So, I’ve been re-reading The Mindfulness Survival Kit by Thich Nhat Hanh. I’ve also been doing guided meditations nightly using the Insight Timer app on my mobile phone. I’m really pleased with the progress I’ve been making. It’s a timely reminder that the simple things are often the most effective.

I’ve also been back at my genealogy work again. Three weeks ago, out of the blue, I received an email from a woman in Sweden, who turns out to be a second cousin of mine. Her mother and my mother appear to be direct cousins via my maternal grandmother. We got my mother to do a DNA test late last year and I uploaded it along with my family tree, in the hopes of pinpointing the origin of her DNA and ancestral lineage. It’s been fascinating so far, and I am waiting on delivery of a kit for me to do my DNA test. I’m very excited to see the results of my DNA.

Work-wise has been challenging. I had a job close to home and full time which was paying well and things were going along well. But there were a few bumps along the way, nothing I thought I couldn’t handle, and when I became ill, the contract was terminated. That was almost 4 weeks ago. I’ve been madly interviewing and looking for more contract work in the interim. Fingers crossed something comes through this week, otherwise it may be a bit of a worry. I’m determined to stay upbeat and believe the Universe isn’t ready to shit on me from a big height quite yet. To be honest, I can’t cope with any stress like that, so in this case I am going to shove my fingers in my ears and sing la la laaaaa for just a bit longer. Fake it till you make it, and all that shit…

Anzac Day  is coming up this Tuesday (25th April), so I am going to focus on that and honouring my grandfathers, and all soldiers past and present, who put this country and our way of life first, even at the cost of their own lives. Kind of puts things into perspective to be honest.



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