Parlez-vous français ?
Okay, I’ll stop pretending I know French now 😉 because honestly, I’m a born and bred English speaker and I hardly know beyond the basics of most languages. However, I do have some very exciting news to share that will change that dramatically – in fact, it is changing my whole life dramatically!
One week ago, I booked a one way flight to London. I leave on a plane in 6 months time to go backpacking around the world for as long as I want and can. I have made no other plans and I am going by myself. I may seem calm when I write these sentences so plainly, but words cannot describe the excitement, exhilaration, freedom and anticipation I feel at doing something so amazing in my life!! It’s something I have always wanted to do and I had a big chat to myself several months ago and decided that next year was my year to do it.
And so on that note, I urge ALL of you to give yourself what you want most in life. I don’t want to preach and tell you how to live your life, but think about this: you have exactly one life in which to do everything you’ll ever do – act accordingly.
For me, this really hit home. I almost decided not to go ahead with it because I felt like I should start working next year (since I finish uni this year) and start setting myself up for life. But the key word was should in that sentence. I almost chose to do it because I felt like it it was what I should do. But it’s not what I want to do. I want to live a life doing the things I love and for me, travel brings me happiness. Another saying I found that really helped me make this decision was “don’t be afraid to give yourself everything you’ve ever wanted in life.” And so at 22 years of age, I will be getting on that plane and living the life I want. I will be living in incredible places, spending my days doing amazing things and meeting people I would have never met if I had decided to stay at home and work. I have the rest of my life to work and settle down, but right now I am care-free and young and I intend to live it up as much as I can! I know that this will be something I can look back on as an old lady and reminisce about it as the best time of my life. Not sitting there regretting the choices I didn’t make.
Anyway, enough about me and my ramblings! I’m just so excited to be going that I can’t help it! 🙂
Today I decided to treat myself to a scrumptious breakfast. I’m currently 1/3 of the way through my end-of-year-very-exhausting-and-full-on prac for my teaching degree and I’ve hardly had any time for myself. My every thought and action revolves around this prac at the moment and I know that if I keep going this way I will become very run down, exhausted and start to resent it. So I took some time out this Saturday morning to have some ‘me time’ – this time is incredibly important so that I can reset myself, get in a better head space and generally just de-stress. My morning involved no alarm clock (although I still woke up early because of that body clock of mine!), lying in bed after I woke up for as long as I wanted, going for a run along the river and then coming back home and making myself a cup of chai tea and a yummy brekkie!
I watched a movie last night and one of the meals they ate during it was French Toast and I got hit with a massive craving for it! But of course, I needed to make it healthy 🙂 normal french toast is covered in sugar and made with white bread, so it is very simple to make clean and healthy.
- 2 slices of wholemeal bread (no preservatives or added sugar – 100% wholemeal flour!)
- 1 egg
- 1/8 cup of Lite/Skim Milk (or soy/almond etc)
- Whisk egg, milk, nutmeg and cinnamon in a bowl.
- Place bread in mixture and coat on both sides (don’t soak the bread until it’s soggy – it just needs to be coated)
- Place bread in a non stick frying pan on medium-low heat (this heat allows the bread to be cooked without burning the outside)
- Cook until bread is firm and golden brown, flipping the bread over to ensure it cooks evenly.
- Serve while warm with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon on top!
I ate mine with fresh fruit and greek yogurt – Strawberries are so cheap in Perth at the moment (3 large punnets for $3!) so I had fresh strawberries, banana and I even had a side of fresh mango too – we are very fortunate to have a mango tree in our backyard and the windy weather last night dropped several on the ground. Yum, yum and yum!
You can of course vary your toppings – you may want to drizzle honey or maple syrup on top. I’m just sweet enough already that I didn’t feel the need 😉
Bon appétit !