Happy belated Easter!

Thought it’s better to say it now rather than never!  I hope your easter was good.

I went away during easter down south to Wollongong and it was really good! Early beachwalks to hanging around in the main city and seeing other suburbs made this worthwhile. Good Friday was spent hanging out at a pub as all liquour shop were closed and catching up with my work friend who’s been tere for a year now.

Really getting to see more in that area during that time. Thats not the end of it though as I am planning to go back there during June long weekend for a short trip.

Other than that, I am back at uni and this time my subjects are fairly heavy content, as well as  passing my driving test.  Unfortunately I haven’t passed it yet.. I will get it!

Oh and recently, I’m seconded to another role atm part time so that’s kept me busy…

I am now doing Real Insurance 5km run, along with blackmores as well! I need to wait until city2surf opens then I will sign up.

What I am looking foward is The Fitness Show this month and this time I am going over the weekend.

You will see there will be less posts during this period and also, blogging hasnt been a priority atm.  When I do get a chance, it’ll hopefully be something with actual content instead of life updates.

Take care and will see you in the next post

x Lydia

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Welcome 2018!

Hello everybody and happy new year! I hope your christmas and new year was good! A new year has come, with new challenges, growth and events!

Although I have another week off, my break so far has been great! Christmas family lunches, day trips to the south coast, celebrating a childhood friend’s birthday and spending time with my cousins and her family, along with cleaning and tidying up the house! Today I am catching up with my high school friend who I havent seen since March last year!

I don’t have specific plans / events this year atm. Below are some that I have in mind:

This year shall be:

  • Seeing Ed Sheeran live in March!
  • My 30th birthday
  • Fitness Expo again
  • Fun Runs again (additional Harbour Run to the mix)
  • Resuming regular yoga sessions!

That’s all I have in mind atm.

Anyways, what does 2018 bring to you?

See you in the next post!

Spring into September!

Hello everyone! Hope you’re all doing well.

It has been a while since I did the city2surf post. From that point, it was univeristy all week and then the start of my new job. I’ve just done two weeks of my new job and it’s a lot to learn but survived it. Its a good learning curve for me career wise. The first week I was exhausted and questioning whether I made the right choice or not. Second week and it wasn’t too bad aside from a day where it was messy. Not to mention during that time the manager that recruited me into this role has been successful in scoring a new role in another place. Oh wells, hoping her replacement fill in will be undertanding that I am new. I have been recieving good support early from my team which is a bonus. I still need to learn things as as of next month I will be rotated between late and early. Slow and steady steps :).

Needing to adjust to early start hasn’t been too bad as I used to do early start at my old job moons ago. The sun is up early so makes it ok :). Lucky from next month I’ll be on fortnightly rotating.

Uni marks wise has been good. Two assessemnt due the end of this month and have been in the process of starting my biostats one.

Anyways, that’s where I stand with this post.

That’s all folks!

Change is coming..

Hello everyone, just a little update with life.

As you may not know,  I have been successful in one of the positions i interviewed last month! I recieved my letter offer and handed in my resignation notice today! It’s official now!

Now I need to slog it out for the next fortnight and finish my secondment and then it’s uni, then straight to my new job. I couldn’t start earlier due to clashing with university and finishing with my secondment too.

It’s all happening now and also city2suf is around the corner too ;). Training well underway.

Anyways over and out!

I’ve been MIA.

Reason being is I haven’t had anything much to write about. I’ve had a hectic month in June hence not really blogging much :).  Mainy from going to several interviews but in the end of being knocked back, especially one that was related to my study field :(. Recently, a secondement came up and have already completed one week there.  The good thing is that the setting is related to what I am currently studying :). A potential position will be adverstied where I am seconded to right now in the upcoming weeks so I am keeping an eye out.  Of course, i’ll also keep an eye out of other opportunities as they arise 🙂

It’s now July and it’s the homestretch of the second half of the year! Currently I sit on university break and the semester offically begins in two weeks but my first class doesn’t start until August. I will be taking two subjects form this point on but still maintaining part time status.

I also have my fun runs around the corner with city2surf in August and Blackmores in September. I’ve increased my runs to twice a week which means adusting my schedule (more likely bodyweight coach on rotation) and still keeping gym coach as it provides the neccessary strength.

Anways, time to survive the coldest winter in years!

See you in the next post

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 🙂

 

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

Why did I choose to study Public Health?

Hello dear readers,

As you already know from my previous posts that I am currently studying public health and currently working in health adminsitration (records to be specific).  I thought I’ll share my story on why I choose this and not a course related to my job?

