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Week 35 Update, 2015

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Hello again! Apologies for the slight delay in posting – I’ve had a few writing tasks for my postgraduate study which required my attention first thing this week. Here’s what I’ve been up to over the past week in particular:

-After returning back to Curves last week, I only managed to complete two workouts due to the pain in my ribs. Unfortunately, muscle damage around the ribs will take some time to recover as I’m constantly using them (to breathe and talk, especially). I am aiming to hopefully complete 3 workouts this week, gradually getting back to my usual routine of 4 workouts and 5 lunch-break walks each week. However, it is really frustrating for me to yet again be set back from exercising and seeing progress in weight/centimetres lost due to illness. However, I have managed to maintain my weight loss from the past few weeks, and have lost almost 10cm this month. I really hope I can recover soon so I can start seeing real progress again.

-Since discovering The Great British Sewing Bee last week, I’ve been eagerly preparing myself to get back into sewing. I’ve managed to have a read through two of my most recent sewing books: Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing and Gertie Sews Vintage Casual. I’ve also been searching through my patterns and am setting up mini-projects based on the fabrics I have in my collection. I also managed to source a retro Simplicity pattern I’ve had my eyes on for a long time – one that is an easy poodle-shaped skirt, which I’m hoping to use as a base for making skirts to wear my petticoats with. The next step will be to properly set up my overlocker again, and prepare my sewing area. I’m looking forward to setting up some projects over the next few weeks!

-Studying, and my first postgraduate subject on campus, has been going pretty well for me. In last week’s class, I discovered I was the only student present who had completed all the required online discussion posts. This was a bit of a relief for me, as I was worried I’d fall behind! Over the weekend, I lost some time I had set aside for study due to having to rest my ribs, however I’m almost up-to-speed for classes this week. Coming from a Humanities undergraduate background, I was slightly nervous about writing up my first assignment (due next week), however after hearing that the lecturer is quite lenient in the report structure, as well as flexible in the references we use, I’m pretty confident about finishing off my assignment over the weekend. I’m also surprised at how well I’ve been coping with the evening classes: last week, I came home feeling energised based on the information I learned, and still awake enough to have a cup of tea and do some reading for leisure. This subject is set at a pace that is really good for me starting out in a business degree, and I feel that the content I’m learning is easier to understand and apply based on my working life experiences. Here’s hoping I can stay on top of my assignments and study!

-Hubby and I have been working on planning a mini-holiday just before Christmas. For the first time in my working life, I will have extra time off before and after Christmas, which I am ecstatic about. With my sister due to have her baby around Christmas/New Year, we didn’t want to be venturing too far away. However, we’ve decided to spend a couple of days in an area of New South Wales that we love (and is pretty close to us): the Southern Highlands. Our aim is to have a relaxing few days with time to read, eat delicious food, browse through antiques boutiques, op shops, second hand book stores and more, and recover from a very rough, stressful year. We’re aiming to book in at a place we stayed at a few years ago (on one of our very first holidays together). I’m really looking forward to this holiday, as it will be our first time away this year (we were kind of blessed last year with our mini-honeymoon, then our overseas honeymoon…as a result, we’ve been a bit stingy in not having any holidays this year).

-This week, I’ve been tackling some feelings of being uninspired or unchallenged in my daily environment/work. For me, I feel so energised and encouraged when I’m learning – I feel that I will always be a “lifelong learner”, and if something doesn’t help me to understand the world better, or challenge me in a positive way, it can really dampen my spirits. I’m currently undertaking a lot of mundane tasks, which is really making me feel like I’m stuck in a rut. I’m hoping I can instead refocus on giving positive energy towards my hobbies and study life until things pick up soon…hopefully.

And that’s a wrap for this week! Thanks for reading 🙂

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Week 34 Update, 2015

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Hello there! Wow – it’s amazing how much better I feel today compared to last week. In fact, today is the first day I’ve started feeling better enough to get back into my daily routines and activities, and I’m starting the week feeling so productive because of it! So, without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to over the past week.

-Last week, I ended up having to take it easy and adjust to having bad asthma. When I wasn’t at work, I was at home on a nebuliser, or trying to rest. However, half-way through last week, my left ribs became excruciatingly painful as a result of too much coughing. I ended up at the doctors,  having an x-ray to see whether I’ve done any serious damage (which I’ll find out later this week). I’m pretty confident that it’s just muscle damage, though. At the time last week, though, I was struggling to breathe, sleep, eat or do anything without feeling sharp pain in my ribs. I am happy to report that I am now feeling 100 times better than last week (even compared to the weekend), and am starting to feel like my normal self again. Yay!

