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Thursday, 27 May 2010

five years time

The lovely Lou, Boos and shoes tagged me to complete a "five years time" meme.  She's one of my favourite and inspiring bloggers.  Do check her blog out.

Where were you five years ago?

In 2005 I was a university student.  I lived in Brisbane with my parents and my little brother (whom I miss very very VERY much).  I was preparing for end of semester exams.  I spent 6 weeks in Europe in January/February and was set to go to America in July, so I was probably also having my pennies.  The trip was only short as it was during semester, 5 days in Seattle for a wedding and also a week in San Francisco.  Unfortunately I have lost 90% of my photos from that 5 year period.  But I do have the photos from that trip...

The wedding

Seattle skyline (my first digital camera was fantastic!!! I miss it!)

A very large, king size bed at Park Hyatt Seattle.  And a bottle of Cetaphil for my dry, dry legs on the bed side table.

My nose & the Seattle space needle

Golden Gate bridge on a rare clear day in SF - it was the middle of the summer and TOTALLY freezing in SF!

The famous Haight & Ashbury Street intersection

Where would you like to be five years from now?

I will have turned 30 and hopefully be settled into life, whatever that may mean.  I have had a very tumultuous and unpredictable few years and whatever I imagined myself doing, has been twisted by my destiny.  Right now I am living life year by year, planning only the short term.   I'm trying to have no expectations... My life really has been a box of chocolates (you never know what you're going to get)

What is on your to do list today?

  • fix the internet at home, which keeps dropping out
  • finish reading a month's worth of newspaper articles that I am archiving for inspiration
  • study... sigh
  • order textbooks for next semester
  • find a gift for my friend's 40th, which is tomorrow!

What five snacks do you enjoy?
  • Nuts
  • Fruit
  • Green tea (instead of a snack!)
  • Cheese
  • Peanut M&Ms

What would you do if you were a billionaire?

I would help everyone who needed it.  I always wish I had more so I could give more to my family & friends... I wish I could fly my parents down to see me on a whim, I wish I could buy my friends better birthday presents....

Extreme wealth does not really interest me.  I work with HUGE sums of money on a daily basis that I have become totally oblivious and ignorant to the topic.  I see situations where money has ruined people - they may live in a mansion, drive a luxury car and carry a Birkin, but they owe 90% against their house, have $34 in their account and all of their investments are about 3 weeks away from being called in.  Other wealthy people shower once a week and drive a 1995 Lancer.  Money is a funny thing.  Don't get me wrong, I love the finer things in life, but most of us can have those things if we budget and invest our money wisely.  The trick is not to live beyond your means.  

But heck, this is a blog, so at least for a year, I would help those that I know who need it, and travel the world and buy myself whatever I wanted, until the novelty wore off.

I could never sit and do nothing, doing nothing gets old after 4 days... the brain craves development and challenges.... knowledge... power.  

I pass this meme on the following intriguing blogs - where will you be in five years time?

Semi Expat
Inspiration in Italy
This Free Bird - a newly discovered blog that I adore
Sydney Shop Girl
Lemons and Laundry

All lovely blogs that you must check out xx


  1. I was so engrossed reading this and enjoying your photos from five years ago etc. and reading about what you want to do in five years and was thinking...hmmm what will I be doing and where will I be then and then, lo and behold I see you have tagged me !! Really will have to get thinking now! Loved your post. x

  2. Hi - great post - it's always nice to get to know a little more about someone. I think your comments on money are fascinating! As you say - wealth is not always what it seems and if we all kept to the rule of buying what you can afford, well maybe things would all work abit better in the world! And on SFC - when I went there it was freezing cold too - must be that wind across the bay... Louise x

  3. Oh my gosh, I came to visit because I basically love your blog (and you even though realize that sounds very strange I mean it in the most harmless way ever:)) - and was about to leave a gushing comment because I used to live on a small island south of Seattle and your pictures caused me to TASTE the memories in the back of my throat and in my heart...when I saw that you mentioned my blog too.

    Thank you so much for the entire post. Truly lovely - all of it!! Okay, I have got to get back to work now!! xo

  4. Thanks for giving this to me! I am excited to do it.

    :) Marcie

  5. Thank you!

    I love your response. Very personal and well written.

    I will respond tonight.

    Have a great weekend.

    SSG xxx

  6. ps - i'm looking forward to doing this hopefully over the weekend!! woohoo! i've read yours 3x now!

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  8. This was so fun to read! I'm sorry I'm a bit late in responding, but I'm SO excited you tagged me...thank you! I'm going to post this next week. I didn't know that you too were connected to Seattle!!! 2005 sounds like a pretty eventful year for your family. The wedding looks beautiful! Your photos are making me excited for my trip there next month too. :)


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