I went on a five-day holiday to Port Douglas with my mum, sister, and nephew.
We stayed in a beautiful holiday house right next to the beach and had a lovely time visiting some amazing places.
First we went to the Wildlife Habitat where my highlights were feeding and petting a kangaroo and seeing a cassowary for the first time.
The next day we went to Mossman Gorge which is very pretty with the sunlight filtering through the rainforest and the crystal clear water.
On our last day we went to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and my favourite butterfly was this stunning blue one:
We also went to Birdworld where a parrot landed on my shoulder and ate one of my shirt buttons.
In between sight-seeing we relaxed at the house: reading on the couches, sitting on the deck, going to the beach.
It was an amazing time but the thing I loved most was spending time with family.
I cried when we had to say good-bye and when I got home I felt heartbroken that I wasn’t with them anymore. I cried a lot that first night, and all the next day I couldn’t stop thinking about the holiday.
It made me appreciate family so much more and I was overwhelmed with love for them.
So, now I am making a journal to record the holiday and all it meant to me.
This is what journaling is about for me: capturing memories so that they will live on and documenting the things that mean something to me. It’s a healing and creative outlet that gives me so much joy.
I will be using all the ephemera I collected on the trip: brochures, flyers, postcards, tickets, receipts, etc. Plus lots of photos, of course.
I’ll share the journal in a later post.