Amongst my move to Canberra, I haven’t published any One Fair Month posts since November. Instead here’s my summer in review – in these summer months of transition, I was grateful for:
1. A few cheeky trips down South for the last time, at least until I move back to Western Australia. I went down to Baden Powell near Dwellingup with the Upside Nepal crew and then down to visit Mum in Denmark.
2. Celebrating Christmas (my first Fairtrade Christmas!) with family and friends. It kicked off with the excellent annual Christmas Function by Upside Nepal. Then I had a great time researching and buying Fairtrade Christmas gifts. I also tried my hand at baking a Christmas Cake to give to my Mum and was so super pleased with the result.
Upside’s Christmas Function
3. Bringing in the New Year at a friend’s and drafting my New Year’s Resolutions.
4. Celebrating my best friend Rosie’s new teeth at a very special ‘High Teeth’.
5. Reflecting on my work with the Global Poverty Project through writing The End of Polio Impact Report 2013.
6. A very special day at Rottnest Island with my Mum, and remembering my Dad ten years after he passed away.
7. Finally finishing moving my life from Perth to Canberra.
Along the way I found some awesome nostalgia-inducing relics from my childhood, including precious old photos. And I almost finished my moving to Canberra to-do list. It was tight and it was stressful, but I got there.
If I was the boss for a week in our house, I’d make mum eat vegies but we eat fruit (?)
8. Saying goodbye to Perth with a city tour, a night to Cavalia and time at the beach.
9. The best family and friends ever… especially my gorgeous cousins who let us stay at their house after our bed and fridge were trucked to Canberra, my friend Dela who made me some awesome goodbye breakfasts and coffees, Rosie who has brightened my days in Canberra with thoughtful letters to cover every occasion, and last (but certainly not least) my amazing friend Danica who organised my best friends in the world to chip in an amazing $500 to help me truck Morris (my Dad’s old ute) from Perth to Canberra for its upcoming restoration. Some serious tears were shed by me at our going away party over this sweet gesture and the sweet card they gave me.
Crying over my gorgeous card from gorgeous friends!
10. My new city, new house, new job, and new life.
I ticked two items off my life list by moving to a new city and by visiting the High Court of Australia!
I’m grateful to have finally finishing unpacking my new house and getting the opportunity to explore Canberra (this is my graduate group atop Mount Ainslie!)
All in all, an eventful, fulfilling and significant summer. What were you grateful for this summer?