The one with a weekend in Waihi

Even though living in a backpacker hostel for 5 weeks is so much fun because we get to be sociable at all hours of the day and night and I have my work clothes hung really nicely off the towel rails all over the room😉 this weekend we decided to have a little change.

Aka Waihi time.



Bach time (a Bach is the New Zealand word for a beach house and they are typically tiny and adorable and 100% kitsch)


(The above photo really depicts the scale these baches are on ha)

And beach time.



We spent the whole weekend at my family’s bach and I went for the best run on the beach both days (and on one of the days there was a flock of doves just randomly hanging out?!?)


We had a few really good hikes around the headlands


coffee by the beach


a lot of pyjama time

image(Don’t you like how my highly artistic photo spares you having to see my morning hair? You are welcome.)

board game time


and watched an obscene amount of 24.

It was the best.

Have you ever watched 24? If not please go do so now.

Holiday by the a) ocean b) lake c) mountain?



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The one with hostel HIIT

So who doesn’t love a good HIIT? For anyone who has yet to experience the pain/glory of HIIT, that’s High Intensity Interval Training. And ya, it’s intense.

The three main reasons I love me a good sweatylicious HIIT sesh:

1)      It has MAJORLY helped my running feel better and faster

2)      It is so quick yet really hits the spot in terms of feeling like you’ve done a hardcore workout and are basically the equivalent of Rocky except minus the giant slabs of meat

3)      Kayla Itsines prescribes it in her BBG and obviously what Kayla says, Jessie does because girlfriend is genius.


The other thing about HIIT is that basically, you can do it anywhere. It’s a great option if you want to work out but don’t want to run around an unfamiliar/unsafe city or if you don’t have a tonne of weights or gym membership at your disposal, because it can be done basically in your body length of space. Trust me, I am an expert at working out with only that much space as I have pretty much lived in the tiniest possible places throughout my entire uni career and while we wait to move into our new house we are living in a backpacker hostel which is basically the tiniest space yet. You will probably hear me complain about it just a little bit😉

And because there are people below us who probably don’t want to hear me prancing around the room, this has added a whole new dimension to my HIIT. No jumping?! HIIT without jumping is a whole other world but I am determined to make it work. And the main way I’m doing it is by making sure I use my legs as much as possible (biggest muscle = most intense heart pumping), taking shorter breaks, and really focusing on making sure my beast mode is FULLY 100% on for each move.


My current fave that is quiet enough to do in the hostel:

30 seconds of:

  1. squats with weight
  2. sumo squat + kick
  3. plie pulses with weight

with 10 seconds of breaks in between each exercise, repeat set x 3

  1. walking lunges with weights
  2. push ups
  3. mountain climbers

with 10 seconds of breaks in between each exercise, repeat set x 3

Then I repeat the whole workout twice… It is lovely😉 Not as crazy as a more plyometrics type workout but definitely gets my heart rate up with a nice little burn on the side.


What is your favourite HIIT move? -I love skipping!!! I used to do it all the time and am thinking about doing an entire HIIT just with skipping. In terms of quieter moves I love push ups (they’re finally getting better!).

What do you notice helps your running get a lot faster? – Defnitiely HIIT and BBG


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The one with options for when it’s less than ideal

Sometimes that little voice in my head starts getting obnoxiously loud. You know the one (hopefully, otherwise this will be awkward). It finds the factor that makes my workout situation less than ideal and then uses it to convince my brain that working out is absolutely not a good idea.

It’s too rainy
My bed is SO NICE
Every muscle in my body is dying from yesterday’s workout
I just demolished an obscene amount of lollies and that is NOT going to feel good
I live in a backpacker hostel now and have basically just my body length of space to workout in.

Okay so that last one might just be me (if any other functioning adult is living in a hostel, WHAT UP we need to be friends).

The point is though, there will always be a reason that working out might not be convenient! Seriously. And every time we let our brain agree with that little voice and choose not to work out, we are making it even more convincing/strong/hard to ignore the next time.

So how can we ignore the voice? 👉 OPTIONS.


#1 It’s too rainy 👉 workout at home. Body weight workouts can be amazing or just buy a few kettlebells and you are basically good to go. Obviously I am obsessed with BBG and it is the easiest thing ever to do at home (unless you live in a hostel, see #5).

#2 My bed is SO NICE 👉 bedtime yoga (just kidding, but maybe?). I usually deal with this one by telling myself I can get back in the bed after if I want to/the feeling after working out is better than the feeling of being cosy in bed. Home workouts are also usually more appealing when I just want to stay in bed- BBG, youtube yoga, youtube Jillian Michaels, and home HIIT workouts are all great options.

#3 Sore muscles 👉 ALL the yoga/walking. I also actually find a run can help with muscle soreness but obviously it depends how sore you are, after BBG leg day there is no way a run would be possible.

