Friday, June 22, 2018

Five Friday Favourites

Well I am almost done with my prac! I have 3 days left and then I am done :) I had 2 visits from my lecturer this past week and she is really impressed with what I have been learning and taking on. I have also passed all my assignments which is great. Week 2 was much the same as week 1 but I was a bit more at ease and more confident.
Next Friday my course coordinator officially signs off on my work and I will have completed a Cert. 4 in Community Services, I then have 2 weeks break and then I start on my Diploma. I'm really looking forward to going into more deeper subjects and learning more about Community Services but at the same time its scary as its a step into the unknown.

Google Chromecast - my parents just got one of these for the tv and it's a game changer! We are now able to watch Netflix (youtube, abciview ...) on the tv just using our phones. For what it does it's great value and saves us having to upgrade to a smart tv. A bonus is that anyone can us it as long as they are connected to our wifi and have a streaming service app with casting ability.

Drake I'm Upset video - this video has been going viral mainly because its a Degrassi Next Gen reunion! I am so stoked and I love seeing all the behind scenes instagrams from the cast too as it looked like such a fun video clip to make. I like to remind people that Drake got his start on a show called Degrassi Next Generation and to me he will always be Jimmy Brooks first.

Incredibles 2 - on Monday night it was decided we would go watch this as a family for Mum's birthday and we all loved it. It was actually the first time we had all gone to the movies as a family as it's just something we never do (no idea why) but we had a fun time and it was great movie for everyone to see. If you loved the first film you will enjoy this one, I will say that it is more action packed than the first and a bit more darker but Edna is still a scene stealer and the quality of the animation is amazing.

Cadbury Caramels - these are addictive and a bag does not last long in this house to say the least! There is something about their smooth chocolate coating and sweet chewy caramel filling that makes a perfect pick me up and once you have one you can't stop. I have no idea why it has taken me so long to discover these but I am already planning on incorporating these into my loaded brownies.

Magnolia Table cookbook - every Sunday night my sister puts on Fixer Upper and I have to admit like most of the population I love Chip and Joanna. I also love cooking so it was a no brainer to order Joanna's cookbook and I found myself on Monday night buying it (mainly because during prac I have no time to shop so online shopping is what I do haha). I am looking forward to cooking my way through it and finding some new favourite recipes.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Week 1 of Prac

Week 1 of prac down 2 more weeks to go! I eventually got a placement at a nearby community centre that runs programs during the day along with a food bank and other community services. It wasn't my first choice but I am enjoying it and seeing how a small centre can make a big impact on the community and how varied the people are who use the centre. No two days have been the same and I have gotten to participate and get involved in a variety of activities including; art therapy, playgroup, giving out food parcels and helping out at an after school homework club. It's also nice not having to worry about proper business wear (yay for no black pants!), I am able to get away with smart casual which has been black jeans, a nice long sleeve top with either my black jacket or black trench coat, a scarf if I'm feeling it and of course my moonboot (#notafashionstatement) and my black boot. I find changing (or removing or adding) a scarf or jacket can mean I can wear the same base clothes and no one notices me wearing the same top 3 days in a row haha!
I am so exhausted and I don't understand how people can work full time. I got home on Monday and just zoned out, despite not feeling like I had a full on day and the rest of the week was much the same. I would come home and crash, do some self-care and get ready for the next day (pack my lunch, work out what to wear...).
My current self-care choice is chocolate and something mindless on Netflix, I do like to watch intense shows (911 is on my to watch list but it will have to wait for my break) but at the moment I need something light and it's ok if I zone out while watching it. At the moment it is The Next Step as the episodes are only 20 minutes so I can watch a few episodes at a time. I have also been watching Younger and The Bold Type which are shows that just make me happy.
I think being in a moonboot hasn't helped and it's just another obstacle to deal with, I find that everywhere I turn there is a new area to work out how to manoeuvre around or someone asking what happened then looking at me in disbelief as I tell them (yes I fell down 3 steps and broke my foot, I'm clumsy what can I say?).
I am so thankful that my prac placement was only 5 minutes drive away as it makes thing easier, its nice to be able to leave at 8.20am to get to the centre at 8.30am with 5 minutes to spare. Also it's nice to finish the day at 4.00pm and realise that I will be home at 4.05pm so I can relax and switch off.
I turned off my alarm when it went off at 6.30am on Thursday and immediately went back to sleep and slept for another hour which was not ideal! But I was still able to get to work on time and no one was none the wiser that I had been a bit rushed.
This time in 2 weeks I will be done with my Cert. 4 I can't believe it, bring on the diploma (or maybe not haha!).
*I feel I should note I have had this song stuck in my head all week and I have no idea why please send help.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Five Friday Favourites (a day late)

