Catch Up

Wow, what a semester! It has gone so fast. I can’t believe I am already at the end of my nursing degree.
Last Friday I submitted my last assignment. What a relief that was!
So from now on, until the 14th I am studying for my LAST exam!
Also, on the 14th, I find out if I have a job next year! Such a nervous wait. I am inpatient with things like this.

So, since I have been absent lately, I thought I would provide you with a quick summary of what I have been up to…

  • Moved back in with my mum
  • Got a new job at a restaurant I used to work at
  • M and I broke up
  • Hiking up Mt Napier with my sister
  • Working on the farm
  • Studying
  • Taking some time for my self

After exams, I have a 5 week placement. I will endeavour to keep you all updated on what happens from here on out.

XO Kate

Moving Day: The Hard Way To Learn How Much Crap You Have

Yep, I am moving again. My housemate is deferring uni and is moving out, so I am moving too. I cannot afford to stay in Port Fairy alone. I am becoming a resident of Hamilton (again…). See, my family lives in Hamilton, and I am moving into the wool shed. Don’t worry, half of it was converted into a 2 bedroom unit a few years back. I jokingly said when it was being transformed that I wanted to live in there… Well, now I am!

Tomorrow is moving day. All my worldly possessions are being loaded up into Mum’s horse float, and the old Volvo is being loaded up with the rest of my small stuff, and off we go.

I still have uni, so I will be travelling to Warrnambool from Hamilton, which is just over an hour. But classes are becoming less so it won’t be 4 days a week of driving (thank god).

When I am moved in and set up, I plan on taking a few photos to share with you all on my new pad!

I better get back to packing!

XO Kate

Robin Williams

It saddens me that one of my childhood favorites has passed away. I remember watching his movies as a child, and through into my adulthood and thinking, “How did he get so funny?”. I think I was one of the few people who actually watched The Crazy Ones, just to watch him.

Jumanji was without a doubt my favorite movie as a kid. My brother and I would watch it on VHS. I remember sitting and waiting for what felt like an eternity for the tape to rewind (and then we got hi-speed rewind!!) so we could watch it again. While I didn’t understand all his jokes growing up, I always laughed. Robin had a quality about his that made him funny and accessible to people of all ages.

He openly commented about his depression, and his struggle with drugs and alcohol. This tragedy goes to show that even the happiest people aren’t always happy on the inside. I know I can relate to this notion.

It saddens me that in the moments surrounding his death, he was alone. And perhaps he felt that he had no one to lean on… It’s one of those ideas: you can be surrounded by people and still be alone.

We are all fighting our own inner demons. and it is important to acknowledge that, and support each other.

The tragedy behind this photo, is that it was taken last year when he was 62 years old. Robin was asked:

Most looking forward to: “Grandchildren. I can’t wait to see how my son does as a father. Revenge will be mine!”

For anyone that is struggling with the death of Robin, or the death of a loved one, or struggling within them selves; please contact someone you can trust. There is always someone out there who cares, and who can help.

Life line: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636

Headspace: 1800 650 890

MensLine: 1300 78 99 78

SANE: 1800 18 7263

Support After Suicide: for those who are bereaved by suicide

Please seek support if you are struggling.

Photo by Mark Mann
Source :Esquire

Here’s Another Way Running Helps to Slow Aging | Runner’s World & Running Times

Get running people!

Running in Western Maryland

ss-120912-jeff-levine-GERI-RACE.standard[1]So how many times have you heard that running is too rough on the knees? A Danish study would suggest running is actually beneficial to the knees, other joints, and connective tissues long term. Here’s Another Way Running Helps to Slow Aging | Runner’s World & Running Times.

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Running Shoe Lacing Techniques

My right foot is starting to develop a bunion, and it is rubbing against my runners. Hopefully these lacing techniques help!

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When most runners purchase their running shoes from a specialty running store (You are not still shopping at those big box sporting goods stores, are you?) they are already cross-laced and ready to go. Or are they? Did you know there are different ways that you can lace your shoes to make them more comfortable or to help customize your shoes for your feet? Here are some of the more common shoe lacing patterns that help combat some common shoe issues. I tried to find the brightest shoe laces on the brightest pair of shoes I own so that you could see easier.

First, let’s cover the LOOP LACING LOCK. This technique can be used in a number of different lacing patterns to insure a tight and snug fit anywhere along the eye row of your shoe, depending on where your laces seem to be slipping.

In this example…

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Holidays are here!

I apologise for my long hiatus. As some of you know I am in my last year of nursing, and I was so inundated with homework and study for exams, I lost track of what day it was!

Now I am on holidays so I thought I would update you all on what I am up to and what I have been doing.

  1. Chasing Balloons
    I am currently training to run 10k! I know, crazy right? Well it is for a good cause. Chasing Balloons is a 100 day challenge to complete along side others. It was created in honour of a girl I went to university with, who was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia. the goal is to raise much needed funds for the Leukaemia Foundation, and the oncology wards for both the Royal Melbourne and Geelong hospitals. She received a bone marrow transplant from her sister, and the first 100 days are the most crucial, hence the 100 day challenge. I decided to go big and completely out of my comfort zone, to make the most of this challenge. I have been using a running app, 10km runner, to coach me through it. I am currently up to week 4 and I am finding now that it is starting to get hard! My mental strength is going to get a workout too! I am posting my progress to my instagram account!

    If you wish to donate, follow the link!

  2. Grad year applications
    In order to have a job next year, we have to start applying for them now. This is taking such a long time, and so much effort. I am applying all over Australia, so I need at least 20 copies of everything, as well as everything personalsed for each hospital….. BRAIN DRAIN!
  3. DIY
    I am a fan of DIY, isn’t everyone? I am seriously loving white at the moment. White furniture in particular. I have 3 wooden varnished bar stools that I am sanding back to paint white. It is taking a while because the varnish is a bit stubborn. But it is therapeutic! I am planning to make cushions to fix on top of them. Pinterest is a great place to seek inspiration!