Showing posts with label musings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label musings. Show all posts
Monday, 30 September 2019

Cockatoos


Life has been quite manic over the past 5 months. It all started when I moved into a new phase of life and my free time was consumed by home renovations and tending to sore muscles. Then work picked up and I was bombarded with back to back large projects and I've been left feeling extremely tired.

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Update



I've been a little absent from my blog this year. This is largely due to the fact that I haven't really done anything ~ exciting ~ to document. Over the last 12 months, I've stopped doing things and started to slow down and enjoy the little things. As I've mentioned before, a few years ago I was going on frequent-ish domestic trips (my roadtrips) partly because I was unhappy and it was my form of escapism. There was nothing quite like soothing a frazzled soul by driving for hours across an endless - and sometimes mundane - landscape

If you ever felt the desire to just get away from humanity, all you had to do was drive four hours inland and there was plenty of soul-purifying space, heart awakening space and silence to get lost in.
Stranger Country - Monica Tan

But I am in a different place in life now and the need for frequent exploring is of lesser importance. Nonetheless, I hope to embark on my big trip near the end of the year and hopefully a domestic adventure in the next month or so.

Onto my update!

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Journals


After multiple declutters over the years, a specific item always made its way back to its allocated spot. Well, items to be more accurate. My journals.

Livejournal housed my semi angsty thoughts that - I perceived - were suitable for public consumption. Then I had my physical journal where I unleashed all my feelings. Unfiltered and raw.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Restlessness

I have dreams of working in the same company, to rack up the required years to be eligible for long service leave. Two months of paid leave. One can dream ...

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Goodbye 2018


There is a part of me that is terrified that another year is over and that I am also firmly in the 'late 20s' bracket. But by virtue of being in my late 20s, I don't really care that time is flying. Although I probably will be singing a different tune right before I hit the big 3-0.
Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Small world


Isn't it strange how, for a brief moment, the world can just seem so small?
Thursday, 4 October 2018

Blossoms


I have worked in the same area for over 12 months now and yet it has only been this year that I have seemingly opened my eyes to observe and appreciate my surroundings. The autumn colours, the bare trees, the new green leaves and buds, the gradual lengthening of the days and the cherry / plum blossoms that bloomed for a brief moment in time.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Where Have I Really Been


So where have I really been? Let's break it down into categories.

Monday, 27 August 2018

Where Have I Been


Over the past 12 months, I have been spending an increasing amount of time offline. It all started in June last year when I deactivated my Facebook and Instagram account in an attempt to curb my social media consumption. It was a great decision - I suddenly had more time to do the things I really enjoyed (such as reading). It also forced me to take a step back from the curated lives of so many and live and focus on my own life in a healthier manner.
Monday, 16 July 2018

Stars


I miss seeing the stars. A yearning that has been bubbling beneath the surface for the past 12 months.

I miss feeling insignificant in this big, great world. Being present in the moment and being forced to realise my existence is a mere blip in the grand scheme of things.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Dear You


Dear You,

I am no longer seeing red. Actually, it was a little blue after the encounter. But now it has reverted back to the natural state where I don't see any colour when I think of you.
Thursday, 22 March 2018

I Don't Love My Job & That's Okay


If I had a dollar for every time I was exposed to the message that I should pursue my passions, well, I wouldn't have needed to get a job!
"Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life!"
Sure, I was passionate about a lot of things - I loved watching TV, reading, eating breakfast food for dinner and subsisting on potato. But could I create a career out of those 'passions'?

And the better question was - should I?

Friday, 22 December 2017

2017 Recap

Looking back...

If I could use one word to describe 2017 it would be re-calibration. Halfway through the year, I finally - FINALLY - switched jobs, much to my relief. My energy was no longer focused on one thing (aka getting the heck out of there) and I was able to take a step back and reassess my life. I no longer dread Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Summer Plans


Summer* is just around the corner and I am so bloody excited. I always have a whinge about the mandated office closure, but I am looking forward to it as I desperately need the break. I have been feeling a little off for the past few months - funnily enough, it coincided with the post about my mental health journey - and I haven't managed to shake the feeling off. There is a part of me which thinks that I am burnt out. This would be partly attributable to the project that I am stuck in and also the fact that it has been a long and tiring year.

The forced leave will effectively wipe out my entire accrued annual leave balance. Nonetheless, I will try to make the most of the time I have off despite the fact that it is peak season and also uber hot in most areas of Australia.