***I meant to post this yesterday but I completely forgot so can we pretend it is still Friday?***
Another week is over! It's been super rainy here and it's not set to clear up until early next week, I will say it makes having a moonboot a bit more difficult especially when I am getting in/out of my car and need to get the boot on/off.  I finally start my prac on Monday which I am excited about but also nervous about too, it's 5 minutes drive away which is great but as I am doing it full time it will be a full on 3 weeks. I will be practicing a lot of self-care and have told people don't expect anything from me.
My car got new front tyres on Thursday, I always find you go through times of spending and times of saving and I am in times of spending, I have just had to pay for so many things! Thankfully God does provide and I will say I am reducing my spending and increasing my savings which is great plus being on prac for 3 weeks means less time to shop haha.

Planet Shoes Town 2 Black - last year I decided to invest in a good pair of black leather boots to last me more than one season and these were what I bought. Over a year later and they still look new and are holding up great! They offer great support and are the perfect boots to take you through all of winter. I am currently wearing mine with my moonboot and they are the perfect height for a moonboot which is welcome bonus so I'm not hobbling as much :)

Chocolate Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies - Winter has hit this past week and it's been raining
everyday this week. Thankfully rainy weather means the best baking weather so I whipped up a batch of these on Tuesday and they are so good! I made half with pretzel pieces and half without and they turned out amazing. A bit more involved than the traditional choc chip cookie but it's worth it and the caramel centre is a nice surprise. I used Cadbury Caramels which I cut into 3rds and were the perfect size plus being coated in chocolate is a nice extra.

MOR Perfume Oil Bohemienne - this is one of my recent favourite scents lately! It's not super sweet or too heavy which I love and its the perfect everyday scent. I find it lasts all day and the oil feels so nice to apply to your pressure points. I've mentioned these oils on here before but they are amazing and great perfumes when you don't want to break the bank plus the perfect size for your handbag or when travelling.

Kikki K sale - I have been to Kikki K twice this week and the sale has really been helping me not spend a heap while also getting my shopping fix. I bought a quite a few cards, some pens (my favourite pen is down to $2 so I made sure to stock up!), this small journal as I already have the bigger version which I love and a few other bits and pieces. Also you know it's bad when the workers know you by name so you can stop for a chat when you shop haha!

