Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Day 114...

FRIDAY 26/12/14 - I am thankful for... Not valuing material possessions (too much)

*Picture from the internet

Boxing Day Sales. These words spur thrills of excitement in some while sparking fear and dread in others. A good friend of mine, who I had not seen in a long tie, suggested we meet half way at a shopping centre for a long overdue catch up. This might not seem like such a big deal, but on the biggest shopping day of the year, I was worried about just getting a car park. To my surprise I got a park within 3 minutes of entering the car park. WINNING! I enjoyed a lovely lunch and catch up with my good friend and his wife, despite the crazy atmosphere. I arrived a little early (due to my good fortune with parking) so decided to just look around the shops myself, see if I could grab a bargain like the 50 million other people in the centre where doing. Whilst I was shuffling and squeezing my way around the hoards of people I got a good chance to watch everybody as they passed. Why is it the biggest shopping day of the year? Just because of the sales? How much gets bought just for the sake of buying something, only to rarely get used, if at all? Just because it's cheaper than normal, not because you need it or maybe even want it that much. In the end I bought some Body Shop stuff that needed replacing and nothing more. I got to thinking how much money is wasted on such days. Besides, it feels like the shops have sales permanently, I'm always seeing signs up for different stores saying 20%, 30%, 50% off etc... So today I decided not to "buy" into this "social norm". To save my money for something far more worthwhile. Don't get me wrong, it's nice to have/receive nice things. I could probably name a handful of things I hope never to lose, due to sentimental worth though, not financial. I think that has a lot to do with my upbringing too. My mum in particular has never placed much value on monetary things, but rather experiences, which is something I hope to pass onto my children. Because at the end of the day, when the sun sets of your life for the last time, what can you take with you? Not your house, or your car, or your jewellery, or your electronics. Just the memory of who you are and the footprint you left in the world. So whilst I'm not perfect, I'm glad I don't place too much emphasis on having "things" in my life. There are so many more important things in life to place emphasis on.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Day 113...

THURSDAY 25/12/14 - I am thankful for... Christmas Day!

IT'S CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!! My most favourite day of the year, hands down! So this was definitely an easy day for thanksgiving. We started the day with presents and our traditional ham, egg and eggnog breakfast at Dad's followed by more presents at Mum's, then off to my cousins place for the big family dinner. Even when we have family members missing, we still have quite a few people their to really make the day special. There's never a dull moment, and so much food that you are practically comatose for the rest of the evening, including this awesome piƱata Christmas cake my sister and I made. I'm so blessed to come from such a wonderfully close, extended family. My mum has always been close to her brother and sisters, so the cousins are also close. I can't remember a single Christmas where I have not been surrounded by family. That's my most favourite part of Christmas, being surrounded by my family. I don't know what I would do without them. Even living in Sydney with no family there, any one of them is just a phone call away if ever I needed.

Of course, my other most favourite thing about Christmas Day is why we celebrate it; it's the birthday of Jesus. The part of God who came to earth as Man to save the world. If you're not a person of faith I hope this doesn't make you feel uncomfortable, but I won't apologise for what I believe to be true. Today is a great reminder of the person Jesus was; a healer to the sick, a friend to the friendless, a leader, a teacher, a humble man, putting others first. The greatest example of what we should strive to be, though we'll never achieve it. Today is a day that reminds me why we have Christmas in the first place and what we can do to try and honour him. I am thankful for Christmas, and always will be.

Day 112...

WEDNESDAY 24/12/14 - I am thankful for... My Dad living in Brisbane

*Selfie taking by my sister (centre)

For the first time, in many, many years, both of my parents are in the same city for Christmas, and we can spend the day with both of them. My Dad, his partner and my brother moved from Perth in WA to Brisbane back in May, making it convenient when I go back to Brisbane to see them and my mum and sister. Tonight we are spending the night at Dad's place so we can spend Christmas morning with them. I cannot describe in words how wonderful this feels. Even at 27 years old, I'm still his little girl, and he will always be my Dad. I have a good relationship with both of my parents, they are both amazing people, and to be able to see them both on my favourite day of the year is just incredible. I know my sister feels the same. I'm so blessed to have parents who love us so much and unconditionally, doing such a wonderful job though they are human and imperfect. So tonight we will all just enjoy each others company, eat a wonderful meal and probably watch a horror movie or too (love of horror movies is most definitely genetic). I could not be more thankful for this!

Day 111...

TUESDAY 23/12/14 - I am thankful for... The Ballet

Oooh the ballet! I love everything about it. The music, the dancing, the costumes, the sets, the stories. I find it absolutely magical to watch. I guess coming from a dancing background it's a little inevitable and predictable. Tonight I went with my besties to see the Nutcracker. We had a drink and nibbles, caught up with each other before the show. It was spectacular! Exquisite! Breathtaking! I have seen it before, many years ago, but this particular ballet just makes it feel like Christmas! The way the dancers just glide and leap across the stage is awe inspiring. The strength and finesse is just something else. Can you tell I love it? Interestingly enough, when I used to dance, ballet was probably my least favourite style to dance myself (tap being my most desired) but even then I still enjoyed it and can completely appreciate the complexity and beauty of ballet. Ballet has been entertaining people for many, many years, and I am thankful that it will continue to do so for many more.

Day 110... So much to be thankful for!

MONDAY 22/12/14 - I am thankful for... Currumbin Rock Pools

Two good friends of mine, who I hadn't seen in AGES, decided the three of us should hang out and one of them had the suggestion we could spend the afternoon at Currumbin Rock Pools. I can't remember the last time I had been so I said 'sure, why not!'. After hitting up the shops for a picnic lunch (by the way, produce is definitely cheaper here than in Sydney!) we road tripped out to the rock pools. Wow!!! They were absolutely picturesque! We sat in the shade of a tree and ate lunch, followed by a swim in the crisp but inviting water, then laid upon the rocks basking in the sun, talking whilst looking up to the sky through the trees. I can safely say I was purely and utterly relaxed and felt like I was truly on holidays. It was perfect! Beautiful weather, amazing company in a place encompassing natural beauty. I could not have asked for a better way to spend a day. It's true, the best things in life are truly free. And for me? There's nothing like a little nature to recharge, so I'm thankful for places like this.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Day 109...

