Friday, May 31, 2013

Day 31 - A vivid memory

Day 31 - A vivid memory

Way back when I was about 10 and my older brother, J was 12 our family went on a camping trip (that ended up being a caravan/cabin trip) down to the South Coast. The place we were staying was on a beautiful river and so every day the family would head down to swim and laze about.

There was also a campsite near the river and quite a few families were staying there as it was in the height of summer. J and I decided to go for a wander through the campsites to see if we could find anyone our age and on our little walk we came across an unattended tent that had a huge box of grapes outside. Being the naughty little children we were, we decided to grab a handful and scoff them down before our parents noticed. That was a great idea until we saw Mum coming towards us, trying to see where we had gotten to.

After frantically chewing my grapes, Mum got closer and realised I was chewing and asked to see what was in my mouth. I swallowed and said ‘oh nothing’. She noticed the box of grapes sitting there and asked if we had taken the persons grapes and we both said ‘no, of course not’. Sensing we were both lying, Mum asked again what was in our mouths and clever little me decided to tell her I had rocks covered in grass in my mouth. Haha!I can’t remember what happened after that. I am sure we both got told off.

Now that I am much older, I don’t know how my Mum kept a straight face when I came up with my seemingly ‘foolproof’ excuse.

The things kids come up with!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Back to Day 28 - Only Pictures

Day 28, Tuesday: Only pictures
Life Lately...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I'm back - Day 29

I had a bit of an unintended blogging break due to an exam I had to sit yesterday. I had planned to schedule some posts, but as usual life got in the way.

I have missed a few of the Blog Every Day in May prompts, so I will go back and just do the ones that I liked the sound of. The last one I posted was Day 20 – A struggle.

That means the last time I posted was 9 days ago! I will keep blogging in line with where the list is up to, then go back and complete the others.

So, Day 29, Wednesday: Five songs or pieces of music that speak to you or bring back memories. Use Grooveshark or YouTube to include them in the post.

Someday, Someday by Thirsty Merc reminds me of when S and I first started dating 6 years ago.

Tick, Tock by Kesha reminds me of the cruise I went on with one of my besties, T.

We are your friends by Justice reminds me of my 18th Birthday.

Never tear us apart by INXS reminds me of my Mum.

and finally....
Hurt me by The Jezabels reminds me of when I moved back to Sydney from Canberra and in with S.

Monday, May 20, 2013

A struggle - which path?

Day 20 - Monday: Get real. Share something you're struggling with right now.
Photo from NZ 2011
I am still studying my degree. A Bachelor of Business majoring in Economics. I am set to finish at the end of the year if all goes well and I am excited and scared. Excited because…who doesn’t love finishing their degree? And scared because I have no idea what I want to do. Actually, that is a small lie. I have some idea of what I want to do, but I am not sure how to get in to that industry. What I do know, is that the path I am currently in at work is not really what I want to do. I have made some decisions lately that involve further study and I am excited about those decisions. For once, I am excited about study. Something I have never been while doing this current degree.

The industry I want to move in to is not the same as the path I am currently in. I can work in that industry within my workplace, but probably not without further study. I am researching and talking to people in the industry to see if that is really the path I want to take, because I am so scared of taking the leap and hating it. But I can’t stay in this job forever. It is not me. It is stressful and I don’t love it. I don’t want to live my life in a job I don’t love. I don’t resent it yet, but I don’t want to get to that point.

Hopefully 2013 brings some answers and a clearer road for me.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Revlon beauty haul

This is my first ever 'beauty haul' and could well be my last since I hardly buy beauty products. I am no beauty guru. I just loved these products so I blogged about them.

 I am going to a wedding on the weekend and decided I needed a new lipstick to match. I trekked to Myer with a work colleague and tried on a lipstick only to be told by the sales lady that I needed to do my hair and makeup and then it would suit me. Well, my hair and makeup WAS that was awkward.

We decided that was not the colour for me and moved on until we saw Revlon trendsetter. A beautiful colour that has great staying power. I had a shower, used cleanser and it was still there when I got out. Definitely need makeup remover for that one.
 1. Revlon photoready blush palette//2. Revlon ColourStay creme gel eye liner//3. Revlon Photoready primer/shadow palette//4. Revlon lipbutter - Peach Parfait//5. Revlon nail polish (can't remember colour).

I used the blush palette and the eyeshadow palette this morning and the colours are really nice. It is now after 2pm in the afternoon and the makeup has not worn off. Still looks nice and bright.

Have you used any of these products?

Something difficult about your lot in life

Day 16, Thursday: Something difficult about your "lot in life" and how you're working to overcome it

A little late, but I was writing a report for Uni and I think that was a bit more important. I have also skipped Day 15 - A day in my life, but I will come back to that (I was at a funeral that day and that’s not a great thing to show photos of).

