Sunday, February 23, 2014

North of Here has moved!

For the last few months I've been wanting to get this little blog it's own official home, and now with the help of a friend it's happened!

I've been blogging since 2008 (seven years!), and while my content has changed I still love it and thought it was about time I got my own space on the world wide web.

I've* (*actually my friend) has been working behind the scenes for the last few weeks to get a new home up and running for North of Here. I thought it was about time. 

The first thing I had to do was decide on a domain name. To go with my actual name or the name of my blog - well I went with the name of my blog, North of Here as I love the idea behind it. I will always aim to be in a better place, aim higher, work harder and live a more positive life.

So today, I'm officially launching 

From today onwards I won't be blogging here, but over at instead. Feel free to update your RSS feeds or reader links. :)

Thanks for all your love! xx

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Valentines story | a new tattoo

Last Friday, February 14th marked the annual celebration of Valentines Day. It was also the 8th Valentines Day I 'celebrated' with my partner. You see after eight years we've come to the point where we don't really celebrate the day, our actual anniversary of when we first met is not long after and we both prefer to celebrate that than a commercial holiday.

However, this year I felt the urge to do something special...

The last few months (and couple of years) I've been thinking about my next tattoo, occasionally pinning ideas to my pinterest board, checking out cool tattoos in the street or one's I come across on instagram. I've thought about getting something that symbolises the special relationship I have with my partner, and that no matter what I will always love him. 

I'd thought about shipping wheels (to symbolise where we met in seaside town, Geelong) and him steering me in a clear path, something beginning with "B" (his name), the letter B or even a saying.

It was last Friday morning as I was quickly looking over pinterest that the saying "to the moon and back" popped up... and the wheels turned quickly from there. I scribbled out the saying and dreamt of ideas. You see, even though this saying is really only reached commercial products like prints/scrapbooking product etc the last year or so, I've been saying it to Brad for years and found it in the children's book "Guess how much I love you".

*** Note: North of Here has moved! Please visit for current blog posts.

It's simple and it rang true in my heart. I'm not one to usually do something on 'impulse' but this felt right. I went to Darwin City Tattoo's after work, and got a few designs written up after going in, heading home, finding examples and then finally Mim D'Abbs drew one up and it combined my own handwritten idea with an example I found online! Perfect. Within half an hour I was back, and 5 minutes later had my new tattoo as a surprise.

My partner was shocked, but loved the idea, as did some friends who thought it was cool and trendy.

I just love it. I love the meaning behind it. The end. ;)

Do you have any tattoos? What do you think of them?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Fitness Finds: Crossfit must haves

Today I'm sharing my "CrossFit must haves". These are items that I already have (or similar to). I love bike shorts/tight shorts that allow me to squat comfortably, wrist straps for strength and stability, comfortable shoes and a great bra! The one item that I swear by, and own at home is 

Not mentioned here, but highly recommended are lacrosse balls (mobility/stretching), black tops (they don't show the sweat/dirt as much) and long socks for deadlifts and other olympic lifting to help save your shins and during rope climbs!

Ok, here's the run down:

1. Reebok Crossfit Las Cruces 2" short $49.99 2. The Wod Life Bad Girl Strength Wraps Black/Pink $25.00 3. Inov-8 F-Lite 185 2014 Model c/o Run Stop Shop 4. Lululemon All Sport Bra $65 5. Rumble Roller Compact Black c/o The Wod Life $69

Fitness Finds is a post series where I'll share the latest fitness fashion, trends, equipment, exercises and other stuff that I think is pretty cool!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Best accessories for Crossfit

I've broken this post up into a couple of sections - newbie, intermediate and skilled. Today I'm chatting about general accessories to help you out at CrossFit, next week I'll chat about my favourite CrossFit clothing!

Newbie aka "I am new to CrossFit":

For starters, some comfy shorts or crops that allow you to squat, a pair of comfortable runners (but not something you actually run in), a towel, a drink bottle and some stamina. ;)

Until you get comfortable with the workouts, exercises, movements and even if you really like CrossFit; there is no point in spending money on equipment.

For shoes, rather than wearing your asics that you use for running I would suggest getting a pair of shoes that have more of a minimal 'drop' that allows you to easily complete Olympic lifts and squats. Shoes such as Reebok Nano's (from your local sport shop) or Inov8's F-Lite 195 from Run Stop Shop are something I started off with and wholeheartedly recommend.

