Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for the Introverted Couple

Even though this blog started as a way to share our fondest memories of the adventures we go on, Daniel and I are not very going out people. We’re quite introverted; we only have a few close friends, and we rarely go out – even with our friends – but that’s just how we prefer to spend our time.

Daniel doesn’t have many interests that he can’t indulge in whilst at home (apart from animals, we don’t have pets so we love going to the zoo and aquarium together!), and my fear of crowds and unknown places keeps me happily at home most weekends.

However, there are certain times of the year where even we think: well, we better do something special, because it’d be a shame to have an ordinary night on an occasion like this. This led to a few uncomfortable (for me) and disappointing dinners at restaurants where the food is overpriced and doesn’t even taste good, until we realised that the whole fancy dinner thing just isn’t “us”.

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So, we compromised: we’d still celebrate the special occasions, but our way, not how other people think we should celebrate. With Valentine’s Day coming up, this got me thinking about all the other introverted couples out there who feel obligated to go out to fancy dinners purely out of peer pressure, not because they genuinely want to. This post is for those couples.

The couples who just enjoy being together, and don’t need to spend a heap of money, or do something elaborate to show the other people how much they care for them, but who still want to do something to mark a special occasion.

These are just some of mine and Daniel’s favourite things to do together during a special occasion, or even just for a regular date night. Let me know which activity is your favourite at-home date ideas!Read More »

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Thank U, Next: Things I Have Learned From My Exes

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since the beginning of November, chances are you’ve heard of Ariana Grande’s new song, thank u, next. If not, you should really check it out.

I’ve always thought Ariana is an unbelievably talented singer, but none of her songs have ever really stood out to me or made me want to play them on repeat, until this one.

It’s probably got to do with the fact that I actually know the story behind it – which always makes a song 10x more interesting in my opinion – but regardless of the reason, it’s a pretty great song.

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For those who haven’t heard it, it’s a song about most of Ariana’s exes, and the things they taught her. It’s actually really sweet, as she seems genuinely thankful for the relationships that she’s been in, but it’s also wonderfully sassy in the way that it’s saying “thanks for what we had, but I’m ready to move on now – NEXT!”.

Somewhere around the 30th time I listened to this song, I had the inspiration for this post, as I do think it is important to remember the past and that every bad situation would have taught you something in the long run, even if it took you a while to realise it. I also wanted to write this post as a lot of people – in real life and online – like to say how lucky I am to be in a perfect relationship.

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For the record, I agree 100%. I am super head over heels in love with my boyfriend, who I’ve been with for over 5 years, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been to hell and back with men before. I’ve only had three relationships in the past that I would actually “count”, but all three of them were… not the best, to say the least.Read More »

5 Moments for 5 Years

Anyone that knows me in real life or on the internet, knows how much I adore my boyfriend, Daniel. He is my favourite person in the world, and he has the biggest heart out of anyone I know. Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of amazing people in my life (despise being the distant, thanks-but-I’d-rather-stay-home person that I am), but no one has ever cared for me as much as Daniel does.

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Today, June 24th, marks our fifth anniversary together, so of course I had to write a post to celebrate! Last year I shared our relationship in numbers which was a lot of fun, and I guess I’m doing something similar this year, but it’s pretty fitting as Daniel is quite a whiz with numbers (unlike me!).

I understand that not everyone enjoys reading relationship posts, but I recommend you at least take a look at the title of these five moments from the last five years that I’ll be talking about today, and you might see a fraction of how much of an angel Daniel really is – particularly when you get to the last one! ☺️

When he moved out of home – and 4 hours away – to be with me.

Daniel and I reminisce a lot about the decisions we made together as teenagers that are so clearly not the kind of decisions we should have been making back then, but we wouldn’t have the amazing relationship we have now had we not taken some risks. Risks such as when his mum allowed me to move in with them whilst my mum stayed with some friends in Melbourne – four hours away from where we currently lived – to find a house for the three of us to live in.

She eventually found one, and then we moved in. This was all while we were 17 and 18-years-old, and only a couple months into our relationship. I understand if alarm bells are going off in your head as you’re reading this, but everything turned out perfectly, and we would not both currently be in university or have the plans we have for ourselves now if we hadn’t made that move.Read More »