As I have grown and I have gone through different life experiences I have shared them with you… This post is another piece to Substance / my life. I have also included some relationship advice too.


I have been meaning to post these images from our eight year anniversary for the past two months. I held off as I wanted to do one big post on our 8 years together – inclusive of our wedding anniversary, which we will be celebrating later this week. Rest assured I won’t get too mushy, but I think I should get one sentence leeway, after all we’re all friends here. I’ll save the sappiness for the end.

We celebrated our eighth year together at Q Station. I know that it sounds cliche, but man time has flown by. I can’t believe I have spent eight years with the best guy. In that time, as you’d expect we’ve been through many different things together. We’ve faced difficult challenges, as well as some of the most exciting surprises and best times I didn’t even know could be possible. We have also moved quite a few times, which has just added to our story and our ongoing adventure.

Anniversaries have always been a big thing for us. When I say big I don’t mean we’re one of those couples who take out a small personal loan to celebrate when they met. We’re the type that mixes it up. Some years we’ve gotten dressed-up and gone out to dinner. Other years we’ve gone on road-trips/flown somewhere fun and other times we’ve cooked each other dinner at home. This year, because it was such a big one, we thought we would spend our anniversary at Q Station – a place that we hold very close to our hearts. Over the past eight years we’ve stayed at Q Station many times – I’ve lost count now. What I do remember is our first ever stay, because it was by sheer luck. We happened to haphazardly book it online like many of our accommodation choices over the years. We’re notorious for doing zero research, so when we arrived that night we were so amazed by what it had to offer.

One of the reasons we keep returning is because of it’s history, the heritage-listed buildings you get to stay in and the amazing views of the harbour. It dates back to 1832, and back then it was used as a quarantine station. Staying somewhere that has a story to tell is fantastic. I love learning more about the history of Australia. It’s also supposedly haunted by the ghosts of former staff and patients. Sadly, we’ve never seen anything out of the ordinary even on their ghost tours.

Over the years we’ve watched Q Station change hands at least twice, we’ve experienced their ghost tours and we have indulged in many dinners at The Boilerhouse restaurant. We have also set many alarms to make sure we rise early enough for their complimentary buffet breakfast. The reason why alarms need to be set is because JD knows well enough by now that I am not an early riser. Their breakfast is like no other. Sadly they’re no longer making my favourite pancakes. They were seriously heavenly.

Today I just wanted to share a piece of JD and my history – this is in no way a sponsored post for Q Station, I just wanted to share a little more of us with you as you have been here over the years as well. If you come to Sydney and want to stay somewhere a little different than a hotel, definitely Google Q Station and who knows, it may just end up being a part of your own story…

PS: I have included some of my best relationship advice below!




I wanted to include some of my favourite relationship advice as well.

  • A relationship doesn’t get good or stay good all on its own. You have to make it what it is – create something worthwhile.
  • Tough times are actually good for us. None of us can grow a strong and healthy relationship or grow as people without having to face and resolve difficult issues. Duh.
  • Always let the girlfriend or wife eat the last chocolate.
  • Say thank you. Be gracious.
  • Fight clean. Never call each other names. Don’t go to bed angry.
  • Even if you have been together 25 years, go on dates, hold hands.
  • Have your own interests and do your own things
  • Communicate always.

I want to end this by saying thank you, JD. I never thought I’d be able to love you more but my love just keeps growing. You’re seriously the best. (this is my one sentence!!)


Author: Ally Carey

Hi, I am Ally, a writer and creative at Substance. I have worked in the fashion industry for 6+ years as a model and now on Substance. Substance is a lifestyle blog about fashion, beauty, health and self-improvement; hoping to inspire you to live a life filled with Substance. For more: @AllyMayCarey

1 thought on “Our Eight Year Anniversary”

  1. Happy belated anniversary AND upcoming wedding anniversary, you power couple you! I completely agree with you when it comes to relationship advice; don’t ever sleep angry and never leave before you’ve resolved an issue. AND talk, talk, talk! About anything and everything.

    How did we get so lucky?

    Kiara x //

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