SUNDAY 21/12/14 - I am thankful for... Wildlife at home

Just as mum and I drove into the driveway she stopped suddenly. There, sitting right in the middle, was a juvenile blue tongue lizard. It was so beautiful! Unfortunately, mum's dog and my sister's cat like to play with lizards so to save it from them, we managed to shoo it away into the neighbours garden, where I took this photo.  My mum in particular has quite a soft spot for the lizards in the garden and is always upset when the pets decide to "play" with them, which luckily is very rare (they really are probably more scared of the lizards!). We even had, at one stage, a resident goanna who used to hiss at night and get stuck in our drain. He was enormous! But he was more than welcome. We are so blessed to have such a variety of wildlife here in Australia, and many of those smaller animals reside in our gardens. I quite honestly love having them around, and can't wait to have a place of my own to welcome them. I am thankful we get the opportunity to see these lovely creatures up close and personal. How lucky are we!?

Day 108...

SATURDAY 20/12/14 - I am thankful for... Relaxation

I slept in this morning. Lazed around on the couch for a hour or two watching my mum's Foxtel. Walked up to the local shopping centre (which is now MASSIVE!) and did whatever I wanted, when I wanted in no time frame. I don't remember the last time I had a day like this. I have been feeling for the last month or so I just needed to take some time out and relax. I haven't had a proper holiday/time off for quite a number of months now and it was starting to take it's toll. It's particularly important to take some R & R around Christmas busy it is such an incredibly busy time. Don't get me wrong, I do like being busy. I couldn't laze around day after day as I would get bored. But today it was so nice to do that. To just take some time out and not do anything that required too much energy or comprehension. I think it's important for all of us to do so from time to time. When we look after ourselves we can be better to others. Looking after yourself is not selfish, actually quite the opposite. It has taken me a while to realise that and I'm glad I understand that now. It also helps that mum's couch is so comfy! I don't plan to spend my entire holiday like this! Probably just today really. But I'm incredibly thankful that I had this day to relax  and recharge. Looking forward to what the rest of the holidays have to bring!

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Day 107...

FRIDAY 19/12/14 - I am thankful for... Going home for Christmas

*Picture from Google images

As I was sitting the in airport waiting to board, as song popped into my head. "I'll be home for Christmas, you can count on me..." Maybe because it's true! Tonight I'm writing this from my mum's place in Brisbane, home for the holidays. I have been looking forward to this for ages! Two weeks holidays with my family. I'm very blessed to come from a close nit family, immediate and extended included. I can't imagine not spending Christmas with family and find it sad for those who don't feel the same. This year is also extra special because, for the first time in about 15 yrs I will see both of my parents on Christmas Day! My sister and I will be staying over my Dad's place Christmas Eve, spend the morning with him, his partner and our brother, then back to mum's to head over to her side of the family. How amazing we have so much to do in one day! I'm also quite thankful for my boyfriend and good friend who dropped me at the airport this afternoon, it was such a lovely thing to do. And also that my luggage was the right weight, I didn't test positive to my regular explosives testing (I get picked EVERY. SINGLE. TIME!) and that my flight left Sydney and arrived in Brisbane without a hitch. I am so thankful for all these events that allowed me t be home for Christmas :)

Day 106...

THURSDAY 18/12/14 - I am thankful for... Work Christmas fun!

What a silly morning we had! For the last two years, my colleague who is a good friend and I have a Christmas stocking each and put a present in it every working day until one of us goes on leave. The goal... the cheaper, dodgier and funnier... the better! As Fridays are a crazy day at work, and tomorrow is my last one for the year, we decided to open our presents today. Oh what fun it was! There were some great presents, cute presents and funny presents! And surprisingly, we gave each other similar things, hence the glasses photo! Because we are both adults we decided we didn't want to give each other proper presents, we could probably by it ourselves, but have a bit of fun with the Christmas present experience. I may have mentioned this before but Christmas is my favourite time of the year and it was great to just have crazy, silly fun with it! It's not about the presents, for me it never is. But this was a little game you could say that we were both able to have fun and experiment with. So I'm thankful that my colleague came up with the idea last year. I'm sure we will be doing this as long as we work together!

Day 105...

WEDNESDAY 17/12/14 - I am thankful for... The generosity of others

There are times in my life I am completely overwhelmed by the generosity that other people display to me and to other people. I have been a little slack this year and didn't do Christmas cards for people like a usually do this year. I must admit, time kind of got away from me! A really good friend of mine pulled me aside tonight at our church christmas party and gave me a cute little card. Feeling touched I said "oh wow, I feel terrible I didn't write you a card"... just as she produced a present as well! Doh! I felt so terrible! My heart sank as my slackness was out on full display. But of course, my friend being my friend shrugged and simply said "oh don't worry about it at all! I just love giving to people and I do it when I'm able to (she's a uni student)". Thinking back on it I see what she is saying, because I like to do the same for others when I can. The best and most satisfying form of giving is when you expect absolutely nothing in return. And when better to do that then at Christmas! I truly believe you can be blessed by giving generously to others with no expectations. I'm so grateful for that, and I hope the people in my life, especially this friend, is blessed abundantly for all she does, not just for giving me a present.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Day 104...

TUESDAY 16.12.14 - I am thankful for... Community unity 

*Photo from the internet

In stark contrast to yesterday's post, we here in Sydney, in Australia and around the world witnessed a truly terrible event. Yesterday in a cafe in Sydney's CBD, a man walked in and held the cafe to ransom, it's patrons became hostages. In the early hours of the this morning, after a 17 hr siege, it all came to a dramatic and tragic end as we learned two of the hostages lost their lives, protecting those around them. The gunman also lost his life. By all accounts it seems this man was a radical extremist who associated himself with Islam, though due to his warped sense of reality looks like he may have been very mentally unstable. And in the end what did his actions achieve? If they were to separate the Muslim community and the rest of Australia, he failed miserably. That's the most incredible thing, people began to show complete compassion and unity afterwards. His actions achieved quite the opposite. The people of Australia were saying "we know this was the actions of one man and not of a religious community. We will stand by you, love you and together will overcome this hate and violence." There was even a hashtag started - #illridewithyou - to show solidarity. Multi-denominational faith services were held and thousands of bouquets of flowers were left at the site of the siege to pay respects to those who died, flowers left by people of all races and religions, by Australians. A sea of beautiful colour. The words and actions of one person should never define a community of people. No religion I know condones hate and violence, but people from all religions and groups are capable of it. Hate begets hate, we can only conquer hate with love and unity, and I am thankful that I what I saw today.

Day 103...

