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Week 17 Update, 2015

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We meet again! Hello, and welcome to another weekly update. Again, I’d like to apologise for the delayed post from last week (which only went up a few days ago). I had a busy week: professionally, emotionally and health-wise, therefore I needed to sort a few things out (as well as ensure we had internet after the crazy weather) before posting. Anyway, this week I aim to get back to it and write a few posts in advance to get more content on here. Here’s hoping I can stay on track! In the meantime, here’s what I got up to over this week:

-One week to go until I see if I get approved to return to normal exercise, movement and the gym! My leg hasn’t played up too much this week, other than a little pain from walking too much during my work conference and associated events. I am hopeful that I’ll be able to start being more active next week!

-As I’ve mentioned before, I attended my first conference for work last week. Overall, it was very encouraging, yet discouraging at the same time. Firstly, I was one of the youngest there, which showed me that it seems that I’m doing reasonably well in this field. There were also some really inspirational speakers there who have extensive experience in the field, and have really put their heart and souls into making a difference; a very refreshing perspective. There are also some amazing opportunities coming up for professional development, and the potential to go overseas for staff in our office. However, all the other individuals there expressed that we were in an industry where there’s little funding and resources, and if you don’t have someone at the very top that is passionate about this particular industry and involved with staff, or if you are in a non-innovative and non-modern workplace, it can be a dead-end. Because of this, it made me feel that unless I am someone who stands out in the field, or does extraordinary work, I’m not going to make it far in the long haul. Yes, it was inspiring, and there are so many ideas and opportunities I hope will eventuate based on what we learned there, but I’m doubtful that most of these would actually eventuate. So yeah, overall I had a fantastic time, but it’s left me uncertain as to what opportunities are available for the future, and if this is the direction I’m meant to be going in.

-This weekend, my amazing husband and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. I cannot believe that it’s been a whole year since we got married! Looking back, the past year has really flown by. Yet it’s been filled with some fantastic adventures: the main one was when we went overseas together for the first time (I plan on writing a post about our favourite adventures from the honeymoon soon). It’s also been with some times where we’ve grown as a couple: financial struggles and a myriad of health struggles from my end. Through everything this year, we’ve really built ourselves a strong foundation in the start of our marriage. We’ve also spent the year figuring out the direction we’d like to take our lives in the next few years too (part of our big epiphany) which has been a result of thinking for a year or two about where we’d like to end up. Overall, I am blown away at how lucky I am to have found my complete soulmate – his nerdiness, humour, creativity, intelligence, caring and thoughtful nature is the perfect match for me. I cannot wait to see what the next year brings us (as well as the rest of our life together!).

We celebrated by having a very fancy dinner in the 360 dining revolving restaurant in Centrepoint Tower, Sydney (which was something we wanted to do since we first started dating). I’d highly recommend 360 dining to anyone with dietary requirements – not only were there beautiful views and fantastic service, but they completely catered to my gluten-free requirements. They also gave us a decorated dessert dish for our anniversary (on top of all our other meals), when they found out it was the reason for our dinner that night. I haven’t seen such great service in a long time, especially in Sydney, so definitely want to go back there soon! We also celebrated our anniversary with a picnic at home (weather was terrible), reminiscent to our very first date. It’s been such a great weekend celebrating our milestones 🙂

-Part of my anniversary present from my husband was a video game I’ve been eagerly waiting to start playing: Pillars of Eternity. Created by many of the main workers on the Baldur’s Gate game series, and crowd-funded by over 77,000 fans, this game is deemed to be the RPG game of the year. So far, I’ve played about an hour of the game, and have recorded my first play-through and opinions (which will hopefully go up on our YouTube channel soon). Overall, I’ve been so impressed with the game and cannot wait to play more! Firstly, the music is absolutely incredible and really creates an ambience so suitable to the setting of the game. The game has also been built around the traditional D&D systems, and really feels like a D&D role-playing game due to the detail that the storytelling provides; even through conversation with the NPCs, the description used in the dialogue text really helps the player feel immersed in the game. The storyline itself has been unique so far for a game created by those who made the Baldur’s Gate games i.e. You don’t start out being a prisoner, or on-the-run. I really can’t wait to keep playing this game! Also, on a side note, I put in my pre-order for the Elder Scrolls Online this week. I won’t be able to play this until its release on June 9, however I’ve got Pillars of Eternity to play until then!

