May 1, 2017

Girl’s Weekend: Friendship, Fun and Coastal Vibes

Girl's Weekend: Friendship, Fun and Coastal Vibes. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

Hey gurls, remember that one time we drove 40 minutes out of Airlie Beach and disappeared down a dirt track into the bush to arrive at a gorgeous secret hut with 180-degree views of the Coral Sea? Remember the blue skies? Warming sun? Matching slippers? Shot-tastic drinks? OMG food? Cards Against Humanity? And good conversations 24/7? 

Girl's Weekend: Friendship, Fun and Coastal Vibes. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

Yeah, THAT time!!!

When I left Canberra 7 months ago with the goal to pursue personal and professional happiness over a life filled with obligations and craft the most nourishing life possible, with just the right amount of adventure thrown in to boot, I had noooooo idea how it’d play out. A broken ankle, a category 4 cyclone and loss of employment being the worst of the ‘adventure’ so far, but discovering yet another piece of my authentic soul, finding amazing friends and visiting hidden away huts by the ocean has been absolutely the best part of the ‘adventure’ so far.

Girl's Weekend: Friendship, Fun and Coastal Vibes. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

They say good friends don’t let you do stupid things alone – All smiles in front of the croc infested waters!

I didn’t realize how much I needed a break away until I was surrounded by an incredible group of Daydream Island women. A girl’s weekend (thinkin’ this should become an annual tradition) is such a restorative and fun thing to do. I am a strong believer that adventures with good friends, no matter where you go, can be one in a million type experiences.

Girl's Weekend: Friendship, Fun and Coastal Vibes. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

Slight hiccup with a piece of car coming loose – wasn’t long before we were on the road again!

Friends are precious. Friends are so, so precious. The internet has over-connected friends in ways that aren’t real. Don’t get me wrong, social media is wonderful, but it is not the same as spending a weekend with your gal pals having real, inspiring, vulnerable, and laugh-till-you-ugly-cry conversations.

Girl's Weekend: Friendship, Fun and Coastal Vibes. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

This is totally going to end well!

Girl's Weekend: Friendship, Fun and Coastal Vibes. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

Hash browns cooked in bacon fat = OMG food!

This place is INSANELY AWESOME, like I almost cried when we had to leave type awesome. We arrived at our open-air hut by the sea to find fresh flowers on our pillows, a stubby holder and comfy slippers on our mozzie netted beds; you can tell our hosts work in the hospitality industry making sure our hideaway hut had resort type comforts hey?!

Girl's Weekend: Friendship, Fun and Coastal Vibes. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

Say YES to new adventures!

Girl's Weekend: Friendship, Fun and Coastal Vibes. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

Collect moments – Not things!

Girl's Weekend: Friendship, Fun and Coastal Vibes. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

Resort type comforts – We even had a turn down service. Thanks Kylie!!!

The weather was absolutely perfect. P-e-r-f-e-c-t. Nothing like sunny days when the air smells salty and feels clean, the ocean is sparkly aqua blue and the silence is glorious (no chainsaw or wood chipper cyclone clearing happening here). I loved it so much –> cue: fist bumping and happy dancing like wild ones All. Weekend. Long.

Girl's Weekend: Friendship, Fun and Coastal Vibes. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

Fist bumping and happy dancing like wild ones All. Weekend. Long.

Girl's Weekend: Friendship, Fun and Coastal Vibes. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

Watching sunsets around the world is boring – Said no-one EVER!

Girl's Weekend: Friendship, Fun and Coastal Vibes. Anna Johnston - http://shenannagans.com

Sunset is my favourite colour, rainbow is my second!

Tell me dear reader, are you more of a glamping or a 5 star resort style adventurer? And have you played Cards Against Humanity? 

Anna

shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Maureen | OrgasmicChef - May 5, 2017 Reply

I’m a somewhere in between person. I’m not going to poop in the woods if I don’t have to but I love getting away from it all. 🙂

You are lucky to have so many good friends, in spite of no job, wonky ankle and cyclone mess. Yes, I said lucky. xxoo

Australian ETA Status - May 5, 2017 Reply

It’s so nice to have good friends around you, whenever life is uncertain, support is guaranteed from a good friends. Continue to be like a sun, beautiful as it shines. btw, I love the colour of the sunset.