MONDAY 15.12.14 - I am thankful for... Christmas Carols/Songs

Tis' the season to be jolly, fa la la la laaa la la la la! I love Christmas Carols. Think me strange if you must but I really do! I can't help get into the Christmas spirit when I hear them - except when they are played in stores as early as September, that just annoys me. Tonight our church, along with two other churches, combined to bring the community and evening of Christmas carols at the local park. Its quite a big event every year, with many people doing months of preparation beforehand. For the last two years I have been part of the choir, so much ridiculous fun! The only downer this year (which really wasn't that big a deal) was that my two favourite carols were done as solo performances, so we couldn't sing them; being Silent Night and O Holy Night. I saw the most wonderful thing being on stage tonight. There were many children there and when Santa comes on stage he throws lollies out to the crowd. There, in the middle of it all, was a very excited young Aboriginal boy with Down Syndrome. Unfortunately, he was not quick enough to get any of the lollies and looked so forlorn. There were some however left on stage, and when one of the singers decided to throw the rest out into the crowd, a large burly gentlemen, with a bikie beard and tattoos down both arms piped up and said "hey can we give them to the little fella" pointing to the young boy. This man had a child of his own with him but saw how upset the boy was and decided he probably should have those extra lollies. It may not seem like much, but I thought it was an incredibly beautiful gesture, and just absolutely made this boy smile from ear to ear. Wonderful to see. I thought to myself, that's true Christmas spirit, right there! I am thankful for Christmas carols and songs, being they evoke joy and happiness and get as us into the Christmas spirit. I was so blessed by what I witness tonight, and am so thankful for it.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Day 102...

SUNDAY 14.12.14 - I am thankful for... Operation Christmas Child

Can you believe it? Only 11 days until Christmas! It seems to have come so fast, in fact, this entire year has gone so fast! At church tonight during prayer I was reminded of Operation Christmas Child, run by organisation Samaritan's Purse. Each year hundreds of shoe boxes full of toys, clothes, toiletries, stationary and more are sent to children in third world countries would live in poverty and wouldn't otherwise receive a present at Christmas. It won't solve poverty, but it lets a child know that someone, somewhere half a world away cares enough for them to give them something for Christmas, giving them hope. Shoe boxes are packed months in advance (this photo was taken a few months ago) as you can imagine the amount of organisation that goes into this sort of operation. However, I was reminded again about this great organisation and imagine the smiles on the children's faces as they open their Christmas presents, some for the very first time in their lives. I am thankful for opportunities to give like this one.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Day 101...

SATURDAY 13.12.14 - I am thankful for... Christmas Trees

Walking through the city after my Saturday morning Zumba class, I came across the Sydney CBD Christmas tree. As a walked further into the Pitt Street Mall I saw another Christmas tree... made completey out of Lego! Nothing says Christmas like a Christmas tree. Traditionally the tree was originally decorated with edibles like apples and nuts. It wasn't until the 18th century that candles, tinsel and candy canes graced their branches. Most people put either an angel (symbol of Gabriel) or a star (Star of Bethlehem) on the top. Personally, I put up my Christmas Tree at home on December 1st every year or as close to it as possible. It's something I look forward to every Christmas, decorating my tree and my place. I'm not sure where the tradition of having a tree came from, but I'm very thankful it exists. No matter how big or small, Christmas trees seem to be a major part of our Christmas decorations, and no doubt will be for a long time to come.

Day 100... Made the century!

FRIDAY 12.12.14 - I am thankful for... Bowling!

Tonight was our last Youth Group for the year before we break for summer holidays. The original plan was to go the beach, have a swim and dinner. Alas, the weather was not on our side and we needed a plan B. So we took the youth bowling instead. I LOVE bowling! I always have. So I'm a little ashamed to say I was glad the weather was poor, just a little. I even had the opportunity to partake in it as Wednesday afternoon high school sport back in the day. Tonight was so much fun. Everyone bowled really well, we shared some food platters for dinner and enjoyed the disco like atmosphere with music that sent us leaders flashbacks to our high school era. Bowling is a great group activity. You don't have to be a pro, bumpers are great for those a little less experienced. Good, clean, old fashioned fun. I am thankful that bowling is still around for us to enjoy, and hope it is around for many, many years to come.

Day 99...

THURSDAY 11.12.14 - I am thankful for... Finishing my Christmas Shopping

By the start of December, I had almost finished my Christmas shopping. This was mainly due to the fact I set myself the task of buying as many presents from charities and non-profit organisations, which needed more forward planning. However there were still a few bits and pieces I needed to get. Today is the day I can officially say I have finished my 2014 shopping! Woohoo! Whilst I was not able to get every single thing from charitable stores, I would say at least 80% of my shopping was successfully done through charities. It was a challenge that I really enjoyed and might try again next year. I absolutely love giving people gifts, thinking about the person, what they like and finding something they would really enjoy. I never expect gifts in return, giving gives me more pure joy than receiving ever could. My colleague and I both have stockings and each work day through December until we go on leave, we put a present in the stocking. The cheaper and dodgier... the better! It's just so much fun! Therefore I am thankful for occasions to give others gifts, and for finishing my Christmas shopping! Until next year...

Day 98...

WEDNESDAY 10.12.14 - I am thankful for... Celebrating the birthdays of others

There were several people I know who had birthdays today! I like to make a fuss for others on their birthday. It's a great time to celebrate that person and show how much you appreciate them being part of your life, no matter tp extent. Two of my colleagues, one whom is a good friend of mine, had their birthdays and were oncall, resulting in both of them being called in at 4am on their birthday. How cruel! Needless to say buying them a birthday coffee was the least I could do! I also decided to make a sign for my good friend to stick on our office door, pictured above, at 10pm last night only to realise that I was out of yellow ink, so green Minions it was! I think as we get older it not so much about 'presents', but when people remember and send you a text, a card, an email or give you face to face birthday message, it can make you feel so valued and really special. It doesn't take much to make someone smile on their birthday. And I've come to realise, as I elaborated in my very first blog post, that it's important to commemorate your on birthday, to reflect on the year you have had and focus on the next year to come. So I am thankful for the birthdays of other people in my life, for a chance to share them that I appreciate who they are and am thankful they are in my life.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Day 97...

TUESDAY 09.12.14 - I am thankful for... Frangipani flowers

Frangipanis are most definitely my favourite flower, and have been for as long as I can remember! Simple and elegant, come in a range of colours and always remind me of my favourite season and place... SUMMER at the BEACH! One of my colleagues (and master baker) made this coconut and pineapple sweet pie. Let me make you jealous, it was absolutely divine! Next to each piece she put a frangipani flower, matching the colour of the pineapple. It was a really cute touch! I decided to keep it as long as I can. Whenever I walk past a frangipani tree I can't help but to stop and admire the flowers, there's just something about them that make me peaceful and happy. So seeing it on my plate made my piece of pie extra special. It may not be a big thing, but I am thankful for my little flower that made me feel a bit happier today.

Day 96...

