: My Little Country Hideaway

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"Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become." I love this quote from Steve Jobs. Sometimes you have to stop listening to your head in order to be free to do what makes your heart sing.

I was living in a gorgeous Victorian terrace apartment in Sydney's Inner West. I'd moved to Sydney for my career. I throw myself into everything I do - it's all or nothing. I'm a photographer and I love my profession, so it's hard not to devote my days (and nights) to my work. But these long hours meant that things fell out of balance, and I started to get the feeling that despite all the fun, inspiring shoots I was doing, there was something more I was supposed to be doing with my life. There was a little town up the coast that kept popping into my head. It was a place I always stopped on east coast road trips. Something about Crescent Head was magnetic to me.

Alicia Fox Photography 2490Alicia Fox Photography 3093My boyfriend and I had a dream of living sustainably. We imagined how wonderful it would be to build a little strawbale cottage in the countryside, with a big garden to nourish us. We could harvest fresh vegies from our organic food forest and go surfing, dancing, travelling...whenever we wanted. IMG_1946It was becoming clear that despite the wonderful nightlife, culture and diversity that Sydney offered us, most of our spare time was devoted to dreaming up our eco-utopia.  The balance was shifting and we were about to reach tipping point. Once we reached this point there was no going back. Alicia Fox Photography 3110I believe that if you follow your bliss, the forces of the universe conspire to help you achieve any dream. Once fully committed, there's no stopping you. Soon you see that those limitations you were worried about were just creations of the mind. IMG_5235We found a perfect patch of land at Crescent Head and everything snowballed into existence. We wanted to build our new life in tune with nature. This included watching the seasons and getting to know the environment before we started to building our home. We figured that the best way to do this was pitch a tent on our block and become part of the surrounds. Alicia Fox Photography 9601-2The golden light of the afternoons bring the wallabies and kangaroos. I watch the sun set behind the forest and I am surrounded by these beautiful animals. Every night I fall asleep to the frogs singing, and in the mornings before I even open my eyes, I hear the gentle roar of the ocean and the birds morning calls. I know I'm home!IMG_2132Downtime is spent exploring the winding country roads, national parks and the most beautiful beaches I've seen in the world. Over the months we have been planting out the garden and designing our house, and now it's time to build. Constructing with straw bales means I get to be completely creative, sculpting the walls as I go. It's like a giant art project. IMG_5216Our dream for a little cottage in the countryside is a simple one, but it means the world to us. Living out here has helped me to get more in touch with my intuition and allows me the time to listen to my heart. I can't wait to see where this dream takes us. 

Alicia xx

This blog is written by our friend, Alicia Fox – photographer, eco-warrior & adventurer. Visit her Website: Alicia Fox Photography  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AliciaFoxPhotographer Instagram: https://instagram.com/aliciafoxphotography