Christmas Abroad Tips

No matter what your religion (or non-religion) Christmas time usually equates to being with loved ones, celebrating with loved ones, enjoying carols, good food and giving; presence or presents with loved ones.

Being abroad for Christmas can be so incredibly exciting (and perhaps a little daunting) especially being in the opposite hemisphere. Perhaps it’s a new Summer Christmas experience for you sipping on a cool beverage by the beach or pool with ongoing cricket challenges. Perhaps it’s a first ‘White Christmas’ with Christmas sweaters on the top of your list to buy before Advent.

This is my first ‘Winter Christmas’ and the entire lead up has been so fulfilling and exciting for me. Growing up, I’ve always watched the Christmas movies with snow, goofy sweaters and watching the film characters getting cosy by the fire places with a glass of chosen beverage in hand.

It can be hard being away from your home, your family and your Christmas traditions though. I know I’ve had my moments of thoughts creeping in and feeling that pang BUT I am also wanting to make the most of this Christmas abroad and experience it as such. 

Here are some tips to help:

Look up the traditional Christmas rituals where you are living and also within your workplace. Note: Secret Santa, whether you give presents on the 24th or the 25th, enjoying winter markets or ice skating.

Do they wear certain things or have  acitivites leading up to Christmas that you can do? Think: Christmas sweaters or shirts.


Organise an orphan’s Christmas party with others in the same position as you. If you don’t know anyone, keep an eye out on social media pages such as the ‘Aussies in London’ Facebook group. Our housemates are all Aussies so we all chipped in for an Aussie Orphan’s Christmas lunch at ours in the true English manner with a roast and home-made mulled wine! *This will be an annual recipe although perhaps we will have  Christmas in July in Australia so it’s cool enough outside to enjoy it!

​Be excited about your upcoming unique Christmas experience. You know it is a one-off so make the most of it! Wear those goofy Christmas sweaters with pride! 

Talk to your loved ones back home. Naturally, you may feel a little low but just remember that you are having an incredible experience and are making memories. Remember to be grateful of your opportunity. 

Admittedly, I’ve been so fortunate this year as my mum flew all the way to London from Australia for a week before Christmas. We gave her a taste of the Winter Christmas too, topped with a Christmas sweater, of course! She left on the 21st and on the 24th Kurt and I will be flying to Latvia to spend Christmas there with friends. We are incredibly excited for this trip. New Year will then be celebrated in Edinburgh for Hogmanay. 


Please, if you’ve had a Christmas abroad, I’d love to know your experiences or perhaps you can add some more helpful tips! 

Merry Christmas Everyone! xo

Body Confidence Squad Goals

SQUAD GOALS!

There is a dark side to social media. As much as I love it, this is the reality. FEMPOWER however, challenge this and are the ultimate #girlsquad.

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@whatroseyate and I being ‘FEMPOWERED’ 💪

It is so important to remember that most of the time, people like to portray the best parts of their lives on social media… The best images (#guilty), the best angles (you know, take 50 selfies, keep and post the ‘best’ one) and the best experiences. You scroll through Instagram and see picture after picture of model-type women (and men) with ‘perfect’ physiques. This is something I can appreciate because I like to follow a number of #strong and ‘fitspo’ women who work hard for their physiques but it is also concerning for myself and other women, teenagers and girls because I know there are times when I compare myself to them. I feel concerned for my younger, impressionable sisters and nieces that they too will face it and believe they must look a certain way instead of loving themselves for who they are, what they look like and importantly, what they can achieve.

 

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Yesterday I attended an Empowering Women’s event at the beautiful Lorna Jane Active Living Room in Covent Garden, London. Melissa Weldon, founder of FEMPOWER, led the panel which included Philippa Lewis from the Be Real Campaign. Five courageous women shared their personal experiences and growth stories, all in relation to abolishing negative body image beliefs and empowering women to believe that they are in fact, ‘enough’. These ladies had unique stories and looking around the room (and reading Instagram posts), you could see that the remaining 4o women in the audience were touched and inspired in some way by the panelists.

Melissa Weldon then led a killer HIIT workout in Saint Martin’s Courtyard… The tunes were pumping, the FEMPOWER squad were joining in, dancing and cheering us all on. My legs feel like jelly today! It was SO.MUCH.FUN and an incredibly supportive atmosphere. After some alcoholic beverages the night before, it was a great way to help shake off a hangover too. 😉

Everyone left with goodie bags, FITTY boxes, a Protein Haus smoothie and some with a Bol salad. Ahhhmaaazing! The goodie bags were incredible! Take a look… I am set for a while!

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The best thing was that all proceeds went to the Be Real Campaign charity. One of the areas Be Real focuses on is educating people from a young age; their aim is for children to have a “body confident start to life”. As a teacher, a big sister, an aunty and hopefully a future mum, this made my heart sing.

Job well done to Lorna Jane UK for walking the talk with your move, nourish, believe philosophy, to FEMPOWER & Be Real for inspiring women like myself to accept that we are enough.

Links:

FEMPOWER: http://www.fempoweruk.com

Be Real: http://www.berealcampaign.co.uk

Lorna Jane UK: https://www.lornajane.co.uk

Lorna Jane Aus: https://www.lornajane.com.au