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What was old is new again.


Does anyone else love Op shopping? I love the searching. I love the bargains. I love giving something a new home. I do always wonder what purpose it served before it ended up at Vinnies though…

Did it sit in someone’s cupboard gathering dust? Did it have pride of place in someone’s pool room? Was it passed down through generations of a family? Was it made in another country? Did it survive a house fire? Was it just being a paperweight? What was its purpose?

Over the last 10 months or so I have often wondered what my purpose was. What am I supposed to do with my life? What is my next step? Where should I work? Who should I be? Am I a teacher? Should I study? Am I just the unemployed pyjama wearing Jess that has popped up so regularly (I do love my pjs but there is definitely more to me than that!)?

Recently I started working in a new job, a job in a cafe. I haven’t worked in hospitality since I was a uni and it was a really hard decision to start looking for work there. I ummed and ahhed about it for several months because I felt like I was talking a step backwards in my life. I felt like I would be a beautiful handmade statue being a doorstop, serving little purpose.

It was hard for me to put childcare behind me (at least for now) and go back in an industry I didn’t have the same passion for. But this job has turned out to be exactly what I need at the moment – giving me a new purpose. Just like turning an old fence into a brand new picture frame or a table getting a new lick of paint and looking snazzy again.

I always saw hospitality as a means to an end, it was the job I had to get me through uni the first time. I guess it still serves that purpose for me as I am currently studying again but it means more to me this time. It has brought stability back into my life after a long time of feeling like I was drowning. Stability in my finances, in my routine, in my happiness. I am feeling less anxious, I am feeling less overwhelmed and I’m excited to go to work again (which is nice after well over a year of not!).

So for any other How I Met Your Mother fans, it’s not like Barney says…new is not always better!


What a blurr…


Oh wow! What a terrible blogger I have turned out to be!!! Sorry guys!!

I have had the busiest, craziest, most exciting 6 months. I have officially finished uni and am on a mission to find myself an EC teaching job somewhere around my area. Hopefully!!

I cannot believe that I have finally finished uni!! Who’d have thought that would come along so quickly? Being a teacher has been this thing I have wanted for so long and now that it is finally here I am soooo excited but also a little scared 🙂

Looking back on the last few months, I can see God in every single aspect! He is always looking out for us, even when we think he isn’t. He provides for us and knows exactly what we need and where we are going. I am believing for the perfect job that I know he has set aside for me.

In the last 3 or so months, I have quit my job to go on my final university placement and completed my placement with flying colours. I had a blast and was able to complete all aspect of what an Early Childhood educator does. God enabled me to be without a job throughout this time and be ok, he also gave me the skills and courage to be the teacher I am and will be.

It is this verse that has been with me for much of my life that I feel is quite relevant for this next season I face…

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. What a God we serve!!

I am looking forward to what comes next but I’m also enjoying the fact that I have nothing much to do but catch up with friends, books, movies and TV shows 🙂 And hopefully some more blog posts, I would like to do some more artsy stuff so watch out for those to come.

Thanks lovely people!!