#4 Too full on lollies 👉 A walk and then some upright exercises is probably the way I would go, by the time the walk is over some of those lollies have hopefully digested a little. Upright exercises (eg squats, lunges skipping if you are brave etc) are much better than horizontal exercises (mountain climbers/planks, I am looking at you… ouchie).


#5 Teeniest living space ever 👉 do a trial pass at a gym (I have already done two seven day trials since we arrived in Rotorua), if it’s an option just bite the bullet and join the gym, see if there are free yoga classes in the area, get outside for a run, join a running group in the area if you are worried about safety, or just come to terms with the teensy space and JUST DO IT. Yesterday I did my arm workout in the space between the foot of the bed and the wall (about 30cm😉 ) with poor Curtis sitting on the bed trying to ignore my grunting and it was actually a great workout.

Something is always better than nothing, and by having lots of options is it easy to find something that sounds better than whatever the little voice is telling you.

And now after all that I’d better go workout😉



What is your workout today? 

What do you tell the little obnoxious voice telling you not to workout? 

What is your current excuse and how do you deal with it? Both the space thing and the safety with running outside have been big for me lately- hence the two gym trial passes in a row🙂

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The one with that feeling of coming back from a run already excited for the next run, and ROTO-VEGAS.

Best feeling ever:

Today I woke up and ran before my brain knew what I was doing and cruised the entire time to Destiny’s Child. Because I was half asleep for the entire run it went really fast and when I got back I already felt excited to go for another.

In other news, we have moved to a completely new-to-me city known as Rotorua/Sulphur City/Roto-Vegas and basically live in a volcanic crater now. Super normal I know.

The cat helped us pack. (ps. those are basically all my worldly possessions… we really take living light to a whole new level).


The last dinner at home before we left. Now we have to go back to cooking dinner for ourselves again… Hopefully Curtis is on board for a cereal-fest🙂


The air smells like rotten eggs  here because of the sulphur but you weirdly get used to that super quickly and NBD (that means no big deal Mum😉 ) we moved here for the best job of my LIFE🙂

Celebratory ice-cream in the car when we found out I got the job and a Mr. Whippy went by at the same moment:


I am a Family Therapist now which is basically the most exciting thing ever (just casually been working like a frantic beast towards this for the last 4 (!!!) years). Better do some reading on family dynamics (just kidding I swear I am equipped for this). Major pro of my new work- there are TOYS all over the office for working with children and I am pretty excited that I get to play with them too. Don’t pretend you wouldn’t want to get paid to play with toys. Excuse my creepy eyeball.


Me on my first day of work (I was awkwardly early because being late on the first day = the stuff of nightmares).


We celebrated with a phenomenal dinner at Lone Star… they have the most incredible loaf of fresh bread that I have obsessively ranted to Curtis about for the last two years and he finally got to experience it for himself- for free because we had a coupon… best night ever. I was awkwardly excited about it to the waitress and I am pretty sure she wondered why I was so friendly because she doesn’t know that I waitressed the last two years of my life and have a very good idea of how sore her feet probably are.


Yes that is a ginormous ramekin of garlic butter right next to it.

So also, we are living in a backpacker hostel now…. not so much the dream😉 But we are house hunting like crazy, and in the meantime we get to make sophisticated meals like this:

imageAnd laugh at this sign every time I see it.


Oh yeah and these are our new friends because Rotorua is full of them. I got pecked by a black swan when I was little but after all the therapy I went through in my training I am more-or-less over it😉 image

Please feel free to have any treat of your choosing (my choice is obviously lollies… below ones the cutest I have seen in my life) to celebrate my exciting news (and feel free to say a little prayer that we won’t be living in the hostel for much longer😉 ).


What keeps you excited to run?

What gets you out there regardless of whether you are excited to run or not?

What were you doing when you found out you were accepted at your job?

How long have you been at your job and do you love it or hate it?

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The one with what BBG arms does to us and the usual running with goats

Breakfast made by Curtis = the best start to the day.


Side note: Speaking of breakfast I went to a cafe a while ago with Bestie and they had this book on the counter. I got very excited thinking it was a book about one of my fave things in this world and instead it was some type of fashion thing?? SUCH A NERVE.


Workout of the day: the usual sprint past the goats while they chase me. Afterwards I tried to make friends with my nemesis but that is a definite death-glare it is giving me.


Best running weather: cold and crisp but sunny.


And then we crushed Curtis’ first ever BBG arm workout! MILESTONE, I know.

This is what happens after you do BBG arms for the first time (actually it is like this every time because it is that hard). He literally could barely use his cutlery and flicked half his cous cous straight on to the table. I was happy to welcome him to my post-BBG-DOMS-from-hell world.


And for dessert Curtis tried his first ever tamarillo. His exact words were “my taste buds are exploding”.


