Week 40 Update, 2015

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Hello from the other side of the long weekend! Apologies – this week’s post was delayed as I decided to give myself some time to relax and splurge on Netflix instead. I’m still working on getting myself into better spirits, and am glad I took some time off to refocus on my goals for the rest of the year. Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to over the past week:

-In all honesty, I’ve spent the past week or two really coming to terms with hubby’s job situation: knowing that there’s no security, and also that he’ll be spending the next few months figuring out the direction he wants to go to. Two things are clear: we/he need him to be in a more secure role with permanency before we can make our plans for the future a reality. But the second thing is that we want him to be happy in the career path he’s chosen. We’ve spent lots of time talking about all the possible options and outcomes, and it’s now up to fate and what opportunities make themselves available over the next few months. I will yet again reiterate how disappointed I am with the education system and its lack of loyalty and support for good teachers. Teaching is becoming a career so different to what it was decades ago: it’s no longer a secure career, has unrealistic work expectations as well as lack of support and opportunities for good staff. They’re no longer giving jobs to people because they’re good at it – it’s either for the highest bidder, or because of “who you know”. It’s been so disheartening realising this, especially after having a parent successfully be a teacher decades ago – seeing the clear change in the system is so sad. I’m sick of seeing my husband be treated so badly in the system, and really hope the perfect opportunity comes up which will make him happy and show that he is valued in the career force. Because we’re just about fed up with our career situations – some good news is badly needed to help us get out of this slump.

-In light of the above, I’ve been trying to keep myself active. Alas, hayfever, recurring pain in my ribs and stomach and a group assignment for university meant that I couldn’t keep up my normal pace. In returning to the gym this week, I discovered that even with my lack of progress, my weight has kept itself stable. Hopefully, I have recovered enough to get back to my reasonable rate of exercise and walking, as I really feel it helps me lift my spirits.

-This week, I’ve become quite aware (and ashamed) of how competitive I can be towards certain situations in life – especially in comparing myself to other women. Perhaps it’s the society I’ve been raised in, or the influence of others, but I’ve been struggling this week with a little voice in my head that’s comparing myself to other women of my age (related to career, weight loss and similar) and feeling a pang of jealously or a want to view them as competition. It’s made me feel pretty ashamed: I should instead be more supportive of others and their journey! Ultimately, my biggest competitor is (and should be) myself: no one else has the same journey or circumstances, therefore it’s unfair to compare myself to others. As a lover of the pinup/retro fashion scene, too often have I witnessed the snarkyness resulting from women making themselves opponents, rather than supporters. I’m hoping that I can be more mature and focus on helping others and encouraging others – celebrating their success, rather than being jealous.

That’s really all I’ve been up to. I haven’t been very productive activity-wise, but have had a lot on my mind that’s required some time to process over the past week. I hope that once my major assignment is complete next week for my Business subject, I’ll have some time to write some extra posts. I did promise my sewing post reviewing the costume I made a few months ago, and I have a Lipsense review in progress. Here’s hoping I’ll have them ready to post soon. Anyway, as always, thanks for reading 🙂

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Week 39 Update, 2015!

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Well, what a week!. So much has happened, and the past week feels like one of the most emotionally exhausting weeks I’ve had all year. So unfortunately, this update may not be in the best of spirits. I’m feeling much better now, but here’s what happened:

– Last week, we received unexpected news about hubby’s job situation. He was short-listed and interviewed for a permanent role that seemed to be set-up for him, and he didn’t get it. After weeks of being told good and hopeful things about the role, our dreams were crushed on the first day of the school holidays (plus I received some bad family news on the same day – all is relatively ok in relation to this though, but it was a nightmare of a day). We have so many questions about why it didn’t work out. But overall, I’m so angry at the school/education system. Schools system: I’m done. I’m done with trying to figure out why you don’t go out of your way to employ amazing, talented, dedicated teachers permanently – instead, stringing them along on false hopes and temporary contracts and getting rid of them at your own whim with minimal to no notice. These people have a family to support, and futures on hold because they don’t know whether they’ll have work the next term or not. I don’t get it. My hubby is now faced with the decision of whether he continues to try and pursue this school, or if he looks elsewhere or in a completely different career field. It’s been absolutely heartbreaking to witness and be a part of; seeing someone you love, who is so damn talented and passionate about something, but is being held back from opportunities due to the shitty circumstances of employment and the economy.

