Sunday, May 30, 2010

Easing back into it

It's been a busy last couple of months but just recently Daniel and I came back from our trip to Egypt and Dubai. Both places had lots to offer and were very different from one another. I'm hoping to get round to writing a bit about our adventures very soon with a few pictures to go with it sometime this week.

Tomorrow I head back to work at the DET but this time as a full time employee. I've been feeling a little anxious about the position, even though I've been working there as a casual for a year and a half. I'm hoping the nerves stop soon, I do need my sleep! Maybe it's due to the fact that life is moving a little faster these days, with our house edging closer to the finish line this month! We maybe moving in this month too! There's lots of new challenges heading our way but I'm looking forward to it.

It feels a little surreal being back home in Sydney after the holidays of extreme heat in Egypt and Dubai where the temperatures peaked to 50 degrees celsius at times. I'm now chilling and keeping warm in the house while it's 17 degrees celsius outside. Brrrrrr! Winter is almost here...time to dig out the winter wardrobe now!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

My Sign of Commitment

In the last 14 days...I have felt more alive and happier than I have in the last year...or forever for that matter!

I look back at my last post and reflect on the last point

'10. Be happier'

and I've found it...
I found it in Daniel; my fiancé.

Daniel made me the happiest woman of ALL TIME when he proposed to me last Thursday the 7th of January at Sydney Tower's 360 Bar and Dining. It was simply perfect...

Since then I've experienced and shared incredible waves of emotions with family and friends; for the most part they've been tsunamis of happiness!

I've been up...very high up! Up in the clouds...and then I've been down...but still up in the clouds at approx. 30 000 feet high (lame joke...I know). Right now I'm feeling life at it's fullest and it feels amazing! I've managed to control it a bit now which is good! I was starting to look and feel like Mary Poppins!

I broke the great news to family and friends over the first 3 days since the Engagement. It was both a nervous and joyous time for me. Mostly I was worried about what my family and friends would say because their opinions mattered (almost as much as my own) and I wanted them to share in my happiness. However I was worried about nothing because they were all very delighted with the news! It made me feel so much better and also helped me realise that I tend to worry too much about nothing! My happiness was their happiness :)

Daniel and I have grown up together and we've been through a lot. We've struggled at times but what relationship doesn't? We've come to understand each other and support one another over the years and we have recognised when we've let the other down. With any let downs we've been able to pick the other one back up and strengthen our relationship even more.

All sorts of people enter your life through time. Some come and go whilst others stick around. It's the bonds and the experiences that you share between the people you meet that help form the person you become over the years. I'd like to thank all my family and friends for helping and supporting me along my journey and especially to Daniel who has shown me love and care beyond words...

(Warning: Soppy content ahead)
Daniel has turned my world into something real and has catapulted me into euphoric happiness! He means everything to me and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with him! The night he proposed to me he left me completely speechless... how could a simple night turn into something so beautiful and reveal so much more about him?! I see so much more in him than I ever saw before; I see us and it's just such a wonderful moment to be able to share it with the man I've come to truly love.

To finish off this post I'd like to dedicate this song/video to Daniel who has left me feeling quite unproductive at work lately as I sing, hum and day dream of him at work even more since the 7th January. Thanks Daniel! :P

This song was the most appropriate choice for four very important reasons:

  1. there's a ukulele
    (anything with a Ukulele is AWESOME!)

  2. there's a cute factor
    (the cute little Asian boy reminded me of Daniel who is part Asian, pulls silly faces, sings a little bit and plays a Ukulele...

    oh wait...
    Daniel plays the guitar!)

  3. it's a love song
    (yep... a love song....self explanatory really)

  4. has somebody that would sing it like me and more importantly...not better than me!
    (I only ever know tunes to matter how hard I try to remember the lyrics!)

For evidence of my day dreaming at work: Here's a little sketch I did on the first day back from the holidays after the recent announcement of my Engagement to Daniel.

p.s. Apologies for the rather lame reference to the famous Kanye West quote earlier in my post...that was purely intentional of course.

