To Melbourne, with love.

I’m writing here at one of the huts on Brighton Beach. It’s absolutely gorgeous. Today has been the epitome of a beautiful spring day. Sunshine, no clouds, blue skies and temperatures in mid twenties.

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It’s been 3 months since I moved here. Time has flown by so fast, and I feel like I have been here only 4 weeks.

Before moving here, I never thought it was possible to fall completely in love with a city.

Melbourne proved me wrong.

I am SO in love with this city.

Every cranny and nook of this city has captured my heart. Alleyways, beaches, houses, people, food, drinks, shops – you name it, a piece of my heart has been left there.

One of my favourite things about living here is that it has taught me to fall in love with life itself. It’s such an amazing feeling to have – and something everyone should experience at some stage in their lives, no matter where they are in the world.

I’ve stopped in the middle of a footpath to smell flowers. Heck, I’ve relished the aroma of spring and it’s bloody amazing. My nose has never felt so alive.

I’ve woken up and decided to go to a place I haven’t been before and enjoyed it immensely.

I’ve enjoyed that $2 pizza from a kiosk on Elizabeth Street whilst making my way to a friend’s farewell. And you know what? It tasted 100 times better than Dominos – although, homemade pizzas are better.

All in all, my life has changed for the better.

I’m now eating better.

I could pretty much give Jamie Oliver a run for his money… no actually, there’s still a lot to be learnt about cooking, but I’ve whipped up some impressive meals. I’m pretty sure my current housemates and my mother can vouch for that.

I have cut down on sugar, preservatives, and other junk – massively, and my body is thanking me for it. It has been letting me know that it cannot tolerate junk anymore.

A couple of weeks ago, I caught up with an aunty for dinner and we had dessert. I ordered a lemon meringue tart. It looked so damn good. However, I was unable to finish all of it and I didn’t feel so good afterwards. I woke up at around 4am the next morning with back pain, and I knew I had to chuck my guts out. That was my body telling me not to eat anything with so much sugar ever again.

McDonalds and other fast-food outlets are no more. The last time I had McDonalds, I woke up the next morning feeling like I was hit by a truck. I also felt like I had an awful hangover, and I spent the day dying quietly. The other day, I had fish and chips and a small amount of junk. Bad idea. Woke up yesterday morning feeling gross, but I pushed myself to get out of bed and hit up the zoo.

I’ve also started drinking heaps of peppermint tea and it’s helped with my digestive system, and I don’t feel bloated so much nowadays.

Dairy also has been eliminated – mainly due to my lactose intolerance, and it’s helped massively. Soy is no more as well, as I drink almond, coconut and rice milk now.

I have found my creativity.

I recently purchased a mirrorless digital camera, which I LOVE. It’s an Olympus OM-D EM10 – one of the cheapest and best mirrorless cameras on the market.

Olympus released it earlier this year, and it’s received heaps of raving reviews from photographers and people who are starting to dive into photography.

Apparently it’s a popular camera with the blogging community, and I can see why! It’s so portable and not so heavy like a DSLR camera. It’s quite easy to travel with as well.

I went to Melbourne Zoo yesterday and came up with some fantastic photos – now, that’s another blog post to come yet!

Melbourne is a photographers’ dream. So many places to take photos of, and also gives you an opportunity to explore what this city.

I feel much more confident than before.

I feel like I can do anything without anyone and anything stopping me.

I’ve found my path, and because of that, I changed courses at university. I have transferred to Master of International and Community Development with PhD pathway. This past semester, I have discovered that communications isn’t what I want to do, and I haven’t been happy with my studies and because of that, my results have suffered.

The new course starts in Semester 1 2015 – or rather, Trimester 1 for Deakin – and I look forward to a long summer break starting at the end of October. Although, I’ll be actively looking for a job – I do need to save up extra money for Turkey next year.

But the most important thing is that I now know what I want in my life.

Ohh, look at that…the sun is now setting!

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Melbourne, I love you.

S xo

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