-Today was my first time going on a proper walk and exercising at Curves in over three weeks. I can’t believe to explain the pure joy I felt when I put my gym shoes on and walked out the door. While I do have to take it easy for the next week or so, it’s such a relief that I can start being active again. Seeing all of the benefits exercise and walking gives me across all aspects of my daily life – and to then have these taken away due to illness – it certainly makes me appreciate more what being active has done to help me.

-I had my first postgraduate evening classes last week, which was quite exciting. The subject I am starting with, Global Business Practices, seems like a fantastic way to get me back into studying, as well as introducing me to studying business. The class has no textbooks, as well as no exams, and the structure of the class is for us to watch videos in the lecture, and then have a group discussion for the tutorial component. We also have online discussion posts to write each week in order to share opinions and experiences – something which will be very valuable, as our class is predominately international students from extensively varied career backgrounds. Studying business still feels slightly daunting to me, as my academic background is from the humanities field – I feel that my approach may be too dynamic, philosophical and creative in comparison to others. That being said, in our digitalised society, those who are innovative and imaginative are being encouraged to pursue the corporate world…so it could be an advantage! Anyway, more of an update on my studies will occur once I’ve tackled my first assignment next weekend!

-This week, I’ve started to feel something. I’m so ready to reinvent myself across so many aspects of life. I’m so ready for a change in some key areas: a fresh start. This is going to be vague but – I’ve been feeling like I’ve been stuck in some things and situations for so long that I no longer have the chance to do something different that makes me stand out or correct any shadows of negativity from the past. So, I’ve been spending some time trying to research, prepare and hope. I’m really ready for a change that will help propel me into being the type of positive, helpful, crafty, friendly caring person I want to be on a daily basis. This week, I yet again wait to hear whether I am one step closer to the chance for big changes…the feeling from it all is becoming more and more familiar, and I’m more accepting of being flexible and taking chances from it all.

-In the midst of resting up and trying to recover from illness, I discovered an amazing television show: the Great British Sewing Bee. I started to watch an episode at my in-laws whilst trying to fix up some very high blood sugar levels, and instantly got hooked. In the episode I viewed, the theme was on vintage patterns. The contestants had a challenge to construct a “walk-out” dress – a 50’s Butterick pattern which I have in my collection! Seeing the pattern in practice (I haven’t tried out mine yet) really inspired me. I have since obtained all three seasons of the show – the more I watch, the more enthusiastic I am about getting back into some sewing after the success of my Mera dress from a few weeks ago. Here’s hoping I have a free weekend soon to set up my sewing area properly!

That’s about all I’ve been up to! Thanks for reading 🙂

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Week 33 Update, 2015

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Hi there! Yet another week has passed, and I’m still quite unwell (hence another late post which I was meant to put up a few days ago – sorry). So, I bring you this update from home while I try and recover. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

-My sinus and ear infection is still present, and I’ve been fighting them all week. In fact, my ear infection has led to my ears being quite blocked, and being unable to hear properly. I went to work for all of last week, however I struggled to get through each day and was a coughing mess for most of the time. Pushing myself to be at work, combined with a reaction to the antibiotics I’m on for the infections has led to me having bad asthma (something I haven’t had for years). I ended up having to leave work on Monday and go straight to the doctors as I was having trouble breathing. Turns out, I was having a bad asthma attack, and I had a couple more during the day. So, I’m now on steroids for  few days to try and combat the asthma, and now have a puffer again. However, the steroids cause my blood sugar levels to become quite high, so I have also been tackling abnormally high blood sugar levels as a reaction to the steroids. It’s been really exhausting for me trying to combat all of the illnesses and their reactions to my diabetes, however I was on doctor’s orders to be on bed rest for the start of this week with no talking (it really triggers my asthma). I really hope that I’ll be on the mend this week, as I’ve been so sick this year and just want to have a healthier immune system again that doesn’t impact on my ability to be a normal, working, positive young adult.

-I also managed to have an embarrassing accident last weekend. At the local supermarket, I was walking along pushing the trolley, when my feet gave out from under me, I slipped backwards and completely stacked it onto the floor. Once I hit the ground, I found the reason for my fall – one single, squished grape someone had dropped on the floor on the way to the checkout. Luckily, my fall happened in front of the cash registers with lots of staff to assist. Luckily, I seemed to have only badly grazed my knee and have a bruised big toe after having it all checked by a doctor (on a side note: with my bad luck recently, the receptionists at the doctors now know me on a first name basis…haha). I’m really glad that nothing was damaged too badly, other than my pride (I was in my tracky dacks with no makeup and gross hair due to being ill, and fell over in peak hour of weekend grocery shopping). Oh well…with my string of bad luck lately, I surely have some good coming my way soon, I hope?