MONDAY 08.12.14 - I am thankful for... Birds chirping in the morning

Ahhh Monday mornings. That time of the week where you have to force yourself to get out of bed to start the working week, no sleeping in. What a drag. There are a few trees out the back of my apartment block in the neighbouring yard and they attract quite a few birds. There is also a lot of tree matter that gets stuck in the roof gutters, also attracting them. This morning I woke to two miner birds sitting on my balcony railing, chirping away as if in deep conversation. It was such a lovely and natural thing to listen to. Then I noticed a rainbow lorikeet eating out of the gutter. I almost felt like I wasn't in the suburbs, if I closed my eyes and just listened. It was definitely a soothing way to start my day. So I am thankful for the birds who come to greet me in the mornings, to give me a reason to get out of bed on a Monday morning ;)

Day 95...

SUNDAY 07.12.14 - I am thankful for... New Life

My cousin had her third child today! A healthy baby boy, pictured above with mum (with her permission). I received the text first thing this morning with all the details. What exciting news to wake up to! What a weekend it has been!! I absolutely adore babies, a trait I have received from my mother I think. I believe all babies are special, new  and precious lives born into the word. There's something about watching a baby grow, learning about the world they are now in. Learning to smile, to laugh and giggle, who the people are around them are, whilst giving joy to the people who love them most. I don't have any children of my own, but I would love to one day. Actually, I think I would be quite devastated if I couldn't have any! I hold great value to all life, therefore I believe every child is nothing but a gift, and I am thankful for each and every one.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Day 94...

SATURDAY 06.12.14 - I am thankful for... Weddings!

This year has been the year of weddings for me! Today I attended my sixth and final one for the year. Don't get me wrong, I am most certainly not complaining. I LOVE weddings, and I'm at that age for my friends and cousins to be getting married. They are such happy and special occasions, watching two people who want to spend the rest of their lives together make a promise in front of their loved ones. I prefer those weddings that are understated (no big, expensive, fancy trimmings or extras), elegant, drama-free, full of dancing and most of all full of love for the couple. Today was definitely one of those weddings. And for fun, there was a photo booth which has become quite popular in recent years. I can see why! I also feel very blessed that a number of people, not including family, value my friendship enough to want me to share in their special day. I was also a bridesmaid earlier in the year for my bestie, which was just a tremendous day. I had an absolute ball and pretty sure she and her husband did too! Therefore I am thankful for such occasions, to celebrate the union of two special people in my life and grateful I have been to so many of them. I already have two to go to next year, one being in Ireland! Can't wait for that!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Day 93...

Friday 05.12.14 - I am thankful for...Water fights!

Youth + water = WATER FIGHT! Tonight we played a lot of water games, using cups, spray bottles and a whole lot of water! Needless to say none of us got away unscathed. I honestly can't remember the last time I was part of a water fight. Probably not since primary school at least! Of course we tried to be careful not to be too wasteful with the water, but it was a heck of a lot of fun! Nothing like a water fight to beat the summer heat. Simple yet effective. It may not seem like much, but it was definitely something I was thankful for today.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Day 92...

THURSDAY 04.12.14 - I am thankful for... Dinner with Friends

*Picture from internet

This afternoon/night was the wedding rehearsal for my friends who are getting married on Saturday. Though I'm not involved exactly, my boyfriend is doing the sound so I got to tag along for the run through. It all went quite smoothly and everybody seems relaxed. Afterwards, we all went and had dinner together at a restaurant called Rashays. It was such a good night, so much so that I forgot to take a picture for the blog! Oh well. There was lots of laughter, sarcasm, stories and more.  I realise I have used 'Sharing a meal' as a thankfulness topic before but this is more specific to a great bunch of friends for a special occasion. Everybody is obviously excited for what Saturday will no doubt bring, and I was very thankful to be a part of the excitement. So I'm thankful for the opportunity to hang out with friends. Bring on Saturday!

Day 91...

WEDNESDAY 03.12.14 - I am thankful for... Paying off my car

*My car as my best friend's wedding car :)

To pay for the car I currently own, I took out a loan back in mid 2010, for 5 years. I have now paid off the loan... 6 months early! Saving me a few thousand I'm sure! At the time it was necessary for me to take out a loan to get a new car, and I wouldn't have changed anything. RACV, the company I loaned from, were fabulous and the loan and repayments were really affordable for me. When I called on Monday to get the payout quote, the gentleman on the other end was very helpful and even congratulated me on paying it off early, and cancelled my automatic repayments on the spot. And as of today the money has been officially received and I should get the paperwork in the mail next week! Yay! The car is completely mine! And to top it off, it is a FABULOUS car that has never given me any issues. So I am thankful for putting a bit extra into the repayments over the years to get this outcome. Only debt left is a tiny bit on the credit card and my HECS/HELP debt. Woo!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Day 90... Almost made the century!

TUESDAY 02.12.14 - I am thankful for... The little things that put a smile on my face

Today was a fairly uneventful day. Nothing particularly bad or exciting happened. Work went well, busy this time of year but nothing I can't handle. I am on-call tonight and I'm hoping for no call ins. Nothing as yet. But I usually go to bed early just in case. So I was turning everything off to go to bed for the evening, when I walked past my Christmas tree... There, sitting on one of the branches was my house mate's son's toy Batman, who must have put him there sometime this afternoon. From a distance its dark colouring and size make it hard to see, unless you know it's there. I only noticed it just then as I walked past. How adorable! I couldn't help but laugh and post a picture of it, as well as send one to my house mate. It also reminded me of something I saw at work walking back to my office at lunch time. There was a little girl spinning her younger brother in his pram as their mum talked on the phone beside them. She was making plane-like noises while he smiled and giggled (hopefully didn't get motion sick!). You know those little, seemly insignificant things that you might miss but are either really funny or touching? Like a certain YouTube video, or interactions between people when you're out, or a nice gesture. It's sometimes the little things that can really change your mood, brighten up your day. I am thankful I got to witness these two little things that put just a little spark in my day.

Nana nana nana nana BATMAN!

Day 89...

MONDAY 01.12.14 - I am thankful for... December - the start of Christmas season!

Happy December 1st! 'Tis the Christmas season, the season to be jolly! This is undoubtedly my most favourite time of the year. I love everything about it, the decorations, the carols, the food, the festivities and most importantly, the family time. Of course it's also the celebration of the birth of Jesus, and we have Advent leading up to Christmas Day. So don't be surprised if my blog posts this month are to do with different aspects around Christmas. So to begin the season, I put on my playlist of carols and Christmas songs and decorated my tree and lounge room. So. Much. FUN! I'm quite happy with the end result too. I swear I buy at least one new Christmas decoration every year. So although it's a crazy busy time of year, I am thankful it's now December! Bring it on! 

