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Travel Diaries – Melbourne

First Family Portrait – 2017.

It’s been a little while since we have taken a family photo. I think this photo is the first of 2017, and I am happy that we were able to capture the moment.

Since we last spoke I switched up my hair, I’ve been head down – bum up and working hard. As a reward for our all work and no play attitude, we quietly snuck into Melbourne last Thursday night. It wasn’t without the usual last minute dot com rush of getting to the airport. Try packing and getting ready to fly out that with a tired toddler in tow. Let’s just say we just made the flight by God’s grace. I think husbae’s title may have helped:

“His Excellency” – we were treated like royalty.

I love Melbourne – it’s one of my favourite cities in Australia – and we try to visit at least once a year. The shopping, food and fashion seduce me every time. I’m here. The cultural infusion and just the general acceptance of individuality make me smile – Colgate ad smile. Someone with a massive Afro like me can walk past and no one will bat an eyelid.

Mummy and Daughter selfie.

With a toddler this Melbourne trip has been super chilled. Most nights we were going to bed in the wee hours of the morning because we spent time catching up with friends while we consumed adult beverages and abused Uber Eat. Normally around midday accompanied by our mild hangovers we would then hit up the local “hot spots” for brunch.

Mexican breakfast.

Not sure if it was just the hunger  but the food we ate during our Melbourne trip was super fresh and delicious. I had a mini break from my usual diet and it was totally worth it!

Orange, ginger, lemon and turmeric juice.

On one occasions whilst we were eating lunch, Tasima, being the social butterfly that she is, struck a friendship with two young girls at the restaurant. As adults it can be hard to make new friends. I forget that youngins can meet even for a brief minute and become close friends. So much so one of them was compelled to draw a picture of her and give it to her:

The drawing master piece.

Honestly, it was a heart melting moment – one of the sweetest things I have ever witnessed. As a mother I was proud that our baby girl had made such a lasting impression.

Whilst we were in Melbourne one of our dear friends was celebrating her 30th birthday. As parents we managed to stop by her birthday party and have a quick drink, sing happy birthday have a dance and be out the club in less than an hour. I love celebrating birthdays because I feel like if you don’t take time out today to build memories, to feel grateful and feel special, you may have nothing to reminisce about tomorrow.

The birthday girl blowing her birthday cake candles.

On the surface, travel is about seeing new places and  giving a bit back at the same time. But underneath it is so much more, opening your horizons to experience completely different cultures, cuisines and landscapes. While photos are proof that you went and saw, it’s the transformation that takes place within that is often the strongest evidence of why travel is important.

Outfit details: Cape – Target, Jumper – Seed, Grey Tracksuit Pants – Bonds, Lace Edge Socks – Kmart, Sneakers – Nike.

Maternity, My Life, Travel

The Opposite Of No…

My sincere apologies for my absence over the last week or so. I went back home to Brisbane for business (my HR hustle) and pleasure (my baby shower).

 Whilst I had an amazing time in Brisbane I didn’t realise how much flying in my third trimester and carrying on like I am not in my third trimester would leave me so exhausted. The perfectionist in me would not let me sleep without the baby shower preparations being just right. My day went something like this –  I would work my normal work day then at night I would be working on my baby shower with the help of my VERY patient mother. Together we would iron out every painstaking detail.

At the height of baby shower preparations this meant sleeping 10 hours over three days. I am not proud of that because its not good for me or the growing baby – but I could see the light at the end of the tunnel and sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.

My body taught me a valuable lesson. The lesson of the week has been ‘no good deed goes unpunished’. Eyes itchy and sore from lack of sleep and body just not wanting to participate –  in anything. I imagine lack of sleep being like having goon stalking you for a debt repayment, when you have missed just the one payment.

Now that I am back in Canberra I have been trying to repay the sleep debt I accumulated. My goon is relentless. In fact the other night after eating dinner I went to bed at 7pm, woke up at 3:30 for food intermission and then went back to bed until about 8am. I have never ever done this  – even in a previous life when I was nursing a hangover. Just goes to show how tired I was. In addition to the above have been sleeping for at least 10 hours a day – which is quite an achievement for someone like me who believes you sleep when you are dead. The thought of wrinkles or puffy eyes makes me sleep like a baby – vanity. The goon seems to be taking to easy now, I have just about paid back all my sleep debt.

With this post I share with you the only pictures I managed to take whist in Brisbane – with the  Brisbane sun out see how my skin glistens. It is also a new month and you will notice that I have switched  up my hair. I did it myself  -a painful 8 hours for this mama to be. I was feeling myself so you’re in luck I have even incorporated an ombre silver, grey under tone. The move is edgy. It is different. It is somewhat unexpected. It speaks confidence and in that confidence comes beauty.

Maternity Dress – ASOS, Nude Pumps – Wittner