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October 3, 2016
Makenna Alyse | Life Down Under

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As amazing as moving across the world and living in a new country is, I really struggled the first couple of months of being here. I grew up and lived in the same town my whole life and had always wanted to move somewhere else full of new people and new opportunities. Since I was 13 I wanted out of the town I grew up in, so when Aaron came to me and asked “what about Sydney, Australia?” it took little convincing and within a month we were packed up and moved out to another country. I had never even visited before, I knew very few people from Sydney, and was a little bit terrified of change. Luckily for me, Australia isn’t a totally foreign place with a new language and strange foods (but I have to say Vegemite is questionable), and the people are genuinely kind. Despite all this though, I found myself feeling very isolated and very lonely and felt so out of place watching my friends from home carry on with their lives without me in it and wondering “where do I fit into their lives anymore”? So I planned a trip back to America for my friends wedding and mostly just to spend some time with my friends and family that I was comfortable with.

When I got back home, it was so nice to spend time with my family and a few close friends that really made an effort to see me, but I couldn’t shake this feeling that I just didn’t belong there anymore. After a few days I realized that I had kind of cut myself off from really enjoying my new  life, new friendships, and new adventures because I was holding on so tightly to my old life. Even if you aren’t in the middle of a massive change or a move from one end of the world to another,  I think a lot of us do this. It’s so easy to get caught in what is comfortable and convenient rather than opening ourselves up to new exciting adventures because it pushes us out of our comfort zones. Change can be scary but it can also be a hell of a lot of fun if we let it be.

With that being said, let me tell you about our new life here. Aaron is working for a new company and absolutely loves it there. The Australians really have the whole work/life balance thing figured out. Finished with your work by Friday? No need to stay, go for a surf at 3:30, you don’t need to stay if you have it finished. As I said earlier, people here are so friendly. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been out shopping or at dinner and had people recognize my American accent and ask how I am doing or how I like it here and just sit and chat with me, or when I’m at a shop and ask for a fitting room and get “oh no drama babe! Let me know what I can do for you.” The lifestyle here is so laid back. Aaron and I go to the beach every weekend and every beach I have seen so far is stunning. The food is AMAZING, seriously it’s dangerous because me and Aaron have kind of become self proclaimed foodies. My favorite part of our move has been decorating my new home. We really lucked out with where we live. We are right across the Harbour from the Sydney Opera House (like you can see it from our window right across) and live very close to public transportation so don’t have cars. Sydney is super easy to get around with public transport and we take the ferries mostly everywhere. Funny fact about Australians, they actually say G’Day Mate, and have the best slang which I have kind of picked up on. No one owns a pet kangaroo (I haven’t even seen one yet actually), NO you do not see killer spiders and snakes everywhere (again haven’t even seen any of that), Koala bears unfortunately do not just roam the streets, not everywhere in Australia looks like the outback, and NO ONE says “throw another shrimp on the barbie!”, they actually call shrimp prawns. BUT if you do come to Australia, do expect to see heaps of tan old men in Speedos (no matter what season it is!).

Honestly life here is incredible. Aaron and I don’t necessarily have a long term plan, to be honest we never do, if you told me we would be living in Australia a year ago I wouldn’t believe you, but I would be very happy to live here for a long time. If you’re thinking about moving to or visiting Aus, DO IT. And message me when you do because I would be happy to meet up or give you a list of mine and Aaron’s favorite places or things to do.

And about my blogging absence, I love blogging. I love feeling like something I can share might be able to help or inspire maybe even ONE person, but sometimes it’s so easy to get caught up in the competition that comes with bloggers. I constantly compare myself to other people, thinking what I have to say or post isn’t as good or important as someone else or my pictures aren’t good enough, etc. But I realized that’s not what blogging is about. Blogging is about sharing what you have and what you know and reaching out to people in hopes that what you have to say and share might benefit or inspire someone. Not about whose outfit is better or has most Instagram followers. I got caught up in what kind of blogger I should be.  SO, tell me. I am starting over and I want to know, what is it that you would like to see? Are you into fashion posts? Do you want to know more about my life/lifestyle? Would you like to see more videos of Aaron and I in our adventures? What is it that you guys are most interested in? YOU inspire ME, so I want to know how can I inspire YOU?

Thanks for following along on my long life story, if you’ve made it this far, you deserve a donut. Now I’ve got to get back to 2 weeks worth of laundry and get some groceries because we are currently living off of cereal, yay for real life! Have a great week.




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  • Reply Courtney October 4, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    I love your honesty here and I love reading about your new adventure in Australia! Since you asked, I love hearing about lifestyle and home stuff…and I obviously love seeing photos of Australia! I’m dying to visit!

    PS. Please just keep being you, because we love it!

  • Reply Liz D October 4, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Hi Makenna! Just found your blog through Insta and its like you and I share a brain! 😉 The hubs, baby and I picked up from NY and have been in the Bondi area for about 2 months now. Basically…I completely understand how you feel :) At the end of the day you and I are both extremely fortunate to be able to be down under. Looking forward to more blog posts! I’m interested in fashion and travel posts, myself!

