My November | 11.2017.

Conscious Consumerism, Finances, Lifestyle, Minimalism, Music, Personal

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1. I’ve been watching Annie Tarasova’s Youtube channel for what feels like forever, since I first discovered her video on the meaning of crystals and their use in technology today. Since then, I’ve watched all her videos minus the ones about being vegan. I’ve learnt and reflected so much on intuition, minimalism, synchronicity, the moon, meditation, happiness and so much more.. Plus how truly relevant they are to the world today! Whether you believe in it or not, spirituality is interconnected and manifested into real life in powerful ways. 

I’ve always wanted to express my gratitude for all the rich and profound knowledge I’ve learnt from Annie, so I finally purchased some of her amazing art prints from her Etsy shop, DreamyMoons. Inspired by the universe, each piece is absolutely gorgeous and unique. I’m overjoyed with my new posters!

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2. After years of being a Les Mills gym member, this week I SOLD MY MEMBERSHIP! I will miss the energetic, vibrant atmosphere and weekly BODYPUMP, which truly helped me become a stronger person physically and mentally. But I feel much lighter not paying almost $100 per month for my membership and like I’ve done something that is actually beneficial, financially sensible and adds value to my life. (Fun fact: with the extra $100 per month, I can literally take out a decent loan to renovate my house!)

Now, the possibilities are open. I could save for a treadmill, run on the street/at the park/on the beach, or join CityFitness, who is 24/7, closer to me, and still offers weight + yoga/pilates group fitnesses classes at less than half the price.

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3. My beau and I are both lovers of Japanese food, so for date night, I chose the luxurious Tokyo Bay in Takapuna. Right by the beach, the restaurant is ambient, sophisticated and cozy, with an absolutely delicious menu. We loved the miso eggplant, karaage chicken, massive bento boxes and dessert. 

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4. I saw Lorde live for her Melodrama World Tour! You can read about my experience here.

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5. I saw Yumi Zouma live for the second time this year. Following their tour of Europe, the UK, and Japan, my favourite New Zealand band have made their way back home for their Willowbank tour. They played my favourites – Persephone, Depths Pt.1, December, and Alena! 

There’s something about their music; the chill, synth-pop beat and original, authentic lyrics. Even among the heavy smell of smoke and perfume, it was the most incredible feeling dancing to them live again and seeing people form a circle during Alena (only ‘real fans’ know why :P). Willowbank + Lorde’s Melodrama = pretty much my 2017 soundtrack.

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6. I added a touch of sophistication to my home with these gorgeous new coasters from Cathy Pope, who I discovered from Good magazine. Made with real agate dyed pink with a gold rim, I love having slices of the earth’s DNA on my tabletops! 

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7. I had such a blast at Wanderlust 108! An ‘all-out celebration of mindful living’, the day consisted of a 5k triathlon (ie. three laps around Western Springs Lake!), over an hour of yoga to find our rhythm, and finally, a meditation session alongside thousands of people. All this plus healthy, delicious food, a little market, and bonus activities such as hooping, essential oils, music, aerial yoga & acroyoga. It was an incredible and worthwhile day to focus on mindfulness, wellness, connecting with nature with each other, and self-love!

This was my favourite song played during yoga. Love the passionate but peaceful energy.

Love,

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Melodrama World Tour

Lifestyle, Music, Photography

It was an incredible night of colours, lights, fluorescent flowers, stars & astronauts, interpretative dance, confetti, and the most powerful live singing I’ve ever heard. Last night, I attended the first of Lorde’s Melodrama World Tour shows in Auckland!

The energy was unbelievable. Thousands of us filled the arena, excitement and anticipation all around. We danced to music by Wellington band Drax Project – who my partner dubbed ‘Justin Timberlake if he was a reggae band’ – before Lorde burst onto the stage belting Homemade Dynamite!

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It was surreal seeing Lorde in front of my own eyes. She was bubbly, charismatic and full of energy, constantly pacing the stage and getting up & personal with fans. I absolutely loved this moment!

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Listening to her live gave me crazy nostalgia. Every song she sang from Pure Heroine and Melodrama took me back to a different time in my life.

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We can talk it so good / We can make it so divine / We can talk it good / How you wish it would be all the time

I fell in love with Ribs when I went out/partied a lot in my last months in Wellington, before quitting my job, moving back to Auckland, and starting a long distance relationship and job search with no plan. Whenever I listen to Ribs, I will always be in my Wellington inner city apartment, Soho, playing silly drinking games with my friends. Nothing else to do, nowhere else to be. Simply young, wild and free; enough to afford our carefree spontaneity.

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And I’ll never go home again (place the call, feel it start) / Favorite friend (and nothing’s wrong when nothing’s true) / I live in a hologram with you / Where all the things that we do for fun (and I’ll breathe, and it goes) / Play along (make-believe it’s hyper real) / But I live in a hologram with you

When she sang Buzzcut Season, I felt like I time travelled – back to my bedroom, the night before I started the insurance job that changed my life forever. (That job brought me the happiest times of my entire life and I will never be the same.) I was full of anxiety and excitement. I was fearful but optimistic. I can smell the exact floral, woody and smokey scent of the candle I was holding in my hands, using its warmth and flickering flame to meditate.

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Uh-oh, dancin’ past the point of no return / Let go, we can free ourselves of all we’ve learned / I love this secret language that we’re speaking / Say it to me, let’s embrace the point of no return

I had a great time dancing to Magnets – a particularly epic performance! I also got to witness Lorde’s famously ‘awkward’ dancing, which is simply dramatic in the most awesome way.

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They say, “You’re a little much for me / You’re a liability / You’re a little much for me”

She shared stories of how excited she was to be back in her hometown, Auckland, and Takapuna! (She went to Takapuna Grammar!) She shared more stories of childhood, growing up, sneaking into bars with fake IDs, and feeling like you have to be someone else to be accepted, during mellow songs like Liability.

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All of the things we’re taking / ‘Cause we are young and we’re ashamed / Send us to perfect places / All of our heroes fading / Now I can’t stand to be alone / Let’s go to perfect places

My highlight was definitely dancing to Perfect Places, the soundtrack to much of my life this year – one of change and celebration.

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But I hear sounds in my mind / Brand new sounds in my mind / But honey I’ll be seein’ you, ever, I go / But honey I’ll be seein’ you down every road / I’m waiting for it, that green light, I want it

And of course, Green Light  the song about letting go of the past after heartbreak or change and embracing the future. Complete with confetti!

What an unforgettable night. I’m so glad and so proud to have been at the beginning of Lorde’s Melodrama World Tour before she heads off to Australia, Canada and USA!

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