26.

2017.

The year that I turned 26.

For the first time in my life, I worked on my birthday. It was eye opening to say the least and made me wonder “Is this what it feels like to be an adult?”

I realised that as we grow up, all of the things in our lives that we look forward to or the things that we love become ‘normal’. My birthday was just another day at work. A day where a meeting went well, the phone rang, a keyboard tapped and patients needed help.

What age is it that we don’t enjoy the little things or even the big things? Is 26 that age for me?

I love my birthday, I love Christmas and I love holidays. I think I need to make sure that every other day this year is something that I make special.

A year in the life

A pretty good title if I do say so myself, especially with the Gilmore Girls 4 part season relase yesterday! 

I have just come the realisation that I haven’t written on this blog for nearly a year. In fact 360 days to be precise.

To fill everyone in, I’m currently sat in Cairns domestic terminal waiting on my flight back to Melbourne after one of the most amazing holidays I could have ever experienced. 

But lets have a catch up on this year! 

For famous people and celebrities, 2016 has not been a good year – I’m glad Sir David Attenborough has made it this far! 

For me, it’s actually been an incredible year. 

I was able to be at home twice this year. I travelled to Manchester for Christmas 2015 to surprise my family which was amazing. Seeing the look on their faces when I knocked on the door, or came downstairs or walked into their office at work was incredible. I had a real life cold Christmas with my nanas home cooked Christmas dinner and presents and everything! 

Being back in Melbourne was short lived after that as I headed back to Manchester for a second holiday in July. This time i became a bit of a jet setter! 

My friend Lauren was getting married and she considered me one of her three bridal party members. We had decided for her hen party that we would go to Barcelona. We were there for three days and I loved it! 

After returning from Barcelona, we had the wedding which I helped with pre decorations and cakes etc. It was such a personal touch as family and friends helped to set up the hall for the reception and it gave you a warm fuzzy feeling knowing you were adding to their special day. 

I then travelled to Paris with my mum, dad, brother and two sisters. We stayed in Disney Land which was an adult child’s dream come true. We loved every minute of it and spent far too much money on Disney memorabilia! 

In just under 2 weeks I managed to be a passenger on 8 flights! I was knackered when I returned to melbourne!! 

The week I returned I applied for a position as a Nurse Unit Manager and Senior Intake Coordinator at work. This was a maternity role which needed filling for a year. To my surprise and joy I got it!!! 

At 25 years old I managed to become the youngest Nurse Unit Manager in my hospital – only for a year but still!!

I’ve now been doing the job for 3 months and love it. I no longer dread coming into work! I have my own office and desk and I love it. I’m finally comfortable and happy at work. Let’s just hope it lasts longer than a year! Fingers crossed! 

Then on 8th November my two aunts and brother arrived for a 3 week holiday. And what we’ve done in those 3 weeks is ridiculously amazing. I think I’ll do a seperate post so I can show off all of the amazing places I’ve been! 

And now it’s only 4 weeks until Christmas!! 

A fast and happy year! 

When I went to Sydney 

Last month I travelled to Sydney to meet a good friend who was starting her year of travelling around Australia. 

In the 4 days that I was there, I took over 500 photos! Here are some of my favourites:

   
    
    
       
    
   
Every time I saw the opera house or harbour bridge I felt in complete awe and it hit me that I live in australia. What a beautiful country it is.

My devastating realisation

I never thought I was fat. Sometimes I think I look a little chubby but not anything to worry about too much. 

I’ve been a size 12/14 since I was 18 so I’ve never made any healthy changes to my lifestyle.

I eat chocolate – way too much if I’m honest with myself – and I don’t exercise as much as I should. Fizzy drinks are my usual go-to drink and water was a no go as I don’t like the taste.

Over the past year or so I’ve noticed some minor changes in my health. Feeling tired and sluggish, no motivation or energy, skin problems starting to occur again etc. 

My friend is currently training in nutrition and I decided to talk to her about my concerns. We spoke about sugar intake, the difference between fructose and glucose, having a possible lactose intolerance and exercise. 

So after listening to her advice I bought myself some Probiotics. They help to increase the level of good bacteria in your tummy and this helps with creating more of a balance. 

I’ve been taking them for around a week and a half and I’ve noticed little changes such as a decrease in tummy cramps and going to the toilet on a more regular basis.

I’ve also cut out fizzy drinks and forced myself to drink water. At first I found it quite difficult and would end up not drinking enough because I didn’t like the taste. This increased the number of headaches I was experiencing and made me feel quite tired. In the end I just started setting myself goals such as drinking 1 litter of water before lunch time etc.

With the increase in water and the commencement of probiotics I noticed my skin was changing. At first I broke out and found my skin quite oily. I spoke to my friend again who said this is normal and is my body’s way of trying to flush out toxins. I stuck with it and after 3 weeks my skin has improved dramatically. 

