Friday Matters 22nd May 2015

It’s been a pretty ok week so far, nothing exciting has been happening. I had my nephew’s first birthday last Saturday & it was a Disney themed birthday.

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My Disney leggings were as close as I got to the Disney theme. Actually donned red lipstick for it & got my face did up. I don’t clean up too shabby, I don’t think 😂

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We got quite the sight at work on Wednesday when the window cleaners made their descent while cleaning the windows. I’m near a corner of the building so there were something like 4 planes that the window cleaners were working on. Funny thing is it rained pretty much right after the windows were cleaned. Haha apparently this always happens! It seems to be window cleaning time in the CBD this week, I’m going to assume it’ll rain each day then.

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I treated myself to some new Rimmel by Kate Moss lippies. I was wanting shade 10 but they sold out & I had to settle for these 2 shades as it was 3 for the price of 2 over at Priceline. I went in to get myself a liquid eyeliner cause my new Scandaleyes one wasn’t quite up to par. I miss the Maybelline Line Stilletto one, they don’t do them any more.

That’s this edition of Friday Matters for me! How was your week?

May 2015 Goals

It’s already past the middle of May & I haven’t even reviewed my goals from last month. The year is almost up again & I feel like I haven’t quite accomplished much again. It’ll be my 1 year anniversary at my current workplace tomorrow & it is a bit of a mixed bag of feelings. Feels good that I managed to stick it out a year but also not so good cause I haven’t been able to leave what was supposed to be a temporary position.

I’ve not quite applied for the many jobs I’ve aimed for, but instead I’ve changed my tact to apply for positions which I would really want and would have a shot of getting an interview & beyond. So far, I’ve applied for the position that I’ve just narrowly missed out on previously & thus begins the really long wait to hear back.

I still haven’t gotten my TV fixed, but have got it on my list of things to do at some point this month as I really want my old TV back.

I’ve managed to keep up with my studies last month, submitting quite a number of assessments & getting a result back today. I managed to get a 24/30 for an assessment, which I’m pretty chuffed about seeing that I did that in about 4 hours. I’ve got one last piece of assessment to submit in a few weeks before I can have a break.

I’ve also managed to get back on the blogging bandwagon after slipping off a bit again for a while due to the stress from assignments. All in all, a pretty good month for April.

Goals for this month:

1. Get a quote to get my TV fixed. I’ll have to do this at some point as I’m a bit over the smaller TV & it looking so odd in my room.

2. Work on my secret project. I’ve written a schedule & rough plan which I want to try to stick to to try to make some progress slowly. I won’t be ready to launch or reveal the project for at least another year or so, but want to have some substance & content ready for when I am ready to finally start it up.

3. Finish up this semester at uni on a high. I’ve got one more big assignment (50%) due in a few weeks & I’m starting to put it together from now. So far I’m not failing the 2 units I’m doing, which is always a good sign.

4. Keep up with the blogging here. I’ve got a few posts planned & I’m quite enjoying the fact that I’ve rediscovered the password feature on my blog. Being able to write about some personal stuff here is quite cathartic & soothing. If you would like the passwords, please e-mail me kristinesays at Gmail dot com. I’m happy to give out passwords, I just want to know who is reading my personal posts :-)

I suppose 4 goals for the month is enough. My planner is full of other daily to do lists which keeps me sane & my thoughts on to paper rather than stuck in my head. What are your goals for this month? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday Musings 17th May 2015

It has been quite an up & down week that’s just gone past. I was PMS-ing & it always drives my moods haywire for about a week, especially if I was already feeling a bit down or stressed prior. I wrote a few posts last week which were quite personal, one of which was locked away & to be quite honest, it was what I needed to pen down here.

 

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I yearn to feel carefree as a child. Nothing to worry about apart from needing the potty & food. Maybe also finding books to read, but mostly a carefree life. I’ve just realised that I’ve got an almost identical hairstyle now to the picture above. Going back to basics eh?

 

I’ve managed to complete an assessment for uni & only have to work on a pretty big one before the semester ends in a few weeks. Am so glad it’s almost over! I’m pretty mentally exhausted from it all, I can only imagine that next semester will be about the same & next year it’ll be worse due to the research project I will have to manage while working full time. I’m trying not to think about that till I have too, got too many other things to worry about anyway.

 

I’ve just submitted a job application today, am hoping something will come out of it. As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I’ve been targeting jobs specifically, rather than trying to broadly apply for anything in the 2 industries I’m interested in. I don’t think my sanity will be able to cope with it all while trying to juggle so many things at a time. It’s for a pool for a job which hopefully will pay quite well. I’m hoping something comes out of it all & my efforts haven’t been wasted. It is quite depressing when someone tells you that you didn’t get the job.

 

Anyway, I’m off to go play some video games after all the work I’ve done this morning. I think I deserve some down time today :)

A Sign

After yesterday’s cathartic post, I felt a bit lighter & relieved that I put my thoughts down & out to the universe. I went to bed & slept quite a good sleep actually.

I woke up before my alarm this morning & checked my emails as I was quite content in laying in bed till I had to get out. I stumbled upon an email saying that I had won a signed copy of Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook cook book. Needless to say, I was pretty elated & chambered out of bed straight away to message the other half. Why I had to climb out of bed to do that on my phone, I’m still not quite sure lol

I’m a person who believes that things happen for a reason & nothing is there by accident. Winning this book has really made me believe that this is a sign to chase my dreams. Believe or not, it was this week that I was praying for a sign of where my career would lead to as I had received another rejection a few weeks ago & am expecting that another rejection will be in the near future for some positions I’ve applied for. I’m not bummed that I got rejected for my old job or even the job I’ve been chasing for years while in my old job. I’m a bit relieved at the fact I don’t have to go back to that old life, but at the same time wondering what my future holds. After a wake up call like this, I think I have a vague idea of what I need to do.

