Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Personality Series: Strengths and Weaknesses.

Last week I mentioned that I was going to start up a little personality series based on my ISTJ Jung personality test results. As you can see below, this weeks topic is 'Strengths and Weaknesses'. I collated this information from a tonne of different websites and forgot to reference them so I've just reworded a few things.. anyway, enjoy!
My strengths:
I honor my commitments,
Take my role in a relationship very seriously,
Am an excellent communicator,
Can be extremely good with money,
Handle constructive criticism well,
Am not afraid to dole out punishment or criticism when necessary.

My weaknesses:
I tend to believe that I am always right,
Have a habit of getting involved in "win-lose" conversations,
Am not always in-tune with what others are feeling,
My need for structure may seem rigid to others,
Have an excessive love of food and drink,
Lack an interest in other people or in relating to them,
Show occasional inappropriate emotional displays,
Have a tendency to be selfish,
Tend to dismiss other's opinions and perspectives before really understanding them,
Have an "it's my way or the highway" sort of attitude.

So what are your strengths and weaknesses?

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

It's my Birthday! + Thankful Tuesdays.

Yep, that's right.. today is my 23rd Birthday! Another year older, another year wiser, another year closer to making babies! :P Haha.. In all seriousness though, it really doesn't bother me that I am getting older. It will probably bother me once I turn 30, but for now I'm just happy to be one year closer to achieving all of the dreams I have for my future. :)

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Thankful Tuesdays

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Friday, 25 May 2012

My life lately.

Hit up the wrecking yards with my besties in search
of a working seatbelt buckle for my car.

Played around with the famous sock bun!

Worked on a little hand drawn/photoshop enhanced header design.

Made a pretty fail chocolate pudding.

Tried out Frances Cassandra's Ombre/Dip Dye nail tutorial.

Went to Mums place for my brothers birthday to visit the pups, lol.

Laughed hysterically at the position this owl doorstop was left in.

Had a sleepover with one of my best friends Jaana.

Had Joey sleep in my bed all night. :)

Received an awesome giveaway package from Helen @ Eat. Enjoy. Live.

Aren't these earrings gorgeous!? Thanks so much Helen! :)

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Which personality type are you?

After reading Kristen from Confessions of a GDS's "What's your personality?" post the other day, I decided it would be fun for me to take the Jung personality test, and boy am I glad that I did. After a few failed attempts at answering the questions myself, my friends Anita and Jaana came around (for other reasons, not just for the test) and helped me to understand what the questions were actually asking. In the end though, thanks to their help, I found out the following..

I am an ISTJ
Introverted - Sensing - Thinking - Judging
aka the "the duty fulfiller", "the examiner" or "the reliant".

After finding this out I went ahead and did a little LOT of research on my personality type, and literally every piece of information I found was 100% spot on! What's so important about knowing your personality type? you might be asking. Well my answer is pretty simple. I believe that in order to be the best version of your true self, first you need to know your true self. Genius right? :)

So what did I learn about myself? Far too much for me to write about in just one blog post, that's for sure! Instead I've decided to break my personality down into bite sized chunks, and share them in the following order over the upcoming weeks:

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1. Strengths and Weaknesses
2. What I was like as a child/teenager.
3. What I am like at work/school.
4. What I am like as a partner.
5. What I will be like as a parent.
6. What I am like as a friend.
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Until then, I will leave you with this general overview.. ISTJs are a quiet and reserved group of perfectionists with a strongly-felt internal sense of duty. ISTJs tend to be highly motivated, organised, methodical and serious, although they have been known to have an offbeat sense of humour and fun as well. They are loyal, faithful, and dependable and they place great importance on honesty and integrity. ISTJs are interested in security and peaceful living, maintaining laws and traditions, and their home and family life. The ISTJ takes particular delight in festive occasions held in the context of rituals, for example, weddings, Christmases and birthdays.

ISTJs have a great sense of space and function, and artistic appreciation. Their homes are likely to be tastefully furnished and immaculately maintained. They are in tune with their senses, and want to be in surroundings which fit their need for structure, order, and beauty. Generally speaking however, ISTJs have a distaste for and distrust of fanciness in speech, dress, and belongings. Their words tend to be plain and down-to-earth, not showy or high-flown. Their clothes are often simple and conservative rather than in the latest style or luxurious. As for personal belongings, they usually choose standard items over models loaded with features, and they often try to find classics and antiques.

When under stress, ISTJs usually report being sick, tired, sad, or worried. They will lose their ability to see things calmly and reasonably, and will often make themselves depressed. They can become fearful of anything that is not well-proven, tried-and-true. If they become impulsive or talk excessively about potential catastrophes, they are showing high stress. ISTJs have a greater need for private time than most of the other personality types, and often give the initial impression of being aloof and perhaps somewhat cold. Expression of emotional warmth is not something that ISTJs do without considerable energy loss. ISTJs are easily frustrated by the inconsistencies of others, especially when the second parties don't keep their commitments.

