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Bart & Kali’s wedding part II

Luckily (or unlucky for me of course 🙁 ) I am still having this damn virus so all I can do is rest. Which means I have time to put up all the remaining pictures from Bart and Kali’s wedding in Byron Bay.
The only big achievement for today is to find a good spot for next Sunday when the whole family is gathering to celebrate Ambrose 30th. I was totally exhausted after that. Coughing like crazy, so I ordered a take away coffee and went back to the house. I HAVE TO get well before the weekend comes!

What a nice memory these lovely Byron Bay and especially the wedding has now become. Every picture makes me smile. Hope Bart and Kali have an amazing honeymoon!

Lets have a look at the picture rain I just put up here, shall we?

Me and Anastasia. Sipping champagne after a very hot ,but very fun bus ride to the venue

With the pretty girl Amy. I hardly recognized myself when I saw this picture.
Doesn’t really look like me for some strange reason..

hahaha You just gotta love Jess

I snuck up to the groomsmen’s loft to see what they had been up to the night before the wedding.
And also to steal their nice whiskey. I don’t know why but I can only drink one glass of champagne. I drank whiskey sour rest of the night

The temporary Byron Bay ladies. They are all old friends of Bart (the groom)
From the left: Jessica, Kate, Suzy, Natalia, Talia and Monica

 

Bart’s handsome groomsmen; Ambrose, Kappa, Latif, and Andy. Ambrose has been best man to a couple of his friends now. One of the guys told me that we will probably have to have a whole damn train of groomsmen for our wedding….

Best man assisting with the brides wedding bouquet. Kali had chosen beautiful native flowers throughout the whole wedding which was really nice

Handing over the wedding rings

Stunning bride and groomWe were all on the dance floor pretty much most of the evening. Exactly how I think a wedding should be.

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Bart & Kali’s wedding part I

The guests arriving…

The stunning venue – “Forget me not weddings” in Byron Bay

Mrs and Mrs Kennett !! <3

The witnesses signing – Best man Ambrose and made of honor Kali’s sister Nikki

 

Having a drink with the girls Jessica, Suzie, Natalia, Kate, Talia and Monica

I finally got together some of the pictures from Bart & Kali’s wonderful wedding. Sorry it took so long, I am still sick and went to the Dr today.

Bart and Kali had organized one of the most amazing wedding I’ve even been to! Cant have been easy but somehow everything was perfectly planned and they looked stunning! I smiled so much my face almost hurt at the end of the evening. The are both amazing people and they deserve this – an amazing wedding.
I am glad Bart and Ambrose are best friends. So I now get to have Bart and Kali as friends <3

I have to find some better pictures of Kali. She looked magical as she walked down. But it will have to wait until tomorrow, it’s getting late and we are getting up at 5am, someone wants to go surf before work….hmmm. xx

Celebrating Nicolas Birthday with a picnic and paddle boarding

Love this picture of Anastasia, Leggs and Harper

Anastasia, I and the birthday boy Nicolas

Some of us are clearly not dressed for paddle boarding….

The Entrance Beach

Today we went to Canton Beach to celebrate Nicolas birthday. We did that with a picnic and some paddle boarding.
That is what he wanted and I was all for it, I love paddle boarding and picnic. The whole family was there, well the immediate family.
I am still not 100 % recovered so tried to stay in the shade as much as possible. But I could not stay away from the paddle boards! I want to get one for us, they are such relaxing and fun activity. Perfect for a country such as Australia were you have so many months where the weather allows you to be outside. It an investment the way I see it haha.

After a couple of hours we wrapped it up. Me and Ambrose were not ready to go home just yet so we got some take-away coffee’s and drove to The Entrance. There is apparently an ocean pool eight by the beach there that we wanted to check out. Unfortunately it was not all that impressive. Iceberg down at Bondi Beach still wins in our opinion.

Now after a shower, grilled sandwiches in front of David Attenborough. Well for me at least, just looked up and saw that Ambrose has fallen asleep <3

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Health exam for our Partner Visa and Margarita cocktails

Pretending to be a Dr

Spicy Margaritas are the best

The restaurant closed so the staff had to get us out true the staff-elevator. Kali found a security vest and thought it was a great idea to steal it.

A post from my last Thursday. It was different to say the least. I started with getting myself all the way to Parramatta. That´s like a 2 h train but I did not care at all. I had my Visa health examination there and I was ridiculously excited. This means one step closer to receiving our Partner or De Facto Visa!

My health exam was done in 3 steps. 1. X-rays, 2. physical check and 3. HIV-test. It takes around two hours and afterwards I met up with Ambrose ( he works in Parramatta) for lunch. We wanted to celebrate that we soon are “a normal/legal couple”. Ahh cant wait!

