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Musings of sorts

Working In

November 30, 2016

At the moment I feel like I’ve gone into a little hole. A good hole mind you. Work is really busy, but slowing down for the year. I’m still on my health kick (5 kilo going strong), and last weekend I did a Vedic meditation course. More on that later, but I’ve been practicing twice a day since. The Ginger Hunk and I feel like we have a new lease on life, now that his surgery has been approved for the 9th of December. We really don’t care that he will spend the best part of summer recovering. I’ve earmarked the day that the doctor said he can walk on the sand! We’ve been organising the house, buying Christmas presents, thinking about our career goals for the next few years, and have a new-found energy.

It is a shit thing having your life on hold.

So I haven’t been blogging, or creating much these days. I’ve been doing a lot of inward focussing, rather than putting things out into the world. Which I think was much-needed! I’ve declared a little writing strike until I have the remaining seven pieces I’m waiting to get published out,  although I just had this lovely piece published on our travels to Vietnam. Continue Reading…

Daily Life, Musings of sorts

October Reflections

October 31, 2016

The fact that it’s October makes me kind of sad. It’s been a year in limbo. This time last year, I quit my job, hoping that The Ginger Hunk would have surgery, I would spend the summer helping him to recover, then we would be on our merry way. As you know, it didn’t happen that way. Thankfully, we got a fantastic advocate this year, who has helped us sort out compensation, salary payments and now we are onto the final hurdle…hip replacement approval. What we didn’t know last time was that the DVA has a set of conditions, with a set of surgeries against them. Never mind what your actual surgeon says, you must have certain conditions approved to have certain treatments. So we are just waiting for the final tick now.

I returned from my amazing holiday in Vietnam, and launched fully onto the swing of October, working full-time on a Suicide Prevention Project. I wrote about My Mental Health Journey, on world mental health day, reflecting that it is, in fact a journey. I finally did my goal CanToo event, which I downgraded from a half-marathon to a 10.6km, because I got bitten by another spider and got cellulitis (would you believe).  I’m glad I did, it was brutal! A steep climb in and out of Wentworth Falls of over 500m. My butt was hurting for days, but I felt great to be out there, such a well organised event in such a beautiful setting. I’m also grateful for all the friends I have made through running. (Seriously, I would have about two friends if I didn’t run.)

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Daily Life, Musings of sorts

Has “Selfie” Culture Gone Too Far?

October 3, 2016

One thing I noticed on my recent trip to Vietnam was that the “selfie” has gone too far. People were taking them EVERYWHERE. EVERYWHERE. What happened to people taking good old-fashioned photos of them actually doing stuff? Sightseeing, that sort of thing. I’m not sure if The Selfie is more prevalent in Asia, or if it was on my radar. Nowhere was safe, from the selfie sticks on the plane, to waiting at the airport, to exhibit A, the girl with the tripod on the beach (above) with a self run 45-minute photo shoot. In our lush resort in Phu Quoc Island, we saw girls scrambling around in the garden in swimwear dangling off palm trees, to try and capture the perfect selfie.  First of all, I would like to state, that I’m ethically a bit torn about adding this image above. I don’t know who the selfie girl is. No I don’t. But the girl in question was in the middle of a public beach, in the middle of the day, with tripod, trying to capture the perfect selfie for around 45 minutes. The beach wasn’t empty and was full of tourists, so I post this snap knowing that I took it in a VERY public place.  Continue Reading…

Daily Life, Musings of sorts

What Makes A Good Job?

September 29, 2016

I had a revelation yesterday on the bus home. I actually like my job. In the past I’ve felt frustrated that “work” is taking me away from “writing work”. I had a grand plan to go part-time, help The Ginger Hunk re-build his business and write 1-2 days a week. This year hasn’t happened that way. We are still waiting for surgery, and are on one income now. Thus I have had to increase my hours to four days, then full-time. Freelance work just wasn’t enough to survive on. I am still waiting on 8 articles to be published, and payment for some of them for work that I completed earlier in the year. But something happened to me in the meantime. I realised I don’t mind my job. For the first time in a long time I seem to be in the place with the perfect role, people and project. Here are five things I think that make a good job. Continue Reading…

Musings of sorts

On Creativity and Stress

September 26, 2016

I’m struggling a bit with my creativity at the moment. I have lots of ideas all written down on my notepad, waiting to be born. I sit down to write, and find that I just can’t get in the flow of things. I have two travel reviews, a half-baked children’s book, about 10 blog post ideas, and three women I want to feature in my largely neglected Women With Purpose Series, all waiting to be created!  I sit down and then, nada, nothing, crickets! I know what Liz Gilbert would say. She would say that I have to sit down and persevere, and just write-through it all. The magic will come. If not, I must persevere with my chosen passion. Continue Reading…

Health & Wellbeing, Musings of sorts

August Reflections (and Away I Go)

September 1, 2016

Major alert. In August there has been movement at the DVA station. I don’t write about it much here, but the husband has not worked for 7 months and is awaiting a series of Veterans Affairs claims of sorts. We have had movement and some resolution in June. The stress it has put on us has been indescribable. I was thankful we had savings to get us through but the relief… ohhh the relief… and this means we can move forward with getting the right assistance. (Watch this space for a healthy happy Ginger Hunk come summer.)

August was a strange month. I was sick for the most part and still have a cough now.  The flu, a sinus infection, an ear infection and now a residual cough. I had to seriously re-think my plans for what I was going to do fitness wise, cancel my trail run, bunk down and re-group my immune system. So no trail run for me until the end of October. I actually have not exercised for about five weeks, aside from the rough long walk.  Continue Reading…