Randomly from the Sky

This is a bit late now but it’s time to catch up, so let’s catch up. 

In my last, long time ago post of November 2020, I briefly mentioned some of the craziness that had been going on in my life during lockdown

Fast forward to today and here I am living in Ireland!!! I don’t even know where to begin, why did we do this and why Ireland? So many people ask me this. 

So….no, this move was not for the same reason as of most young families – they move because of their small children (schools and education etcetera etcetera) our children are grown up and young independent adults and they are still back home. It was obviously not about small children but it was to be close to our children. You see, they had been saying for some time that they wanted to travel more and wanted to experience living and working in Europe, they still say that and will do it when the time is right for them. 

We knew that, one day, the day would come and we would want to move to be as close to them as possible. We shocked ourselves and the boys for sure, when they realised shucks these two old farts are doing this move before us. They are leaving us before we leave them, it’s not the other way around!! 

We had been thinking of selling our house and downsizing for some time, started talking about having a smaller place. Or buying somewhere where we could retire….on our holidays the visits to small dorps were always the most appealing to me. That’s where I wanted to settle one day, where ever peace & quiet lived, and preferably near the ocean. 

Many conversations later and I don’t even know how we got to this stage the idea of leaving South Africa appeared. And so we decided to come to Europe to be close to family, 90% of them living this side of the world and the other 10% in South Africa and Australia. 

So why Ireland? 

Well why not?

It is in Europe (hahaha) it’s English speaking and it has sheep. It has mountains, cliffs, beaches, castles, great accents and some confusing not so great ones. Potatoes, and lots of sheep. Damn, everywhere you look there is a green field with sheep on it. Literally. And of course the fantastic weather (she says with some sarcasm).

We visited Ireland in March 2020, got back home and painted our house. We put it up on the market and it sold so quickly. We sold furniture and we started packing, bubble and cling wrap everywhere and 103 boxes later our belongings were packed and shipped. There was no turning back. We were emigrating. I get hives just saying this. 

Husband left for Ireland in September and suddenly I was left alone in an empty house. My younger boy, our dog and the echo of an empty house, our last few nights alone. 

It was the most insanely stressful time of my life and I don’t know how I survived this period in my life. But survive I did!!

Anyhoo we made it here and now that we are here the kids can say they have a place to stay in Europe, as soon as bloody covid lets us travel.

I remember once reading that moving house or building/construction of your house was up there as one of the most stressful life events. I did a quick google search and actually can’t find anything that says that, it seems the list of most stressful life events has changed a lot in the last few years. Which makes sense. 

But in my search I found this image, which I think is very funny unless it’s not funny!  

 

Three life lessons from my last work year

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You can never be too prepared
I’m a to-do list person, but I never stick to them. I also don’t know, the day after, what do I do today with the tasks I didn’t complete yesterday? Do I re-write and start a new to-do list?
But I watched some of my colleagues and they taught me how important it was to be prepared for every part of my job. From meetings, to reports, invoices, to creating purchase orders, replying to urgent emails and everything in between. I learnt that being over-prepared could really help me stand out and be present. It’s a sense of accomplishment to finish and cross tasks off that list. Reaching small goals.

Follow your heart
And when I typed this little sentence out I said it really slowly (in my mind), slow motion, like…

f o l l o w   y o u r   h e a r t.

I embarked on a journey that has taken me out of my comfort zone into an unfamiliar space. A friend called me brave and daring when I told her, more than a year ago, what I was about to start. In November 2018, I started with a fresh look and all the wonderful possibilities it could hold. I started a new second job! Was it worth it? For me it was! Although I am not sure how the rest of my team felt about sharing me…. I learnt so much and have added something very valuable to my personal life and my career life. I’m grateful and happy!

Manage up
When you report to so many people, they manage you. Having a healthy positive relationship with all your bosses makes work life so much easier.
I’m not there for the canteen food and the beautiful glass building. Job satisfaction for me comes from enjoying my job, I love what I do. I love the people I work with and having a good boss and good relationship with her (them) matters a lot! It took a whole year to learn to work independently and far from most of them only seeing them once a week and still managing to stay present.

Gain power through positivity, getting through a tough day or year and dealing with a demanding job or project is all about maintaining a positive and optimistic mindset. That’s how we should look at 2020….Only time will tell, I’m going into it with the same positive attitude and I will leave it in God’s hands.

Something else I learned last year I talk to Him constantly and ask for His guidance before every hard task that I have to face ♥

A world of possibilities

Isn’t it funny, someone pointed out to me last week that I have answered the hero’s call.  For me it was just time to let go of the path I had planned for myself, a world of safety and where I was comfortable and to follow a new path that is waiting for me.

One day I just knew what I had to do, the voices in my head tried to scare me away but I didn’t listen.

Today I started with a fresh look to the future and all the wonderful possibilities it holds.

Today I started a new second job!

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That’s right I have two jobs!  One of them is in an art gallery!  ♥

Newbie getting serious

I’m a watercolour new newbie. It’s scary its very different

I’m used to oils and absolutely love painting with them, they easy to mix, and just have a soft feeling to the brush and canvas. With oil you can paint one cloudy colour over another until you have your desired result. White is created with white.

With watercolour you don’t really build up, its one layer and you have to leave it, maybe once its dry you can add another very light layer and then you have to quickly leave it to dry. The white paper creates the white.

It’s confusing and for me quite scary. So I have been playing around a bit the paper is not watercolour quality it’s a sketch pad, and the paints are very cheap (primary school quality) it’s paint for children to mess with.

The playing was fun, it was a good experience, and I did some more serious ones…

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What about trees…

…Oh I love trees, anyone that knows me knows that I absolutely love trees.

And I played a bit with the watercolours and trees, just watching the water flow in any direction.

I didn’t want a lot of detail or individual leaves, just a suggestion of branches and leaves was what I was aiming at.  So I didn’t paint every leaf, and didn’t stay close to my reference picture.  I never do stay close to my reference picture.  Wetting the paper first, then carefully dropping colour here and there.

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The dancing palm trees were my favourite

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Consider a tree for a moment. As beautiful as trees are to look at, we don’t see what goes on underground – as they grow roots. Trees must develop deep roots in order to grow strong and produce their beauty. But we don’t see the roots. We just see and enjoy the beauty. In much the same way, what goes on inside of us is like the roots of a tree.   Joyce Meyer