Aboriginal Walkabout in Australia

I have so many amazing travel memories. The time we did an Aboriginal Walkabout in the Blue Mountains of Australia was one of the most unique experiences of them all.

Walkabouts are a rite of passage for adolescent Aboriginal men. At a certain age they were left to wander the wilderness on their own for up to 6 months with only their ancestral song lines (story/songs) to help them find their way back home.

Forget 6 months; this hike was rough!

Our aboriginal guide took us deep into the forested Blue Mountain wilderness for our walkabout. It was seriously challenging! We hiked for most of the day on rough terrain with no trails.

He showed us ancient Aboriginal cave art dating back to anywhere from 13,000 to 15,000 years old.

Rarely seen waterfalls.

We even did some Aboriginal face painting! Pretty sexy eh? 

Each symbol we painted on our faces had a meaning. That was one of the coolest things about the Walkabout. Every plant, every stream of water, every corner you turned was part of an ancient story.

If you find yourself in Australia you should book yourself a Walkabout. One of the most fun ways to burn a gazillion calories in a single day. 

I have so many of these cool memories of travel adventures. I'm thinking I might start posting some of them weekly for #ThrowbackThursday. What do you think?


Balayage Before & After

Whoop whoop! I just left the salon (awesome feeling isn't it?). I was getting sick of the dark, drab color of my hair so I tried balayage. Such a difference!

When did I turn brunette?! I've always had a dark honey blonde natural hair color and then, bam! Brunette. 

I reckon it happened around the time I had Little Man. It's insane how many physical (and physiological) things change when you have a child.

I haven't quite come to terms with my new natural color. So until then, there's this amazing thing called balayage. My stylist freehand painted the color onto select strands of hair for a more natural, less harsh look that supposedly grows out very naturally as well.

I really prefer it to the highlights I used to get. Nice and bright for our upcoming trip to St. Lucia!

What do you think?

Capetown by Air

I was sorting through some old travel photos this weekend and found these amazing shots from high above Capetown, South Africa.

Flying over Capetown via helicopter was one experience I'll never forget.

We booked a helicopter tour and we were quite surprised with how dinky our helicopter was.

We flew over Table Mountain, Capetown Stadium, and Lion's Head. It was breathtaking.

Our pilot also flew us over the notoriously deadly Seal Island and told us stories of human shark attacks.

After we left Capetown we flew to Sabi Sands for an incredible safari. What a trip! I'd do it again in a heartbeat and I hope that day comes sooner rather than later.

"I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy." - Ernest Hemingway

An Amazing Story

This post is a bit random but I just had to share this with you guys. It is one of the most amazing stories I've heard.

An ordinary 9th grade teacher turns out to be a truly extraordinary man with the creation of a simple but life changing class assignment. Here's the video. It's not very long, and so touching!

Isn't that beautiful?!

I'm tempted to write myself a letter now! I'm not in 9th grade anymore but I'd like to think I still have a good 20 years left in me (at least)!

Have you ever done anything like this?

HIIT

Have you guys heard of HIIT exercises? Probably. I'm usually late to the party when it comes to these kinds of things. Better late than never though. 

I'm going to be on the beach in a swimsuit in less than a month! Besides wanting to avoid looking like a sausage, I really want to keep fit year round.

High Intensity Interval Training is starting to look like a perfect option for me. I can do the exercises anywhere, they take 4-30 minutes (awesome), and they seriously burn calories and fat.

Are they easy? No. Fun? Nope. But at least I don't have to freeze my bum off running miles in the freezing cold. Plus, I get bored with my exercise routines. I've been alternating between yoga and kick boxing for years.

There are loads of YouTube videos out there full of HIIT exercises. I've been rotating some variation of burpees (ouch!), jack jumps, and high knees. I'm seriously amazed at how great I feel already. 

Have you tried HIIT exercises before? I'd love to hear which ones you would suggest.

A Tour Through Blogland

Blogging is such a crazy thing, isn't it? At least half of the time when I tell someone I write a blog they either have no idea what a blog is or they seem confused as to why someone would want to write one. 

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Tina at Girl Meets Globe has encouraged me to share some of the details behind this hobby of mine in a blogosphere-wide series that seems to be spreading like wildfire. For bloggers and non-bloggers alike, I hope this gives you more insight into why blogging is such a passion of mine. 