Day 88...

SUNDAY 30.11.14 - I am thankful for... Fruit

This afternoon was my friend's bridal shower and I was asked to make fruit kebabs and bring tropical fruit juice. Yum! I was able to get some grapes, bananas, mandarins and enormous strawberries. Alas, no watermelon though. Once I had sliced them all up into kebab friendly pieces, I noticed how wonderful the colours looked together. Bright and vibrant, sweet and juicy, reminding me of summer (which starts tomorrow! Yay!). How amazing is it that fruit, which is so good for you, can look so inviting in it's natural state? And they tasted delicious, even if I do say so myself. I am quite health conscious, as I'm sure I have mentioned numerous times before, but probably don't eat quite as much fruit as I could. I'm hoping to change that, this activity was a good reminder. So I am thankful for fruit, for healthy, nutritional and delicious food that is readily available to us. It just added to a wonderful afternoon with some fabulous gals :) Next on my fruit agenda... Mangoes!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Day 87...

SATURDAY 29.11.14 - I am thankful for... Will power


*Picture from internet

For many years now I have been battling with fatigue. Some days or weeks are worse than others. This was a bad week. I've really struggled with energy levels all this week, and this morning I just had to force myself out of bed without going to my Saturday morning Zumba class, around 11:30am. Half the day gone already! But I was determined to NOT go back to bed, instead I forced myself to do grocery shopping, got a power juice, forced myself to go for a walk and ate some steak for dinner. By evening I actually felt a little better! I'm really glad I found the will power to get up and moving. I was not sick, so my body didn't need to heal, just tired. So I'm thankful I was able to do that. Let's hope tomorrow will be a more energetic day!

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Day 86...

FRIDAY 28.11.14 - I am thankful for... Youth booklets

*Real booklets but names are not visible to protect identity of the kids

Each youth member gets an empty booklet at the start of each term to write it. They are allowed to write down anything; something we ask them to, notes about the devotions we did that night, or questions for the leaders. We, the leaders, then take the booklets home with us and if there is anything they want answered or commented on we can do that for them. This has proven to be very effective. I know at least from the girls' perspective (ladies collect girls books, men collect boys books) I have had some pretty personal and serious questions asked and it's nice for me to know that they knew they have someone to talk to besides parents and friends. Teenage years can be difficult. I know, I've been there before, as most of you reading this. If you ask a teenager straight out "What's wrong?" or "what's on your mind?" more often then not they'll just shrug and say "nothing". Literally. They feel embarrassed and not willing to share something upfront. But this way is a little more private and they can feel comfortable and not embarrassed. Therefore I am thankful for these booklets as a method of communicating effectively with the teens at our youth group, so I might be a positive and non-judgmental influence in their lives. I hope that's how they see me anyway!

Day 85...

THURSDAY 27.11.14 - I am thankful for... Magazines

I can safely say that I've always loved reading. From an early age I remember reading the Goosebumps paperbacks, then progressing onto teen novels and mature reads such as Jane Austen, Shakespeare and the Bronte sisters. I think my favourite author would have to be Marion Keyes. Her novel are hilarious and moving at the same time. But when you just don't have time to read a novel, I like to read magazines. I'm really into the creative things you can find, fashion, food, photography, home and lifestyle etc... However, I'm not a big fan of celebrity gossip. I must admit it makes me sad because most of the time you read negative things abut their lives, things I know I wouldn't want splashed on the front page for the world to see. I realise that's part of being famous but I feel sorry for them in that way and don't wish to participate in anyone's misgivings, whether I know them or not. Recently I discovered Frankie magazine, it has all the things I want to read and the articles are about ordinary people doing great things, entrepreneurs, travellers and the like. No celebrity gossip. So I'm really thankful for finds like this, for magazines about things I'm interested in providing entertainment and light reading between novels.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Day 84...

WEDNESDAY 26.11.14 - I am thankful for... Surprises!

I told you all I'd show the work crafty "surprise" when we revealed it. Tada! Today is the day! Two colleagues of mine made a paper chain of everyone who works in our Cardiology Level 1 department! I was able to help out a little. Every paper person has something unique to the person it represents. There are people in their uniforms, doctors with stethoscopes, people with flags representing the country they are from, people with the fancy things they love, funny hair and hats, and even our cardiac MRI specialist inside an MRI machine! We were so happy with how everyone turned out. It's a little Christmas surprise, but more so a celebration of the people in our department, the people who make it run as we have a few people who don't celebrate Christmas but felt everyone should be included. There we many "wow"s and "that's awesome"s and laughs as more and more staff saw the creation. My favourite comment so far was from a doctor who said "there's a lot of love on that wall". And she's right. We took the time to think of each and every person individually and with a positive result. On another surprise note, I also bought my boyfriend a small surprise and can't wait for him to see it when I see him on Friday!  So I love surprises, giving them to people more than receiving them. I love to see the joy I can bring to peoples lives.

Day 83...

TUESDAY 25.11.14 - I am thankful for... Santas in Shopping Centres

*I did not take this picture, obviously. Picture from the internet.

Walking around the Westfields near work during my lunch hour, I saw that Santa was being visited by children. The children seem so excited to be there! All jumping up and down, impatient for their turn with Santa. A group of disabled teens was also there. The excitement and pure joy on one of the boys faces, as he waved excitedly to Santa, would have just melted your heart.  I remember sitting on Santa's lap as a child, with my sister, and getting our photo taken. Christmas really is my favourite time of year and whilst I'm a little too big for Santas's lap now, I have wonderful memories which I hope to share and pass onto my Children some day, and see their faces light up when they see Santa and the shops. So thank you shopping centre Santas for putting the smiles on little and big faces like you do :)

Day 82...

MONDAY 24.11.14 - I am thankful for... The hospitality of others

In August this year, a friend of mine from church married and moved to America with her new husband. She was also in my bible study group and sometimes her parents would host our group in their home for the study. Even though she no longer lives in their home, or even in the country, they still allowed us to meet at their house, have dinner and our study there, with her mum even participating in the group time. I thought that it was such a wonderful gesture, but not surprising because that's the sort of people they are. It's a wonderful thing to have people that open their homes to others. It can be daunting as your home is 'your space', somewhere you can escape the craziness of the world outside. A safe haven. A place to relax without others. And yet how wonderful it is when people freely and selflessly open up their homes for others. So I am thankful for those who are hospitable to others, not just socially but in someone's time of need. There's a lot we can learn from keeping our doors open.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Day 81...

