Monday, 23 November 2015

Honor & Cohen

I know I am biased but I have THE cutest niece and nephew possible.

I very rarely do updates about them as I want to keep their exposure to the online world minimal. However, I couldn't not share these pictures of them. I think the last time I talked about Honor she was 3 months.

Well now she is 15 months, walking and being a little diva. Yes she is still a little princess toddling around showing the world who is boss. But I love her feistiness and growing independence. She will be a girl who will always fight her corner and I know I will adore that about her.

Cohen is my little sweetie. He is 3 now and just into everything! I love that I can take him out, have conversations with him and seeing his imagination when playing captivates me. He is the best big brother and the most kindest of little boys. He's the opposite to Honor but I like that contrast.

In September they had these pictures done and I am so glad they did. I love seeing them grow up. I love being their auntie. I just love them!

I love their faces in this picture. Cohen is the only person that can make Honor really belly laugh and it's so good that it's captured in this picture. I am lucky lady to have these people in my world.


Thursday, 12 November 2015

Airmail Christmas

This year I am unable to run the Airmail Christmas card exchange due to trying to complete my Masters degree. However, my lovely IRL and blog friend Laurie will be running it this year (thank you lovely lady!)

However, I still want to tell YOU ALL about it. Three years ago a patient of mine called 'Robin' wanted a Christmas wish to be fulfilled of sending a card to a complete stranger. It was her way of trying to spread Christmas cheer around the world before she passed away. Since then we have honoured Mama MB and Anna Basso. This year is no different as we remember Kylie Myers. Please head on over to Laurie's blog to take part and get to know Kylie and her story. 

So the more the merrier! Tell your friends, family and fellow social media families. Robin, Mama MB, Anna and Kylie loved Christmas so lets start wishing everyone 'A Very Airmail Christmas' this year!!!


Sunday, 8 November 2015

Good for the Soul

Whew! Life has been very busy lately and this blog is getting neglected. In saying that this weekend I took some much needed downtime. As I type this I am in a lake house with some of my closest girlfriends having a very lazy time.

We have rented this beautiful lake house in country and it is just beautiful. It's a shame the weather has been a bit rubbish but it's made feel quite cosy. I have also loved being able to just chat and relax with my friends too. We don't see each enough so to invest a couple of days with them has been really lovely. Last night we went to a fireworks display too.

I think lately I have been so wrapped in university and rushing around trying to make life happen that I have forgotten to stop, breathe and chill a little. This weekend has been much needed and I'll be sad to go home.

Enjoying the bonfire.

My lovely friends.

I really need to give myself permission to just take time out. I am so guilty to trying to juggle everything. Being with these girls has been good for my soul.


Sunday, 11 October 2015

Student Life

Things have been very quiet on the blogging front lately and it hasn't been intentional at all. But, since starting university all I do is eat, drink and sleep my health visiting course. So here's a little life update for you all.

  • I am really enjoying university. As much as it is consuming my life right now I knew that it would. It's intense! I have essays, presentations, posters, reading lists, and placements coming out of my ears. But I am loving the challenge. I feel like I wake up with a purpose for myself now so I am a lot happier.
  • My Mum booked a big family holiday to Spain next year. My Mum inherited some money after my Gran passed and she has used some of it to take my whole family on holiday. I haven't been on a family holiday in 11 years so it'll either be awesome or full of cat fights! What's great is that it'll be after all my paperwork is due in to get my health visiting registration. So here's hoping it'll be a celebratory trip too!
  • My house is still standing and we are finally getting the last major bit of work done to the house next month. A downstairs toilet! I remember when I moved in I had all these plans of getting things done to the house right away. Funny how that is never the case! However, it's been neat to see how the house has developed. I may have to do another video tour.
  • Since starting back at university I have fallen ill twice in 4 weeks! This is not fun people. I always used to boast about how I haven't had a cold in 7 years and I put it down to working in a hospital. So being around poorly people most days meant I built up some immunity right? WRONG! I have now realised it's because I worked in such a clean environment for years (i.e. washing hands loads, wiping down surfaces) that I never got sick. I now work in an area of nursing where I don't do that as much- so guess what? I fall sick.
  • Now I am a student I am on less money. Even though I am being sponsored to do my masters degree I am earning less. So I am having to be really money conscious. If I am honest I hate it! I liked living comfortably with my monthly wage packet but now that's not the case. I am hoping to realise where I can be more money savvy though.
  • I went on a hen do a few weeks back and it was so much fun! My uni friend Katie is getting married to Pete next month. One of the things the bridesmaids got the hens to do was this.

So cool right?
Lastly, one thing I am gutted about (and this is also a request) I won't be able to do Airmail Christmas this year. I normally run it from mid November to Christmas but during that period I have SO MUCH university stuff going on that I can't invest it's full potential. So if anyone would like to run it this year instead? Or have any other suggestions please tell me.


Thursday, 17 September 2015

And the next journey begins...

On the 1st August 2012 I started as a staff nurse on a surgical wing at a private hospital. I was able to develop myself into a senior staff nurse, specialise in high dependency and realise my love of teaching!

This job also increased my confidence in making management decisions and also highlighted how, as a nation, we are rubbish at looking after our own health. I very quickly developed a love affair with health promotion and teaching my patients to understand their bodies.

Yesterday, September 16th 2015, was my last day. Back in April I accepted a position to undertake my Masters degree specialising in public health and promotion. It feels like an age ago that I found out and now I am FOUR days away from beginning the training for my dream job.

This is more than just leaving a nursing job. I am also leaving the clinical nursing role completely. For 5 years since I qualified I have taken care of very poorly people from SO many walks of life. I have cared for palliative patients, advised on medications, changed the nastiest wounds, done cardiac arrests, taught student nurses, been vomited, weed and spat on. I have dealt with every bodily fluid you can imagine and still sometimes wonder what orifice it has come from. I have been able to assist in theatre and appreciate what happens beyond the scar. But most of all I have worked alongside some of the most wonderful people.

Yes I am leaving the clinical setting but it's the team I am going to miss so much. They're the people that have encouraged me, hugged, challenged me, told me where I am going wrong and where I was going right. Even the days I struggled to deal with management or busy moments. They were on hand to say 'if you need me to do anything just ask.' I'll never forget when I had my breakdown 2 years ago and I questioned how well I could perform as a nurse. Yet, they just said it was my mind that needed to take a rest not my capabilities.

How lucky am I? I am so underserving to have worked alongside some of these incredible people and now I must leave them.

It's safe to say I am really excited for the next part of my nursing journey. I never thought 5 years ago I would be going back to university and specialising! It's barmy! It's crazy to think that.

But there is NOWAY I would be where I am without the awesome nurses, assistants, doctors, consultants, students and the multidisciplinary teams that have humbled me along the way.

I will miss the very bones of you all. This MSc is for you guys...

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