Friday, 2 December 2016

001. Today was my second last day living in this wonderful little place called Alice Springs. Ben and myself ventured out for a swim in a nearby waterhole called Ellery Creek Big Hole- a natural all year round swimming hole. The water is freezing, but refreshing and just what you need in 40 degree heat. We snacked on homemade (vegan) sausage rolls, pesto pasta and corn chips in the sunshine. On the drive home we stopped off at little lookout point, with a beautiful view over the mountains. I love the sunshine, wide open spaces and endless beauty that the Northern Territory is constantly showing off. 

002. I know I'm going to miss the unique sense of peace and quiet, fully surrounded by nature, just a 5 minute walk away from my doorstep. I'm going to miss having a workplace that feels more like hanging out with friends and making yummy food, than slaving away for some hard earned money. I'm going to miss the intense reds of the earth and blooming desert flowers that grow in abundance after the rain. I'm going to miss my new little family and the sense of belonging you get after growing and attaching to a place. I'm going to miss the comfort and love that I feel living under the same roof and sleeping in the same bed as my best friend. 

003. It feels like a bittersweet ending to my time in this little desert oasis- I'm leaving a little bit of my heart in the red centre, but it's time for change and time for new adventures. Excitement and sadness all mixed together is weird feeling. Here's to a life full of passion, dreams and uncertainty- because it's good to scare yourself- you need a few challenges to help you grow.

Lena x


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

001. Today is my day off and I've decided to download some groovy tunes, which lead me to stumbling upon these film photos on my hard drive. These photos were taken just over a year ago exactly, and it only seems fitting to post them today because it's just over a week until summer! I like to think of this blog as a bit of a journal, so when I post things here it's like popping them into a memory box. The only difference is that it's on the internet and it's permanent- so no house fire or corrupt hard drive can ever take them away from me hehe.

002. I love love love film, but I just don't shoot it very often because it is super expensive. Also, I recently learnt that film actually contains a small amount of gelatine (crushed up animal bones) so that isn't a very good incentive to make me use it too regularly either! Conflicting hobbies and ethical views will be the end of me.

Lena x


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

001. I love, love, love the moon. It is just so magical and awe-inspiring that I can't help but have a small obsession with it. When the super moon came around this week, safe to say I was very excited. So me and Ben headed down the road with our cameras in hand to watch the beauty rise. We climbed a hill and sat on a rock face bathing in the moonlight- utter bliss (besides my run in with a prickly bush on the way up there, but I'll save that story for another time).

002. Enjoy the photos! The photos are in order from the ones taken first to the ones taken last- and I love how it shows the time difference with the shades and tones changing.  I am definitely having lots of fun with my new camera, and can't wait for the summer holidays so I can take it everywhere with me! Who wants to go on adventures and shoot with me?!

Lena x


Tuesday, 1 November 2016

001. Today, the 1st of November, is World Vegan Day. I guess veganism isn't the core idea of my blog, but honestly going vegan drastically changed my life, my values and my passions for the better. I want to share all of the positive outcomes with you guys, because being kind and compassionate is cool!

002. I went vegan in around February 2015 and haven't looked back. I had been vegetarian for a couple of months, and had never been a really huge meat fan- so I just went cold turkey vegan straight up, no transition. I honestly don't remember finding it difficult at all and the effects I have experienced since going vegan have been nothing but positive. I am now a kinder and more compassionate person. I care about the earth, environmentalism, sustainability and ethics. I have an incredible relationship with food now- I don't binge eat, don't feel guilty for eating "treats", don't worry about carbs or calories. I am happier and more confident in my own body and skin than I ever been. I am so much more in tune with my body and health. I have values and principles that I follow because I believe in them (think about it, unless you are really religious, what are YOUR values?).  I am overall a more passionate person who wants to be kind to the earth and leave nothing but positivity behind. Now I'm not saying this is all purely because of veganism, the past couple of years have been a huge changing period in my life, but holy moly going vegan definitely sparked a landslide of significant changes.

003. Here are some of the documentaries I recommend watching, if any of the following issues spark any interest to you. These are just the ones I have watched and think are important! I have tried to link trailers or the full video if possible...

- Cowspiracy (trailer, also on Netflix)
- Before the Flood (full movie here)
- The True Cost (trailer, also on Netflix)
- Seaspiracry (here)

- Earthlings (trailer)

The Best Speech Ever Gary Yourofsky (here)
- 101 Reasons to Go Vegan (here)
- Unity (trailer)

- Forks Over Knives (trailer, also on Netflix)
- Food Inc. (trailer, also on Netflix)

004. I hope this post has been helpful and has inspired you to lead a lighter lifestyle, incorporate vegan values, or actively pursue the betterment of our earth today! Goodluck my little vegans or vegan-curious friends- let's go change the world!

Lena x


Monday, 31 October 2016

001. A couple of weekends ago Ben and myself escaped town for the night and went camping at a magical little place called Ormiston Gorge. It's about an hour and half out of town and definitely one of my favourite places I have visited in the Northern Territory so far. The natural all-year-round swimming hole almost has a "sandy beach" all around its shore and is shadowed by raw red cliffs. I know I say this in every travel post about the Territory... but it is seriously so beautiful and I am constantly amazed at just how amazing mother nature is! Just take a look for yourself!

002. We slept in a swag under the full moon. went swimming in the ice cold water and just felt at peace in nature. After working two jobs for the past couple of months, it was nice just having time to do nothing. I only have exactly one month left of working though, and a few days after that before I leave this little town. I'm feeling a little sad to leave this magical place, but am excited for new adventures that will follow on! 

003. Ooooh PS. this whole post was shot on my new camera (which Im still trying to get the hang of)! And totally edited on VSCO because I have still not organised myself enough to purchase Photoshop again (oops). Fingers crossed I can squeeze in a few more adventures before I leave so I can play around with the camera more and show you how awesome Central Australia is while I get the chance hehe.

Lena x

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