Monthly Archives: January 2014

What I learnt this week: Open your eyes…

As humans we have this crazy tendency to see things as we want them to be, not the actual reality.

It’s a sobering moment when your eyes are opened to fact that someone in your life could be seen in a less than favourable light.  It can hurt and it can ruin that relationship.  But it can also free you.

If you realise your connection is not what you thought it was and isn’t what you want it to be,  you then have the choice to let them go.  And that’s huge because the more you release your idea of how things ‘should’ be and accept them as they are the happier you’ll be.  Believe me!

Moving on from my lesson…

It was a massive week at work.  Sadly Kamila our manager is leaving.  But on the flip side that opened a door for me.  A big door that had not previously existed.  I got promoted to manager of my department.  It’s a trial, to see how I go.  That’s a big pat on the back for me!

Tuesday was a lovely night.  Mexican and movies with Shelley.  We saw ‘Delivery Man.’ Which is a sweet movie.  I enjoy watching ‘nice’ films with simple messages.  I feel that’s something that’s definitely lacking in the world.  Niceness is thoroughly underrated!

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Caught up with Kelly on Thursday night.  Heard about her  Christmas adventures in Aus.  Which made me a little home sick.  Ate at Manchurian Legends in China town, the food was amazing.  Even better we planned our travels for 2014!

I know I promised no more drinking and I really didn’t, apart from a couple with Lana.  And it was warranted.  It was a crazy week.  I needed a girls debrief on Friday night…

We have never  been out one on one.  Lana is a through and through Essex girl.  Which I love.  Sometimes I find the English a little too proper.  And that’s not me.  I’m loud and I say what I’m feeling.

Lana and I found out that we have had very similar experiences throughout our lives.  One drink did turn into more but I was still home by 11pm (not 11am).  Another pat on the back for me.

The weekend I needed to myself.  I just shut the world out.  Only went outside for a walk around the park.  Caught up on writing.  And domestic stuff too.  Cooking.  Watched a few old school films.  Found myself dancing to Katy Perry in my room on Saturday night.  It’s important to spend time by yourself.   Just not too much, as the conversations in your head can get a little repetitive…

What I did that scared me:

  • A lot of cooking.  It was a little too domestic for my liking!

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Funniest moment:

  • Lana was trying to get a man for me on Friday night.  She bought a couple of guys over from the bar.  I don’t think I’m alone here when I say you basically get a feeling for someone instantly.  So after the introductions I ran away to the toilet.  I was retouching my make up, wondering how I was going to get us out of this situation.  In Australia I had a code with my girls.  But I hadn’t sorted that with Lana.  Not a second later she burst through the door with our cocktails in hand announcing, ‘those guys are freaks. Let’s get out of here!’  But I didn’t have my gym bag.  It was with the guys.  I went back smiled.  Was going to say something but just kept grinning like an idiot, grabbed my bag and we ran upstairs.  As we finished our drinks, the guys walked passed us.  I just kept smiling.  They didn’t stop.

Highs:

  • Promotion
  • Got tooted walking down the street.  Not going to lie, I always enjoy that
  • My week’s lesson

Lows:

  • Got screwed by the Australian Tax Office
  • Swapping to monthly pay, eek!
  • The days before I learnt my lesson this week

What I learnt:

  • If you can keep letting go of what you think ‘should’ be then what actually needs to be- will happen

 

 

What I learnt this week: TRY

What a crazy week at work.  It was so stressful and it didn’t help that I was so ill, again.  I have a sneaky suspicion that London is trying to kill me…

The good news was that I found out I’m heading to Canada again.  This time 4 destinations in 2 weeks.  Will be an epic recruitment trip.  I’m a little worried that Niagara Falls is frozen over atm.  It will be chilly!  But definitely looking forward to it all the same.

There was a lot of socialising this week.  Tuesday caught up with Richard, a writing contact which was really good to get me into gear with my goals.   Thursday met Jess, who is over from Aus.  Went out to dinner with her, Dave and their friends.  Had a lovely night in Notting Hill.  I was hoping to run in to Hugh Grant, no such luck.  However it was still a great evening filled with laughs.  

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Friday night, headed for a drink after work.  Ate dinner with Shelley and Kristen, amazing Italian food. Then went to Ary’s Birthday at Goodge Street London Cocktail Club.  Caught up with him and James.  Met a bunch of great people.  Managed a relatively early night.

Saturday-myself, Jess and her friend Natasha from Switzerland travelled to Hampton Court Palace.  Went ice skating with about a million other people. It was so fun but a little scary.  Even better I also got to ride on a carousel after that.  I was the happiest girl in the world, as you may notice from the pic below.

