#ClaireNotes – October 2017

Learning Deutsch!

Yep that’s right! I’m learning yet another language from scratch… and I love it! Obviously I’m struggling a little as I need to also focus on my work more than the lesson itself, but at home, what I found to be a good revision is the app called Duolingo. You can learn any language you can imagine! You can also change the level between beginner, intermediate and advanced, and also the daily practise goal!

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Tested on my work…?

Yes, I was tested on my full-time job. While completing the 10-week course, you get two visits from a tutor to see that you are putting what you’re learning to practise. Upon failing one of the two, you get a third. Luckily, I stopped at two, which means in a few weeks’ time, I will be officially a Supply LSA! And I’m so happy as this is the longest I have kept a job thus far, and I like it a lot.

I’m a Driver!

It took me over THREE years, three different instructors, and ONE attempt. And I did it. I can now call myself a DRIVER! I’m very excited and proud of myself. I didn’t think I would pass. I spent the whole week anxious and physically feeling sick to my stomach. On the day, my hands were twitching so much I thought I was going to break all my fingers, one by one. Yep, it was that bad. But once I got there, I was chill and super calm. And I passed 🙂

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Not celebrating Halloween for the 6th time: the reason behind it

The scariest time of the year. Birth of ‘Thriller’. For me, it would be the saddest. For the sixth year this year, I will be considering Halloween as the day I lost my best friend, my grandfather. It was a cold, rainy day (so cliche), and on the day I was numb and my mind was foggy. He was the one person at the time to accept me for who and what I am, nothing different. And, yeah, that’s why I don’t celebrate Halloween. Plus, why does anyone consider a sexy nurse a good costume for Halloween? It’s a SCARY feast! Be a zombie nurse! Sexy is for Valentine’s Day. Rant over.

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#ClaireNotes – September 2017

No more Summer School *sobs*

With summer coming to an end comes the end of my summer work as a Child Support Worker (equivalent to my actual job as an LSA).  I would definitely do it again next year (it was my first year) as it was a LOT of fun. I was with little children – my forte – and they were the sweetest, cutest, most amazeball little ones! Let’s hope I see them again next year!

Driving yet?

Well, no. But I am halfway there! I passed my theory test! I was super excited when I did because, as opposed to before, I am in desperate need to drive, especially since I’m working a bit further than before (plus I owe my boyfriend for driving me around and picking me up for 18 months… he lives almost an hour away!).

 

Wedding ❤

Last Saturday I had the wedding my my GBF from my first job. I’ve known him for a few years so I remember him meeting his partner and how he knew he was The One. You can imagine how much I cried on the day 😉

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This is my boyfriend and I at my house before the wedding. Freaking in love with the dress (and the guy next to me teeheehee)

#ClaireNotes – August 2017

There were two major things that happened during the month of August, one of which is probably the opportunity of a lifetime…!

#IamARTEMISIA

Hands down the biggest opportunity to date involving my blog is when I was asked by the Network of Young Women Leaders to take part in an exhibition in collaboration with the amazeball that is Steven Levi Vella called #IamARTEMISIA. For those who don’t know who Artemisia is, you can read her story here.

Being ong of the 100 ‘Remarkable Women’ that came from all backgrounds and occupations made me so proud of being alive in that moment. I also struck a conversation with one of my inspirations, Tamara Webb, who’s a popular local photographer/fitness queen, who was also part of the exhibition herself. Check out the selfie I took with her here!

 

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Retail no MORE!

I know what you’re thinking… wasn’t it just last month that you started working in retail? And you already gave up?! Let me stop you there: I haven’t given up. I needed some money to help me with my car lessons, which are soon coming to an end as I will be applying for both the theory and practical tests very soon, and the rest of the money that I was saving over the past several months is going towards the Car Fund (ie. to buy my first car!)

But a lot happened… I was working during the day from 8am til 1pm with children. Okay, so that’s only 5 hours for you, but imagine five hours of running after 6-year old children who think you are a zombie and so keep pretend-punching you all over your body to pretend-kill you.

Yeah. Thought so.

So after a month, I had to say goodbye to the staff I worked with, who were super nice and understanding about my situation. I explained that the day job had to take priority over the evening job because it could boost my full-time job résumé.

Dogs and Horses

If I had to describe Thursday 24th August on one word, it would be: HEAVEN. I had an outing with my students and two other classes at the Dog & Mount Services, located in Mosta and Marsa respectively.

Those who know me know I am OBSESSED with animals, especially dogs. I never had a dog as a pet, but my bestfriend has had around six during our 12-year friendship, and I get along with them really well (except for Satan, hehehehe), and 50% of my Instagram feed is dogs and baby animals, so… yeah.

Anyways, back on topic: we saw all the service dogs there, most of which were super nice, and then two policemen showed us some tricks… and I managed to take a few photos of the lovely dogs in action! The students enjoyed this a lot too.

