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I had a pretty rough week. I guess it’s just that time of year where everything gets stressful. We have less than a week until the end of the school year here in New Zealand and then we are on summer vacation until February. I think I really need the break even though I do have school related plans for over the break such as an exam writing camp in Auckland for a week and some preparation for next year to be done.


I found this present in my pigeonhole this afternoon. A BLUEberry muffin because I was feeling blue. Someone must have noticed that I was having a bad day. Little things like this just make such a difference and it just made my whole afternoon a whole lot brighter. I work with some amazing people. I still haven’t even figured out who put it there.


My husband also always makes me feel better. His ridiculous sense of humour is, many times, just what I need.

Right now, what I need is sleep. Wake me up next Friday.

I have been a bit down in the dumps lately. The holidays are a rough time for me since I haven’t fully adjusted to living in another country at this time of the year. The holidays for me have always been very much grounded in traditions and family. It’s hard to suddenly be on the other side of the world from everyone I’ve always celebrated the holidays with and completely new traditions. Josh has been really supportive since we moved to New Zealand. He understands that the holidays are a bit rough for me and he tries his best to make the holidays a nice time.

I woke up last Thursday and realized that probably about 2 people that I’d see during the day would even know it was Thanksgiving. It was a beautiful spring day. Summer is just around the corner (another thing I’ll probably never get used to). I walked across to school deflated and missing everyone. I had no Thanksgiving plans. I felt pretty alone.

There was a card on my desk.


It was from my friend Aly. She’s from Canada and she has been teaching at our school for most of this year. She has become a really good friend and that card meant the whole world to me.

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I recently saw someone post on Facebook about how they were enjoying a new project they had started called the 5 Year Diary. It is exactly that – a diary that you keep for 5 years. I just had to get one for myself.


Each page has a date on it and room for 5 year’s worth of entries for that date. It is meant for a short summary of that day. Only 6 lines of writing makes me keep the events of my day to short and sweet little bits. It doesn’t take long to do and it is such a great keepsake to have. It will be interesting in the years to come to see what I had written on that same date in previous years.

I was going to wait to start mine on January 1 this year but when it arrived I just couldn’t wait and started writing in it. Mine starts on Halloween.


You can get one here.

Do you keep a written journal?