Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A little of this and a little of that..... and a huge change of direction.


Am so sorry I have been missing in action but now I am going to be back for regular blogging again....

In New Zealand we just had elections, the National Government got in again 3rd time running, we in New Zealand run under an MMP system, and this time it was the first time ever since MMP that a party could govern alone without a coalition, having said that National is talking to other parties to make them stronger. I am not a National supporter so I was not impressed but hey not a lot I can do about it :). We in New Zealand also start daylight savings this week, it means our nights will be longer and our mornings a little darker, perfect we now have daylight savings for nearly 6 months a year, a bit extreme I sometimes think, but I do like it I must say :).

Speaking of this weekend, the twins turn 19 years old on Sunday - man oh man where did those days go, on Friday night we are having just a casual dinner with them and their partners, David and I, they will have a cake and open presents, then that gives them Saturday and Sunday to spend it with friends. After all the years with all the issues, I am really proud of how things have gone for them both. They both have jobs, both have driving license and own their own car, they are both in steady relationships and both have been with their partners over a year now. For those that don't know Steph has epilepsy, which we think she has grown out of which is fantastic, can not remember the last time she had a seizure, and Chris well where do I begin, he got 'Perthes Disease' at age 4, then he was diagnosed with 'Tourette Syndrome', 'OCD', ADHD, Aspergers and a few other things oh and he 'Keratoconus' in his eyes. We struggled many years with Chris, had fantastic support from the 'mental health team' for many years, joint public school and homeschooled him. Now he is 19, he is coping with things so much better, he is learning how to deal with the OCD, and his Tourette's are only minimal when they appear for a bit. 

I have now started drinking water again, yip shock horror, I have only diet coke for my meds, I can not swallow them otherwise... so down to like 1 1/2 glasses diet coke and the rest water, did take me a few days to get rid of the headaches though from the withdrawal from diet coke. I am also back walking everyday, well at least 5/7 days a week, just going how far I feel like on the night, once the weather warms a little at night I will start going further, David comes with me so we go after he gets home from work. 

Now onto some exciting news, well I think it is exciting anyway - I am changing my direction of study, yes I will graduate next year from Massey, to close at the end to not finish, but I am also going to be doing a nail technician course, I will be doing a short one in November hopefully, then doing a part time one 2 days a week at Tauranga next year. Being only two days a week, I am sure I can cope with the travelling, or there is a bus otherwise. I am also going to be doing a makeup course, where I will be able to work in retail if I like or I can work from home, the makeup I am learning is for photography/weddings and retail. The nail tech course in Tauranga will teach me everything. The reason I am changing direction, is that in all reality I do not think I will be able to ever go back to work full-time, and this way I can work in the mornings till about 2pm when I am at my fittest and also I would not be standing all day, and can pace the clients to my ability. I am really excited because not only will it be fun, but it will also be good for me to socialise with other people. I really want to focus on the nail side of things more, than the makeup, but that might change once I have finished both courses. Alongside that I have joined the 'Leah Light Academy', 'Leah' is one of, if not the top nail tech in New Zealand, you can join the academy for $39.00 a month, or $400 for 12 months, if you join now as a foundation member, the prices will be going up soon. She has tutorials etc that we can learn from, and also we can get discount from some of the companies etc... I am really enjoying the tutorials, though they are aimed at more the professional, I am still finding it really interesting. 

So I am now going to need a name, I want it to start with something like Jaxx's Nails because once I complete the makeup course which will take longer, I can then add the makeup to the business card - so it could be Jaxx's Nails and Beauty or something like that... so any original ideas please, I am no good at thinking of names for things like this ;). When Chris moves out at the end of the year, (Courtney his girlfriend is moving too, to Auckland) I will set his room up as the nail tech room, I will need to re-wallaper get equipment/desks etc - which I am currently on the lookout for, so when the time comes, I should be able to start not to long after, cause once I do the first course in November, it will give me enough to get started, admittedly it will only be friends and my daughters friends that I would begin with to practice on... and then Steph's room will become the spare bedroom. And even though we are going to Aussie in June, they said they can easily work around that, we are going for 3 weeks, have booked flights there, accommodation, and just waiting on flights back to come in sale. So 2015 is starting to look like it might be a great year for me :)

Ohhhh and other exciting news, I have pre-ordered the iPhone 6, am hoping it will arrive on Friday as I am in the first lot to be couriered out, but having said that if the couriers are busy, it may not arrive on Friday :(. I update my iPhone every 2 years, David is going to have my iPhone 5, it is still in mint condition, but I can't wait for the 6...... so on Friday I will not leave the house at all, or at least until someone else is home - I do have to go and pick up the cake at sometime, but will make sure Chris is home as he is only working a few hours on Fridays. They get released here in New Zealand on Friday morning 12am - apparently many shops are opening up at midnight Thursday night, to be the first to sell. 

We have had pretty wet and nasty weather the last couple of weeks, with the odd fine day, the other day we went to Gwens (Davids mum) grave, and the flowers on top were still alive 3 weeks on, was really cool to see them still alive :)

So there you have it, life is starting to look up again, and I can't wait to get things going :)

Below is a vlog of the Gypsy Fair and Lakeside Markets or known as the Soundshell Markets, that we went to last weekend.



8 comments:

  1. What an exciting time for you. I love the nail Tech & Beauty idea. Coming up with a way to work and to fit around CRPS is fantastic. Also, you love to get your nails done and take pride in your appearance, now you have no excuse not to because you will be a walking advertisement for your own business - can't be seen with raggedy chipped nails :-).

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    1. LOL so true about not being seen with raggedy nails, having saying that, I have seen some nails of techs and they are not a walking advertisement thats for sure lol

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  2. Hi Jackie, lovely to hear from you again. Happy birthday to your twins! It's great they are both doing so well but I bet you must have had some trying years with them with their health issues. It's great the epilepsy has settled down and that your son is managing with his conditions. I used to drink a lot of diet coke and I kept reading about how toxic it is so I decided to give it up. I haven't had a diet coke now for about seven years. It's great that you're cutting back. I also need something other than water to take my medication/supplements and I have Ribena with sparkling mineral water - it takes away the taste! That's very exciting about your nail and make-up courses. Sounds like you're very passionate about it so I'm sure you'll build a great business in no time. Great to hear you sounding so upbeat xx

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    1. Thanks Charlie, I am feeling like I am in a pretty good place at the moment, and if it is meant to be it will all fall into place :)

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  3. How perfect to learn nails and makeup!! That sounds like a great idea for you. Instead of Jaxx's Nails (which is hard to say) what about Nails by Jaxx? Or Nails and Beauty by Jaxx? Or just "Jaxx Nails and Beauty"... keep it simple :)

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    1. It doesn't even have to be Jaxx at this stage, David said I should do the nails with a Z like Nailz which I quite like :)

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  4. wow, how exciting….sounds perfect for you.

    Happy Birthday to your twins, my daughters twin step children had there birthday the other too.

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    1. Must admit I am a little excited, have a great weekend :)

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