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Went out with Jess and her friends that night.  Board games, pizza and wine.  Then off to the Walkabout in Holborn.  I am not proud to say that that place is associated with Aussies. I stuck to the floor.  Ridiculous.  Although I did have a nice long chat with a viking.  As we partied the night away  I almost got kicked out for poking the disco ball with the vikings plastic sword.  But I’m pretty sure bouncers target me…

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Good night.  But a less good on Sunday.  As I slept for most of it!  I did join a online writers group which was productive.  And wrote a little.  But not as much as planned and that’s why there is no more booze for me.  I can’t have a couple.  I can’t behave.  So I’m sending myself for time out.  Not sure for how long.  But it’s happening.

What I learnt this week was about ‘trying.’  Being the start of a new year everyone is ‘trying’ to live out their resolutions.  We might fail miserably, but we can definitely keep ‘trying.’

I also saw a story about a little boy who was feeding a stray dog in an area full of them.  When questioned why he was doing it when the dog would probably die anyway he was confused as to why he wouldn’t try at all…

Are we supposed to just give up if something seems too hard or hopeless?  Gee if that happened we would never have electricity, amazing art, life saving medicines and the list goes on.  It’s the ‘trying’ that counts.   Don’t stop.

Funniest moment:

  • At work  Neil put a plastic fly in my glass, which I was drinking out of for 10 minutes before I even noticed.  It made me smile on a really crappy day.

What I did that scared me:

  • Ice skating, it’s actually super scary, when there is like 100 million people on the ice.  I had this image of falling over on my bum and someone whizzing past and slicing my fingers off…

Highs:

  • Ticking the first item off my 2014 bucket list- Ice skating!
  • Carousel ride
  • Dinner in Notting Hill with Jess & co 🙂

Lows:

  • Sunday
  • Snot
  • Stress

What I learnt:

  • No matter what, keep trying

What I learnt this week: 2013/2014

Last week of 2013.  What a year! 8 countries.  800km across Spain.  And 1 massive move.  I made it.  And learnt sooo much along the way.  (Auto correct kept wanting to type sooo as solo, which is kinda cool because it’s how I rolled this year).  Of course I wasn’t always by myself  I met some amazing people and I had help along the way from the already amazing people in my life!

Pretty chilled week again.  Working out travel plans and goals for 2014.  A bucket list for the year.  Need to make the most of Europe while I can!

Went to dinner with Camilla from work on Monday night.  Mexican, margaritas and pancakes.  Girls nights don’t get better than that.  Walked along King’s Road looking at the Christmas lights after our indulgences.  Enjoyed a girlie chat.

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Next big event of the week-NYE.  Of course!  It was a quiet house party at Brendan’s.  Which did actually turn into a crazy night of spinning tables, drinking games and a lot of Green Day.  Wicked way to see in the new year with a good group of friends.  Took the tube home with Stu and Clare at 5am.  Home at 6am. Out.  I’m getting too old for that type of behaviour lol.

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Needless to say the first day of the year was not very productive.  Although I did book the majority of my upcoming Italy trip.  And over the next few days I planned my writing goals which made me feel set for the year ahead.  Bring on 2014.

Only two days of work this week.  Nice to say hi to everyone and hear about their holidays.  But man it was hard to start back at work.  Was happy to get to the weekend.  Didn’t do much.  No drinking at all.  Good self control.  Just writing, mainly.   A little food shopping which I always enjoy.

Getting to what I learnt.  Coming in to a new year everyone posts their achievements of the last year and goals for the future, which I really like.  It makes us consider what we have to be thankful for and what we want to get out of the upcoming year.

It was a week of reflection for me too.  Looking at what I’ve done and what I want to become.  This quote I happened across sums up my feelings right now:

‘If you are depressed you are living in the past.  If you are anxious you are living in the future.  If you are living at peace, you are living in the present.’ Lao Tzus

I’m learning how to do that.  And man, it makes a difference 🙂

Funniest moment:

  • Watching Camilla be drunk after only half a cocktail…Man I love that girl!

What I did that scared me:

  • Said no.  A couple of times to different offers and people.  It’s something I never usually do!!!  But sometimes you have to re learn your boundaries and realise you can’t please everyone.  You gotta look after yourself at the end of the day

Highs:

  • Have started a movie list of ‘must see’ films- watched Moon struck.  Amazing old school rom com
  • Bringing in the new year with new friends.
  • Checking out ‘American Hustle’

Lows:

  • The after affects of NYE!
  • No heating in my house this week.  Arg, coldies.
  • Getting sick, again.

What I learnt:

  • Learn from the past.  Plan for the future.  Live now