Love

Personal

Love is simultaneous with the truth.

And although it isn’t always easy to decipher, in time, the truth always crawls out into the light for all to see.

To me, love requires no words and no reason. In fact, all you need to do is simply give no reason for anyone to doubt it.

xoxo Paula

Daylight dreams

Personal

It’s been a long while since I’ve believed in dreams.

I used to distance myself from them, defeated by the failures that came with chasing figments of your imagination. However as of late, amongst the mundane routines, it seems to be my favourite topic of discussion. To conjure all your fantasies and find ways for them to play out in real life- it’s really an endless wonderland of possibilities.

I’m not sure how easily others can respond to this question but when I got asked recently what my dream was, I had to really stop and think.

In the past, I thought that dreams were a case of fiction, coming from a comforting fantasy land where your resting mind visited in sleep. It seemed to be something make-believe, an ideal which you could never quite reach… It was always so much easier sinking into the luxury of laziness and beliefs of self-doubt.

But more and more, I’m seeing that if you let it, they can change form, become palpable and materialise into reality.

Dreams can only be realised when there is a combination of 3 things: the imagination, committed goals and persistent effort. Only when they are bunched together can any magic take place.

Once I became aware of this, dreams didn’t resemble the night to me anymore. In fact, dreams are what you see and make of daylight. Dreams keep you awake, they give you a life of purpose, and fulfillment means an abundance of achievement and happiness.

I feel like everyone at one stage has beat down their dreams, dispelling the nagging feelings that come with taking leaps into risky territories. And because I’ve done this myself in my life, I’m always reminded how fragile our dreams are. Whether it be someone telling you it can’t be done, or your preference for security over fantasy, dreams are extremely precious and it’s your duty to protect it.

So… what are your dreams and what steps are you taking today to make it happen? I was told once that this is something you should know deep down. If you don’t, you just might be lying to yourself.

For those lacking inspiration in their lives, dare to dream. Go big. Expand the horizons of your imagination and work tirelessly for the life you believe you deserve.

Afterall, what is life but a long lucid dream.

xoxo Paula

Thailand travel diaries

Personal, Travel

As soon as you walk out the door in Thailand, you feel as though you’re swimming in the heat of an outdoor oven. It’s palpable and sticky but all you can do is grin and bear it, wearing as little clothing as possible and as many layers of mosquito repellant as you can.

I wasn’t sure what to expect before I left. I was a little trepid about getting lost or scammed. Thankfully though, we didn’t land in any major predicaments and from what I’ve seen, I conclude that Thai people are a polite lot with gentle smiles and kind eyes. 


We travelled to the busier parts of Thailand and I found that besides the intricate palaces and temples scattered round the city, the landscape was generally quite common and plain, filled with juxtapositions of paint split walls and the mild luxury of muddy water fronts. It gives off a feeling of development and potential but also the sense of being able to enjoy the simple life – the small things. 

Whilst Sydney is trying to squeeze everyone into a box of do’s and don’ts, Thailand’s mentality is if you can conceive it, do it. And a golden example of this is through their roads and traffic. 

You have no idea how fun it is when you’re taken on a spin with a tuk tuk. For us, we experienced a roller coaster ride of swerving, driving at high speeds on the wrong side of the road, having items of clothing nearly blow away in the rush of the moment and all the while, you’re hearing the thud of bass rumble through the seats in your typical party-themed tuk tuk. 

The motorbike taxis are not much different to the aforementioned (a tamer case of fast and furious) but I found myself gripping onto the shoulders of my drivers with iron grip whilst they swerved through traffic jams, always nearly grazing your knees in the process. Only the feeling of being on a bike, having wind lap at your face and the little smile you get from realising you’re doing the illegal is so freeing. It’s really something you can’t enjoy in Sydney without worry. 


Thailand’s next standout is probably the food and let me tell you, I almost felt like royalty when I was eating at the beach. Having vendors physically come to you carrying platters and platters of fruit, fresh crab, grilled seafood and fried goodness was absolute bliss. All the while, you’re chatting with friends, lounging on a reclining chair and sipping on fresh coconuts, realising every second moment just how good life gets. We probably tasted most, if not all the dishes that came our way and we ate till we almost ran out of spending money. And yet we were so happy to be broke. All in for the experience!

Thailand was definitely a valuable trip and if it taught me anything, it’s that you can find happiness in any situation if you choose to.
 
I already miss the streetfood and the busy nightlife. Travel squad better be ready for round two 🙂 

xoxo Paula