SUCCESS STORIES

Here you will find our clients non- edited testimonials of success stories that they have achieved from getting coached by The Flawed Journey.

WATCH THIS SPACE

Melbourne Travel Planning Package

Planning to visit Melbourne for a weekend trip or a holiday?? Purchase a travel plan for your visit which will be left in the hands of an expect and personalised to suit your needs.

Through the use of my Melbourne Travel Package, it will include the following:

  • Best places to eat / drink & socialise.
  • Best areas to stay in & assistance with accommodation.
  • Activity / Itinerary planning.
  • Advice on best routes of transport throughout the city.
  • Guidance with Aussie Airlines.
  • Provide my favourite must do tours / activities. 
  • Help with planning your trip around a budget.
  • 1:1 video sessions to gather background information on what you expect for your trip ahead.
  • Have my 100% faith to plan your trip for you and giving you the reassurance you will need leading up to your weekend or holiday to Melbourne.

Once you have purchased your plan I will contact you to find out your thoughts and what you have in mind that you wish to visit, then I will prepare a personal plan to suit everything you need for your trip ahead. Plans can be personalised for solo visit or group with family / friends.

NOTE: This will be a detailed travel package for you uniquely and may not be suitable for others.

  • Please be advised that I need at least 2 weeks notice prior to your planned / estimated departure date.
  • Customer agrees to communicate effectively on the basis in which I would agree also to your request.
  • To enable The Flawed Journey to perform obligations under this agreement, it is important you co – operate with me and provide the information and access to facilities that I reasonably require.
  • Payments are non – refundable.
  • If you choose to cancel your services at any time, you will suffer a loss of moneys paid.
  • First contact will not be until I receive payment in full.
  • Please note each guide will be suited for your own individual trip & will not be suitable for everyone.
  • There are packages to suit other currencies- contact me to discuss further pricing.
  • Once you purchase your package please allow at least 3 days before first point of contact is made & allow a further 7 days to receive your full personal Melbourne guide.
  • If you refer a friend and they purchase a guide they will receive 20% off.

Please provide me with your name, email address and contact number upon payment therefore I can reach you straight away and begin helping you plan ahead.

Emma @ The Flawed Journey.

24/7 WORLD HELPLINES

Please reach out to use the below helplines and resources if you are in need as Counsellors and Therapists are not available on a 24/7 basis.

I have put contact details below for professionally qualified organisations that can help and support you 24/7.

Befrienders Worldwide – Find 24/7 helplines in your area by searching with your country on their website. Befrienders have a network of 349 support centres in 32 countries, this service is provided via SMS messaging, outreach, partnerships and the internet.

NORTHERN IRELAND & REPUBLIC OF IRELAND:

  • SAMARTIANS – 116 123 (freephone) / email jo@samaritans.org (24/7) & jo@samaritans.ie (24/7).
  • PIETA HOUSE – 1800 247 247 / email mary@pieta.ie.
  • CHILDLINE – 1800 66 66 66 (freephone)
  • NSPCC – 0808 800 5000 (adults concerned about a child)
  • REFUGE – 0808 2000 247
  • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS – 0845 769 7555
  • VICTIM SUPPORT – 0808 168 9111

UNITED KINGDOM:

  • SAMARTIANS – 116 123 / email jo@samaritans.org (24/7)
  • SANE LINE – 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm – 10.30pm)
  • PAPYRUS – 07786 209 697 (under 35s with suicidal thoughts) Weekdays (10am- 10pm) Weekends (2pm-10pm)
  • CALM (Campaign against living miserably) – Outside of London 0800 58 58 58, London 0808 802 58 58 (5pm-midnight everyday)
  • SILVERLINE – 0800 470 80 90 (aimed at over 55s) 24 hours, 7 days per week

AUSTRALIA:

  • LIFELINK SAMARTIANS TASMANIA – 03 6331 3355 / 1300 364 566 (freephone in Tasmania)
  • THE SAMARTIANS INC – 135 247 / 1800 198 313 (freephone in Western Australia)
  • BEYOND BLUE – 1300 22 4636 (freephone)
  • LIFELINE AUS – 13 11 14
  • MENSLINE AUS – 1300 78 99 78
  • KIDS HELPLINE – 1800 55 1800 (5-25 year olds)
  • SUICIDE CALL BACK SERVICE – 1300 659 467

NEW ZEALAND:

  • LIFELINK / SAMARTIANS – 07 350 2030 / 0800 726 666
  • LIFELINE – 0800 543 354 / SMS 4357 “HELP”
  • HEALTHLINE – 0800 611 116
  • SUICIDE CRISIS – 0508 828 865
  • OUTLINE NZ – 0800 688 5463 (Sexuality/ Gender Identity Helpline)
  • YOUTHLINE – 0800 376 633
  • KIDSLINE – 0800 54 37 54 (Up to 18 years old)

CANADA:

  • TORONTO DISTRESS CENTRE – 416 408 4357 (24/7 & has over 151 languages with interpreter service)
  • GERSTEIN CENTRE – 416 929 5200 (24/7)
  • TORONTO WITHDRAWAL MANAGEMENT – 1866 366 9513 (24/7 detox placement)
  • GOOD2TALK – 1866 925 5454  (24/7 for post secondary students)
  • KIDS HELP PHONE – 1800 668 6868 (24/7 service where Counsellors answer calls and questions from across Canada)
  • TORONTO RAPE CRISIS CENTRE – 416 597 8808 (24/7 service for survivors of rape and sexual assault) 

UNITED STATES: 

  • THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HELPLINE – 1800 273 8255 (24/7 toll free, provides Spanish Counsellors as well as options for deaf and hard of hearing individuals)
  • VETERANS CRISIS HELPLINE – 1800 273 8255 (24/7 toll free service for military veterans and their families)
  • IMALIVE CRISIS CHATLINE – text “HOME” to 741 741 (24/7 text message hotline)
  • SUICIDE PREVENTION CENTRE DIDI HIRSCH CALIFORNIA – 800 273 8255 (24/7)
  • THE SAMARITANS OF BOSTON FRAMINGHAM – 877 870 4673 (24/7)

 

THERAPY FAQ’S

What do we mean by Counselling?

Counselling is the process that occurs when a client and counsellor discuss and explore difficulties during a scheduled time, which may include stress or emotional feelings of the client. Most people at some point in their lives feel uncertain or overwhelmed by problems, both physically and mentally. Counselling therefore helps the client to change their behaviour and to improve their current situation.

What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?

Counselling is better suited for clients who are able to resolve their own problems whilst Psychotherapy often suits clients who have long term deeper issues and mental health struggles.

What issues do some clients face in order to seek Counselling?