I have had a great life. I have parents who have raised my brothers and I well and who have sacrificed a lot to enable us to have the things we want and need. We may not have had everything, but we never went without.

I actually struggle to answer this question, as even though life can be hard at times I feel like I have always come through any problems a better person and so I can’t see that as something that is difficult about my lot in life.

Perhaps in the future I will be faced with heartache, loss and hurdles. Perhaps this will be the difficulty in my ‘lot’. Perhaps I just don’t know difficulty yet.

I always strive and work towards living a really rich life. We are not guaranteed this life and we are not guaranteed the future. So in the mean time, while my ‘lot’ is going well, I will continue to do things that I love and that will make my life rich. Things that I can turn back on and remember in a fond way. Experiences that will make up who I am as a person.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

10 things that make me happy

Day 14, Tuesday: Ten things that make you really happy
1.    S & Teddy (our little family)
2.    Japanese food
3.    Seeing family and friends
4.    Sewing
5.    Reading. Especially with my kindle. I am averaging a book a week! (On that note, a really good book also makes me happy)
6.    Dancing around the house
7.    Discovering new places
8.    Birthdays
9.    Helping others
10. Having a loose life plan. Some direction.

What makes you happy?

A public apology

Day 13, Monday: Issue a public apology. This can be as funny or as serious or as creative as you want it to be.
Dear Teddy,

I am here today to issue a public apology for laughing at you yesterday.

When you jumped in to the back seat of the car, lost control and skidded in to the door on the other side (hitting your nose in the process). When you used your paw to swipe your nose and I laughed, I am sorry.

In my defence, I did check that you were ok before I saw the funny side of the situation. I had cuddled you before I started laughing. 

Next time buddy, try and be less eager about getting in the car. It might save a nose squash.



Sunday, May 12, 2013

I miss..

Day 12, Sunday: What do you miss? (a person, a thing, a place, a time of your life...)

I miss: 
High school
Having no responsibility
Living in Canberra
My share house in Canberra
Teddy when I am at work
S when I am away from him too long
My family 

Lots of things. But we have to miss some things to appreciate where we have been and where we will go.

10 words

Day 11, Saturday: Sell yourself in 10 words or less

A day late, but still keeping up with the blog every day in May challenge.

1o words. me.

Friday, May 10, 2013


Day 10, Friday: Most embarrassing moment (s). Spill

I can't really remember many embarrassing moments. I don't seem to get embarrassed often.

One I do still remember though, is from when I was in Year 8 at High School.

Every afternoon, my Mum would pick me up from school. To get to the car, I would have to walk through the bus stop area (which was packed with students). There were two poles on this walk that had a chain tied up between them. One day, I thought it would be a great idea to jump over the chain (obviously forgetting how uncoordinated I am).

As I made the jump, my foot latched on to the chain and I went face first towards the ground. I put my hand out to stop myself and at the same time my school dress (which a pleated flowy skirt) went right up around my waist, giving everyone a good look at my underwear.

Obviously being a 13 year old I was mortified!

What is your most embarrassing moment?

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A moment

Day 9, Thursday: A moment in your day (this can be just a photo or both a photo and words)
A simple photo. An apple.

I have been trying to eat less sugary treats lately and I find eating an apple (yes, I know it also contains sugar) helps curve my craving. Less lollies and more fruit.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Day 8, Wednesday: A piece of advice you have for others. Anything at all.
Over the past year I have gone through a season of change. I had been living in share houses since I moved out of home, then had a housemate live with S and I. She moved out and at the same time, S got a new job that had longer hours. I went from always having people around for 23 years to having no-one (until late at night). I was lost. I take a long time to adjust and the change was lost in me. I didn't know what to do with my time, even though I had so much to do. 

Through that time, while I was always happy with where life was headed, I found myself down a lot wondering what was next.

It was during this time that I started to embrace change and looked at it in a different light. I decided then to change myself so in turn, I could accept change and alter different aspects in my life. 

I stopped being cynical, I started choosing happiness. I stopped looking for the worst in a situation and started turning it to see the best. It might have been a small positive in a large negative, but I found it. I stopped finding the negatives and stewing on them. I learnt a lot and although it is only a year later I can say that I have changed and for the better.

I love better, I am happier, I surround myself with positive people and I can truly say I have embraced change.

My advice, if you have made it this far:

Accept change, no matter how much your life is changing. Try and see the positives even though there might be more negatives. If you find yourself thinking negatively, try and alter your view. Pick a positive and stew on it. Find an activity that makes you happy and do it.