-Hubby and I started using our Netflix this week (I received a free 6 months of Netflix through my phone company, yay!) In particular, we’ve been watching Orange Is the New Black, which is quickly becoming a favourite show for us. The first episode was a bit slow to start; however, over the next few episodes, we’ve been really impressed with the writers of the show and the character development. My favourite character is definitely Red. Anyway, having Netflix is probably a dangerous thing for us, haha 🙂

-Late last week, I received notification confirming my participation in the volunteering program I mentioned a few weeks back! I’ve been partnered with a high-school student, and will be starting the program in May. I can’t wait to start this experience, and feel it’s really going to be beneficial for myself; I’ll be taking a step away from thinking only about myself and those I love, and trying to make a difference to a complete stranger. I hope it makes me become a more compassionate, understanding and grateful person in the process, and that I can help out my mentee.

That’s all for the past week’s update! Thanks for reading 🙂

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Week 16 Update, 2015 (sorry it’s late!)

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Apologies for the delayed post, yet again! I’ve had a crazy busy week with work, which started with all-day event at work on Monday, where due to being outside in torrential rain and wind, I became quite unwell. However, I have strived to make sure a post gets to the blog for my weekly update! The rest of this week was full of a work conference and many big work events, so apologies if next week’s update is a bit bland.

In all honesty, the past week has been a blur, so am not sure what I’ll be able to update you about!

-My NLD seems to be getting better! The dermatologist wants one more check over next week before he can decide if I’m ready to return to the gym and trying to walk more. What’s been even more exciting is that I can actually *see* the difference in my ulcers. They have healed over much more, and have become “itchy”, which is normally a sign for me that my skin is starting to turn into a scar in those areas. After some investigation on the NLD group I’m a part of in Facebook-land, it seems that my NLD was going through a stage of being “dormant”, in a sense, since 2013ish. However, for several reasons which could include stress, sickness and humidity, the NLD and its ulcers became active again in late January this year. I am really, really hoping that my NLD has recovered enough for me to start being active again next week.

-On another note, I’ve had a rather negative week relating to self-confidence, especially related to appearance. Due to my NLD, as you already know, I’ve had to stop going to the gym since February, and do minimal walking and maximum resting. As a result, I’ve gone backwards in my progress at the gym, I’ve put on weight, and my energy levels have dropped. To top it all off, I discovered over the weekend that I currently can’t comfortably fit into any of my jeans. I needed to have some jeans for a work event this week, and discovering that I couldn’t wear any of my current supply of jeans due to weight gain was really upsetting for me. Hubby was able to talk some sense into me, as he reminded me that I need to rest to be healthy – if I kept at the gym and pushing myself, my NLD would not heal. So, the rest time now is for my overall long-term health, and I can easily get back on the wagon and lose the weight I’ve gained over the short-term. I really wish I could have my immune conditions

-Over the weekend, I had the chance to play the Elder Scrolls Online due to the “Welcome Back Weekend” event. I have been ever-so-curious about trying out this MMO since I’ve become hooked on the Elder Scrolls game series (note: Skyrim has been filling a LOT of my spare time whilst I’ve been unable to go to the gym and go outside…perfect game to play when you are on bedrest). Overall, I am incredibly impressed; this game has the depth that World of Warcraft was missing for me, and I love the world of the game. So, I’m looking at writing up a review on this game, and compare it to World of Warcraft. I might also compare these to my brief experience in playing Neverwinter online too.

