Holidays and Little Adventures

 

A little over a month ago now I took two weeks holiday from my day job. Unlike other years when I’ve taken my annual holiday I have travelled overseas this time I spent 2 weeks with my family in Noosa. I was very lucky to be able to stay at my Grandma’s unit on the river. I hadn’t planned much for my time away I just wanted to allow each day to unfold and the little adventures to present themselves. What did end up unfolding was 2 beautiful weeks where 2 weeks felt more like a month and each day was filled with gorgeous little adventures. I’ve said it before but adventures don’t have to be huge overseas travels they can be little things that break the daily pattern. Even though this holiday was now a little while ago I wanted to write a recount like I have for my overseas adventures. I thought I’d share a little idea for an adventure you can do yourself so you can bring a little more adventure to your days and so you can see it doesn’t have to be something huge like hiking in the Rocky Mountains (though that would be cool).

Week 1

SUNDAY: I drove through some beautiful country scenery from my home town to Noosa and listened to The Melissa Ambrosini Show Podcast.

Idea: Take a country drive and listen to a podcast, learn something, see some sights

MONDAY: I ate breakfast while admiring the gorgeous sunflowers I had been given then walked to the little bookshop up the road to use my gift voucher. I then read my new book on the river for a while. In the afternoon I went for a swim with my sisters.

Idea: Venture to a book shop, read in nature

TUESDAY: On a spontaneous whim my sister and I decided to go stand up paddle boarding (SUP) on the river. Before we got going I was a little apprehensive, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into and I had heard from that it was hard work. It turned out to be one of the best hours just paddling along the river chatting to my sister and soaking up the sights. It didn’t take me too long to find my balance and I only fell in the water once. It’s something I really want to do again. My sisters and I had some yummy pizza on the beach for lunch and I went for a walk with my parents in the afternoon.

Idea: Try something new/paddle boarding

WEDNESDAY: The day was all about me and my body and pampering. I started the morning off by going to the podiatrist to get my feet sorted,  when I’m standing on my feet for 40hrs a week for work it was time I paid a little bit of attention to them. I then got my haircut, I have been waiting until I’m visiting my family to get my haircut because we’ve found a really lovely hairdresser.

Idea: Treat yourself to a pamper session, get a haircut

THURSDAY: I want to give a little shout out to a pair of shoes I bought on this day, my very first pair of Birkenstocks, while they did give me blisters for the first few days I’m so happy to own a pair of shoes I feel like I could walk and adventure all day in. On this particular day I took my two sisters to the beach to eat burgers under my rainbow umbrella (if you don’t know I own a very very cool rainbow umbrella, you can read about it here). We ate, chatted and people watched then headed home for a movie afternoon.

Idea: Have lunch somewhere different, get outside

FRIDAY: One of my closest friends made the trip up to the Sunshine Coast for a catch up. We had breakfast out then caught the little fairy to Hasting Street where we wandered in an out of shops then had lunch in a lovely restaurant overlooking the beach. We had a swim in the afternoon then went on a spontaneous outing to a Tappas bar. It was my mum who encouraged the outing, not usually my scene but I actually really enjoyed it. I had a drink with two of my favourite people as the sunset over the river then tried some tasty tapas while listening to the live music.

Idea: Explore your local area, pretend to be a tourist, step out of your comfort zone and enjoy the night life. (even if you go home by 7.30)

SATURDAY: My friend and I were up early to head to the Edmundi Markets. We took our time wandering around the stalls buying some little trinkets each. I got aranchini balls for lunch, my favourite market food. We also spent a lot of time in the bookshop looking through all the books, I walked out with only 1 book, quite an achievement for me. I said goodbye to my friend then spent the afternoon with my family in the pool hanging out.

Idea: Find a local market, browse/book shop

SUNDAY: I started the day off by going to the local farmers markets with my Mum, Dad and Grandma. Farmers markets always have a great atmosphere. For breakfast I choose a tropical smoothie bowl from one of the stalls and it was so tasty. We had lunch on the river until a shower of rain chased us inside and for a swim actually, there’s something about swimming in the rain. In the late afternoon we set off with camping chairs and an esky loaded with snacks to a little music festival on the river. There were so many people out and about enjoying the music and last few official days of summer.

Idea: Take things easy, find a farmers market and local festival

Week 2

MONDAY: In the morning I went to the movies with my sisters, we saw a movie from a film festival, it was a little slow and quite long but I still enjoyed it. I did a lot of reading this particular day, I had found a book that was so good I couldn’t put it down and the best part was I didn’t have to as I didn’t have anything else on. (Book: The fifth letter). I spent the evening hanging out with my siblings.

Idea: See a movie, find a book you can’t put down and make time to read it.

TUESDAY: It was my dad’s birthday this day. For my birthday a few weeks before I had been given a voucher to explore the Noosa Everglades and my dad decided he wanted to join me. At midday we set off in a boat suited for exploring the everglades with the rest of the family farewelling us. It was so peaceful cruising along the river and taking in the scenery and sights, being on the water gives you a whole new perspective of the local area. When we entered the everglades we got glimpses of near perfect mirror reflections of the scenery in the water. It was great to hear about the flora, fauna and local area and history and share the whole experience with my dad. We stopped for some afternoon tea before making our way back to Noosa then had a birthday dinner that night.

Idea: Book a little tour or experience and share it with someone. Learn about your local area, take photos, admire your surrounds.

WEDNESDAY: Today was the first of March and I began the new month by setting off on a road trip. I drove down to Byron Bay, which in itself was a little accomplishment for me, driving new roads. I checked into my little cabin for the next two nights, ventured into town to get some dinner and groceries and then watched a movie.

