Write one characteristic or habit about yourself that you like and describe it.

I feel that I am a very organised person. I always manage to get a lot done. Once I set myself to work I can focus and achieve well. This is because I like to organise everything to be ready before I start. Then I get rid of all distractions, such as putting my phone on 'Do Not Disturb'. I don't allow myself to eat or be distracted by emails (if I'm working on the computer). Not being distracted is the hardest thing to be honest!

I like to be organised as it makes me feel calmer and happier. Disorganisation leaves me feeling stressed. 


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Write about two things that your family has taught you.

I was brought up in a European family in Australia. Thus, I was brought up differently to everyone else around me and subsequenetly probably learnt some different things. Here are the two I feel had the msot impact on me:

  1. Work Hard: My parents grew up during the war and my mother especially (who was German) had a tough time of it. They knew the value of hard work and passed this on to me, merely through the way they conducted themselves and how the expected me to work around the house. As much as I hated it at the time, it set me up well for adult life.
  2. Stoicism: I didn't think of it with that title when I was young. I thought of it more as 'stiff upper lip'. We were brought up not to show big emotions. They were discouraged. Public displays of affection were frowned upon. Dealing with difficult situations internally was the way to go. Although anger was shared, other emotions not so much. This has not set me up so well for adult life.


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What’s surprised you the most about your life or life in general?

I guess what has surprised me the most is how difficult it has been. I thought life would be simple and follow a linear plan: go to school, get a job, get married, have kids...and then to be honest I didn't think much beyond that. Sure I started out on this plan, but I think maybe I tried to fast forward it a bit too much.

So now, here I am at 48, divorced and single with grown up kids, deceased parents and I'm living alone. How the heck did that all happen?? This is not the life I dreamed of and envisioned. In fact, it's about as far from what I hoped for as is humanly possible. But what surprises me the absolute most is that life must go on.

And go on it does.

And on. 

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Write about your favorite childhood toy.

I loved my paper dolls. I know that they are not a thing now, but when I was a kid they were very popular. You could have a variety of 'people' and dress them in a huge variety of clothes depending on what they were doing. I would spend hours on my own making up intricate stories about their lives. I would wake up in the mornings on the weekend looking forward to playing with my paper dolls. I woudld save my meagre pocket money and use my birthday money to buy more dolls and clothes. I wonder what I did with them?? When did I decide to throw them out?? 


10 things that make you smile

  1. Sunshine on my skin
  2. Rain falling on the roof
  3. My children
  4. The kids I teach
  5. Running
  6. Being with my friends
  7. The craziness of life
  8. Nature; the trees, the flowers, the green grass, the smell of the bush after rain.....
  9. Seeing people be kind to each other
  10. Daffodils in the sunshine.