Clients will seek Counselling for many reasons including:

  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Marriage or Relationship break ups
  • Stress Management
  • Feeling lost and Confused
  • Job Loss
  • Death
  • Diagnosis of serious physical illness
  • Addiction
  • Low Self- esteem or Confidence
  • Bullying and Depression

What happens during Counselling Sessions?

You as a client will be in a comfortable, peaceful yet relaxing environment with the opportunity to discuss any underlying issues with a Professionally Trained Counsellor, Cognitive Behaviour and Psychotherapist. As your therapist, everything that is discussed during sessions will be kept strictly confidential.

What if I’m unsure if I need Counselling?

Please book a free 20 minute Worldwide Consultation via our booking system where you can ask any questions and queries that you want answered. We can discuss the underlying issues and situations you are currently facing in order for me to advise the best path suitable for you to begin your therapy.

What should I expect for my first Counselling Session?

It’s totally normal to feel a little nervous prior to your first session but as a therapist it is my job to make you as a client feel completely comfortable and at ease during your therapy journey. Counselling is an incredible journey and as a client you will feel a sense of trust, ability to fully open up with full attention and without any type of judgement. As a client you have the opportunity to discuss your personal history and current situation but will not be forced to discuss anything that makes you feel any sort of discomfort.

How long does a Counselling Session last?

If it is your first session you are advised to arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time as you will have paper work to complete and this is essential in order to begin your therapy. Sessions will last 50 minutes but group sessions can be expected to be a little longer. If you wish to seek Online Counselling our sessions will last from 20 – 50 minutes and is available worldwide via phone or skype.

How does Online Counselling work?

Online Counselling works by discussing your issues with a Counsellor via phone call, email or video skype call. This is a great way to discuss any issues if you are unable to be in the area of a Counsellor, have waited to long on a waiting list or would prefer to discuss your issues online rather than face to face.

Why is Online Counselling sessions free?

Online Counselling sessions are free with The Flawed Journey and they are suitable for anyone Worldwide. They are free to help support our communities, to cities to countries of friends, strangers, loved ones and families. Counselling can be something not everyone can afford so I don’t agree with not being able to seek professional help because of someones financial circumstances. Therapy should be available to everyone who needs it instead of waiting on long waiting lists and hoping for help.

I want to book a therapy session, however a suitable time for me is not on the booking system?

If you wish to schedule an appointment either 1:1 or online but cannot find a suitable time for you on our booking system, please send an email requesting a time suitable for you to theflawedjourney@gmail.com and we can arrange a suitable time for you.

How many therapy sessions will I need in order to achieve my goals?

Sessions are about working on any underlying issues and it’s important to understand that it does take time for results to occur. It takes allotment to unravel the emotions surrounding any issues and to identify the crux of the problem. Every client is different and it solely depends on what your wanting to achieve from your Counselling journey. As a therapist I will guide you through each session and decide if any further sessions are needed, however if you feel at anytime a session is unnecessary feel free to stop your future sessions.

How often will I need to attend my therapy sessions?

It is recommended at the beginning of your therapy journey to attend sessions once per week, because if we leave huge gaps in between sessions it can be more difficult to achieve positive goals and outcomes. As a therapist I will discuss the best suited time to fit your schedule, preference and budget.

Can I purchase more than one session if I know my Counselling journey is going to be a longer term?

If you want to lock in weekly, fort nightly or monthly sessions at a time you can email theflawedjourney@gmail.com to discuss a suitable plan and package as we have offers available for clients who need 5 or more therapy sessions.

What happens if I fail to provide at least 24 hours notice of cancellation for my scheduled appointment?

If you fail to give at least 24 hours notice of cancelling a scheduled session or fail to show for your appointment, a 30% security deposit will be withheld from cost paid upon booking, any remainder of monies will be refunded the same way you originally paid.

How do I pay for my sessions?

You pay for your session in full upon arrival of your appointment. Upon booking your slot you will be prompted to pay a 30% deposit, this is in order to confirm the session and will automatically lock in your booking then send you a confirmation email within a few minutes of booking.

I’m currently unemployed, a student or earning a low income, how can I afford these fees for Therapy?

At the Flawed Journey we have a fully non – judgemental understanding of everyone’s financial situation. Therefore if you are in need of therapy but are some how finding it difficult to make ends meet. Just simply make us aware of this and we can come up with a plan to fully suit your needs and do have the option to pay instalments over a period of time.

Can I claim Counselling on Insurance or is there a rebate?

Counsellors are not included in Medicare which means there are no rebates. Unfortunately you cannot claim your sessions on Private Health Insurance as all sessions with The Flawed Journey are completely private and confidential meaning all costs are at your own expense but at a low cost compared to other Counsellors and Psychologists.

TIPS ON MOVING ABROAD

Are you moving abroad either to travel or maybe to study? Well these tips will help you heaps towards planning ahead and knowing roughly what to expect.

Before any new situation you should understand that it’s totally normal to feel anxious, nervous and have a sense of fear. The days coming up to your one way journey abroad to live somewhere new, you will have endless amounts of packing, clearing out rubbish and lastly saying your final goodbyes which can make you incredibly emotional.

Your emotions will be wild and you will find it hard in the first few days even weeks to contain how you feel as your mood can be very up & down. Once you find you’re surroundings, sense of awareness and meet others around you in the same situation you will start to feel a lot more at ease.

Before your journey on moving abroad, I personally recommend having as much savings as possible as this way you have background security to rely on for any sudden emergencies. Your first few days of arriving either to your student accommodation or to your home in another country you will face many opportunities and remember the spontaneous risks & opportunities are always the best and you won’t have any regrets!!

Before you depart:

  1. Get organised before leaving – research how you will arrive, ensure you have all required documents (passport, ID, visas, bank accounts, health care).
  2. Purchase a journal and carry it in your hand luggage – take note of your goals and it’s always a great way to start by jotting down your emotions, this way you can keep track of them and you will find this will make it easier to control them.
  3. Do out a plan for your finances- should you have any bills to be paid on certain dates, set them into your calendar and begin to control your bills you have at home. This way you won’t forget about them & make sure to set aside money you will need for airport food / transfers.
  4. Pack as lightly as possible – when organising your suitcase / backpack remember you only need the necessaries and can’t bring bulky items as this can become a pain when having to carry them around. Any items you’re unsure on, you are probably best to leave and if you realise when you arrive that you need them, don’t forget you can always get them posted to you.
  5. Research – look up the area you are going to be living, what’s it close to? Check out what’s nearby, find local gyms, food places & supermarkets this way when you arrive you have a fair idea of your new area.