-Update on plans for the future and “the epiphany”: as per the usual warning, I can’t go into specific detail about this. However, it seems that this may be a little further away than I hoped. Overall, it seems that working on having some savings and being more financially secure is a priority before we investigate the ideas we have further. It’s hard, because I can see how amazing our plans are, and how positive these plans are for my/our future, but it’s a realistic approach. Jumping straight into the deep end isn’t the best way to approach this at the moment.

-I’m still researching whether I’m going to take up some more learning to “up-skill” areas I want to be qualified in. Web Development, Digital Media and Graphic Design are all on the cards still. However, again, I don’t want to start anything unless I have the time, savings and better health. I want to pursue a qualification for the right reasons, therefore also don’t want to rush into it without thinking thing through.

-Wow. Reading this week back, I’ve realised how draining this is to read…and I’m sorry. Health (which is not showing any signs of letting me get back to living my normal and productive life), combined with stress and raised anxiety levels has really been getting to me lately. However, it’s important for me to acknowledge that I’ve had a bad week, and even more so to keep writing each week (a goal I made myself since the start of 2013, and have kept to). I think it’s important to demonstrate (especially online) that life is not always the perfect picture that can be painted online. Heck, there were so many times I wanted to put up an Instagram post last week complaining about how shitty it is to have three incurable chronic immune diseases…but it just wasn’t the right time, and I wanted to reflect on it when I was in a better head space. These weekly update posts give me the chance to get it out of my system, and move on to the next week. Again, I apologise that it’s been a bit of a less-than-positive and uninspiring post. Here’s hoping next week brings better things 🙂

Thanks for hanging in there, and reading through the whole update. I hope to bring lots of exciting news and posts in the next few weeks!

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Eurovision: Mrs Ginger Fox’s Favourite Entries for 2015

Well, it’s getting close to being one of the best times of the year – the time that the Eurovision Song Contest is held. There’s something about Eurovision that makes it so very special for so many viewers around not only Europe, but internationally. Whether it is the celebratory efforts of each country involved, the dedication towards sharing a country’s culture with the world, or even those entries that appear to be for the ‘shock’ factor or a pure joke, the Eurovision Song Contest has been embraced and loved by Australians for many years. This year marks 60 years of the contest and is a very special year for Australian fans of Eurovision, as we will be participating with our own Guy Sebastian representing us. Every year, I like to listen to all entries and select a few favourites, as well as a “what the!?” special mention.

This year, it seems like there’s plenty of power ballads (what happened!? I’m looking at you, Moldova…where are your typically quirky entries from a few years ago!?), songs trying to send an important message to the world, and dodgy pop renditions about rejection.

Here’s my picks for Eurovision 2015:

I had to include these guys in my favourites. Firstly, it’s punk. Secondly, it’s Finnish punk. However, most importantly, these guys are showing that no matter what obstacles life throws at you (all members of the band have a disability), you can still rock. This entry, therefore, ticks all the boxes for me as to what Eurovision is all about.

“I’m different, and that’s ok. Here I am!” This song is an anthem, with a singer with such a powerful voice. Awesome work, Serbia! However, what won me over for this song was the film-clip: showing individuals around the world singing along to the song (aka Chat Roulette-style). The positivity and passion in this song, as well as the message makes it a powerful contender, in my opinion.

Definitely my sentimental/moving pick for this year. After last year’s hipster entry from Hungary, this entry seems to be more serious, with a global message of such relevance. Again, the film-clip is such a heart-warming piece in the form of a flash-mob choir from a street performance. The harmonies are so, so perfect in this, with the voices blending together so well and the guitar accompaniment perfectly balanced. This is such a beautiful piece for such a tragic reality in today’s world.

Let’s face it: this song is catchy. The ‘twang’ in the singer’s voice at the start, and that the lyrics are pretty nicely written. Overall, I feel this song could do quite well.

