Adapting

Food diary for the past day or so?
– Porridge with hot water, 2 avocados (one whole as a snack) one chopped in salad, shoulder bacon chopped in the salad, half a watermelon, and beer. (maybe five)

I feel healthier, as I am eating so much better. I can’t afford to buy milk to carry around and allow to go off as I am hostel hopping daily, so anything with hot water is brilliant.
Fruit is cheap if you go to the right supermarket, and I am enjoying the fresh food diet. I do get the odd chocolate craving, but I am (for the first time in a long time) not yearning for processed food. With that, I’ve lost some weight and am feeling a huge, positive difference on the horizon.

Another westernized love that is limited is coffee. I can get coffee, but do I really want to spend $4-$7 on one coffee, when that could buy me my lunch and dinner from a supermarket?! I’ve noticed a difference without caffeine, I feel tired at times but not sluggish. It’s very interesting, as at work I used to drink 3-5 cups a day. My energy is coming from fruit and the sun – much healthier.

I still haven’t smoked! I am actually very proud of myself. With the added aid of my beauty of a travel partner, Eloise. She is such a perfect person to travel with, she’s fantastic with budgeting and always has a positive aurora about her. Being with her reminds me why she is one of my best friends and knows me so well.

I feel inspired by Liz from the Eat, Pray, Love novel. She goes traveling and faces a lot of hardship, but she has gone to focus on herself – and that’s what my trip is all about. I don’t need romance, work stress, or looks. I need nature, fun, writing and the odd beer or five.

I have decided to turn my phone off for a few days as I’ve had too many distractions of old relationships and new possibilities trying to push into my thoughts. As Buddha would say –

“The past is already gone, the future is not yet here. There’s only one moment for you to live, and that is the present moment.”

– Gautama Buddha

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36th Floor

“To thine own self be true” – Says Polonius in Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

I am on the other side of the world to my home, and this is one of the first quotes I saw engraved in stone in Auckland. The reason why this is so profound to me is because this is one of my favourite quotes by Shakespeare. It is not only beautifully written, but it can be read in many different ways.

The reason it stands out to me is because of late I have become lazy. I had developed an apathetic lifestyle, drinking too often with late nights. It wasn’t just emotional factors that has made me realise my developing torpid nature – I was physically struggling too.
My skin and eczema spread like wild fire around my whole body and I looked dull and ill. This wasn’t me?

Since traveling, I feel reformed. Sun, sea and sand has improved my skin dramatically and given me a healthy glow. I’ve stopped snacking and eat good, fulfilling meals for energy and taste; not giving in because I simply had a craving for greasy food.
Another huge factor is that I’ve stopped smoking! I haven’t even allowed ‘just one as I’m out drinking’. I feel refreshed and me again!
Obviously it’s hard to get much sleep when you’re on and off planes for a day but when I am settled I’ve been sleeping so well. Waking up to amazing scenery, exciting day trips and feeling energized, even on early mornings.

I’ve been inspired by a family I’m staying with to start real yoga and meditation, as one is a yoga teacher. It’s a practice formed by Buddhism for 5,000 years, and is proven to be a technique that forms peace and a little escape route from stress. I admit, stress infects me like a virus and is my root cause to my recent comatose of a routine. It shouldn’t though – it’s merely pointless and heart wrenching. I’ve always wanted to try this culture out more deeply as I love Buddhism, so now couldn’t be any more of a better time to start!

Lily-May’s energy and health is going to be stronger than ever, and I have 4 months to develop and mature it.

Night beautiful people – I’ll leave you with my current writing view. Nothing more inspiring.

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On the Seventh Day She Wrote..

These are the first few poems I have written during my travels, and my creative inspiration has firstly originated out here in Perth, Western Australia. I’ve been surrounded by such beautiful and captivating landscape since the plane landed, with brand new colours on the horizon to work with. Also, Perth is perfect for motivating my favourite theme of Mother Nature, as the wildlife out here is incredible. From sea cucumbers to sharks, huntsman spiders to huge crickets: Perth has it all.

1# First Sunset

“Cigarette smoke from an artists lips –
Cloud the ceilings of the skies scripts,
Brush dips dotted from a warm palette of paints,
Golden oranges, lustful pinks taint;

Brush strokes sway like the bathed sea,
In reds of roses and peach of plum tree
Silhouettes of late, contrasting with the scene
As she sets warm. Satisfied is our Queen.” 

#2 Reflections

“Mother Nature,
O’ how your skies thrill me,
But how your heights scare thee
O’ how your seas enthral me,
Alas but your depths dare me
O’ Mother how your sun warms I-
But beauty, your hot glare burns me.
Ye to I are but another creature
Doth thy love me, like I love thee as a teacher?”