Melbourne Airport

Some photos that i couldn’t resist taking when i dropped my partner off at the airport this morning. Safe travels L ❤

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Hmm… the foods i eat. 

To some this blog may be boring, to others i hope that they will be able to relate to the constant back and forth with attempting to eat healthier and sticking to it. Especially when life is constantly throwing you curve balls which result in turning to the all too alluring “comfort foods”.

After been sick for almost a week i figure now is as good a time as any to switch my diet to a more healthier one. This means ridding my house from all the chips, chocolates, fatty foods and soft drinks that are in the house. Not that i eat all these excessively, its more that i have not limited myself with eating them as much as what i should/could be doing.

I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason. I believe that me getting sick is the universes way of giving  me a massive kick in the butt; telling me to look after myself/my body better and more importantly pay more attention to what i am eating. 
What i would like to achieve in doing this? 

I want to be happier, healthier. To have more energy to do the things that i love and lets face it, we all have the one item of clothing that we USE to fit into to and no longer do. In this case its the dress i wore to my sisters 21st birthday party 4 years ago. Four years seems like so long ago. If i could just fit into that dress again it would make it all worth while.

Stay tuned- J

A bumpy start to 2018

The first week of January i sat myself down pritty much like i do at the beginning of every year; and came up with 10 new years resolutions. I call them resolutions but really they are goals for me to strive for in 2018. Same same really. I won’t bore you with all 10 of them but my main three are;

1) Open up my new business 

2) Save money for the future 

3) Eat Healthier

Three weeks into the new year and i have started up my new business however been sick on and off has made this somewhat of a challenge. Given that i am a nanny for young children, it is very difficult to carry out day to day duties when feeling unwell. Gotta build up that immune system!! 

The second i am yet to begin and the third ‘eat healthier’ i have began by drinking water and only water. First step get rid of soft drinks/drinking redbulls; second limit chip/chocolate and sugar intake. Its a working progress.

January 2018 has been an emotional roller coaster really… so far. In one week i went to both a wedding and a funeral. A celebration of love vs a celebration of life. Whilst the wedding was absolutely beautiful, on a beach and a joyous celebration of two peoples love for one another; the funeral left me feeling flat… 

The fact that there was nothing i could say to my best friend who has just lost the love of her life to make things better left me feeling somewhat helpless. Don’t get me wrong she knows i am there for her and thats enough but still… when something like this happens to someone close to you, it’s natural to want to embrace them in a hug, to want to wrap them in cotton wool and never let them go. 

What a start to 2018. I think i am just going to take each day as it comes, put one foot in front of the other and live in the NOW. Cause if all else fails, NOW is what we’ve got!!

Questions please??

If you are familiar with reading my blogs you will know that I am not a frequent blogger and that my topics/style of writing vary. At an attempt to try something different I encourage you to ask me some questions that will prompt me and be the basis of  my next few blogs. I figure where is the harm in trying something new… I look forward to answering your questions 🙂

Stay tuned- J

The small things in life…

Taking a step back and appreciating the smaller things in life today at work, when most of the time it all feels so caotic. I work I childcare…

‘The children laughed as they kicked their way through the thick layer of autum leaves that covered the ground. One child knelt down and picked up a handful of leaves. She curiosity looked at them before taking a step back and throwing the leaves up above her. The wind blew the leaves around above her. It was cold though she didnt seem to mind. Several leaves fell straight down over her head. She laughed with excitement. The other children copied and pritty soon it was raining leaves all over the yard. Such a simple thing as an autumn leaf, in this case many of them brings so much joy into a childs life.’
Stay tuned- J

Dear Diary- Forever Learning

Dear Diary,

It was my second day back at work today and I feel like I never left. Whilst leading up to going back to work I felt mixed emotions of excitement, anxiety, apprehension and determination, now I am left feeling drained. Its my own fault really. 

I approached day one with my to do list, my “this is how I will respond when they say this and do that”… with the expectation to get it all done asap knowing full well this was not possible in the time frame I had given myself. 

People in my workplace often compliment me on my work which is great. Appreciation goes along way. 

Others though make suggests of how I can improve what I do and am doing. This is when my walls go up and I get defensive. Sensitive even. In my head when they are saying “perhaps you can do this/try this”, all I am really hearing is “your doing it all wrong”. Its a warped perception really. My warped perception. 

After taking a step back, sleeping on it and having a good hard think about it though I realise that the people making these suggestions are right. It doesn’t mean I am wrong, they are clearly showing me another way. They are just trying to help me. Support me. The sooner I accept this fact the better off I will be.

Lifes all about helping people and allowing them the opportunity to help you/ to teach you to yeah? I dont know about you but I am forever learning!!

Stay tuned- J

Phillip Island- Penguin Parade

Though unfortunately i do not have photos to share with you of my recent penguin parade experience at Phillip Island, i thought i would share some of my memories from my visit.

Some friends and i arrived at the penguin centre just before sunset, to buy our tickets and secure our front row seats in the concrete seating just inches away from the beach where the tide was due to come in. 

Almost exactly on 6 o’clock it grew darker and colder. The spokes person who represented the penguin conservation team spent a good half hour squeezing late comers in between other people who had been seated for much longer. Eventually it seemed he was satisfied with our seating arrangements and proceeded to give a talk about the peguins.

This was the last colany of penguins on the island, which is sad really as there use to be over ten different colanies throughout Phillip Isand. Every single night of the year hundreds of penguins make the long journey home to their families and burrows in the time frame of roughly 6pm- midnight. Given their size this would be a massive adventure and use of energy for them every day, as it requires them to swim all the way back to shore, woddle up the sand dunes, weave through the stalky grass and finally arrive at their burrows/nests.

We as the audience to this impressive show were asked to put phones and cameras away as to not startle the penguins with the flash, remain quiet and simply observe. For some in the audience this was too much to ask, you always get one or two people that cross the barriers and try and be the hero that get a photo or almost touch a penguin. The ruine it for everyone else who does the right thing really..

Back to the penguins. Some of them turned the whole thing into a game. They knew we were there, though most didn’t seem to mind. This was a regular occurance for them. They retreated back into the water, woddled around in the sand, floated in on the waves, before making their final journey home. Other penguins who came in solo stood about until others arrived and they made there way up the sand dunes together. They really seemed to enjoy the compamy of one another. 

Looking out into the distance, into the water you could make out the groups of penguins coming in together. Dark patches of water which at first glance could easily be mistaken for clumps of sea weed, though if you looked carefully enough you could make out little heads bopping up and down in the water. My friends brother referred to them as “bop bops”.

An hour past and we were ushered into the the main building of the facility where if you paid that extra $$$ you had the privilege of been able to view some penguins through a tunnel in their burrows under ground. This time around i opted not to participate in this encounter, though the walk back up the boardwalk made up for it as you were able to observe the penguins moving about and interacting with one another even closer than we were able to on the beach. They make a really unique sound. 

Overall the whole experience was great, definitely something i would recommend as worth while if your ever in Phillip Island.

Stay tuned- J