It’s been a few years since I last posted (try three) and a lot has changed. I’ve changed universities, degrees, where I live and probably so many more other things.
Lets start with study; I moved from the seaside 3hours back to Melbourne, Australia and changed universities in 2014 while also selecting a rehabilitation counselling health science major by default thanks to a “full quota” for anatomy and physiology (problem #1).
2014 also saw the passing of both my boyfriends grandmother whom I had grown so close too and my own dearest grandmother, who passed away 8months following major heart surgery (her strength throughout that time was astounding, so incredible). She and my grandfather both live(d) on the farm with my parents so growing up my brother and I always called in on the way to and from school. She really was the worlds best cook.. for months following her passing I craved her freshly cooked scones, biscuits and egg and bacon pie (her food was heaven) and of course I missed her company. So I am down to one grandparent and I’m trying to cherish every moment I can with him.
2015, saw a change in degrees as I really was not enjoying rehabilitation counselling, it wasn’t what I thought it would be and wasn’t going to get me where I wanted to go. So after much discussion with year coordinators, I transferred into Exercise Science and am loving it! I am now a third year student, almost ready to graduate my undergrad degree at the end of next year (thanks to a slight hiccup in my study plan) and do my masters. The year also saw me go a little bit insane and decide to take on two lots of certificates- certificate 3+4 in fitness, and certificate 3+4 in Allied Health Assistance. Both certificate 3’s a done and as of today, I have just finished my clinical placement for certificate 4 in AHA. It was an incredible placement, helping others who need it and it really reminded me why I am chasing a masters in physiotherapy. It has given me a much needed boost in motivation and determination to really push this year in my studies to ensure I get a place in the Masters program.
As for this new year, we’re only a few months in (ALREADY?!). I moved off university residence in November 2015 with a friend who studies the same thing. We have a little apartment not far from uni. One of the biggest changes I’ve seen is my stress and anxiety levels. They have sky rocketed. I think mainly due to my living arrangements/conditions which I wasn’t expecting at all. Anyone who knows me knows I am a neat freak, probably on the boarder of OCD and my housemate, while is tidy and clean, just isn’t as tidy and clean as me. I’m trying to adjust to her standards, but some weeks just seem worse than others. So to help manage all my stress and anxiety, I go to the gym almost daily (early bird gets the worm) and got to yoga as often as I can. If you guys have any other ideas to help with stress and anxiety management please leave a comment as I would love to hear and try almost anything!!
On the personal front, I am still with my boyfriend.. We’re going on 4years now (insert wedding bells). He is still super supportive as always and still makes me laugh and smile, its always a fun time. Mum and Dad still support me, although I now qualify for Centrelink due to my age so hopefully I can start on that soon to make things easier on them. Mum is my best friend, we literally text everyday just to check in with each other. She offers so much support especially when my stress and anxiety are peaking (I dare say she sometimes knows how to handle it better than me). I don’t talk to Dad all that often.. He makes me home sick. They still fly me home once a month which I am always ever so grateful for. My brother is still very much the same (I swear we should have been twins!). My sister is now married (has been for three years), lives in the UK and is due to come home soon. As for my cat, Millie.. Mum is her favourite.