Time for the laziest afternoon of my life which needs to include popcorn, movies, lying on the floor in front of the fire, and maybe some stretching if I’m feeling ambitious. We are feeling pretty relaxed after seeing jobs like this one advertised because we fit most of those stipulations.

imageLiving in New Zealand is going to be a good time.

Have you eaten a tamarillo before?

What did you have for breakfast today?

Worst DOMS you have ever had? Doing BBG I experience the worst DOMS of my life every single week after leg day, it is a good time😉

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The one with things I saw

Final things I saw in Sydney:

My last Sydney sunrise on the way to work


The Sydney opera house all lit up for the Vivid light festival


Lots of colourful buildings for the festival


The kids dessert I accidentally ordered and turned out the be the best dessert of my life (all the marshmallows 😍)


Bestie’s new (fake don’t worry😉 ) tattoo


The beautiful sign she made for me when we first lived together and that I refuse to part with


And the packing extravaganza of 2016, so fun😉


First things I saw in New Zealand:

Sheep, ponies, and lots of green


My cat in her super classy new bed (like most cats she won’t sleep in the actual cat bed, and prefers extra comfortable spots like this lovely box/a pile of wood/the wet grass to sleep on)

imageThe lollies my mum brought home for me because NZ lollies are THE BEST

image(side note please prepare for lots of attractive outfits like the above situation because I refuse to be cold and somehow that translates to some ridiculous styling)

The cheapest fruit EVER which makes me way too happy

imageAnd a baked apple made with the above fruit and seriously too good eaten on a cold night by a nice warm fire.


What was one thing you saw today that made you happy?

Favourite season? – I love Autumn and Winter but admittedly they are not too cold in New Zealand/Australia… the summer in Sydney almost destroyed me.

Last thing you baked?

Do you prefer baking or cooking? – I am more of a cooking person (less measuring) but my mum is quite the baker and is teaching me all her tricks.

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The one with a new chapter.

Lots to catch up on guys!

Starting with the basics (and 4.6 million pictures).

Just casually moved to NZ and apparently I have acclimatised to Australia quite a lot because this happened:

It looks good I know.

It is just a teensy bit colder than my delicate temperament would prefer/I am a wuss and I am aware that pretty much everyone lives in colder temperatures than this but please note the 100% humidity (which correlates scientifically to it feeling like a billion times colder) before you judge me. That 7 degrees hurt me although I guess I can’t complain about the 18 degrees days cos that is a pretty nice winter temperature apparently🙂

Had me the best baking sesh with mum aka she chopped up all the apples and I did the fun part and made the crumble part of the apple crumble.


I made the cat a cuddle nest which she obviously loved



And Curtis watched the Stanley cup because he is Canadian and so spending two hours trying to stream an ice hockey game is completely normal.


(ps my family really likes plates).

Okay and I have to just go over the last few series of events in Sydney because God forbid I don’t document every thing I do in my life because it is just that exciting😉

My sis came to Sydney! TOO EXCITING. This pic was from the Bondi to Coogee walk – totally reccomend it (running it would be the best!!!).

imageSydney has some pretty nice views ;) image

BBQ with some friends.


imageimageThe usual awkwardness from me… I am known amongst my friends for always having super awkward hands and unfortunately there are many photos proving it to be true. image

MY FAVE THING EVER- Sis + Bestie together. image

My last run at my favourite running spot in Sydney. image

Curtis and Bestie have birthdays on consecutive days (apparently I really like Geminis?) so we went to Darling Harbour to celebrate. Sydney is pretty cool and put on some fireworks just for them (oh yeah and for the Vivid festival too I guess😉 ). I was freezing and wearing two hats and am probably going to make it a new trend.

imageI went to Bestie for her very first day of uni and her very last day of uni too! Pretty special. imageAnd we also recreated the night we went up to Obar on one of our first bestie dates. image

I had my last favourite salad everrrrrrr at work (haloumi, quinoa, feta, sliced dates, avocado, baby spinach, any dressing— SO GOOD). imageAnd then it was time to leave.  This is what it looks like when you have spent ten hours moving all your stuff out and are exhausted and have nowhere left to sit. image

Here’s to a new chapter. Now just to convince Bestie to move to New Zealand with me. I have already started job hunting for her so now just to start on the convincing part🙂

Most amazing city you have been to? – Sydney is incredible and Rome and Tokyo are not bad either😉

Where does your best friend live? Anyone in a bestie+long distance situation? – We want to hear success stories please!

How close do you live to the ocean? I have never lived further than a half an hour drive away from the ocean but for Curtis coming from Saskatchewan it is a fifteen hour drive 😱




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The one with celebration time!

It is finished!!!!!!!!!!!

The masters in psychotherapy. It was a beast but also basically the best thing I ever did (other than live in a tent on a hippy island for 3 months and meet Curtis🙂 ).

