Things I’ve Learned… Living Alone

1. You are not ‘lonely’. When you feel lonely you call someone or go out. And if like me you spend all day and most nights out with other people, you relish coming home and being alone. Ahh silence.

2. You can live comfortably in your own mess. Pile of dishes? whatevs… clean it tomorrow. 10 items of clothing on the floor, no probs step over them for 2 weeks. BUT as soon as someone else comes over (or in my case, stays over – Mr Fiance) don’t you dare leave a dirty plate in the sink. I will get attitude.

3. No one critiques what you eat, so anything goes. This obviously has pros and cons. Loved ones might say; are you going to eat the whole bar of chocolate? The cat really never says that. And NO ONE KNOWS you ate it.

4. Music choice, TV choice, you own that shit. I can listen to whatever I want, as loud as I want.

5. You never feel truly worried for your safety until you hear a strange noise in the middle of the night. Then you’re awake like Jodie Foster and grabbing the nearest item you can use as weapon.

6. There is no one around to give you any wardrobe/outfit feedback. Sometimes I worry about my own judgement of clothing choices, especially at 6.30am. I say to the cat – does this go? does this look okay? Can’t speak meow though, so sometimes I’m sure my coworkers must raise an eyebrow (or two) at my clothing choices.

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Things I’ve learned … being sunburnt

1. You will guarantee to be burnt in Australian Summer in under 15 minutes if you don’t put on sunscreen. Unlike the gentle European sun, our rays are unforgiving!

2. Getting your face burnt as a teen leads to pigmentation and spots in your late 20s and 30s. This will be more annoying and disturbing than actual wrinkles, which is what you worry about happening to you when you are a teen. I wish someone had warned me about pigmentation – not wrinkles!

3. Burning the stomach area is super painful. I learnt this the hard way one Christmas Day and couldn’t walk, sit, breath, laugh, sleep without excruciating pain. Note to self, your young sporty cousins who live at the beach probably get their stomach out to the sun a lot more than your once-a-year-christmas-day-exposure of your pearly white belly. Just because they don’t put on sunscreen doesn’t mean you don’t!

4. There is something satisfying about tan lines. Sure they look rather ridiculous but its nice to notice you have got a tan. Though these days tanning is best done through a bottle or sprayed at the Salon. Which I love for those extra whitey bits (like the belly!) but my naturally tanned arms and legs can look extra dark!

5. When you have a great all over tan (such as one sprayed on) you just want to be nude. Or as close to nude as possible! Its true, skin looks slimmer with a tan, but please fake it!

6. I have been blessed with slow release tanning skin. If I do get  a natural tan, especially on arms and legs, my melanin hangs around for months, after a summer in Europe I think my tan stayed for almost a year!