The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck - if you ever want me to be quiet give me a good book to read (or chocolate to eat or a cat to cuddle they all work!) and Rachel's books will keep me quiet for a long time. I love her books and they are the perfect books to read on a cold Winter's day. Her latest book is no exception and an amazing read!
The blurb reads:
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a story of long-lost love and its redemption in future generations.
Romance has never been actress Chloe Daschle’s forte—in life or on screen. But everyone knows who to call for a convincing death scene . . . and it might be killing her career.
When Chloe is given a peek at the script for an epic love story, she decides to take her destiny into her own hands and request an audition for the lead female role, Esther Kingsley. The compelling tale, inspired by family lore and a one-page letter from the colonial ancestor of scriptwriter Jesse Gates, just might break her out of this career-crippling rut. Jesse would rather write about romance than live through it after his past relationship ended in disaster. But once on-set together, the chemistry between Jesse and his leading lady is hard to deny.
Centuries earlier, in the heart of the Revolutionary War, Hamilton Lightfoot and Esther Longfellow wrote their saga off the silver screen. Esther’s Loyalist father opposes any relationship with Hamilton, but Esther must face her beloved father’s disapproval and the dangers of war in order to convince Hamilton of their future together. Hamilton has loved Esther for years, and on the eve of battle pens the love letter she’s always wanted—something straight from the heart.
Set in stunning upcountry South Carolina, The Love Letter is a beautifully-crafted story of the courage it takes to face down fear and chase after love, even in the darkest of times. And just maybe, all these generations later, love can come home in a way not even Hollywood could imagine.
I loved Chloe and Jesse they were wonderful characters and I loved how Rachel brought them together and how their story wrapped into Hamilton Lightfoot and Esther Longfellow's story. It was amazing how the past and present blended together to create such a wonderful story.
I could not put this book down and just when I thought I knew what would happened next something else happened.
I found myself drawn to Chloe and how she was determined not to let her past shape her future all while clinging onto true love and her views of marriage (and love) despite society telling her otherwise.
The other characters we really well portrayed as well and I loved seeing how their stories played out on the pages in front of me.
It's a book that will have you trying to read it as slowly as possible to absorb all the whole story and not miss any key details.
The Love Letter is out June 12th and the perfect Winter read.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Five Friday Favourites

Another week complete! I should've spend the past 2 weeks on prac but the placement I thought I would be at had a miscommunication (and fell through though it was never set in stone) and my lecturer hasn't been having much luck finding me (or anyone else for that matter) a placement. My anxiety has been rampant because of this and I haven't been sleeping well, my appetite is weird (breakfast just doesn't appeal to me at all) and I've been stress eating chocolate. I know God is in control of this but for someone who likes to know what is going on these past 2 weeks have not been fun at all.
I only have another 3 weeks for prac and in order to get my hours up (I need 100 but I've already done 30 due to ReachOut work) I will need to do a minimum 4 days a week which will not be fun for my anxiety. If you guys could please pray that I get a placement ASAP that would be amazing!

I saw my doctor on Tuesday and guess who gets to keep wearing the moonboot for another 5 weeks? Unfortunately me! Honestly this ankle is no fun at all and I have caused major damage all because I fell down 3 steps. I am allowed to have moonboot free days if I keep it strapped but they need to be far and few between and I will pay for it the next day. I had so hoped I would be out of it by now but between a tiny fracture, ligament damage and bruised bones its a complex injury to say the least.
I have a wedding next Saturday afternoon so my plan is go without the boot then but keep it in the car and put it on before church (the wedding is at my church and finishes at 3.00pm and as I can't see the point in driving 20 minutes home before having to be at church at 5.00pm anyway, I'm going to go to a café 5 minutes away to kill time between). I bought a beautiful blue striped dress to wear, I wasn't intending on buying another short dress (I need more maxi length dresses) but when I tried it on it was perfect and I like how I can wear it with stockings in the cooler weather if required.

Onto Friday Favourites:

Glitzee Glitter in Crystal White - in case you haven't realised I LOVE glitter. I need the sparkle in my life and the same goes for crafting. I love superfine glitter as you don't need much to make an impact and it captures the light amazingly. This is my go to glitter and while I am aware that $5 for a small tube is a lot it's of great quality and a little goes a long way. I will say that it sticks to everything so be prepared to find it in places for a long time (but is that really a bad thing?).

Olivia Burton Lace Detail watch - so after much thought and deliberation I decided to take the plunge and buy this watch. I just kept coming back to it and loved how classic it was with the fun detail in the lace. I got it last weekend when Myer had 20% off watches as I would much rather pay $160 instead of $200, but I'm not allowed to wear until after my course is finished. I'm looking forward to wearing it and reminding myself just how far I've come and using it as motivation to complete my Diploma in the next 2 semesters.

