Friday, June 29, 2018

Finished with my Cert. 4

If you had asked me this time last year that I would be finished with my Cert. 4 in Community Services and about to start my Diploma in Community Services I would've laughed and said you were crazy. But here I am enrolled in the Diploma of Community Services and my Cert. 4 in Community services completed and it feels right.
At the start of the year I had intended to get a Cert. 4 in Computer Systems Technology then go straight into the work force but God had other plans. I had a panic attack on the second day and knew that it wasn't the course for me, then I got directed to enrol in Cert. 4 in Community Services and I felt at home. I fell in love with the course and looked forward to going to class each week, the assignments challenged me in a good way and I loved the class discussions that happened each week about various topics.
One of the highlights of this semester was during a psych appointment my psych made the comment that she hadn't seen me this mentally healthy before. She commented that while I was still having ups and downs I seemed more balanced and I clearly loved what I was studying and I was so animated when I talked about my studies. It just really confirmed that I had found my niche and would be qualified to soon work in an area I loved.
I didn't want the course to end so the idea of maybe doing the Diploma in Community Services started to grow in my head, I didn't tell anyone and prayed about it. Once I had made the decision to continue studying I knew it was what my next step should be.
The reality is that studying is a welcome break from unemployment and the thought of looking for work is exhausting. I want to build up my skills so I can get a job that will be the perfect fit for me and continuing to study will help me achieve me that. I have no idea what area of Community Services I see myself working in, I love the area of mental health and it's something I have lived experience and volunteer experience in but at the same time I also feel like I would be suited to student support services as I not only have personal experience in that area but I love to help people and it would be great to advocate for those who are struggling. What I do know is that God has the right job out there for me and I will get it when I am ready.
Today after I had submitted my prac workbook and other evidence and my lecturer had told me I had received my Cert. 4 in Community Services I wanted to dance and scream about it, because I had survived so much and for someone like me any achievement deserves to be celebrated.
I now have a two week break to recharge before I start my Diploma, I know that while the next two semesters may be challenging I can face anything head on and I am ready to learn more.

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.