It’s on.

“I’ve had it. I hate to be dramatic but it’s time for me to fly the coop” “I’m looking out for me”.  – Iago from Return of Jafar.

Warning: Rage mode on.

Yes. I’ve had it where I am right now. I won’t go into depth as the length of my dissastifaction of my job covered in my previous posts 2 months back and to this date it’s still within me.  I’ve been low on and off over the past weeks and I’m wasting my energy and time here. I’m deep down miserable and I know that I need change which is why I am studying my degree (with a possibilty to study extra) plus seeking new jobs not related to what I am in atm which leads to below..

I did interview for a part time role (bookings role) last week but although I didn’t get that job, I’m on the waiting list which is still better than ‘unsuccessful’ :). This would be my fourth time out of the five working years but it can’t be guaratneed that a position will pop up in the next 12 months. Key is to keep on applying. I’v applied for a few more in the past week and I have one lined up after the long holiday. Have yet to hear from the others but I know that 3 I won’t get a call back.

It sucks when you’re the only person who is available to cover the front and aren’t allowed off on Fridays and be around in the afternoon. It sucks when you’re in a place for way longer than you expect and knowing health records has high turnover rate. I wonder why I am here -rolls eyes-.  It sucks when you’re skills are best suited to other positions, (policy, research, health promotion..), your current job is stagnant and are no longer interested in pursuing any more opportunities in the place. It sucks when people are chasing after the boss after numerous times or when callers call about a query that is totally not relevant to the scope of the role. I totally no longer enjoy my role. It sucks when you’re study leave hasn’t been approved at all this year.  It sucks when your role is not going to change -sigh sigh sigh- unless i make the change (see above).  I haven’t been applying much over the past year but  this year has been my turning point. This year may be the time to go for me as I’ve applied for a heap of positions in the past two weeks and will continue. Unfortantely I havent been offered anymore exposure outside of my role which frustrates me. In fact that I may be showing signs of resentment to this job. Anyways, enough said.

That’s my thoughts atm… 6 months of this year to go and opening up to part time may mean a higher chance of me securing a positon. Time will tell..

Anyways Over and out!

June Favourites!

Hello readers. Now that class is over until August, I have spare time for this blog.

Today’s post will be on the above title. This won’t be limited to just one but various things.  Here’s to below:

  1. Freddy wr up pants. The ultimate butt lifting pants. Hailing from ?Italy?, these one of a kind pants has a silicone waistband and strategically placed seams. These pants are unlike any other pants / jeans you’ve ever worn.  These pants have become increasily popular since 2016. From denim, fashion to even leggings and skirts, you’ll definetly want to buy another pair Only downsides are the cost but totally worth it and the sizing is small.
  2.  Public health research & practice website. As a public health students who aims to tranisition a career into the area, I thought it would be good to start reading out of interest and perhaps gain insights from researchers and current health issues and it’s effect of health policy.
  3. Figs. I love figs and over the past month, I have been eating it most days.  Known for it’s high fibre content, I can only eat a few pieces.
  4. Kombucha. The fermented pro-biotic drink. I havent even bought prebiotic tablets in a long time.

That’s all I can think off at this point in time 🙂

 

Where have I been?

Hello to all my fellow readers! I’m back.

Havent completely dissapeared from this blog. May was a busy month for me from Game of Zones fitness, Laser Tag, foodie outing and university. The last weekend was spent writing my last, shall I say challenging paper for the term. Never done a policy brief before and I found that it challenged me intellectually :).  Now class is done until August!

Really enjoyed my last class for univeristy as it was based on health policy, one of the fields I aspire to work in.

Aside from that, I’ve recently seen jobs pop up that are of interest and in the process of applying for a few more.

Update with my work hours (part time): Not approved :(.  The only way is part time job applications. I’ll still go for full time as well. I did have an interview earlier this week and have applied for more positions.  Having both options opens up the opportunity for more to come. My turn will come…

Mood wise I’m feeling a little better but am still motivated to move on hence the above. I have my days but it passes.

BTW, I am officially doing city2surf in August and Blackmores in September! Something that I have never done or considered out of my comfort zone! In the past month, been doing twice a week runs (one treadmil) and one outdoors. May ramp this up from this month or next..

Anyways, over and out!

The Fitness Show.

