If you read the first three days of my challenge, you’ll know that so far I’ve started (attempting) daily 5km runs and over-indulged on desserts. Which kinda evens out in the end, right? Here’s how my next four days panned out…
Day 4: “Kindness. It doesn’t cost a damn thing. Sprinkle that shit everywhere.”
So it’s EDM day in the office, (read: everyone-is-super-tense day) so the positive vibes are kinda lacking.
Feeling pretty uninspired, I Google “how to be kind”… Wow, I’ve really sunk to a new low here. Why is it so difficult to sprinkle kindness everywhere?
That evening, after attending a new opening in the Valley, fellow Journo Candice and I end up at Maccas (as all good nights out do, obvs). We leave, Cheeseburgers in hand, when we notice a man curled up in a blanket on the side of the Brunswick St Mall.
I realise I really didn’t need the Cheeseburger, and this man is probably in greater need of it than I am.
I offer him the burger, he gratefully accepts and I notice he is looking at the feather skirt I’m wearing.
“What’s this?” He says.
“That’s my skirt,” I say.
“It looks like you’re an angel that’s fallen from heaven.”
It’s pretty cold, but I leave feeling a bit warmer inside.
Day 5: “Wild, barefoot and free”
It’s Friday, and I sleep through my alarm... Awesome.
I have 10 minutes to get ready, so I throw on some clothes and rush out the door.
I get to work and realise I’ve barely had the chance to look at today’s mantra. Luckily, in my rush, I didn’t have time to shower, wash my hair, or put any makeup on, so I’ve already partially nailed the ‘wild’ and ‘free’ parts (woohoo!)
All that’s missing is the ‘barefoot’ part. I take off my boots and just as I start to feel super-liberated, my feet start to freeze over.
Thankfully, my Group Editor asks me to return fashion to stores on James Street in the Valley and we decide it’s probably best I don’t take this mantra so literally, so I put my shoes back on.
Day 6: “Do whatever makes you feel good”
YAYYY SATURDAY! Today, I’m going to make sure that everything I do makes me feel good… which shouldn’t be too hard I guess.
My formula for a perfect Saturday morning goes something like: delicious brunch + exercise (if I’m not too hungover) + sunshine. So I decided to combine all of the above.
I have an awesome breakfast at one of my favourite cafes in Paddington (hash cakes with sweet potato, cabbage, Kaiserfleisch (fancy German word for bacon), poached eggs and haloumi…amazing.) After basking in the sun, my housemate and I go for a run along the river, followed by some afternoon drinks. #perfection.
DAY 7: “Say ‘yes’ to new adventures”
After visiting the markets, running some errands and smashing out some chores on Sunday morning, there wasn’t a lot of time left for adventures.
“Why don’t we go and do something that we would never normally do?” My housemate says.
She scrolls through a Google search on her iPhone and finds a Spanish Flamenco guitarist is playing this afternoon in Post Office Square in the city.
We arrive, looking forward to having a dance, when we notice there is absolutely no one in Post Office Square – no people, no stage, no guitarist - nothing.
I double check my phone to see if I’ve mistaken the date… nope.
We walk towards Eagle Street Pier in search of any live music we can have a dance to, when on our way we spot a huge fig tree, which looks perfect for climbing. I take my shoes off and climb as high as I can, and realise that I have developed a serious fear of heights somewhere in the last 10 years. Nevertheless, it’s pretty exhilarating and I’m reminded that there’s nothing like a bit of old-fashioned, wholesome tree-climbing to give you a different perspective.
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