Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cast your vote!



This Saturday I did something a bit spontaneous and got a ticket to Australia!  I have been saving money for a year to go on a vacation that has nothing to do with work.  No shows, no meetings, no networking.  I wanted a beach and maybe a cocktail, a book and sunshine.  After reading The Boss of You: Everything A Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run, and Maintain Her Own Business I decided I did need to celebrate sometimes. I work like crazy and I want to feel like it's all worth it. I mean I do all the time because of people like YOU but it's really hard owning your own business. And going on this trip not only makes me feel really excited but it makes me feel like I can have a life and own Schmancy. And I have a free place to stay :)

So, there is NO WAY I can get 200 photos uploaded here in 3 days and linked and voted for.  So the vote here is to either move UP the deadline date for the Olympic Challenge to Feb. 19th OR Move it back to March 16th.  You can just add a comment here for your choice and I will announce the decision here on Friday.

AND if anyone lives in Australia and has any suggestions of what to see I would love to hear! I will be in Brisbane, Byron Beach, Noosa and Sydney! EEEEEEE

31 comments:

Heather said...

I would prefer to move it back!

Christina Ward said...

I say...move it to March. Why make yourself extra crazy with work?

Hailey said...

My advice in Sydney is to climb the bay bridge, it's truly awesome. Black Box shows at the opera house are also pretty afordable. Also, whatever you don't miss the reef, it's one of those things you'll regret forever.

Jessie Mae said...

I vote for moving it to March. And enjoy your vacation!

Schmancy said...

I am actually missing the Reef. To be honest, I never thought in a million years I would EVER go to Australia and I am going with family. It is too far from where we are going to see. next time.

HibouCards said...

I'm for moving it to March, don't make yourself crazy, take it easy for once and enjoy your vacation! Have a good time :)

out of the frame said...

March is my vote!

Leeanna Butcher said...

I agree- move it back to March, and enjoy the vacation!! :D

camelama said...

I vote March also - why make your life even busier right before vacation?! Relax! Enjoy yourself! And then come back to the cold and rain and finish the challenge. :)

amybean said...

March is cool! Have a great trip!!

Clare said...

Move it back to March and relax a little XD
And when you are in Sydney try to visit Paddy's Markets in Chinatown-you will find so many bargains and cute crafty stuff!
And the reef is definitely something not to miss, so beautiful! Snorkling or scuba diving is a must!
Have a great holiday! XD

Mary said...

March! With a new baby coming, I'll need all the time I can get!

lauracruz said...

I vote for moving it to march! :-)
I already got most of my materials but I still have lots of planning to do...

argylerabbit said...

I live in Oz! I'll go from north to south.

Noosa is all about relaxation. Plenty of beach goodness and nature walks.

Halfway between Noosa & Brisbane is Australia Zoo - Stever Irwin's place.

Brisbane (my home town) lots of funky restauarants & bars in West End. Also a great place for eating is Oxford St in Bulimba. Catch the City Cat (high speed ferry) from the city there.

Between Brisbane and Byron Bay is the Gold Coast. A little too flashy/trashy for me but lots of fun theme parks.

Byron again is all about the relaxation. Great beaches, friendly people - very natural & organic focus. Amazing coffee from local growers.

Sydney (where I am now) - loads to do. Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach Walk, hiking in the Blue Mountains, cocktails at the Opera Bar at the Opera House, chocolate indulgence at Boon in Darlinghurst, Taronga Zoo, I could go on.

Have fun!!!

Plushroom Soup said...

Good for you, Kristen! You so deserve an awesome vacation! My vote is for March. All you should be thinking about before your vacation is pina coladas. :)

Cath from chunkychooky said...

originally from Syd now further north in bellingen, if you are driving from syd to Brisbane its 10 mins off the highway ( just google it and have a look) its 3 hours south of Byron, the most beautiful waterholes you will ever see in your life...Yes, definately do the Harbour Bridge climb in sydney, catch a ferrie ( a boat on the Harbour) to Manly and eat fish and chips at the beach, swim in the ocean at sunrise, I agree the walk from Bondi to Coogee- beautiful...hundreds of local markets try paddington and glebe markets in sydney. bring sunscreen and insect repellent and a hat!! the sun can be harsh.
HOT TIP: at the beach swim in patrolled areeas between the red and yello flags. have agreat time!!!!

Sam O said...

My vote is for March as well.
Good for you, taking a break. I'm sorry I don't have any advice for you as I'm on the other side of Australia but I hope you have a fantastic time in our beautiful country. :)

Oanhderbread said...

omgosh! back! yay! that's spring break ^^

Kristin said...

Good for you! Australia would be so fabulous! and March is a vote for me!

lookwhaticando said...

Move it to March and have a GREAT time...geez. How amazing.
You are inspiring me :)

TopCat76 said...

My vote would be March too - have a wicked break!

Ellen Ault said...

March! Give everybody some more time. Then we can spend more time planning. I know I am challenging myself by doing something that I have never done before!

Anonymous said...

seriously, move it to march. why stress over more stuff when you should be relaxing? have fun in australia!! ;)

BeBe Babies said...

I vote for moving to March! Congrats on your trip. :)

Genki said...

I'll chime in and say move it back to March too!

I live in Sydney and there's heaps of fun things to do. Check out the pubs in The Rocks for a drink or lunch, and the bars at King St Wharf in Darling Harbour are also great.

The Museum of Contemporary Arts is free, and near The Rocks/ Circular Quay, it has changing exhibits, but there's always something cool there.

Chinatown is fun to walk around, lots of shops with "cute" stuff, and then you can grab a yummy dinner.

Will try and think of more stuff and am happy to recommend restaurants, pubs or shops in Sydney if needed, I'm sure you'll have a great time!

Sarah said...

I vote on moving it back to March. Enjoy Australia!

Adele K Thomas said...

I cant believe you didnt include Melbourne, its the Art Capital of Australia...I should know, I live there. Im originally from the Gold Coast and lived in Brisbane and I would definately recommend Melbourne. Hope you have a fantastic time though. If you want any tips, please feel free to ask me!

Schmancy said...

to be honest, i hopped on a trip that had already been planned. so yes, there are things that i would obviously like to see but beggers can't be choosers. hopefully one day I can go again!

Stephanie said...

I vote for March as well. Have an awesome time in Australia, I'm dying to go one day myself =) Good on you for deciding to celebrate your hard-earned success!!

Trish Tatman said...

Bring the book "In a Sunburned Country" by Bill Bryson to Australia. For the plane. Trust me, you'll enjoy.

Juddie said...

Ooooh, how exciting! What a shame you're not coming to Melbourne....

Hope you have a fab time up north!