SUNDAY 23.11.14 - I am thankful for... Worship music practice

I have been blessed to be part of a worship music team for some time now. Firstly in my church in Brisbane and now in my Sydney church. I absolutely love to sing, but don't necessarily like to be a focus of attention, so being in a band is great. Besides, the congregation sing along as well so it's not like everyone is staring attentively at you. I just love participating in music practice. Being so musically inclined, there is just something about taking a song and making something out of it, changing it up to make it different, experiment with different keys, harmonies, tempos. We have a great team at my current church and we just work so well together and bounce ideas off each other. And the end result is usually awesome! So I'm thankful for the opportunity to be part of this type of service at church with fantastic people.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Day 80... and still going :)

SATURDAY 22.11.14 - I am thankful for... Celebrating Hen's nights

*Picture from blackbirdcafe.com.au

Tonight we went out to a Cabaret Magic Show and dinner to celebrate my friend from church's hen's night. The show was great, full of illusion, dance, bad accents, appearing rabbits and flying birds (into my other friend's face in one instance!). The last trick went wrong and two out of the three magicians thought it was so hilarious they had trouble keeping their composure... which just made us laugh even harder! I'm really bummed as I realised I didn't take any photos! It was quite dark in the theatre restaurant and it was so much fun that honestly I didn't think of it, so used a picture from the internet, sorry! As much fun as we had, it was a great opportunity for the 'hen' to just relax and have a great night, with the rest of us celebrating her as a person and friend of ours. It looks like she had a fabulous night too! Earlier this year we organised a Hen's Day for my bestie before her wedding. Unfortunately through the wedding process there is always a person or two who decide that their opinion is most important, even more important than the couple getting married and do things their own way. When my other bestie, the bride's sister and I organised my besties we made sure that the decisions were 100% in line with what she wanted. We added in the surprise of a limo ride but she knew everything else that was happening and she still says it was one of her most favourite nights ever. It really did turn out well. Weddings can be stressful so I'm thankful there are days like Hen's Days/Nights for other people to take over so the bride can just relax and let her hair down, in the most tasteful way possible of course!

Day 79...

FRIDAY 21.11.14 - I am thankful for... Crafternoons :)

Something very strange happened today... Our day's procedures and day clinics were all cancelled due to the doctors unavailability and more important cases coming up. So it made for very rare 'quiet' day. My colleagues have come up with a crafty surprise for the members of our department so in between doing odd little jobs, the three of us spent the spare time being crafty. I really love this sort of thing, as alluded to in my scrapbooking blog post. We had a lot of fun, letting our creative juices flow and were very happy with the results we got. There was A LOT of laughter! What were we making I hear you ask? I can't tell you silly, it's a surprise! But I promise to reveal it once we reveal it to our department. Just wanting to spread a little Christmas cheer and hilarity. So I am thankful for the opportunity to have a bit of fun at work in the quiet times doing crafty surprises with work friends, Lord inly knows these opportunities are very few and far between!

Day 78...

THURSDAY 20.11.14 - I am thankful for... Bubble wrap!

Come on. You know you agree with me. Bubble wrap is awesome, no matter how old you are! I received a parcel today with Christmas presents I had ordered online. As some of the goods were a little fragile they came wrapped in bubble wrap, the large bubble one. My housemate's children found it and just had a fabulous time squeezing, running on and jumping all over the bubble wrap trying to burst all the bubbles. I'm pretty sure if the apartments weren't so sound proof we would have had complaints there was that much noise of childish enjoyment! My housemate was even a little disappointed there was none left for him! I don't know what it is, but everyone I know has a certain level of fascination with it. Whether its a stress release, cathartic and therapeutic tool or just plain fun, bubble wrap is a simple enjoyment for people of all ages. Oh, and as an added bonus its great to wrap fragile items for transport too.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Day 77...

WEDNESDAY 19.11.14 - I am thankful for... Games

Seeing as this week has been a pretty tough one, I asked my boyfriend to bring over a board game or something for us to play tonight, to keep my mind active and maybe a little distracted. He brought over a dice game called Greed (I forgot to take a picture, was too engrossed in the game, so took this one from the internet), which I'd never played before and quite enjoyed. It's a little like Yahtzee (if you know that game) where you have to roll dice combinations to get a certain amount of points. It turns out we became a little competitive, going for best of 3 games. Sadly, he won. My family and I have always loved playing board games. Scrabble was common and my mother and nan are very hard to beat, my most recent memory of my nan, mum, sister and I playing in a common room at Cradle Mountain caravan park, with a bottle of wine and sitting by a fire! Scattergories is another one which we play quite often - my mum and sister like to make up words, but I keep them in line! When my sister and I were little we loved playing Trouble with the popping dice contraption in the middle of the board. And who could go past Mousetrap or Monopoly! I think board games are a great way for people to spend quality time together. Depending on your level of competitiveness, which may lead to some arguments, generally they are fun and produce quite a bit of laughter. We just don't spend as much time with loved ones due to our hectic lives. Games allow you to not get distracted (I'm talking about old fashion physical games, not digital) and focus on each other and what's happening. You also need to use skills like problem solving, maths, literacy and strategy so it keeps your mind active. Therefore I'm thankful for games and the people who invent them, for the entertainment they provide and brain power they require!
Oh and update from yesterday's post: The "friend" actually apologised as in used the word "sorry". I was quite grateful, that's all I really wanted was acknowledgement :)

Day 76...

TUESDAY 18.11.14 - I am thankful for... Prayer

Today was not a good day. There where a lot of little things that became a hassle and annoyance, and then there was one big thing. A person I considered a friend, and he considered himself a friend of mine, behaved in a way that was not ok. This was not the first time either, so this friend knew how I felt about such things, but still did it anyway. When I confronted him about it again, instead of apologising, he became very defensive and even turned it around to say he was offended by me. Historically I have not dealt with confrontation well at all. I like it when everyone is happy and hate to see people hurting or arguing. I would even have put myself last to avoid confrontation at all costs, swallowing my problems and not dealing with anything. That was the old me. The new me, from the journey I have taken this year, is willing to stand up for herself and what she believes in, even if this causes conflict between people she cares about. After I said my piece I decided to have a solid time of prayer, to pray to God over the situation, to let go of all that I was feeling. I realise that some of you reading this aren't the "praying" type, but maybe you meditate. What I have learnt this year is to acknowledge how you are feeling because that is your body's response to something, but don't let your feelings rule you, especially the negative ones because they just sit there, fester and become harder and harder to shift. After a little bit of time I felt an incredible peace. I was no longer angry or upset, I was able to let it go. Obviously this doesn't fix things, but it keeps my mind balanced so I don't act out of spite and hurt. Regardless of whether our friendship continues from here, I wish this friend nothing but the best in life. I harbour no hate or resentment, and that's an incredibly freeing thing. So I encourage you to pray or meditate about the negatives in your life. The terrible things you feel only effect you, no one else. You deserve peace and happiness and you can be the tool to give that to yourself, don' lt negativity change you.