Arriving:

  1. Immerse in the locals / people around you. Everyone lives differently. You may be in a town or city but just begin to look around you and see how people are moving and connecting. Absorb all you can into different cultures and look for people who have interests into similar hobbies as you.
  2. Struggling to find friends? Get out there!! You ain’t going to find them sitting in your room. You will find these friends wherever you have interests or enjoy being. May it be the gym, pub, library, cafe, university class, hostel.
  3. Keep your mind open – don’t enter your new country / home full of judgement as that is not going to end well. You are best to arrive with an open mind. Relax & breathe in all the fresh surroundings and if you arrive smiling you will more than likely approach a happy person who is willing to chat or help you out.
  4. Be willing to learn – expand your creativity levels, try new food, new hobbies, get in with new friends, attend new gigs, read new books, explore new gyms / classes. Once you say yes and learn new experiences you will take home heaps of new skills that you could never of imagined.
  5. Be aware of your spends – remember the first few days that you plan on being here a while and you might not be starting a job for a little while longer so best to budget what you can. Avoid eating out a lot and paying more for transport. Ask those around you how they travel / where they shop for food and start meal prepping and catching buses / trains rather than taxis / ubers.
  6. Expand your social circle – living abroad can be lonely sometimes and yes we all do enjoy some self time but its important to be surrounded by others too. Make sure to say YES to any events or invites you get as this will expand your circle and opportunities.
  7. Dealing with home sickness – You can get faced with these emotions anytime throughout your journey of moving / living abroad and just remember it’s okay to feel like that but if you hide away & ignore these feelings it can only make it worse. Keep in regular contact even if it’s every couple of days with family / friends and catch up, share what you’ve been doing. Don’t forget your new friends and your new environment – there is so much to discover and see so keeping busy is a good way to cope with home sickness.
  8. Coping with negative or low emotions – Best thing to do is to breathe and remember your purpose for why you came to live abroad or to study / travel? Go out take a walk, run or do some exercise as this will boost your mood. Focus on your solutions and not your problems, make small adjustments to your boundaries.
  9. Room mates / finding new friends can not always be easy – it’s best to spot this at the early stages, be tolerant and take action straight away as the situation will not get any better and will then affect your mood and make you feel low.
  10. Sleep is key – you don’t want to find your sleeping pattern going off track as this will affect you daily. Aim for at least 6 hours sleep so if you find your partying too much or up watching Netflix to all hours and then paying for it the next day, you need to stop and adjust this pattern as no one else will do it for you.

Sydney Travel Planning Package

Planning to visit Sydney for a weekend trip or a holiday?? Purchase a travel plan for your visit which will be left in the hands of an expect and personalised to suit your needs.

Through the use of my Sydney Travel Package, it will include the following:

  • Best places to eat / drink & socialise.
  • Best areas to stay in & assistance with accommodation.
  • Activity / Itinerary planning.
  • Advice on best routes of transport.
  • Guidance with Aussie Airlines.
  • Provide my favourite must do tours / activities. 
  • Help with planning your trip around a budget.
  • 1:1 video sessions to gather background information on what you expect for your trip ahead.
  • Have my 100% faith to plan your trip for you and giving you the reassurance you will need leading up to your weekend or holiday to Sydney.

Once you have purchased your plan I will contact you to find out your thoughts and what you have in mind that you wish to visit, then I will prepare a personal plan to suit everything you need for your trip ahead. Plans can be personalised for solo visit or group with family / friends.

NOTE: This will be a detailed travel package for you uniquely and may not be suitable for others.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Please be advised that I need at least 2 weeks notice prior to your planned / estimated departure date.
  • Customer agrees to communicate effectively on the basis in which I would agree also to your request.
  • To enable The Flawed Journey to perform obligations under this agreement, it is important you co – operate with me and provide the information and access to facilities that I reasonably require.
  • Payments are non – refundable.
  • If you choose to cancel your services at any time, you will suffer a loss of moneys paid.
  • First contact will not be until I receive payment in full.
  • Please note each guide will be suited for your own individual trip & will not be suitable for everyone.
  • There are packages to suit other currencies- contact me to discuss further pricing.
  • Once you purchase your package please allow at least 3 days before first point of contact is made & allow a further 7 days to receive your full personal Sydney guide.
  • If you refer a friend and they purchase a guide they will receive 20% off.

Please provide me with your name, email address and contact number upon payment therefore I can reach you straight away and begin helping you plan ahead.

Emma @ The Flawed Journey.

Sydney Bloggers Aug 10, 2019

Our next Sydney Bloggers event has been scheduled for Saturday August 10th, from 11am – 12.30pm within the Sydney CBD.

If you missed out on our last meet up, make sure to grab up on this opportunity & come along.

Our next event will cover;

  • How to start a blog
  • How to progress a blog – take it next level
  • How to balance blog/ work life
  • Scheduling blog posts
  • Making posts stand out
  • Promoting your blog / marketing tips
  • I will be showcasing my blog
  • Open discussion with other bloggers, where you will have the opportunity to connect & network with others
  • Food & drink will be included for the duration of the event

 Interested in coming but want to know more? Feel free to contact me.

Can’t make it to this event but want to know when our future meet ups will be? Follow @sydney_bloggers on Instagram.

Get your tickets now @ Eventbrite to secure your spot at our meet up 😍

Sydney- Things To Do During Winter

10 THINGS TO DO DURING WINTER:

1) Carriageworks Winter Night Market – $10 per ticket, over 50 choices of bars & restaurants, live music and cooking demonstrations. (Friday 19th July 5pm)

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2) Winterlight Parramatta – Roughly $20 per ticket, includes carnival rides, hot snacks, mulled wine & ice skating. (Saturday 1st June until Saturday 31st August)

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3) Bondi Winter Magic – $22 per ticket, Ice skating rink with views of Bondi Beach & a Ferris Wheel in the background. (Friday 28th June until Sunday 28th July, 10am- 9pm daily)

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4) Apollo 11 Powerhouse Museum – $15 per ticket with entry into Museum, exhibition of the moon landing and the 50th anniversary. (Until July 2020)

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5) Paddy’s Night Food Markets, Flemington – FREE EVENT – Food markets held in a undercover carpark which includes more than 25 food trucks & stalls, live music and vintage cars. (Saturday July 6th until Saturday 3rd August)

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6) The Rocks Christmas in July Markets – FREE EVENT – Christmas themed markets which French chalets to give it a Bastille vibe. (Thursday July 11th until Sunday 14th July)

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7) Cockatoo Island Camping – Pricing depends on package but can range from $89 per night, Waterfront campground with views to Sydney’s Harbour, includes picnic spots, BBQ facilities & cafes / restaurants. (Open all year around)

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8) Winery Glamping @ Surry Hills – Bohemian themed hideaway with luxe and cosy glamping tents, can book up to 9 people which includes various packages startig from $59 each. Has boho eating with Instagramable surroundings. (Friday June 14th until Saturday 31st August)

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9) Holey Moley – Price depends on option of mini golf course. Karaoke & Mini Golf with drinks & cocktails on offer which turns into the craziest round of golf you will ever remember. (Open all year around)

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10) The Grounds of Alexandria – FREE EVENT – This is one of my favourite spots within Sydney, no matter what the season they always have a large variety of upcoming events. Check out their “Whats On” section of their website for all their themed events & most are free which is a bonus. (Open all year around)

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I hope you enjoyed this list of events and activities happening within Sydney over the winter period. I hope they have helped give you ideas on where to explore over the next few months.

