Bonjour, Yiasou and Hello to you all! It has been a while since my last life update and with good reason; I was busy travelling around Europe! Now that I am back and in the swing of things it’s the perfect time to update you with everything that’s been happening.
I arrived back home last Thursday night and it felt so good to be back in my own house. After unpacking all of our suitcases, putting everything away and mopping the floor I finally took a much awaited shower which felt so good! Luckily I had a few days before I had to return to work so I took the chance to catch up on all my cleaning and getting back into blogging. While I love being home I also felt a bit down and depressed to return to my life here and start up with all of my responsibilities again. Not only is a holiday a chance to explore somewhere new, it’s also a break from our commitments and responsibilities of life, well at least it is for me 🙂
So what else? I will share some more of my travels on this blog, however I’ve already blogged about London and Paris if you’d like to read these posts. I absolutely love to write about my travels and hopefully you like to read about them too 🙂
After spending two weeks in Greece I came to realise just how Greek some of my personal characteristics are, despite being born in Australia. The biggest one is that everyone runs on Greek time, meaning that nothing is too urgent and everyone moves at their own pace. I have been like this my entire life despite trying to change (and everyone around me trying to change me too) and it turns out it is in my DNA (at least that’s what I tell myself). Also, every person we encountered was nice for no other reason except to be kind; I really like this and always try to be the same way. I can’t stand when people are only nice as an ulterior motive! To me that is just fake. On the other hand, one thing that I found profoundly different is my tea addiction; Greeks don’t really drink tea, only coffee and especially not in summertime. I can’t tell you how difficult it was to order a pot of earl grey tea in Greece…come on buddy, surely I’m not the first ever person to ask for hot tea! So frustrating…
What else? You may have seen on my Instagram page that I mentioned how much my skin cleared up whilst on the islands. Granted, I was tanned but my skin was so clear and blemish free that I did not wear foundation once and even a light coat of the LaMav BB Creme seemed too heavy. I’ve been back in Melbourne for 4 days and am already starting to break out. Arrrgh not happy! I put my blemishes down to stress and worry, which I was free of during my holiday. If there was a way to bottle some of that holiday goodness I could…
Social anxiety is something that I don’t talk about much on this blog for a few reasons. One being is that I believe everyone suffers from some form of anxiety and the last thing you want to hear is another person going on about it. Another reason is that it’s pretty personal and hard to speak about, especially if you are a private person like me. However, sometimes it can help hearing that somebody is going through the exact same thing. Social anxiety is something that I’ve dealt with for many years and have always suffered in silence as I suppose I was too embarrassed to speak about it. It was much worse in my twenties, when I found it hard to leave my house. Just going to the supermarket or to the petrol station would cause me to break into a sweat and feel faint. I would find it hard to go out with my friends and would actually dread the moment I’d have to leave my house, where it felt ‘safe’. Let’s just say I cancelled a lot on my friends! After a long day out of uni or work I would feel so relieved to come back to my house and hide away. It has gotten better over the years however I still get anxious from time to time. I have also learnt to manage it better by being around people that are calming and make me feel good about myself (this makes a HUGE difference). The reason I am mentioning this is because I had some social anxiety on my trip and wanted to hide away rather than speak to new people which is terrible when you are travelling! I love to travel and the last thing I wanted was to shy away from new experiences and strangers…I found the best solution was to spend some time on my own until I felt ok to face the world and that did help a lot. Also pushing through it helps even though it feels like torture at the time 🙂 If you can relate to this in any way please let me know!
I think that covers my life at the moment. If you follow me on Instagram you may know that I recently signed up to the Nourished Life Sample Box, which is a subscription box service filled with organic, toxin free products. So far I have enjoyed it and plan to blog about my June box which came whilst I was away on holidays.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed my latest life update!