Thursday, March 26, 2015

That happy, amazing, and ordinary little life of mine

I don't know how this keeps on happening, but it seems as though blogging, writing, and keeping tabs on my life whatsoever, has taken a definite backseat over the past few months.

It's not intentional, and I really, really miss writing, but sometimes life is best simply being experienced. 

Nonetheless, here's a short recap of the busyness that is my life: 

1. Work

My Tuesday/Thursday nanny job ended just a few short weeks ago. It was heartbreaking, but through trying to stay positive, I actually realized that this opened up a lot of extra time for me. With only 2 months left in the country, this time is pretty essential to crossing off everything on my 'New Zealand To Do List'. I do however pick up casual part-time work nannying/babysitting as much as possible, because let's face it, $20-25 an hour to go on walks, play, and spend time with my favorite little people, is just too hard to pass up. My savings account and travel fund thank you tremendously. 

2.  Pilates

I've heard great things about these classes, but because of laziness, big time blues, and being scared of looking like a royal idiot, I never gave it a shot. But it's amazing how happiness and confidence really make a difference. And trying new things it seems is worth it, because pilates just might be my new favorite thing in the entire world. Why did no one tell me how amazing it is for breathing, sleeping, stress-relief, strength, flexibility, and overall health and fitness? I've been going daily for a month now, along with long walks and running stairs (at the beach :)) whenever I can. It kicks my ass, but after years of not putting my health first, it's what I deserve. 

3. Being sick

I spent a good portion of the last few weeks sick. A few colds and sore throats here and there followed by me violently vomiting for an entire weekend along with 4 out of the 5 other poor souls living in this house. I haven't spent a night on the bathroom floor since those early college days, and frankly I could do without ever doing it again. Curse you stomach bug.

4. Social Life

I like alone time, and lazy days at home, but both are few and far between these days. I've made some amazing friends here and living in Auckland has given me plenty of opportunities to keep busy. With outdoor movies, sports games, festivals, and an endless number of places to visit, most free time I have is spent out of the house. I've spent many years taking for granted my youth, my health, and my freedom, and now I feel a tremendous need to make up for lost time. It doesn't give me a lot of time to recharge, but is a very happy and welcome change.

Outdoor movie on a warm summer's night

Friday night markets and a movie on a silo. so good. 

Dinner at the Skytower with amazing city views

First Rugby League game. killed it!

Sunday Funday: Holi Festival!

5. Planning upcoming trips

I've now nicknamed April 'holiday month' as I'm pretty sure I don't even work more than a handful of days throughout the next 4 weeks. So many trips, so little time, as they say. I leave tomorrow to embark on a 10 day road trip through New Zealand's North Island. Essentially we're winging it, which means a lot beaches, leggings, and living out of our car. I wish I could tell you more, but that's all I know so far. So, cheers to spontaneity.

The following weekend we are headed on one of the country's greatest and most popular hikes- The Tongariro Crossing. It's a 20 km tramp through beautiful, but difficult, volcanic terrain, which may or may not kill me. Nonetheless, I'm excited to cross this one off of the list.

And the last two weekends will be spent traveling to the east coast wine region and back to one of my most favorite cities, Wellington. We scored a $58 ROUNDTRIP ticket to the country's capital over the holiday weekend, and didn't hesitate for even a second. I can't wait to be back there experiencing the amazing cafe and coffee culture, and the quirky pub scene. Sorry for any drunk texts in advance.

But the real truth is that my favorite part of this life is how ordinary it really is. It isn't always grand, exciting, or full of adventures. It's just normal, everyday life. It's cuddles, and kisses, and sometimes a lot of tears. It's changing nappies, library dates, and quiet family dinners. And most days, some of my favorite days, it's really pretty average.

And those are the days I will miss the most.