Week 3 – How I spend my money…

How I spend my money…well..when I was younger, I didn’t have a sense of responsibility and money management. I used to see something, and go, “I want that” and purchase it. Nowdays, I’m a self employed person, with bills to pay, rent to pay (No, I don’t get a free house!) and a high needs 3 legged dog to care for.

However, having said that, I do have some things I like to splurge on. These things make me happy, sometimes I collect too many of these things and then I have to stop, but, I can treat myself every now and again 🙂

Books: I love books, and I love different authors, so I do buy books. I don’t read as much as I used to, but I’m hoping to change that in 2019. I buy books new, or from second hand shops, or on FB Marketplace. Books give you that sense of enjoyment and adventure without ever having to leave the confines of your life. I’ve solved murders, I’ve been on magical adventures, I’ve learnt spells and used magic, I’ve been the President of the USA, I’ve entered magical realms, I’ve explored the universe and gone to new worlds and explored new civilisations, I’ve been a cowboy/cowgirl and I’ve been a fighter in the resistance v the empire (Amongst other things).

Kitchen appliances: I love kitchen appliances, be it a blender, grater, mixer, slow cooker, etc. I just love them. Do I have the kitchen space to have them all in, nope. But I love going to Kitchen shops and I love looking at all the new appliances and wishing I can use them, or dreaming of how I can use them, but in reality knowing that it will never happen. I have a pasta making machine, for when I was going to make home made pasta, still hasn’t happened. Will I ever make pasta? I have hope. I do have on my list of things to acquire: Thermomix, KitchenAid and breadmaker.

Tupperware: It’s a deep, dark hole to crawl down but once you’re there, you have to keep going. Tupperware is my vice. I just love the stuff. I might not use all the products I purchase, but the fact that they are in my cupboards makes me feel good. I think at the moment the only Tupperware products I use on a daily basis are my 1lt water bottles. But, I might use those mellon ballers to make an awesome looking fruit salad…one day…

Make up: I love make up. Just love it. I love foundations (I use a full coverage one in Perth, but when in the East Kimberley, I use a low-medium coverage) I love beauty blenders, I love different eye shadows, I love powders, I love setting sprays, I love blush and bronzers, I love make up brushes. Due to having dark, sensitive skin, I can only use select products on my skin. So I test them out, see if they react and if they don’t consider a purchase. My foundations are from Mac, Napoleon Perdis and Urban Decay. I did get a Maybelline one, but that was because I ran out of the Mac. Eyeshadows are from Napoleon Perdis and Urban Decay. Bronzers/blush from Benefit and Mac. Powers from Mac. I love going to see what Mecca Maxima has in stock, as well as Sephora, Mac and Napoleon Perdis has. But alas, I have a budget so I can’t spend like I would like to.

What about this weather?…

This summer in Perth has been quiet mild, however on the East Coast they have had to put up with some rain, thunderstorms and then catastrophic heat conditions. Then up North, its the usual wet season weather pattern.

Me, while I like the heat in Perth, bought a new air con unit so we can survive, I do miss the wet season. While it can get hot, humid and sometimes unbearable, the glorious rain, when it comes is cooling. big gloopy drops of water, which just refreshes everything.

Up North, when the wet hits, it makes everything green, yes there are times that you can’t get through roads due to flooding, but the boabs start blooming, the river is warm, we don’t use our air con much when it rains, we sit outside taking in the coolness, which cuts through the humidity.

The top photo in this frame was taken in Jan/Feb 2018 during Wet Season. The photo on the bottom of the frame was taken Jan/Feb 2017 wet season
While Dry season has is benefits. Wet Season makes things look greener and more alive…

Downsides to self employment..

I’m currently self employed. I have taken two years off my full time employment to, originally help with my Parents, however due to some differing of opinions, aggressive, violent behaviours and gaslighting directed towards myself, I find that I no longer feel safe near them, or their current care circle, so have moved away from them and now am self sustaining.

However, during this time I have had to find a source of employment which would best suit my needs, and be able to provide me with an income to pay my bills. (Cos, unlike all those myths out there, I don’t get stuff for free!)

