2016 in review

I hope you’ve had a wonderful solstice, Christmas, or whatever you celebrate. If you don’t celebrate anything at all, I hope you’re having an enjoyable break from work. I can’t believe how fast 2016 went! I know I say that every year. Politically and socially, it’s been a bumpy year, but personally it was mostly good. I reached many of my goals including completing a PowerPoint course, a basic SEO course, and the second and third Feverbee community…

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Australia Day, Invasion Day

Isn’t today’s Google Doodle beautiful? For its 2015 Doodle 4 Google competition, Google asked Aussie kids, in years 1-10 to draw a doodle based on the theme “If I could travel back in time I would…” Out of more than 24,000 submissions, this is the National Winner. It’s called Stolen Dreaming by Ineka Voigt of Canberra High School, ACT. If I could travel back in time I would reunite mother and child. A weeping mother…

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Hello, 2016

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I had a great year.  In January, I got to go behind the scenes of Strictly Ballroom. In February, I attended the fantastic Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the NGV. In June, I (finally) received my temporary residency visa. In August, I attended the Effective Altruism conference, which changed how I donate money to charity. In October, I had my gallbladder removed. That doesn’t sound like…

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Australia Day

If you were to ask me how Australian I feel, I’d say very little. There isn’t a day that goes by where I’m not reminded that not only am I a foreigner, which is bad enough, but that I’m American, which is probably the worst kind of foreigner. My otherness is highlighted most strongly on Australia Day. What is Australia Day? Celebrated annually on the 26th of January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of…

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New Year’s Resolutions: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

I like setting New Year’s resolutions. I do it every year and I try to be pragmatic in how I approach them. I treat them more like goals than promises. I make a list and plans and check them through the year. If I don’t accomplish something, that’s okay, I don’t feel guilty about it. I just feel good about what I did accomplish. In 2015, I resolve to learn the skills I’d need to…

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Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Year! I hope that 2015 brings you joy, love, and prosperity. Have a wonderful day of champagne and strawberries. Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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2014, the Year in Review

It’s hard to believe 2014 is almost over. 2013 was emotionally trying. The excitement of being in Australia gave way to homesickness and a sense of grieving. In August of that year, I wrote an entry about how everything sucked. By January, life didn’t suck so much. I was more comfortable getting around Melbourne, I had taken up hobbies, and even obtained a local driver’s license. In February, I participated in the Expat Blog Challenge.…

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all my family, friends, and fellow expats.

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How to Spend Your First Christmas Down Under

The following is a guest post from True Blue Migration. Your first Christmas spent in Australia after a lifetime of cold, harsh winters can be a welcome change or an odd break from tradition which leaves you feeling a little strange. The feeling of the sun on your back in December as opposed to the harsh chill biting at your ears and nose is a pleasant but unfamiliar sensation. Still, despite the different weather, at…

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Expat Holiday Exchange #expatexchange14

Expat blogger Diane from Oui in France had the wonderful idea of organizing a holiday gift exchange among expats. The guidelines were simple. She’d collect the details of expats who wanted to participate and then exchange that information in a Secret Santa way. My gift arrived a couple of days ago and I was so pleasantly surprised. My gift comes all the way from Morocco courtesy of the lovely Amanda Mouttaki, the blogger behind MarocMama, which is…

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Awesome Gifts for Bloggers

Christmas is around the corner. You know what that means – shopping! Here are some awesome gifts for the bloggers in your life or maybe just your perfect gift to yourself. They range widely in prices so there’s something for everyone. 1. A computer This is a generous gift, but it is the blogger’s single most important piece of equipment. It’s also a very personal gift so if you buy one for the blogger in your life,…

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Christmas in Melbourne

It’s summer so you know what that means – Christmas! The Melbourne CBD is alive with the scorching sun and the bright sights and sounds of Christmas. It felt strange celebrating Christmas during the summer in my first year in Melbourne. Being from Miami, I never experienced a white Christmas, but the vibe was different. Even though it’s mild, winter in Miami does feels different from summer and all the traditional winter solstice events and festivals of…

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