Hello fellow readers,

Today’s post will be on the above mentioned, the fitness show. For those who haven’t heard of it, it’s an expo that runs during the entire weekend showcasing the latest fitness classes, products and shows. The show was on the last week of April. I only attended one day due to a prior committment on Saturday. Anyways, here’s what happened:

I arrived at ICC Sydney 9.30am and had to walk over to the area on the other side of the building whic took 10 minutes. Doors didn’t open till 9.50am and then it was straight to the commando fit workout which I paid when I purchased the ticket at the same time.  It was straight to the workout in the prana arena after filling in waiver forms. The workout itself started with emphasis on form, technique and warm up with mobililty exercises and the straight into the workout. The workout was circuit based using a tube equivalent barbell with weights. Power clean and press, front squat and then it was burpees hopover. Can’t exactly remember the precise details as it happened so fast and I was in the moment. Sweaty and pumped after and ready to explore the fitness show!

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We had to rush out of the arena due to another fitness session F45 starting straight after we finished.  Bumped into two gym friends who were about to commence the session. I managed to get the photo with him :). He was taller in person though. Next it was a mission to head into the bathroom to change clothes and then I proceeded to see a fitness model / bodybuilding show running the whole day: ICN bodybuilding.  All these competitiors on stage with heaps of fake tan and ripped muscles. I just wanted to see what is was all about and then I walked around for 2.5 hours to the booths and testing samples. I  went shopping and came out with this (some of the below items were free):IMG_6984

I also took a photo with a fitness model by the name of Lauren Simpson. There were others there like Jeff Said and Calum Van Mogen but their lines were insane for their photos. Next time.

More food samples below:

Mind you I purchased a 6pack fitness backpack which carries 3 meals on the go and having to lug this pink bag was fun the whole day:

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I stayed for the afternoon ICN  show and managed to meet Olivia, one of the competitors there and follower on Instagram.

There was powerlifting and decided to watch for a bit and bumped into another gym buddy.

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After that I was super hungry and purchsed a Muscle Direct meal. It was standard to be honest. I then purchased a tuna roll and a cider, which I prefered eating :).

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Anyways, it was a blast but I needed to go both days as one wasn’t enough to see everything. In fact there were a few workouts on Saturday only that I wanted to go to but as I mentioned. I had something on.

After splurging some major $$$, it was time to head home.

That is all I have to say about the fitness show. Will I ever go again? A definite must but I will make sure to have the weekend booked out :).

x Lydia

When you’re feeling stuck, lost and in a slump :(

Hey all,

Have you ever go through those times where you just feel rather uninspired, blah, overwhelmed and become lost in your thoughts when things just go (that’s life) and that time hasn’t come to you yet? I’m feeling that way right now 😦 .

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Let’s face it, we have those moments where we hit mental slumps and wall at work. There are other influences that can affect such as family or other commitments. Even though a little break helps, it all comes back to me.  It’s a saying that whenever you’re at work to focus.  However, it can be hard at times especially when you’re studying to career change in your desired field, plus the current job no longer aligns with your career values / goals and are dissastified. Or you’ve simply had enough. Anyways, this is me and going to my job feels like a drag most days. I’m sure that others feel the same way too.

The way for me to cope atm is just take it a day at a time, seeking a better opportunity and ways to get my foot into public health. Or exposure to things outside my role. Lucky I have a friend who did the same degree, working in the area I want to get into and she too is seeking change to global health.

What I’ve done to this date to cope with this (and maybe help you too?):

-Applied for a new job (can’t guarantee it) and I will keep hunting until I get one. It will happen eventually.

-Enrolled in another subject next semester as I’ve decided that I want to finish my degree in 2-3 years instead of the intended 6 years.

-Meditating and taking an extra rest day if needed. Yoga for me now is for mobility purposes with the added relaxation.

-A simple text to check in time to time again helps.

-Hanging out with people.

-Connecting with my current class-mates in terms of assignments and sharing my information on previous subjects. They too are looking for career change too so am not alone.

Anyways, this week aside from not feeling well, I’ve taken some time off work and still have a lot of sick leave though. Been feeling down as mentioned in the above paragraph. There are other skills / experience that I can / prefer and are more suited to but l feel like I can;t be released at all. Project/ Research experience is what I’m seeking next or stick to another admin job just for the time being until I finish degree, Side-stepping away from my current job is also another consideration. I did enjoy my time during a secretariat for a committee though. As of late it’s because I haven’t had an opportunity to explore my strengths is why I am feeling this way and no longer enjoy the work.

