Heya, I’m Jess, thanks for stopping by :)
I’m a Melbourne girl who loves to travel, eat, cook, explore, read, photograph, wander, learn, discover and especially write :) I’m using this online space as a kind of electronic journal and time capsule; I want to be able to look back over my adventures and remember them all, and I also want to leave some sort of record of what life was like for a girl like me. Because, over time, things change. Lifestyles evolve and cities are re-built and all the rest of it; things are pretty good right here and now, and I want that to be recorded somewhere, so that in years to come people can see what it was like “back in the day…” :)
How’d I get to blogging? Well, I finished uni with a degree in Exercise Science and worked for almost 10 years in the health and wellness industry. I’m a qualified masseuse. I’m an ex-travel agent. I’ve put together my own cookbook. I’m a black belt martial artist, and spent more years than I can count coaching basketball. Through some good fortune and a lot of hard work, I’ve finally created a really nice life for myself, something I’m really proud of, something I didn’t think would ever be a reality (it’s sometimes hard to see that things can get better from under a fog of depression).
But, clearly, I have issues with restlessness and the inability to choose a path. I thought I was meant to just finish uni, get a “good” job, get married, have kids, live happily ever after. While that’s the dream for a lot of people, I’ve discovered that’s not for me. And that’s why I’ve been so restless; I’ve been putting all of my energy into trying to avoid taking a life path I knew I never wanted. Now, I’ve discovered that my path is a little different to the norms and stereotypes; for me, I need constant movement and learning. Being content with my nice life isn’t enough anymore – I want more than content and satisfied. I’m sick of playing it safe and doing what I’m “meant to do” by society’s standards – I don’t have time for that! Life’s too short!
So, here we are. I’ve created a space where I can write, and share the things I love, both locally in my beautiful city of Melbourne, as well as globally on my travels. I want to share the amazing things that make my happy and keep me ticking – food, markets, real people, street art, small shops, photos of beautiful places unknown, recipes I’ve been driven to create and/or re-create, books I’ve read that have inspired me, even accommodation and restaurant recommendations. I also wrote a post to re-introduce myself in September 2015, to acknowledge some big changes in my life since I first started writing here in early 2014, which in turn has affected my writing style a little.
It’s been incredibly freeing now that I’ve finally realised I actually don’t have to go with the flow and be like “everyone else,” something which seems to be especially tough for women, still. But with that freedom of working out what you don’t want in life comes the challenge of trying to discover what you do want and how to get that. That’s where I’m at right now in my life, and I’m hoping that doing more of what I love and documenting the journey might help bring a little more clarity. There’s so much out there for us to all experience in our lifetimes, and I’m hoping that this little journal of mine can help a few other wandering souls out there make some discoveries of their own : )
Whatever the reasons are that bring you here, be it for somewhere cute to brunch at in Melbourne this weekend, a hotel to stay at in New York, fun shopping in Paris, a recipe for Vietnamese food or just a good book to read after you’ve been market-trawling, I hope you find something here that makes life just a little bit more fun and exciting and fulfilling! I also decided to expand my writing, putting together my second cookbook in 2016 – I’d love you to meet The Kitchen Passport!
As well as writing, I love love love documenting life through photos as well, and plenty of pictures of my day to day life are on instagram (another online time capsule of sorts I guess, of life as a young Melbournian in the early 2000s…); come find me here : ) And if you’d like to say hi ask me more questions, share your stories, anything at all, you can contact me at: email@example.com
Aaaand if you’d like to know where in the world I’ve been (so far), here’s my list – new adventures are always in the planning, so recommendations very much welcomed and encouraged!!