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Why You Should Donate Blood

Why You Should Donate BloodIt only takes an hour to donate blood, but it could save someone’s life.A few years ago I decided that I wanted to donate blood. I was so disappointed in myself that I wasn’t able to complete my first donation. You see, I am a fainter. I don’t like needles. I don’t like having blood taken. Even talking about it often makes me go weak at the knees. But I just felt really strongly that this was something that I needed to do. I felt so strongly about it that I became emotional thinking about it.

A few years ago I decided that I wanted to donate blood. But I was so disappointed in myself that I wasn’t able to complete my first donation. You see, I am a fainter. I don’t like needles. I don’t like having blood taken. Even talking about it often makes me go weak at the knees. But I just felt really firmly that this was something that I needed to do. I felt so strongly about it that I became emotional thinking about it.

Since that first attempt, I have attempted it two more times. Each time I was unable to complete a whole donation. However, they assured me they were still able to use the small amount.

BENEFITS

  • It doesn’t cost anything
  • It only takes an hour
  • You get a snack & drink at the end
  • Each donation can help save three lives

How Blood is Used

I fall into the 4% that is obstetrics. After the birth of my daughter, I received a total of 3 units of blood over the course of two days. After that, I was also on iron supplements to help me get back to normal.

I’m not sure that I believe in fate but it’s quite interesting that I had attempted to donate blood 3 times & ended up needing 3 units.

Take the quiz to see if you are eligible to donate blood here

ORGAN DONATION

After my husband & I got married, we opted to be on the same Medicare card. While looking into how to go about that I learned that you can sign up to be an Organ Donor through Medicare. Two completed flyers later my we were both registered organ donors.

I’ve recently learned that with great doctors & surgeons, blood transfusions are not always required with an organ transplant. Miriam from But, Still Breathing had a double lung transplant at Houston Methodist on March 6, 2015. Her doctor, Dr Scott Scheinin, has made it his life’s work to becoming skilled in bloodless surgery in order to lessen bleeding & hemorrhaging during surgery, therefore lessening the need for blood transfusions. Even though lung transplants are usually considered to have a higher risk of blood loss of all the transplants, Miriam’s surgery was a wonderful success with very minimal blood loss. You can read more about Miriam’s journey over at her blog: But, Still Breathing.

To become an organ donor, register through Medicare here

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2018 Goals

2018 Goals

Here’s to the new year!

This year I have decided not to set any goals or resolutions, but pick a word, theme or phrase for the year.

I wish that I could claim this idea as my own. I first heard about it while listening to Happier with Gretchen Rubin, my favourite podcast.

The idea is you pick a word, theme or phrase to focus on for the year.

I have cheated, choosing 2 themes to focus on.

Relationships

This theme is directed more towards friendships, but I also want to build stronger relationships with my family & colleagues.

I have a major idea in mind to help me tackle this.

In the last two years, most of my friends have had children. None of us have had much time for ourselves let alone time to catch up or a night off. So I plan to host a mum’s night off once a month for us all. The first one will be held at my house. Going to a restaurant is another idea too. I’ve also suggested to my husband that he also do something similar with the other husbands on another night.

I think the relationship I have with my immediate family is so strong at the moment but I want to extend that to the rest of my family. I’d like to visit my nan a bit more regularly. I’d like a regular catch up with my in-laws.

Mise en Place

Mine en place is the French phrase meaning the preparation of dishes & ingredients before the beginning of service in a professional kitchen.

But I’m going to use it a bit differently. I am taking it to mean everything in its place. So that means at the end of the night putting things away, organising areas of the house & decluttering.

I also want to take the time to put things in their proper place for each room in the house, & make better use of the space. Trying to be smart, I think I can tackle one of these areas per month:

  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Bathroom
  • Garage
  • Ensuite
  • Linen cupboard
  • wardrobe
  • Elise’s room
  • Digital (phone, computer & email)

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My Secret Pinterest Boards

I like to think that I jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon quite early. Especially since almost everything starts out in America. From what I can tell, my first pin was pinned 5 years ago, which would have been 2012. Pinterest introduced secret boards in late 2012. I can’t even remember which of these boards was the first that I created. But I knew there were some things I wanted to keep for later but wanted to keep private. Here’s a list of my secret boards & what I use them for.

My Secret Pinterest Boards

Blog Ideas

In all honesty, there are way too many pins on this board for me to ever get through them all. I just keep saving things thinking that I will come back to them. Although, I’m sure a lot of people feel that is the whole point on Pinterest: pin things you will never do/make.