What’s been especially hard over the past week is realising that we’re both not happy with where we are currently in our careers. He doesn’t have permanency and is struggling with not knowing whether he has work to continue into each term, while I no longer feel challenged or valued and without future opportunities where I am. We just feel like we’re at a dead end in our working lives, and it really sucks.

-After last week, I spent the majority of the weekend trying to recuperate and put myself in a better mindset. Through this, I realised something – change is in the air. I have had this overwhelming sense over the past few days that if I want things to change for the better in some parts of my life, I have to be the one to make the change. So, I’m going to stop being so scared of change and moving forward/on and start taking the plunge in a big part of my life that is really impacting on my happiness as it currently is. I have this great belief that once I make this change, my overall mindset and mood will improve, and I’ll be able to start tackling some of my other goals.. Anyway, I hope that over the next few weeks, I’ll have some great news to report.

-During last week’s bad news, I became sick yet again. Hayfever hit me like a tonne of bricks, and knocked me off my feet from last Tuesday until this weekend. I had to spend all of Thursday in bed (I even couldn’t make my evening class), as the energy had been completely drained from me. As a result, I only got to the gym once last week, and have felt completely sluggish and flat. However, I needed to listen to my body and let myself recover, otherwise (as per tradition), I would have become sicker, for longer. Having a rough week and being sick at the same time is a crappy combination.

-One positive aspect of being unwell is that I actually had time to watch Netflix – I felt too unwell to play video/computer games. So…I *may* have discovered Downton Abbey, and I *may* have become slightly hooked. Unfortunately, I realistically don’t have time to watch as much television as I like, however I have been procrastinating like a boss and churning through seasons of the show (I’ve almost finished Season 2).

That’s about all I’ve been up to after quite a rough week. I hope that I can start working on writing more for the blog – it’s great having such an outlet where I’m aiming to reflect more positively on life. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Week 38 Update, 2015

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Hi there! Time to give you an update on what I’ve been up to over the past week:

-Since I went to Diabetes Clinic earlier this month, my doctors have been working with me to try and stabilise my blood sugar levels. It’s been a bit of a guessing game at times (or feels like it is, at least), as I ended up coming out of last week having had eight hypos. There were two days where I had multiple hypos, so I was completely exhausted from so many low blood sugar levels. As a result, I ended up not losing any weight at the gym (in fact, I put on a couple of hundred grams). I really hope we can stop all of the hypos, so that I can have the best scenario in order for me to exercise and see better results – as well as be healthier overall.

-On the note of exercising: some people have suggested certain products or tablets to me to try and “lose weight quicker”. I’ll put it out here: firstly, I’m not exercising with the mindset of losing weight. As I’ve always said, I’m exercising to improve my health and medical conditions – any weight loss is a bonus. Secondly, I’m doing this the proper way, by exercising and trying to eat right: to me, any other way seems like a short-cut with short-term results, and will end up stuffing up my progress for the long term. Plus, I don’t want to be doing anything that could impact badly on my medical conditions – such as the interesting effects of many weight loss pills and products. I just wanted to put this out there, as I’ve had a few people trying to sell me on these “short term fixes”. While it’s taking me a while to see progress, and it’s probably much tougher than just taking some pills, it’s much more rewarding and effective for the long-term for me.

-Last week, I received the results for my first postgraduate business assignment. I was really nervous due to never studying business before, and felt that the result of this subject would help me determine whether I was good enough to keep going with this course. Well, turns out I had nothing to worry about: I was a couple of marks off a High Distinction. This really boosted my confidence, and I’m now working on a group assignment with a fantastic, dynamic group of people. With this subject, I feel I have a lot to prove – this could determine whether I am able to access study leave in the future, and also influence my future career path. But overall, I’m in a really good mindset about my studies: it feels like I’m finally taking the right academic path to enhance my future.

-I’ve spent the weekend trying out the new Lipsense products I’ve received. I definitely think I’m onto a winner, and am majorly impressed with the durability of these products. You’ll see on my Instagram (on the right-hand side of the page) that I’ve been posting up pictures of the product, from when I first put it on to the end of the day. For the test I did on Saturday, I ate, drank, kissed hubby a lot, had a shower, scrubbed my face and cleaned my teeth – after all of this, the product was still on my lips (with a little bit of wear, but understandable given everything I got up to!) I am tossing up the idea of whether I could become a distributor of Lipsense, but it would depend on the demand (how many friends would be willing to purchase through me), as well as whether I’d have the time. It works on a similar basis to companies such as Nutrimetics (which I also was a consultant for years ago), however it is the “in” thing to be a part of at the minute. I don’t want to get into something where the market is already flooded…but if enough friends want to give it a go, I may reconsider and try and sign up as a distributor for my hometown region. Once I get the neutral colour I’ve wanted to try out, I’ll write up a thorough review on here.