-I’m feeling pretty miserable that I haven’t been able to exercise or do lots of walking due to illness. Most of my working days last week were at around 7000 steps, and then bed rest days were at a maximum of 5000 – a big decrease in my normal activity. Considering I also haven’t been able to go to the gym for almost 2 weeks now has made me feel pretty useless. My muscles and lungs are quite sore due to the amount of coughing I’ve been doing over the past week, but I miss the feeling of muscles being stretched from exercise. Exercise also makes me such a more productive and happier person, and the absence of it is starting to make me feel quite down.

-Finally, I can reveal the sewing project I was working on! Hubby and I had a friend’s surprise birthday party to attend last weekend, which was a costume party for “Super Heroes and Villains”. Unfortunately, due to illness we were unable to attend, which I was pretty sad about as we made our costumes completely by hand! Hubby and I decided we were going as Aqua Man and Mera (his wife), and I went about making myself a flowing dress made out of shiny scale fabric. Mera normally wears a body suit, however I was definitely not-so-keen to do the same, so went about making myself a dress instead. The sewing project was actually quite easy, and went of relatively without a hitch, and I now have an epic dress for future costume parties and events. I’m currently working on a blog post about my progress on the dress so you can see how it all unfolded step-by-step, however just wanted to share what I’ve been up to, now I can finally reveal the project 🙂

-This Thursday (which is actually tonight at the time of uploading this post), I officially start my postgraduate studies. I’ve been gradually prepping myself, organising a study space at home, setting up my computer and making up a study routine to follow. I am hoping that over the new few weeks, I’ll be trying out some study tips, apps and other bits and pieces and will review them on here. I received the updated subject outline last week, and notes for the first lecture, and the subject seems like one that’s a great introduction subject for me: it touches on approaching business from a professional and personal perspective, and has lots of interesting case studies. I’m hoping it will be the positive, encouraging boost of a subject that I need to get my brain into the motion of academic learning again!

-Over the next few weeks, I’ve set myself a goal to start working more on my appearance and dressing more for me (or how I want myself to be). Since becoming ill, it’s been a struggle for me to put outfits together and match the brightness of the outfits which have become my favourite confidence-boosting pieces. I’ve also not been in a position to buy many new pieces for my wardrobe, but am aiming to start giving myself a little budget to saving for those prized pieces I want to call my own. As such, I’ve been working on a big “wish list” of pieces I feel I need to complete my wardrobe collection, based on the past year of wishlists I have online, as well as combating the practicality of pieces (making sure they’ll be able to be worn in many different outfit combinations). This is to hopefully stop me from impulse buys, and work more towards a stricter budget to start saving for bigger things (a deposit for a house) and be more financially stable. I’m also hoping to start working more on my hair (once I have recovered from my present illnesses), and start doing wet-sets more often now I have all of the tools I need. I’ve had these goals for at least the past year, and want to start working on them while I have the time to focus on them.

That’s all I’ve been up to for the past week. Thanks for reading, and for hanging in there whilst I’ve been ill, unproductive and uninspiring in writing not as much content on here. I’m hoping I’ll get my inspiration back soon! 🙂

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Week 32 Update, 2015

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Hi there! I am so sorry for the late update – I am still very unwell, and have been resting and barely in front of a computer, let alone trying to get some blogging done! However, now that my sinus, throat and ear infection has migrated from giving me a killer headache to blocking my ears, I feel well enough to write a post! So, here’s what I’ve been up to from last week (which hasn’t been much…):

-Obviously, I’ve been ill for the past week. I’ve had a sinus infection, which has moved into a throat and ear infection. I’ve had it for over a week now, and it hasn’t been going anywhere. I’m on my second week on antibiotics now, and have had to change to something stronger as the first antibiotics did nothing. I thought I had gotten through winter without getting sick (for once in my adult life), but this infection has really knocked me out. I’ve had energy completely drained for me, where I’ve been going straight to bed after eating dinner at home due to exhaustion. I really hope I make some solid steps towards recovery over the next few days.

-I’ve been trying to rest and recover over the past week, especially given that I have very little sick leave left for the entire year (I submitted doctor’s certificates for all bar two times I was sick….yes, I have been *that* ill). Given I haven’t had much time off, it’s meant that I’ve really been a bit of a hermit after work hours. I’ve also had to stop going to the gym (I tried working out once while unwell, but the gym wouldn’t let me as I looked so unwell), and am hoping I’ll be well enough to return next week. My steps each day have been terrible, as I haven’t been able to get to the gym or exercise due to shortness of breath/wheezing. I’ve upped my Vitamin C intake, as well as Zinc for immunity and lots of iron to combat fatigue. Overall, I’ll probably be taking it easy for a little bit to ensure my recovery happens sooner rather than later – I can’t push myself.

