My week, with Instagram

Each year I try to take away one huge lesson that I have learnt be it through experience or personal growth. I of course don’t limit my whole year to just one lesson, I believe that almost everything we go through, good or bad, is there to teach us a lesson – the trick is to be aware of this and allow the lesson to be learnt. They say to never let failure get to you, to treat it as just something you learnt so you can do better next time, and I love that. That we can go through life not with failures or let downs, but instead lessons. This year I am already very aware of my huge take away lesson – that of course could change, especially with my impending trip – but at present,  it is that if I don’t ask, I won’t ever know. I think we’re so scared of answers to questions or fear rejection – on any level – that we don’t always ask enough of others, and especially ourselves. They say life begins at the end of your comfort zone, and trust me that asking for things that you ordinarily wouldn’t pushes you right on out of that comfort zone. You think you deserve a payrise? ask for one. You are getting a little tired of a friend or family member putting you down too often. Ask them to stop. You really like a guy and would love to see if he’d have a coffee with you? Ask!! You aren’t happy with things in your life at the moment? Ask yourself why you’re not happy & why you aren’t doing anything about it. The worst that can happen is they say no. Please don’t ever look at that like rejection though – you never know the circumstances or situations going on with others and things in life, just look at it like a lesson, whatever you can take away from it, even if that lesson is learning to be more assertive and courageous. At the very least, you should be so proud you put yourself out there a little and like with anything in life,you will get better the more you do it too. I’m so excited for all my future ‘lessons’, I’m ready for what the universe has in store for me and that is the most beautiful lesson of all. I dare you this week to ask for something you have been wanting for awhile but just been too scared to ask for. There is nothing holding you back – only yourself xx

1. Drinking a big glass of red wine after a long work day
2. At breakfast with a gf who is about to move to the U.S to work in Washington D.C
3. Enjoying a delicious coffee with a breakfast date with my gf – we have been on a quest for almost a year now trying to find the best breakfast in Perth.
4. Morning walk with Mr M around the beautiful river in Perth
5. Some quiet contemplation by the river.
6. Drinking some delicious Rose’ wine in the sun with a gf who was over from QLD
7. My Printstagram pictures arrived – ready for a nice DIY when I get home from Europe
8. Enjoying the warm Winters sun by the water – 25 degrees in Winter, Perth is so amazing.

You can follow me on Instagram at lifesshinyprettythings


  1. Dale JaneΓ© Reply

    I love this post Anna and I can’t believe how pretty your summer pics are. You capture so many perfect aspects of summer vacations and thanks for sharing your instagram, just followed you πŸ™‚


  2. trishie Reply

    I do love a glass of red with my dinner too. Photo 5 is really pretty!

  3. Miss K Reply

    I like the last photo! So professional!

  4. Eve.H Reply

    Amazing pictures and amazing experiences. I sometimes think sitting at the river listening to the water flowing is the best relaxation of mind of all πŸ™‚ Have a nice Wednesday πŸ˜‰
    xo Eve.h

  5. Bree Reply

    I’ve been reading your lasts posts and they gave me a lot of positivism and yes-your-are-right-feeling. I want to thank you for these posts and keep on going! They really help me with all the things going on in my life. And make me remind that I can’t do everything for anyone just because they give me that feeling. Now I’m aware that I have to be happy first before I can help them (if I want…). Thank you!


    • Anna Reply

      Bree how sweet you are – thank you! I sometimes think we all need that advice to hear that isn’t our own that you know to be true but just needs affirming, and I’m so honoured that my posts do that for you sometimes. Hope you had a great weekend xx

  6. Fashion-Bridge Reply

    As always very beautiful images dear Anna! especially I like the 1st one and the last one which is truly breathtaking! I can’t believe that it’s only a week and you are Europe! yahooo! I’m so, so sure that your trip will be fantastic!



  7. O Reply

    Love those instagram pics. Usually Around the weekends I notice that when I just start my morning coffee, you are already through dinner and having some wine as we life in different time zones, so funny! Xoxo

    • Anna Reply

      Ahh its incredible the connections us bloggers get to share with other women around the world. I have noticed the same with your pics on instagram πŸ™‚ Although don’t be fooled, sometimes my pictures of wine could be my morning πŸ˜‰ kidding!! xx

  8. Liv Lundelius Reply

    Wow. I definitely want to visit Perth now. It looks so beautiful. And I love your way of thinking,
    I am the same. I believe in lessons and always try my best in every situation.

    • Anna Reply

      Yes Liv Perth is beautifulll – be sure to look me up if you do ever make it over xx

  9. Sam Reply

    Hi Anna, thanks for your lovely comment! I agree with you on having lessons learnt, I think that even each day we learn something new and its important that we let it effect us in a positivity way, regardless of whether the lesson was good or bad. Eek, the rejection thing is something I still haven’t learnt to deal with, lol. Thanks for the motivation. You’re so lucky to have such warm winter weather! Its negative 2 this evening here!

    • Anna Reply

      Don’t worry lovely I haven’t either and sometimes I wonder if I ever will. I am a lot better at admitting that rejection holds me back however and that in itself is something to be proud of. And yes we really are lucky. Today was 22 degrees and sunny! (I had a coffee at the beach!) and sat in the warm sunshine. xx

  10. Michelle Reply

    I really admire your outlook on life, always good to stay positive and learn from our mistakes. Great post πŸ™‚

    • Anna Reply

      Thank you Michelle πŸ™‚ x

  11. These are awesome photos. I agree with Michelle. I love your positive outlook on life. Always optimistic and determined. I couldn’t find you on Instagram. I’m cookiesncandies there. See you there!

    • Anna Reply

      Thank you so much! x p.s Ive just gone and added you on instagram so looking forward to seeing all your pics on there now x

  12. EverythingPrettyGirls Reply

    Love this post, Anna!! And, thank you for the sweet, sweet comment on the blog. I feel like you’re the best friend that I’ve never met! haha! I love how inspiring your words are – I was unhappy with things in my life for so long, and although it took a bit to figure it out, there were some simple changes that were life changing. I think it’s awesome that we’re always evolving, and I constantly figure more and more about what makes me happy and how i want to live my life.

    AND – i love these photos!! So excited for you for your Europe trip!!

    xo Julia,

    • Anna Reply

      Naw Julia! It’s ok as the feeling is totally mutual – at least we know exactly who to look up if we’re ever in each others corners of the world πŸ™‚ It’s SOOO important and SOOO amazing to remember that we really are always changing and evolving and to ensure its for the better. Your past doesnt define you and its never too late for change. p.s eeek we’re so excited for it too!!!! xx

  13. Ann Reply

    Oh your photos look stunning.
    Love your post,
    so inspiring!

  14. Maryam Maquillage Reply

    thanks for sharing this… I am pouring myself a glass right now!!! also salivating over that sammmich :))

  15. WE INSPIRE US Reply

    Woow! great pics! everything looks so pretty and yummy!! <3

    I think i should get Insagram too! :)) You inspired me )

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