YES, I ADMIT IT. I really like this song. Guy really found his niche in doing Motown-esque music, as it really suits his voice. This song also is majorly catchy. Plus…it’s OUR FIRST EVER ENTRY, and I’m proud of it. Here’s hoping it helps us be victorious.

Um, wow. WOW. Italy has traded in Il Divo, and has upgraded to a younger, hotter version, it appears. Also, one of these guys (the one wearing glasses) totally looks like Gideon from Scott Pilgrim vs the World (now you see it, you’ll be unable to un-see it!) Yes, I know this is pop-era to an extent, but it’s such a STRONG song. Italy hasn’t sent as strong a song for such a long time (last year *almost* got there, and the year before was so bad that the version of the song I got from the internet had a random loudly wailing in the background, haha).So many ladies around the world will be flailing over this one, for sure.

And, lastly, my “What The!?” favourite for this year…

  • Israel: The guy got his heart broken, but that’s ok – he is the King of Fun and wants to show you Tel Aviv and ask you if you like his dancing in the song, Golden Boy. Riiiiight.

Special mentions: both of the entries titled Warrior. Malta’s entry with the string musicians wearing hoodies was pretty awesome, as was Georgia’s with an epic video clip. I couldn’t decide between these two as to which was the better version!

So, who will you be backing in Eurovision this year?

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Week 15 Update, 2015

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Hello there! Apologies that I only submitted one post last week and am a bit late this week – life admin got in the way. However, as I had the time to research and watch each of the Eurovision 2015 entries in the process, you can expect an article with my favourite entries later this week! Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to over the past week:

-My NLD leg ulcers have been a bit funny this week. They’ve gone from being crazy-infected and very full of liquid (again, sorry for visuals), to being very tough, full of solid matter and red. I actually had an incident late last week where I woke up to my ulcers bleeding everywhere, which was very unusual. As such, I’ve had to dress my leg differently over the past week, in preparation for likely surgery this week. The dermatologist told me last fortnight that it’s extremely likely that, when cleaning the wound in the minor procedure, he will probably give me anaesthetic due to how much pain I was in last time. Luckily, after seeing his today, he only needed to slightly clean the wound.  Regardless I’ve been advised that I will need solid rest for a few days after to ensure that the wound does not become infected again. As such, I have already booked in leave, so that even if I do feel okay, I have to take it easy. Realising how big a part all of these chronic immune conditions (I have three) have in my life has been hard recently – especially considering I only gained two of them in the past few years. Being someone that enjoys challenging herself and being busy, it’s been incredibly difficult realising that I have to ‘take it easy’ and rest.

-Yet again, I have barely done any exercise this week, thanks to my leg giving me shots of searing pain since late last week. I can see all of my hard work from the gym coming undone due to needing to rest for my leg. It’s been really disappointing, and (even though I don’t weigh nearly as much as when I started at the gym) I’ve been rather hard on myself. I had a bad moment over the weekend when, whilst trying to find a formal dress to wear for an upcoming event, I discovered that I currently am barely fitting into any of them. As such, I went on a bit of a spiral about feeling bad about my looks over the weekend. However, I need to remember that taking it easy for now is needed so that I have a recovered leg. Getting back into the gym and losing the excess weight will be easy, however if I have to try and do this with a non-recovered leg, I will get nowhere. Realising that I’m not being lazy – I’m being healthy in giving myself rest time (ordered by several doctors) to ensure that I am as healthy as I can be before starting back at the gym.

-Over the weekend, I also started my sewing project of the Asian-print 60s dress. However, we came across a problem – when cutting out the bodice, even whilst following the directions of the pattern hubby accidently cut out the bodice wrong. After a second attempt (which also came out wrong), we ended up running out of fabric to be able to make the whole dress. Unfortunately, this fabric no longer exists, so we cannot buy additional fabric in the same print to work with. So, I will be using this fabric to make an epic formal circle skirt at a later date. Hubby is going to source some other fabric for me (to make this dress at a later date), and I’ll probably wear another dress to the event instead. Apologies – this project will be on hold until we can source some other material.

