Posts Tagged ‘life’

After a post last night where I feel like I could have been slightly too negative… I felt the need to focus on some good stuff about me.. I am a good person.. I mean… I try to be… And I have many good qualities.. I guess I am just realistic about what I am and what I’m not.. I see no point in sugar-coating stuff.. I know that we can’t all be perfect at things.. And I expect that if I thought any different I would be severely disillusioned.

There are many things I am good at, even pride myself at being good at. And I think if I focus my energies on improving and progressing the areas I am talented in then I am far more likely to yield success than worrying about things I am not so skilled at…. Just the way I see it… But here are some of the things I am good at….

1.I like to think I am good at writing… I enjoy writing and I enjoy the reflection it affords me

2. I am good at cooking. I can cook a mean 3-course meal and put others to shame on occasion. I also have a knack for doing all this without recipes, or usually tweaking recipes with my own special touches. <– this does however run the risk that I can never repeat the meal I have made….

3. I am good at explaining and teaching medical/nursing/midwifery concepts to both fellow students, colleagues and also to patients. I can explain things simply so that the common man can understand. I can explain it without all the extra jargon and added “buzz words” which we find these days. So I guess this will hold me in good stead for a nursing/midwifery career. So much of nursing/midwifery is about patient education. As a side-note I used to work at Telstra and very RARELY had a customer who didn’t understand their bill once I explained it to them.

4. I am good at working under pressure- I think my disorganization and “flying by the seat of my pants” lifestyle stands me in good stead for working in nursing, and using the tools I have available to me…

5. I am very good at making people feel welcome in my home, and providing a hospitable environment. I think this is something I have grown up around, but also fine-tuned. I would hate to think that people didn’t feel comfortable in my home.

6. I am good at providing people with a non-judgemental ear to listen. And I am empathetic and compassionate. I care about people. And I will do all I can to support someone in their time of need. Even if it’s just being a soft place to land.

7. I give really good hugs. I have been told this on more than one occasion. And I don’t give out hugs that easily. Though I am softening in my old age. My sister is always complaining that I don’t hug her enough. I don’t mind hugs. But I am not a touchy-feely person. I guess I am always worried people won’t hug me back…. :-/

8. I can run. I never could run before. I can run now, and I am ok at it. I am even going to do a half marathon in October. I’ll make it through that out of stubborness alone, let alone being *able* to do it.

9. I can swear like a trooper, drunktweet and I can even operate an iPhone when the drinks are flowing and most can’t even manage to unlock theirs. But most of all I have fun.

10. I have fun even when I fall down on the ground cos I can’t walk. I usually look up and laugh. And if I fall down, I imagine what it would be like if someone had filmed it and then put sound effects to it like they do on “Funniest home videos”.

See, when I wrote the post last night about the things I *can’t* do… I was worried about people perceiving it to be a “woe is me” kind of “FML” post. It wasn’t that. It was a simple acceptance of who I am and what I can’t do. And being ok with that. Now that I have written this post, I feel a slight tinge of “I think I’m so good” “Look at me, look at me” about it. That’s not what I am aiming or. Its a simple case of well, these are my strengths and I am happy to celebrate them. I am happy to know what they are. I don’t see anything wrong with that. I think if you can know your strengths then you are more likely to develop them….. And that’s what I’m about.. Being the best version of me that’s available. 😀

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I’m so DIZZY! my head is spinning!

Ok, so this is a little update on my overhaul! I am feeling good.. I have been going to the gym 5-6 times a week, getting stronger, fitter and falling over is happening less! <– I should explain!

As a child I had middle ear infection after middle ear infection after you guessed it! Middle ear infection! Mind you they only discovered this was happening at age of 3! Mum always knew there was something not quite right cos she, at times, had trouble settling me! There you go, Mum! I was not just a sook! I was in pain!!

Anyhow, this little problem of ear infections kept occurring and as a result of around 6 or so operations? I don’t even know how many! My hearing is permanently damaged. I also have tinnitus, which I have had for about 10 years! It is a permanent ringing in the ears! It never goes away.. So while it does change in pitch, intensity and volume, it. never. goes. away. I don’t like silence.. Most people (usually busy mothers) say: I’d love a few moments silence.. So would I.

So here we are in 2010, I am in my mid 20s and somehow the tinnitus hasn’t gone away, and the hearing is what it is. In most cases I can work out what is happening. I have trouble in noisy places more than most people my age would, and I also have trouble with accents. I can only use one ear on the phone, the other one won’t hear anywhere near as well.