SYDNEY BLOGGERS, JUNE 19

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!!

I organised a blogger meetup within Sydney on Saturday 8th June and I thought I would share a blog post on the lead up, how I planned it and how it all went.

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Firstly I’m still feeling so over whelmed with the response because this is something I had thought of for a few months and was a huge goal of mine. Now it’s happened and it’s out there it feels so surreal that I actually reached it.

I want to explain that if you have a dream or goal make sure to get it out there and never doubt yourself, yes it’s not easy but what is???

THOUGHTS:

I had done a lot of research as I was trying to actually connect with other bloggers within Sydney but always struggled to find a group or community where we could meet up and network. I know it’s very popular back where I’m from in Belfast, Ireland and within Australia there are groups across Melbourne & Brisbane but not in Sydney (strangely).

Thoughts started running through my head were I would question myself, is this something I could start? Obviously it was going to be difficult but who doesn’t love a challenge?

I then visualised this almost everyday and would sit at my desk in work writing notes upon notes about where I was going to have the venue / location, how many people I could cater for and wondered how many people would actually be interested in this idea. After a few days I started to believe I could do this as its something I enjoy and I’m passionate in. I wanted bloggers to have the ability to network / collab with other talented bloggers.

PLANNING:

My first step was to create a Meetup community which majority of Aussies use to connect through different groups within their local area. Within first few days I had roughly 20 members join which I then thought, wow that’s a possible 20 people already who could attend my event.

I then met up with 2 bloggers that I have connected with over Instagram for over a year but this was the first time we actually met each other in person. To meet each other in Sydney and have the opportunity to share my idea and also to hear their passions and ideas as bloggers, was amazing. We all loved and supported each other’s ideas which then motivated me more to go ahead and start seriously planning my blogger meet up.

PREPARATION:

I give myself 4 weeks to plan as I had a deadline to reach before my closest friend left the city to go do her regional work. She had told me that she wanted to be there and support me which was an amazing touch for it being the first time I had ever planned an event.

My first priority was to find a venue and within the city of Sydney it’s very expensive to hire. As this was the first time I had ever organised an event and had to search for a venue, I didn’t want to put myself out of pocket.

After a weekend of visiting different cafes throughout different areas of Sydney I had to decide on a location that was close to public transport, had parking facilities and was easy to get too for everyone attending.

I personally love Glebe within Sydney, it’s got a cool vibe and it’s quite central too. I knew this was where I was going to locate the event but I still had to find the perfect venue to accommodate everyone’s needs with the correct seating so that everyone could hear/ see me speak throughout the event and also have a wide variety of food options too.

I visited numerous cafes around the Glebe area, until one stood out for me which was Otto Noorba this was because the owner was so welcoming and came across very accommodating. Mary reassured me that she would happily cater for me + 30 others and assist with anything I needed, in which this would be to have half of her restaurant reserved so that everyone was seated together. Mary has a strong passion for her business and didn’t request a huge upfront fee to reserve the tables needed, were as other cafes were requesting this. I did expect these fees/ charges but first time around I didn’t want to put myself out of pocket until I seen how successful the event went then I can worry about fees for future events when I don’t mind paying out as I know there is a huge potential.

I knew instantly this was the venue, as I walked away feeling so relaxed and felt this would be an easy location for people to also be able to access on the day. Next I needed  to get the event out there, so I started the promotion work and advertised the event. I created the event promo on “Canva” myself. I played around with this app for awhile until I was happy with the look, font, style and photos selected to make it unique and also stand out.

I then reached out to Gemkenblog and asked Gemma to come and speak about her success as a Travel / Lifestyle blogger who is also a fellow Irish girl. I have followed Gemma’s travel journey and she inspires many to come out here to Australia. I felt she would be perfect to speak about how she started her blog and how she directs traffic as she recently reached her goal of 10K Instagram followers.

I also reached out to a photographer which I came across on Instagram called Ben Douglas he is a Sydney photographer who does a lot of collaborations with bloggers and influencers. I scrolled through his feed and loved his work, so decided he could possibly attend and snap shots of this all happening which I could then use to promote future events.

SPONSORS:

My next step was to research local businesses who could possibly sponsor my event and this would also help their business progression too. I have a strong passion in helping others and although I love meeting others, I love to also help those that I know too. I communicated with a company called Barette du Jour which I came across when attending Glebe Markets one Saturday morning. My other ideas for possible sponsors were girls that I know through Instagram who are extremely passionate in what they do.

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I reached out to these girls and they loved the idea in participating and providing small discount codes for the attendees to get off their work. You can access their pages and contact them through the following links:

Sara Dolan Makeup

Hair by Sarah Gething

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PROMOTING THE EVENT:

My next step was to announce the event online. I done this via my personal Instagram emmajanecraig_x and also created a Sydney Bloggers page on Instagram. I felt this would be the best way to promote the event as I connect with a lot of bloggers through the use of Instagram and through the use of the Instagram hashtag tool this would spread the word too. I then created a page for the event and released the tickets via Eventbrite as I find this also to be a very strong tool to promote & manage any event.

Event promo created on Canva

I decided that 30 people would roughly be a good figure to have attend the first event as I also didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself either for publicly speaking for the first time. After everything was confirmed from Special Guest GEMKENBLOG , photographer Ben Douglas and all the sponsors I was good to go ahead and announce the event live.

I began to reach out to all the bloggers I know within Sydney through the use of my social media and also the members on the Meet Up group to make everyone I know was aware of the upcoming event.

LEAD UP:

Once the event went live, I began to already receive such a positive response. So many people reached out and said they were so excited for this to be actually happening in Sydney and couldn’t wait to attend. The first half of the tickets were gone within a week and I honestly woke up everyday so grateful that I was receiving this feedback as this was a dream I had thought about for awhile and it kept my energy high.

The whole lead up was very exciting and I loved the whole idea of planning and being super busy as there really is so much background work involved but it give me more motivation when I knew the event had such an massive interest too. I spent endless evenings after work in my local library typing and editing the schedule on how the event was going to run throughout the morning and I also created a small activity in order to break the ice / make people feel more relaxed about who they were sitting beside for the duration of the event.

I then began preparing items for the goodie bags. I know the event was free and I didn’t have too in any way spend but I  wanted the guests to be as impressed as possible and I felt like it would be a nice touch to provide them with small freebies. I bought the little brown bags and personalised “Sydney Bloggers” stickers on Etsy which is my go to for any creative need.

