365 days // 12.02.17

“I hope one day I’ll pop into your head, and you’ll think ‘I shouldn’t have let her go'”. – Unknown.

Today marks three hundred and six five days since my world fell to pieces. One year ago today everything changed, and nothing has been the same since.

Three hundred and sixty five days have passed since the moment I wish those words could be reversed, those feelings could be removed, and that broken heart could be pieced back together. It’s impossible to describe the feeling of your heart shattering in your chest, while tears endlessly stream down your cheeks. There’s no way to describe the sinking feeling every time their name comes into conversation, or you get reminded of a memory that you once shared together.

The endless nights laying in bed wide awake just thinking about where it all went wrong, thinking of ways you can undo everything and piece it all back together again. Racking your brain to come up with a solution, a way that everything can be put right again.

But unfortunately sometimes you’re the only one playing the game, a game that requires two players. I will continue to fight for what I believe in, until you don’t want me to fight no more. But until that day I will fight every minute, of every day to put you back where they belong, by my side.

Not a day goes by where I haven’t been reminded of you in some way; a photo, a memory, or even just a passing thought…your always in the back of my mind, and I can quite safely say that I don’t believe that feeling will ever part with me.

As you grow up you go through heart break, you think you love people, but until you really love someone, you don’t what what it feels like to have your whole world come crashing down on you right in front of your eyes. I honestly don’t believe I knew what love was until I met you. If you asked me three years ago if I’d ever been in love, I would have honestly said yes, and meant it. But looking back now, I had no idea…I didn’t know that feeling of missing someone so deeply that you feel it in your heart, the sheer excitement you feel when you are reunited after just a short period of time apart. The smile that stretches from ear to ear just by hearing their name or seeing them from across the room. Honestly, I had no idea.

If you’re reading this then please believe me when I say… I don’t resent you, I don’t regret you, and I could never forget you. I thank you. I thank you for giving me the best three years a girl could have ever wished for. I thank you for all the laughter and the memories that we have shared together. For the inside jokes, the secrets, and the moments nobody else would understand. You and I had something special, something unique…and no matter what anyone says, that will never go away. You are still you, and I am still me, and we will forever have that bond.

Love, Luce ♥

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The Grampians – Day 2: The Balconies and Reeds Lookout // 31.10.16

“The best journeys in life are those that answer questions you never thought to ask” – Rick Ridgeway

After leaving Fish Falls we took a quick detour via the Wartook Reservoir on the way to our next destination…The Balconies and Reeds Lookout.

The reservoir was really pretty, and I can imagine they get some pretty amazing sunsets mirroring on the water here. The water was really calm, and the area felt like a relaxing, tranquil setting.

109grampians-3Thankfully the walk to The Balconies and Reeds Lookout was only around 1km in distance, as by this point in the day we had done quite a lot of walking. We walked across the cute wooden bridges and climbed over the piles of rocks to make our way to the lookout.

113On the trail to the lookout, there were some amazing views of the mountains and local reservoirs. We climbed our way over the rocks to get a closer look and thought they would make an awesome backdrop.

116I really enjoyed this viewpoint as you could see a combination of the mountains, lake, and trees all in one shot.

117111When looking out from The Balconies it was clear to see how high we had climbed – look how tiny the trees look down there! From this viewpoint, I could see a ledge sticking out called Reeds Lookout. I couldn’t see a footpath to get to it so may have had to do some offroading to get there (may not have been the safest idea so I wouldn’t recommend going solo, but my friend and I checked out the area first).

119118We climbed over the barrier and climbed down the rocks to get to this awesome ledge. Although you can’t really see it in the photo, it was pretty much a straight drop surrounding this ledge. My friend Zoe took the above two photos from The Balconies lookout so you can see how the ledge sticks out separately from the rest of the cliff.

grampians-4grampians-1The above two photos were taken by my friend Skye, who I convinced to come down to the ledge with me to be photographer…however, I think I almost gave her, and the rest of our group a heart attack when I jumped (oops). The view from this ledge was incredible, you could literally see for miles. The trees looked like tiny dots, and the mountains in the distance look so small in comparison to the size we know they are.

114115Although this was a very last minute, spontaneous hike, it definitely had some of the most beautiful, picturesque views of our trip.

That’s the last of The Grampians series – I hope you enjoyed seeing a snippet into my trip and the rest of the posts can be viewed now on my blog.

