Today started at 3am for me. At 3am Looey (the cat) moaned to go outside (we lock the cats in / out so they don't bring mice in) and not long after Prince Charming (the cat) loudly moaned as he wanted to come back in. Then not long after Miss Caitlyn Anne came wandering into our room and I had to get her back to her room. So of course by then I was wide awake and finally by 5am just got up. I had quite a few things on my mind anyway, but later in the day I found things certainly much more positive and I've had a really good chat with a special friend, which was really good. So in contrast to yesterday - today was great!
I can now reveal a bit more of the meeting I had yesterday. It is funny how things have a way of working out when you least expect it. I feel very blessed indeed!
When Bianca was diagnosed I had just received a job offer. One I thought would open doors for me. Except 2 days after getting the offer I had to email my new boss to tell him that I would not be able to work for them anymore. Suddenly I had to put aside all my plans, dreams, goals and it was hard. I didn't feel as if I would ever have opportunities again. After we moved back to Wellington I haven't been able to look for something because logistically it is hard with kids sometimes - getting them to and from school, sort their after school activities, hospital appointments and so on. So the time hasn't really been right and I figured that when my mum moves here later this year I'd get my chance (Ellie, my mum is actually going to move here from South Africa and live with us).
Then recently Terence got talking to somebody on the train that he regularly travels with who was telling him about this lady who might be looking for somebody to help with their business but on our side of Wellington. Long story short, I had a meeting with them yesterday - we both liked what each of us were sharing and today I was sent my very first work.
I'll be a part-time contractor which is great because I'll be able to fit all of this in around the kids and other things I need to get up to. Since 2007 the one thing that's given me meaning and purpose was to help make a difference. Do something to help others. And suddenly I find somebody who is looking exactly for that - somebody who wants to help and make a difference. How neat that all of what I got up to - shaving my hair, funrazor, helping at SPCA and so on is exactly the kind of thing they are looking for. It is effectively doing some admin, some training and some IT-related work, and it is supplying and working with people with disabilities be it that they are blind or have visual impairment or learning disabilities. So I am extremely excited that I'll be able to use my work background, but still be able to make a difference. If you want to read more (click here).
Swimming tonight and boy did Val work us hard tonight. I think my arms are going to be rather stiff and sore tomorrow. We're a nice group at the moment and unfortunately Paul wasn't able to be there tonight, but he did say he would be there again next week.
And that was pretty much my Friday in a nutshell. A great day today! How was your day?