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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!

I’m Back!

How is it already December of 2018? My last post on here was January 2017. So much has happened since then. My blog was out of action for a good part of my unplanned hiatus, since there were issues with hosting etc. Thankfully Matt has fixed it and I’m back.

I haven’t done a 2018 goals post and I don’t think I quite set out things for this year at all. I had a few rough goals in mind but it didn’t quite eventuate and this year hasn’t quite turned out as we would’ve expected.

We tied the knot in June 2017,which has definitely been a highlight of last year. As much as wedding planning was stressful, I would’ve done it again in a heart beat as the day turned out as perfect as can be.

We went our honeymoon at the end of 2017, with visits to Malaysia for my cousin’s wedding, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau. We hadn’t been travelling in a while and the trip was a great way to recharge & spend some quality time together. We spent Christmas & New Year’s in Hong Kong. It was juts magical. Yes, we did go to Disneyland and bought a truck full of souvenirs!

The day we were setting off on our honeymoon, we got news that my work situation was going to change dramatically due to some changes in government. Definitely wasn’t the greatest way to start a holiday but we managed to put that behind us until we came back home.

We also had put our house on the market and then took it off the market after 9 months as we weren’t getting any realistic offers. We’re still in the midst of making it our home & decluttering things as we go at the moment. It’s only since July 2018 that we’ve had a proper place to call home together as a married couple. Living out of a small selection of clothes while having home opens most weekends was not the most pleasant thing.

Which brings us to present day. I’m still waiting to hear what’s happening with work. I’ve been transferred to work way south of the river, albeit acting in a role I previously have done, so it isn’t a bad thing. I’ll be there till March, and after that I’m not sure as we’re still waiting to hear about what is going on. The not knowing what’s happening is definitely affecting morale at work & is not helping with stress levels. I’ve been keeping an eye out for other potential roles but nothing exciting has popped up so far. Also looking at other avenues for making money & if I’m honest, I’m more excited about the other avenues than I am about my current work industry. I’m not ruling out any opportunities but I’m not locking myself in either.

Thus has been a brief recap of the last 18 or so months. I’m hoping that it’s not going to be that long between posts again!

Operation Wedding Ready

The countdown to the big day is going pretty quickly. There’s quite a few things left to do & I really need to get moving in terms of getting it all done in time. It has been a pretty busy few months at work and random things around the house too. My brother and parents are preparing to move out once their place gets built and I’m getting ready to move Matt in & clean up my place prior to that happening.

 

Wedding wise, it’s been pretty slack around here. I’ve tested the recipe for our wedding cake, received some RSVPs eventhough I haven’t sent out Save the Dates and our wedding guest list looks to be expanding still. I’m not too stressed about the whole thing as yet, I’m a bit blase about it to be honest. Oh, and the tailor for the bridesmaids dresses has absconded with the money :’P I could be devastated, but I’m not. Thankfully we found out now, so we’ve still got time to fix it all up.

 

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Did a spot of baking for work’s Melbourne Cup lunch last week. The cake went down a treat, which is great! I really need to get more baking and cooking done, can’t wait to have my kitchen back & get started with practicing my cooking and baking skills.

 

Joined the gym over the weekend, in an effort to get fitter and look better. So far I cancelled out my efforts by eating heaps. The gym really does make my appetite go mental! Will try again this weekend to keep more active and get the sweats on.

 

Been feeling a bit under the weather the past few days, hoping it is just minor bug and will go away soon. I can’t afford to have any more days off. I’ve got some days off in November, will be the first time since I started here a year ago that I’ve had any decent time off. Albeit its only a few days, but it is better than nothing. Work has been pretty busy and I’m trying to keep stress levels to the minimum and get stuff done.

Mid October Blues

I can’t believe it’s just after the middle of October already. Matt told me today that he got an e-mail saying that it’s 67 days till Christmas! *insert OMG emoticon*

 

Where has the year gone?! In just over a month, I would’ve been at my current workplace for a year. It has been a year of ups and downs, lots of changes and lots of lessons learnt. This time last year, I was lamenting on how I needed a new job as my job was paying pretty crap pay & I couldn’t survive on that for very much longer. Today, I’m so thankful I get an automatic salary increase on my anniversary date and another increment in the middle of the year due to the bargaining agreement.

 

Been a bit up and down lately at work, my mood has been pretty stable since I cut out the coffee. I worked out through trial and error that it was giving me anxiety and made my mood quite low. Been a bit stressed but am taking it day by day and hoping to achieve small goals every day to keep me on track. I’m also keeping my side project dream alive by working on little things each day & thinking about the ideas I have for it and documenting it.

 

You might say I’m a bit selfish for having exit plans from work, but to be honest I’m just forward planning. When we start having a family, I don’t want to be driving almost 3 hours a day to get to and from work, I much rather spend the time with my children and husband. I might not make as much money, but it would be doing something I love and will give me flexibility to grow and adapt with my family. I feel that’s important for me at this point in my life.

 

Anyway, a really funny thing happened at work today. I had worked pretty hard on a piece of work, ready for my manager to speak to his manager about. The negotiation for this had been going on for about 2 months with this. I provided my manager a hard copy of the document for the discussion. Fast forward 2 hours later, my manager comes out to me with his hand out. I was procrastinating work and had just finished playing a game on my phone when I turned to look. I was very puzzled to what was going on, I took it as an indication to smack his hand.

 

I asked my manager what was going on. He sheepishly told me that in the rush of him wanting to print a previous version of the document to take to his manager along with the current version, he accidentally hit the copy to draft button, which meant that my current document now looked like my previous document. Those damn buttons are located next to each other in the database, and usually there is a warning before it copies it over completely, but not this time. I was a bit shocked but oh well, accidents happen. I then spent about an hour redoing the document and sending off for quotes to an organisation again, I’ll have to redo the rest of the document tomorrow. Haha if I didn’t laugh at it, I would’ve cried.

The rest of the week looks to be pretty busy, but I end the week with a morning tea with our director general. I’m pretty happy with that to be honest. Now to focus on finishing the week on a high note!

July 2016: EOFY Business

It’s now July, another financial year done & dusted. Normally I try to be quite on top of things in terms of tax refunds as I would like to see my hard earned money back in my account ASAP. Due to a bit of a glitch with my health insurance’s computer system, I don’t know when I am able to get my tax statement from them so that I can finish up my tax. Received my PAYG from my current & previous employer and am thoroughly surprised at how much tax has been taken out. Partly because I’ve got a HECS debt & I’ve hit the threshold for repayment. I can’t complain as it was a loan for me to further my studies, although I’d be really happy once I’ve repaid it all & I can have the extra money in my pocket.

 

The Pokemon Go craze has hit & I’ve joined the bandwagon. I’m not a fanatic Pokemon fan, but the gameplay which is a mix of Ingress with Pokemon really has fascinated me. This is me after a few days’ worth of playing.

 

Pokemon Go

 

I’ve gotten up to level 8, but am mostly a weekend player since I can’t really walk a lot during the day at work & am too tired to be hunting Pokestops & Pokemon during the week. Although my work desk is near a Pokestop, it is about 3m too far for the GPS to register, guess I will have to find excuses to pop outside for things to do every now & then! The cold weather at the moment is also a hindrance to walking outside to look for Pokemon, my fingers are frozen while typing this in my room! Might be time to turn up the heater to warm up.