A look at the week that was and a little insight into the #bloglife, sharing things I just can’t share anywhere else!
Highlights of the week
It feels so freakin’ good to be home! You know that feeling when you’re away from home for a while and the longer you’re away the more you start to feel like you don’t have a handle on your life anymore? Like, you just need to get home for a few days or a week so you can get your shit together? That was me. It feels so good to be home, sleeping in my own bed, making my own food and being able to wash my clothes whenever I want and get fresh ones out of my wardrobe. Bliss.
I don’t know about you, but I really struggle to feel focused if my house isn’t clean. So, last week, I set about cleaning the whole house top to bottom and getting everything in order. You know, those days where you do 100 loads of laundry, clean out your pantry, pull the fridge apart and wash all the shelves properly. It was amazing. What’s more, Matt and I just did a big spring clean too, going through all of our ‘storage’ cupboards (a.k.a hoarders nests) and doing a brutal cull.
We used to live in a very compact one bedroom apartment with very little storage, it really kept us in check. Since we moved into this big house, we’ve just started collecting crap like it’s going out of fashion. I have one cupboard that’s pretty much full of press releases, itineraries and loads of printed flyers, handouts, information sheets and advertising material from clients we’ve worked with and trips we’ve taken. I felt really guilty seeing all that wasted paper, so from now on I’m going to ask clients to put any documents in an email or on a data stick and just let them know we won’t accept any printed materials.
On Sunday Matt and I went to The Golden Pig, a cooking school in Brisbane, where we joined in their Perfect Pastry class. You guys, you do not even want to know how much butter goes into puff pastry. It’s an obscene amount and it’s so delicious and it’s really for the best that you just don’t think about it and go about your business eating delicious pastry carefree. We learned how to make a whole range of delicious pastries and fillings, including choux pastry for profiteroles filled with chocolate custard, divine puff pastry and the most delicious sweet pastry for lemon tarts (my favourite!) We did some filming while we were there so you can expect to see a fun little video all about the experience, up on the YouTube channel in coming weeks.
I also had to lower myself to show my face at the dentist this week. All my worst fears were realised when they told me I had to get some fillings done. You see, I’ve never had a filling and I’m absolutely terrified of the dentist. Sensing my distress, they sent me off to the doctor to get my hands on something to help me relax. So, on Monday, I’ll be popping those back and slinking off to the dentist, no doubt in a puddle of tears like a real loser, to get my first ever filling. I’m a real wimp about it and, deep down, I hope my whining will get me out of it even though I know, 100%, it will not.
Now I’m home I’m also attempting to get back into a regular routine of eating well and exercising regularly. So far, that has not gone well. I’ve eaten a lot of cheese, pasta and pizza (no regrets) and gone to the gym once. Damn. I definitely feel like I’ve turned a corner in my life where I no longer have this burning desire to have a ‘perfect’ body. I actually had a dream this week where I had a ‘perfect’ body. In my mind I’d always assumed that having the ‘ideal’ body would make my life better somehow, in my dream, it didn’t make an ounce of difference other than more men looking at me – no, thanks.
I’ve got no desire to say no to delicious meals and spend lots of time at the gym – I’m just after a healthy balance. Good food choices, lots of water, regular exercise. I just wanna fit into the same pair of jeans and feel happy. I honestly don’t know how some of the other Instagrammers/Bloggers/YouTubers do it! I’m flat out finding the time to exercise in-between or during work trips, I’ve usually got so much work on I spend my days glued to my desk or I’m on planes or working on the road. How the heck do they find time to stay in such incredible shape!? I will never know.
Also, I’m off to the hairdresser this week and I’m in two minds about what to do. Should I keep my hair suuuuuper long like it is now OR get the ends cut a bit, bringing it back to the bottom of my ribs? I cannot decide. Both have their benefits and disadvantages. Long = like a mermaid, can straighten it and leave it like that for days but can’t go in a messy bun and is more work. Shorter = Can curl, can bun but… no mermaid-ish length. It’s a real tricky one. Opinions welcomed.
What I learned this week
Matt and I had a great talk this week about short term and long term goals. We’ve achieved so much with LGB this year and things have kind of gotten a roll on. Things have been super busy and we haven’t paused to take stock and think about what we’re working towards. Where we are now with our business has been a long term goal for a while and, now we’re here, it’s time to refocus and think bigger.
For me, one of my short term goals is the growth of the YouTube channel, particularly the Vlogs. I love making them, so I want to apply consistency to them and see them grow. Long term, I want LGB to grow to the point where Matt and I have more control and freedom. I’ll try to explain it how I see it in my head – I don’t crave global fame or anything like that, I just want LGB to have enough street cred that we get great job offers consistently and can pick and choose jobs based on where we want to go and what we want to do. I want us to be able to plan our year with some time at home and some time away. To have enough work to pay the bills and enough downtime to enjoy our lives. Balance, you know.
News and updates
Guys, News and Updates is slim this week! I feel like I keep saying the same thing every week at the moment, but there’s plenty of stuff in the works but not confirmed. We have quite a few local gigs on the books in the coming weeks and then some international stuff, which I’m really excited about. I’ll keep you posted.
Watch the brand new video up on our YouTube channel this week!
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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.