Sue - May 4, 2017 Reply

Sounds like just what you needed. Wonderful escape with wonderful friends. Perfect weather and an amazing place.

    Anna - May 4, 2017 Reply

    It was perfect, just what I needed to recharge the batteries. 🙂
    I really am very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world (minus the whole cyclone bit).

Liz - May 4, 2017 Reply

I’m so glad you’ve found silver linings amongst the storms and hiccups! I love time laughing with my girlfriends—it’s amazing therapy!!! xo

    Anna - May 4, 2017 Reply

    Thanks Liz, I am feeling better and better every day. 🙂 Really helps having a wonderful group of friends who all experienced what I did too.
    Hugs from Australia. xo

Denise Browning - May 4, 2017 Reply

So glad that after so much you have been through you had a fun weekend with friends. These are moments to treasure. Sending our love!

    Anna - May 4, 2017 Reply

    Thank you so much my friend, I am indeed lucky to have connected with such a beautiful group of woman. 🙂
    Love headed back at you. xo

John/Kitchen Riffs - May 4, 2017 Reply

Wow, what a fun time! Love all the pictures. Best. Weekend. Ever! 🙂

Norma Chang - May 3, 2017 Reply

What a great adventure! Every now and then a few gal friends and I get away for a “hen” party, and like you spending a few days having real, inspiring, vulnerable, and laugh-till-you-ugly-cry conversations.

Tim UrbanDuniya - May 3, 2017 Reply

Sunset is my favourite colour too!! 😀 😀 😀 You seem to just be exuding happiness – good for you, my friend 🙂

And yep, I’ve played Cards Against Humanity…. muahahahahahahaha :p

    Anna - May 3, 2017 Reply

    I am feeling better and better my friend, the weekend away from all the cyclone stuff – I say cyclone stuff as every day we are still hearing wood chippers and chainsaws. The peace and quiet and laughs out in nature was wonderful! 🙂 And… hahaha, Cards Against Humanity is hilarious.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - May 2, 2017 Reply

I am so pleased you got to get away from it all! Friends really can make the difference. I am more into luxury than glamping but beach walking is always a good one for me!

    Anna - May 3, 2017 Reply

    These gals helped so much to forget about all the cyclone stuff and just enjoy and be in the moment, and laugh, so much laughing! 😉

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - May 2, 2017 Reply

Girlfriends are the best aren’t they!? And hash browns cooked in bacon fat come a close second! 😛 You look so happy in these pics and I love that 😀

    Anna - May 3, 2017 Reply

    Girlfriends are AWESOME, I am indeed very lucky to have connected with this special group of woman. 🙂
    Haha… anything cooked in, on or around bacon is a winner too.

Mabel Kwong - May 2, 2017 Reply

I will take exploring the lands and hills anyday over being cooped up in a 5-star resort. There is something so freeing about hiking around and exploring – no telling what you’ll find and see. What’s out there is more often than not a once in a lifetime experience.

That road trip there sounded like so much fun. The bedsheets look soooo cute 😀 And cooking hasbrowns in bacon fat? That sounds delicious and I wonder why I haven’t thought about that sooner. Sending you lots of love your way x

    Anna - May 3, 2017 Reply

    I totally would these days too Miss Mabel, hiking and exploring is big in my world at the moment. Being able to walk seriously is one of the most excellent things about my life. Haha!
    Our beds were all made with different doona covers, the entire hut was incredible, I loved every minute of it.
    All my love back at you little sis. xo

Mandy - May 2, 2017 Reply

Perfect and magical getaway darling Anna. Wonderful!
Love and hugs from Kenya.
🙂 Mandy xo

    Anna - May 2, 2017 Reply

    It was absolutely perfect Mandy, lots of laughs and time with amazing people, I feel recharged and ready to tackle the next big lot of challenges.
    Love to you from the beautiful Whitsundays. xox Enjoy Kenya lady, it looks FUN!

Liz (Good Things) - May 1, 2017 Reply

This seems like the best weekend, Anna! Restorative for the body, mind and spirit x

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