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What my 5th week in Australia looked like

Another amazing week spent with amazing people and trying new things. I’m getting used to living here and learning new things everyday. I lived every moment of this week.

Monday, 9 March

A cold start to the week. I woke up and read to start my day off. I then went to work with Mags for the day. After that I walked home in the cold weather and decided to watch a documentary. I got ready and went to the local Jungle gym workout. Its like hiit based workouts outside. Today we did glute and ab focused workouts with sprints on the beach. When we finished I walked along the beach and took a mini hike to a point where I could see the sunset. I sat and waited and watched. I love sunsets and sunrises. Every minute it changes into another form or colour. Its totally mesmerizing. I walked home after that. We ate soup for dinner and watched some Tv shows. I skyped my parents and went to bed. A gloomy day ended off on the best way possible.

Tuesday, 10 March

I woke up a bit earlier today. I skyped my parents and got ready for the day. Me and Mags went to the doctor after taking her son to school. She has been feeling sick for a couple of days. The most bizarre thing happend. Because she had flu like symptoms she had to stay outside the building and they did the check up on her outside. When she walked back to me she wore a medical face mask. She didn’t have Coronavirus but while wearing the mask people looked pretty scared. We went to grab some things in a shop and there was signs with the maximum amount of handsanitiser per customer. What a weird time for the world. I feel like where going to make history with this. In a couple of years people are going to study what we went through( my mind is obviously blown). We went home and i walked to the office for a couple of hours of work. I’m learning new things everyday, It really excites me. I then went to the gym for an evening leg day workout and practised my flexibility afterwards. I decided to walk to the beach. I layed down on the sand and just listened and tried to be mindful. This is the most amazing way to end off your day. When I got home I read a little more. I’m reading a book about nutrition and I’m totally fascinated. Jakob, Mags’ son said he had a surprise for me and gave me his stikeez.(Picture below) It’s heartwarming to know that in a couple of weeks he he managed to become a brother to me. Me and the family did our usual ritual. Dinner , Married at first sight, Schitts creek and bed time. I skyped my parents and went to bed after some meditation( i highly recommend this if you struggle to stop thinking while trying to sleep)

Wednesday, 11 March

I woke up to the sound of rain outside. I started my day relaxed and slowly with some coffee breakfast and reading. We went to drop of Jakob after some shopping. The grocery store shelves are starting to become more and more empty. People are starting to stock up on stuff because there are a lot of rumors of a potential lockdown. I walked to my 9 to 5 job and jumped right into work. For my lunch break i went to a cafe, Three doors down and had some banana bread. I went back to work afterward. I’m so fortunate to be working alongside such amazing and kind people. They managed to make me feel so welcome here. After work I walked to the gym and had a Push day workout. I walked home and did a quick shower and got dressed. Me, Mags and her daughter are going to a nice restaurant this evening as a girls night outing. It was one of the nicest places I’ve been to. To quote Mags:” It feels like your at the bahamas”. We sat and watched the sun go down while enjoying our time together. I ate some new foods and tried some new drinks. That was one of my goals for this year. New things every week! Thank you so much Mags for this awesome treat, it’s definitely a night to remember.

Since I’ve arrived in Australia I’ve been attracting pineapples. It’s the weirdest thing but here are some examples.

Thursday, 12 March

I woke up had by coffee and breakfast and read for a while beafore going to the office. Another day full of learning how to do new things. After the day in the office. I got dressed in lighter clothes and went on a 5km walk along the beach. This was so relaxing. I forgot about everything and focused on the sand between my toes, the sun against my skin and the sound of the ocean right beside me. I went back to the office just to be in Mags’ aura and cozy space and read some more. I googled the meaning of a pineapple. Heres what I found.

Pineapples are also considered an expression of “welcome” throughout the South and symbolizes assets we appreciate in our home – friendship, hospitality and warmth.

How crazy is that! I definitely feel welcome here. I feel like I found my family away form home! Me and mags went to the Basin to end of the day with a refreshing swim and sunset. We ate dinner ate home and watched one of our favourite shows: Gogglebox. To end off the night I talked to my parents, meditated and fell asleep.

Friday, 13 March

Friday the 13th! But nobody realized because all the rave is around the Coronavirus recently. I woke up had a coffee and went to the beach to watch the sunrise. Its the first day with nice weather in the morning. I walked past some locals and talked to them. Australia really has some of the nicest people. After watching one of the most beautiful sunrises i went back home to start my day and get ready for my 9 to 5. I had breakfast, read a bit and skyped with my dad. I went to the office and worked for a couple of hours. For lunch I decided to pick a new cafe and went to the Black board cafe. I had a nut cookie, black coffee and read my book about nutrition. I went back and finished all my work. After work I went to the gym for a Pull day and abs workout. I walked home and had a nice evening. We tried to order pizza but it couldn’t get delivered. Reason: Coronavirus. I skyped my parents( Ek mis julle baie vandag!) And went to bed excited to sleep in tomorrow.