Day 75...

MONDAY 17.11.14 - I am thankful for... Hospitals

*Photo from triple-m.com.au

This might sound a little biased coming from me seeing as I work in one, but I really am thankful for hospitals. Even though the staff and facilities are often stretched beyond capacity, we generally have a high standard of care, in comparison to a lot of other countries. We had a gentleman come in to get his pacemaker checked today and it was pretty obvious as we checked it that there was something wrong with the lead that goes into his heart to deliver the electrical impulse to make the heart beat. This particular patient is completely dependent on his pacemaker, without it his heart wouldn't beat that much at all. So knowing there was an issue with this vital lead which could become a major problem at any moment, we were not comfortable sending him home. A doctor examined him, agreed and admitted the patient into the hospital so he could have this problem corrected. Of course, the process usually takes an hour or two, but being a public hospital that's pretty good. There are places around the world were it's not so easy to get the medical care you need. Hospitals have been providing medical care en mass for generations now. Even though there are times when you feel it might be a hassle to go or waiting in the emergency department for hours seems too long, know that hospitals and their staff are always doing the best they can, and be thankful here in Australia we have hospitals that can provide for our needs.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Day 74...

SUNDAY 16.11.14 - I am thankful for... Ikea!

*I totally forgot to get a picture while I was there today, so am using the logo from the internet :)

My boyfriend took me to Ikea this afternoon before church. All I needed was a new bedside lamp (as my current one has been broken for months :p). Yes I suppose I could have gone somewhere just to buy a lamp, but going to Ikea is much more fun! 2 separate floors of homely design goodness! I've always had an interest in interior design and love shows like The Block. I'm not saying that I would be very good at it but I like looking at all the different things and ideas that people come up with it. Ikea lets you do that! So we walked briskly through the showroom first, looking at all the pre-designed rooms, before heading down to the market hall to look at the walls and walls of goodies. I found my lamp (yay!) and a few photo frames. Coincidently my bestie Dani had just gone to Ikea in Brisbane earlier this week and sent me a picture of her haul. So thank you to the Swedes for inventing and providing us with Ikea. Innovative, contemporary, and interesting, Ikea provides something for everyone :)

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Day 73...

SATURDAY 15.11.14 - I am thankful for... Remedial Massage!

I have been hanging out for my massage appointment ALL WEEK! When I was 14, my mum, sister and I were in a car accident. A minor one, but we were rear ended by a car travelling at high speed. Since then we all have needed physio and massage on a semi regular basis, due to whiplash injury. It's been a few months since my last one, so I had some pretty nasty knots in my upper back and neck. The fact I've just gotten back into boot camp probably doesn't help either. This afternoon I had an 1 hour remedial massage and it was exactly what I needed! I have been going to this place for over a year now and they are fantastic. It can be relaxing, but painful if the knots are tight enough. The next few days after are a little stiff but long term I feel so much better. I think I have been getting massages for so long now I can't imagine not having them. But I am aware that it really is a first world luxury that not everybody can afford (but thankfully its claimable on your health fund!). I am thankful I have the ability and the means to afford remedial massage, something I will never take for granted.

Day 72...

FRIDAY 14.11.14 - I am thankful for... Opportunities to help others

Today was not a great day at work. Certain things and issues, out of my control, had me completely frustrated and not in the best of moods. So I was really looking forward to doing some physical labour tonight, to work it out... literally! Our youth group went to the home of an older couple from our church to put up Christmas lights for them. It really was a lot of fun, and doing what we were doing, and spending time with great people really helped my mood and to let go everything that happened during the day. And of course the end result was so worth it! The best part, however, was that the couple was so incredibly appreciative and wouldn't stop saying thank you. The lady even baked a whole lot of goodies for us that we devoured afterwards! It's interesting that I'm writing this actually, because our devotion tonight talked about that when we do help the needy, we shouldn't go around telling others all the good things we do. But instead, to keep it secret, to keep us humble and not full of pride. So me advertising our works over the net in my blog is a little contradictory to that. However, I don't wish to boast about my works for others, but merely point out that helping others comes naturally for us as humans of conscious. It's good for the soul. And expecting nothing in return makes it all the better in my opinion. I am blessed and have more than I need, as well as people to help me out when I need it. So why would I not do that for others? I am thankful that I get the opportunites to help those in need, on a small or larger scale. The reward comes in seeing the blessing you can be to someone else.

Day 71...

THURSDAY 13.11.14 - I am thankful for... Memories of past loved ones

*Picture from http://keksblubb.deviantart.com/art/Some-memories-never-fade-277780639

An elderly gentleman came to clinic, accompanied by his daughter, for a pacemaker check today. His daughter mentioned early on that they were from Mackay in Queensland but were in Sydney as the patient could no longer live by himself and was moving in with his son and his family. We had a lovely chat about his life over the years, how he used to drink and smoke but gave it all up for a healthier life many years ago. He told us he has had heart surgery in the past and that he had the Meals on Wheels program come to him every day for the last several years and how great it was. As we were talking, I couldn't help but be reminded of my Pop, my great grandfather on my father's side. He too lived in Mackay and lived on his own when his wife, my great grandmother died not long after I was born. He too had the Meals on Wheels program come to his place with meals everyday. One of my great memories of my Pop was he'd always save his orange juice cups he received with his meals, put them in the freezer, and every time my sister and I came to visit we'd have frozen orange cups. Unfortunately, he too had heart disease and died of a heart attack when I was 10. Though I was young, I only have really positive and special memories of my Pop, a World War II veteran and great man. It also got the thinking and remembering about my other great grandfather (my grandmothers father) and my Uncle John, who passed away a few years ago from heart disease and was like a second father to my sister and I. I am thankful I have wonderful memories of those important people who are no longer around. It also reminds you to treasure those who are, because you just never know when it might be the last time you see or hear from them.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Day 70... Another 10 days down!

