The great thing about life is that you never know where you will end up. At the start of this year I was supposed to be moving to New York but somehow I’m now living in the best place in the entire world, Byron Bay.
I had a shoot here (thank you Wade and Sunseeker for booking me!) and as the Australian dream goes, a surfer approached me on the beach wanting to take me surfing. Next thing I know, we are doing the best yoga class I've ever done, camping in the rain (a ‘dooner’ I’ve learned, does not have a roof) and making plans for the future. I had the happiest week of my life here during that shoot, and decided to just follow what made me happy and figure the rest out later.
So here I am, a few months later, living here officially. With my very first car, even. That I haven’t crashed. And it’s got a hula girl in it and a dreamcatcher.
It’s hard to describe what makes Byron so magical. I think it's just the fact that it's impossible to feel sad here - there's some kind of energy in the air that makes you feel like your biggest problem is where to go for brunch, which can actually be quite a problem as the food is here is aaaamazing. (Special shout out to the insane number of acai bowls, soy chai lattes & vego curries I have had here in the past couple of months).
Everyone here is happy and chilled out. They smile and wish each other good morning and chat to you about your day. People let you out whilst driving and they flash peace signs to say thank you. It’s not hard to be happy when you live in such abundant beauty.
Every street has some kind of art on it, every road has a new beach stretching along it, and from everywhere you can see the lighthouse beaconing over Byron. There's always some kind of live music on the streets, a market happening or a palm reader sitting in the sunshine. An amazing countryside surrounds Byron, and a 10 minute drive will get you to the middle of blueberry fields, palm tree plantations or to the local cute villages. (Or completely and wonderfully lost, if your 3G stops working…)
There is so much to do here. Living here is completely different to visiting, you can really chill out and enjoy every minute of the day. I am generally woken up every day at sunrise by a, ‘hey British princess, let’s get up and soak up the day/do the lighthouse walk/go for a surf’, which is the best way to wake up, ready to make the most of life.
I try to start every day running along my local beach, Suffolk beach, which I like because it’s hidden away, a long stretch of quiet paradise with a few locals walking their ridiculously happy dogs.
The beaches in Byron deserve their own post though, because there are so many insanely beautiful ones everywhere you turn. My personal favourite is Wategos because of all the palm trees and chilled out surfers.
Then there’s the lighthouse hike at sunrise, incredible cafes, non-stop yoga, kayaking, whale watching, sunset drumming circles and lots of countryside adventures to get lost on. Camping, fires on the beach, kangaroo chasing.
And of course, surfing. I’ve been a few times, but everyone here surfs as a daily ritual.
I’m so grateful that I decided to follow my heart to Byron. Once you commit only to being happy, the rest falls in to place naturally.