Idea: Travel somewhere new, tackle new roads, enjoy a good movie.

THURSDAY: I found the most gorgeous cafe to have breakfast at called Combi. The place had a lovely chilled vibe and I had a delicious acai bowl and fresh juice. I headed out of Byron Bay to the Crystal Castle, the drive was lovely through rolling green hills. It was a beautiful sunny day and I wandered around the gardens, did a little rainforest walk and joined in on some activities. I took my time with everything I did and did the things I wanted to do.  Heading back to Byron Bay I took another scenic drive then headed to the beach front where I ate ice cream and read under a tree for a few hours.

Idea: Go sight seeing on your own, make it a day just for you and what you want to do and explore.

FRIDAY: I was up really early Friday morning so I could head to the Byron Bay lighthouse to see the sun rise. There were so many people flocking to the lighthouse to see in a new day. It was a beautiful sunrise and I couldn’t believe it was the first sunrise I had seen for 2017. I had breakfast at Combi again, I loved it that much the first time then started my trip back towards the Sunshine Coast. Along the way I made a stop at Fingal Head where there was a tiny little lighthouse and a small version of Ireland’s Giants Causeway.

Idea: See a sunrise, soak up the beauty of a new day beginning. 

SATURDAY: The day started with a lovely walk along the river and some breakfast in a little cafe with my mum. I spent the rest of the day with my family hanging out. My sister and I made some delicious banana bread which we were quite proud of and ate for dinner.

Idea: Do some baking, there’s just something about homemade baking. 

SUNDAY: Being Sunday it was Farmers Markets day again, this time I got a fresh juice and warm chocolate croissant. After the markets my parents, two sisters and myself headed out for a Sunday Drive. We ended up at the Yandina Ginger Factory. We weren’t there for too long but we had lunch, wandered around and bought some gingerbread men. It was a really fun couple of hours being together and going on a little adventure.

 Idea: Spend time with your family. 

MONDAY: My last official day of holidays. I started the day with a walk along the river then met up with my sisters. We headed to main beach with my rainbow umbrella and a fresh juice each where we sat and read and chatted for a couple of hours. In the afternoon my brother took myself, my mum and one of my sisters on a scenic drive through Noosa to areas I hadn’t been to before. We ended up at the mouth of the Noosa river where we watched some boat action on the water and stood around chatting and laughing. My last night of holidays finished with a family dinner and a couple of games of cards.

Idea: Find joy in the ordinary, create your own adventure. 


Well there you have it, a little snapshot of each day of my holidays and the little adventures that made up the days. I really appreciated spending so much time with my family and exploring a part of my own home country. Who knows what little or big adventures my next lot of holidays will bring. What about you, are there any ideas I’ve shared that you’d like to try for yourself? How will you bring a little more adventure to your weeks? I’ve made a little list with all the ideas I’ve shared so you can download.

Lots of Love

Caitlin xx


Simple Joys ~ A Rainbow Umbrella

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I think I might make this a little series. A little series of good things, simple joys, things that make me happy. The understated things that can make a big impact. This is my story about a rainbow beach umbrella.

Last week I went to visit my family in Noosa. The couple of days I was there visiting the weather was absolutely beautiful. For the middle of August Mother Nature was really turning it on. The weather was the kind where it was begging you to be outside by the ocean enjoying all its natural glory. I had told my two sisters that we would be leaving home at 10.15am to go on an adventure, I had no idea what we were going to do but that was part of the fun. We made a plan as we went along which involved packing books and towels, buying smoothies and heading for the beach. I had it in my mind that I wanted to find something that could provide us with a bit of shade so we could sit on the beach for as long as we wanted without getting baked, I didn’t know what this thing would be though or where I would find one.

After wandering in and out of shops I was nearly going to give up on my quest for shade until I decided to give the news agency of all places a try and I was in luck. They had four umbrellas of various colours and sizes left. When I saw that one of them was rainbow it was love at first sight. I didn’t realise at the time just how big (or how much) it was but on a slight whim I turned to my sister and said ‘yup, I’m buying it’. Pretty sure I walked out of the shop with the biggest goofiest grin on my face. Do you know how awesome a rainbow umbrella is?

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At the beach my other sister said more than once the umbrella was too big (and she was possibly thinking it was a bit ridiculous) but oh my goodness, once we worked out the best way to set it up it was awesome. Sitting on the beach under that rainbow umbrella with my two sisters chatting, reading, people watching and eating lunch was such a simple, beautiful way to spend a few hours. I know it’s not always possible to just move to the beach for a day but my story isn’t about that.

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Thinking about this beautiful day provides me with some lovely little reminders.

  • Sometimes when you don’t make plans life can unfold in magical ways
  • You may not know what you are looking for but when you find it you’ll know
  • Don’t worry if you look ridiculous as long as you like something that’s all that matters
  • Time spent with people you love is beautiful
  • Rainbow umbrellas bring out your inner child
  • Time in Mother nature can bring you back to the moment
  • Don’t let money stand in your way from getting something you love
  • Find and appreciate simple joys in each and every day
  • Take selfies, because why not
  • Sometimes a change in scenery is all you need
  • Doing things you find joy in with the people you love fills your cup up
  • Adventures don’t have to be big and extravagant

The little trip could be passed off as nothing all that spectacular but for the three of us I’d like to think it was a great adventure. It bought me so much joy sitting under a rainbow on the beach enjoying a beautiful day with lovely company. I’m off to the beach again this weekend and if you want to find me just look for the big rainbow umbrella.

I’ll leave you with a question. What’s one thing, person or place or combination of all three that has bought you joy in a simple and beautiful way?