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The New Normal

It has been an incredibly long time since I touched this blog and things have certainly changed. The world has been in the midst of the coronavirus crisis (COVID-19) and things are very different. We have new terms, such as social distancing, flatten the curve and the new normal.

It certainly has been a different and difficult time for many. People panic buying toilet paper and food, people losing their jobs and livelihood and usual past times relegated to one side as it isn’t safe. Public transport has been cut to a bare minimum, stores are mostly closed and a lot of people are working from home.

For me, the changes have been quite a mixed bag. We’re doing a week at home, week at the office roster at work to minimise the number of people in the building and spreading ourselves out around the building. I initially liked the working from home, waking up at 7.30am to start work at 8am, getting breakfast and lunch made for me while watching TV during my lunch break. Also I loved working in my PJs and glasses, no need for me to get dressed and be work wear appropriate. The first swing was good, then the 2nd swing I started to get bad cabin fever and my mental health was slowly slipping. We had been doing the right thing and only going out to the shops for essentials and occasional exercise. The exercise bit got put to the back burner as I was so comfortable at home. The dreaded third quarter had struck. The novelty of doing all that had started to wear off and I was now feeling a bit stuck.

Thankfully my next office swing has came round and I was able to get out and drive to work, restoring some sense of normalcy. I then made the mindful decision to go for a walk after work to try to get rid of the cabin fever and work on my mental health. It definitely has made a difference and I’m beginning to feel like my old self, adjusting to the new normal.

To think that things currently look starkly different to what it was like to the beginning of the year, is something that is quite hard to get my head around sometimes. If someone had told me that this is what the new normal would look like in 2020, I wouldn’t have believed them. It is only until you live the reality that it becomes tangible.

I’ve been trying to get back into writing, it has been quite therapeutic to be penning things down and looking back at it. I’ve got so many new ideas swirling in my brain, but have been quite unmotivated to put them into action and explore, but am hoping that this blog post is the start of something that will spark joy with my creativity again. Till next time!

2019 Goals

Once again a new year has come upon us. 2018 was quite an eventful year, filled with both ups and downs. I would say it was more up, rather than down. We had tried to put our house on the market in 2017, but took it down in 2018 after 9 months of no real offers. Only had a cheeky offer about 20k less than what we’ve expected, so we figured that it wasn’t worth it at this point and it’d probably be a better idea to just wait it out for the market to stabilise while working on lowering the mortgage. Truth be told, I actually quite like the area we’re in, just wanting a bigger place for our family.

 

We also adopted our furchild, Evie, late in 2018. She’s just the best, we’ve definitely struck the dog lotto! She’s slowly adjusting to adopted life and will soon have her 5th birthday on the 4th of January. We’re looking forward to this!

There’s a lot of things that I’ve learned over the past year and have appreciated life’s lessons. In growing older and wiser each year, I think I’m slowly starting to get the concept of doing what I want, when I want. And also that there is no such thing as perfect timing for things. I’m looking forward to starting to work on goals and things that I want to achieve this year.

 

With the work situation still the same and up in the air, we’ve been putting off trying to start a family. But as I’ve talked to a lot of people, there is no such thing as perfect timing to anything and we might look to trying to start a family at some point this year. We’re not growing any younger and I think we’re definitely ready to start the next stage in life.

 

Another thing that I would like to see this year would be to look at following Scott Pape’s Barefoot Investor and looking to get out finances sorted and supercharged. I must admit that I’ve always read his columns and such but haven’t actually taken steps to working on the finances. This year, I’m going to commit to reading his book and trying to implement things into our finances.

 

Speaking of finances, I’ve also recently decided to start a bit of a side hustle with some products that a friend had introduced me to. I’m now an Independent Sales Consultant with Norwex. My webstore is located here: https://kristinevapor.norwexbiz.com.au/. I’m looking to make it as a bit of a side income in preparation for when it is time for maternity leave. I’ve been starting to look at reducing the use of chemicals at home in preparing to be more environmentally responsible, as well as trying to reduce chemicals for health reasons. Contact me if you’re interested in booking a party, I’m happy to have a chat to you about the products in the range.

 

One ongoing goal I’ve had for a number of years is been to declutter the house and decorate it. It’s been achieved in various degrees, we’ve put up some pictures and furniture that is really us. I’m still working on the decluttering part, but I think it won’t end anytime soon! Definitely making some progress on that front, which is what I like. I think it’ll be a long term project though.

 

One last goal I’ve got for this year is to work on my health. Not just in terms of weight, but actual fitness and mental health. 2018 was a year where my mental health had been a bit up and down, and I’m definitely looking to improve this in every which way I can. Implementing small changes each day, I’m hoping to make new habits and changing things.

 

Here’s to a good 2019!

2016 Goals

2015 has been a pretty action packed year for me & it has come that time where I go over my goals for the year & make new ones in general. In terms of last year’s goals, I reckon I didn’t do too shabbily. I met each goal in varying degrees. I got good grades for my Masters so far, I’ve decluttered a little (I’ve still got quite a bit more to go), I got a new job (am in week 5 & still loving it!) & worked on my side project (still not much progress, but ideas have been penned).

