Hello and Happy new year everyone!
I hope everyone had a safe new year. I spent mine with no power or reception on the NSW South Coast while there was bush fires 6-10km away from me. While I was definitely one of the better off people stuck on the south coast, it was still incredibly devastating to see the effects of the bush fires on this small coastal town. Businesses shut over the new year period due to no power (Unable to make money in a PEAK tourist time) and tourists being told to leave immediately.
In Australia and I’m sure many other parts of the world, power outages are fairly common. If we have a bad storm at my house we will lose power for 5-10 hours, so losing that wasn’t a great issue. Losing reception however was hard because we had no way to get information on the bush fires and how close they were to us. We found ourselves setting alarms every hour on the hour to listen to news updates on the car radio.
ANYWAY this isn’t a story about how you should feel bad for me, it has been hard living in Australia and not really knowing when the fires were going to stop and not having a proper summer has been upsetting but I am one of the lucky ones. My new years resolution is to learn how to drive manual and to improve my fitness, so I downloaded the Tammy Fit App. I’ll let you know how it goes!
I’ve been pretty absent on my blog and I promise it’s not through lack of trying! I have sooo many drafts of blogs I tried to post, I’ve just been feeling a bit blegh in myself and have actively been staying off socials to avoid any negativity. I think the fires have to do with this and I think everyone here has been feeling a little blegh. But we are on the mend, Fire fighters honestly are incredible workers.
I went to Europe in November to experience their winter (incredible) so keep an eye out for that post! This was a short post just to say I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New year.
Image: Smoke barreling towards the ocean. Taken by Me
I hope everyone has been well. I haven’t posted in ages and the only real excuse I have is that life just gets busy. During winter I was spending a lot of my weekends skiing and when I wasn’t skiing I was helping around the house to help my parents out. I’ve also been working on my own self care as I resigned from my second job two weeks ago and have decided to spend my now abundance of spare time doing things that make me genuinely happy. Things like watching netflix shows, playing with my dogs, going to the gym and reading, just to name a few.
One of the main reasons I’ve decided that I need to practice self care more is that I was recently diagnosed with Scoliosis Kyphosis. For those who don’t want to read the link, its a spinal curve both as a sideways ‘S’ shape and a forward spinal curve. A couple of my vertebrae essentially didn’t form properly, leading to these curves. It’s something that while it has definitely taken a toll on my self confidence, its not that major. The one relief I got out of the whole process was that there was a reason behind my chronic back pain.
Scoliosis is something that is generally spotted at an early age (pre-teen) but was missed with me. I had a specialist tell me that it was missed purely because I have managed to grow a centred torso, whereas a lot of patients will be slightly off to one side. In the words of the surprisingly blunt specialist “You’re quite centred, so I can understand why this has only been spotted at 22, others are quite unaesthetic”.
Those who are diagnosed at a young age can generally stop it from getting any worse, if you’re an adult though its a bit trickier and I was pretty much told that ‘it cant be fully straightened, but it can be prevented from getting any worse’ (yay me!).
I am in no means trying to organise a pity party for myself. I personally believe that admitting your challenges and discussing them with others is a pillar of self care. This is the card I have been dealt and that’s okay. I did a face mask and watched a rom-com, now I’m ready to face this challenge and move on. How are you practicing self care and what does it mean to you?
I’m off to the THIS THAT festival this weekend, hopefully have some nice pics to share then, for the time being enjoy this photo of me before going to Yours & Owls the beginning of October xx