I can’t believe it’s June, where the hell have the last 5 months gone? I feel like the older I get the quicker my life seems to go and I’m certain that it’s going to be December in the mere blink of an eye. You heard that here first.
June in Melbourne is a pretty average month. It doesn’t hold the same excitement that it does for my UK friends, as we’re gearing up for winter here, which means that it’s dark, cold and gloomy. During some of the 40 degree days in December, I prayed to be back in winter – but now it’s here I regret my prayers and wish I was back in midi dresses sipping on gin and tonics in the sunshine. Life is always greener.
That said, life has been pretty good recently. I’m into a nice routine in lots of ways in my life, so I thought I’d share some of my goals for the month.
01 // I joined a beautiful fitness studio in Melbourne called Eve Studio a couple of months ago and it’s literally changed the fitness game for me. It’s a boutique, women’s only studio that runs a host of fitness classes from yoga, pilates and barre, to more intense weights and circuit based classes. I’ve managed to find myself a fitness buddy by way of my best friend Nicola – we go 3 times a week together in the morning to do some pretty challenging HIIT and weights circuit classes. We’ve got ourselves into a great routine, and having a gym buddy really is a game changer as it’s much harder to wake up in the morning and want to cancel when you’d hold the guilt of cancelling on a friend, plus it’s fun too. Our goal for June is to up the number of classes we attend vs. May. Sadly in May, I was out for a week with the flu so we didn’t manage to beat April’s goal – but we’re hoping adding a few more weekend classes will see us beat May and have us well on the way to bikini bodies come Christmas. Here’s hoping…
02 // For the last month or so, my boyfriend and I have been using Hello Fresh which has really made a big impact on our lives. We were stuck in a real cooking rut – lacking inspiration, energy and enjoyment for cooking – and often resorting to Uber Eats for an easy quick fix. With Hello Fresh, we get 4 meals a week for 2 of us for $86.95 which for us works out much cheaper than when we weren’t doing Hello Fresh. Despite not being vegetarian, we get the vegetarian boxes because it’s a great way to ensure we’re packing lots of vegetables into our diet – and we love it! Aside from Hello Fresh however, my goal for the month is to buy more fresh produce from markets. I live and work next to two amazing markets and really need to start picking up some additional fresh veggies (some of which will go to my rabbits!) and fresh flowers. I love the idea that I’m supporting small businesses, and the quality of the produce is normally significantly better than what I can get from the supermarket.
03 // A week or two ago, I blitzed through my boyfriend and my wardrobes and split them between our main bedroom and guest room. For the first few months in our new house, we were sharing one wardrobe (badly) rather than taking up space in the guest room. Naturally the logic of this wasn’t great, as we had no space – which meant that we were messy and unorganised – and I could barely see what I owned anymore. My boyfriend agreed to take the wardrobe in the guest room, so I went through and organised both his and mine so that everything was more efficiently on view. It may have made sense to have a cull at this stage, and I definitely had a mini one – but in all honesty the task of reorganising was such a mammoth one that having a huge clearout as well would have sent me over the edge. Now that things are laid out better, I’d like to have a further clear out this month to get rid of those items that I haven’t worn in forever. I think I’m a bit of a clothes hoarder, and find myself making excuses for things I haven’t worn in YEARS yet fear that throwing them away will leave me with huge regret. However, enough is enough. If I haven’t worn it since last season, it’s got to go.
04 // Having been in Australia a year, it’s pretty shameful that my boyfriend and I haven’t made it to Sydney yet. We both have friends/family out there and always say we’ll book but never actually get around to it. One of Jack’s friends is heading there for 2 months from July to be in a play, so we figured this was a great time to book ourselves a trip and head over for a visit. We’ve decided we’re going to get ourselves an Airbnb somewhere central so we have a good base for visiting everyone, but can also have some time to ourselves too so we can relax. Sadly heading over in July/August doesn’t bode well for beach time, as the weather in Sydney will only be a fraction better than in Melbourne (still pretty cold) but that’s the price you pay when you don’t organise yourselves better!
05 // I’ve decided in June I really need to start making my own breakfast/lunch and taking it to work, rather than buying it out every single day. I buy healthy options but when I work out how much I’m actually spending on coffees, bircher muesli and sushi it’s quite absurd (about $400 per month!) so it’s time to stop wasting money when I can make perfectly tasty food at home. For me, it’s really an organisation thing – I just need to get into the habit of making some food the night before whilst I prepare dinner, or make a smoothie at home – but with all my travel plans, it’s really time I put that money to better use.
What are your June goals?