Saturday, 14 March

I woke up earlier than expected.( Thanks to a really irritating moth😂). Its stroming outide and freezing. I love this weather, it always feels cozy and like you could just sit and watch movies all day. We had some errands to do and we explored another part of Sydney. When i got home i got dressed and me Mags and Sofia jumped in the car on our way to Warringha Mall. This is the first time I went to intentionally buy something in Australia. The mall was massive and it was interesting to compare it to what we have in South Africa. We went home and had a cozy evening with some really nice fried rice for dinner. The rest of the night was spent together with Pirates of the Caribbean in front of the tv. I talked to my parents before going to bed.

Sunday, 15 March

A uneventful day. Perfect for the end of a busy week. I woke up and got dressed in cozy,warm clothes and spent the morning reading and drinking coffee. We went to go look at granny flats and spent the rest of this cold day meal prepping for the rest of the week. I wrote my blog that evening( shameless plug: go read my other weekly blogs about Australia if you haven’t yet. I committo post each week and love hearing feedback from you!) We watched tv and had dinner. I talked to my Parents and prepared myself for the upcoming week by doing some planning and setting up my goals.

My favourite moments of the week:

  1. Our Girls Night: a boujee experience that i will never forget. Thank you Mags!
  2. Getting to know the people I work with: once again, people in Australia are so nice and welcoming. I loved having some interesting conversations with the people.
  3. Having some mindful moments: sunsets, sunrises or trips to the beach mixed with some meditation. I always make time to free my mind of negative thoughts and just try to focus on the moment.
  4. Contacting my Family. Its nice to know whats going on at home. Whether its through skype, whatsapp of just a call hearing from them makes me feel closer to home.

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Have a lovely day!

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Why I’m taking a gap year

The most dangerous risk of all- the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.

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The beginning of my journey

The day I decided to make 2020 my gap year: it was a Saturday and I was between study sessions for my prelim exams. I went to my mom beacause I wanted to express how tired, stressed and frustrated I was.

Before that day I talked alot to my parents about these feelings. The sentence I repeated over and over was ,”I dont want to graduate high school, go to university, get a job, get married and have children and then when I’m 70 realize that I didnt do anything extraordinary with my life”. How could anyone think this when they’re given this amazing gift to live?

I’m usually the positive person in any group. The one that encourages others to look past the problem and see the potential. My positive side is also mixed with my type A personality. While I we were busy with prelims I obviously studied hard. When I got home or woke up I basically sat in my room and studied until the sun went down (sometimes I watched the occasional tv show when I had a break). And often with my study breaks I felt guilty throughout the whole resting time because “I wasn’t busy studying”.

No one was pushing me to do this, I am fortunate to have parents that give us freedom to decide almost everything for ourselves. So if I don’t want to study for a test its my choice, if i want to have a distinction its also my choice.

So back to the day i decided to take a gap year. I went to my mom and told her jokingly that I would love to take a gap year. And that I don’t know how I will be able to go back to studying again after a short matric vacation. Even though I was that person a couple of months previous to this that couldn’t understand why anyone would waste their time on taking a gap year. She said something along the lines of ,” so doen dit dan”.

Its safe to say that I burned myself out. I felt like all you have to do your whole life is work. High school, university then your job. I realize now how this was out of the ordinary for me to think like this, I also realize how worn out I was.

In that moment (as cliche as it sounds) it felt like a weight was lifted of my shoulders. So we began thinking of all our family members around the world that I could go visit. Once we had a list we bagan contacting them.

My dad loved the idea and I’m truly blessed that he can make these visits possible for me. He told me that I should make the most of this year. Because later in my life a year off isn’t going to be this easy. He encouraged me to talk to everyone I met and to try to learn something from each person.

I’m excited for this journey. My first stop is Australia. Because I think I want to become a chartered accountant one day (but I still have a little doubt) I’m going to work as an intern at an accounting company. By doing this I’ll be able to see if this is truly the career I want to have.

I want to end my first blog by saying that this is my way to document my journey for myself and for anyone that wants to follow along. I am so grateful for this opportunity and still can’t believe this is happening. I’m flying to Sydney at the beginning of February 2020.