Basically I graduated with a bachelor of Science in Safety, Health and Environment. After sitting in uni for sometime and graduating 5 years ago, I knew I needed to find full-time work. Months before my grduation ceremony in November 2011, my mum mentioned working in hospital and took it as an opportunity to try. During my studies, I did a range of volunteer work at univeristy and took on student casual jobs mostly in student adminsitration, even a stint in christmas retail the first year of univeristy ended. These were mainly to bump my experience so I didn’t want to be a graduate without experience (yes this happens). From these experiences, I enjoyed being able to make a difference to students and acquire general clerical experience. I did a stint at a pharmacy a few months after but the experience and environment was isolating, overwhelming and depressing, nor did I want to work for elderly pharmacy store owners and so I quit and it wasn’t for me.

I started looking for health jobs and applied for a local but wasnt successful that time. That was December 2011 and then I went on holiday and held off job hunting until I got back. January 2012,  I applied for a records position but at a hosptial on the North Side, interviewed twice but ended up with a temporary position and May was when I started full time. Mostly behind the scenes work and a year later and my contract was extended. However, I wasn’t being fullfilled as it became repetitive and that time I started looking for permanent jobs and I was successful in securing one closer to home in a newly created department to where I am now, same field.

August 2015 hit and I decided to go back into study as I needed change from the indutry I am currently in. At that stage, I was getting exposure to outside the department and I still remember being a secretary for the steering committee for a project. Management changed and unfortunately I haven’t had an opportuniy to outside thie department last year. I also paid all my debt from my previous study. One of my aspirations was health policy but now am considering enviromental health, communciable disease or research / project roles. At that stage, I decided to attend the post-graduate nights in Septmeber and then the univeristy i’m currently at was introducing my current degree to commence in 2016 and went ot that to. I applied online and then November 2015. I was offered my current degree and am about to resume second year very soon.

I’ve also mentioned in one of my previous posts that I am no longer inspired and fullfilled on where I am working. Intellect is also what I am looking in my future job. Yes I have colleagues that are doing coding courses / health administration courses but honestly, I am not interested nor is it my passion in that area. For the time being, I’ll just take on roles that suit me until I can get roles in my desired areas.  I really need to get out of this bubble that I in.

I would rather work with research / projects / rather than being chained to a clerical dead end job with uninspiring colleagues way off my league, brain turned into mush and feeling dead inside. A year ago I was working on my skills but after last minute changes in roles not being filled approrpriately in the final quarter of last year and seeing it all,  I’m done. Yes for reselience but you reach a a point and need to get out. Another rant done.

I find that public health does serve a purpose in life in preventing, promoting and prolonging life.

At times I do worry whether I will get a foot in the door in public health. Where I work isn’t helping me achieve this so time to seek another avenue. I’m not on campus frequently either. Maybe I want to switch to health policy degree or switch to something else or transfer. I’m at a loss here… The jobs I see and interested in require a completed masters, experience  and skils in course that I haven’t even done yet :(.  A lot of these roles are temporary and I know I am a long way to where I want to be.

On the upside, 2 Distinctions so far :).

There’s my story and I hope you enjoyed reading it or if you are feeling the same then I empathise with you.

Blogging here makes me feel better.

Until next time.

x L

How I feel right now, career wise.

Here’s another thought post (if you do find them interesting) on a different note:

The job that I do is mentally unstimulating, unfullfilling and dull. At the end of each day I come out feeling blah or drained. I’ve been in the field for nearly 5 years and I feel that I haven’t gone far. I feel like on repeat day in day out when I answer calls and do behind the scenes work. Meeting mintues, setting agendas like providing support is what I am capable of doing. Project work or research is what I’d like to get exposure on.  I’ll only take on positions if suited until I can finish my degree and shift my focus towards public health, unless I find something that is more suited to my career goals. I cant predict the future.

In a place where most have kids, all female (apart from one male but taken),  I would rather tune out to what they say. Also it’s different when your career goals are compeltely different and that I am seeking change. If there was a public health unit or anyone in that field that would like to take me, I put my hand up to get experience!

Where I am work wise, I don’t feel that I am making a difference if that makes sense? I’ve decided to undertake a public health degree to change career paths,  make things better, meaningful and improve the quality of health and life.

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Public health, even the major I studied at my previous univeristy covers occupational health and safety.
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Prevent. Promote. Protect

Will I be able to get experience in those fields?? With colleagues who aren’t on the same focus doesnt make me feel inspired to work there.

Anwyays enough of me ranting :(.

Anyways, over and out.

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