Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Just a quick post to say Merry Christmas and I hope that everyone has a relaxing day :) We are keeping it low key this year on Christmas day with just immediate family but then on Boxing Day/night (the following day) we are spending it with my Mum's side of the family which should be fun. Be sure to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season and that he is the best gift of all.

Below is my favourite Christmas card I have received this year of course I may be biased as ReachOut sent it to me and I just so happened to design it (all Youth Ambassadors were invited to design a card it just had to have the ReachOut logo on it somewhere and my design was chosen. Not bad for only using Word, Paint and a lot of patience and trying not to kill the computer!).

Merry Christmas from my part of the world to yours!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Five Friday Favourites

This will be the last Five Friday Favourites for 2016! I can't believe how quickly the year has gone by and I am excited to see what 2017, stay tuned for a 'Dear 2016' post in the next couple of weeks.

Touchable Bubbles - I was in Australian geographic the other day and there were all these bubbles everywhere and kids were touching and stacking them. For something so simple it brought so much joy, so I ended up buying some and I can confirm that they are just as fun in your own home (and for those wondering they do not leave any sticky residue once they pop!). They would make great stocking stuffers or secret santa gifts too.

A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck - I love Rachel's books and I was super excited when

she released her latest book! The Royal Wedding series are such fun books and this one has a Christmassy twist to it. I have only just started it but so far its a great Christmas read and I know it will only get better.

Christmas cupcakes - I somehow managed to have 3 end of year events this past week and I volunteered to take cupcakes to all because they are fun to make and easy to transport. I needed a quick and easy to make them Christmassy, so I grabbed some oreos and using a star tip piped green buttercream around the outside and added some pretty sprinkles to make them into wreaths. I then put them onto the (nicely iced) cupcakes, it added another element and you got an oreo as well. Megan of course couldn't resist taking some pics with her tablet so here is the least blurry pic she took :) the rest of the cupcakes I (fine Jocelyn the expert cupcake piper) sprinkled mini M+Ms in red/green/brown (we just removed them from a normal pack and saved the rest to be used or eaten at a later date).

Klutz books - Summer is slowly starting to hit over here and when it gets to over 35 degrees I just want to lock myself inside with the air con on and craft away. I recently picked up a couple of Klutz craft books when they were on special at Aldi to keep me busy and I am really enjoying them. I grabbed the Shrink and Link Jewelry and Glitter Clay Charms books, both a great books and anyone can craft with them. I am tempted to order this book as well as no doubt it will be a long summer!

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Pentatonix version - this is one of my favourite Christmas carols and I love the twist Pentatonix put on it, the video is also really well done too :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Anxiety Anonymous

I have come to the conclusion that I should go to AA meetings not that kind of meeting (I rarely
drink haha) but Anxiety Anonymous meetings which aren't a thing (yet!) but need to be created. Think about it anyone with anxiety could sit in a room full of people who have gone through similar experiences and just vent about what has set their anxiety off recently, what they can't let go of and what keeps them up at night. Here are some (real) examples:
  • 8 months ago I texted a guy friend without thinking it through and I never got a response and sometimes I wonder if I said the wrong thing (it was an invitation to join me and some friends for a games night). When in reality he was probably too busy to respond or he just forgot but sometimes I still wonder if there is something wrong with how I worded it.
  • Even if I just think about a driving test I freak out and if any characters are learning to drive on TV shows, I can't watch it as it brings back all these memories about me failing the test.
  • I am doing everything I can to get a job, yet I have friends who seem to be doing very little in terms of job seeking but still managing to get jobs.
  • I didn't leave my indicator on long enough before I made a turn even though it was down a quiet road (near my house) and there were no other cars in sight.
  • I am scared the one day when I am home alone a snake will get in the house and I will have an anxiety attack and have no idea what to do (this is my current not quite rational fear with Summer getting in to full swing and a few snakes being sighted near my house)..
So many people think that anxiety is just worrying about things which it is, but it's also not being able to let go of the past and things you can't change no matter how hard you try, the things that you obsess over and keep you up at night and the things that pop up randomly when you think you have forgotten about them and moved past them. This is why I think Anxiety Anonymous needs to exist and be a thing because sometimes you just need someone who understands what its like to tell you its ok to worry about all the small things or to let them go because you really need to move on.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Five Friday Favourites