-I’ve been using my ‘Spin for Perfect Skin’ contraption for about a week now, and I’m quite impressed with the results. I will write a post about this with more details soon, however I’m finding that my skin is starting to clear itself up. My skin is much softer, and I haven’t had a breakout since starting to use this. I’m going to give it another week or two before I post some ‘before and after’ pics and a better post. However, I’m pretty happy with it all so far.

-You may have seen in a post via Twitter and Facebook that I finished the main quest in Skyrim for the first time over the weekend. Yes, it’s taken me several years to actually have time to sit down and play the game the whole way through. Like any good game, I feel a little bit sad since finishing the main quest, however there’s so many side quests that I am yet to complete. I haven’t decided whether I go ahead with the path line of the werewolves, or the vampires (spoiler alert, potentially), and I have not directly sided with either the Stormcloaks or Imperials yet. I’m going to play a little bit more of Skyrim over the next few weeks to see what else is left to do in the game. However, I have also been investigating whether I will go ahead and purchase the Elder Scrolls Online. I’ve been watching a few video reviews, and will have a chance to test out the game over the weekend too. I’ll keep you updated 🙂

-I had a quite stressful week last week. My workload (like the majority of staff in my office/unit) is quite insane due to lack of staffing and resources, however I do feel that I must ‘grin and bear it’ to a sense, as that’s what everyone else is doing. As a result of this, however, I’ve had several days this week where I’ve come home quite upset, disappointed and frustrated as to where I’m currently at career-wise. Hubby had reminded me over and over again this week about my plan to use this time to work on my hobbies and interests outside of work, and I can see that I haven’t been focusing on this. I’m hoping to ‘come up for air’ so-to-speak over the next week, and spend some time on out-of-work interests. The next two weeks are going to be intense work-wise, so I desperately need to ensure I have some creative outlets set up in advance.

That’s about all I have to report this week. Apologies for the lack of interesting content, or the overdose on not-as-positive reflections. I’ve had to do a lot of life admin this week, and I guess my reactions can be seen through this. Anyway, thanks for reading and hanging in there 🙂

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Week 14 Update, 2015

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Hello from the long weekend! I’m writing this post across the Sunday/Monday of the Easter long weekend after a relaxing few days of catching up with family, playing video games and catching up on TV shows. So, it’s about time for me to write an update for you 🙂 I feel like it’s going to be a long one for this week! Here it goes…

-After seeing my infected leg last week, the doctors have formally given me an indicator of when I should be able to return to the gym. They want me to take 2 weeks after my *expected* surgery in two weeks time, which means – should all go to plan and I recover well – I should be able to start back at the gym at the start of May. I have discovered that I have put on yet another kilo due to not being able to exercise or be active, which has been disappointing for me. However, everyone I have mentioned this to – whether it be hubby, friends, doctors or the gym- have all said that my priority is making sure my leg recovers. Pushing myself at this stage could have bad long-term complications for my leg, so I need to take it easy. It’s been really hard for me to do this, because I feel that I’ve been letting a lot of people down. The pain of my leg changes on a daily basis, therefore I’ve had to change plans at the last minute a lot recently. It’s made me feel like a complete douche of a friend, terrible colleague/worker and an unhelpful wife. I’ve had this condition for five years now, and I just wish it would stop getting in the way of life, especially over the past two months now.

-Over the past few days, a few things pretty awesome happened on the internet. Firstly, a photo of hubby and I at our wedding (from my Instagram) was featured on Buzzfeed in their article titled “47 Brides Who Prove What Perfect Really Means”. I didn’t even know this had happened until I received a combination of notifications from Facebook friends and new followers through Instagram. Hubby and I are number 38, titled “It’s OK to get weird”, and some people did think this title was having a slight “go” at us. In all honesty, we did not picture it that way at all, as we’ve always acknowledged our quirks and weirdness (heck, we described our wedding as nerdy and quirky). Anyway, through this post, I’ve met some amazing people and fellow bride alumni (haha), which has been an awesome experience.

