Head and Heart #2 – August 2014

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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.

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11 thoughts to “Head and Heart #2 – August 2014”

  1. I’m sorry to hear about your redundancy Lisa. There are so many positive life stories that start out just like this, I hope this will be the start of yours. Great idea to leave the job hunt until after your trip – best to give yourself a real break. Wishing you safe travels and hope you have an amazing time in Japan. Oh and I totally love Brothers and Sisters too!

    1. Hi Kate,

      Thanks so much for your support. I really hope something comes out of the redundancy, in the meantime I’m loving not doing anything and watching heaps and heaps of Brother’s and Sisters. So much happens in the show that I didn’t remember. At the moment Luc has just hit the scene, so funny!

  2. Good luck with the search for a new career path – I’m sure being made redundant wasn’t easy to deal with, but it does give an exciting opportunity to move on to bigger and better things 🙂

    Japan is AMAZING, I’ve been twice and really want to go again! The people are so lovely, the food is excellent and there’s such an interesting blend of old and new. I’ve visited some of the places on your list, you’re in for a great time.

    I actually bought the Blog Inc. book but gave up on it as the start is quite basic, and I’ve been blogging and making websites for a long time now… but it’s good to hear that it picks up a bit further in! I’ll have to give it another try, thanks for reminding me.

    1. Hi Chisa,

      Thanks for reading 🙂 and for the kind words.

      I’m glad to hear from someone who’s been to Japan that it’s amazing, it’s been on my travel list for awhile now and I can’t wait to go. It looks really cool and interesting so should be good.

      I can understand why Blog Inc may not be good for you, you could probably actually write something like that yourself if you’ve been blogging and making websites for awhile. I have visited your website and it’s gorgeous.

      I also hope that September will be a better month for you health wise than August was, I can’t wait to read what you’ve been up to 🙂

  3. Hi Lisa,

    Sorry to hear about your redundancy but it sounds like it’s a bit of a blessing in disguise? I’m in a similar situation to you, I was also made semi-redundant few months ago from a job that I didn’t love and it really was the best thing that could’ve happened to me as it gave me the opportunity to really think about what I want to do. I still haven’t figured it out so it’s a good thing that you have the time and the support to not rush into another job. Best of luck with your next step!

    Your Japan trip sounds very exciting. I visited when I was really young and didn’t appreciate the food much as a 10 year old. Can’t wait to visit again some day! 🙂

    1. Hi Rachi,

      Thanks for reading and sorry to hear about your semi redundancy also. It’s seems to be something that’s happening a bit lately as a couple of my friends have also told me that colleagues of theirs have been let go.

      I’m hoping the food in Japan is as good as the food you’ve been posting about lately! Yours and Helens blogs were the first two that I came across and read before starting my own and gave me the inspiration to start one. So thank you and can’t wait to read what’s coming up!

  4. Good luck finding the job that fits you and enjoy your Japan trip, I’d love to visit Japan one day 🙂

    The books look interesting, I might put them on my ever growing book wish list!

    1. Hi Jade, thanks for reading! Job searching is the worst but hopefully there’s something out there. Also I know what you mean about an ever growing book list 🙂

  5. I’m sorry to hear the redundancy news, that’s never a nice thing. I remember observing a colleague make several people redundant during a liquidation case I was a part of years ago and that was so so sad. In any case, I think taking this in stride as a NEW opportunity would be key. Enjoy Japan and really use it to completely relax and detox mindfully. I find that’s the best of times for new ideas and inspiration to spring to mind!

    BTW I’m glad you enjoyed Sydney 🙂 It’s not been fab weather you’re right but I’m glad it hasn’t been downpouring everyday either ha!

    1. Hi Helen, thanks for your kind words. It’s also bad being on the other side and seeing people around you being made redundant. The one thing I’ve learnt is that you can’t control anything in life, except how you react to things. I also hope you have a great time in the USA. I Love it there and San Fran is gorgeous. Try to check out Muir Woods if you haven’t already, it’s so gorgeous 🙂

      1. Thank you Lisa! Im not sure if i’lll have time to go there this time but the Woods look lovely!! Hope you have a great few upcoming weeks an things improve 🙂

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