    Gday new mate! Xo, Liz

    • Reply October 5, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      No way! We need to be friends. haha man, aren’t we lucky to live in such a beautiful place?! Thanks so much for your feedback, I really appreciate it! xoxo

  • Reply Karlie Rae @karlierae October 4, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Makenna! Wow I loved this post so much. I love the life posts as well as your adventures with Aaron! And always incorporating fashion into everything :) love following! Thank you for being so real Xo

    • Reply October 5, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      You are so kind. So glad you liked the post and my honesty! thank you for following <3

  • Reply Caitlin October 4, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    I love hearing about your life and videos are always the absolute best! That encorporated with your amazing fashion sense, of course! Keep doing you, and don’t worry about everyone else. Love your blog and you and your husband are adorable!

  • Reply Alex October 4, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Just moved to another state and feel the same way. I can’t imagine a whole country away. Thank you for reading my mind, haven’t been able to express myself but you nailed it. Motivated to try new things and meet new people. Xx

    • Reply October 5, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Moving to a new state is just as scary! So glad that my words helped you. Enjoy it while you can! xoxo

  • Reply Whylei bennett October 4, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Hi makenna! I love when you do like apartment tours and decorating tips. Your style is insane! Also, I think more about what activities you do in Australia would be cool. I hope stuff keeps looking up for you! You’re so creative and when I look at other bloggers profile I never think, “oh there’s is better that so & so’s” you bring something completely unique and that’s why I like you and they all bring uniqueness in their own way and that’s why I like them. You’re the coolest, don’t forget it!
    Ps we have the same birthday!

    • Reply October 5, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      I’m actually thinking about putting together an apartment tour/decorating tips video so I love your idea! Thank you so much for your kind words. You’re right. Everyone is unique and we should just run with that, not compare ourselves to others. You’re amazing birthday twin <3

  • Reply Abbey October 5, 2016 at 1:04 am

    Thank you for this post! I lived in Utah and couldn’t wait to get out, even though it is wonderful. Just a month ago my husband and I moved to the U.K., and I’ve been having the same waves of emotion and feelings you expressed. This is helping me remember to be open to the new opportunities and new life. I guess we just have to remember to be present, because one day we could be missing THIS life! Your move has been so helpful to me from the beginning, thanks Makenna!

    • Reply October 5, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      I am seriously so happy to hear that. It kind of helps to know that someone else has felt the same way you feel. You’re so right, enjoy it while you can or you’ll look back and regret that you didn’t take on such an amazing opportunity head on in the future. Best of luck to you and your husband in the UK!

  • Reply Anabelle October 5, 2016 at 3:48 am

    Hi!! Just wanted to say thank you so much for this post, I’m going to college across the country and have been feeling homesick and this really helped. I love your fashion & travel/lifestyle posts!!

    • Reply October 5, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      I’m so so glad my words helped, even if it’s just a little bit. Change is scary and hard, but when we take it head on, that’s when it gets fun! Good luck with school! It gets better, I promise. xoxo

  • Reply Emily October 5, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I miss you being here in Utah! I would always go to the mall and hope to run into you. Creepy, no? 😂 I love everything you’ve shared before. Share everything you feel comfortable sharing! Don’t limit it to fashion, beauty, etc. because that gets redundant and boring, really fast.

    • Reply October 5, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      haha not creepy at all! I would have loved to run into you! I agree on the fashion and beauty thing. That’s the great thing about blogging, right? You don’t have to limit yourself to one thing. Thank you for your feedback!

  • Reply Katie October 5, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Hi Makenna!!! So glad life is turning out splendidly in Australia! I love your style, so if you continue to have fashion in your blogs that would be great! Also your lifestyle and travel. Maybe makeup tutorials would be cool to watch as well.

    • Reply October 5, 2016 at 5:07 pm

      Hi Katie! Thank you for your suggestions! I really appreciate feedback from you guys. xoxo

  • Reply Alli October 8, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I love your blog!! I’ve been following your blog for over a year now. I love reading about your life and how it continues to bloom. I love your posts about your makeup routine, everyday outfits, and maybe add in some perks of living in Australia? I would love to see what you and your hubby do for fun there. Best of luck to you and your exciting adventure. xx

  • Reply Becca Chandos October 22, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Makenna, I’ve just seen that you’ve posted again! I’ve missed your posts. I appreciate your honesty in this. As a 17 year old girl, I myself get caught up in the trap of comparison and it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one. It’s nice to hear that even bloggers who have seemingly perfect lives, struggle with things to. I’ve loved following your life and I’m excited for your guys’ new adventures. I personally love seeing your fashion and lifestyle posts!

    Also, I would love to chat with you sometime about being a blogger and how you became one. I have been interested in starting a blog, but don’t quite know how to start so I would love to chat with you about it!

  • Reply Tami Bowman November 7, 2016 at 6:08 am

    You posted a picture of a criss-crossed sweater that has been pinned (Pinterest) several times. The background is a fall picture with golden leaves on the ground. Can you tell us where to find this sweater or the pattern for it?

    • Reply November 18, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      this post is over 2 years old, so the sweater will no longer be available. I purchased it at Free People 2 years ago but have seen a similar sweater at

  • Reply Katy November 10, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    I’ve also moved to Sydney from SLC with my husband. I too get waves of homesickness! I’m so glad I’m not alone in that. Helps to keep myself busy! This might be an odd question but do you have a new hairstylist or salon in Sydney? I’m looking for recommendations!

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