With a colleague going soon and another going on maternity leave in 2 months, who knows what will happen..

I’m glad to have let it out and this is one of the reasons why I set up this blog since last year to vent out my thoughts.

Anways, until next time!

x Lyd

Pokemon GO review.

Here’s to another post on Sunday night. I should be continuing my univeristy task but have done most of it and I have tommorow off so more work into it! Next weekend is finalising a ‘video’ for that task and Good Friday it’s due.

As you may not know, I am a pokemon go fanatic. I hopped onto the bandwagon after the official release and from that day on, I was hooked. Most lunchbreaks and days off I’d walk around and catch pokemon. I did take a 3.5 month hiatus until Febuary and then Pokemon 2.0 was released. Back again onto the wagon.

The biggest influx of pokemon was around July-September of last year where people were everywhere with their phones out. People from young to adults were sitting in groups even at the opera house to circular quay. Rhodes  was considered the hotspot until the council removed the pokestops due to complaints and also Rhodes being a residental area.

Anways, back to the point. The gameplay is simple. Walk around anywhere and a GPS will detect pokemon in your region. My main hotpsots was around Sydney City where there was more spawn and different pokemon.  Upsides include doing something to occupy my lunch-breaks and spare time, getting much needed active recovery walks and on a good day, enjoying the sun.  With the release of new pokemon in this version, I am keen to catch more!

Downsides include common pokemon at every hotspot (no more natus and spinarax please!) and certain pokemon, especially rare ones to run away easily. Grinding can be tough with pokemon that don’t spawn often (pointing at you Onyx!) and batery life. Be prepared to bring a portable charger when pokemon hunting for a while. It can get boring an hour or two grinding, so I suggest an hour ot two each day to hunt. Certain pokemon is region exclusive only.

 

On a random note, I question the gender of some pokemon. For example, the picture on the right is a female wobbuffet where normally it would be a male. Goldeen a male? and when transformed into Seaking a female?. Gender confusion here.

Head to beaches, parks, iconic hotspots and you’ll see more pokemon spawn around those areas. Busy towns help too.

Rating: 3.5/5.

Are you a pokemon go fan? If so, how often do you play it or are you starting out?

Until next time

x Lydia

Easy meal to go: Tuna Salad Bowl

Hello fellow bloggers. Where has the first three months gone? So the second quarter of the year began on the first of April (no April fools here). Daylight savings began with one hour back with cooler weather and early nights.

Anyways, today’s post will be a first on this blog. When it comes to food, I like to keep things simple and easy. Today will be on one of my favourite lunch-to go when I’m not bothered meal preparing. Works for dinner too.

Inthelifeoflyd’s Tuna Salad bowl:

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Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup basmati rice. Bonus if you add cardamon into the rice
  • 1 cup of salad leaves of choice but spinach or rocket works best
  • 1/2 red onion roughly diced
  • 1/2 cucumber and tomato diced
  • 1/2 large can or 1 whole small can tuna.
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1/4 Avocado
  • Fresh Coriander and/or basil leaves.

Instructions:

  • Evenly distribute the rice as a base.
  • Add layer of leaves,onions, tomatoes and cucumber
  • Add tuna and avocado
  • Mix lemon juice together with herbs and add to salad. Ready to eat.
  • If packing, then let salad sit overnight.

I absoleutly love this combination because of the presence of red onion, herbs and lemon juice together. When making meals, I aim to use seasonings and/or herbs over sauces to keep it as healthy as possible.

Anyways that is all that I have for you today! Feel free to add more or less of the quantities listed.

Until next time.

x Lydia

Why I like a chilled out wedding?

The title says above.

So last weekend I went to a wedding at a couple’s home one hour from where I live.  Two of them were in my friendship group and have been together for four years.

Chilled out wedding means that I sit down and catch up with people that I know from the past and also hangout with my current friends. Wedidngs I’ve been have been at churches or venues. The last wedding was at Darling harbour in May and that was nice :).

Anways it all started off with a vintage drink van below:

 

Then it proceeded to the ceremony at the back yard and then it was a food marahon from the lolly jar, cheese plates to burger and quiona salad:

 

Mind you the weather was perfect!! Sydney has been pouing buckets this month and I am ready for sunshine!

Yeah, that pretty much sums up the da. A few days later, I get an invitw to another wedding which wont happen until the end of this year.

Adios!

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