A power sentence for each year of my life

1990  – I was born to the most amazing parents in the world, I would not be here today if it wasn’t for them!

1991 – My sister Sarah was born and despite all the fights we had as children, she has become my very best friend in the entire world.

1992 – I went on my first trip to the Philippines. I don’t remember it obviously but it’s amazing enough that I had gone overseas at such a young, tender age.

1993 -I really do not remember any big events that happened this year so I won’t be able to recall any.

1994 – I received my very first bike with training wheels from my brother. I loved riding around on that thing!

1995 – I was a flower girl with my sister for my auntie’s wedding in the Philippines. What an amazing experience that was and I felt honoured playing such an important part on her special day.

1996  – My first year of primary school. This was a very scary milestone in my life since I was so used to being around my mum all the time. I cried so much when she took me to school. I did not want to let her go! I also remember crying in class and my teacher was so good about it.

1997 -I celebrated my 7th birthday at McDonald’s which is where they used to run parties for children with games, cake and the like. It was such a huge and popular thing to do at my age back then. All children got psyched about it.

1998 – I moved from Thomas Chirnside Primary School to St. Andrew’s Catholic School. That’s where I met one of my first best friends who, sadly I have lost touch with and don’t see anymore.

1999 – I memorised a speech for the very first time that I presented in front of my class. That’s all thanks to my dad who taught me a lot.  Memorising that speech increased my public speaking skills and confidence that became extremely useful in my later school years.

2000 – I had my first family trip to the UK and America.  I missed a good three months of school because of it! But it was a great trip from what I remember.

2001 – The year of 9/11 and although this did not affect me personally, I do remember going to school that morning and seeing it all over the news. Such an extreme event to be exposed to at the age of 11.

2002 -I became one of the sports captains for my team ‘Padua’. This was a very proud moment for me as it taught me how to be a good leader.

2003 – I began secondary school at Mackillop Catholic Regional College and I missed my first two weeks because of being in the Philippines and I was nervous as it was. Everyone else in my class had settled in for that time! But Year 7 was not as hard as I made it out to be at all. It was almost like my last year of primary school!

2004 – Me and my family moved from our old address we had lived in for 9 years to a new double storey house not too far away. I still miss my old house though! It had the biggest garden.

2005 – I started my very first part time job in retail at a department store. I was there for 5 years.

2006 – I went to Japan for two weeks for a school trip. It is such an amazing country and I would love to go again. My favourite sights were Tokyo and the Hiroshima Bomb Dome site. I met the most amazing people there and the host family I stayed with treated me as their own.

2007 – My father passed away – I lost my best friend that year. He was my mentor and still is my hero and admiration. That was a very difficult time for me and to this day I still find it hard that he’s not around… We were very close and it was painful to lose someone so close to me at the age of 16. I do appreciate I was old enough to get to know him though.

2008 – I turned 18 and had the best party ever to celebrate it. Surprisingly enough, I did not have one drink that night. I was never into drinking until I turned 19. This is all feels like so long ago now.

2009 – I entered my first year of University and studied the Bachelor of Arts. I am very grateful for uni as I have made many lifelong friends from there.

2010 – I broke up with my first serious boyfriend of three years. I met him when I was 16 and experienced what it was like to be in love. I was very naive then. I thought I would be with him for life so this was a pretty hard year for me, one in which I really lost myself and had no direction in life.

2011 – I decided to make a change and let go of my past by going to the US in September and the UK in November, where I am still living now and plan to for a year. It was the best decision I ever made. I have learned so much and grown so much as a person. This is has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life!

2012 – It is still quite early into the year but I currently enjoy being in the UK and working at a local club where I have met some really awesome people. This year is the year to be all things different, and travel anywhere I possibly can! I love my life 🙂

I hope you enjoyed reading through the journey of my life so far. I can’t believe how fast time has flown over the years!

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Snowdrop Valley

Today me and my cousins ventured out to a beautiful part of Devon known as Snowdrop Valley, where the famous white snowdrop flowers are in bloom during the winter time. I cannot believe that next month they will completely disappear!

