Daydreaming

So the past few days I’ve been daydreaming and planning in my mind the next trip I’m going to make as a tourist within the country I live in.

My Mum is coming to visit very soon at the end of March, just in time for both of our birthdays! Often we love to travel within Switzerland, see new places and do things we haven’t done before together. So the Glacier Express was naturally one of the first things on our list!

Many years ago, we did this trip when I was just about seven years old. Sadly I don’t remember much of it. It would be great now to reminisce and also create new memories with her doing this Glacier Express ride from Zermatt to St Moritz, or vice versa. Of course would be right on time with also the new arrival of the Excellence Class on the Glacier Express which just became available on the 2. March 2019. It’s basically for elite tourists who can afford such luxuries in life (not me btw… but for such a special occasion, why not?!). For us both, we are celebrating our birthdays I’m sure it will be worth it. Can’t wait to set a date and reserve tickets soon…

Have you been on the Glacier Express before? What was your favorite part? Let me know in the comments below.

Photo credit: @verokat2015

New year, new …

Me?

I’m not sure if the saying: “new year, new me” is anything particularly positive as I shouldn’t have to completely change myself with the start of the year. I think it’s better to make small changes.

At least half of the time when I make them I fail, because I don’t plan and half of them I just write down because I feel I have to. This year I think is going to be different I’m gonna make goals that are realistic yet far enough away for me to work towards.

There’s always the typical: “I want to lose weight, I wanna travel” but those kind of goals are a bit broad. My goals this year are going to be more specific. More focused. More about me.

1. Start Bullet Journaling

I saw this type of journaling by an Instagrammer I follow called Sorelle Amore. I admire her for her minimalistic lifestyle and amazing selfies that she takes. (Go check her out of you haven’t already) I am a person who needs to write things down all the time otherwise I forget or lose track of what’s going on in my mind I am pretty sure it’s because I’m so smart, haha! Bullet journaling is not only a way to keep track of my thoughts but also a creative outlet. I want to give this a proper go and dedicate five minutes a day, which I think is a realistic goal!

2. Learn French.

I’ve always wanted to learn French I’m just terrible at studying. I did some French courses during this year (once a week for a few months) It was a good introduction but I need to get back into it I am also moving to the French speaking part of Switzerland after my seasonal job, here in Zermatt.

3. Travel abroad.

At least once a year I want to get in a plane and fly overseas to a new country or maybe again to one I’ve been to before! Getting away from every day life is something important. It’s so I can reflect on how I live my life and appreciate what I have. If I could choose an unrealistic travel destination, I would love to go to Iceland or Norway! I really want to see the northern lights! Of course if I could add more to that list it would be very long.. I will leave it at that.

It’s short and sweet but that’s my list. I think anything else would just be too much on my plate for right now I can always add more I don’t think there’s ever a limit!

What are your new year’s resolutions or motto for the new year that you want to live by? I’m interested to know let me know in the comments below.

‘Tis the season

As it comes to that time of the year where everyone is having family Family dinners and friend gatherings there is also a lot of other people who have to work through this happy season. I am one of those people. About three months ago I decided to take a seasonal job here in Zermatt. I knew that this job would be hard I knew that there would be long hours, knowing that around Christmas time I would be slaving away and have no time to enjoy it here. Yet I found some time on Christmas Eve for a beautiful walk around midnight and no sadly there was no Santa to be seen or his reindeer. I managed to just enjoy the moment of being in such a beautiful place in Switzerland surrounded by mountains which were actually lit by moonlight as it was a full moon. I really recommend this to anyone who feels overwhelmed around Christmas or New Year’s time, their own birthday or some big event. Go outside get some clarity, calm down and have a good nights sleep. It works magic.

Sometimes I forget that other people have to work on Christmas as well around the festive season and it’s easy to forget that this feeling of anxiety or feeling left out often passes and life is actually beautiful there’s no reason to not enjoy the exact moment you were in it all the time.

There’s a lot of other things that I also had to get done before the end of the year which I still haven’t done but I will when office hours are open here in Zermatt. I can finally tell the city council I’m moving in. (I’m very excited about that because the taxes and health insurance for cheaper here. It’s funny how in Switzerland the taxes and health insurance can be so different from one kanton to the other even though they just an hour apart.) I’ve also not sent any Christmas presents to Australia yet which I started creating well over a month before hand. Oh well!

Now this is for my friends and family: I’m sorry if I don’t write back or I don’t text back or I don’t give you a call back sometimes working here is a bit too hard-core for me and even I need a little nap in the afternoon on my break during my split shift. Having less communication with the outside world can sometimes automatically make you make me feel left out. Trust me. I feel it already taking a toll on personal life and my own day to day routines!

All in all, I’m enjoying it here in Zermatt. I’m looking forward to the new year and actually starting a bullet journal! I’m also looking forward to working towards new goals whatever I want them to be. I need to take life by the balls more often. Time keeps flying by. Until next time, I wish you all a happy new year!

Important things I’ve learned so far.

On my birthday weekend, I went to Zermatt. There was even a flight in a helicopter and it was amazing! On my birthday or leading up to it, I like to reflect back onto my life around my birthday to see how far I’ve come. I’ve learned so much over the past few years whether it’s just about life in general or things I wish I was told when I was younger, there is now a list! Here are mine, what would you add?

1. Learn to appreciate the small things.

2. Learn when to react and when to ignore. Your energy and effort is not infinite.

3. Be kind.

4. Stop putting impossible pressures on yourself.

5. Go at your own pace.

6. Have a hobby, preferably also one that keeps you active.

7. Travel as much as possible, experience different cultures, try different foods.

8. Save your money! Set a budget, put aside some money with every paycheck. It never seems like much but over a few years it adds up.

9. Do what you want to do – plan it, execute it, don’t ask for permission.

10. Communication is key. I’d rather repeat myself than miss out important information. In relation to: relationships, work environment, etc.

11. Go with your gut instinct.

12. Don’t rely on someone else for your own happiness.

13. The important people to keep in your life will make an effort.

14. Find out what works for you when it come to self care. It’s different for everyone.

15. You are enough.

16. Saying “I love you” doesn’t cost anything. Say it to those you care about!

17. Failure is just a lesson on how not to do “it”. Fail until you figure “it” out.

18. Fake it til you make it. We are all just hacking. Not everyone knows what they are doing.