All of this has left me somewhat unco-ordinated and quite shall we say lacking in the balance department. But I take it as it comes. Yes, I fall over more often than normal people do, I fall down stairs, off curbs, trip over things, I fall off bikes, off slides, off swings, chairs, I fall in all sorts of places… But I get up and I keep walking. And you can all laugh now.. Cos it’s what I do.. It’s what I gotta do to keep moving… It doesn’t stop me.. In fact I think it makes me kind of endearing, kind of cute… Kind of quirky… Like to call myself a beautiful mess… I am what I am, and no-one’s gonna change it… So if I don’t laugh then other people will feel bad for laughing… We can’t have that now, can we?

I will continue with the gym and fitness thing. Though I tumbled down some stairs last night. I will keep going, cos although my balance will never be what everyone else’s is, I just know it’ll get better.. And I will feel better.. On the overhaul, weight loss stalled over christmas as the gym hours were different and I was working so many extra hours. I was unable to go to the gym.. I have not gained, but I have continued to tone.. And well, you all saw me in my purple dress… The journey starts with a single jog… And so it continues…

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Ok, so @Nomie_yardarm over here at under the yardarm has tagged me! Nomie is a lovely gal, and as a matter of fact one of the only tweeps I have had the fortune of meeting in person! Nomie and I are both from a similar area in the east of melbourne.. Where she enjoys activities such as naked taxi rides and a spot of wizard stalking on occasion!
So the idea here is to write a list of 10 things that make me happy. Now you will need to excuse me but I am typing this on my iPhone so it may be brief!

1. Running- recently I have undertaken a “me” overhaul. And my new joy is running! A few months ago I fell of the treadmill when I put it up as high as 8k. But now I can run for 10 mins straight at 10! Everyone who’s seen me has commented how much weight I have lost! It’s so satisfying and I feel so good!

2. Learning- it’s not for no reason that I am 25 and just finished my 1st year of nursing/midwifery degree! I have 3 years to go and I am loving every minute and enjoying learning so many new things!

3. This brings me to number 3. Midwifery! I love it! I love EVERY minute of it! I love seeing the baby develop, palpate the baby’s position in mothers tummy! I love being there for the new family after baby is born and helping them adjust to their new life!

4. I love sunshine! When the sun is shining I have this unexplained energy like never before. It’s strange, just makes me wanna be outside and soak it up!

5. My family. They make me so happy! This year has been one which has reminded me to cherish them and love them more than ever! We lost my grandfather after a long battle, and now mum is fighting cancer! Seeing mum go through what she has so far I have been reminded to be happy for the family I have! And also to be happy that I have the mum I have! She is one special lady!

6. I am happy when I entertain! I love to cook and bake and having people to share it with is even better! I have a few signature dishes, which I love to make, mostly cos people enjoy eatig them SO much!!!

7. A glass of wine makes me happy! Love to get to the end of the day and have a nice glass! Makes me happy to have a glass with dad when I get to go home, makes me happy to chat with a friend over a wine!

8. Going home makes me happy! Currently I live 4 hours away from my family in the west of Victoria! It’s not my first choice for a place to live, mostly because it is so far from my family and I guess being single makes it harder to feel supported when stuff happens. But when I get to go home to my other home in Melbourne I feel happy!

9. Being a part of a community! That makes me happy! My parents are quite involved in a local church which for he most part I don’t attend. But even though I don’t usually go, when I do attend they are all so lovely! They care about what I do and they are interested in my life! So for that, if not for any other reason it makes me happy to be a member of tha community.

10. Learning from the past and looking to the future! That makes me happy cos I love making progress. I choose not to regret anything that has happened in my past, instead I choose to learn from the past and apply those lessons for the future. I think if I can begin each new day with a renewed sense of drive and motivation then it’s got the best chance it can!

11. My tweeps! To be honest I have felt so much more support and love from perfect strangers this year! I love my tweeps and love that they share their lives with me!

Nb- these are in no particular order

Now I have to tag 10 people I think! So here goes! A list of top Bloggers!

Rickofawesome over at “sit down for this” sit down for this

Lana over at sharpestpencil

Kerri at <a href="life and other crises

Tracey over at my life uncensored

Caveat calcei over at law and shoes

Steve A at steve a’s blog

Sarah P at oh the possibilities

Ok that’ll do, I am going between here and twitter on my phone to find links and I have run out of time! I need to save for a new USB! Have fun! Love you All!!!

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