Last Minute Queensland

Flying Pig on display at Swell Sculpture Festival; Quote cited by Darren Rouse, AKA @ProBlogger at #PBevent

Flying Pig on display at Swell Sculpture Festival; Quote cited by Darren Rouse, AKA @ProBlogger at #PBevent

ProBlogger + Sculptures... and a bit of Spontaneity

I won’t pretend that my last-minute nature is always beneficial. My reluctance to commit to things too early sometimes results in the very thing I am afraid of: missing out! Flights get booked up, tickets get sold out, friends get P.O.ed. But occasionally, I get to have a spontaneous adventure so organic and invigorating that it compensates for the less lucky times…. I had to rearrange my schedule a bit to make it to the ProBlogger Training Event in Queensland last week, but I’m so glad I did!

Trey Ratcliff of StuckInCustoms.com was one of the keynote speakers

Trey Ratcliff of StuckInCustoms.com was one of the keynote speakers

I learned heaps!

Amy Porterfield who is definitely no longer behind-the-scenes with Tony Robbins, had some fantastic social media marketing tips.  Trey Ratcliff  is a born storyteller(and super generous with his knowledge and content!) with lots of useful tips too. World Vision featured at a session on ‘Blogging for community’ that had me in an idea frenzy! And I met SO MANY awesome bloggers.

The Gold Coast...

The Gold Coast...

Swell Sculptures

It was my first time to the Gold Coast. Happily, a friend told me about Swell Sculpture Festival at Currumbin Beach, a 45 minute bus ride from Surfer's Paradise where the conference was held.

Swell Sculpture at Currumbin Beach

Swell Sculpture at Currumbin Beach

I loved it! 

Future fashonista? 

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Another whimsical one:

This mermaid sculpture was gorgeous close up. 

This mermaid sculpture was gorgeous close up. 

I overheard artist Jilly Gray talking about her sculpture (will hopefully post more on that later). For now, here's the artist with her masterpiece. 

Jilly Gray with her sculpture

Jilly Gray with her sculpture

Brissy by night

One of my Tassie mates (and mountain bike buddy) moved to Brisbane a few years ago, and this was the first time I've had a chance to visit her. We took the ferry from New Farm to downtown Brissy. The nightscape was gorgeous!

The view of Brisbane from the ferry. 

The view of Brisbane from the ferry. 

Brisbane Festival was on so we also checked out that, including the free nightly light show. My pictures of that didn't do it justice so check out Trey's version instead

We planned an obligatory bike ride for Monday, which was the only rainy day in ages! On to the contingency plan. Brunch at Anouk. Yum!! 

French toast with mascarpone, poached orange and homemade caramel sauce. It was as decadent as it sounds:)

French toast with mascarpone, poached orange and homemade caramel sauce. It was as decadent as it sounds:)

My friend talked me into my first run in a few months later that evening, which helped assuage the guilt! :) This afternoon I am off to Bundaberg to see another friend I met in Tassie.

Spontaneity doesn't always work out, but when it does, it's so worth it!:)