It’s been a while since I donated my time and I decided that I should.  There have been many different ideas rattling round but I decided I wanted to do something soon.  I submitted to Wanderlust in the City for Auckland and thankfully, they accepted me.  I’ll be helping out at the festival, and this to me is just awesome. I’ve been super psyched about Wanderlust hitting our shores and have thought about how much I want to go.  When I started to think about volunteering, I didn’t immediately think to do it for Wanderlust, because I wanted to attend, and then I realised, wouldn’t it be great to attend by giving? I decided to change what I think I wanted my Wanderlust experience to be, and I want to help the organisers put on a great event, and I want to positively impact attendees too.

I definitely need to think harder about my time this year and how I can make time to volunteer some more this year.

I’m now considering how else I can help out, starting with my hair.  I think I might chop and donate it before the end of this year.  Lastly, I will continue to donate to the organisations that my husband and I have already nominated.



Eat: Watermelon Salad

Summer is officially over in NZ.  We’re in Autumn now, but the watermelons are still available at the markets and grocery stores.

I’m big into eating as much fruit as I can throughout the summer and I’m also big on eating light, fresh, filling meals.

So I made a watermelon salad and wanted to share.

Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad

Anyway its super simple to make and is ready in under 15 minutes, depending on how quick

you are in the kitchen I guess.

Watermelon Salad

  • 1 watermelon cut up into bite size cubes
  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled I like the crumbly greek style kind but choose your favourite. Also add more or less cheese dependent upon your tastes or preferences
  • 1 bag baby spinach (or any mix of greens you prefer)
  • 1 small to medium red onion, cut in half and super skinny
  • 1 bunch of mint, now you can choose to leave it as full leaves or slice them into threads
  • Pepper and salt to taste
  • and a glug of olive oil, or any oil you prefer

Toss it all together and this is what you get, a delicious, easy, yummy, summer salad, that you even enjoy on those warm autumn nights.

If when you chop up the watermelon, you feel like you have too much for salad, here are my ideas on what to do with the extra.

  1. eat the extra as a sweet snack
  2. put the excess in a blender, it’ll turn into watermelon juice and drink up.
  3. or if you’re not into having a fresh glass of juice, then put them into popsicle moulds and freeze for a treat.
  4. freeze the cubes to add to a smoothie
Another picture of our salad

Another picture of our salad

The burn out

Yup that's how I felt.

Yup that’s how I felt.

I haven’t written a word since my attempt at 30 posts in 30 days.  I took a break in the beginning because I felt like I needed one.  And then the break just continued to get longer and longer and before I knew it, it was March, and here I am.  Part of it was silly too.  The longer I didn’t write the worse I felt about returning.

But here’s what I realised. It doesn’t matter. I’m only beginning this journey and for part of this journey I was meant to take a break, re-evaluate and then come to terms with what I’m more than likely capable of doing.  So here I am.