Time travel, art school and being a more awesome you

As I seem to frequently start with, I have to confess that this week has been incredibly busy! I know I say this in most posts but I’m a busy lady and I love the girl boss and art hustler life I’ve created for myself. From a pretty early point in my working life, I have realised that I’m really good at organising and coordinating multiple timelines at once. I often attributed these skills to my time at art school, which you don’t often hear. For me, art school was about a lot of discoveries but in particular, realising that no one is ever going to pay me money to just make my art. This meant that I had to be resourceful and organised because if I wanted to spend my time making art, that meant that the rest of my life had to run like clockwork and I had to be as switched on as a Swiss Army knife. Read More

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When I’m in Melbourne I…

I’m writing this on the first Tuesday in October. In just a few hours from the time I write this, another one of my friends is leaving Melbourne. This is a friend who was in Melbourne on the same kind of visa that I was on in Edinburgh. Now her time has run out and she flies away tonight. Seeing this scenario over and over does not make it any easier. Read More

When homesickness & wanderlust collide

“We are torn between nostalgia for familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. We are homesick most for the places we have never known.”

– Carson McCullers

I’ve lived abroad for eight years. Travelling sends goosebumps up my body. Every time the plane lifts off my heart skips – not from fear but in excitement for the possibilities that await. And yet, despite how much I absolutely LOVE travelling this beautiful world, if I’m leaving Ohio, I end up in my window seat, using my thick hair to hide my face and I silently sob as the plane removes itself from the soil I grew up on. No matter how much of a grown ass woman – hashtag girlboss – I am, I’m still going to cry when I say goodbye to my mama because she’s awesome. I want to carry all my loved ones in my pocket to share my travels. And I don’t want to miss out on family and close friends’ big achievements and daily lives while I’m away exploring. Yet this is what happens. Read More

Day off work because the Footy is on tomorrow!

Melbourne is fantastic at public holidays. This statement is as true as it is fabulous. Let’s take this Friday, 30 September for example, its Grand Final Eve! Literally it is the eve of the grand final and apparently this warrants a day off. The game in question is the AFL or the Australian Football League in full, and I seriously had to just Google that for clarity. For those keen to learn about the specifics of this game, I suggest starting your further reading at the Wikipedia page and following on to the official page as I sure ain’t no expert. Read More

12 Pubs of Christmas: The Edinburgh Users Guide

Recently, I began my Christmas rant by explaining that I personally came to learn about the holiday as an obligation-free adult living in Australia. Because of the way Christmas came into my life, it has always been about fun, good times, friends and drinking. I realise this isn’t everyone’s experience of Christmas, hence the disclaimer and for those not keeping up, please read the first part here. Read More

“My fingertips are holding onto the cracks in our foundation”

Foundation (noun)
1. an underlying basis or principle for something.
2. a cream or powder used as a base to even out facial skin tone before applying other cosmetics.
3. a woman’s supporting undergarment, such as a girdle.
4. the lowest load-bearing part of a building, typically below ground level.

This is not a post about my supporting undergarments. Nor is it a post about makeup tips or the beginnings of some epic development in my life. Rather, it concerns my home. More specifically, the foundation of my house. Read More

24 hours in London’s East End

London is such a huge hub for international flights so whether London is your destination or you’re headed elsewhere in Europe or the world, it’s worth spending at least 24 hours enjoying London’s eclectic vibes. Read More

Something, something about Christmas. What?! Already?

I don’t even know how to start this post. It’s not that words have escaped me, but that there are just too many glorious segways! So I’ll just cut to the chase – CHRISTMAS! It’s everywhere, am I right?

I’m sure it makes sense in the northern hemisphere (where Christmas is a thing) like Edinburgh. As there the nights are starting to get longer and the days are getting colder. To some people it might even make sense in the most southern ends of the southern hemisphere. But in Melbourne, Read More

Adjusting to Edinburgh’s cold, dark days

It’s no secret that the UK is a rainier and less sunny island than those lush tropical ones down south. But I must confess, 22 year old me really wasn’t prepared for the amount of cold, rain and darkness that shrouded Edinburgh – even during its summers. Read More

Dear Edinburgh, I still miss you. – Love, Me

Yesterday morning was a really gorgeous time in Melbourne. The sun was out, the trees were starting to do their spring thing and I got to work at a nice early hour. A time that is not inhumanely early but that is just early enough to miss the chaos of the morning peak hour. Those first few days of spring when the light seems brighter, the air tastes sweeter and there is an easy-go-lucky spring in my step are just so fabulous. I think we all notice those times of change in our own ways. Read More