Love, Luce ♥

The Grampians – Day 2: Fish Falls // 31.10.16

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”

Fish Falls they say, it will be a quick one they say. Bearing in mind we had just done the Hollow Mountain hike, we decided to drive on to the next one…Fish Falls.

grampians-687Thankfully, the weather was still on our side – beautiful blue skies, barely a cloud in the sky. This time, a slightly smaller group of us decided to explore Fish Falls.

89107To most people, a hike is a hike…but to others, it’s an adventure. This was a fairly flat trail with beautiful tall trees and bridges parading over the small streams that ran below. As you walked through the grass and red dust paths you could hear the water running down the stream and the birds singing in the trees.

94107We walked around 2km before we reached the waterful, where we sat and ate some vegemite sandwiches and an assortment of nuts – how Aussie of us ay?

You could hear the waterfall running down the rocks and into the stream. There were no artificial sounds or unnecessary distractions…just natural beauty.

9899 Skye and I decided to take a closer look at the waterfall while the rest of the group chilled on the rocks. We walked right up close to some of the rocks surrounding the edge of the waterfall…not gonna lie the spray off of the rocks got us pretty wet.

102100101Above are a few pictures of myself and Skye as close as we could get to the waterfall, the top picture shows me slipping and almost falling on my butt, while getting soaked in the process.

106I absolutely love waterfalls and find the sound of water so relaxing (especially when it’s trickling down a stream, or in this case from a waterfall). We didn’t stay for long as there were a few more climbs we wanted to fit in before the sun went down so we continued our hike back to the car to head to Reeds Lookout and The Balconies.

Continue reading about my trip here: The Grampians – Day 2: Reeds Lookout and The Balconies // 31.10.16

Love, Luce ♥

Great Ocean Road // 26.11.16

“True friendship isn’t about being inseparable, it’s about being separated and nothing changes” – Unknown.

6.jpgBefore I came to Australia one of the few things I knew I really wanted to do was the Great Ocean Road. However, I didn’t want to just jump on a tour bus and let a guide do all the talking…I wanted to go with friends, on a road trip, on an adventure.

Jen and Rach have been two of my best friends since 2011 when we met at a summer camp in America. It had been five years since I’d seen Jen, and four years since Rach, so when they both happened to be in Melbourne the same weekend as I was, we knew we had to make this trip happen.

4Since arriving in Australia this is the first time I’ve been to any ‘proper’ beaches. It actually felt quite homely being by the sea again…growing up by the beach, no matter where in the world you are, if you’re near the sea, it feels like home. I love the sound of the ocean, the smell of the sea breeze, and the salt in the air. Although it was absolutely freezing, we ran around, took some silly photos and enjoyed the fresh air.

23We left super early in the morning so we could make the most of the day and make multiple trips along the way. The above photos were taken in Torquay, and the upcoming ones were in Lorne and Apollo Bay, before making it all the way to the Twelve Apostles.

15Of course we had to attempt to get a picture with the iconic Great Ocean Road sign. Trying to time a jump in the smallest timeframe where no cars were in the back of the photo was a massive fail…this was the best shot we could get – HA! Better than nothing though ay?

10I am a huge fan of my polaroid camera and aim to try and take a photo on any adventure so I can secure it in my scrapbook and look back at the memories in years to come. I always aim to take a photo of the polaroid in the location as I love the effect it has, and if for some reason I ever lose the polaroid, I’ve always got a copy of it!

1213.jpgThe main aim of our trip was to make it to the Twelve Apostles, and I’m not going to lie at times I didn’t think we would ever make it…it’s soo far from Melbourne! I’m so glad we made it that far and got to see the apostles. Although it’s a long drive it is 100% worth it!

9Once we’d reached the apostles, the water was so clear and blue! The beaches surrounding the Apostles are protected so the public cannot access this area. However, I am actually super happy that they’ve done this here as it has really preserved the area. There’s no litter, no damage, just fresh sand, and smooth waves.

78We aimed to take a few quick snaps once we’d made it to the Apostles, however in true Melbourne style the heavens opened, so we ran for cover. I could honestly have stood and stared at these rocks for ages, they are so unique and there is so much detail to see. Each rock is one of a kind, and there are plenty of information boards around telling you about the history of the Apostles.

14When editing photos I found this adorable shot of Jen that she must have taken while Rach and I were galavanting around on the rocks. I think she looks amazing in it, such a natural shot!

11I had the best adventure with these girls, and I’m so glad we managed to make it happen. Hopefully it won’t be another five years before we adventure together again.