When he had to go back to work I went on a walk around the park and then did some dress shopping at Myer and David Jones. I do not like shopping and was exhausted after all the test and running around in a huge shopping mall.
Called my friend and we decided to meet up in Bondi Junction for dinner and maybe one drink. That plan went to hell very quickly. Many cocktails later, we were recommended by one of the waitresses to go dancing at this underground Latino club. I don’t even go to normal clubs these days, yet alone an underground club. That was many many years ago I did something that adventurous hahaha

But we had so much fun. Makes me laugh  just thinking about it actually. We dances all night together with the Latinos. Something about their music that makes you want to move 🙂

Now I need to get back to work, or volunteer work. Today I am in the office discussing next Thursdays Ball. Super excited for this event!

Ciao for now. Have a great day.

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Puppy sitting and family weekend by the lake

I think I seriously have to learn how to blog on my phone. I feel totally behind with the “updates”. Anyway, here are some from this weekend. Or at least from Saturday and today, Sunday. Friday was a whole other story. Had 7 cocktails at a Mexican bar with my friend Kali, followed by dancing at an underground Latino club. We take that maybe tomorrow.

So Saturday we had plans to stay over at Leonard and Nick’s house and baby sit their new puppy Leggs. If you think he looks like a giant instead of a puppy it’s because he is a Grate Dane and is enormous already. We all plan to ride him like a horse when he is fully grown. Just kidding….

Afternoon walks. He was way more into Ambrose then me. hahaha

Leggs loves the water so we took him down to the lake to splash around some water.

The plan was to wake up early and rent two paddle boards on Sunday morning before meeting everyone for breakfast by the lake.

Because the kitchen is still under construction we had homemade BBQ burgers in the garden. For starters dips with crackers and veggies. We curled up on the couch with the puppy and watched the entire season one of FARGO.

Ambrose sister Anastasia and Xavier <3

As you can see we did not get to paddle-boarding on the lake. Instead it was breakfast by the lake with the whole family. 

After breakfast we took Xavier to play at the children’s playground. ( think the other parents at the playground thought we looked suspicious when walking in with ten grownups with only one child. Haha ) Back at the house for some video-gaming and to plan Christmas. We each picked a name from a hat. Decided to do secret Santa instead of one present to each person. I got Nick and I am happy with that. He should be easy to pick a gift for.

We finished our Sunday with a family dinner out at the terrace.  

My Australian family <3

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How to increase your productivity and performance – step by step

Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs – Successful people to model

 

Today, as I was on the train back from my volunteer work, I came across a bunch of articles on Productivity & Performance. I find everything on how to improve yourself and how to be the best version of yourself very interesting.
If we are not evolving, progressing, learning, then whats the point?
Productivity is simply : get more done successfully with less effort. It was a whole lot of reading therefore I have just taken out some of the main points from what I’ve learned:

– Have a set time-frame and a clear plan. This will increase your chances to actually reach your goal.

–  Your goal must be specific and clear. And you must know WHY you want this goal to manifest. When you know why you want something, that will amplify your motivation and assist you to take necessary actions.

– Look over your daily habits. What are those small Rituals you have everyday? Are they benefiting you or are they driving you away from your goal? An example could be to set out a specific time for checking social media. This way you wont unconsciously waste your time and will instead gain more time to complete actions towards your goal. Another example is to put the clothes you are going to wear the night before. This “habit” or “ritual” will overtime save you hours in the mornings. Have you ever wondered why many successful people tend to wear the same outfit over and over? Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Obama, Steve Jobs. Read more about this HERE.

Next is a quick and relatively easy way to productivity and performance is often spoken of by Tony Robbins….

– Modeling. Robbins is over and over recommending people who want to get the most out of life to Model” other, already successful people. Find one or a couple of people you admire. Famous or not and study their behavior. How do they speak, how is their physiology. Do they spend alot of time choosing what outfit to wear in the morning? Will they snooze or wake up early to get more time to get to where they want. Are they willing to study and try to learn from people who know more then them or not? Do they spend a couple of hours a day scrolling true their phone, watching what others are up to?

– The last point I want to make is one from tony robbins.com. It is something he calls “chunking” and I will definitely start using this method in my life. Simplified chunking is: taking everything we have on our ” To Do Lists” and divide them into chunks, depending on where they belong. For example one for relationships, another for work/career and the third for health.
According to Tony once you have chunked these together it is easier to see what result you want.
I especially got motivated to start with Tony´s chunking after reading this ;

“When you start thinking of your to-do’s as clusters of desired outcomes, you’ll keep stress at bay and learn to focus on your greater goals, rather than getting overwhelmed of the minute details. Why? Because you will start to feel inspired, rather than forced to follow through. And when you feel so inspired by a purpose, you’ll come up with a more effective action plan to get there.”