• Tools & resources

• Tips

• Courses

• Topic ideas

• How To

Baby

I started this board when I found a “Muggle Born” onesie that I wanted to save. Now the board has mostly sewing patterns, party ideas, nursery décor & tips to survive parenthood.

Read Later

This is for anything I am curious about but don’t have the time to commit to reading just yet. I’m sure a few things that should be on the Blog Ideas board have also sneaked there way here. Some things I have pinned here relate to:

• Paying down debt

• Books to read

• Meal plans

• Productivity

LCHF

LCHF stands for Low Carb High Fat. I created this board a while ago when our trainer suggested we look into eating fewer carbs but more fat. I’ve honestly only made 1 thing from this board. But looking at it again now there are more desserts & snacks, some of which I should probably give a try.

RELATED: Pinterest Clean Up

2017 Goals

Once again, I’ve had a good long hard think about what I want to achieve in 2017. There were a few on last years list that I didn’t complete but I don’t want to repeat those again.

General

Read – This year I’d like to complete a Popsugar reading challenge. I always find out about it too late but I’ve come across the 2017 challenge already. You can see the Popsugar article about the challenge here & my personal progress here.

Actually take a lunch break – I really need to get away from my desk & computer when I eat lunch. This includes when I am at the office & when I’m at home. I often eat breakfast infant of the computer too.

Grow this blog – There are still a lot of edits I need to make to my old posts. I’ve also got a giant list of blog ideas, plus a Pinterest board full.

Sewing – I have had some material to make myself a singlet sitting around for about 6 months now. If I don’t pull my finger out & make it soon I will have to wait until next summer to wear it. Whenever I go out to weddings or parties I’m more interested in what other people are wearing. I try to deconstruct pieces of clothing by so I can make them later.

Financial – I don’t have a specific financial goal yet but I know I want to try to get a bit further ahead.

Have a bath – A bath is a great way for me to relax & enjoy some ‘me time’. Plus after the Boxing Day sale I’ve got a stack of baths bombs to try!

 

RELATED: 2016 Goals

 

Growth

Challenge myself – This one is inspired by the juice cleanse article I recently read on the Food Network’s Snapchat. I’d like to test my willpower & determination. I’d like to do something everything for a month. Some ideas I have are:
no bread/pasta/ice cream/chocolate/coffee/takeaway food etc
no TV
go vegetarian
drink only water
drink at least 2 liters of water
go for a walk
journal
meditate
100 squats/push ups/sit ups etc
I will add links if I end up doing any of these!

Running – This didn’t actually make last year’s list because I was tired of not succeeding. But it’s back & I like to think I’m being reasonable this time. Starting off slow to get myself back into it I want to spend January going for a walk roughly every second day. Then I should be a bit fitter than I currently am & will start running. I’ve attempted the Couch to 5k program several times & I’m determined to compete it. I’ve been considering the idea of setting myself a kilometre goal. But to do 1,000km I would need to average 2.7km per day. I’ll aim for 500km then see how things are progressing after 6 months. The 500km can be made up of walking, running or cycling.

2016 Review

Another year has come to an end. Here is a review of the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year. You can see the original post here.

Goals

  • Read – Rather than actually reading the books on my to-read list, I reevaluated it. I read the synopsis of each book on the list to decided if I really wanted to read it. Lots of books didn’t make the cut & I’m ok with it. My current to-read list has 35 books.
  • Make different things for dinner – I think I had mild success with this. I didn’t feel like I was eating the same stuff all the time. It did help that I started buying frozen mixed vegetables rather than having fresh or frozen individual vegetables, so much easier!
  • Be a better person – I have paid much closer attention to being a better person in the second half of this year. I am much closer to my immediate family & than I ever have been. I’ve also put more effort into be by a better friend by putting myself out there a bit more & rather than talking about myself, asking about their lives. I also think I’ve been a kick ass employee!
  • Grow this blog – I’ve started to do a few different things to improve this blog. I’ve added a watermark to my pictures, featured images to posts & installed an SEO plugin. I still have a long way to go & lots of old posts to edit but it’s getting there.
  • Write – The only thing I have written this year is well wishes on birthday cards! I guess can’t think of any amazing ideas although I’m sure not all stories start with an amazing idea. I did create a new Pinterest board for writing prompts & different words to use.
  • Build another website – After some research, the idea I had already exists in several forms. I know I could have got it going but after the research I put it into the too hard basket.
  • Empty the sink – Although this idea was pretty lame I did make an effort to empty the sink each night. Hopefully this has been the beginning of a new habit.