Tuesday, August 4, 2015

I made the right decision.....


Yip I made the right decision, 1 week on and I am loving nails again, I have done more clients this week than all of last month, now I have got time to promote the business. Ok I was in Aussie for some of it but hey....

I am feeling really happy and relaxed about it all, especially now I have got out of the thinking oh shit I have an assignment due and so on.....

Next week I am going to start offering acrylics, it is currently taking me 3 hours for acrylics and a gel polish, but the more I do the quicker it will go :). Oh speaking of nails etc, a client was telling me her mum went to an Asian Nail bar and got a fungal infection in her toenail from it yukkkk , most of those places are the most unhygienic places ever around, I would never send my worst enemy to one of those..... please don't go, most of them will have cheap nasty products and they put the stuff in unnamed containers so you don't see whats in them. A nasty product is MMA, it was banned in New Zealand in 2006 but still people are using it and why because MMA is much cheaper - it cost about $20 or $30 a litre, compared to more than $200 for ethyl methacrylate (EMA) which is what I use. If you do go, please make sure they disinfect properly etc, not just a quick spray of equipment, ask to see what is in their product and if they don't show you then you can just about guarantee it will have MMA in it and walk away.

It was Chico's birthday last Sunday she turned 4 years old, it is Rusty's tomorrow and he will turn 1 - time is going just far to quick. Chico has been good since being home, apart from 1 little turn it lasted about 10 sec, not sure if it was a seizure or what. It had been heavy rain and thunder and like per usual, she was freaking out, having trouble breathing and so on, when she did this weird thing, I am not sure if it was a seizure or not. But will keep an eye on her and see if it happens again. 

Anyway thats it from me, catch you all soon, nice to have a few warmer days at the moment, won't be lasting long, apparently we are heading for another cold snap this weekend :)


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Some changes....


On Tuesday night I made what I felt was a huge decision, I dropped my study, though I am so close to graduating, what is the point, I wouldn't be able to use it anyway as at this stage by going back to full-time work, is something I could not even attempt right now. And maybe if and when I ever do get back to that stage, I can finish it then, but I have changed my goals, I want to get the nail business up and going instead, studying was taking about 25 - 30 hours a week of my time, which was then making me tired for nails. Something had to give and it was not going to be the nails, so it was the study, and to be honest I had lost all enthusiasm for it.... so decision was a no brainer really.

So now I can focus just on nails, it means I now have time to practice, I now have time to watch youtube, and also will have time to keep upskilling. As well, will have time to do clients and not have to stress about what is due for study. I felt so relieved when I clicked the button on the website to finish the study, and the next morning it was so nice not having to stress trying to fit everything in. 

Today I got my hair done, and the dogs also went to the groomers, so will upload photos tomorrow. I went to a new hairdresser today as my other one was in Tauranga and moved further away from where he was, and it would have added another 15 minutes each way on the trip. Which might not seem much but when you are on meds and get tired so easy adding another 15 minutes onto an already 45 minute trip each way was just getting to risky. But anyway the new hairdresser did an awesome job even if it did take a bit longer this time round, as she learnt what colour bleach to put in, and went on the safe side, once it was all done we decided it needed more bleach in, so had to do redo it, but from now it will be simple, also love the haircut I got and its only 10 min drive away :)

Here is a picture of Chico and Rusty pinched off the groomers page and edited out the other puppies :)


Anyway not much other news for now, catch you all later, will try and remember to get a photo of my hair and put it on here :)



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Ok where do I go, where have I been.... and a few photos :)


For months, I have been pretending I don't have CRPS...... but you know what no matter what I do, I know I do have CRPS, I can't hide it. 

Ok lets go back a few months, I had a reasonably good summer, the nail business was starting to take shape, I purchased every imaginable tool possible to help with the business and things started looking good. I decided to give up the study for a semester so I could focus on building up the business as well as looking forward to the trip to the Gold Coast. Because of the trip (we were going away for 3 weeks) I didn't so much do customers, but used that time to up-skill and practice etc. The reason I didn't push the customers was that I was going away for 3 weeks and knew I would need a week or two to recoup after the trip, so 5 weeks was a long time to be away with new customers. 