Have a lovely day.xx

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Perfect Sunday with beach and oysters

The “Mademoiselle” sandwich


At the Oyster Festival

Just back from a to the house. I had one of those perfect Sunday´s. You know one of those days without any particular plans, but everything just turns out to be perfect.

We started with my favorite breakfast at This Little Piggy. I’ve told you about this place waaayyyy too many times so I’ll stop. Not everyone gets crazy obsessed over a plate of food. I get that…..
After breakfast we drove to Ettalong. The Oyster Festivals was on and I always wanted to see it but somehow we missed it every time its on. We started by wine tasting. I choose to only taste cold, crispy dessert vines and a couple of port vines. It was way to hot for red vine. There was food stalls everywhere but we were only interested in oysters. they had a couple of  dressings to choose from. We tried “spicy passion fruit” on one oyster but nope. A pinch of salt and fresh lemon is the way to go.

Its started to get a bit too crowded for us, neither me nor Ambrose are very fond of crowds. Instead we drove to Killcare beach which is one of the best beaches around the coast. A couple of dips in the ocean was perfect for a hot day like this Sunday.

In the afternoon we have manage to squeeze in a short walk, a small trip around the coast and some grocery shopping  for tonight dinner. Now we are sitting with a bag of fresh lychee’s out in the backyard. Need to soak up the rest of this perfect Sunday and get some vitamin D from the sun.

It’s going to be nice to just relax for the rest of this evening. Yesterday was Cappa’s 30th birthday party all day. And around 7pm we were invited to a house party with my old colleagues from Barcelona.

Have a good afternoon everyone. xx

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Sydney weekend activities thru my phone

I am back at the house. Ambrose went away to Newcastle last Saturday morning with 30 boys. They hired a farm for 3 nights for Bart’s buck’s party. As soon as he left I took the train to Bronte, neither Kali (Bart’s fiance) nor I wanted to be alone for 3 nights haha.

Our plans were to do absolutely nothing so cant say I did take too many pictures. I mean who want to see a couple of girls having wine and cheese, chitchatting while watching trash TV like The Kardashian’s?! That is mainly what we did but I did manage to get at least a couple of snapshots on my phone…..here is me on my loooooonnnngggg journey to the big city. It took me 2 hours and 46 minutes door to door!  Its ridiculous. It was raining one hour, and sunny the next, very strange. Luckily I had my Tony Robbins book and these Jacaranda’s trees to look at. Its hard to show you exactly how nice they really are just true my phone. I am in love with them and will for sure have them on my land when we buy a house. saturday night with the girls and alot of wine It started nice, I bought some wine and some dips. Amy came by and she also had bought some wine. Kali had already got some cheese, dips and of course a couple of bottles of wine…..
5 bottles later….. we were dancing, laughing, gossiping about what the guys were up to on the bucks party. We also helped Kali with her vows for the wedding. She read what she was gonna say and we all cried a little bit. hahha I haven’t had this kind of “girly” night in years. Us girls are so emotional! Jezus!
The second picture is from the next day. We went to bed at 2 am and woke up at 7 am. Me and Kali felt pretty good. Amy on the other hand…..

walking in bronte with girlfriends Needed to be carried clearly. hahahaha. I wasn’t even trying to get Amy and Kali in this picture. I was just obsessed with the Jacaranda tree

having sunday breakfast at eugenes in bronte

The three of us had breakfast at Eugene’s in Bronte. Well, me and Kali did. Amy ordered and as soon as the food came she left and sat outside. She was too sick to even see food. We teased her of course and we were too hungry and tired to keep her company poor thing.

the view over bronte in syndey is amazing After breakfast we went back home to just chill for a couple of hours. But as soon as the rain stopped we took the opportunity to go for a walk. One of my favorite activity to do in any city, especially in Sydney is to just walk around for hours. Look what nice spots you can find!

enjoying lunch at bronte beach in sydneyTime for lunch! We chose a Brazilian restaurant down by Bronte beach. I had the Brazilian Bowl, cant remember the actual name, but it was something slow-cooked which is my favorite type of preparation of food always.
Too bad you cant see how Bronte beach behind Kali in this picture. The camera of my phone just would not take it in unfortunately.
train back to the coast from sydney where you get to see the beautiful nature of sydneyOn Monday morning I went in to the office to do some volunteering. Only Marney was in and as always I love working with her. Met up with Kali after work, we got some red wine and ordered Indian home delivery. We spent most of Monday night planing a weekend away with some of our friends. Renting a house and just enjoying summer. We had a quite early night before I headed back to the house up the coast. Even if it takes forever on the train it is pretty beautiful here. Cant complain.

Now I have a lunch date with Ambrose. Three days has felt more like three weeks so want to spend as much time with as possible.
Have a nice day guys. Ciao

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