Afterwards, we went to Marsa to visit the police horses in their stables… and I managed to feed two of the horses! And, while there, they had around five dogs (not police dogs, they were found roaming the streets and the Police there decided to keep all five!) and they were so friendly that none of the children were scared of them. They actually played with them the whole time we were there!


So this is what happened during the month of August! September is going to be a good one from what I can sense, so follow my blog and subscribe to my mailing list to hear about the rest of the months and my other posts!

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#ClaireNotes – July 2017

Back in Retail

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This was unexpected for me, but I’m back in retail… part-time. Well, just for now. I’m working in a popular clothes’ shop and I’ve been doing it since the beginning of July with hopes to earn a little extra on the side to get myself my first car.

I never thought I would be back working in sales and retail. I was done with that part-time job for almost two years, but here I am… and I love it!

School in Summer…?

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As if working in retail was not enough, I also have another part-time: a child supporter in one of the children centres for the next two months. I’d applied ages ago, but was only chosen (I was 62nd) Thursday 6th, and had to go sign a contract on my only day off that week: Friday.

This is my first time working in a summer school, and I hope I get to  grow more as an LSA.

Making up my Mind

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This month was very tough, as I’d found out I won’t be working in the same school again. The past two years were great and I fell in love with both the place and the workers there. What’s done is done now, and I need to move forward.

I applied for a few more jobs, some of which are not education-related, and I am still to decide what I want career-wise. I have put a lot of thinking these past few days since I got the bad news, but I don’t talk about it much with others. My mind is about to explode, and I speak very little about it.

But I’m doing okay… I’ve made my decision and am feeling much better now.

#ClaireNotes – June 2017

New Beginnings?

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New beginnings… June was all about many changes in my life. A leap of faith, you may call it (will be doing a future post on this to go into further detail so eyes peeled for that one!).

I decided to take my physical and mental health more seriously than ever. With summer coming round, I had more time to kill, so I decided to rejoin the gym for three more month. And the progress is there but ever-so slightly.

I also took it upon myself to upgrade my blog plan from free to premium, which comes with more features, and will be working more on my blog than last year. We’re talking collaborations, guest writers, reviews and a lot more!

So you might ask why I have a question mark in the heading… Well, my job is on the line. As of now, writing the post and time of publishing, I still don’t know whether I will be employed for another year or not. It breaks my heart but has to be done (policies and whatever); fingers crossed I get chosen and spend another year with amazing colleagues!

Mental Health First Aid Course!

I have written about this a few days ago. I wanted to do something like this for the longest time, and I finally did it. For the next three years, I am a certified Mental Health First Aider!

The course was spread across two days, six hours each. For me, that was a short amount of time to cover mental health, so I hope the Richmond Foundation does more related courses in the future which are longer.

Summertime Happiness!

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Summer holidays started June 23rd at 1pm for me. I spent the whole day at a staff evaluation, where we engaged in a scavenger hunt around the beautiful city of Birgu in Malta. It was so much fun and we had a great laugh!

Some of the tasks we had to do included reenacting a marriage which featured a stranger as a bride or groom (in our team’s case we had two strangers for each role!), singing the Maltese national anthem holding the Maltese flag, taking selfies with as many strangers as possible and also doing the Harlem Shake.

We had points deducted from our team for arriving late at the meeting spot, and came in at second place. Sans the point deduction we would have been crowned winners!


So this was the month of June in a nutshell. Next month will be a special edition of #ClaireNotes because it will be all about LONDON! Really excited about this, and will probably be a whole bunch of places I’ve been to as opposed to sticking to just three goals, so stay tuned for that!

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#ClaireNotes – May

Juggling Things

No, I’m not joining a circus as a juggler. This month, life really took a toll with the amount of things that have been happening in my life: courses, personal matters, work stuff, family stuff, assignments, training for a new job and so much more.

But I got through it like a champ, I reckon.

Exams

6 exams. And two assignments. I haven’t had an exam since last year for my VET Secretarial Course, which was just one exam, but having SIX in a matter of three weeks is too overwhelming for me.

As at the time the post is published, I’ve only done 3 out of 6, and received an assignment result… a C! Which for me is… WOW.

One Year of Blogging!

12th May was my blog’s first birthday. I celebrated it with a few special posts – three to be exact.

My 1st Year of Blogging in Numbers

What I’ve Learnt during my First Year of Blogging

How I get Traffic on my Blog

I was also nominated for my first blogging award!

Study Routine

Between late April and late June, many of my friends and students will be doing their exams. Some exams are easy, some require more thinking and preparation leading up to the exam. But do not fret, my dear readers, because the genus of studying (not) is coming to your rescue! Please note that while I’m writing this, I’m actually supposed to study for my own exams… so, yeah. Read more if you’re clueless on studying like I was, and want to learn to make your work easier, more colourful/creative and efficient for you.

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