My Australia Bucket List

My Australia Bucket List

With my upcoming trip to Australia, I've made a list of the top 5 places I can't wait to visit all under 3 hours of my apartment!


We're getting closer and closer to the take off, 60 days away people! That means the countdown is on for real so in order to prepare, I'm starting a list of the top 5 places I can't wait to visit in the land down under, all under 3 hours from Sydney!

Bondi Beachby Swiss Belhotel

Starting with #1, Bondi Beach

Mostly known as one of the top surfing destinations in the World, it's also right near my apartment making it that much easier to spend my post-morning runs soaking up the sun listening to the tranquil sounds of crashing waves (and maybe even learning to hang 10 ). It's also a pretty big tourist destination but according to the travel experts, it's still a must.

Uttam Kumar

#2 Port Stephens

A quick 2 hour drive down the Central Coast leads me into the beautiful Port Stephens. Certainly looking to take a ride on Oakfield Ranch Camels or maybe watch the sunset over Gan Gan Lookout. Either Way, I know this place will keep me busy for a while. Exploring and adventuring through lands like this is something I definitely can't wait to do.

Jenolan Caves Gallery

#3 Jenolan Caves

Better known as one of the best caves spots in Australia, it's underground caves and tunnels are masterfully formed into beautiful works of limestone (or so I've been told). These caves are definitely something I could never find in my little state of Massachusetts.

Birsen Oz

#4 Mount Wilson, Blue Mountains

People say the thing about Mount Wilson and even some other spots of the Blue Mountains is that they hold magical views you can only understand through visiting. The village of Mount Wilson accompanies magnificent views and beautiful landscape that makes me super eager to experience for myself.

Christine Lemieux

#5 Australian Reptile Park

Nothing that sounds more intriguing than the Australian Reptile Park described as a hands-on zoo located in a natural bush setting on the Central Coast, home to exotic reptiles from around the world and a wide variety of Australian native animals. I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty excited to see Koalas and Kangaroos but Tasmanian Devils and deadly spiders too? I'm all for it.

Stay tuned for more travel updates coming soon!

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Why You Should Go To The Barre

Keep your head high and your heels even higher!


After going back and forth trying to decide if I wanted to try a barre class, last month I finally decided to. And let me tell you, it is one of the best decisions I have made for not only myself but my body! I tried my first class at Barre N9ne in Andover, Massachusetts (with multiple location in Woburn, Somerville, and Danvers), and I truly don't think I could have found a better studio. From the moment you walk into the studio there is a great vibe and the instructors are so informative and caring. If you are in the area, I highly recommend Barre N9ne!

It Is A Full Hour To Yourself

My favorite part of barre is it is an hour to myself. No phone, no distractions, just working to improve myself with each set. When I go to the gym whether I am lifting weights or running on the treadmill at some point I am on my phone responding to a text or changing the song I am listening to. During barre, I don't even think about who texted me or what email I have to respond to. It is complete me time.

The BEST Core Workout

During barre, your core is engaged the entire time. Then, at the end of the workout there is 5-7 minutes of actual core workouts. This makes it one of the best core workouts because instead of just focusing on your core for a few minutes, you are engaging it throughout the class and then additionally at the end.

You Will Gain Strength and Definition 

A typical barre class is a full body workout and over time you will gain strength and see definition. It takes about 5 classes to start seeing results. By strengthening each muscle group, you are not only gaining definition you are also strengthening all muscles (even the ones that are often underused and underdeveloped).

You Will Become More Flexible 

After each muscle group worked on, you will stretch. This is something that is often overlooked because people don't want to take the time to stretch during a workout and save it until the end, or even not at all. The amount of stretching done in a barre class will improve your range of motion and help to reduce any risk of injuries.

Mind Body Connection

During class you will often hear your instructor say to "focus on the mind body connection". But, what is it? Well, when you focus your attention on the muscle you are working, you tend to work harder and more effectively. This then gives you faster results. When you then focus on that muscle group and stop focusing on all the background noise of your stressful day, or what you have to do after class, or that big test next week, you are really able to focus in and have the best workout.

Your Muscles Will Shake (In A Good Way)

Barre utilizes micro movements. Meaning, since you preform many reps of the same movement involving specific muscles in barre, you are then working your muscles to exhaustion. When your muscles are exhausted, they start to shake. If you aren't shaking, work harder!

Through every pulse, squeeze, and tuck enjoy your time during barre. I hope you give barre classes a try because I know I don't regret it and I know you won't either.

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