Now coming to the realisation I had which was horrible. 

I decided to go to the 1000 steps in Dandenong with Dave. I thought it’d be a good day out and we could do something active and physical when the weather was amazing. 

I never managed to walk up even 20 steps because of how tired and unhealthy I was just walking up the hills to get to them! 

I nearly cried. I was so disappointed in myself and it was such an eye opener. 

Since then I have forced myself to exercise at least 30 minutes a day. 

I’m hoping with time I’ll get more energy and I’ll be able to conquer the 1000 steps! 

I’ll let you all know when that day arrives! 

Daylesford

As we were due for a little break from work, Dave and I decided to take a week off and go away for a couple nights. 

On Wednesday we put the dogs into kennels and headed to Daylesford. 

It took us around 2 hours to get there from the kennels and although the drive was scenic, it got a little boring at times. 

We stayed at a little cabin called Aria which was beautiful. The scenery was amazing and it was such a lovely change to look out the window and see trees, forest and bunnies instead of other houses. 

We pretty much spent the whole two days relaxing and just being in each other’s company which was a lovely change to home where work always gets in the way. 

Here are a few photos from our getaway. 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Birthday drinks

It was daves birthday on the 16th June and to celebrate we had a lovely coupley evening at his friends japenese bar. 

The bar is called Zhou Zhou on Chapel Street and it was amazing. The seats and tables were all different designs and sizes so it felt unique and interesting. 

We were seated at a table by a window so we spent a lot of time people watching in between laughing, drinking and eating.

I wore a new skirt I had bought from Miss Shop in Myer. I also wore some mini heeled short cowboy boots I bought from Topshop a few years ago. I felt extremely happy about my outfit choice until the walk home when I realised my boots had rubbed my feet! 

Here are a few photos from the night 

   
                     

Sewing

For the past 10 weeks I have been attending a sewing course at RMIT university. It’s an evening short course that I found online. 

Being in Australia and having less close friends around, I felt it necessary to have a hobby that I can really throw myself into and enjoy. 

I used to sew when I was younger and I loved it. I was a little worried about not remembering how to do everything but I quickly got into the swing of things.

So far I have made a pair of pj bottoms and two skirts. I’m also in the process of making a matching pj top! 

Here are some photos from the classes of my creations. 

   
                               

I love Pinterest

One of my beautiful close friends is getting married next year.

Lauren proposed to her boyfriend on a beach whilst they were away for a weekend with their 3 year old daughter. They’ve been together for 8 years and they are such a gorgeous couple.

Since finding out about their upcoming life event, myself and Lauren have taken to pinterest.

Since there’s over 10,000 miles between us, we’ve been texting each other a lot about what she’s been thinking about for venue, dress, food, flowers etc.

I created a board for wedding ideas so anything I find I can keep in one place and then show Lauren when I next talk to her.

I then realised that I was becoming obsessed with pinning things.

I now have boards for: Cute Dresses, My dream house, Hair styles, Cute Projects to try, Disney and Wedding.

It’s just so cute!!

If anyone would like to follow me on pinterest, my name is @jojodoc1991

Enjoy!! 

  

The 5 people you meet in Heaven

My friend let me borrow one of her favourite books this week. As you may have guessed, it was called The 5 people you meet in Heaven written by Mitch Albom.

I would definitely recommend this book. It’s an easy read, not too long but the story is just really ‘nice’. I hate using the word nice but it’s either ‘nice’ or ‘lovely’.

The story is short and sweet and you can pick out a few life lessons and stories from the story itself. It makes you think about the impact we all have on ourselves and other people and the impact others have on ourselves.

You start to see things clearer and think about what you do and how it can effect others.

Very interesting point of view.

  

Hanging rock

Happy Easter!! 

Today me and Dave decided to visit Hanging Rock. It’s close to Mount Macedon in Melbourne, Victoria. 

What is hanging rock I hear you ask! According to the website (www.visitmacedonranges.com) it is:

“Said to be the best example of a volcanic plug or mamelon in the world. It consists mainly of soda trachyte rock (solvsbergite), found only outside this district in Norway and Sweden. Since its formation, the mamelon has been exposed to considerable weathering and erosion, resulting in a conglomeration of unusual rock formations that can now be seen on the site.” 

It took us around 1 hour to get from our house to the reserve and it was fun looking at the beautiful scenery and huge houses. 

It costs $10 to park your car in the car park for the day in the reserve which may seem like a lot but theres actually nowhere else to park so you’ve got to accept it or leave it! 

The reserve is huge! There’s a small cafe and gift shop and an information centre about the rock itself. 

You can pick from three trails to walk, the best is definitely the summit trail. 

Here’s some photos from the day!