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Link Love // The Friday Files

The Friday Files

Shhh...I'm sneaking out to write this post while away for the Easter holiday weekend here in Australia. I promised my better half that I'd keep the work to a minimum so while he's getting ready for a surf I'm clearing out the inbox and saying hello to you guys!

At the moment I'm up the coast in a beautiful little placed called Noosa - it's my first time here and it's a pure slice of heaven. I create best when I'm able to clear my head and have plenty of open space so we've snuck away for a little pre-launch getaway knowing full well that April is going to be full of long days and big stretches of hustle so it's a bit like the calm before the storm!

I'll happily take it as I work best in surges and as my feet are in the sand and coffee by my side as I type I couldn't be happier.  Lots of exciting things in the works over the coming weeks so stay tuned and if you want to see more of our Noosa adventure make sure to check us out on Instagram - and for those wanting a virtual escape I've got some great link love below. Happy weekend! x Jaclyn

  • Loved chatting with my fav LA ladies from the Social Society about all things blogging!
  • The HTML Cheat Sheet every blogger needs NOW
  • Isn’t time to retire the term #girlboss?
  • 10 funny truths about working from home
  • My fav bloggers get real about motherhood & self-care
  • Looking forward to spending the holiday weekend here
  • This is what the ugly side of comparison looks like

Over 8,000 Miles in the Wrong Direction // Travel

By Amy Lynne Hayes

I’d had my eyes on it for more than a year. It was this a grand finale, looming in the future for so long I thought it would never arrive. Time passed, and I worked my tail off to make it happen. I filed the paperwork, got the visa and booked the plane ticket for a journey of a lifetime.

Ever since I left Australia in March of 2013 I had been planning a return. I wasn’t eligible to receive another visa for Oz, but I could obtain one for New Zealand. And I certainly was never one to hesitate on the prospect of dropping myself off in some foreign country. I was a traveler, wasn’t I? I’d lived in four countries, and touched down in more than 20. This was my lifestyle. So as I boarded that plane in sunny South Florida, all packed and set to embark on my next great adventure, I was surprisingly relaxed. And ready to put that 12-hour flight from Los Angeles behind me. I’ll never forget the view from my window seat as we cruised into Auckland. The green hills, the gorgeous water, the sun poking over the clouds to bathe the landscape in a glorious light. I was so excited.

I followed my usual routine upon arrival. I had an AirBnB booked, and proceeded to open a bank account, file for a tax number, set up a local phone number… all the little life details. I joined a gym and registered with a recruitment agency and even found my first position as a temp worker. All in less than two weeks. Sounds like things were working out perfectly, right? Except they weren’t. My heart wasn’t in it. You see, I had worked hard in Florida. I set up a blog, started writing freelance, and had gotten to the point where I was being published regularly with a local magazine group. I had to give that up to move and follow this dream I’d concocted almost a year and a half ago. I wasn’t there anymore.

I had changed. My priorities had shifted, and I was no longer that person who was so desperate to stay overseas. I had built the beginnings of a solid life back at home – the one place I never thought I’d end up, not in a million years.

But life is funny like that. 

So I left New Zealand, after a mere three weeks. It was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make, and there were plenty of tears involved along the way. But deep down I knew. I knew that I had gone more than 8,000 miles in the wrong direction. This was not where I was supposed to be. One doesn’t have to fling themselves halfway across the world to find out the path isn’t quite right. It could be a a job, or a relationship, or a new project. Sometimes they feel right, and sometimes they don’t. Those little intuitive feelings are our strongest and most reliable guides, if we have the courage to listen to the whispers. It was Marilyn Monroe who said, “A woman knows by intuition, or instinct, what is best for herself.” And it takes guts to step outside the lines and justify your actions based on an intangible feeling. Many of us are out there trying to create our own careers. We’re carving out a little niche in an otherwise crowded world of noise and competing talent. And it can get disheartening. Others may tell us to give up and step back into the normal mould of a nine to five job. I may not have found success in New Zealand in the way I imagined, but I did learn. I learned loads, about myself and about what I really want out of life. And I want to keep pushing on. I plan to keep building my freelance career, even if that means I have to hang up my traveling shoes for a spell. 

The legendary Steve Jobs probably said it best when he uttered these words. “Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” 

Thanks Steve Jobs, I think I will. And so should we all.

You can find Amy blogging over at Createrice Mondial or on Instagram @creaticemondial

When Bloggers Invade Bali // Travel

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When bloggers invade Bali something magical happens or as evidenced by these photos, once in a lifetime memories take place. Earlier last year I was lucky enough to travel to Bali with a few blogging pals and stay for a few blissful days at Villa Sungai which I've come to realise as heaven on earth.

I've been waiting to share these photos with you for ages and have a few more up my sleeve to share later in the hope they can help cure the back to work blues (don't hate me but when you travel with photographers in tow the photos are too pretty not to post). One of the most incredible, jaw-dropping moments of the trip (and yes there were many) came in the form of a rice paddy picnic in Cepaka that saw us enjoying chilled wine, gourmet food all while taking in some of the most stunning scenery and light that I've ever seen. It was so perfect it almost seems ridiculous trying to convey the memory here but it certainly is etched into my brain as one of the most luxurious, and beautiful moments of my life.  I'll let the photos speak for themselves...  

Images: Luisa Brimble

Travel // Bali Creative Blogger Retreat

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Travel is certainly on the cards for me at the moment and before I head off to Boston for a trip home and to soak up some of the US blogging scene, I just had to share some pics from our most recent adventure (tough life I know). I promise this is only a small portion of the photos that were taken on our recent trip to Villa Sungai in Bali as part of a creative bloggers retreat organised by Eat Read Love. These gorgeous images by Luisa Brimble capture a sneak peek the beauty that surrounded us for four incredible days spent poolside, picnicking in the rice fields, sipping far too many lychee martinis (recipe coming soon) and altogether having the time of our lives. 

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Travel // Atlantic Byron Bay

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I truly believe that inspiration can be found anywhere. As a blogger so much around you can inspire the words you weave - family, friends, experiences - and for me, most vividly, travel.  I try and soak up as much travel experience as I possibly can as it never ceases to provide an endless stream of ideas, images and experiences that change they way you think, act and live.

I was lucky enough a few weeks back to be invited by Nikki Buckland of Paper Runway to take part in her Splash Workshop weekend up in stunning Byron Bay. It was an offer I couldn't refuse and I was even more thrilled to find out I'd be staying at the Atlantic Byron Bay Guest House - yes, the one with that much loved airstream. I'd seen the hotel in the pages of my favourite magazines so I was thrilled to finally get to experience it myself it and lived up to every expectation so I wanted to share it with you. These are my own heartfelt options so trust me when I say that if you want an excuse for a weekend getaway or a chance to clear your mind head to Byron and watch your worries disappear - even better say at the Atlantic. You'll immediately wish you never had to leave and you'll wander the property wishing your own backyard look half as relaxing as this place. Every detail is perfection and it was a (travel) blogger's dream come true - not to mention Instagram heaven. Have you stayed in Byron Bay or are you a blogger based in Byron? Would love to hear your must see spots!

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All images courtesy of Atlantic Byron Bay