I love road trips and it took us a good hour and a half to get there. We got a view of some amazing scenery on the way. One thing I saw that I thought was so awesome was a house with a thatched roof! We don’t have those in Australia at all. There is also so much green here, compared to our brown, dry grass back home.

It was a bit of a wet day and before we left home I had no idea that we were going to be walking through mud and clay! Lucky I had boots on but because they weren’t leather and instead were a suede material, they got drenched in mud and it went through to the inside of my boot and my socks got drenched in it too! On top of that, my boots didn’t have the best grip so I was slipping and sliding quite a bit. It was all worth it though because these snowdrop flowers were beautiful! There were so many of them towards the end of the trail.

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I am constantly reminded why England is such a beautiful country and why I absolutely love being here.

A new year begins. Happy 2012!

I am back after a week without blogging. Talk about what a busy weekend I had! Visiting family who live 5 hours away and briefly being in London for an afternoon tea. All of that really does make up for the fact I haven’t been able to attend to my love of writing.

May I just say, HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone! May you all have a successful 2012. I still can’t believe it is the new year. 2011 went by so fast for me and before you know it, it will be the end of 2012 and my year trip in the UK will be nearing to an end. I don’t want to think about it! So I’m going to make the most of this year being in this beautiful country.

2011 was a pretty rough year for me and it’s safe to say it’s all over and in my past now, minus the good moments I’ve also had in that year of course. I’d like to think this year will be different and I’m sure it will be in many ways. I have so much ahead of me in the UK and when I return home. As I always have, I will take each day as it comes and live every day with happiness and accept that there are bad times that I know I will be able to push through whenever I come across them.

I’m not sure if many of you set a new year’s resolution but I never have mainly because I’ve never seen the need to considering I set life goals anyway. I also feel there is a lot of pressure in aiming for a new year’s resolution because you do need to achieve it in that year whereas life goals are ongoing. My friend Amiee recently posted a blog about not having a new year’s resolution but a life one; of living in happiness and love deeply, which I think is really beautiful and to me, I see that as she will live by that every year and not have to set a new resolution every time. I like her way of thinking and I believe I follow that same perspective too. As long as I can feel and be happy as much as I can each and everyday, then I don’t need to set any new year resolution. I just need to take things with a grain of salt and let the universe take care of the rest.

I must admit, I was in a very strange mood leading up to the new year. Visiting family and having to work on New Year’s Eve made me miss my family and home a lot and it did get me down, especially today. This is the first new year I’m without them and it is hard knowing I’m not with the people I care about and who care about me. Don’t get me wrong, I still had a great New Year’s Eve and I don’t mind that I was working because I was surrounded by music and a lot of positive and fun energy. It felt like I was out clubbing which is what I would have been doing if I was back home or if I had organised it here if I wasn’t working. It was hard not being around my friends too because I did feel a little out of place at times when I was at work, and that’s probably because I haven’t made enough connections with some of my work friends to get to know them better.

Feeling a little stressed out and sad reminds of the person I was in 2011 and it’s somewhere I don’t ever want to go back to, but I accept that it is okay to feel a little sad, stressed and home sick and this is just what being away from family, travelling for a long time is all about. I know this phase once again will soon be over. I’m going to make 2012 one of the best year’s of my life! One to never forget!

I wish you all the happiness and success in the world for 2012. Follow your dreams and live life to the full.
Make this year count. Make it the best
one yet.

All my love,

Kathy
xxx

A blissful life

So things are once again looking up. As you know, it has been a slightly stressful week because of feeling homesick and feeling guilty about not taking the pub job but it’s safe to say that the stressful phase has passed like I knew it would. And I’m over the fact I rejected the pub job because I realised that it just wouldn’t be for me.

The weekend put me in such a good mood. On Friday I went to Torquay which is by such a beautiful sea front. I took some photos there. And I also fit in some shopping and managed to find myself a bargain!

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I bought this beautiful baby for only £4.40 (roughly 6 bucks) thanks to 20% off the original price AND a £10 off voucher. It’s in my favourite colour too 🙂 SCORE!