Intermediate aka "I've been doing CrossFit for a while now":
Again, if you're liking the minimal shoes, stick with them. Try different brands if you need to. 

One of the first things I purchased was a speed rope. It's quicker than a normal rope and really helps with your double unders! It's so light!
I've been doing CrossFit now for 2 years (on and off) and have just recently purchased wrist strength wraps (to help support your wrists when lifting) - best investment ever and helps give me the confidence to bust out those 1RMs.

Another must if gymnastic grips (which I haven't got around to purchasing yet). Apparently these are THE BOMB when it comes to doing pull ups and can save ripping your hands to shreds!

Something else to consider is weight lifting shoes....
Skilled aka "I can do a muscleup": (haha)
So you really love CrossFit and Oly lifting. Next up is weight lifting shoes. I don't own any, but they can really help with performing your lifts. Adidas, Nike and Reebok make them. Or there Check out a range at Eastbay or Rogue Fitness.

What gear do you own specifically for the workouts you do?
Do you do CrossFit? What's the gear you can't live without?
*This post includes affiliate links. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Project Life / 2013 Weeks 48,49 & 50

I'm catching up on sharing my Project Life pages from the end of 2013 before I share my 2014 ones...

Week's 48 and 49 saw it start to feel more and more like the Wet Season, build up storms and killer lightening. 

Week 48:
Was a pretty busy week! Some weeks I hardly have any photos, others like this week with a wedding and a trip back to Melbourne had tons and called for a few inserts!

The first insert was a little double page spread of some pics of our time in Melbourne with family and friends.

This insert was some pictures of our nephews when we were playing in the park with them! We don't see them much now we're in Darwin so these moments are super special!

Another insert (front and back pages) from a family wedding. I managed to crop and squeeze in all the photos I wanted to!

Week 49:
Back in Darwin, a Darwin blogger/instagram meet up, loving mangos, preparing for the New Year by buying diary inserts, and loving the storms still!

Week 50:
More storms, the week title page was a picture I took, the one of the lightning was captured by Darwin sky cam which I loved! 

The first insert was a front and back Design H which is one of my favourites for adding a few extra photos each week. This week I used it for my work Christmas party, and now in hindsight, should've just added it as a full 12x12" page... looks heaps better! Oh well!

And other insert for this week, this time an 8.5''x11'' that included a newspaper article I was interviewed for and the reverse, the Christmas 'postcard' Brad and I sent out to family.

Project Life is a system created by Becky Higgins that is designed to simplify your efforts to document life and help get your photos into a book. To learn more about the product and how to get started, click here.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday Sweat / CrossFit

Today's post was meant to be a Sunday Sweat and was meant to be about Park Run, but I got a tattoo on Friday night and didn't end up going...
Instead I am going to do a little introductory post on CrossFit. I've been doing CrossFit now for a couple of years (on and off) and have definitely found a way to keep my workouts interesting and fun!

What is CrossFit:
For those unsure, CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that is universally scaleable. Each day CrossFit gyms (or boxes) post a "Workout of the Day" or "WOD"- with prescribed weights to use and exercises to perform.  Workouts are high intensity, varied movements and uses Olympic lifting progressions, basic gymnastic skills and high intensity cardio combined with many other movements, beneficial in day-to-day life.

What does a 'typical' workout involve?
You first go through an extended warm up (focusing on those areas you will be working out), practice round focusing on skills/technique, a WOD (and sometimes a strength component if it is a short workout), followed by a cool down, stretching.

How I train at CrossFit:
At the moment I am training 3-4 times a week. Because of my previous back injuries, I have to be careful with workouts that involve lots of repetitions of exercises like deadlifts, thrusters or wall balls. It's important for me to rest when I need to so I keep my back in check. That is one thing you need to take away from CrossFit is to be aware of your weaknesses and don't push too hard if you know you may injure yourself!

But I don't have the time to exercise?
Yes you do. Set your alarm for one hour earlier in the morning and you have the time for a Crossfit session. That's all it takes. In that hour you'll have warmed up, done a workout and cooled down.

Where to start

Search for a Crossfit in your local town and give them a call. Most CrossFit boxes offer free introductory session and is a fantastic way to really have a look to see if you're interested.

Sunday Sweat is a weekly feature where I share a fun workout, something new I've tried or come across in an effort to expand my workout's!