ISTJs do not feel threatened by constructive criticism or conflict situations. When faced with criticism, the ISTJ is likely to believe that their point of view is correct. When the ISTJ gets involved in a disagreement over a point, they usually begin to attempt to recruit the other person over to their own point of view, fully believing that they are right, and that the other individual simply needs to understand the facts of the situation. In such situations, the ISTJ may or may not be right, but their confidence in their own "rightness" can shake the confidence of others involved. 

So which personality type are you?

Monday, 21 May 2012

Recent Design Work.

Hey everyone,

I hope you guys are all well and have been having as productive of a month as I have so far. As some of you may know I have been an aspiring blog designer for quite a few months now, so I was delighted to be asked to create the following designs for two of my favourite bloggers.

When Frances from Frances Cassandra contacted me regarding the redesign of her blog, I was literally over the moon. I just couldn't get over the fact that such an experienced blogger as Frances would even consider me for the important task of creating her perfect blog design. Once I got over my initial shock I quickly got to work on proving to Frances that she had made the right decision, and going by her recent reaction I'd say that I achieved just that. :)

The other custom blog design that I completed recently for was Charlotte of lilmisschickas. Charlotte, like Frances, was wonderful to work with and was kind enough to put her faith in my blog designing abilities. Charlotte was after a blog design that would match her bold and girly personality, and with a little time and perseverance I was able to create something that she completely fell in love with! :)

If you are interested in having your blog re-designed like these lovely ladies did, feel free to drop me an email!

Friday, 18 May 2012

My life lately.

Pretending chocolate isn't a processed food.

Getting my vintage on for Mothers Day lunch. :)

Getting my sausage dog on 24/7 (see my pajama pants).

Dressing up Joey.

Bahaha! He's so cute. :D

Lots and lots of this!

I've also been doing a tonne of design jobs, but more on that next week! :)

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

A bad case of TMJ.

That's right. As though living with narcolepsy wasn't hard enough for me to deal with, I now have temporomandibular joint disorder as well. :\ For those of you who don't know, temporomandibular joint disorder (or TMJ as I will refer to it from now on) is when the disc that sits inside one or both of the temporomandibular joints (the joints that connect a persons jaw to their skull) becomes displaced. As a result the persons jaw may start to click on one or both sides, and in some cases, even lock up. This was the explanation that I was given by my doctor and dentist anyway.

For me my TMJ started around this time last year when I was out on one of my pracs. I had already been having problems with my wisdom teeth so when the left side of my jaw started clicking I didn't really think much of it, but I told my dentist just to be safe. My dentist told me that they could actually feel my jaw getting stuck and hear the clicking without even being close to me. They told me straight off the bat that I had a condition called TMJ and that there wasn't much that they or I could do aside from applying the occasional heat pack and possibly wearing a mouth brace at night. As it was just a bit of clicking at the time I decided not to worry, and come summer time I barely even noticed it.

Fast forward to just over a month ago though and the clicking had returned full force. The clicking had pretty much become a 24/7 thing, and then all of a sudden it stopped completely and my jaw decided to start locking up instead. At first it was just locking up temporarily, but since the end of my prac two weeks ago it has been permanently locked in the same spot. By that I don't mean that my mouth is permanently locked open, but whenever I go to open my mouth it will only open to a certain point.. and certainly not to a point where I can eat or brush my teeth properly. It's gotten so bad now that I can't even take a bite from a sandwich without getting the sandwich all over my face and/or gagging. :(

I ended up going to the doctors late last week as I couldn't go in earlier due to still being on prac, and my doctor of 21 years confirmed that I definitely have TMJ and that I will probably have to go in for surgery at some point during the next few months. :| He told me to take the maximum dosage of ibuprofen everyday for the next 3 weeks and if my jaw is still locked in 3 weeks time he will be referring me to some sort of facial surgeon at the hospital. Yikes!

I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty freaking worried right about now! It's been a week since I was at the doctors and my jaw is still locked in that same awkward position. As painful as this whole thing is, the thought of someone operating on my face scares me to absolute death! Every morning I wake up and try to open my jaw with my fingers crossed that it will magically be unlocked, but each day it is still the same. :(

I just wish I knew someone who has been through this before. I need somebody that I can talk to and confide in, and have reassure me that everything will be ok..

Friday, 11 May 2012

My life lately.

PMS overload.

Received this farewell card from one of my year 4 students.
Apparently I'm married and only teach science, haha! 

Was reunited with my baby girl Phoebe. :)

Spent some quality time with Joey Woey. :)

Purchased this sexy new cordless mouse after my old one died.

Got the all clear from my optometrist to start wearing contacts daily.

Went along to one of B's basketball games. And yes, his ankle
was still swollen. :/ Boys!