We’re here for a good time, not a long time; New York, Bondi and beyond 😝

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Back on Aussie turf

On Sunday I landed back in glorious Sydney after my first ever trip to New York – a trip that I can only describe as ”one of the best experiences of my entire life to date”.

You can often find me ”having the best day ever” but New York was next level – it really was something else.

In a word it was EVERYTHING.

I will be writing a post dedicated to New York, New York but for now I just wanted to share a few things that have happened lately plus a grateful look ahead.


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Bondi loving

Since my last post I am now a fully fledged Bondi babe (again;) and am well settled into my new home.

When I packed for the move I did a huge clear out and donated various bags to charity – however now I have unpacked I still feel I have way too much stuff.

It kind of makes me feel a bit sick looking at it to be honest! That sh*t has gotta go! Realistically; I only ‘need’ what I love, use and treasure.

Over the next week or so I will keep going through everything and taking more to the charity shop – if your stuff is too nice to simply chuck away it is always best to pay it forward.

Moving back to Bondi has come at the perfect time – my heart feels full just being there. That’s the best way I can describe how I feel about where I am – it’s where I am meant to be.


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Read more = Be a Badass βœ”οΈ

I have mentioned this book before now but if you haven’t checked it out yet; please heed my advice and give You are a Badass by Jen Sincero a whirl.

I have read it once fully and probably 3 or 4 times re-skimming. It is uplifting and inspiring with so many key points ”making sense” on every page.

It’s a book that will positively change your life, I am so glad it found me a few weeks ago. I am a firm believer that books ‘find you’ – the more I open my eyes to reading, the more the ‘perfect for me right now’ books appear to be literally falling into my lap.

On my flights to and from New York I read and slept. I came home with 3 extra books, which I will share once I have dug into them.

Getting lost in literature made a welcome change rather than watching films – my mind even further expanded on this trip!


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Hands up if you LOVE New York πŸ™Œ

Well! New York!

I feel like so much happened both physically; in regards to what I saw and did but also mentally; in regards to how I felt when I arrived vs. how I felt when I left.

New York opened my eyes.Β  The people, the way of life, the neverending energy, the bazillion options to do anything you want 24hrs a day, the history, standing in the spots where 911 actually happened.


I feel like my time in the Big Apple gave me a renewed perspective on life – in a way that all other places I have been before have not.

And that’s a few places – let’s be fair, I haven’t been everywhere (by a long shot!!) but I am rather well-travelled since leaving the UK behind in January 2014.

New York made me feel like a very little person in a big ol’ world and therefore made any problems I may have had seem tiny and irrelevant. The vastness of the city engulfed me and reminded me there’s a huge universe out there!

There is just so much going on, I got truly swept away by the grandeur of it all.

We have unlimited opportunities to see and do so many amazing things we shouldn’t waste any time with hang ups, worries or fears.

Life will pay us well if we take a leaf from a New Yorker’s book – get out there and live!


I felt the energy of the city vibrate through me; the heat, the noises, the raw life at every spot in eyesight.

If you were looking at something unreal in front of you, you were missing something epic behind you – New York was overbearing and I thrived on it.

I had so many random conversations with complete strangers from all walks of life, literally no one knew where Wales was.

They had heard of London and they were interested in Sydney (because Australia!;) – but basically New York is the centre of the earth to New Yorker’s – and I can’t say I blame them.

I genuinely felt a little sad when I was packing my bags to leave and today I feel like I miss the place! I guess I will always miss it a little bit.

I left excited to return one day – next time I’d like to see more of America too – watch this space, maybe next year 🀞


If you have never been but ever have the chance to go, PLEASE ”do New York” once in your life – you owe it to yourself to experience the most unbelievable city in the world.

Proper post to follow on the City of Dreams as I have many things I LOVED and also a few things that really surprised me that I wanted to share but for now, let’s just say – it was EVERYTHING and it’s good to be home, real good!


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What’s next? πŸ‘€

  1. Grinding – getting it done in work and learning every day as I go. I am like a sponge and always glean as much information as I can from everyone who crosses my professional path. I’ve been with Learn to Trade a year next week, the longest job I’ve had since I finished working in London in December 2013!!
  2. Back into training twice a week with Jax and three times a week in my own time. I am super-looking-forward to all the outdoor running/ training I am going to get done now that Summer is well on her way! 1st Sept = first day of Spring! πŸŽ‰
  3. Celebrating the big 33! It’s my birthyayyy next week, Sunday 26th August! I’m off to visit my family in Singapore – can’t wait to see them all! πŸ’“
  4. Continuing to make the most of every day!
  5. Being grateful for what is!

If you have Instagram you can check out my ”New York πŸ—½” story highlight on my page for a taste of what went down in NYC. Get me there @LaraLain

Thank you for reading! Have a great day ☺️

@LaraLain

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