-One of the only things I’ve been able to have some energy for over the past week (other than coughing and watching Netflix) is playing some more World of Warcraft on private servers. The simplistic nature of quests for a lower-level character has been quite therapeutic around my illness. Which reminds me…I will have to get back to Elder Scrolls Online soon.

-Due to illness, hubby and I haven’t been able to stream on TwitchTV for over a week. We do miss it, but we’re in no form to be streaming and talking yet. Hopefully we’ll be ready next week!

-I managed to complete my amazing sewing project, which I started over the weekend! I can’t share what I’ve made yet (I’ll explain later), but I’ll have a post ready for next week to explain how it all went. It’s really helped me gain confidence about stepping up to the sewing machine again, and reminded me how accomplished it feels when you create something of your own: completely customised and fit to your measurements. I can’t wait to show you more next week!

-I officially start my postgraduate business classes  next week. In all honesty, I’m a little bit nervous. It’s going to be the first time I’ve studied in face-to-face classes for almost 4 years, and my first time studying business subjects. I am hoping I’ll be able to balance study around my current hobbies and home life, and have my fingers crossed that studying these subjects will be relatively painless. I’m so eager to earn this qualification, as I feel it will open so many doors for me in the future. Yet, I feel that I have a lot to prove in the study and completion of my first subject. We’ll see how it goes.

That’s really all I’ve been up to this week – short, but sweet. Thanks for reading, and I hope to write to you as a recovered, healthier being next week! 🙂

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Week 31 Update, 2015

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Hi everyone! I’m so sorry for yet another late weekly post – thanks to a pretty bad chest/sinus infection, I’ve spent the past few days in bed resting and with no voice. The infection moved into my throat, which has been very painful and left me unable to talk for the past day. However, the doctor confirmed that it’s not tonsillitis yet, which I’m very thankful about (as I haven’t had tonsillitis yet this year, compared to getting it several times in the past few years). Anyway, here’s an update of what I’ve been up to:

-We’re now in the start of August, and it really feels like the year has gone by so quickly. It’s made me wonder how much I’ve accomplished this year. Recently, I’ve really felt like I haven’t progressed much this year with life goals, and that I’ve been stuck in a rut. Though, perhaps that’s what this year has been for: a chance for me to step back, learn to be flexible and to work on self-care and health.

-Curves Complete has been pretty average, other than acing my step goal of over 10,000 steps for the work week. Otherwise, there was no change in my weight loss, and a couple of centimetres lost in body measurements. I’m still battling unstable diabetes blood sugar levels, where having a hypo almost every day last week meant I had to eat more than usual. I’ve got a lot of things against me in seeing some progress, but I’m going to keep working at it regardless. Exercising on a regular basis really is helping me get out of the slump I’ve been in lately.

-Well…I bring you (yet again) no good news about the opportunities I was waiting to hear about. It appears that things didn’t work out, and it wasn’t the right timing. I don’t know what it’s been so difficult for me lately, however it could be because I am finding it to be hard to be satisfied with where I’m currently at – especially in financial and professional terms. That being said, I seem to have completely forgotten the approach I had a few months ago: that where I am now will help me work on other goals and parts of my life that I’m passionate about. This includes study, hobbies, home life and more. However, the perfectionist and goal-driven part of me keeps convincing me that where I am right now is *not* enough: that I should be aiming higher and better off than where I currently am. I’m really trying to get myself to step back and be grateful for what I have and where I am now, because in all reality, I *am* doing pretty well, given how young I am.

-Based on the above, this year has yet again reinforced to me how important health is. Yes, there will always be finances, work and everything in between, but we won’t always have our health. This week has really drilled in the importance of looking out for yourself, especially with illness. As a Type 1 Diabetic, Coeliac Disease and NLD-sufferer, I have a pretty weak immune system. As such, I’m learning that when I become ill, I really have to make sure I nip the sickness in the bud as soon as I realise I’m becoming sick, and give myself enough time to get better. Otherwise, pushing myself to work and do everyday activities when I’m unwell makes me sicker for longer. As a normal person who has some pride in showing they can perform like a normal human being regardless of their medical conditions, it’s been tough for me to accept that I will become sick more regularly than the average person.

-Hubby and I did something pretty dangerous this week: we started playing World of Warcraft again, but on a private server this time. The history and story of the game had been tempting us to play again (thanks Youtube videos), but we were both not keen on starting up our subscriptions again for something that we would barely play.

