Christmas is over and the New Year is about to ring in! So much has happened to me and those around me this year – both amazing and depressing. I’ve learnt so much over the past year and I’m so grateful to have ended up where I am now. I remember last year at this time I was searching high and low for a new job in the Advertising industry – I was working on my portfolio, applying to agencies both in Melbourne, Sydney, New Zealand, the US, London and a few other places throughout Europe.
Unfortunately months – well, Christmas passed and the New Year rang in and unfortunately as everyone was still on holiday break they were not looking for new employees. A month passed and Valentines Day was approaching. My friend and I thought, “Hey, let’s use this opportunity to get our name out with the Ad agencies”. That is a lie, we actually really wanted an excuse to bake cupcakes – giant cupcakes. So we got together the night before valentines day, baked 14 cupcakes (4 were destroyed) and then delivered it to all the big agencies in Melbourne. Fortunately we had positive responses, but unfortunately there weren’t places within these agencies for us. It was the same week though that I was lucky enough to have found out via my friend about Papercloud.
Luckily enough I was able to get a job at Papercloud; a digital studio that works on mobile Apps. It’s definitely been a great start for my career in the Digital environment and I’m looking forward to the coming year and the opportunities that lie ahead. So much has happened since I started at Papercloud, i’ve been learning lots of new skills, the whole office moved into the CBD and so many amazing people have joined.
— Ines Norman (@inesnorman) April 27, 2013
Unfortunately it was the week that we moved to the new office that I lost my Grandad. He was one of the most important people in my life and there are so many things I miss about his presence. But I also was blessed enough to gain some new family members who I hope can add as much joy to my life as he did.
— Ines Norman (@inesnorman) May 11, 2013
It was only a week later when I had celebrated my cousin’s eighteenth birthday and then shortly followed by my twenty-first. For my twenty-first I really didn’t want to have a traditional birthday with heaps of people that I’ve met over my lifespan. I wanted something smaller so that I could spend time with some of the closest people in my life and luckily enough I was able to invite a few of my closest friends to a high tea at Nova cinemas. It was great. We managed to get my favourite room at Nova which is smaller, but has the comfiest chairs and the cutest bamboo lights on the side.
The next amazing thing that happened was moving out. I found out two months earlier than expected that my friend was able to move out. So we began our house search and within a fortnight we were able to find a house, send in our application and be accepted into moving out. The requirements with the house I wanted to move out into were having wooden floors and extremely or relatively close to public transport; especially the trains. Luckily enough we were able to move out into the South Yarra area, close to trains and Chapel St (the main shopping strip within this area).
Probably the biggest change after moving out was becoming much more conscious of what I was eating. Previously I would eat what my parents had prepared, and the serving sizes they gave me. I didn’t question it or the ingredients being put into it. After moving out and living with my best friend who is studying to become a food coach, I became more and more conscious of what I was putting into my body. After changing my diet, switching to healthier and good quality foods (especially more organic produce) I lost weight and became a healthier weight. The one thing that did surprise me about changing my diet though was switching away from skim or low fat foods and switching to the more nutritious full fat foods enabled me to keep a more consistent weight.
We have been ordering food from Ceres and a few other organic farms but also making regular trips down to Prahran market to pick out fresh food and bread. We began to grow our own home yogurt, drink heaps of tea (we currently have 34 different types of tea) and experiment with different foods.
At the start of the year, another of my best friends had left Australia to travel around the whole of Europe and America. She set me a couple of challenges before leaving and luckily enough I was able to complete all of them; esp. getting an amazing boyfriend! Ha-ha.
Me: “What else did I do this year?”
Nyamka: “You killed various plants”.
But I think the biggest thing that happened this year, was that I killed a total of two plants. Jokes, it was the most embarrassing. The first plant was called Maurice and he was a succulent in a necklace. The second was wheatgrass I had purchased from the Prahran market. Maurice was the cutest plant and unfortunately I was able to kill one of the most hardy plants in existence. Fortunately, since the passing of two of my plants I purchased a Christmas pine tree named Nicholas and a Juniper Bonsai tree named Tyson who are still surviving.
Overall, it’s been an amazing year and so much has happened. I hope next year can be both equally exciting and as rewarding as this year has been for me. Looking forward to it. Wishing you all the best in the New Year!
Lots of Love,