By the time the trip was getting near, I was feeling pretty good and positive about the whole trip, I had rested heaps and worked on my fitness beforehand, we arrived at the Gold Coast and it was warm, the temperature was averaging 21-23 degree's and nights were about 15-17 degree's just perfect. I did many things like visiting 'David Fleay, went 'Whale Watching' and got to see awesome whales so close, it was amazing. We went to 'Byron Bay' and 'Nimbin', caught up with some old friends and so much more. I paced myself excellent, and for 3 weeks I felt 'normal', if I didn't count having to take 30 odd meds a day to get through. Don't get me wrong, I was still tired etc but it was a different tired. The temperature there was perfect for my CRPS. I just felt so right, I loved catching up with people, I love how friendly everyone was, I loved the atmosphere, I loved the lifestyle, I loved everything about it.... I have mainly videos of the trip, which I am editing and will post on youtube when done. 

The only down side of the trip was the puppies were in the kennels and Chico had a seizure, she gets stressed with rain, thunder, fireworks etc and of course being New Zealand we were smack bang in the middle of winter with lots of rain and wind, we think because we were not there to comfort her she stressed so much and had a seizure. We were lucky the kennels were quiet and she had only a small amount of puppies so they got to live inside the house :). But this of course when we found out put a damper on the trip a little. But when we went to pick them up they were so excited to see us and she looked perfect :). 

Because I was feeling so good, I thought i would do 4 papers for study - remember I was feeling normal, (full-time and also I would graduate) and also still work on the business, well here we are week 2 and I am failing - well thats what it feels like. I can't do it, I can't do full-time study, I can't do the business as well, I am tired, I am so sore from the cold weather, I am so sick from not just the pain but the stress of trying to be normal (if that makes sense). I have had diarrhea now for nearly the whole time I have been back - I am sure it is stress from pushing myself but may have to go to the doc and get it checked out. I am losing weight which is not a bad thing for me, but sadly it is not the right way and am now getting run down. Now remember diarrhea for me is rare, I am usually so constipated that it is not funny. 

But right now I feel so down, I really believed I could do this study, even if you took away the business I still couldn't do it. I am continuously nauseous from the stress - I know what I have to do, I have to drop some papers at least 2 if not 3 or 4. Am I f**ked off you bet, I am so angry with myself, yet the sensible side of me is going to don't be stupid you have a pain condition you are on 30 meds a day, of course you are not going to be able to do it all..... But I want to do it all, I want to feel how I felt at the Gold Coast, I want to feel normal, is it really so bad that I want to be just normal again. CRPS suck and right now I hate it...... I don't normally complain about it but I am. I am sure next week, next month I will feel better but for now I am going to hide under my rock again for a while. 

Here are a few photo's of our trip, not many and not that exciting but soon the videos will be up :)

"Tropical Fruit World"




View from our Apartment - On the 3rd picture they are building a 6 star hotel there for the Commonwealth Games for 2018. (You need to look through the trees)




"Harlem Globetrotters"
This was awesome :)











This place is interesting lol - got asked twice if I wanted a smoke :)















This place is free and a must do well I think so, it is not huge :)








So there you have it, just a few pics from the trip, will do the videos soon I promise :)


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Just a quick post....


Very quick and short post, we are back from holiday, had an awesome time. Internet was limited hence why no updates will be updating on youtube soon the vlogs - will let you know when. 

For 3 weeks I felt like a normal person, pain was very low, walked heaps (well for me anyway lol), feel relaxed and all ready to go... Trying to get used to the cold weather back here, and hate it......

On Monday I start pushing the business, and also am back studying, I am so close to graduating, time to knuckle down and finish the degree, so will be very busy for the next 16 weeks :).


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Some changes....

First off I had been having negative vibes about our trip, couldn't really pinpoint why or what.... anyway we decided to check on trip advisor again where we were staying as it had all 4 or 5 stars up  until last night when we checked, all of a sudden out of the last 6 comments 5 were rating it 1 or 2 stars... everyone was saying it was dirty and people who had been going for many years said they wouldn't be back there anymore. So last night we decided to cancel that place and book in somewhere else, which had all 4 or 5 stars and 1, 3 star. We could only book in till the 4th July, and as it is the marathon that weekend, we couldn't find anywhere else for the last 4 or so days, so we have just left them blank and in the meantime hope they get a cancellation lol - or we will go down towards upper New South Wales and stay there somewhere. We will decide when we get there :). And once we had confirmed our booking for accommodation I felt so much more at ease....... so 4 weeks tomorrow we will be on our way. 

