Semester 2 2015

It’s the final week of the semester break before uni starts up again for the semester on Monday. I’m looking forward to finishing up this semester as that would mean that I’ve only got the research units left next year.

 

I’m setting myself the goal to get good grades again for this semester – at least 2 credits or higher. I’m not aiming to be the top student or anything, but I guess to make my learning time semi enjoyable & worth the time, money & effort. The 2 units I’ve got this semester aren’t my favourite & the assessment format & lecturers are probably the worst combo I’ve got. I’m hoping to get out of this relatively unscathed & still sane.

 

Another piece of news is that I’ve been accepted into the job pool that I’ve applied for twice but failed the one time. This time I’ve been accepted & hopefully should get an offer soon. Am hoping it’s sooner rather than later as I’ve just about had it with my job & the current pay I’m on. I’ve been told by my colleagues & boss to apply for the Summer Vac Program, which I will, just so that I’ve got back up plans. Problem is, if I’m accepted into it, I’ve got 12 weeks of work, possibly an offer for the Grad program which starts in 2017 but no guarantee anything might happen & I might lose my current job. I’ve got many second thoughts about it, but worth applying than not knowing what could have happened.

 

I’m making the most of my last few days before uni by watching as much TV as I can get my hands on & watching lots of cooking programs. What can I say, I am food obsessed!

Hiatus and July 2015 Goals

It certainly has been quite a while since I last blogged, I’ve been making the most of my down time from uni with watching heaps of TV & giving my mind a bit of a break. Lord knows that I needed some rest from thinking after work, plus I got sick a couple of times during the break & I’ve just needed time away. I’ve had a bit of a break & gave my head some space to rest & relax. It has been a good time away, but I’m rearing to get back to the blogging bandwagon & my side project.

 

There are a few goals that I’ve managed to work on from May (here). I’ve gotten a quote to get my TV fixed ($25/15 min blocks) & I will get the parentals to send it off when they swing past the Samsung place. I’ve barely made progress on the secret project, but will be jumping back on again now that I’m back online a bit more. I’ve also ended the semester on a high – getting a 66 & 81 for the 2 units that I took last semester. I’ve also re-enrolled for next semesters units, so am good to go on that front too. I didn’t achieve my May goal of blogging too much, but I’ll take what I can get :)

 

My goals for July 2015 are:

  1. Spend at least 2 hours per week doing stuff related to the secret project.
  2. Clean up my chest of drawers – organise all the clothes in it & create an op shop/sell pile. I’m partially done with this, but I’m putting it here so that I can say I’ve completed it.
  3. Clean up the spare table in my room – put away all my documents. I’ve got a pile of documents sitting on my desk & it’s not a pretty sight.
  4. Get rid of some clutter in my room. I’ve got too many things stashed in my room as it’s my only storage place in my house & it’s bothering me that everything is still in boxes since I first moved out of my first place in Perth in 2009. There’s lots of things that need to go.
  5. Clean up my cosmetics/makeup/toiletries. I think this one might be a task to be stretched over 2 months, but I’ll add it here.

5 goals seems doable in the next 3 weeks or so & I’m challenging myself to really get off my butt to get some stuff done. I haven’t put anything on the blogging front yet, just cause I’m trying to enjoy my time off uni till August & I want to continue getting my head into the right space to be able to hit the rest of the year off. There’s not long left to the year & it’s starting to get to me as I turn the big 3-0 in January & am starting to really do lots of reflecting & soul searching in terms of what I want in life. Big stuff. Watch this space.

Finishing Semester 1 2015

I handed in my last assignment of the semester last Friday. To say that I hit the submit button with relief, is an understatement. I was so glad that my first semester was over for the year. I just have to rinse & repeat in August.

I’ve got a few things planned over the semester break, one of which includes a bit of a spring cleaning of my room. I’m a bit over living from the floordrobe & want to fully utilise my wardrobe since I practically live from my room & every inch of space is very much valued. I’ve also got some blog posts planned, some other study to do (you didn’t think I’d while my time away, did you?) & some reading time.

Also, some focussed job applications to complete. I’m making it my goal for the rest of the year to get a full time permanent job & am sending this out to the universe. Please & thank you.

I’ll be glad when I finish up my Masters & hopefully not do my phd unless I decide that I’m really bored & want to switch things up again. 2.5 years of study this time round has really eaten me up. I want to just be able to do other things, not just be tied down by study deadlines.

Best be on my merry way back to work now! I’ve got a bit of brain drain happening at the moment staring at spreadsheets & doing mindless tasks. But it pays the bills.

Friday Matters 5th June 2015

Just a quick post to say that I am indeed alive after quite a bit of gap, I’ve been busy with uni, work & life in general. I’ve got the day off work today to complete my uni assignment & thus signals the end of the first semester. I’ve got a few things lined up for the semester break & I’m hoping that I can get to them in that short space of time.

 

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One of the more exciting things I did recently was get me a Kindle. I’ve always had my doubts about the viability of the Kindle & the price of books versus being able to borrow free books from the library on my Tab etc, I was sold when my colleagues talked about almost 1900 free books that she had on a thumb drive. Dick Smith was having a sale on the 3G version, so I hopped, skipped & ran to Dick Smith the next day I got my grubby hands on the Kindle Paperwhite. I’ll have to write up a review about it soon, but in short, I’m absolutely loving it!

 

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I had won a signed copy of Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook a few weeks back & it finally arrived in the mail yesterday! The pictures inside were filled with colour & the recipes were definitely not ones that I’ve ever seen before. I’m really chuffed with the whole thing! Will be fun to try some of the recipes in there some day!

 

I guess that’s it from me for a while. I’ve got a 50% assignment to finish up today & then I can commiserate by not looking at uni work for the next 2 months or so! Have a lovely Friday!

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!

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