April was a really, really good month to me. I felt like I made a lot of progress in my life and I finally saw things happening to me that I've felt like I've waited forever for. In case you missed this blog post, the biggest and most amazing thing that happened to me in April was that I finally passed my driving test! It's been a long time coming and being able to say that makes me unbelievably happy. For the longest time, I felt so stuck in my life, but I finally feel like I'm growing up and while the thought of that used to scare me, I'm actually really excited by it now. As well as passing my driving test, both my blog and Instagram reached over 1000 followers and I've had more blogging opportunities come my way. I wrote my second article for Blogbranch on The Power of a Regular Feature Post and I even became a permanent contributor to an online magazine (more on that later).
While it's been incredible to finally see myself succeed in certain areas in my life, sometimes I feel as if I don't work hard enough. I find it so easy to waste so much time doing nothing on the Internet. I could read articles on Thought Catalog for days, watch countless YouTube videos and just a couple of weeks ago, I may or may not have read the entire satirical coverage of Prince William, Kate and baby George's visit to Australia on Pedestrian.tv. I know we all need a break every now and then, but I always feel so much happier, positive and confident when I'm productive. You'd think that'd make things easier, but it doesn't. I guess I'm still struggling to find a good balance between work and play and my "offline" work verses my online work. It's been challenging trying to manage everything as I am such a procrastinator, but just when I think I've run out of ideas or I have a deadline to meet, I get a burst of inspiration to keep me going. I love being an organised person, but creativity doesn't always have a set schedule for me. I'm hoping once I move to Melbourne and get a full time job, it'll put my mind at ease to have accomplished two of my biggest goals and give me more of an organised schedule to go by. At the moment, I do shift work, which is the worst to plan your life around, and I think I just need a good, set routine to be able to do all the things I want to.
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past month, you may have heard of a little online magazine called A Little Opulent. It's run by the lovely ladies, Jen and Rebecca, and I am so, so honoured to be a permanent contributor to the Culture & Entertainment section. I must've had a mini freakout when Jen e-mailed me asking me to a part of the team and I knew this was an opportunity I just couldn't let slip away. I'm so excited to be working with two of my favourite blogger girlies and along side some of the most talented bloggers, photographers, illustrators, writers and all round creative people out there. It's really inspiring to see two young ladies go after their dreams and as I have my own goals and dreams that I really want to accomplish this year, it only encourages me to work hard and to do the same.
I had one band stuck on repeat for the entirety of April and that was Glass Animals. I discovered them through my favourite Australian music news website, FasterLouder, who I basically owe my life to for introducing me to so many wonderful, wonderful bands. Gooey is my jam at the moment - so dreamy and so irresistibly sexy. I'm definitely feeling those "peanut butter vibes". In Australian music, my band, Cut Copy, released a 10" for Record Store Day and I'm absolutely loving the song, In These Arms Of Love. I actually bought the record as it was limited to 2000 copies and I'm so excited to finally own my first vinyl! My brother likes to call me a hipster, but whatever. I also discovered up and coming band, Panama, and I see big things happening for this little Aussie gem. Check out Strange Feeling, which is just so damn catchy and puts me in such a good mood. As for newly released albums, my two favourites were Luminous by The Horrors and Singles by Future Islands.
Film and television
I have such a backlog of film and television that I need to catch up on, but now that I contribute to the Culture & Entertainment section of a magazine, I feel as if I can watch all the TV and movies and very much justify it as work. I felt as if I could relax a bit more last month seeing as I achieved one of my biggest goals and I did actually manage to watch a number of movies, two of my favourites being Don Jon and The Kings Of Summer. Don Jon was Joseph Gordon-Levitt's first directorial debut and I think he did a really great job with this funny and heartfelt film. The Kings Of Summer is a coming-of-age film about three teenage boys who run away from home and from the cast, the acting and to the music, this film was just superb. Obviously, the standout actors for me were Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, who are just the most awesome Hollywood couple ever. Seriously. Can they adopt me and make me laugh all day, please? I've loved Megan Mullally ever since Will & Grace and Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation is just one of the best things to ever happen to TV. I love seeing these two work together and as I haven't caught up with the new season of Parks and Rec just yet, I'm really hoping there are more Megan Mullally guest appearances.
1. Glass Animals - Gooey
2. Teen Daze - Tokyo Winter
3. Friendly Fires & The Asphodells - Before Your Eyes
4. Panama - Strange Feeling
5. Small Black - Consequences
6. The Horrors - So Now You Know
7. Glass Animals - Psylla
8. Teen Daze - Paradiso
9. Panama - Destroyer
10. Future Islands - Back In The Tall Grass
11. Cut Copy - In These Arms Of Love