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

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Week 37 Update, 2015

 

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Welcome to another week of updates! I feel that yet again time has gotten away from me over the past week. I really wish I had more time to work on my blog and writing projects (to bring lots more different posts here than my usual goal-setting updates). That being said, I’m not getting any less busy, so I need to refocus and try to get myself back into the “funk” of writing a unique, encouraging blog. Here’s hoping I’ll get inspired over the next few weeks.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to over the past week:

-I’ve been gradually getting back into my usual level of exercise with the Curves Complete program; however, I’m still sticking to 3 workouts a week due to some rib pain still being present. Last week I managed to reach the gym and walking goals I set myself. I have had some slight weight gain due to hormones at this particular time of the month, but I’m really hoping I can try and reach a specific weight goal over the next few weeks.

This coming week though, I have an even bigger goal to reach: my 200th workout at Curves. This is pretty incredible for me – this time last year I was reaching 100 workouts. Considering I’ve had pretty much 6 months off due to illness and injury since joining Curves in 2014, I am pretty excited about finally reaching my 200th workout milestone. While I really can’t see much of the progress in my appearance (I’ve lost some centimetres and kilograms, but nothing which I could parade as being a dramatic change), I can clearly see the progress in my health. My diabetes is in the best control I’ve ever seen it as an adult, and I really feel more active. The fact that I’m making an active effort with exercising regularly – even if I’m not losing record amounts of weight, is what makes me feel really proud of what I’ve achieved. I’ve made exercise a habit in my life, and that is such a massive milestone.

-Thanks to the extreme generosity and help of my amazing brother and his wife, my husband and I have finally been able to set up our gaming desktop computer. This is something that occurred based on some gifts we received for Christmas last year, and my husband and I are so thankful. We’re finally able to play so many games which weren’t working on our old/weak-powered laptops, and have a reliable computer to do video editing and streaming. I’m so excited to have a decent desktop computer again, and spent a large amount of time over the weekend playing Skyrim, World of Warcraft and installing the Elder Scrolls Online. Overall, I’m continually reminded of how blessed I am to have such a supportive, kind-hearted family who is happy to help out each other.

-This week, I finally took the plunge and have purchased a product I’ve been wanting to try for a while: Lipsense lipsticks by Senegence. These lipsticks seem to be doing the rounds on all of the Pinup/Retro fashion buy and swap groups I’m a part of on social media. I was a bit curious, as I really want to be wearing lipstick regularly (daily, if possible). I am someone who is a bit of a klutz when it comes to lipstick: I will eat, drink water, talk and, as a result, get lipstick everywhere. The amount of times I have to retouch lipstick (if I try to wear it) has made me really self-conscious about trying to wear it regularly…yet, it’s something I really want to do. Here’s where Lipsense comes in. So many ladies are raving about its staying power, as well as durability through the whole day with eating, drinking, kissing…and no retouches. As a result, I’m going to give it a go and see whether it lives up to the hype it’s caused. I have purchased myself a few shades, and will hopefully work on writing a review on here once I’ve had a bit of an experiment. I will let you know though; I hope they end up being as good as I’ve heard, because this could literally change my life of being too scared of wearing lipstick! 🙂

-I submitted my first postgraduate assignment last week, and am eagerly awaiting the results this week. I’m slightly nervous: I felt that I did a relatively good job on the assignment, but I don’t want to be overconfident either (studying business for the first time ever). In all honesty, I’m worried that I could get terrible results, and I’ll then have to decide whether I hang in there and work extremely hard, or if I give up. It’s tough: being unsure as to whether I actually know what I’m talking about in this new degree, or if I’m a big fake. Here’s hoping the results prove me otherwise, as we have a group assignment next and I don’t want to let the group down. I’m pretty excited about the group assignment, as I have a really great group to work with, along with a fantastic topic.

-To end this week’s post, I will finish on a hopeful note. This week, hubby and I are awaiting some news from his end that will change our future for the better. It will bring us confidence in pursuing our future, and will bring many of our plans for the near-future closer than we think, as well as a hell of a lot of security and hope. I will not reveal any more on here until my hubby finds out more…but we are eagerly awaiting some news and hope with all our might that things will work out how we hope they will.