The Great Ocean Road is definitely a place I would love to return to if I ever get the opportunity.

Love, Luce ♥

The Grampians – Day 2: Hollow Mountain // 31.10.16

“Seek adventures that open your mind” – Unknown

Everyone was up bright and early to start today’s adventure. We drove around forty-five minutes away from the campsite to a popular hike called Hollow Mountain.

43As we drove closer to the trail we were greeted with red dust roads, landscapes filled with hills for as far as the eye could see, and some of the most picturesque viewpoints that I couldn’t wait to climb.

4445Although there was a fairly large group of us we decided to take our time and climb in smaller groups and meet up at different points along the climb, this way there was no pressure on anyone. I just wanted to picture everything as the colours of the scenery were so vibrant and uplifting – it’s difficult to feel anything but happy in these surroundings. We all put on our ‘war paint’ (also known as coal found on the ground) and set sail…or should I say started hiking? aha.

8346Myself, and the girls all stayed together and chatted and giggled our way up the rocks which made it all the more fun to do together. Not only was it nice to tell funny stories and chat along the way, it was great to be able to support each other and help each other over the tougher terrain.

50When we reached the top of the first part of the climb, we regrouped with the rest of the gang and took this opportunity to take a photo of the ‘kids’ as the older ones of the group would like to call us. Not gonna lie, although this was a quick spur of the moment photo, I actually love how it turned out.

5152By this point, we had reached ‘the climb’ – my favourite part. There’s something so invigorating about climbing rock faces with no harness or safety mechanisms attached – don’t worry it’s safe to do so here as long as you’re sensible. My friend Anna was a little scared of heights so we all pulled together to get her to the top and ensure she felt safe and supported by the group. Great Job Anna!!

5355By the time we had reached the first viewpoint, you could actually start to see an impressive view – before now you could see the trail behind you and the occasional view in the distance when looking through a gap in the rocks. But this was pretty nice. In the above picture, you can see the red dust road that we started walking on at the beginning of the trail. Although it doesn’t look that far away, we had already hiked pretty far by this point.

5758We all took a minute to have a rest and take in the beautiful views, it was so peaceful up there. Sometimes you forget what it’s like to not be able to hear cars driving past, and the constant hustle and bustle of a city. It was peaceful, serene. I really love this photo of my friend Zoe, you can see she is truly lost in thought and admiring the view. I think the best photos are always the unexpected ones.

6061I left my camera with Lucy while I went to climb one of the nearby rocks, it was higher than the rest and I felt like I could get a better view from up there. Lucy managed to capture some pretty awesome shots while I was there, which really show how pretty the view was.

6364After climbing through many small gaps and caves we reached the top…well as far as we could safely climb with no climbing gear (it was a pretty windy day). We all regrouped here and chilled out for a bit before the downward climb began.

656768Thankfully the rain held off so we could enjoy the beautiful scenery and take some pictures before we had to return to shore (or the car – what is with these sea references)? Standing on different parts of the rocks meant you could see in so many different directions, you could see nothing but trees and greenery for miles in one direction, and red dirt roads and rock mountains in another.

6970On our decline, we climbed through many small gaps and overlooked many beautiful views. It’s fascinating how much you miss on the way up just because you’re facing a different direction. We must have stopped so many times just to take it all in.

7374Instead of climbing all the way back through the cave the way we initially came, Tony; Zoe’s dad decided we should climb down the rock face behind the cliff…now I’m not sure whether this was a great idea at the time, but I trusted him so went with his judgment. Now, for those that don’t know Tony, he’s over 6ft tall so I feel like he had a slight height advantage to the rest of us.

Now, for those that don’t know Tony, he’s over 6ft tall so I feel like he had a slight height advantage to the rest of us. Myself and Lucy had to really stretch at one point to be able to reach the below rocks, but it was so worth it.

7275Somehow, Skye may have taken a tumble in a hilarious fashion (I literally feel like it happened in slow motion) and although you can’t see her face, she was laughing pretty hard at this point (as were the rest of us) – don’t worry she’s okay, no injuries…thankfully!

7880Half way down we stopped for a little pick me up and snack break…believe me by this point it was well needed. I was starving! This cave was the perfect spot for sharing round granola bars and having a breather while sheltering from a passing shower.

8584As you climb down the rocks and uneven paths you start to realise how far you’ve climbed. It’s funny how much quicker you can climb down something as opposed to climbing up it. Thankfully the rain held up until we reached the bottom so none of us got too wet.

