Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Things I am thankful for

I have this calendar that has strips of paper every day I write down what I am thankful for and put it in a corresponding envelope for that month. I'm not good at doing it every day so I tend to do a weeks worth at once haha! But today was a weird day and I thought it would be good to list what I am thankful for:
  • I'm thankful for the group chat between me and 3 friends who I have made through the ReachOut moderator program. Our group chat is hilarious and I am honoured to call these crazy awesome people my friends :)
  • I'm thankful that my anxiety is lessening about my prac in 2.5 weeks.
  • I'm thankful for getting rejected from the Christmas casual position, even though I was almost certain I would get it and I have a lot of questions regarding it. I know it wasn't meant to be and I have faith that God will provide me with the perfect job at the right time.
  • I am thankful for Maltesers that dull the pain of not getting the Christmas casual position. 
  • I am thankful that I can see the good during the hard times.
  • I am thankful that I am on break and I can recharge before the Christmas season starts.
  • I'm thankful that I am almost recovered from this cold and I've stopped sneezing finally!
  • I am thankful for the opportunity to attend a drug and alcohol workshop on Monday and that it was invaluable.
  • I'm thankful that God lead me into Community Services and that I know he has a plan for me regarding what I am learning.
  • I am thankful that I am starting to push myself more out of my comfort zone and I am seeing results. 
  • I am thankful for quiet nights, spent with the cats and bird.
  • I am thankful for this sense of peace I have that God is in control of my future.
  • I am thankful for The Afters new song - Fear No More and how it helps put my anxieties at ease.
  • I'm thankful for opportunities to share my story with anxiety and that I am speaking at a panel on behalf of ReachOut in just under 4 weeks. 
  • I am thankful for a sister who helps me reorganise my room and isn't afraid to force me to throw out/donate stuff. 
  • I am thankful for so much!
Even if you aren't having a weird day I encourage you to write down what you are thankful for, I guarantee you will feel amazing :) 

Friday, October 26, 2018

Five Friday Favourites

I am finally finished with class for this semester! I am also finished with my prac booklet and all I need to do is complete my hours and email it in to my lecturer and I am done. One semester done one to go! 
I have 3 weeks of "break" which while I'll try to relax in, I also have a list of things to do and things I want to achieve before I go away for prac. I have my prac induction tomorrow and then on Monday I have a drug and alcohol workshop which while isn't essential to attend it is highly recommended and I have no doubt it will be worth while.

I should hear back regarding the two interviews I had last week next week and I have no idea what the results will be but I am giving it all to God and trying to stay busy.

Moving onto Friday favourites:

Kenzie Curve Bermuda Short - during winter I live in Jeanswest jeans and tops, during Summer I live in Jeanswest shorts and tops. On Wednesday I finished class at 11.30 and instead of going home, I decided to do some retail therapy and I ended up in Jeanswest as I needed another pair of Summer shorts. Short shopping can be a headache at times and I always find that no matter how many different pairs I try on I always end back at denim shorts, thankfully Jeanswest does curve style denim shorts and as someone who has a bit of a stomach this style is perfect for me. Last season I bought a dark pair of curve shorts so this season it was time for a lighter pair. 

Angelina Tech Tote Bag - I have been using canvas bags to carry my TAFE folders in but I decided to keep an eye out for a nice professional looking bag to use. I came across the Angelina Tech Tote Bag (I bought it in Navy which unavailable online) at Colette on Wednesday (just when I won't be needing one for a while!) when I was browsing and the price was right and the style is really classic. What I like about it is that it includes a laptop bag that can be removed if you need the space, so it's not built in. I also liked the fact that it was 30% off and if you sign up to be a member you get a $10 voucher which I used, that took the price down to under $50 which was a great price. 

Manifest (TV show) - I was sceptical about this show but I'm really enjoying it and my mum is also hooked on it, so it's nice to have someone to discuss it with. The concept is really interesting - a plane disappears for 5 years and returns with the passengers unharmed and they haven't aged. They have to fit back into their lives when to them nothing has changed but to the rest of the world 5 years have passed. It's just been picked up for a full season so I am interested to see where it goes.

Royally in Trouble by Jenny B Jones - this book is on my to read list and I am looking forward to reading it. I love Jenny B Jones she is one of my favourite authors and I reread her books yearly. The blurb reads:
If an ex-popstar-turned-event-planner can't find a Ren-faire killer, she may not survive the final act.

As a former member of a popular girl-band, Paisley Sutton knows what it means to be in the spotlight. So after she takes on an event-planning gig for the new Sugar Creek Renaissance faire, she's counting on a smooth opening night. But when one of the cast is murdered, Paisley knows her event has gone lethally off-script. 
When her handsome old friend Beau is named the prime suspect, Paisley enlists the help of her trigger-happy ex-CIA grandmother and aunt. As she tries to keep the faire alive and fights off her matchmaking family, she uncovers secrets that might just get her killed. Can Paisley shine a light on the killer in time, or will this faire be her final curtain call?

Royally in Trouble is the second book in the lively Enchanted Events cozy mystery series with a dash of romance. If you like engaging characters, small-town intrigue, and laugh-out-loud moments, then you’ll love Jenny B. Jones’ Renaissance romp. 
It's safe to say that I am looking forward to reading this book and I have no doubt it will be amazing. 

