New Year, New Me??

It has felt like forever since I have posted anything on here (again) but I was just wanting to give a bit of an update as to some changes that I am planning to undertake for 2018.

And yes, I know it is already halfway through the third month of the year. Sue me. I take ages to figure out most things! Don’t even get me started on trying to blog on a more regular basis…

So, in case you don’t know me personally, I have gone through a sh*t done of health problems in the last decade roughly, and while somethings have subsided, for now, they will always be a part of me no matter how hard I try.

I’ll summarise: back in my last year of high school (2006) I got really sick, had been in and out of hospital due to a few abscesses, as well as sore joints and what I call my “witches claws” or funky fingers. It was so bad that for almost two years I could not use my dominant arm properly. I still occasionally get abscesses, but none as bad as those first three and now I know what seems to bring them on – stress – so that is one thing I try not to get worked up with these days. My joints were so bad at the start, I could not bend my knees properly and when I sat down with friends on the ground, I had to ask them to help me get up. I was 17, but felt at times like I was about 90!! Not so bad now, I mean I make noises – creaking, clicking, etc. – but I can get down and up from a seated position on the floor.

There is an upside to all this blathering on. What I am hoping to start this year is to try and better myself with my health and wellbeing by actually trying something where I am in control of it all. My diet.

I love cooking, have been since I was about 14 and just enjoy cooking when I can just dive right into a meal or two. I found this one meal plan/diet online recently and I am going to try and slowly integrate it into my repertoire for not just me, but my family one day as well.

I know it will be a hard one, as I have so many vices that I will have to get rid of, but one thing at a time and besides I keep saying to people “everything in moderation”. Enjoy those fatty, greasy, sugary foods when you feel an urge, but that’s all. It is your body telling you what it wants, so go with it. If you want something salty, eat something salty.

I am no nutritionist by ANY standard so I could be saying this completely wrong, but not everything is good for you, same as not everything is bad for you either. It is just about finding balance, moderation and keeping fit as best as you feel you can and/or want to. At the end of the day, it is you who can change what you do with yourself.

Next post I will go into a bit more detail of my health plan, and will hopefully have experimented with some foods by then as well. Until then, Peace out everyone.

~D

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So many changes… work, cars… what’s next

I keep meaning to post updates here, but either I have been too busy with work, or I wasn’t sure on what to post about really.

So, I may just go through with some recent changes that have happened to us in Gisborne.

First off, work. I have ended up gaining more hours of late, with some of the staff leaving for another job, retiring or even health issues. I have also become a cashier instead of fore-courter. Least for the last month or so. Which is great, to an extent. I hate the idea of moaning on about it, but with a number of hours gained and still no-one else to talk to proper down here… but, it sucks. I would relish the idea of a normal working week.

Next, and a bit of a story to tell. My first drive means has kicked the bucket, of sorts. My car had been overheating for some time, and we still cannot quite work out why. So, for two weeks Reuban and I test drove a couple of cars we were looking at.

Toyota Corolla, Suzuki Swift, Mitsubishi Lancer, and a Honda Civic were the ones we were able to drive. They all had their perks, no doubt, but in the end, it came down to two – the Swift and the Civic. And then one simply due to the price difference.

I have to say, I thoroughly love it. I have been driving it for just over two weeks now and it is a dream. So quiet, surprisingly economical on gas, zippy, and the space! My word the space I have now. A back seat, a boot that can hold all the groceries and more. The power is almost laughable in comparison to my last car. Where that was a two litre non turbo, the Swift is a one litre turbo. 

I kid you not on that. There is so many other little bits and pieces about it that I can’t go into full detail in just one post. I just find it amazing and already it has clocked up just over 600 kilometres. It still amazes me on how quick those have piled up, but with all of those, I have only ever put fuel into it once. 

We’re still in shock that we now own this, as well as a house with land. What will be the next big venture I wonder… 

Latest News – So Proud…

It’s rather ironic, from what I wrote in the last post here. Keeping my fingers crossed certainly paid off for work. As of this moment, I have been working at a local service/petrol station as their new forecourt person.