Secondly, my NLD post I wrote a few weeks on here actually was re-tweeted by a few prominent (and largely followed) Type 1 Diabetes Twitter communities. I am so happy that I’m able to help in spreading knowledge on NLD, and that others have found the article useful. Plus, I’ve also now been able to connect with some great people and groups through Twitter. Overall, these two experiences via the internet have really left me inspired to keep sharing things through my blog, and through Instagram and other mediums, as people can care, or even be helped from it. I’d like to send a massive thank you to those who have reached out and followed me (whether on here, Instagram or Twitter) and continue to read and inspire me to write more. I really appreciate it 🙂

-Over the weekend, I have started a sewing project with the help of my dear husband. I have a work conference later this month, where a formal dinner event requires me to have an evening/formal dress. So, I’m using this opportunity to try and sew my first retro-inspired dress. As I’m not a confident sewer at all (I’m very much a beginner), hubby will be helping prep patterns and pinning. If this doesn’t work out, I do have a Plan B thanks to eBay, however I am hoping to document the making of this dress through an upcoming blog post. I’ll keep you posted, and any sneak peeks will be shown on Instagram.

-So, yes. I have a work conference to attend in a few weeks, where I also get to attend a fancy dinner and be put up in some nice accommodation. In all honesty, I’m really, really excited about this. I’ve wanted to participate in a conference or external event for work for a while. My ultimate wish for a few years was to participate in an international event for work (this is domestic), but regardless, I’m really excited that I’ve got this opportunity to learn and network. It’s making me feel that, as a worker, I will have the chance to feel involved and that my work is important – something I’ve really needed recently.

-Over the weekend, I decided to bring home my viola and clarinet from parents’ place (yeah, I haven’t touched my viola since a gig almost 2 years ago, and my clarinet for even longer). I’ve recently been considering picking up my instruments again, as being able to play music is such a precious skill to have in life. Even if I ended up not deciding to pursue it professionally when I was younger, recognising that it’s something I can do for fun and not ‘seriously’ has been a concept that’s taken me a while to understand (seriously…). Once we have our new computer built, I’m also going to boot up Sibelius and have another go at composing again. I’m also considering (if my clarinet is still in good enough condition) to look into any jazz bands in the area. One of the best experiences I have had as a musician was playing jazz, particularly being a part of the Senior Jazz band in high school with peers in the year above me. So many of those guys were incredibly talented, and we sounded really good. In fact, it’s probably been one of the most fun music experiences I’ve had, so I’m considering whether I try to pick up the clarinet and research some local jazz. It’s also made me wonder about investing in a soprano saxophone (something I’ve thought about picking up for a few years), or (if needed) a newer clarinet. I miss playing good jazz music, and miss playing music overall. Here’s hoping I can be proactive about utilising this skill.

-I’ve been in a bit of a predicament over the past couple of months. I’ve been thinking about the things I love to do and am passionate about, such as music (as per above), and realising a few things. Firstly, unfortunately none of these things that I’m passionate about would provide a decent income to live off (it would most likely be less than I am on currently, as a new-ish young professional), and secondly/more importantly, I wouldn’t know what to do if I decided to pursue a qualification in them. Music basically goes into either teaching, or working as a musician – neither of which seem very appealing to me (unless it was private teaching). Plus, most teachers end up pursuing formal Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) grades to prove their skills, which has been something I’ve always been a bit unsure about going after. However, I also like the idea of being a composer, or even a theory teacher, though the same restrictions apply. Maybe I’m just destined to keep the things I’m passionate about as gigs or hobbies on the side around work which pays the bills. It’s been tough realising that, thanks to the real world and financial constraints, what you dreamed of achieving when you were younger is pretty much impossible to go after as an adult…

