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BLEH……

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Over the course of the last 3 weeks , I have been feeling rather down. At times I feel so fustrated , annoyed and demotivated.A handful of friends have noticed this change in me and have stood by me.

I havent blogged as I havent felt motivated enough to do so. I am sorry ! Over the last few months since my involvement in The Magnifying Glass http://themagnifyingglass.co.za , my life has been such a rollercoaster of excitement.So many opportunities have come my way and I have met some pretty amazing people.And then this brings me back to my day job, the one that pays the bills.For the last few weeks there has been so much uncertainity at work in terms of strikes.A job I once loved seems like such a chore these days.I literally drag myself to work each day and wish the hours away.

I am sure this is not how its meant to be.So last week at my lowest I sent my POUT sisters an email telling them how I felt instantly I had 5 replies of love , understanding and advice. You ladies rock !

This morning my inspirational friend Sue Levy called and whispered words to the wind of where my career is heading.Sue , I love you my friend for always knowing the right thing to tell me.

As I got off the phone with Sue, I had an email from a popular 5FM DJ about her new programme , it was a Press release and boy did I feel honoured.

“Dear Universe , I am putting out there what I want , my nearest and dearest know what my heart desires and have been whispering it in the wind.I am waiting for the wind of change and for new direction.”

So heres hoping there is light at the end of the tunnel and the Universe hears my plea.

Have an amazing week:)

Ciao
xxx

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First steps into adulthood

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Its very surprising to me that, I am now in the field of education for 13years. We sometimes need to reflect on our past journey to see how far we have really come.

My first job was at a boarding school in the Ixopo area.I had never lived away from home so a newbie out of university and a city girl this was a big change. I recall looking for cellphone reception as we drove to Ixopo, we have never been to this place so it was a defo a family roadtrip. As we got more and more inland on windy roads, I began getting a little nervous.

Eventually we arrived at the school, which immediately reminded me of an old English boarding schools much like the ones I read about. The setting and surroundings were breathtaking the rolling green fields described in Alan Paton’s book Cry the beloved country. Later I learnt that Alan Paton was actually the Headmaster of the school at some point how amazing.

It was a very small high school with only 500 boys and girls and only 25 staff. All staff lived on the premises ane were mostly husbands and wives. The girls hostel in which my flat was in was run by 2 very English matrons very typical to the books we all have read growing up. The garden even had English roses and hedges.

The school was steeped in tradition and sport. All staff were required to coach teams and be actively involved in extra curricular activities. As its such a small town there was not much to do so guess been involved in school life was not too bad. The town had 1 main street with roughly about 8 shops. Cabin fever especially for a city girl.I did things I never did before like coach a swimming team, start a supper theatre and host the first ever cultural day at the school.

Within that year, I applied for a job in the UK and was successful. Th headmaster was not happy about losing a young staff member. So in the same year that I started I left to start the new adventure in my life in London.

I did enjoy my first year of teaching, made some amazing friends, got to coach sports and got to know some fab kids who are all now grown up but still keep in touch. Its amazing how far and wide my journey has taken me. The road ahead now seems more amazing and I look forward to new adventures that my career path leads me too.

Ciao
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my go to guy……

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We all have a go to guy/girl who knows everything. In my case my go to guy is my ever faithful GOOGLE. I often think how lost i would be without this amazing go to guy. There is rarely a day that doesnt go by without me consulting my go to guy.In our BC(before computer) days one had to use Encyclopedias and spend ages in public libraries finding information which was already outdated. Nowdays at the quick type in of a word or a sentence once can instantly access a million options of information on the specified word this also includes images and maps. I recall a rather funny incident abut 4 years ago in London when i was apart of a recruitment panel for a new person in our department . We went the usual routes of job ads in the newspapers, internet ad and recruitment agencies. After viewing several candidates both on paper and in person none were suitable. Then by pure chance a CV landed on my table from an agency with only client name no personal details Voila at last someone who looked suitable on paper, a quick call resulted in agency saying the person hadnt met with them yet and they couldnt forward details to us . Thats when clever me decided to Google the guy found his current employer then consulted the team and made a call to him.The guy was rather surprised how i found him but never the less an appointment was set up . Within the next few days I became a detective called around found out information about our candidate and was prepared for when he met us. It seems these days more companies are trolling the internet for information on potential staff.I personally have used Google for so many different searches and yes have even Googled guys I have met. SO i would be truly lost without my ever faithful guy GOOGLE and like a friend said yesterday Google has now become a verb . Ciao for now my fellow digital lovers ……ps I wonder how many people after reading this will go Google me or someone else 😉