Smash Paint Play Stationery Range - I always find fun stationery makes studying fun and when I was on the hunt for some new folders for next semester this range caught my eye. I like that while it is targeted to adults it's still fun and will add some much needed colour and print into your study sessions. The prices are reasonable and won't break the bank, which is great when you are on a limited income and don't want to spend a heap on stationery.

STILA Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Perlina - never let me shop when I am in a retail therapy mood, I walked into Mecca today and within 5 minutes I had walked out with this. I already have 3 of these eyeshadows (my sister got me a gift pack of 3 half sizes for Christmas) and they are amazing! I wear them almost weekly and get so many compliments they are also super long lasting and have minimal fallout. I had been eyeing off this colour on the Mecca website for a few weeks now (I thought it was an online exclusive) but just didn't want to pay for shipping so the moment I saw it in store I knew I had to buy it. It's a beautiful sparkly crystal pearl white and one you can wear with anything.

New Amsterdam TV show (trailer) - it's the time of year when networks cancel TV shows and release trailers for new ones and I've been enjoying seeing what new shows the networks will be releasing. New Amsterdam has caught my eye as I've been on a real medical show kick lately (The Resident and The Good Doctor are shows I can't wait to return) and this one looks like it will be a good show to throw into the mix.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Five Friday Favourites

Well I am finished with my classes! It's so bittersweet to be finished and I will be sad not to see my lecturers weekly, I loved picking their brains and hearing all their life experience from the varied areas they have worked in. Now its onto 5 weeks of prac followed by half a day on campus and I am done. I have a placement for my prac but the final details are just being dealt with so I am hoping to start it mid next week. I'm only doing 3 days a week as that's all I can handle but I may increase it depending how things go and how my anxiety is.
I've also officially been accepted to do my Diploma in Community Services starting next semester which I am looking forward to doing. Today I actually got to meet the lecturer in charge of the diploma which was great and I am looking forward to learning from him next semester.

Onto Friday Favourites:

Smiggle 15th Birthday Personalise Pen - so I have a slight stationary addiction and when I saw this pen I couldn't resist :) It writes really nicely and it's so pretty too.

MOR Perfume Oil - I got a tube of this for Christmas and I am really loving it. As it's an oil it has great staying power and you only need a couple of rolls to get a beautiful scent. I just roll it on my pressure points and I am good to go :) I have this in marshmallow which is a sweet musky scent perfect for winter and blood orange which is more uplifting and the perfect pick me up.

Esma flats in gold - I already have these in silver but I couldn't resist buying these in gold too. As I will be working in an office environment for my prac and with my ankle I can't wear heels (can you imagine a moonboot on one foot and a heel on the other that would be a recipe for disaster haha!) I figured it made sense to buy them to add into my shoe rotation. They add the perfect amount of sparkle to any outfit and don't give me blisters either.

Olivia Burton Watches - my sister showed me these watches when we were out shopping the other week and I can't stop thinking about them! I want to buy myself something nice once I officially finish my Cert. 4 as I had such a rough start and I am leaning towards buying one of these watches. I just love how classic they are and something I know I would wear for years to come. I am currently leaning towards buying this watch as I love the subtle lace detail but I also love this one though it is a bigger watch face and this one, decisions decision!

Philips Vibes Gel Headphones - I've had quite a few issues with headphones over the past few months after my last pair died and both of the replacement pairs I bought were hopeless. These headphones are actually highly rated on Amazon (I got mine from Target to avoid paying postage) and I've had no complaints since I bought them. They are great quality, comfy and actually stay in my ears! For the price you can't go wrong and I am planning on buying another pair to keep as a spare.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Diploma and God's timing

The email sits in my inbox staring at me congratulating me on getting accepted into the Diploma of
Community Services never mind that I have yet to finish my Cert. 4 in Community Services or that the thought of committing to another year of study terrifies me.
At the start of this year my aim was to get another qualification and then get a job instead I found myself loving what I was studying and realising that this is what I want to do for a career long term. I then found myself having zero desire to go back to unemployment when my course ended and I knew if I wanted to give myself the best chance of getting a job a diploma would be valued.
I wanted to say that this was an easy decision and to many it seemed I made it easily but it was one I wrestled with over many weeks and prayed about. I didn't want to commit to another course let alone one that goes for a year but deep down I knew it was what needed to happen.
The concerns I had in my mind about money and whether I could continue to support myself financially was met with the reminder that God provides and that I will deal with the expenses as they come up with faith.