// What are you working on?

I love to spend my free time tinkering with the blog design. It can be incredibly challenging but I also find it fun to modify the site with custom coding. I won't put you to sleep with all of that though!

My photography is also a work in progress. I practice whenever and wherever I can. I really admire blogs with unique photography and strive to improve my own.

// How does is differ from other's in it's genre?

There isn't a single person in the world like me. I am, just as you are, truly unique. My thoughts, how I view the world, and how I present it to others is what sets me apart, and always will.

I dislike being labelled or feeling like my blog has to fit nicely into a category. I write about and photograph the things I love. While travel is a constant passion, many of the things I find bliss in vary from one day to the next.

// Why do you write/create the way that you do?

I'll be the first to admit my writing skills are not stellar. I rely a lot on my photos to convey my thoughts and emotions. I love reading blogs that are heavily visual so I gravitate toward that style in my own site as well.

And then there's this wordy post! Ha!

// How does your writing/creating process work?

Blogging is a creative outlet for me, of which I previously had very few. I rarely plan ahead as I find it stifles the creativity and takes the fun out of it for me. I do try to maintain some consistency in a posting schedule but outside of that I blog about what makes me happy.

I view my blog as a brilliant archive of this chapter in my life. Although I don't share every single aspect of my life here, I know it will be hilariously fun to look back on one day.


Now that you know a little bit more about me, I'd like to introduce you to some of my friends and favorite bloggers who I would like to prompt (if they have the time) to write a similar post to this one!

Rotten-One :: Tee is the epitome of effortless beauty. She lives her life outside of the box and it shows in her inspiring and often thought provoking photos, words and explorations.

Cath in the City :: Cath's fashion and lifestyle blog is quintessential Scandinavian, and delightfully so. Her artistically and thoughtfully crafted photos are far from your ordinary fashion blog.

Gunter's Abroad :: I love visiting Jamie's site because it's like having a fun girlfriend take you on tours of European cities. She's always off to somewhere new and exciting. 

Show Me Your Silly Face :: #laughoutlouder

This has to be the quickest, easiest way to donate to a good cause without giving a dime. Benefit Cosmetics is running a 48 hour charity campaign. For every silly face we post to Instagram or Twitter, Benefit will donate $1 toward anti-bullying movement, Laugh Out Louder.

^ Ha! E and I love to take silly face pics when we go on holiday. This one is from the Grand Pitons in St. Lucia.

Come on guys! I know you have some selfie outtakes you can post! Make sure you use the hashtag #laughoutlouder and tag me (@mylifeplus1) so I can have a good giggle. 

Give them your best silly face for a really good cause! You've only got until midnight so HURRY!!

PS - Don't forget to spread the word! Tweet it!

More details about the Laugh Out Louder Movement for the prevention of bullying, negative body image and depression here

The Grandest of Canyons

I can't believe I had made it through a third of my life without witnessing the majesty of one of the most unique land features in the US. The Grand Canyon.

As the sun started to set, I snuck off to find a spot near the edge and take it all in.

With every passing second the colors of of the rocks and valleys changed from shades of brown, to orange, to deep blues, purples and reds. 

It seemed like a blink of an eye before it all started to fade to black.

I'm just glad I stepped out from behind the camera to witness it.

The wildlife in the Grand Canyon National Park was pretty incredible too.

Yet another amazing sight to check off my very long bucket list. So much to see. Only 2/3rds of my life left to see it. I'd better get a move on!

Have you checked anything off your bucket list lately?

Shiny and New

Yay! The new site is LIVE

Welcome to the new and improved Life+1 Blog. Still working out a few (really annoying) kinks, but other than that, things seem to be working pretty darn good. 

What do you guys think? 

Don't forget to swing by and visit my 'Destinations' page where I've got a list of my most treasured travels and the 'About' page is all new too!

But more importantly, what did you buy in the sales this weekend???

Something Wicked (Cool) This Way Comes

Guys. Guys! I've been tapping away, working on something very exciting. I'm so happy to tell you that I'm working on a complete overhaul for the blog. I can't wait for you all to see my new site.

I hope you'll swing by next week and let me know what you think.

In the meantime, I'm just going to thank you for your patience while I go through the messy domain transfer stuff which might lead to some broken links and pages.

See you on the flip side! (next week that is) ;o)

Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? What did you get up to?