Work at Enigma tonight was so much fun like last weekend. The energy was amazing and I met some new friendly faces and it made me feel even more comfortable than I already was. I love my job 🙂

I also love spending time with my two little cousins who I absolutely adore. They keep me going by rushing around after them and playing with them. I love them so much.

Life can only get better and no words can really describe how immensely happy I am. I just feel so free and vibrant. I don’t mind if some people are bothered by it because I go on about it. Everyone deserves to be and feel happy. Why wouldn’t you want the world to know?

Self belief

I have been in England for just over a week and I have already been able to get two jobs: one at an inbound call centre only a 7 minute walk from home and one at a local nightclub called ‘Enigma’ as a bar person once a week every Saturday.

I’m so amazed that this has happened all so quickly. I feel like I have been here for longer than a week because I’ve settled in so well and adapted to things quite quickly. I really feel England wants me here. It’s all just working out so well for me. I’m so happy and loving life.

What inspired me to write this blog is the fact that the reason I have got to where I am now is because I believe in myself and I always have a positive attitude and keep an open mind. Of course being here is a new and different experience which has caused some nerves but it’s all about giving things a go and trying things out and seeing how far you get.

I’m so proud I have come so far in my life by having the opportunity to travel at such a young age. America was a great head start in travelling on my own. And now I’m in the UK! Life is just so great right now and I have already learned so much in this week since being in the UK. I have already had doors of opportunity in front of me that I am experiencing and I’m going to gain so much out of them.

Working at the bar will be a great way for me to meet different people and use my social skills that I’ve had my whole life. What I love about my personality the most is that I love talking to people, I’m friendly and very sociable. Now I can apply this to my job and make new friends!

I love that I’ve had the confidence and courage to get out there and experience the world and do different things. I’m never going to stop believing. Having faith is the key to a successful and happy life. I’m so excited for the year ahead!

UK bound

This is it. Tonight is the night. I fly out to England at 11:55pm and won’t be home for a year. It really hasn’t sunk in that I’ll be leaving yet. It has come around so quickly.

It only felt like yesterday I was leaving for America in September and I’ve already been and gone from there, was back in Australia for a week and went to Queensland and now I’ll be jet setting again! It’s a great feeling though and I love how much I’ve traveled so far. America was a good head start into traveling on my own so I’m definitely not nervous about the plane flight by myself. I have gained a lot during and since America that I feel more prepared for England now. The nerves I feel now are mainly linked to the fact I’ll be gone for a year and will be away from my friends and family. I know I also have a lot of challenges ahead of me in the UK in reference to working, meeting new friends, getting used to the lifestyle and the place and basically starting a new life for myself. I still can’t believe I’m actually doing this. I was almost going to pull out of this and America because of my ex and I’m so glad I did not make that decision based around him. That would have been a very big mistake.

I’ve always loved travel and it’s already done wonders for me so I’m sure the UK will be the same. It will be hard to settle in and get used to things but I’m sure it will eventually feel like home and I won’t want to leave. I may even end up staying there if I like it that much but it’s still early days to be knowing that. According to my friends and family, I’m not allowed to stay in England if I decide I want to even though I know apart of them is joking, they do want me to come back but will support me whatever happens.

It’s so strange that I won’t be home for so long and will be away from everything I’m used to. I’m just glad I have a really supportive group of friends who reassure me and give me the best advice for my trip, especially my friends who have traveled and lived overseas for a year’s time too. It helps to know that I have friends who have been through the same experience and are always willing to give me their support if I’m ever stuck or lost about anything.

There’s no going back after tonight since the ticket has been booked. Although, I can always go back home at any stage if I’m really that uncomfortable but I really do want to give England a chance and I never would have known until I was there on how I felt about it. And I most likely would have regretted it later if I pulled out. I’m going to grow even more as a person and will come back a different one in a good way so I’m sure everything will work out the way it’s meant to and for now, it’s all about taking each day as it comes and living for the moment.

England here I come!

Hello from the sunny USA!