The most important part of event was in my eyes how it was going to run and what was going to be discussed as I want everyone to feel like they had spent quality time out of their Saturday morning. I wanted the event to run smoothly and to be structured as I didn’t want the event to be too long or too short. All this was going to be controlled by myself which was the most scariest part of the whole planning / hosting process as I learnt how to really manage time effectively.

FEELINGS & EMOTIONS:

The day before the event, all tickets were gone…. 30/30 which is an incredible result!! I had worked a 12 hour shift and felt exhausted but I had to maintain a good energy and mood as I knew I still had so much preparations to do. I had to not only prepare my speech but also pamper, do my hair & tan etc. You girls understand. I firstly sat down and began writing a speech, I wrote a good few paragraphs and then thought this was not a good way to memorise what I was wanting to talk about. I felt this could possibly lead to me rambling on too much and focusing too much on one topic more than another. I then decided the best solution for this was to just write down key words and from these words I would know what exactly I wanted to talk about and would be talking fluently rather than staring at a piece of paper.

It was difficult to prepare yourself for public speaking as I had never done this before but I listened to many podcasts which motivated me that its possible for anyone to do this, if they put their mindset to it. I practised my speech around 4 times, 1 was the morning before the event before I jumped into my Uber. Although it was only talking to my partner and not 30 + people, he still managed to keep me calm and reassured me that it sounded great. I also highly recommend meditation, recently I started to get at least 5 minutes in a day and it honestly helps your mind and body so much.

The morning of the event it just felt like a normal day to be honest. I began getting ready doing my makeup / hair then caught an Uber and arrived to the venue 30 minutes before the event start time to set up. The tables were already laid out exactly how I wanted them to be but I just had to place water on the tables and set up the goodie bags where each person would be seated.

When I arrived to the venue and got everything set up, my nerves then started to kick in and I was shaking so much but I just tried to remain calm with my breathing and drank lots of water. When my bestie arrived and I sat chatting to her, it helped whilst I awaited on everyone arriving.

HOW DID IT GO??

As I had a schedule and knew roughly how I was going to begin the event it made it a little easier. I firstly welcomed each guest with a warm hug as this is how I love to be greeted and made sure everyone found a seat, grabbed a goodie bag and also signed in through a registration sheet this way I could contact them easily after the event and also know who exactly attended.

I awaited roughly 20 mins for everyone to arrive, get seated and browse the cafe menu. Once everyone seemed comfortable and relaxed, I then began to interrupt and try get everyone’s attention which was very nerve wrecking as I didn’t have a microphone and also I could see all the guests didn’t hear me greatly as they were chatting amongst each other so I had to control this without shouting also.

Once I had everyone’s attention I then started by going through the goodie bags and getting everyone to pull out the communication task which was inside the bag. I explained how I answered mine and asked everyone to work on this over the next couple of moments then we would go around the table by sharing our answers. This way we would get to know each other a bit better and it would relax the room too. I felt this task was very successful and worked in getting to know one another and we learnt what type of blogger each of us are.

I then moved on to introducing myself, my background as a backpacker travelling from Ireland- How travel has impacted and changed my life. How I started my blog and have now became passionate about sharing my good & bad experiences through the use of my blog to help others. I explained my blogging tips that I have learnt over the last year which involve staying creative/ unique, expanding your knowledge of the platform your using by reaching out to others who are using the same platform, how I direct traffic to my blog and then I concluded my speech with mindset and positivity as I believe its so important to surround yourself with others who have the same passions and interests therefore you can push each other to your highest, otherwise you aren’t going to continue to grow and as a blogger you need to keep growing.

I spoke for roughly 30 – 45 minutes then GEMKENBLOG spoke about her blogging tips and how she directs traffic to her blog. Gemma shared some real quality tips which involved to stay consistent as your followers want to see what you are doing and want to keep up to date with your day to day experiences so if your only being active now and again they will unfollow as this is not want people want to see. Gemma discussed as a WordPress user also that she makes sure when publishing a blog post to tag every single category of the post as this will direct people from search engines when they type in specific words which may be included this way your post will be shown on google etc.

Gemma spoke about how certain posts that she has published have done better than she may have thought and said that if you think something seems so small or silly it actually isn’t as it can go a long way in helping others. As a traffic controller Gemma released a blog post on how she done her course and got her cards to get into traffic controlling, this ended up being very successful as it helped many other girls throughout Australia get into traffic controlling.

We then ended by having the last 30 minutes – 1 hour of networking and I answered any questions I got hit with, the best I possibly could. I then went around the table speaking to every guest and hearing their feedback was incredible. Everyone was so thankful and grateful for me to have organised this event and people explained how they have learnt at least 1 thing from attending- this was an amazing feeling!! People then started questioning the next event and how often I wanted these meet ups to run. I honestly couldn’t believe the response and I’m so estatic that I actually hit my goal by creating a small community of like minded people and we can continue to grow and network through the use of these meet ups within Sydney.

I’m so proud of myself that I took this risk and everything I visualised happened – CRAZYYYYYY!! I also am so happy that the event ran smoothly and just exactly how I scheduled it to go. I myself as the host learnt many key tips from others and its great that I impacted others by sharing my background and tips too. If you be yourself and share your story, honestly it will work and go along way!

After the event I celebrated with close friends and cherished this moment of happiness! It felt strange that it was over as overall I honestly loved the planning and lead up as I enjoy being busy and keeping my mind occupied. A few days on I then created a Survey on SurveyMonkey. I felt this was the best way to gather everyone’s feedback and see what each person thought went well and what could of been improved, this will help plan future events.

Once I received our photographer’s shoots after a few days of the event – I literally cried with happiness as they are all natural photos of everyone literally having a great time! That evening after work I sat at my desk with my laptop and started to create a newsletter for the attendees as I felt this was the best way to stay as a community and have the ability to stay connected.  I also had never done this before but I gave it my best shot and researched that MailChimp was the most popular. I created a Newsletter within an hug, pure chuffed haha. I attached some of my favourite shots and thanked everyone for attending and that I would provide any future updates & events through the use of this monthly newsletter.

As I’m currently on my holidays visiting Ireland I haven’t had too much time to begin the next event but that will be happening soon, I just have a pretty tight schedule at the moment with a lot of exciting stuff coming up!

I can’t wait to start planning the next event, which I know will be bigger and better. I can’t wait to see more new faces and continue to expand this community of bloggers throughout Sydney. If you didn’t get to attend the first event don’t worry there will always be another chance, just make sure to follow our social media page and subscribe to our monthly newsletter as I will be emailing all updates through this. Check out my personal social media to keep up with my daily journey and tips too emmajanecraig_x.