Fear No More by The Afters - I love every song by The Afters and as someone who suffers from anxiety their new song is just what I needed and well worth a listen. It's just a great reminder to trust in God and cast all your fears onto him. Their new album is also due to be released next month and I have pre-ordered it on iTunes and can't wait to listen to it.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Job Interviews Recap

Sometimes I question what on earth God is doing with my life because just when things can't get busier he decides to pull not one but two rabbits out of hat. I can't remember if there ever was a time when I had two job interviews in one week let alone two within 3 days. Did I mention that both these interviews happened to be during a week where I had 4 assignments due, talk about busy!

Monday afternoon I had a job interview with Mission Australia, this was my first ever community services related job interview and I had no idea what I should wear and what to expect. I ended up settling on my go to interview outfit of black pants, a top that wouldn't be out of place in an office and black flats, I almost wore heels but my ankle had been acting up so I decided to skip them. I arrived at the office 20 minutes early and decided to go for a walk just to calm my nerves and look around at the area as I was unfamiliar with it (despite it being 5 minutes down from my psych's office), I arrived 10 minutes early and gave my name to the receptionist and took a seat. I decided to do some forum moderating while I was waiting and I wanted to see how a few users were going while they were on my mind.
Eventually it was time for the interview, a lot of the questions were case studies - how I would go in this situation, how do you handle  this and that. Not at all the questions I was used to answering when I was applying for admin jobs! While I think I did ok I have no idea how I went and whether they feel I am right for the job or not. I find out in about a week and I am just praying about it and knowing that whatever happens God is in control.

Wednesday I went to class as usual before coming home for lunch and getting ready for the group interview for the Christmas casual position. I was told to wear all black so I wore black jeans, flats and a nice top, of course the one time I had tow wear all black was on the first 30 degree day of the season that required me to go into the city.
I was able to talk my sister into giving me a lift to the train station which was good, and spent some time wandering around the city, doing some window shopping before hand. The interview was at the library near the art gallery so I grabbed a sprite and ended up sitting near the frog pond tucked away next to the art gallery. I was able read my book and just relax, before I went to the library and made my way upstairs to where the interview was.
I had a vauge idea of what to expect as I had asked the workers in my local store (which I visit weekly and know me) which helped put my anxieties at ease. We were given a badge with out name on and walked into the interview room, where a photo of us was taken and we handed in our resumes. It turned out that one of the people who was doing the interviews was the store manager of my local store, which really helped as I knew her (yes I visit so much I know the store manager and workers!). We sat down and chatted to the people next to us before introducing them to the group (there was about 20 of us), I soon realised that I was probably the oldest in the group which was crazy!
The rest of the interview required us in 2 groups to talk about good customer service and sell a product.
Again I honestly don't know how I went especially as there was probably another 4 group interviews happening that day!

Since the interviews, I have been praying like crazy and reminding myself that whatever happens God is in control and I know if a job is meant to be he will make it happen.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Five Friday Favourites

This past week has been busy, class went back this week which meant 2 assignments due and many more needing to start. I also had a meeting related to my prac placement on Monday. I am feeling so unsure about the placement but the meeting did lessen some anxieties and I'm praying I will survive the week. I did mention that due to breaking my ankle in March and it still needing to be strapped (I go one day without it being strapped and the next day it aches!), I wasn't sure if I could be on my feet every night without some consequences but they said they would take it into account when allocating me to an area for the week.
I have a job interview this coming Monday for Mission Australia and it's my first interview for a community services related job and my first interview in almost a year. Then on Wednesday  I have a group job interview for a Christmas casual position. I'm trying not to think about them and knowing whatever happens God is in control. Throw in 4 assignments due next week and anxiety levels have been higher than normal! Safe to say prayers would be appreciated for next week :)

Onto Friday Favourites:

New Amsterdam (TV show) - I am really enjoying medical drama tv shows and New Amsterdam caught my attention early on with it's trailer. I was really curious to watch this show and to see if it lived up to my expectations and so far it is. I like how it focuses on Dr Max Goodwin and how you get to see him in various situations. It's definitely worth watching and it's a good show to add into my medical drama rotation.

Head Above Water by Avril Lavigne - this song is SO GOOD. I was really surprised when a friend mentioned that Avril Lavigne (the girl behind the hits of Sk8er Boi and Girlfriend) had gone into Christian music but this song is a new favourite and I am interested to see how her new album pans out.

L'Oocitane Shea Butter hand cream - I actually bought this for my sister as being a nurse in training means she has to wash her hands a lot and they suffer. Apparently this is their most popular item worldwide and when I tested it, it was easy to see why! It absorbs into the skin nicely and doesn't leave your hands feeling sticky.

Aladdin 2019 first trailer - this film is on my to watch list for next year and the trailer is making me super excited! I love the actress who plays Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and the actor who plays Aladdin (Mena Massoud) was in a great Canadian show called Open Heart (still annoyed it only got one season!).

A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel - I just pre-ordered this book even though it doesn't come out until February because it was that good! There were so many twists and turns in and I didn't know what to expect. If you liked We Were Liars then this book is a must read for you. A full review of it can be found here.