Sight of the Golden Gate Bridge

So it just so happens that I am in the land of America visiting family, getting away from routine and monotonous activities back home and getting away to escape certain dramas and block out negative issues (no I’m not a nutcase! Just human). I guess you could call it a bit of a break from reality.

September 20 was the day of my flight to San Francisco International Airport. Feeling nervous and scared as ever (but excited at the same time of course) since it was the first time I was going on a plane by myself and being away from my family for so long. Luckily there weren’t many tears, since I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop and compose myself if I did cry too much. The flight that what was supposed to be at 10:15am had changed to 11:30 by the time the plane had left the ground. Gate 4 was where I was waiting to board and if it wasn’t for a few group of friends who asked why Air New Zealand Flight 124 had not appeared on Gate 4’s screen, I may not have even left Melbourne Airport! I knew it was a bit odd that the boarding time on my pass stated 9:45am and yet no one was getting called to board the plane by the time it was 10:15am. In the process of eavesdropping into this group of friend’s enquiry, I had realised that gate 4 was now changed from gate 8 and from that to gate 10! Phew! I was actually going to get to San Francisco!

The flight out to New Zealand was quite speedy and as soon as I landed there, it was a quick transfer onto Flight NZ 8 into San Francisco. Since the plane was quite delayed from Melbourne, it wasn’t really much of a stop over at Auckland, LOL. Anyway,  that flight felt like the longest 11 or 12 hours of my life! And it’s probably due to the fact I feel uncomfortable and so confined in planes and I can’t really sleep on them at all. And looking at the clock every hour didn’t help either! Not only that, but I was also in a window seat and only got up to go to the toilet about 2 times because I just couldn’t be bothered getting passed two people to move around. Aisle seats are definitely my preference!

Estimated arrival time was about 10:15am into San Fran but due to all the delays and customs process, I didn’t get out of there until about 12pm! My luggage had also unknowingly ended up at LAX airport and was due to be delivered at my auntie’s place later that evening. It didn’t phase me because I knew my luggage would find it’s way back to me and I got $100 compensation out of it! After all the hustle and bustle, I was welcomed by my beautiful family who I was so excited to see and vice versa. Although feeling quite unclean, a little sick from the flight and feeling homesick, I knew this was going to be an amazing trip as the days went on.

It has now been almost two weeks since I’ve been here and I am absolutely loving it! Life is great! I don’t want to leave, and my family here are so amazing and do so much for me. The last time I came here I was only ten years old so I didn’t really remember all that much and it has now been 11 years, I am now 21 and embracing so much of this beautiful city. The one thing I love about San Francisco the most is that it’s very hilly and everywhere I go, I’m surrounded by amazing mountainous views. One mountain in particular known as San Bruno Mountain is only 15 minutes away from my auntie’s house! Downtown San Francisco is also pretty cool and really busy and so alive day and night which is what I love! I haven’t explored all of downtown as yet but it’s definitely a must before I leave here. I’ve seen Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39 (Fisherman’s Wharf) and the San Francisco Bay Aquarium. I’ve also managed to fit in some shopping too. I mainly brought winter clothes here since it is Autumn but the days are hot! And it has not rained once! So I had to invest into some tank tops, shorts and dresses. Mind you, everything is so much cheaper here! From clothing, to food, to transport!

Well, only two weeks and so many more to go and so many more adventures to experience. Scheduled on the list is LA, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Reno, Lake Taho and possibly Canada! This is thanks to my auntie’s friends who offered to take us around. I am so excited and cannot wait to do some more exploring! Life is so great right now and nothing can get in the way of that. Traveling is the best form of therapy I could ever think of and if any of you out there feel lost in life and don’t have a sense of direction, you’re wanting to take a break from work or studies or merely just want to spice up your life a little, save up your money, book that ticket to wherever it is you want to go whether it be a place that’s hot or cold, has clear waters, beaches, snow, whatever it is you like, go and do it! You deserve a good trip! And it’s an experience that no one can take away from you and one that you will gain so much out of.  Go on, you know you want to.

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