I want to thank all of you who have read this post and I hope this has motivated you that if you want something you can easily do it, all you got to do is put your mind to it and believe in YOURSELF.

I look forward to sharing my next blog post which will be all about my journey visiting home after 15 months.

Lots of Love,

EmmaInWanderland xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELF CARE

Hello everyone and welcome back!!

I felt the need to come on and do a short post because I felt real SHIT today and I feel it’s good to express this as mentioned before not everyone is living a perfect life and just because their Instagram or social media portrays they are happy doesn’t mean they genuinely are.

Today I had a strange day with weird emotions (weird is good right). I felt exhausted and just like I haven’t had a break lately to myself. Since January from I have arrived back to Sydney I have been super hectic with getting back into work, settling in my apartment, getting new house mates, getting back into normality and just finding that balance of life again.

I have struggled with stress overload more so lately from what I have dealt with but I see these situations as learning curves and it’s good to change scenery, change routine, change hobbies, change friends. This will bring out the best in you and once you change small things bigger things will come.

Past couple of weeks I have been rushed off my feet planning for a lot of stuff coming up over the next couple of months and I honestly didn’t plan most of it so it’s kind of just hit me in the face unexpectedly but I feel like that’s how good things always plan to happen lol. I’m honestly grateful that these opportunities have reached my direction and I’m more so happy within myself that I have accepted them, even though they have all kind of timed to happen at once haha.

If you don’t take up on these opportunities you may never get a chance for them again.

Also at the beginning of this week it kick started with me hitting 2K followers on my Instagram!!! Woohooo I’m bloody so hyper that this small but big achievement has happened in such small amount of time as although my blog started a year ago when I began my travels, it hasn’t really kicked off until January after farm work until I had more time to put 100% effort in.

Since then I have been putting in a lot of my time as I can see the potential I have to help & inspire people. Recently I received a lot of messages about how I have inspired people to take risks and live their dreams because my blog explains I have done this. This makes my heart so happy, knowing little old me has helped people and then can only get better, right?!

I want to thank everyone of you who has supported me whether it be the last year or recently because you have helped me become more confident and have helped me find passion in writing and sharing my experiences.

To thank you all, I’m sharing a free give away/ competition with lots of amazing goodies next Friday 24th May. Make sure to enter and good luck in advance!! 🎁

Anyway let’s get to the point. I tried all afternoon to speak on my story on insta and I just wasn’t in the right mind set so I was like okay it is important to say how I feel so instead I will do a blog post.

So today I realised and thought to myself…When was the last time I took time off and chilled?! I actually couldn’t remember. After farm work I had no break I was straight into temp jobs & ever since I have been crazy busy. Weekends are my only time off work but I never sit down, most of my friends always say I like to get every hour in out of the day?! Haha

Something just hit me today where I was like gosh I need some self time, took the night off the gym and came home to new PJs, fluffy socks & dressing gown. Sat down with a cup of tea and reflected on how important it is to have these important moments.

We all live super busy lifestyles and don’t get me wrong I love being busy and keeping my mind productive but you need to have self care time where you stop, take a break and relax. If you don’t remind yourself to do this, is anyone else going to pat you on the shoulder and remind you???

My skin has broke out lately and I spent the evening pampering myself and now I feel so refreshed. Please take a day or week every so often if you don’t already to just rest and look after your own mind. You need to escape your busy bubble and do this or it could really start to affect your mood & you may become sad or get anxiety.

I attended a workshop last night in North Sydney held through One Eighty. Check out their page for anyone interested in future events!

The workshop was focused on 14-24 year olds and it was based on Healthy Mind/ Healthy Body. I travelled 2 hours from work to attend this event by myself but I was super excited!! The ladies who ran the event were bloody amazing and covered everything I wanted to hear.

They discussed how certain foods can affect your skin, gut & mood. Also they discussed mental health on how you need to have boundaries for people who aren’t doing you any favours, so if your in someone’s company who you feel isn’t impacting you in a positive way that you want them too. Then cut them, you don’t need them and we need to learn to say no. If we don’t we go around on this cycle and are just constantly going to be dealing with the same situation or person.

We were made to write down 5 things that we as individuals think we are and the person next to us as had to write down 5 things they also thought you were. You then had to compare what you thought you were and what your friend thought you were and see if there was a difference. As I was alone I began writing a few words nervously because we never really stop and think what we think we are to others. A girl behind me pay me on my arm and said “I think you are independent”, I literally just became a ball of emotions and was like wow this is so kind and really meant so much to me.

Although I have been in a relationship for almost 7 years I still love my alone time to meet new people and have the independency to attend events without that fear of being alone. If you don’t and your constantly in your partners company it isn’t good for your mind, you need to stay open to others and be free to have fun. When you do you will attract good energy, in which I did I met 2 beautiful girls who started chatting to me, give me a lift to the bus stop and showed they cared. Little things like this make me so happy!!

Another thing I learnt was that one of the ladies explained how through her teenage years she listened to her parents and other family members around her tell her “she should” be doing this or “she should” being doing a certain course to get a certain job. At the time and because she was so young she listened but she took action and then after many years realised she done something because others influenced her to go down this path when she didn’t particularly want to.

She has since left this career and is living a completely different lifestyle which she thought she should be living and not want others dictated that she should be living. I think this is very important that only you, yourself can make these big decisions and don’t let someone tell you what you should be doing and expect that to be what will make you truely happy because it won’t.

I hope this blog post has helped a little and will give you a reminder for self care and to check in on yourself every once in awhile. Chill, relax then continue doing your thing!! 💥

Thank you for reading lovelies, remember my competition is being announced on my Instagram next Friday.

Lots of love,

EmmaInWanderLand 😘

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT 2019

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog!!

I thought I would do a short blog post about Darkness into Light as it is coming up next week and I’m taking part in order to raise funds to help prevent suicide and self harm.

Some of you may not know what this is or have ever heard of Darkness into Light before so I will start by giving you a short intro.

What is Darkness into Light???

On May 11th hundreds and thousands of people around the world in over 16 countries participate and come together to walk from the darkness of the night into the light of the morning to help the global fight against suicide and self harm.

The 5km walk represents the therapeutic counselling journey. This shows the importance of mental health and well being in all our lives as individuals.

All entry fees raised from around the world go towards Pieta House and international charity partners such as PIPS Charity based on Antrim Road, Belfast.

Local Charities…

PIPS provide support to locals who are considering or may have at some point considered ending their own life. They also provide support to local families & friends who may have been touched by suicide.

What is Pieta House???

Pieta House provides one to one counselling to people suffering from suicide ideation and engaging in self game or those who bereaved by suicide.

Last year in 2018, Pieta House helped almost 7,500 people.