Another big decision we made was moving out of Rotorua, though I am desperate to move to the beach, I know emotionally I am not ready to handle a move, so at the weekend we decided we would stay here in this house (yes the house that was David and his ex), but I did make some conditions, that we make cosmetic changes and also we redo the deck that is rotting. So last Sunday we went shopping, now I know David is more conservative and I am more well out there lol. Anyway we have come to a compromise in furniture that we both like so on Sunday the shop we love happened to have a 30% sale on furniture so we got this dinning room table and chairs and yes there is one chair different but thats what I like about it. It is heavy and made out of recycled boats and stuff, I LOVE it and David LIKES it lol. 



We also got his coffee table, and over the next few months we will slowly change all the furniture to this style. As the tables has blue in it, we are going to focus on that as the main colour :)



For now we are going to work on the lounge, dinning room and kitchen, to add a bit of colour for now we added these patchwork poofs :)



Here are some of the stuff I still want to add to the lounge, not sure which cabinet out of the two in the top row, and thinking the blue one, and am thinking the long unit in the top row maybe for a TV cabinet. The lantern in the second row comes in a set of 3 in different sizes, so will get all three. 


Basically everything we will look at buying is all from this one shop "Exotic Imports" - I am so in love with their stuff :)

For the kitchen we are going to get this jug and toaster - just waiting for Noel Lemming to have a sale as I can't seem to find out anywhere else who sells this style - it is from their vintage collection.... we are also going to look at different accessories to brighten the kitchen up. We have red tiles on the wall behind the oven we are going to swap them to a blue and hopefully we can change the handles on the kitchen cabinets. 




All this furniture will suit the style of house we will be buying in a few years time, there is still many other changes in curtains etc that will all need to be done as well. 

Steph's friend is doing ok, she came home from hospital yesterday, and still has a while to go, she still has difficulty in breathing, her lungs will never work 100% again and she can never drink again (which is not a bad thing probably) as her kidneys are stuffed - so she has a long road ahead of her, and I hope she is strong enough to cope. We went to see her in hospital last week when in ICU and when she woke up the smile on her face was amazing as she had only family visiting, and was so happy to see us. 

Anyway thats about it for now, catch you all soon - oh yeah weigh in yesterday a gain of 400 grams - not worried about it, no use stressing about the past :)


Monday, May 11, 2015

Did another week really go by....


I started doing the 'Walk Away The Pounds' in the post below if you want to know more. I am loving it, I work so much harder than walking outside, cause the pain level is a lot less not being out in the open cold temperature and also no uneven footpaths to worry about. Anyway with the exercise I managed to lose 1.7 Kilos this week - I am stoked :)

Mothers Day was yesterday, David, Steph and I went out for lunch and she got me this cool clock for Mothers Day. Didn't see Chris he was sick so told him to stay away, I don't want or need it :)
5 weeks on Wednesday till our trip to Aussie, we were going to get Steph to look after the dogs, but have decided to put them in a kennel, it is a place where they can keep them inside with the family, if they are a little timid. So going to check them out this week sometime, then drop them in there for a night or two, just to check they are ok with it and if so then thats where they will stay. It feels a little funny this time, as we have no real plans for our trip this time, we are for 3 weeks and just going to do whatever we feel like on the day pretty much :)

Now some not so good news, a close friend of Steph's OD'd a week ago, she is still in ICU and not doing very well, it makes me so sad that these kids feel that life is so tough that they have to do this. She is a fighter, and she is a lovely girl, so positive vibes that she will pull through ok, we are going to visit her maybe Wednesday. We are keeping in contact with her mum regarding visits. 

Anyway I am out of here, my nail tach is coming around to do my right hand nails properly I attempted them last week with acrylics and they are looking a bit out of shape so she will redo 3 of them, so need to get the acrylics off ready for her. But here is a pic of the better hand :)


Have a great morning, afternoon or day/night wherever you are :)

Keep smiling and stay safe :)