This week has been hard,  just accepting that I won't get a job until the new year has been a huge thing for me and I am anxious to see how next year pans out. I wrote a post on Tuesday on how the job hunt has been going, just so I have it written down and that one day (hopefully soon!) I can look back and see how God got me through it.
Thankfully this weekend is looking fun with plans to go to two markets (I am my mothers daughter when it comes to going to markets) and just soaking up all the Christmassy atmosphere. I love supporting small businesses and there is something about spending a morning browsing through stalls that makes me happy.
Moving onto this weeks Friday Favourites:

Christmas Gift Guide 2016 - so last fortnight I skipped Friday Favourites to publish my yearly gift guide and it was a big one! With Christmas creeping up (how can it almost be 2017?!) if you haven't started your Christmas shopping now you should get a move on. I heard on the news that they think 17th of December is going the busiest day to get your Christmas shopping done (read the day I avoid the shops) so the sooner you start it the better. The guide has a range of gifts for a range of budgets, so its bound to give you some ideas.

Skin/Mole Check - this is probably an extremely odd thing to include in this list but go with it! Skin
cancer is big deal in Australia and EVERYONE needs to go get checked regulary. Recently I had a scare, I had this mole in the middle of my upper back it was an odd mole (indented being a big issue) and when I showed it to my doctor he told me to keep an eye on it (this was 5 years ago) of course being in such an odd spot its was hard to keep an eye on. My auntie was diagnosed with skin cancer last year so that was a wake up call and I decided to go for a skin check just to be on the safe side and they didn't seem concerned because I'm in my 20's and skin cancer doesn't usually occur until much later in life (slip, slop, slap people!).
Then 3 weeks ago I had to go to my doctor to get a medical note and I decided to see if he would maybe remove it for me because I just wanted it gone (plus I wanted it to be worth while appointment). He agreed so the next day I got stabbed in the back (literally!) and got to endure 2 weeks of having stitchers in my back. Well the results came back as a sebacious cyst gone wrong so no cancer(*happy dance*)! But it still made me aware that I should apply sunscreen on a daily basis on the areas I am prone to getting burnt (I already use a skin moisturiser with SPF in it on my face). I do think people in their 20's should be aware of skin cancer and keep an eye on their moles so its worth while going for a skin cancer check. (heres a pic taken a couple of hours after the procedure, excuse the room mess it has improved since haha!).

Lost and Found Music Studios - while some people were busy counting down the days until the Gilmore Girls Reunion I am counting down the days until the next season of Lost and Found Music Studios! It's just a fun show and the music is super catchy so perfect to unwind after a long day. The next season episodes get released tomorrow on Netflix so my weekend is sorted.

The Grift of the Magi: A Heist Society Novella - nothing like some Christmas reading to get you in a
Christmassy mood and this book fits the bill perfectly! I love Ally Carter and the Heist Society books are some of my favourites, so I downloaded this book as soon as I could and it did not disappoint! Kat and her crew are back, this time trying to track down a stolen Faberge egg, steal it back and return it to its rightful owner. This book has a few twists and turns and I loved reuniting with the Heist Society world.

Kiss and Cry movie - one of my favourite movies I have seen this past year as been Full Out and I was thrilled when the same team announced they were bringing another true story to life with Kiss and Cry. Its based on the story of Carley Allison a promising 18 year old figure skater and singer with her battle against a rare type of sarcoma (type of cancer). It stars Sarah Fisher (who was also in Full Out) and Luke Bilyk who are both Degrassi alums and looks like a great movie.