With this position, even with it being only part-time is great. I am able to meet new people, some from within Gisborne township, some who live in the outer areas – like Reuban and I, or further – and even visitors and tourists coming into the area.

Almost all the people I have spoken to have been lovely. Willing to chat, or even just to say hello and how their day is going. There may be the odd one or two that do not, but nothing I can do to change that, really.

Even more recently that I am proud of that I have accomplished since moving to Gisborne. I got my driving licence!

Admittedly, it is my restricted, but it is a step closer to getting my full one. I have been on my learners for so long, and had done the test before, I felt so worried that I might not get it.

But even with all that I did during the test, parroting the tester, talking to myself about what I saw on the road, I made only one critical error. And that was watching my speed. Thankfully I didn’t get anywhere near 60km/hr, as that would have been an instant fail, again.

Even the new licence had only just arrived this morning, I still cannot quite believe that I got it. I almost cried when the tester said I had passed. I was in a bit of a daze when he said that for a while afterwards.

The one part that I feel like I have not accomplished as well as I had hoped, was the work in regards to my studies. With the new amount of things to do at home and at work, I have not had a chance to get into writing more for my thesis, and have even applied for it to be put on hold for a few months, least until I can find a good routine with work, life and study.

Well, there is the latest updates from here, I do hope to write more soon, least when the time comes to write about them. Until next time readers. x

Rolling in the New Year

Here we are, already halfway through January and I already feel that this new year will bring with it new chances.

Already, I am keeping my fingers crossed that some work will be coming my way soon, as well as possibly some small work on our property to make it more appealing to future visitors.

Even my studies are coming along rather nicely, though at times I don’t feel I will get any of it done by the deadline, especially if I end up with paid work.

I am even getting into making videos and posting them onto YouTube, and I hope to get into doing more, especially if I am not in the videos, which is what I am currently doing.

Hopefully I will keep up to-date with this blog as well, and talk of what big changes are happening here. Hence why there hasn’t been much posting happening, nothing big has quite happened of late, so I would just end up repeating myself in each post.

The only thing that is new to deal with – least for me, personally – is the heat. Oh, my gosh, the heat! There have been days over this summer where it was so hot that doing nothing felt normal. The hottest it has gotten so far, has been close to the mid-thirties. Though I had encountered temperatures like this before, it did not feel the same as before.

If anything, it felt crisper, dryer than what I was use to. Even just sitting outside for a few minutes I felt like I was cooking myself.

Hopefully with time, I will get use to it and even get a bit of a tan while I’m at it.

I feel like I might loose it

Already now, it is now just two months away from the New Year, and I am feeling annoyed and frustrated at myself. I had this plan for how I saw myself by this point, but it just has not come to be as of yet.

I had hoped to have been working, even part time a few days a week by now, but still nothing has come up to where I have gotten a yes, we will take you on. Even for a 90 day trial period!

Some days I feel like I could cry into my research books, but then I remember there is other stuff that needs to be getting onto… Is that bad?

Am I doing, or saying something wrong on my applications, or in my interviews when I get them? I don’t know. At times I wish the responses gave some critical feedback on what to possibly say for future reference, instead of the “Sorry… Good luck in your future job hunting..” blah.

However, I am doing other things from home, apart from house-work and studying. Least to keep me sane for a time. I am thinking of making necklaces, possibly custom ones if anyone were to ask for them.

At the moment, I have a few almost ready, just needing a few final touches before I post them online, most likely on my ETSY account. Once I have them too my satisfaction, I will no doubt write about them on here, the steps on how I made them, how they look, and if they are liked by people.

I have seen a few necklaces like these before, and I was rather curious as to how they were made. Once I spotted a few of the items online, I thought that I’d give it a go. And it was rather soothing. Reading, and cross-stitch have normally been my go to for that, but with these necklaces in particular, I was surprised at how calmed I felt when they were all pieced together.

The ideas from my previous post, on doing drawings and getting them printed is still in the process, it just needs a bit more refining, as I am use to drawing by hand, even if it was tracing something else that I saw online.

Who knows, I may end up doing both jewellery and art prints. I just wish something would come up now, so that I could possibly pay to maybe get these ideas off the ground at all.