The Savings Habit

Lately, I’ve read a lot about the interest rate going down & who the real winners & losers are. It makes pretty interesting fodder during my lunch break.

I thought I’d share a bit about the my savings habits throughout the years, which I think might help out. Please read this with a pinch of salt, what works for me, might not necessarily work for you & bear in mind that I am not a licensed financial planner or do I even work in finance. Now with all the legalities out of the way, here’s my tips on building some savings.

1. Write down your earnings & spending
Do this how ever you are comfortable with – pen & paper, app or even a wall chart. I started out documenting it all in a simple notebook when I first moved to Perth & it’s evolved since, but now I use an app to quantify things. Being able to see what I spend my money on is usually the first step in constructing a functional budget.

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2. Save at least 10% of your earnings
This might sound hard, but trust me it is possible. I worked 2 days a week during uni & saved 10% then, which was quite a big portion as a student. Having that 10% in a high interest savings account & term deposits (back then it was almost 7%), made my meagre savings work for me. I have a modified version of that savings plan currently. All my excess money sits in my mortgage offset account, making my money work for me again.

3. Work out a functional budget
When I say functional, I mean don’t tie yourself down with being rigid about everything you spend each week/month, but be flexible & allow yourself some leeway to buy things or services you might want every now & then. For example, I lobbed my hair off over the weekend, which isn’t normally in my budget but I allow a small amount of money to be able to do stuff with. A girl’s gotta live ya know!

Hope these tips help somewhat in sorting out your finances!

The Big Chop

If you’ve been following me on Twitter for a while, you’ll know I’ve been pretty annoyed at my long hair & have been talking about lobbing it all off. I’ve talked myself into chopping it off, but never made it to the hairdressers till this weekend.

I felt ready to make the big chop & walked into the salon to get it chopped off & my hair washed as a bit of a treat to myself. I should’ve done this earlier, but am glad I got it all chopped off. Now, I get to grow it all out again & have my natural hair colour again.

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It feels like a big weight off my shoulders, quite literally. I am pretty pleased with it, but am waiting till it grows out a bit more so I can lob more layers into it :)

Sunday Afternoon Musings

It has been quite the weird week this week & I’m glad it is almost over. The Sunday is half gone so far & this is my view for the next few hours:

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I’ve got an assignment due on Friday & I’m not looking forward to it at all. It’s going to be a busy few weeks for me with things to go to, assignments to submit & potential jobs to apply for. I really need something like 35 hours a day to be able to do all the things I need to do.

 

I’ve got another stye starting to grow on my right lower eyelid, this will be the 2nd one this year & I cannot afford to call in sick for work any more with the whole casual situation. For long term followers, you will know that this was supposed to be a temp job, but has become a rolling contract which isn’t great due to the money situation. I’ve been applying for jobs since around the September mark & it’s really taking a toll as I keep getting rejection after rejection, plus not getting anywhere with it. Really needing to get past the next few weeks before taking time to apply for things more consistently as I need an out from my current situation. You would think having 2 degrees & working on a 3rd one, I’d be able to get something decent paying, but that’s hardly the case at all. I’ll have to compile the stats of jobs I’ve applied for in another post & have a look back to see how it all went.

 

Just need to keep breathing & keep calm for the next few weeks before I can have a bit of a rest before hitting the job application circuit again. If only I could strike the lotto, I’ll be able to do all the stuff I want to if I had the money. Enough ranting for the day, I just needed to have a bit of a breather before concentrating again. Have a good weekend!

Friday Matters 1st May 2015

I’ve decided to come up with hopefully a weekly series of Friday musings. It’s the day of the week I generally look forward to the most, given that I usually head over to Matt’s for the weekend & not have to worry about work for at least 2 whole days.

This Friday is slightly different as I’m at mine for the weekend due to an assignment which is due at midnight which I haven’t quite done much for. It’s a bad habit I have, leaving assignments till the last minute, but I find that I work the best under pressure. There’s a difference between pressure & tiredness & unfortunate these 2 nearly always intersect when I’m writing the assignment. No matter, I’ve got a plan to finish my assignment tonight as I’ve done a few bits & pieces. Also helps that the unit is a first year unit which is modified slightly for postgraduates. For that, I’m grateful.

The other night I tried my hand at some overnight curls for the 2nd time & it didn’t end very well. As my hair is very long & slightly dry, the curls stuck too much & I couldn’t separate them for then to look presentable. Instead, I looked like someone who had a bad day with an electric socket. I’ll spare you that picture, but he’s what I did to get those stubborn curls.

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When I woke up, I found all my bobby pins stored on my bedside table which was so weird. I must’ve taken it off in the middle of the night without realising it. Heh. Lesson learned from this experiment, don’t twist but curl & don’t put it all in a high pony tail to sleep.

Also an update on my flu shot arm, it’s gotten better & I’m only left with a slight discoloured ring on my arm & it’s not sore any more. Not bad I say.

Needing to get through work today & that assignment before the weekend here it’s Borderlands time! Also time to work on the next assignment which is due next Friday. I’m betting I’ll leave it all till the last minute again 😂

Anything exciting happen during the week? Let me know in the comment s

Flu Shot 2015

I had my flu shot over the weekend & it’s resulted in this giant lump yesterday. It’s about as big as a standard size mug bottom. The ring around it was done by my colleague who wanted to make sure it didn’t grow any bigger.

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I was not a happy camper at all. My boss has the theory that it’s a reaction indicative of how bad a flu I would have caught had I not got the injection. Old wives tale or partial truth? You be the judge to that.

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