I cannot tell you how glad I am to be welcoming the new week. I’m ending my Sunday evening off on a good note writing out this post and am anticipating it being well received as it goes live tomorrow morning. I’ve seen in a rise in other bloggers posting similar motivational content and I am here for it! It’s amazing how impactful a short, curated selection of quotes can be on uplifting and encouraging you to call on your best self.
As you may have read in my last post, this week shaped up to be a busy one. Beyond that though, it brought up a lot for me mentally. I was faced by unexpected challenges, had a new person step into my life, learnt to be more trusting of my innate abilities and completely and utterly found myself at a crossroads. That’s what can happen in seven days, believe it or not. Settle in with a cup of tea and enjoy the ultimate chat of chats.
This Wednesday, I had a report on antibiotics due and an in class test for Science to prepare for. Then, on Thursday I had a creative writing task for Food Technology discussing a dietary disease. My performance of scene three from the play Ruby Moon also happened on this day. I might have blown myself away, if I’m honest. I went from forgetting the few lines I had in my last drama practical to memorising entire pages of a script. It felt great proving myself wrong and was yet another reminder that with dedication, anything is possible. I’ve never quite given my all in drama classes as I feel it isn’t the right course for me. Performances make me apprehensive and force me to be vulnerable in ways that I cannot control. I like to be empathised with and not laughed at, after all. Last year I’d been given the choice of two elective courses- sport or drama. Naturally, I chose drama. I’m not a fan of PE and can’t imagine going out of my way to spend extra time exercising. I’ll never become a drama fanatic, but it’s enough for me to experience success in the subject and enjoy the process.
Overall, I’m pleased that I was able to get through exam week fairly painlessly. As I was away Wednesday and could only hand in my science report online, I do still have the in class test to take. Wednesday was hardly spent in vain though- I attended my TAFE virtual tour and had a one on one interview with a design teacher from a campus in the city- Enmore School of Design. It sounded quite prestigious and would certainly be a great opportunity for me to develop my skills in such an environment. if I was more experienced and willing to throw myself in the deep end of things, I might have considered it as an option. As it goes though, I’m not comfortable driving alone nor taking public transport, leaving me with little options for travel each day. The lady I spoke to allowed me to record our conversation and answered many of the questions I had. I felt much more clued in and relieved by the end of our chat. I asked what content I’d be learning in the certificate four course I’m taking, whether or not the course will open me up to apprenticeship opportunities, what my school timetable would look like and which campus she recommends.
My weekend was both eventful and relaxed. I fit in two consecutive days of walking around my local park, for a start. I felt refreshed getting out into the open again, feeling the elements against my skin. The life giving warmth of the sunshine, the wind rustling through my hair. They are truly everyday pleasures. Life and all our interactions are so sensory based. I sat by Parramatta lake and just soaked in the atmosphere. I smiled at strangers, waved at a little girl and her parents.
On Saturday afternoon, my dad, brother and I headed to the city. We arrived close to evening, around 5:30 pm and caught the end of a sweet sunset. We followed the path to Grant and Trenerry reserve, all the while enjoying the stunning birds eye view we had of the ocean, beach and cityscape. So many gorgeous glimmery lights. Later on we headed to Newtown, one of Sydney’s liveliest suburbs. It’s an indie/bohemian neighbourhood complete with old school, victorian charm. Terrace houses line the streets and murals dot the walls. It’s absolutely bustling and a place where you’d expect to meet anybody and everybody- there is Enmore Theatre, hip bars and eateries, thrift stores, a mural of Martin Luther King and more.
Eventually, we found our way to Arabella’s Lebanese Restaurant and decided to stop for dinner. It was an upmarket version of the Lebanese restaurant local to me but had similar dishes. The atmosphere and ambience of the place was spectacular and next to none. I was living the dream for an hour or so there. It was hard not to smile watching people in their element. The food was cleaning tasting and for a more refined palette, I’d say. It was certainly delicious though. We enjoy our free top ups bread that had come straight from the kiln. The decor itself made my heart happy. Imagine expanse floral arrangements in the most beautiful shades of pink, white and grey alongside modern, minimalist artwork. Truly a night to remember!
I hope you’ve all had a similarly enjoyable weekend, my beautiful friends. Let me know what you got up to! Sending you all my love and blessings as we begin to navigate the unknowns of the next few days.