-I’ve recently noticed that my energy levels have been decreasing, and have been trying to figure out what options I have. Over the past few months, I stopped taking my morning multivitamins, which included Magnesium and Zinc. Both of these were recommended to me by several doctors to assist with energy levels of Type 1 Diabetics, and a Professional Development coach this week connected Magnesium with assisting fatigue and mental health. So, a combination of the above has led me to try taking these on a weekday basis again. Here’s hoping that it will give me energy so I can stay up until 10pm, and restart the hobbies I’ve been so eager to maintain around work and study!

That’s all I’ve been up to around being sick and all over the past week. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Week 30 Update, 2015

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Hello there! Sorry about the delayed post again this week 🙁 Hope you’ve had a fantastic week – time to share my not-as-fantastic past week:

-Curves Complete went relatively well this week, given that I had the diabetes complications from last week to sort out. In the Curves 12 Week Challenge, this week’s challenge was to improve our workout target. After decreasing mine at the start of the week (due to working out on Monday, where I was absolutely drained from my diabetes complications in the morning), I worked so damn hard for the rest of the week. I ended up completely smashing my workout target by Friday, which was a welcome sight for me. Also, after all the health issues last week, I’ve managed to maintain my weight this week – another positive. Along with Curves and the Global Corporate Challenge I’m doing through work, I’ve also been doing Fitbit challenges. This week’s challenge was boys vs girls, and was extremely competitive (we won, however). If I take a step back and think of all the active things I’m involved with at the moment, it makes me feel proud for all the healthy changes I’ve made.

-This week, I received my Hell Bunny coat, which I’ve been hunting down for a very long time (and had on lay-by for even longer). I *finally* have a coat that’s warm enough for winter, yet easily able to be worn across a variety of events, including work. Firstly, I’m extremely impressed with the detail of the coat: it is fully lined, made from tweed with black velvet trim, and has pockets. I also had a wonderful experience with local seller Kitty Deluxe, who organised the coat as a special request order for me, as well as the lay-by. For anyone wishing to track down Hell Bunny items, as well as very affordable plus-sized pinup and retro clothing, I highly recommend Kitty Deluxe! She was an absolute pleasure to deal with, and treats her customers so well. So, I do apologise in advance if you see me wearing my new coat religiously over the rest of winter!

-We managed to have a house inspection over the weekend, after only receiving less than two days’ notice from the real estate. Technically, this isn’t even legal; however both hubby and I agreed that we didn’t want to get on the bad side of real estate or the landlord, so we complied. After hurriedly cleaning the house around a ridiculously busy week with long work hours, we had our inspection. Surprisingly, we discovered that after being told that the landlord was only in the country for a short period of time (hence the late notice for an inspection), she was actually here for two months. This was quite frustrating for us, but in the end we took the approach of “oh well, we needed to clean the house anyway”. That being said, a lot of requests were made at the inspection for us to do upkeep for the house, which I felt was slightly unfair given the late notice (e.g. they wanted the garden to be clipped back more, which hadn’t been done as our lawn mowers weren’t visiting our place until next week.) After the inspection, it made us realise how we really are at the hands of the real estate and landlord for our living situation. As a result, we really want to start making saving for our own place a reality as soon as possible: no more excuses. It will likely take a few years, but it’s exhausting having so much out of our hands where we live.

-After the above, I spent a great deal of the weekend realising how many things are currently out of my/our control: the house, work, health and such. It’s making me quite frustrated overall, as I’ve always been a person that likes to be in control of what happens, and to be over-prepared. However, I think this year has clearly been a sign for me to learn to “go with the flow” more and be more flexible with how life plays out. I dislike change, am a perfectionist, and like knowing what’s happening, so it’s been a very steep learning curve so far. However, I think it’s long overdue, and something I need to embrace so I can become more mature and understanding about life.

-In line with realising how much is out of my control, I realised I was a bit of a douche bag last week. When stressed out to the max, I got frustrated over things that were out of my control, took them personally and as a result, got grumpy and sulky. It was really immature and unprofessional of me to lose my cool, especially when it meant that I treated others poorly. I feel really embarrassed about it now, but am now hoping to do a 180 this week and be more thoughtful about how my stress affects others.

-Last week, I took a step forward regarding a future opportunity. I now will spend this week waiting to hear the results. I feel hopeful that something good is in the future soon.

-This week, I’ve started to feel a bit nervous about studying again. As someone who has gotten used to constantly being busy and barely having any spare time, I’m worried about how dedicated I can be to study, and also working it around my job. That being said, I’m sure that attending classes on campus will assist with this. It’s also tough going into a field I haven’t really studied before: whilst it feels like the right degree to be going after, I feel that I won’t be able to completely know this until I’ve gotten into the first few weeks of a routine of study. Fingers crossed it all works out, and that I enjoy, build confidence and find my strengths in this course.