 

I find the yearly goals to be quite a thing to strive for & I generally try to make it achievable & measurable. There’s so many things to do & I’m quite keen to get started! After a bit of thinking & soul searching over the past few weeks, I’ve come up with a few goals for 2016 that I’m hoping will be pretty good.

1.Get fit

I’m not getting any younger & in the past 2 years or so, I’ve noticed that I’ve been getting pretty nonchalant about what I put into my gob & I have stacked on the kilos. I’m not too bothered about appearances, but I do know that my insides are probably not the best that they could be. My goal for the new year is to learn good eating habits & incorporate incidental and purposeful exercise into my daily routines. I want to live long enough to see my kids & grandkids grow up.

 

2. Learn to invest

Since my brother has been investing in the stock market, I’ve been pretty keen on learning how as part of another income strategy. Relying on a single income during my casual days at work with a mortgage, was scary & not something I’m keen to repeat again. I’m keen to learn how to invest in the stock market, as well as developing my side project into a business so that I’m kept occupied, as well as have a bit more income on the side. I’m also keen to learn how to best manage my superannuation as I was monitoring it during my 1.5 years as a casual & all the contributions were being eaten up by fees & taxes. In the end, my fund wasn’t even growing, which bugged me. Now with my new job, I’ve opened a new fund & will rollover my super into the new one when I get paperwork through. At least with a higher income rate, I’d be able to accumulate more super to be able to cater for my retirement.

 

3. See more friends

Now that I’ve got my car, I’m making it a priority to meet up with friends so that I can keep my friendships alive. Not having a car really isolated me & I wasn’t too happy about it all. Am looking forward to catching up with friends but also some me time during the year. Maintaining friendships is something that I’ve let slip in the past, but now with the financial freedom as well as being able to get places, I’m looking forward to it all.

 

4. Learn another language

Matt has gotten into learning German & is keen for someone to learn with him & I need something to occupy my brain with at times, so I’ve decided to learn German with the Duolingo app. Plus also brush up on my conversational Mandarin skills & possibly Italian or French. Matt says I’ve got a knack for language & I figured, why not try it out. Worst that could happen is I can speak broken European languages 😛

 

I think 4 main goals is a pretty good start. Helping people plan as my day job, this part is what I do for a living. I’m pretty keen to get the ball rolling & see how I manage throughout the year!

 

Another side goal or whatever you want to call it, is to be able to go on a holiday this year. I haven’t had a proper holiday in years & am looking forward to paid time off, with 17.5% loading! 😀

Mid Week Update

It has been quite a busy week so far with uni resuming. The irony is, I haven’t even started my uni work. Just been busy with work & running around doing other things. Plus work has been boring lately, today has been the icing on the cake as there isn’t much to do & I’m stuck with doing work that is reserved only for when it is quiet. Which is pretty mind numbing.

 

I’m hoping that I get called up for my job pool pretty soon, I’m not sure how much longer my brain can be so stagnant. I’ve tried to rack my brain the other day for the last time I did any Professional Development, and last I recall it was in 2012 or 2013. Which says a lot about work investing time & effort into developing my skills. I’m not entirely happy with the situation & truth be told am a bit annoyed that I was always busy with work to be doing CPD. I’m hoping in my next job, it will be different & that I will be given opportunities to develop & expand my skills. At the moment, I’m buying time in my supposedly temp job that was supposed to last for 3 months, but stretched to over a year. I am thankful that I have work, but at the same time am wanting to do & achieve more.

 

Enough ranting for the night. I needed to get that out my system before I blurted that out at work inadvertently. Work has been strongly encouraging my to apply for their summer vacation program, which I will do at some point next week. I’ve also seen a job ad for some positions that I’ve had my eye on since January, that’s been advertised today. That’s on my to-do list for next week amongst other things.

 

Might be time to be getting some work done before bed time. It has been a long day today.

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 🙂

Perth Suburbs

It has certainly been a while since I last blogged, but the #ThursdayBlogChat with Jess from The Belle Lumiere and Kirstie tonight has given me that little push to write something tonight!

 

I was AWOL for a while as I was a bit burnt out from work & the whole job application/rejection cycle. I decided I needed to just chillax & not worry about work or uni or my blog over the Easter break. It certainly proved a much needed break as I just played video games for most of the long weekend & didn’t think about work or uni. It’s like deja vu all over again as with my previous job, I was constantly stressed & neglected a lot of things.

 

I read this article yesterday and it just reminded me about the whole “why did you build up North?” conversation I have had with many people. I’ve found myself having to justify why I chose to build my house in the Northern suburbs (aka South Geraldton!) so many times, and I was often left feeling stupid or bad that I made that choice. I have certainly researched it before building, yet that little hint of doubt creeps back every now & then.

 

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But then again, I look at this picture & remind myself that I have made a choice & I am doing much better than a lot of people. It’s all about the bigger picture!