Images that make me smile and remember

  A tree in Frankfurt, by the river, while it was snowing… Trip around Germany with my son, January 2015. ❤️ 
  
Flying above the clouds ❤️ flight to Melbourne, March 2016. 

 New Caladonia, Christmas Day 2015 a hike down to this cove, wow! 

  
I think I will always be amazed at Stonehenge… July 2015 

What images make you smile? 

 

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Run, walk or crawl…

Happy New Year 2014!

I have been a bit slack with this blog. There I said it. I’d like to say I plan to blog more often, but I don’t know that I will.

As you may or may not know, I started trying to get fitter just over a year ago (November 5, 2012 to be exact). I didn’t have any specific goals in mind… just to get fitter and healthier. When I started, I couldn’t run 300 metres. A few weeks ago I ran 2 km without stopping to walk! I’m also running (and some walking still) 5 km ParkRuns most Saturdays now! I’m getting more sleep, I’m drinking more water, I’m tracking my activity levels (time active, steps and distance) with a FitBit, I’m eating more fruits and veggies, eating less processed foods and taking measurements every so often. So with just over a year of these lifestyle changes you would expect to see something on the outside wouldn’t you? I would. But I don’t. Well, that’s not totally true either, I have lost a few cm here and there, and gained half a kg!

It’s very frustrating! So a few weeks ago I’ve turned it up another notch… I’m now aiming to get 60-90 minutes a day of activity. It’s not really soon enough to tell if that will make a difference.

I’m starting the New Year off with a 5km ParkRun. I’ll report back in a few months to let you know how it’s all going!

Fitness Goals for 2014:

  • be able to run an entire 5km run
  • lose 5-10 cm off my waist, belly and butt
  • continue drinking more water, get up to 1.5 litres a day average
  • to feel better in my clothes

I am determined! I will get there running, or if I have to walking, I’d rather not crawl though!

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Planning

Are you the kind of person that is spontaneous, or the kind of person that likes to plan things to the nth degree?  Are you somewhere in between?

I’ve noticed that my planning style has changed over the years, I used to be very spontaneous, then I became very pedantic and wanted everything planned well in advance. I’m now somewhere in between…

So why am I writing about this topic? I’m stuck. I am in a “whatever happens happens” mood at the moment, when I need to be in a “get out the list and get everything organised right now” mood!

At least I realise I need to change gears. Maybe that’s the problem… my bike is on it’s stationary stand, and the gears haven’t changed in a while.

What needs to get done ASAP? A lot of things!

  • 3 more sewing projects need to be completed by Thursday night
  • An abstract needs to be submitted for a conference, and a second abstract needs to be finished to also submit for the same conference
  • I have a job application to complete also by Thursday
  • then there is the long list… with 41 days to complete them all!

Luckily I have learned to thrive under pressure, and there is a good chance that everything will get done when it needs to be done. I just wish I had planned to get some of it done further in advance. Maybe next time!

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Joy

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Last month I went to Thailand for the first time. I went for several reasons…

  • I love to learn about other cultures
  • I was attending a conference (IUHPE)
  • I had never been there before

I was energised by the people I met! I was fortunate to see many displays of local culture, the foods, the crafts, costumes and dance.

When was the last time you danced?!

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Planning for 2013 and the next conference is…

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Planning is important if you want the best chance of things going properly.

I have lots of travel planned for 2013, and several conferences that I’m planning for!

NLS6 is coming up next month! It will be my first NLS (New Librarians Symposium) and I am getting very excited about it! Those of you who know me, are probably thinking “why is she going to a NLS??”… and I know why you are thinking that. I’ve been working in various libraries since 2002. Wow, I just realised that’s over 10 years now! But you may not have realised that I haven’t been a “librarian” for nearly that long, in fact it has only been 2 and a half years.

I have another reason to be excited about NLS6, I’m going to be a speaker! So, if you are coming to NLS6, please come by and introduce yourself to me! Also, I’d love it if you’d come listen to me speak… the more the merrier!

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Reflections

It’s important to reflect.

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I find reflection done too long after an event sometimes a bit hazy, like the reflection in a fast moving train!

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Alternatively, reflecting soon after an event can reveal many ideas and thoughts. Recording these reflections can serve as a reminder later when/if the memories fade.

The EAHIL conference that I recently went to, in combination with several days with a colleague in person (as opposed to our normal online conversations) were extremely inspiring to me! I came back to Australia with a renewed sense of direction and an enthusiasm that I hope lasts until the next conference! More on that in another post!

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The books I bought in Italy

We traveled to Italy recently, Roma and Milano to be exact. Not my first time, nor will it be my last…

As a librarian I am drawn to books, not surprising I know. This trip was different though, I not only sought out bookstores, but I wanted to buy books too. Why is this different to the other trips? This time I bought not one book, but two. In Italian. A language I am ever so slowly learning. This is my sixth trip to Italy, yet I can barely speak the language. I can ask for a cappuccino, say please and thank you, oh and this trip I learned how to say our room number! But that is not good enough for me. So I bought two books, and I’m hoping that as I read through them that I will begin to understand the Italian language better. I also am hoping that my daughter will be curious enough to want to read them…

What books did I buy?

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If you have any other suggestions, other than podcasts and CDs, that would help me with the language I’d love to hear about them!

Have you learned another language? Which one(s)? How proficient are you at that language? How old were you when you learned it?

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