-In light of hubby and I streaming on TwitchTV and gaining some regular viewers, we’re looking into having our gaming computer built earlier than we anticipated. It requires some budgeting and saving from our end, however it’s now needed (laptops are not the best to game and stream on, and the only laptop strong enough to do both no longer has a working webcam which we need for the stream). It will be awesome to have a strong gaming computer once again!

Thanks for reading, and apologies for such repetitive posts recently. 🙂

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Week 28 Update, 2015

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Hello from a very gusty and drizzly south coast of New South Wales, Australia! Sorry for the late post – I’ve been quite unwell over the past 24 hours. The weather over the past few days has been particularly miserable – walking against the wind back from the gym is not fun! However, I’m now in the comfort of my heated lounge room in my ugg boots, and ready to bring you this week’s update! Here we go:

-Curves Complete this week was a bit of a letdown for me, thanks to female problems, and diabetes problems. I managed to have 4 hypos last week, which tends to always mean that I end up putting on weight the following week. Overall, I’m feeling pretty frustrated because of how many things I have to take into account medically whilst trying to make myself a healthier person, and how little results I seem to be seeing.

-I’m so excited this week! Some amazing opportunities have come up, and I’m going to put my hat in the ring for them. I also received a massive confidence boost last week, when I was approached about another opportunity which I hadn’t even considered before, and was also recommended for the opportunity as well (apologies for being vague – I can’t disclose anything for privacy reasons, and also in case nothing eventuates anyway). There’s basically a one in three chance that something will happen that will help all aspects of my life right now. Hubby and I will finally be able to start saving for a house and have the strain from lacking finances lifted, and I would have a better balance with all parts of my life. I feel so hopeful and determined that something big is about to happen which will change my life for the better!

-Last week, my husband convinced me to finally give Minecraft a go. This was because we discovered my brother and his wife really enjoy playing it, and hubby decided to set us up a family server to play on. In comparison to the one time I tried out Minecraft (single player), playing on a private server was a really fun experience, and it’s quite addictive. It’s good having a game that brings the family together, and we’ve got one more game to add to our collection for a family LAN party in the future!

-Hubby and I had our first week of streaming on Twitch TV at regular times (Friday night, Saturday morning and Sunday morning), which was a great success! However, 6 hours of streaming was pretty exhausting for us in the end and we lost a lot of energy towards the end. We have a few people who are coming to visit the stream regularly, which has been especially encouraging for us. In fact, this really helped us when we got our first ever troll on the stream chat. Our regular stream guests stood up for us, and helped us ban the troll. I was worried that I would get anxious and freak out about being trolled, but it was relatively easy to manage if you don’t react and “feed” them. It’s disappointing when you see someone trying to ruin everyone else’s fun by being immature, but it happens when you put yourself out there on the internet. Streaming is so much fun, and it’s allowing hubby and I to play video games regularly (something that I was not being able to do as I wasn’t allowing myself free time to do so).

-Thanks to a very social weekend, and starting up our Twitch TV regular streaming, I haven’t started up my sewing yet. I’ve got my fingers crossed that I’ll manage to be courageous over the weekend and have something to tell you next week!

That’s all I’ve been up to over the past week. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Week 27 Update, 2015

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Hi there! Sorry for the late post this week! I’ve got another update to share with you 🙂 Read on to find out what I’ve been up to this week…

-I have some fantastic news to share with you: I’m going to be an aunty again! My sister is having her first baby, which is due in January next year (we’re hoping for the baby to be born between our birthdays, also in January, haha). This is really exciting news, and I can’t wait to share my nerdy passions with another niece or nephew – plus, there’s a really high chance that this baby will be a natural redhead! 🙂

-Curves Complete this week went rather well. I’ve lost a few centimetres in my last weigh-in, and almost 1.5% body fat. Thanks to also doing a Workweek Hustle Fitbit Challenge (which I won, yay!) I ended up doing 5 days of over 10,000 steps in a row! Last week, I had lost another 500 grams, but thanks to water retention this week due to female problems, I’ve now put on weight, blergh. I’m hoping that I manage to get through this week’s Fitbit challenge and the gym in one piece, as I’m really not feeling that crash hot this week.

-I had a pretty unproductive weekend due to being unwell (yay female problems…). Thanks to hormones, I’ve felt like I’ve had the wind knocked of me and have been in so much pain due to cramps…yay. My body was obviously trying to tell me that it needed a rest, so I spent most of the weekend (other than seeing a movie and catching up with family) in bed with a water bottle and watching Netflix. I felt so drained and was in a lot of pain. As a result, I feel pretty disappointed that I didn’t get to do everything I wanted to over the weekend, but it seems that my body was telling me that I needed to take it easy.

