Monthly Archives: December 2015

Volunteering…6 months in

Volunteering; something I never realised made such a difference to so many people’s lives. 

I have always loved children; their smiles, their laughs, playing in the back yard to cuddling them until they fall asleep. I never was big on studying, so to me, University or TAFE just wasn’t on the cards. 

Many years later at age 22, I found something I may be interested in that would put me in a situation to care for kids like I’d wanted to for so many years now. 

It was to be a big Sister to a child in need. It was 4 hours every week for a minimum of a year. After a long thoughtul process, I decided with my work and netball commitments, this was an unrealistic commitment. It was then I came across a Volunteering option at a Children’s Hospital. It was only 2 hours a day, and however many days you could do in a week. This worked perfectly for me, as I could only be rostered on for a Tuesday night. 

It’s now been 6 months and I would NEVER look back. It’s the best decision I have ever made. For 2 and a half hours every Tuesday night, I rally up a trolley of toys, books and play dough and take them up to the bed sides of sick children in need of a play, laugh, smile or a simple chat. 

The kids are beautiful. They love that we make the time to play with them; and the parents, I just can’t explain. The amount of times they thank you, shed a tear or just give you a hug is all you need to know how much they appreciate you. 

In my mind, I will never stop being a Volunteer at this hospital unless something physically stops me. 

There are so many mixed emotions. Sadness and heart ache for kids experiencing such difficult times and pain. 

However, you walk away feeling grateful and happy that you could make their night a tiny bit better. 

To the kids I play with: I hope I make the short/long stay in hospital that little more bearable when I play games with you   

To the parents: I hope you enjoy seeing your Child have a small moment of happiness whilst in hospital when really they are in all sorts of pain. 

 To the nurses and doctors: You are more than wonderful, words can’t describe.

I definitely recommend this Volunteering position. 

“It has changed my life in so many ways already, I can’t wait to see what it changes in the future.”

Until next time- T.  xx

  

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A Boyce Avenue favourite

My favourite band.  Basically the only thing I listen thing.  The soothing sounds of Alejandro, Daniel and Fabian can make any situation better. Yes their covers are amazing, but when you listen to their own songs and really concentrate on the lyrics, you can get so much out of it.

For example, below is their Acoustic version of their song “One Life”. Take the time to listen to the music, listen hard. There is so much you can learn.

To add to the amazing voice they each have, they are the most genuine, down to earth men.  I was luckily enough to meet them October 2014 in New York City at their concert at Terminal 5. I haven’t got a bad work to speak about the each of them.

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Terminal 5, New York City.

Absolute gentleman.

Until next time-  T xo

Below is my favourite song of theirs.  Check out their YouTube page, you’ll thank me later.

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One special Lady

This below, would have to be one of my favourite quotes simply because of a few words from one special lady in my life.

I am generally a happy person, always have been. But like every one, as you grow up you start to encounter things and situations that make you struggle. Simply a road block on your adventure called ‘life’. For awhile, those road blocks were becoming so hard to overcome. I struggled with the fact that I wasn’t happy constantly and actually had to work to make my life and feelings better.

During this hard time, my Grandmother said a few words that little did I know, would change my life for the better and forever.  She once said to me, ‘You know what darling, life is always going to throw obstacles your way, but you will always handle it.’ ‘If you can just learn to take a positive out of every situation you find yourself in, your life will improve immensely.’

Still to this day, I think that is the best thing I have heard and I will carry that with me forever. If you can take a positive thing out of a bad situation, I guarantee you it makes you a better person. Yes, it is hard in the beginning to find that positivity- but when you do, it will become a habit and make you a happier person.

So think to yourself? Am I as happy as I can be? Am I pulling positives out of my negative balances? 

If you are– well done. Keep doing what you’re doing.

If you aren’t– please just think about what you just read. Try your hardest to adapt a positive attitude, and most importantly… talk! The biggest factor in any difficult situation.  Train your mind; and you will see the difference.

Until next time,
T   xo

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