WEDNESDAY 12.11.14 - I am thankful for... Office supplies

I have been feeling lately that my desk at work is rather lacklustre. Although I don't really spend too much time in my office, I just think when I do it'd been nice to have a space to work in that inspires me a little. So I decided to go to Officeworks for a little shopping spree! I got several things in a lovely bluey green colour (as pictured). I have always been a fan of stationary, one of my favourite stores is Typo (though they don't have much in the way of desk supplies at the moment, but soooo many other cool things). I can't really tell you why, but as long as I can remember I have. At the start of every school year, mostly high school, I'd enjoy putting contact over all my books, make sure my pencil case was full of new and exciting writing utensils and that my diary was neat and ready for the year. I know a lot of girls/women who are the same, so maybe it's just a girl thing. There's just something about having funky books and stationary and desk storage that is satisfying to the eye. So I'm thankful for a my little shopping spree that will make my work desk a little more modern and inspiring!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Day 69...

TUESDAY 11.11.14 - I am thankful for... Remembrance Day

On the 11th of November 1918, the Allies and Germany signed a treaty to mark to end of fighting in western Europe that was The First World War. On November 11th, at 11am every year, we here in Australia pause to remember, and reflect, the great sacrifice those who have fought in conflicts since and including WWI gave, so many with their lives. I was working in the cath lab today, and for the first time ever since I started working here, there was an announcement over the PA system marking the 11th hour. The voice told us that it was on this day in 1918 that the armistice (the treaty) was signed to end the fighting. Then the last post was played, followed by silence, followed by a section of The Ode of Remembrance and then finally, the Reveille. Every person in the lab stood silent and still. The only ones who continued their jobs were the nurses tending the patients, even then they did not speak a word. I was really touched that the hospital administration did that for us, because honestly when you're working its easy to let time slip by but I always like to stop for the moment's silence. I have a strong family history of war veterans. 7 Boveys I know of in total, 3 who lost their lives and whose names are on the Wall of Remembrance at the Australian War Memorial. Most recently my grandfather, who is a Vietnam veteran who has never seen himself as anything more than a man doing his job. Though I absolutely despise the very concept of war, it is unfortunately a reality in our history and continues into today. I am grateful and forever thankful for those who risked their lives for our country's freedom, so that I and everyone else here can live the lives they choose for themselves. We can never repay that debt.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Lest we forget...

Day 68...

MONDAY 10.11.14 - I am thankful for... Failures

Making my dinner and lunch for tomorrow I decided to make couscous, but do it the 'lazy man's' way; putting hot water and couscous in a bowl and cover it to soak it up. However, I didn't measure anything and was busy doing something else, forgot about it for a while and when I returned, the end result is what you see in the picture. Mush. Gooey, sloppy mush. To top it off I ran out of couscous so I couldn't even save it by adding more to soak up the excess water. Big. Fat. Couscous. FAIL. Oh well. I was a little annoyed because I was looking forward to what I was making too. But what was done was done. It got me thinking too, how many little failures do we encounter in life, and what do they say to us. This particular instance has taught me not to do it that way again, but stick to the way I usually cook it! You might think that I'm ridiculous, that being thankful for failure is stupid, perhaps impossible. But when you think about it, every failure teaches us something; what we might need to change, how to improve, how to become stronger whether it be mentally or physically, what works and what doesn't. When you have failed and you feel miserable or maybe even worthless, it's hard to find perspective to see that it isn't the end of the world, that you just have to try something else. If I've learned anything in my lifetime, especially from my wonderfully wise mother who tried to teach me this numerous times, it's that you can't dwell on your failures. Even the best and brightest in this world fail from time to time, it's what makes us human. You just have to pick yourself up and move on and find a way. Failure also helps us to appreciate the good times, the things we do right. And just maybe success is made all the more sweeter through failure, because you get to see the person you were beforehand and what you have achieved in the process to where you are now. Incredibly rewarding.

Day 67...

SUNDAY 9.11.14 - I am thankful for... Scrapbooking!

A friend of mine introduced me to scrapbooking when we were in high school. I always thought it was a fun and interesting way to display your memories in your photos, but never thought I could do it myself. She showed me that its not that hard, providing you have a little imagination. Since then I have done several scrapbooks, mainly for other people's birthdays (with very positive feedback too) and have started one for myself, chronicling my adventures overseas. Now, I would most definitely not say that I am an expert, or even really that good at it, but I really enjoy the process of creating something unique, something that I can look back on that evokes the memories I'm trying to preserve. I have always been much better at physically designing things, like craft type activities, than digitally (hopeless!) so this is the best way I know how. This is the year of getting back to doing things I love. And hopefully (providing it lasts long enough) when I have children they will get some enjoyment when looking through it.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Day 66...

SATURDAY 8.11.14 - I am thankful for... being on call

*The cath lab at work where we do life saving angiograms for heart attacks

For my job I participate in an on call roster, and this is my weekend on. The on call team is called in whenever a patient presents with a life threatening heart attack. It means we pretty much have to drop whatever we are doing and get to the hospital as soon as we can. Being on call can be sometimes tedious, boring or get called in at awful hours of the late night/early morning. I was called in around 7pm tonight and got home around 10pm, so pretty convenient hours for me at least. Even though I've been doing it a few years, I feel a little nervous every time we get called in, mainly for the patient and that we as a team can do everything as best we can to help save the patient. It's very rare to lose a patient, but it does happen, it's in the nature of what we do. But on the most often occasions where everything goes well and we stabilize the patient, you come away feel really good and satisfied with the job you've done. I have a great bond with all the people I do on call with and we all work really well as a team, which is so important. Though it's not an easy job, though it can be stressful and go very badly very quickly, I am thankful I get the opportunity to be part of a team that is there for someone at possibly one of the worse moments in their lives to date, to be hope for that person and help them. It's incredibly rewarding.

Day 65... Only 300 days to go! Oh boy...

FRIDAY 7.11.14 - I am thankful for... Choices

*Which colour would you chose?

At youth group tonight we started by playing the 'Chalk Chase'. For those who don't know, a team head off to design a trail using arrows for the other team to follow, whilst trying to throw off the other team by drawing false arrows that lead away from their track. The second team follow the first team after a given time and try to catch them. Of course, you might come to a point where there are 2 arrows pointing in 2 different directions and you have to chose which one to follow. If you're correct, the arrows continue, if not you'll find a cross and have to turn back the other way. It got me thinking how much of life is made up by the choices we make. There's everyday choices like what to eat for breakfast, what to wear for the day etc. And then there's the big life choices like what university degree to choose, what house to buy, what to name your child etc... There are good choices that continue you on your path and not so good choices where you might have to back track a little. Then there are times when you don't have a choice. When life deals you a hand whether you like it or not. All of us experience that from time to time, and you feel powerless because you have no say it what has happened, but you do have a choice on how to deal with it. The little choices we take for granted, such as what to eat or wear, may be just like that for people who have little to no food or no possessions to their name due to poverty or circumstance. So therefore I value choice in my life, because if I have choices then I have more than enough to live. I have freedom.