If you had asked me when I was 18 what I would be doing by now (almost 6 years later) I would've said working in an admin role, married and thinking about starting family but here I am single, not working and finishing off one course in 7 weeks and going onto the next. It's strange as I know people who are living the life I would've thought I would have by now and while some part of me is jealous about it, I have never doubted that this is where I am meant to be.
For so long I felt like I couldn't be in a relationship as the first few weeks of a new job are not fun for me with anxiety so I refused to let myself even think that I could date while unemployed. Then a friend told me it shouldn't matter if I was employed or not and that if a guy couldn't handle me at my worst he didn't deserve at my best. I wrestled with what she told me but other people confirmed this so I slowly started to open myself up to the possibility. It's taken me so long for me to go yes I can date and it shouldn't matter about my employment status because if its the right person they won't care so nor should I. What I do know is that will happen in God's timing and his timing is more important than our ideal timing.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Five Friday Favourites

This was meant to be posted last week but I got a bad cold which of course means the cough goes to my chest and my asthma flairs up which meant I had no energy so nothing got done like I had planned. I have spent this past week doing assignments, doing some baking and mostly just relaxing at home.

This week has been a bit emotional though if I am being honest, I'm not a huge fan of change and there's a lot of changes happening around me so I've been struggling with that and just letting the tears fall. I guess it doesn't help that I am feeling isolated from some friends due to the changes happening either and just feel like I am at a different life stage to the people I hang out with on a weekly basis.  I'm reminding myself that while I don't have like change I do have to accept it and that along with praying is helping.

I also bit the bullet and got a moon boot for my ankle last Monday, I was so hoping I wouldn't need
one but my ankle just wasn't healing at all. It's been a fun experience getting used to it to the say the least and I'm looking at using it for a minimum of 3 weeks if not more depending on how it goes. I do take it off when I am driving and at night but the rest of the time it is on. It's definitely fun manoeuvring through shops and other obstacles without trying to take anyone out haha!

A5 Mini Light Box - I love light boxes and I have quite a collection of them, I use them a lot for ReachOut stalls and events but also as décor around my room. They are great ways to make a personal statement at events too. I of course needed this one to add to my collection and love how small it is so you can take it anywhere. I also ended up buying the Tiny Light Box (there was a sale and I had a voucher to use) because I knew I could find a use for it.

Klutz Tiny Stitches - I am a huge fan of Klutz and was thrilled when I saw this on special at Aldi the other week. It's such a fun cute book and I have been wanting to get into embroidery (I know the basics) but never gotten the chance. It teaches you all the basic stitches then gives you templates and ideas to sew some cute pendants. I can imagine this being a great gift for a tween girl or someone who just likes to craft.

Pitch Perfect 3 DVD - my sister and I saw this at the movies before Christmas and it was a must to buy it when it came out on DVD. I've already watched this twice and I am planning on watching all 3 movies back to back in the near future. It's such a funny film and Rebel Wilson's one liners are hilarious as always. If you haven't seen it (or any of the Pitch Perfect films) its a must watch and perfect for a girls night.

A5 Bonded Leather Journal - this was an impulse buy but it's such a nice journal and one I know I will use. It just feels and looks so nice and I am trying to document my life more this year so I have no doubt it will help me write down memories as they happen.

Brooklyn Nine Nine Jake Makes the Criminals Sing - this video is currently doing the rounds on Facebook and it's hilarious. I love Brooklyn Nine Nine and this video sums up Jake's personality perfectly plus its such a well performed song.