in between chapters and TBC

It has been over a month since my last post but a lot seems to have happened since then.

One of the biggest life milestone was finishing up at the job I had been in since I graduated from university.  Though I knew it was time to let go, it did not make the parting any less emotional.  There were many tears before and after the official announcement and on my last day, the waterworks hit even before I got up to say my final farewells.

It is still slightly surreal, probably because I have not started my new job yet but I’m sure once I’m back in an office space again it will hit me afresh.

What I realised was that at the core of it, it was the people, it was the relationships that I was finding hard to let go of.  I know it is not like I’m not going to be friends with my now ex-colleagues but it is more that the relationship dynamics have shifted, we won’t see each other every weekday anymore nor share in some of the in-jokes that used to fly across the partitions.  It is that ending that I still mourn quietly in the heart.

But as one wise man once said:

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.*

And now it is time for a new chapter, a new beginning.  The old is gone, the new has come (almost).  Trying to squeeze in the last few tasks on my to-do list before I settle back into the rhythms of full-time employment.

Continue reading “in between chapters and TBC”

the big life update

Hey blogging friends!  It’s been very busy down this end as anticipated.

Amongst the many attempts to study and prepare for my final exam and assessments, life has been filled with many wonderful things.  There’s been a stint of independence while the parents were overseas (rocked it), we had our valedictory dinner (Class of 2012 FTW!), I survived teaching three Year 9 lessons (and actually enjoyed it in the end), spontaneous lunches and food exchanges (thanks Soph hehe), a kitchen tea (for the beautiful inside+out Mich) and a ‘final’ birthday celebration (love you lots, Mookxi).

I know these have already appeared on Instagram but aren’t these the cutest??? Gift for Mich’s kitchen tea ^^ The brand is Robert Gordon Australia :)

I wasn’t gonna be back here until after the final assessment was done but so many of you have been on this journey with me that there is a crucial piece of news I knew I couldn’t wait until the end of November to share!

Note: serious, honest and heartfelt stuff ahead

For those who’ve been following this blog for a while you’d know that I had the wonderful opportunity to be involved in a few law firm clerkship programs over last summer and last-last winter. I had a quiet confidence that the odds were for me and there would be at least one job offer at the end of it all and my future would be secure.

Priority offers week came and went.  Though I kept a cheerful disposition, the disappointment affected me more than I thought it would.  The unmet expectation that had been sown into that week in August had emotionally drained me and I was left with the fact that my future was up in the air again.

But God was faithful to provide for me.  Slowly and surely, I got back up on my feet again and started asking around and applying for jobs.  After lots of prayers and perseverance in the last two months, I’m so happy to share the news to the blog world that I’m another step of the way to becoming a lawyer!

In retrospect, this position is really the best fit for me and I’m so glad to be starting next year!  I know some have already heard of this news via the other social media platforms I use but I felt it was important to share it here too with many who have supported me through a word of encouragement or well wishes – THANK YOU.  Every comment left has made a difference and helped me continue to strive for my goal of being an advocate of justice in this world – THANK YOU.

Another connected piece of news is that one of the things I said I would always do once I got a full-time job was sponsor a child through Compassion.  So on the same day that I officially accepted the job, a reminder popped up on Facebook from an inspirational friend of mine who recently became a Compassion Child advocate.  So without further ado, I’d like to introduce you all to my little girl, Beatriz Matilla:

Beatriz is 8 years old and lives with her father. Her duties at home include buying or selling in the market and helping in the kitchen. There are 3 children in the family. Her father occasionally works as a rural worker. Due to low income her family struggles to survive.

Singing, playing house and playing with dolls are Beatriz’s favourite activities. In primary school she is finding learning difficult and she also regularly attends church activities.

Because of the Compassion sponsorship program, Beatriz now has new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually!  

This isn’t to toot my own horn but more of a challenge to anyone reading this blog to consider child sponsorship.  It doesn’t have to be through Compassion, there’s so many child sponsorship agencies out there like World Vision, Plan, UNICEF etc.

Sometimes we think that poverty is too big an issue for us to deal with but for the cost of what some of us would spend on food in one week here in Australia, we could support a child’s life for one month and in time, change the course of their lives forever.

Q: Does child sponsorship actually work? 

Click here for a video story from Compassion and you tell me if it does :).

Well, that’s enough from me for now!  Thanks for everyone who has been visiting this blog since my disappearing act – you’ve been one of the reasons why I felt I needed to give this blog an update!

I promise I’ll be back soon!  Take care til then :).

♥ Ames

P.S. Yes, a bit more mention of faith and God in this post so if anyone is feeling a bit uncomfortable, refer to or refresh your memory of this. Cheers ^^