Monday, January 04, 2010

10 for '10: My new years resolutions

Sydney Harbour Bridge FireworksIt's been ages since my last proper blog almost feels 'alien' typing one up! This blog post is inspired by Cameron Chapman's article titled 10 for ‘10: My New Years Resolutions which got me thinking about my top 10 for '10... I will probably open myself up to some criticism here from the people who know me best but ack...I don't mind! Eeeep! ;)
It's good to have goals they here are my 10 goals which I'm going to slowly ease into...cos' they're big ones! Well...for me at least!

1. Start the day earlier

Yes, I'm no morning person... I'm getting older and sleeping in really isn't the thing to do. It gives me less time for everything which then leads to endless rushing and running around. I'll eventually run out of puff!

2. Go to bed earlier

This really goes hand-in-hand with resolution number 1. I've been a night owl for as long as I can remember and I want to change that and get some well deserved sleep! More sleep has been shown to have more health benefits.

When people do not have enough sleep, they cannot concentrate well the next day and have problems forming memories

I can honestly say that this has happened to me. It's terrible...and I don't want it to happen as long as I can control it at least! :P

3. Exercise at least 3 times a week for 30mins

My recent canyoning experience with RDMH in December last year spawned on this resolution. The canyoning experience was one that left me sore, bruised and embarrassed. Mostly due to my very evident lack of fitness. So far I'm happy to say that I've started walking/running again and it does feel good. It'll take some time for my body to adjust and rediscover some very unused muscles but it's all worth it in the long run. Maybe I'll throw in some cycling for good measure now and then too.

4. Read more/write more

Recreation isn't something I make much time for I've noticed so I'd like to introduce more reading and writing into my daily routine. Being on Twitter has helped me actively do this in some ways but I'd like to make it more of a habit offline as well. Perhaps reading the paper with Dad on Sunday is the new thing?

5. Stress less

Stress has undoubtedly been one of my biggest falls of '09 and even extends back to '08. Last year was the year heavy spending; my bf Daniel and I bought a land and house package and then late last year I topped it off by using up the rest of my savings by buying my first brand new car. With more big exciting things happening this year such as the house going up and then the big move out, it's imperative!

6. Keep in touch with friends

I really haven't made much time for my friends so this year I'm going to make a conscious effort to pick up the phone, have a chat and meet up with the friends that matter to me the most.

7. Make time to do something creative at least once a week

Last year I suffered from periodic creative blues simply from not doing more creative activities outside of my day job. My most vivid creative experience was when I ventured out to The Arthouse hotel with my friend Claire for a Dr Sketchy's session which I discovered through a discussion of art with an overseas friend. The drawing session certainly got the creative juices flowing...especially for Claire who came up with some rather 'interesting' pre-show drawings. A little too saucy for this blog post I'm afraid! All jokes aside though, creativity is something I want to explore more of. Perhaps not just through artistic means either. Creativity can be shown in many other ways, I just got to do them!

8. Be tidier

I'd like to think I'm not much of a hoarder but my room can prove me wrong on that. Mostly filled with little things that I've received over the years it's going to be tough to let go of a lot...especially some of the sentimental things. I've already started but I have a long way to go yet. The end goal is to be ready when I move out of my dad's place this year, which is likely to be around the middle of this year.

9. Get out of the house

I just realised how that reads! This isn't to be mistaken with me moving out this year but to do with me getting out and doing things. I want to be more active and have more experiences. I'm looking forward to a trip to Egypt in May with Daniel, which will no doubt be one of the highlights for this year!

10. Be happier

How do you measure happiness? It's not mathematics that's for sure! But some people can find happiness much easier than others. For me, happiness is something I've found hard to find in '09 even in the midst of great things happening around me. So this year will be a time for me to focus on the good and not so much on the bad. Here's to the happy new year ahead of me and hopefully to you too!