-Once again, I haven’t picked up my sewing as I “chickened out”. This happens a lot to my crafty projects: I’ll get started, realise how easy and fun it is, but then run out of time to keep it up. When I then want to get back into the hobby, I freak out and get anxious about my abilities. I should take a page from Shia Lebouf’s book and “JUST DO IT”, in all honesty. So, I’m setting myself a goal to at least have one pattern cut out and a test run in calico of a bodice over next weekend. Small steps is key to me getting back into this hobby. I know how much I enjoy it, and will really get back into sewing once I finally get the guts to start it up again. Fingers crossed I can get things started this weekend! (Note: My resin work is also on my radar, however due to the bloody freezing winter we have, our workshop is ridiculously cold. So, I might leave resin crafting until it’s a bit warmer).

-I realised something this week: I’ve really fallen behind in reading for leisure. I can barely remember the last time I read for fun – maybe because I spend most of my time reading a variety of content/mediums on my computer, and I’m too drained when I hop into bed (when I’d normally be reading). I’m hoping that in line with my sewing, I’ll also start reintroducing reading time as a wind-down to help me relax in the evenings. I’ve got a lot of books to catch up on (and my poor Goodreads account has suffered long enough!)

-Last week, hubby and I spent some time setting up our Twitch channels. I managed to also hold another successful stream on Twitch, which we also then uploaded to Youtube. Our plan is to try and stream on Friday nights, and then either Saturday or Sunday morning. This is a little project we’re working on, and I hope to bring you more news soon! 🙂

-I’ve been pretty disappointed at the lack of writing I’ve been able to do here recently. I’ve got several half-finished posts in the pipe-line, yet have been suffering from a stint of “writer’s block” and can’t seem to complete them in a timely fashion. With the Youtube channel and Twitch as well, I’m finding some of my normal writing time being taken over. As a result, I’ve been thinking about where I want this blog to be going, the type of content I want to be writing about, and about having a general big brainstorm about where this website could be going. I hope to bring much more content to your screens soon!

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Week 26 Update 2015

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Wow, the 26th post of the year means that we’re halfway through 2015! Along with my normal weekly update, I’ll also give you guys a quick reflection on how I think the year has been so far. With an aim to get lots more writing done this week, I hope I have lots more to share with you soon!

-Firstly, a reflection on how the year has gone so far. I started this year with my NLD deciding to become active, leaving me quite unwell and unable to exercise for three months. After taking the time to rest and recover, I now have dormant NLD, and am able to exercise on an almost-daily basis. I have also maintained my exercise regime and am on the path to being healthier: not just physically, but emotionally and mentally However, I also started this year quite disappointed and frustrated at where I am career-wise. So, I’ve been trying to active set up some hobbies and activities to give myself self-care and a feeling of value and importance outside of the workplace. After 6 months of being unsure about whether I’d continue studying, I’m about to start a qualification that not only is interesting to me, but also is perfectly suited to my professional skills and future aspirations. I’ve got a long way to go confidence-wise still, but I’m much better than where I was last year. Plus, I am still blissfully married to my epic husband, which will never ever change; if anything, it’s the one constant source of positivity in my life, knowing that it’s something that will always be going right. I’m hopeful to see what the rest of the year brings as it unfolds!

-I did mention that I might have some news for you this week. Well…unfortunately I have no news. It’s hard to explain, but the opportunity I was waiting to hear back about ended up not going ahead. There apparently is a plan for it to come up again in the near future (with some slight changes), and I’ve been advised that I should go for it when this does happen. So, even though I didn’t get good news so-to-speak, I’m hopeful. Either way, what’s meant to be is meant to be.

-This week on Curves Complete has been relatively normal – I did my normal workouts and averaged 10,000 steps a day. I did have the first weigh and measure for the 12 Week Challenge (4 weeks in), where it appears that while I have maintained weight, I’ve lost 1.2% body fat and a few centimetres here and there. My blood pressure has also improved dramatically since I started exercising again, which is awesome news!

-I spent some time this week figuring out the software for my insulin pump, so I can upload my pump’s readings, blood glucose results and averages to my computer and the server for my pump. My doctors and I agreed to set this up so I could easily send through my results to them for any necessary changes (something we’ll be working closely on for at least the next year until my diabetes is in perfect control). To ensure that records would be accurate and easy to interpret, I’ve made it an active goal to do more blood tests each day (as mentioned previously based on the advice of my doctors). This has been going really well, and I’ve pretty much managed to do around 7 BGLs a day (including one an hour after every meal, which I wasn’t even doing before!) It’s a massive achievement for me, and as long as I remember to keep checking my sugars (especially before bed when I’m most forgetful/sleepy), it will become a stable habit.

