1:15 mark)
The weekly gallery
A few photos from this week, just for you…
Phoebe Lee is a travel writer and award-winning blogger with a love for storytelling. Phoebe creates practical, fun and engaging written content designed to inspire and energise travel-lovers and dreamers. Follow her and Matt’s adventures at home and around the world, right here on Little Grey Box and through Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.