88By the time we had reached the bottom the skies had cleared and the rain had passed (for now anyway). As we had all separated on the way down it was nice to regroup at the bottom. Hiking is such a great way to keep fit, enjoy nature, and enjoy the great outdoors all at the same time. I wish I lived closer to places like this so I could explore all the time.

86Sorry for the long post!

I hope you enjoyed seeing an insight to one of my favourite climbs so far – I must have taken over 100 photos on this climb, although there are a lot in this post, this is just a snapshot of the great time we shared.

Continue reading about my trip here: The Grampians – Day 2: Reeds Lookout.

Love, Luce ♥

Kayla Itsines GWR attempt // 17.11.16

“Your body can be your best friend or your worst enemy. It all depends on how you treat it” – Unknown.

For those that know me I have been an avid follower of Kayla Itsines and her workout programmes for a number of years. Back in 2013 I was bought her Bikini Body Guide as I needed some motivation to get back into working out, and everything I was previously doing just wasn’t cutting it anymore. I’m sure as many of you know, if you don’t have the motivation to go to the gym, sooner or later it’s gonna stop altogether. Well that’s where I was at, I was lacking motivation, I wasn’t enjoying the workouts I was doing when I got there…and overall I just wasn’t getting anything out of it anymore.

That’s where Kayla came into it. I started her programme and although I found it hard at first, I stuck at it…and in no time I was seeing results. All be it, they were small, they were results, and this was the first time in a long time I actually felt like I was getting somewhere. I was hooked. Unfortunately after starting and stopping over the last couple of years, work got in the way, I moved to the other side of the world and I just didn’t have the time to get back into the swing of things.

Until now…Kayla was holding a Guinness World Record Attempt bootcamp in Melbourne! Unfortunately none of my friends were interested/free at the time, so I figured I would just go alone (this is waaaay out of my usual comfort zone). 

I went along and made friends with these two girls who were waiting in the line next to me, this definitely made me feel a lot more at ease. We took photos together and set down our yoga mats side by side. The whole vibe of the event was so welcoming and I genuinely felt like I’d met so many of these people before just because we all shared a passion for the same thing!

DJ TigerLily was playing throughout the event and Kayla and Tobi led the workouts up on stage. Overall we broke not one, not two, but FIVE world records…how insane is that?

  1. Most people doing star jumps.
  2. Most people doing squats.
  3. Most people doing sit ups.
  4. Most people doing lunges.
  5. Most people running in place simultaneously.

I’ll pop a few pictures below from the event – excuse the crappy quality (iPhone 4s isn’t the best, but then again…it’s better than nothing).

I genuinely had the best time, and it gave me the motivation I needed to kickstart my workouts again! You will often find me in the gym rocking my Kayla Itsines GWR attempt t-shirt! Fingers crossed there will be some more bootcamps I can attend before my time in Australia comes to an end.

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If you’re in a similar boat to me and you just need to try something new then I would highly recommend to buy Kayla’s bikini body guide...or try out her free 7 day free trial…you won’t regret it!

“Small progress, is still progress”.

Love, Luce ♥

The Grampians – Day 1: Kangaroos and Lake Fyans // 30.10.16

“By replacing fear of the unknown with curiosity we open ourselves up to an infinite stream of posibility” – Unknown

While driving back from our hike at Halls Gap, we stopped off at an open grassed area that was filled with Kangaroos.

27This was the first time I have seen Kangaroos since arriving in Australia, I was soo excited! I couldn’t get too close as they are wild Kangaroos, but it was so exciting to be able to get up close with them and see them in their natural environment.

3428How adorable are these little guys? I must’ve taken around fifty photos of them in the short time we were there. I couldn’t believe how big the adult males were, when they stand up tall they are some scary looking things…although, soft and fluffy, they could do some damage if they wanted too.

3231This little mother has a joey in her pouch. Watching her climb in was the weirdest, interesting, most bizarre thing. They literally do a forward roll and land in their mothers’ pouches – it’s pretty fascinating to watch.

Once again, the rain came and we were forced to retreat back to the car and leave these little guys to continue bouncing around.  On the way back to the car we saw this bird, look at all the cute little babies underneath her keeping warm and out of the rain.

24After returning to the campsite we explored the site and went to see Lake Fyans (the lake the campsite is named after). It was soo windy, that we all look very windswept and everyone’s a little lost behind my hair – oops.

