What happened to Maryann?! FYI: I’m still alive and well :)

Published April 8, 2014 by Maryann Kate


Wow, so where has the time gone?!! Tomorrow will mark my 9th week of being in Australia! Has it been that long already?? At the present moment, I’m sitting in my room at the hostel in Canberra and I am the most happy that I have been in a LONG time. Finally!

Australia has been wonderful and I have had many highlights here so far. Driving the Great Ocean Road was one of the best times of my life. During that adventure, I got the chance (the first of many to come) to walk through a rainforest, I spotted real live koala bears in the wild, AND I got to drive on the opposite side of the road (on one of the world’s most challenging roads if I may add). Apollo Bay, a city located off the Great Ocean Road, was one of my absolute favorites so far. It was so quiet and beautiful. A great place to chill out and relax. Then there was Katoomba/Blue Mountains (which is a city 2 hours west of Sydney). That was another amazing place with breathtaking scenery and waterfalls. Oh and how could I forget my most recent excursion to Uluru/Ayers Rock. That was the trip of a lifetime and my mental and physical strength was tested multiple times throughout that 3 day tour. I reaffirmed to myself just how strong and brave I am. I learned heaps about the aboriginal culture, I got to experience the real life outback and camp under the most amazing night sky I have ever seen (it looked like the entire galaxy of stars was above me) and our tour guide drove our bus into the outback in an attempt to drive threw a dust devil (which is similar to a tornado but much smaller and less dangerous). I’ve met so many great people along the way and I’ve had so many great experiences thus far.

So, you’ve probably been wondering, why on earth has it taken over a month to update this blog?! Well, to be completely honest, I’m not exactly sure what happened for the last 6 weeks. I kind of fell into a negative place and I had to pull myself out of it and force myself to move forward. I’ve come to a huge realization that I am not meant to live in a big city. I feel that I lose my sense of direction and my true purpose when I’m surrounded by too much noise and chaos. I stayed in Sydney for about 2 weeks and Melbourne for a whopping 6 weeks! However, I didn’t listen to my heart. In both places, I got caught up in the routine day to day life and became too comfortable. If I was looking to stay in my comfort zone, I could’ve stayed in New York. But I came to Australia to push myself outside my comfort zone and to experience a different way of living. So why did I stay in Melbourne for sooo long? One word…FEAR. I was afraid of moving forward so I stayed where I was and became more miserable and angry each day. That is until I got to the point where I said enough is enough (with some guidance/coaching from my friends and you know who you are).

I impulsively booked the trip to Uluru and ignited the fire from within. It was the spark that I needed to put things in motion. It made me uncomfortable again (which is a very good thing). Two days ago, I booked a hop on hop off bus from Melbourne to Cairns (which is a journey all the way up the east coast of Australia). I decided that my first stop would be Canberra, which is the capital of Australia and located halfway between Melbourne and Sydney. This was the city that I had wanted to visit before I even got to Australia. It’s known to have many lightworkers and to be the heart chakra of Australia. It’s a very spiritual place.

I’m going on record, right here and now, that I am the happiest and most excited that I have been during my entire stay in Australia so far (no exaggeration). I am vibrating extremely high 🙂

Here are some highlights from Day 1 in Canberra:

*First song I heard was ‘Power of Love’ by Huey Lewis and The News (aka Back To The Future theme song and one of my favs)

*The hostel is AMAZING! It has a pool, a rooftop terrace, a clean kitchen, huge dorm rooms, multiple TV lounges, beautiful bathrooms with rain showerheads, and cheap prices with free WIFI included!

*There is a supermarket here called Supabarn. Best. Supermarket. Ever! It had so much healthy/organic food that I thought I was in Whole Foods 🙂

*The trees are decorated with lights and look so beautiful at night and there is a multicolor lighted water fountain too.

*The city is quiet, serene, and charming. Plus, the weather is perfect and feels cool like Autumn (which I absolutely love).

*There is an amazing Italian bakery and an awesome mall that reminds me of Roosevelt Field (but less busy).

Yeah, Canberra just feels better to me. You can really feel the positive energy surging through the air. I could definitely see myself coming back here to work one day. But I will keep my promise to myself. I will keep moving along up the east coast to explore and see as much as I can within the next 90 days. Next stop is Sydney and I will be doing some touristy things that I didn’t do the first time around (i.e. Botanical Gardens, Manly Beach). I’m also returning to the Blue Mountains because there are a few things I still need to see there as well.

From this point forward, I am going to listen to my heart. If I get strong negative emotions in one place, I will try to discover why that is occurring. Happiness begins from within. If we are filled with happiness and love on the inside and then it will reflect back to us through our experiences. I am so grateful for Canberra because it has given me a renewed sense of hope for Australia (I was so excited last night that I was acting like a 5 year old at Walt Disney World). I will be updating more frequently and creating a picture account so I can share all of my photos throughout my journey. I love you all as always and until next time…

Much love and light to all of you!



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