-Over the week, I also received confirmation and approval for taking extra leave over the Christmas school holidays. Since starting work full-time, I’ve never had the opportunity to take extra leave over the Christmas and New Year period. However, given that my husband is a schoolteacher, I really want to spend some time with him and the rest of my family (including young nieces and nephews) who will also be on holidays during this time. I am really excited to have a few weeks booked in, and am considering whether hubby and I may have a few days away somewhere around my birthday just to relax and make the most of the holidays.

-This week, I realised that I’ve fallen behind on keeping up hobbies and activities that make me happy and feeling productive. The main thing I’ve wanted to do (and have really sucked at trying to put into place) is sewing more of my own clothes. With a lack of finances and wanting to start saving for our own home, I’ve realised that I won’t have much funds to buy pretty new clothes. So, I want to have another go at re-starting this hobby. Not only will it be more financially savvy, but it would also be a crafty skill that will help build up my confidence (something which has started to plummet in a professional environment lately). I’ve spent the weekend planning out which fabrics to use for which patterns, and am aiming to use the upcoming weekend to set up my overlocker and sewing space. Starting off, I’m going to try to make a simple day dress using the 60s Butterick pattern I had in mind for the formal brocade dress I attempted a few months back (we ended up not having enough fabric to make this dress), as well as a simple bright purple cotton drill day dress from a 1953 Vogue pattern. This would also give me some fantastic content to write about on here! I really hope I can give myself a fair go of trying out more sewing: it makes me feel so accomplished and confident when I do!

-Last Friday, I did my very first Twitch TV stream (with hubby as my sidekick)! It was a bit unplanned and unexpected, but due to hubby receiving an El Gato from me as part of his birthday present, we decided to give it a try. I streamed me fumbling through the start of The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker. It was a fantastic decision, as only two other people were playing this game on Twitch at the time! I ended up having up to 9 viewers at one stage; for an unadvertised first stream, this was incredible. We had a very enthusiastic and active chat room, and met some really awesome fellow gamers in the process. Hubby and I were also surprised that our Australian internet was able to let us stream, and we’re also so excited and motivated to keep streaming (especially once we get NBN). So, I’m hoping to stream once per week, and you’ll be able to find me under mrsgingerfox on Twitch, if you’re keen!

That’s all I have to share for this week! Thanks for reading 🙂

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Week 25 Update, 2015

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Hello there! Apologies for the delayed post – I was expecting to receive some news to share on here, however still haven’t heard anything. Alas, I will go ahead and post what I’ve been up to over the past week, and hope next week’s post has some exciting news to share 🙂

-I’m back into the swing of being in the Curves Complete program, working out 4 days a week. My body seems to have also readjusted to exercising, as I’m no longer having as many hypos post-exercise. I managed to lose another half a kilo last week, and am on track with my goals. It’s incredible how much more active and alert I am now I’m back to regularly exercising and walking! Last week, my steps were a bit low as I had a sick day for a bad migraine and was at Diabetes Clinic, but I’ve made up for this with my steps for the current week so far. I’ve also been following what my new endocrinologist has asked me to do and am doing more than double the blood glucose tests each day, which is helping me get the most out of exercising too. It’s great to feel a little bit more in control of my health again!

-I’ve been waiting to receive some news this week. For the whole situation, I’ve been calmer than I’ve even been in similar situations. I’m really trying to take on the approach of “whatever happens is meant to be”, and if this doesn’t turn out, it just means something better is in store. That being said, I’ve had a really positive feeling about this, and a couple of signs of good luck. If this news was of a positive kind, it would really feel like everything was falling into place for my husband and I. Hopefully I can share more about this next week!

-Over the weekend, I managed to play quite a bit of Elder Scrolls Online, and have recorded a couple of videos of my gaming experience. Unfortunately, the sound decided to not work (again), so I’m going to have to re-record the sound for the videos…which means there’ll be a delay in getting this content up on Youtube. Regardless, I have some older Pokemon videos to work on, as well as the Zelda series with hubby.

-After trying out Aveda’s Madder Root shampoo, I’ve noticed that it’s barely doing anything to enhance my natural red hair. So, I’m going to start investigating other products. A lot of natural redheads swear by henna or henna-infused shampoos to help keep the brightness of their natural red hair, but I’ve been hesitant to try it out. However, Lush has released a henna-infused shampoo bar, which I may look into trying out before looking at full-on henna. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!

-I’m so sorry for my lack of writing on here! I’ve really been having a busy past few months, and really need to start making writing a priority again now that my health is better. I have a few posts in the work regarding exercising, as well as some wish-lists, and a feature of our Youtube channel. In writing this, I’m making a commitment to have them up on here soon, as promised!

That’s all I have to share for the past week! Thanks for reading 🙂

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