While my work is enjoyable, I get to work with Aboriginal families, young people and their carers, working to create ongoing and sustainable change, and being able to give families a voice in a system that really doesn’t give a crap about them. The downside to this, is the lack of consistency in work.

At the moment, I have one task that, depending on a meeting today, might be finalised by next week. I have another one I am working on, and two others, that through no fault of my own, have had to be postponed until March. So in the mean time, I have to find other work.

I’m trying to develop my business webpage, so that I can detail the type of work that I specialise in, but to also build up a customer base. I’m still trying to work that part out as growing a business is a new thing for me, and promoting myself and my skills and knowledge is not something that I do easily. But as with everything else in life, it’s another step in a forward direction…

Wish me luck!

What a Year!!!

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2018 – What a year!

2018 – what a year you have been. While you haven’t been as challenging and trying as other years, you did your best to test me, but I rose to that challenge and once again, managed to come out the victor. While I can’t name every single awesome thing that has happened to me, I can name some that have made my life happier and given me some purpose. I became an Aunt to the most gorgeous little girl, I mended bridges with some family (who I have missed very much throughout the years), I travelled throughout NSW for work and had the privilege to work with some amazing families, had johnny cakes and chops by the river in Bourke (and I’d do it again cos it was awesome), and was inspired at the NAIDOC Womens Conference being surrounded by amazing women who are focused on working on positive outcomes for our people. Though there were the good times, there were the sad times, where decisions had to be made to again cut people out of my life because of their toxicity and negativity – and I don’t regret those decisions. Heartbreaking times, where I had to say farewell to an Uncle and two cousins. It’s never easy to say farewell to family, especially the day before Christmas, but our little family supported each other and we gave Cuzzo a special farewell.

As for 2019, well, I don’t know what that will entail, or what kind of adventures that I will be going on, but I can say, I’ve survived some pretty hectic years, and while with some I’ve barely managed to escape alive, I still made it, and I will meet 2019 with an open mind and be open to learning more, growing and making more big decisions.

So friends, family, I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year, and hope that 2019 is a year of strength, determination and achievement.

lots of love
Lisa and Bindi..

Workwise in January: This was the first work trip to Dubbo for the year. Plane was on time this time, but I lost my friends car in the carpark at the airport. Don’t believe people when they say all white cars don’t look the same, they do! (Work KMs (exc Perth) 800kms)

Workwise in February: Second trip back to Dubbo for the year, and first trip to Bourke/Brewarrina. Work KMs 1733kms

Workwise in March: third trip to Dubbo to head to Walgett and return (1341kms). Sydney to Melbourne, Echca and return (2102kms). Sydney to Woodford, via Brisbane and Caboolture return (2012kms). Sydney to Bourke, via Dubbo and return (1544kms) making this the fourth trip to Dubbo. (btw: I hate Dubbo!)

Workwise in April & May: Second trip to Melbourne, then up to Sydney which then ran into May (1756kms), and it was a 4 week trip east. From Sydney I went to Dubbo (fourth time) then back to Bourke & Brewarrina (1722kms), then to Albury (1107kms), and then back to Dubbo (fifth time) to head to Lightning Ridge and Goodooga, then return to Sydney (1635kms).

Workwise in June: was a quick trip to Grafton – in the freezing cold!! (1222kms)

July was NAIDOC Week and didn’t go anywhere

Workwise in August: sixth trip to Dubbo, to go back to Bourke and Brewarrina (1722kms). Then to the Gold Coast to head to Murwillumbah then back to Brisbane and to Sydney (1917kms)

Workwise in September: Sydney to the Hunter Valley and return (355km)

Workwise in October: (in total, it was almost 10,000kms due to going from Perth to Bathurst, and then the other places) but work wise, it was Sydney to Coraki via Ballina, then Goonellabah via Lismore, then Sydney via the Gold Coast (1685kms)

Workwise in November: Sydney to Nowra and return (330kms)

Workwise in December: Sydney to Cowra via Bathurst and return (619kms) Sydney via Cowra via Orange and return (660km)

In total, without calculating the trips from Perth to Sydney, I have travelled 24,262kms this year for work. If I was to add the Perth leg, then that would add an extra 78,200 kms to the trip which then totals: 102,462kms in 2018.