-Now that we’ve caught up on some financial bits and pieces (stupid Rego and Greenslip), hubby and I have been discussing budgeting in some money to purchase items to review for our social media platforms. Hubby will be able to invest in some old and new games to review, while I can use mine for a variety of things: clothing, accessories, make-up, skincare, fabric, patterns…the list could be endless. Is there anything you would like to see me review? Please let me know in the comments below, and I’ll see what I can do 🙂

Wow, it’s been a week of lots of creative ideas and working on things I’m passionate about. It’s exactly the type of week I needed after last week, upon reflection. So, thanks for reading, and thanks for sticking with me each week. Til next time 🙂

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How to live in the present when you are a future-focused individual

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I will admit: I am very much a person who focuses on the future. As a result, I can often become anxious and worried about the unknown. Heck, with the epiphanies my husband and I have been having about our future plans, my brain is constantly thinking about the Future every day. A mega-planner at heart, it is hard for me to accept this and live in the ‘now’. My husband explained to me that this makes me the ‘rock’ of our relationship, where I am definitive in my plans and can find it difficult to be flexible. However, he is like ‘water’: he is willing to be flexible, but requires more direction and reminders for urgent tasks. From these observations and lots of conversations since, I’ve gained a few tips on how I can focus on the present. Here’s some I’d like to share with you:

-Find little things in every day to look forward to.

Sometimes, it can be hard to stay motivated in a day filled with normal, mundane tasks – even more so if you’re like me and like to let the mind wander and think about plans for the future. To counteract this, I’ve given myself small and minor, yet constant, events through the day that I look forward to. For me, this includes seeing the sunrise/colours of the sunrise as the sky clears in the morning, having my cup of green tea and mint when I start work, having a post-work cuddle at home, and writing my blogs each week. While these tasks can be ones I need to do each week, I find that allowing these to be things that I look forward to, rather than adding them to the routine and schedule of things in the present, a very therapeutic thing.

-Appreciate the monotony and familiarity of the now

When future plans eventuate and actually happen, I’ll probably look back and wish I had the time and energy to do things. The value of circumstances in the present is that you’re familiar with them, or even that you know how to complete them to the best of your ability with little-to-no challenges. The future does bring opportunities which will, perhaps, require learning new tasks, tackling unfamiliar challenges and bring unexpected variety. Therefore, having scenarios and circumstances you can control, or at least handle with ease, is a blessing in disguise. Make use of the peace until the future comes knocking.

-Use your current down-time to your advantage

DO THINGS. Rather than spending idle time worrying about what could happen next, use the time to work on things that you’re passionate about, or things that you won’t have time to do later on. For example, I’ve been using my spare-time (both in actual time and brain time) to think about and work on this blog, as well as trying out new hobbies and even exploring the skills I’d like to learn from an educational perspective. I’ve discovered so much from using my idle time to research, seek advice, make enquiries and try out so many things I never thought I’d have time to consider.

-Do things that benefit others, rather than focusing too much energy on yourself.

Being so future-focused can mean that you can get tunnel vision and start focusing a lot on yourself/your loved ones. As such, I’ve been actively trying to find things I can do in the present which will make a difference to others. Volunteering is such an awesome way of doing this. I’m just about to start a volunteering program, where I will be mentoring a high-school student from a low socio-economic background and helping them discover their future career and educational aspirations. I’m so excited about this opportunity, and it will give me a chance to help someone else’s future rather than focusing solely on my own.

-Give yourself time in the day to think about the future, and time when you will focus on not thinking about it.

Sometimes, the key to conquering an overactive brain that loves to consider ‘what-ifs’ and worries about the future is simple. Set yourself a specific time to worry, and then also set a specific time where you will focus your energy on other things. Sometimes, scheduling time to worry can help the brain from wandering at later stages, as you’ve allowed yourself the time to debrief and get it all out of your system. Giving priority to the worry for that specific timeframe can help you focus, and can help the mind to not over think itself for the remainder of the day.

Those are a few of my tips, anyway! Do you have any advice for how to live ‘in the now’?

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