I feel extremely excited to participate in the walk which I will doing next Saturday from Bondi Beach at 5am, hopefully I see some familiar faces!

Ormeau Park Belfast is the venue for Belfast so if you are interested in participating please do so by registering via Darkness into Light’s website: https://www.darknessintolight.ie/our-charity-partners#Lump11561

Participating in the walk and knowing I am making a real and measurable difference especially for my own country whilst doing this event on the other side of the world, is actually quite emotional as the suicide figures back home are so high. It was frightening how often there was a suicide announced on social media back home so just imagine the ones that also happen but don’t get shared on social media.

Every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide

Suicide is a major health issue which devastates families and communicates. Thoughts of suicide or suicidal behaviour can be triggered by a single event or a series of events over time.

Suicide and self harm can be linked to many life problems which leads to feelings of hopelessness & despair such as:

  • Trauma of abuse
  • Poverty
  • Money / debt problems
  • Unemployment
  • Drug/ alcohol misuse
  • Social isolation
  • Pool social conditions/ homelessness
  • Violence
  • Family/ relationship problems
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Family/ friend history of suicide
  • Imprisonment

I read online, people within Northern Ireland experience 20- 25% higher levels of mental health illness when compared to the rest of the UK.

There are significantly a lot higher levels of depression, antidepressant prescription rates and higher incidences of self harm within Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland also has the highest rate of suicide within the whole of the UK.

Figures have proven that women are more likely to self harm & attempt suicide, whilst men are three times more likely to die by suicide.

I hope everyone reading this can kindly help out by registering to do the walk in an area close to you as this will go along way in helping out your local community.

Also for anyone who would like to show their support towards me participating you can make a donation through my PayPal link which will be sent to Pieta House Ireland and this will allow them to continue to deliver their vital services. £2, or even 50p can go an awful long way so please help out as much as you possibly can.

My fundraising link is below:

https://paypal.me/emmainwanderland?locale.x=en_GB

If you follow me on my Instagram emmajanecraig_x , check out for updates where I will show you all photos of the walk and the journey.

Thanks so much for reading and thanks in advance for anyone who helps out by either participating around the world in the walk or helps me fundraise.

Lots of love,

EmmaInWanderLand 💛

Australia Travel Planning Package

Thinking of travelling to Australia on a working holiday visa but not sure where to begin?? Purchase a travel pack where its left in the hands of an expert.

I’m no travel consultant or have any educational experience in travel but I have gained extreme knowledge from my own personal travel out to Australia on a 417 working holiday visa. After almost 2 years of backpacking Australia I have learnt a great deal of tips & tricks that have got me through my time here on the 417 working holiday visa.

I would like to share these excellent lessons learnt over my time travelling Australia to share with you, who may be anxious about taking these steps to booking the trip of a lifetime.

Through the use of my travel package, I will show you the following:

  • 417 Working Holiday Visa information and guidance on how it works, costs, and visa application.
  • Flight assistance to suit your needs.
  • Websites to find cheap flights & guidance with best airlines.
  • How to save for your trip ahead? – Estimate on how much savings to bring.
  • Packing Tips.
  • Guidance on cities within Australia so you can make your personal decision on where you would like to base your new home abroad.
  • Hostels / Accommodation recommendations- What areas are best to stay in?
  • Job advice- Recruitment agency contacts, recommendations to online groups, CV / resume help.
  • Regional work- What it involves?, Is it for you? and help finding the work?
  • Guidance on 2nd WHV – How you get your 2nd year visa, where you apply and how long the process takes?
  • Food / Bars recommendations.
  • Itinerary Planning- Can do a personal plan for your trip ahead with costs outlined.
  • 1:1 video sessions to gather background information on what you expect for your trip ahead.
  • Have my 100% faith to plan your trip for you and giving you the reassurance you will need leading up to your trip of a lifetime.

Once you have purchased your plan I will contact you to find out your thoughts and what you want then I will prepare a personal plan to suit everything you need for your trip ahead.

NOTE: This will be a detailed travel package for you uniquely and may not be suitable for others.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Please be advised that I need at least 4 weeks notice prior to your planned / estimated departure date.
  • If interested in an Australian 417 WHV Planning Package – Please note to get the full potential out of this plan, I would recommend purchasing a few months prior to your trip.
  • Payments are non – refundable.
  • If you choose to cancel your services at any time, you will suffer a loss of moneys paid.
  • First contact will not be until I receive payment in full.
  • Please note each guide will be suited for your own individual trip & will not be suitable for everyone.
  • There are packages to suit other currencies- contact me to discuss further pricing.
  • Once you purchase your package please allow at least 3 days before first point of contact is made & allow a further 2 weeks to receive your full personal guide.
  • If you refer a friend and they purchase a guide they will receive 25% off.

Please provide me with your name, email address and contact number upon payment therefore I can reach you straight away and begin helping you plan ahead.

“Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless”

I hope to see you on the other side 🌏

Emma @ The Flawed Journey

NEGATIVITY VS POSITIVITY

Hello and welcome back to my blog!!

I’ve been feeling very motivated and inspired lately and got a few things I wanted to share so I thought the best thing to do would be by a blog post.

As most of you are aware there are good & bad sides to social media. Few reasons to why I want to keep my Instagram feed & blog unique is because it can get so competitive and nasty. I dislike when people copy others and don’t be their own individual, some people think their lives need to be based on others.

Yes fair enough we all have atleast one person who we can think of as our inspiration and we admire every move or action they make and see no wrong in this person. That’s fine. It’s great to be inspired by atleast one person and look up to them as a little motivation.

Although I don’t agree on comparing yourself based on what you have or own to what others have or how you look to how they look. You have to be unique and love you in your own skin, give yourself that confidence boost by doing what genuinely makes you happy, have a hobby, have fun and then you will start glowing.

A few tips to get rid of those negative vibes is to unfollow/delete the people of your feed that are knocking your confidence or are not doing you any favours. Once you de clutter you will notice a change in your mood and when scrolling through your feed you won’t get annoyed.

Travelling has honestly opened up my eyes to many new things and looking over the past year since I have left home. I know I have become a stronger & more confident person.

I have motivated myself so much and have opened up many opportunities that I never knew would once be an option. I never doubt any thought or action, I always believe there will be a good outcome.

When travelling you meet so many different people which gives you a real eye opener and teaches you many life lessons. I always think back to school and how during education no one ever taught you how to deal with difficult situations or people that you may approach throughout life.

Some of you may agree but I have actually taught myself so many techniques by listening to podcasts and I feel like Tony Robbins is apart of my life. This man has totally opened up my eyes to many different situations that I have been hit in the face with previously but never knew how to deal with them, now I’m like wow wait I know exactly how to handle this.