36.jpg37In the evening we had a campfire and made a delicious dinner that we ate around the fire. We all played Cards Against Humanity in the tents – which I had never played before now but somehow kept winning (my friends all said it was beginners luck, I think I’m just pretty funny).

3839The evenings were freezing so we all layered up and sat around the fire to keep warm. Due to the bad weather we were advised we weren’t allowed to light any campfires, however, others in our group already had theirs lit so we all went and sat around theirs together.

I love a good campfire, however, my eyes don’t love it so much. I sat with sunglasses on the entire time, yet my eyes would still water behind them.

Continue reading about my trip here: The Grampians – Day 2: Fish Falls.

Love, Luce ♥

Thirteen Years.

“True friendship resists time, distance, and silence” – Isabel Allende

Someone once told me that a true friendship will never end, you may go your separate ways, but you will always find your back in the end. I never really believed this until recently. For those that don’t know I have recently packed up my whole life and moved to the complete opposite side of the world; Australia. It was time for a fresh start, time to get away, and time to try and find me again.

Twenty Sixteen was a tough year and I feel like most people will be glad when it’s over.

Obviously in true fashion of the twenty-first century, as soon as my trip was all booked i broadcasted it to the world of Facebook. Now, of course you get the ‘fake friends’ that message you deciding that they just must see you before you leave. The genuine friends that are actually excited for you, but sad that you’re leaving them behind. And then the long lost friends that are intrigued to know how you did it and want to get in touch.

Well, were going to be talking about the latter…the long lost friends.

Shortly after posting this status an old friend got in touch asking how I did it as she was intrigued to do something similar…we got talking, and she decided to book a similar trip to arrive in Melbourne a month after me. Now this wasn’t just any old friend, this was my best friend from primary school. A girl I hadn’t seen, or barely spoken to for that matter in over thirteen years!

It’s now been around two months since arriving in Melbourne, and she recently got in touch again and we agreed to meet for a coffee. Somehow I ended up getting lost and a 15 minute tram turned into a 3 1/2 hour walk, but I eventually made it to her in time for a late lunch and we sat and chatted for hours. It felt like we had never been apart, like the two eleven year old girls we were the last time we were together.

It’s so nice to rekindle old friendships, especially thirteen years later as adults reminiscing on the times we shared aged four to twelve.

Love, Luce ♥

The Grampians – Day 1: Halls Gap // 30.10.16

“I love places that make you realise how tiny you and your problems are” – Anonymous.

After a long four hour drive to The Grampians, we had a little nap in the tents the rest of our group so kindly set up for us and then headed out on our first adventure.

Firstly, we went to Halls Gap Botanic Gardens, a beautiful nature walk. This walk is quite flat, but with plenty to explore. Near the beginning of the walk, there’s the Noa Keenatt welcome center. Inside, there are hundreds of aboriginal artifacts and stories about Australian History. Unfortunately for us, it was pouring with rain so we used this time to explore the center and learn about aboriginal times and get a glance at some of the interesting artifacts the center has collected – many of which are replicas now (unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take photos inside).

1913Thankfully, by the time we were done in the welcome center, the rain had begun to pass so we continued with our hike. There were so many cute little bridges, and quirky pieced of art along the hike. We came across a gateway with a whole bunch of these clay pieces of artwork attached to it. They brightened up the walk and were so interesting to look at. Some of which had initials and dates engraved in them, most of which had been there since 2012.

1415The great thing about hiking with a group of friends is you can walk and chat and take in all the beautiful scenery along the way. Coffee shops are overrated, right? 😉

My friends Zoe and Lucy have come to The Grampians every year since they were little, so they know plenty of cool hikes and have loads of great stories to tell. They told us about a natural waterfall that they used to slide down when they were little at a place called Venus Baths. Although we weren’t prepared to slide down it there and then, we thought we would at least go and see what all the fuss was about. They were right it was a pretty cool natural water slide, however, the rain was not on our side and it started chucking it down as soon as we arrived.

12 This was my poor attempt to take a photo of the slide – the rain was so heavy I had no chance. However, I think it turned into a pretty cool photo anyway. My camera, however, took a good hour to dry out and for the water to come out from behind the screen – oops (if you hadn’t already guessed, my camera isn’t waterproof).

2022Before you know it the sun is shining again and it’s as if it never rained…gotta love Australia!

Continue reading about my trip here: The Grampians – Day 1: Kangaroos and Lake Fyans // 30.10.16

Love, Luce ♥