And that’s all I’ve got this week! Thanks for reading, as always 🙂

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Week 36 Update, 2015

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Hello there! Sorry this week’s post is delayed – I have studying to blame. I’ve managed to just finish writing my first assignment for this session, and finally have some spare time to write up my weekly update. It’s going to be a busy week, so I’m glad I have some time – even if minimal, to catch up with you 🙂 Here’s what I’ve been up to:

-I spent all of Monday at my Diabetes Clinic check-up, with my awesome endocrinologist (the Dean of Medicine for the university in the region, as well as being from Cambridge University), as well as the supportive Diabetes Educator Nurse. I was extremely nervous, as due to being unwell, my diabetes had been all over the place, and as a result I felt my progress towards making my condition more manageable for future plans had come undone. However, my endocrinologist, even after hearing my bad news, was full of positivity and encouragement about how I’ve been going, and is confident I’m still going in the right direction. In fact, my Hba1C is down from 7.9% to 7.5% in the course of three months, which was absolutely shocking to me (I thought, given how many levels I’ve had above 25 mm0l over the past few weeks due to infections/steroids/antibiotics, I’d be doomed!) Considering I was sick for almost a month (of the three months examined), this is amazing results.

The team are also investigating whether they can give me a Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring Device (CGM for short) to use for a week or so to ensure we can closely monitor my levels 24/7 for a week. This is another device which has to be inserted under my skin and kept clipped onto me like the pump – something I’ve always been scared about doing due to being worried about having too many things connected to me. But, I may finally be confident enough to give it a go if it means I can get my blood glucose levels sorted, especially whilst I’m continuing to lose weight (something which makes diabetes insulin levels dramatically change and need to be adjusted all the time). Overall, the diabetes clinic is really happy with my progress considering how ill I’ve been over the past few weeks. Hubby and I have some work to do to tighten up our carbohydrate counting at meals, but otherwise I’ve been doing a fantastic job checking my blood sugar levels through the day, as well as trying to be more active.

-In light of my recent clinic visit, as well as all of my health issues recently, I’m constantly thinking of how lucky I am to have such a supportive husband who is eager to understand my health issues and to help me. He has gone out of his way to understand how my health needs to be taken care of, as well as researching and working on some projects to help prepare our kitchen/meals better so we are more accurately counting the carbs and sugar levels in our meals.

-As of last week, I’ve returned to the Curves Complete program, going to the gym 3 days a week (returning to 4 days once I no longer have pain in my ribs, which will hopefully be next week). I’ve also started my lunch-time walks again, as the doctors can clearly see the positive difference in my blood sugar levels when I am doing these walks at work. I have also started using the “Calm” app for guided meditation, and have just completed the “7 Days of Calm and Mindfulness” program, which was a great introduction to meditation. Until my ribs are fully recovered, I’m using this app until I can get back to my full yoga routine, however I feel like I will continue to use this app to help me relax before bed, even after I resume yoga.

-Last week, I also completed the 100 day Global Corporate Challenge, which I was participating in through work. Monitoring my daily step intake over 100 days was really motivating for me, even if I spent the last few weeks of the program unwell, meaning I had very little progress. According to the GCC app, I managed to lose 2.8 kilos for the duration of the program, improved my blood pressure and heart health and with my step count intake, travelled from Japan to Peru (virtually). It was quite encouraging seeing the progress of other teams (unfortunately, our team captain only entered ¼ of their steps for the whole program). Overall, it was great to be a participant in the program, and I hope to participate again next year – hopefully when I’m in a better state of health!

-Over the weekend, hubby and I finished watching all seasons of The Great British Sewing Bee. It has definitely left me inspired to get some sewing projects finished, and dedicate more time to developing my sewing skills. Not only will I be able to start developing a unique wardrobe, but I’ll also build my skills and confidence. On my radar, I have a circle skirt from last year which needs to be finished, a dress to hem, and then a new circle skirt pattern to try out on some of my materials. I also am going to try and make some vintage-inspired pyjamas soon. Here’s hoping I can stay on track, and also that I have some epic time management skills to fit this hobby in around study and work.

-My current session of study finishes in November, with the next session not commencing until February next year. As such, I was contemplating if I’d complete a subject via distance in a Summer Session instance, but have decided that I want to take a break over Christmas to spend time with family and relax instead: with all the health issues I’ve had this year, and no holidays, it’s important that I give myself a proper break. I’ll hopefully catch up on some craft projects and cleaning up the house in those months where I have no studies to worry about.

That’s about all I’ve got to report on for this week. Thanks for reading 🙂

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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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