Wednesday, 28 April 2010



Working the graveyard shift!

Why does it just feel so abnormal to work at night? While the rest of the city sleeps you're wide awake!
It's actually not that bad especially when you do it for a living. Come the next morning you're only too glad to see the day staff and to be going home to your lovely bed. The best thing about it now, is that it's spring going into summer and so it's not even dark by the time you head off to work. It's always good to see the positives in what you do.
It's also so good to be appreciated in what you do, that just makes the shift a whole lot better.
I guess the thought of it just seems so unnatural, but when you begin your shift you know your DAY has begun. You're psychologically and emotionally prepared for what comes your way. After all it is a job and if you don't put your heart in it, you wont get the best out if it. Of course there's always the ups and downs in any job, but challenges can make it better and take the monotony out of the daily routine, aside from the unwanted politics that always seem to come with the territory too.
For me, I know it's not what I'm going to do forever. For that moment and shift I know I have people depending on me and I have to make it work for everyone. Anyway it's only 12 hours, and it does go quicly sometimes.
So I start tonight and it's time to get some rest. Hope you enjoy your normal day in the land of the living.

Monday, 19 April 2010


It's so easy to get lost in the bigger scheme of things in life sometimes, that you can lose sight of the precious little moments at hand.
At some stage in our life we reach a point where we need more than what we have in life, and we're just not satisfied with what we do have even if we don't really need it. There's just no pleasing human nature, aside from the fact that this is all actually quite human according to Erikson's stages of psychosocial development.
It's reaching that certain number of years in the same job that makes you question whether it's time to move on or whether you need a career change. It's true that you have just the one life and you are the driver of your destiny, but are you willing to take the plunge? What's stopping you?

Everytime I seem to come to a crossroad or challenge in my life, be it regarding my job or personal life, I find such comfort ALWAYS in Psalm 91. It's something I remembered my Dad mentioned to me when I was in high school.
What's great and so powerful is the thought that prayer can give you direction and your faith can keep you grounded and balanced on this road to destiny.

1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust. 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler , and from the noisome pestilence. 4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side , and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come night thy dwelling. 11 For He shall give His angels over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because He hath set His love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and  I will answer him : I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Life is definitely for the living. Every obstacle and challenge just means there's another way towards your goal.

I've posted the late Professor Randy Pausch's last lecture, it will really inspire you and motivate you whatever stage you are in your life. 
The video is just over an over, but the first minute or two of it will have you gripped!!
Please see the 20th April post.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

A Bit Under the weather

So you'd think after three weeks of holiday in the south and beautiful sunshine I would be feeling on top of the world and truly recharged with Vitamin D? On the contrary!
I've just returned to London from South Africa after an amazing sunny vacation, and a memorable and special best friend's wedding, and now, I just really feel like going back. It seems odd to say that though as we seem to be having some amazing sunny and blue sky weather here in London too.
It didn't help that on my flight over almost every other person sat there with a hacking cough, and sure enough it reached my precious immune system! So all the emotions are running high now that I've once again said goodbye to our beautiful sunny South African skies, and a place that I will always call home! I guess it doesn't help how I feel, along with the self pity and the inflamed frontal sinus passages. But you just have to remind yourself to snap out of it and GET WITH IT!! And maybe some steam inhalation too would speed things up.

It's amazing what a little cold can do to you and how it changes the course of what could have been an amazing weekend in the sunshine. So now I'm on the mend thankfully, and cant wait to start my road running again(it does not help that I've indulged in all the goodies that I've brought back and feel like a whale).

So give or take a few days and I know I'll be back in shape, more so emotionally.
Whatever the day holds for you, make it YOUR DAY, even if you are a bit under the weather.


  • Elizabeth Gilbert: eat pray love
  • Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist
  • Danielle Steel: The Kiss
  • Barack Obama : Dreams from my Father