Tony Robbins has taught me that anything life throws at you, happens for a reason. A negative situation arises. Okay get a pen and piece of paper and write down all the positives and negatives. I can promise you there will be atleast 1 positive outcome and you will take that to overcome the bad. When the situation passes over you will look back in days, weeks, months or years and laugh and say well that happened actually because of ……..

Back to where I mentioned that social media can be good and bad. This is also because there is always a lot more good mentioned than there is bad. Now let’s be realistic we all don’t live in a fairytale. Every now and again, we have real issues where we want to have a chat about or need a shoulder to cry on. These things never get shared it’s just always pictures of happy smiles and the sadness is left behind closed doors invisible of the public eye which portrays us to be humans that were not.

As most of you may know I’m currently living in Sydney, Australia. On my feed you all probably think wow she’s living the absolute dream…YES I AM!!! But that doesn’t mean my life doesn’t involve sad or stressful times that you can’t see.

For anyone who doesn’t already know the cost of living is very high within most cities in Australia and most people house share to cut this expense. When I first came out to Oz, I was honestly abit weary as I have never experienced this before and never knew what to expect. Obviously you don’t know anything until you take that risk and attempt it.

Our first year visa we lived with 2 Dutch guys which was fine. Guys are pretty relaxed and have that laid back attitude. Now into our second year visa we decided to live with 2 friends who we have known since we first hit Australia.

Previously living with guys I was so excited to have that little bit of home comfort & have girl time. As soon as we moved in together, I learnt to realise this was not a good idea. Everyday coming home from work I was utterly frustrated with many things.

As friends we had many conversations which involved agreeing and disagreeing about certain situations. Obviously this lead to awkwardness as being friends and having to discuss money, bills and serious things can make there become a strange vibe.

Everyone has their own problems & issues but one thing I don’t agree on is rubbing these onto someone else. Everyday coming home from work I would of heard negativity like I hate Sydney, I want to go home, there’s nothing to do here, I’m bored, I’ve no money, I want to leave.

When your surrounded by people who have a negative attitude or approach to certain things it can totally affect you as a person. I love Sydney, I absolutely love everything about it. Fair enough there’s people who may of came out here and realise that it’s not for them but they can’t rub this attitude on people who do actually enjoy being here.

Smaller things become bigger things. One thing leads to another and when there’s an awkwardness especially in your own home where your suppose to be relaxed and feel comfortable, it’s not a pleasant feeling.

I was coming home from work everyday to my bedroom. I got myself in this terrible rut where I knew if I left my room I would be faced with this huge awkwardness and I wanted to avoid that. I ended up never being home and would of went to the gym until very late to avoid being in the house.

I personally hate drama and confrontation so I felt like this was the best way to avoid the situation as I knew it wasn’t going to get any better until 1 day a bombshell came and our landlord texted me to make me aware the people would be leaving in a week. I automatically thought how can they do this, we haven’t got anyone to replace them for their side of the bills nor have we discussed the situation or how am I going to be able to afford full rent.

We then attempted to talk about this which made the situation worse as they couldn’t see no wrong. I didn’t mind if they made me aware as we were once friends and said I’m not happy I’m leaving we will attempt to get replacements for our share of the rent but no these people did not care about my feelings nor did they care me and my partner where going to be left to pick up the pieces.

I was totally upset by the situation as I thought they could have handled it in a much mature matter by not being sneaky and making decisions behind my back. However this has now taught me not to put 100% faith and trust into everyone you meet. This has now made me have higher standards for people I have to live with which isn’t fair on others. I just don’t want to be put in this situation ever again as it was totally horrible and caused extreme stress within my relationship as we both have to find time to do viewings and find new people to live with.

Speaking with a few friends who are travelling I have learnt to hear the same happen to them where they have realised it’s not a good idea to live with friends as it tears the friendship apart.

Looking at the situation now I have more positive outcomes listed than I do negatives as I know if that situation was permanent or had of lasted longer than it did. It would of started to affect me more as a person and may of lead to major unhappiness. Now a massive weight has been lifted, since then I have been extremely happy and many good things have opened up for me. I now look forward to the next people we live with and hope our home will be a much happier, positive environment.

I didn’t know about sharing this although I feel it’s very useful for people wanting to travel or for anyone who is planning on coming out to Australia and aren’t aware of having to house share or what it can be like.

Thanks so much for reading, I hope this may have helped some of you.

Lots of love,

EmmaInWanderLand 💓

Sydney Food & Drink

Hi guys and welcome back to my blog. I have received a lot of requests asking where the best places are to eat & drink in Sydney so I thought I would do a short little blog post to help you guys out.

Here are some of my favourite recommendations.

Brunch…

  • The Tiny Giant, Petersham
  • Social Hideout Cafe, Parramatta
  • The Grounds of Alexandria
  • Basket Brothers, CBD
  • XS Espresso, Parramatta
The Grounds of Alexandria

Lunch…

  • Tea Gardens, Bondi Junction
  • Little Chinese Kitchen, CBD Westfield food court
  • Guzman y Gomez
  • Milky Lane – Bondi Beach, Parramatta, Cronulla, Coogee, Crows Nest
  • Thirsty Bird, CBD
  • Burgers & Beers, Manly
  • Smoky Sue’s Barbecue, CBD
  • Big Daddy’s Burger Bar- Newtown, Darlinghurst, Redfern, Liverpool
  • Vecino, CBD
  • Peanut Butter Jelly, Manly
  • Betty’s Burgers, CBD
  • North Bondi RSL
Big Daddy’s Burger Bar, Newtown

Dinner…

  • Rosso Pomodoro Pizzeria, Balmain
  • Doughbox Diner, Brighton- Le-Sands
  • Cafe Del Mar, CBD
  • Lola Cocina Spanish Restaurant, Crows Nest
  • Searock Grill, Harbor views
  • The East Chinese Restaurant, Harbor views
  • Opera Kitchen
  • P.J. O’Briens- Sunday Roast, CBD
  • Hard Rock Cafe, Darling Harbor
  • Cafe Sydney, Harbor views
  • Epic Pizza, Darlinghurst, Enmore
  • Quay Restaurant, Harbor views
  • Bare Grill on Bourke, CBD
  • Chinatown
Searock Grill, Harbor

Drinks…

  • Bondi Icebergs
  • Pier One, CBD
  • Carter Bar, CBD
  • Ivy Pool Club, CBD
  • Opera Bar
  • Grandma’s Bar, CBD
  • 360 Bar & Dining, Sydney Tower
  • East Village Sydney, Darlinghurst
  • Hacienda Sydney, Harbor views
  • The Star Sydney, CBD
  • Marquee, The Star
  • Glenmore Hotel, The Rocks
  • Coogee Pavilion
  • Zeta Bar, CBD

360 Bar & Dining, Sydney Tower

I hope you enjoyed my blog post and found a few places where you would like to dine and enjoy a drink.