I can’t believe it is over after a year and a half of studying like a demon. I moved to Sydney just to do this course and it was the craziest most amazing roller coaster ever.



Starting with a trip to the salon (HA that makes me sound so fancy when in reality I think it’s the first time I’ve sat in the hair salon?! My sis cuts my hair usually)… It was made less fancy by my taking the bus to my hair appointment. Am I the only one who really likes public transport? (When it is on time that is😉 ). I love to just space out and read and think about everything in my life/a bunch of random stuff with no other obligations.


As part of my reward for finishing my masters Curtis treated me to a girls salon day (he is a keeper🙂 ).


The finished product. They did a keratin treatment and straightened every inch of my afro situation and it was quite the business. My friend didn’t recognise me later on so I guess they did a good job.


(Note my garmin because I am still obsessed).

This was my lunch because an acai bowl is basically ice cream and who doesn’t want ice cream for lunch?!


And an afternoon walk at my favourite spot and a sunbeam in my eye.


Later we had a beautiful dinner party that my lovely friend threw for me. I am too spoiled I know. Here she was giving us an education on the epicness that is Persian food.


I met these beautiful ladies in group therapy as part of our course and let me tell you that is quite the intimate way to meet someone😉


The glorious feast.


I am a lucky girl/PSYCHOTHERAPIST 🙈🎉

Now to find me some clients…

How did you celebrate your graduation? -My uni only holds a graduation ceremony once a year but I feel like we more than made up for it🙂

Is your hair naturally curly or straight? -Mine is a curly beast.

Love or hate public transport? LOVE

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The one with utter randomness and a baby goat

So this legitimately sums up my life right now.


For realsies, Curtis and I really want to get a baby goat when we go back to NZ. Mum, Dad, you guys won’t mind right? (we will be living with them while we embark on that little thing known as job-hunting…. What parents wouldn’t be thrilled by the possibility of a baby goat😉 ).

I am pretty much hopped up on codeine right now (just joking but they sell this codine/paracetamol thing for colds in the pharmacy here and honestly I get a little hyped on it… ) so can I just tell you every random thing in my brain and we will pretend it’s normal? Cool.

-This was my lunch today. I know right? Begin a waitress does have some perks other than the stylin’ footwear.


-Curtis and I mailed his tax return today. This was cool for two reasons: 1) it made us feel like properly functioning adults and 2) who would have thought we would ever do a tax return in Australia? I love our random life.


-Dinner date with Bestie at the beginning of the week was the best. I can’t stop with the calzone these days so we shared a massive beastie one and Curtis had lamb, it was a good time. Can you tell this was the beginning of my deathly cold? A thousand layers while Bestie is wearing a tank top, nice.


-Curtis got me these beautiful flowers to help me through the last of my degree 😍 … Heart eye emoji sums it up better than any words ever could (random side note- I really think if I was allowed to use emojis in my essays I would have expressed myself much more eloquently throughout my entire degree).


-I have not worked out in ONE WHOLE WEEK. I had a horrific cold and was basically on my deathbed all week so I knew it was time for a week completely off, other than a few little walks around the neighborhood.


A rest was needed but I am itching so so bad for a workout, tomorrow is the day. Again, heart eye emoji 😍 (RIGHT??). I am tossing up between a nice easy run or BBG arms (I love working out my arms and it isn’t as brutally exhausting for me as leg day is).

Most commonly used emojis? In order of most used to least according to WhatsApp: 😍😘😱🎉🐑💕😁🙏
Do you eat lamb in your country? It is super common in NZ (obviously, ha) but not so common in Canada apparently?

How long do you typically take off when you’re sick? I usually take about 3 days but I have been really worn out and also just came to the end of round two of BBG so I knew it was time for a longer break.

Calzone or pizza? 

Thoughts on the baby goat? Are they hard to raise? I should probably Google it or something…. Also, name ideas?

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The one with the final taper

Taper crazies are for realsies.

Taper crazies definition =


Most people get these pre-marathon but I am definitely experiencing some crazy leading up to finishing the degree (and in general I am obsessed with the weather forecast because Sydney weather is utterly chaotic so nothing new there).

Getting my heart rate to a normal non-palpitating level:


Tomorrow I submit a bunch of essays and paperwork.

Then I have two more classes and one therapy session (good times;) ).

And then I am DONE?

I don’t think I will know what to do with myself afterwards, it will feel so strange not to feel my left eye twitching with tiredness/stress every 0.5 seconds and to not be maniacally tapping away at the computer for hours on end.

So just for now guys…..😉



How did you feel coming up to the end of your schooling/degree?? SO MANY MIXED EMOTIONS

What should I do with the abundance of free time I am about to come into?? (Before I have to join the real world and actually start working a real job ha). It feels like a dream!!

What do you experience during the taper crazies??

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