I originally wanted to hire a car and do another multi-day roadtrip to Liverpool Plains for sunflowers. However, as it was a dry winter/spring in NSW, the farmers were unable to plant any sunflower crops (but there might be cotton fields I can visit next April!). Therefore my "summer" will be dedicated to daytrips from Sydney in pre-2015 style. Aka before I realised I could kind of drive a car and depended on public transport to get to places.

I have a few ideas but it will depend on the weather. Here's to hoping it won't be 30+ degrees!

* Summer equates to holidays in my mind which is sadly a thing of the past as I am no longer a student.
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

My Mental Health Journey Thus Far


I never thought that I would still be alive at this age. In fact, there was a point when I believed that I wouldn't see my 22nd birthday. But here I am today and it has been a long and tough journey.

My struggle with depression started during my final years of high school. It was as though a switch was flicked on; at the time the difference between 'before' and 'after' was so distinct. I never fully understood why or what had changed within. But I was changed.

It will get better once I finish high school.
It will get better once I get into university.
It will get better once I go on exchange.
It will get better once I finish university.
It will get better once I get an internship.
It will get better once I get a job.
It will get better once I .....

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Finding the Beauty in Simplicity

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It has taken me a while but I have finally learnt to appreciate and enjoy the little and, arguably, mundane things in my life. As much as I want to be adventuring on the weekends, I am now content to spend that time doing routine activities. These activities include, inter alia, grabbing a teh tarik from the food court, helping my boyfriend wash his car and even shopping for groceries to meal prep for the coming week.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Monthly Recap: September



September is synonymous with spring cleaning and I finally FINALLY got around to modifying my blog layout. This involved trawling through the CSS to fix all the little things that have irked me for months. I also attempted to tidy my labels / tags which resulted in a walk down memory lane. There were some things that I thought only happened relatively recently when in fact they occurred almost 4 years ago! An attempt was also made to consolidate all my photos across various computers onto my HDD which was an interesting experience. I stumbled upon some "artsy" selfies taken when I was 18 years old haha.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Life Lessons from Job Hunting


For the vast majority of people, job hunting is an inevitable process to be undertaken a few times in their life. Gone are the days of staying in an organisation for many years or even decades. The national average tenure in Australia for a job is currently 3.3 years. Unless you are one of the select few - executives / senior managers / someone with connections / industry where supply < demand - job hunting sucks. I believe that this is especially the case for people who are starting off in their career and just trying to get their foot into ANY door.

I have been through the job hunting process twice and there are a few lessons I have learnt along the way. A lot of these lessons aren't confined to the job hunting process itself but are applicable to life in general.

1. Expect Nothing

When I was a fresh-out-of-uni graduate, I applied for many roles and almost always got a auto-generated rejection. However in my second experience, it was incredibly rare to get a response from anyone. I would submit my application, it would end up in the ether and I would never hear about it again. Well that is until I saw the same job get relisted a month or two later. Eventually I discovered from colleagues that this was quite common (but why, isn't it simply common courtesy?) and I was being unrealistic in my expectations.

Perhaps it is a coping mechanism, but setting the bar really low means that something as simple as having HR send a generic email exceeds expectations. On the flip side, remember that they have to sift through a dozen to a few hundred applicants. Applying for a job may mean the world to you but at the end of the day, it simply doesn't have the same level of importance for the company.
Friday, 1 September 2017

Monthly Recap: August

For the first time in years, I am not stressed out about the fact that the end of the year is fast approaching. In fact, I am looking forward to December and also the coming year. It has taken me a while, but I am finally super content with where I am in life.

Assyrian mixed plate - the most delicious meat hidden underneath the bread

Apart from some stress / anxiety at work, it has been a really good month. Also, I am almost up-to-date with my blog and don't have any scheduled posts. This is also a first as I have been scheduling posts for the past year now.

Went to my first AFL match, free tickets courtesy of work. It was absolutely freezing. 
Monday, 28 August 2017

An Open Letter to my Exes


It surprises me that I didn't have an aneurysm during the two months that we spent in Europe. Although I must admit that on the morning of our departure back to Sydney, I did yell in exasperation, "I am glad you didn't buy a Swiss knife otherwise I would have stabbed you". We were so incompatible. Looking back, I realise that I had someone else in my life who was stirring the pot and I cannot completely fault you for acting the way that you did. It wasn't all doom and gloom though. You taught me to not be so frugal and also suggested a visit to Turkey, a country that I had never thought I would visit but has become one of my favourites. To this day, I am surprised that you paid me back for the Europe trip. I had covered your costs (~$4k) and we broke up before payment; I had tried to accept that I might never recoup the costs actually. It was only two years later that I plucked up the courage to go through my bank statement to aggregate all the small payments made.