Head and Heart is “a monthly capture of my feelings and doings in the raw” it’s where I share a more personal side of myself on my blog.
So here’s my head and heart for August.
What I’ve been grateful for
A supportive family and boyfriend
Two days before my birthday I was made redundant. It was a shock, but not necessarily a bad one as I didn’t enjoy my job anyway. However, it now means that I don’t have a salary. My family has been understanding and my boyfriend Nick has been super supportive, giving me all the time I need to think about my next move and not pressuring me to get a job fast.
My sister’s coming back
This month my sister went to California to study, which was a great excuse to have a farewell dinner. Shortly after she left she emailed to say that she would only be away for 7 months instead of 11 so I was super happy. Then when it turned out the College she was to attend wasn’t what she thought it would be she decided to come home. Although bad for her, it’s good for me as I get to see her way sooner than expected.
What I’ve been thinking about
My next step
Losing my job means that I now have to think about my next job, which is something I resolved not to do this year. So now my new resolution is to not stress about being unemployed, and instead take the time I need to ensure that my next job is the right one. During the time I’ve already devoted to this I’ve been thinking a lot about how my expectations of work, money, and work life balance have changed since first leaving University, and I’m even happy to change directions if needed to suit my new expectation levels. More on this later.
This is an ongoing area of thought for me. I live to eat and lately have been eating a lot. Seeing as it was my brother’s and my birthday this month I spent a lot of time and all day on my own birthday eating bad food. I need to give more thought to eating in moderation.
What I’m excited for
Taking time out from life
As I’m going to Japan in October I have put the job hunt off until after I get back, which gives me time to be a lady of leisure. Normally I don’t feel comfortable sitting around not working, but I’m definitely going to make the most of it this time.
What I’ve been doing
Watching a lot of Brothers and Sisters
I love this show and now that I have the time I’m hoping to finish the series. I watched it when it was on TV but only in bits and pieces. Now I can sit and watch it all and enjoy it.
Taking a mini trip to Sydney
I took a trip to Sydney to get some sun and think about my next step job wise. It rained every day but it was still good to get away mid week.
What I’ve been reading
Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community by Joy Deangdeelert Cho. The first half of this book had great information on blogging as well as some fantastic tips and tricks. The second half was more suited towards someone who has been blogging for some time, so I’m looking forward to re-reading this at a later stage.
Your Dream Career For Dummies by Carol L. McClelland. I’m still getting through this but so far so good. It has a lot of worksheets to complete to discover who you are, what you’re looking for, and giving you insight into exploring work options that you wouldn’t normally consider.
What I’ve been spending money on
I picked up some cream wedge runners from Camberwell Market for $10. I’ve never bought second hand shoes before but I’m really happy with these.
For my birthday I treated myself to a facial and then purchased some recommended skincare as I’m desperate to get a good routine going. I’ve bought some serum, moisturiser, and eye cream from Ultraceuticals and so far so good.