Good bye 2014! I cannot believe that another year has passed, and so quickly too! Time really flies nowadays, and we all can theorise why, but I am not going to open that can just yet ;)
If I have to give 2014 a title, and I think about all the things that happened, I would call it The Year of Change.
I had a change in my career path, where I changed from being an Operations Manager to being a Tech Lead of our Storage and Virtualisation team. In May of 2013 I took on the role of Ops Manager at one of our clients, to test the waters so to speak. The role was kind of a hybrid role of Technical Architect and Operations Manager, just so that the transition can be made easier, and that I can still use my technical skills to benefit the client.
Long story short, it turned out that I am not really suited to be in a management role, and that my talents and skill lean more towards the bigger-picture view of the environment; more of a an objective view, away from the day-to-day operations.
I was also very stressed out and the role was literally killing me. I had burnout, and in May of 2014 I developed a case of shingles, because my body just couldn’t take it any more.
This spurred my employer on to move me to another position. As orchestrated by a Higher Power, the role of Technical Architect for the Storage and Virtualisation team opened up, and as storage and virtualisation is my speciality, I was fit for the role. I then started in the new position in October, and boy, what a change! I am loving it! The stress and anxiety is gone (although not completely, because, let’s be honest, no job is completely stress free), and I am seeing so much potential in the role and for myself to grow as one of the best Tech Leads my employer has ever had!
I changed my lifestyle. To this point, my lifestyle has been pretty healthy. Healthy food, exercise, and enough sleep. But then, in November, I had another strange illness thing happen to me. Sparing you all the medical details, I was dizzy on the Saturday morning, like with low blood pressure. Went to gym, had it checked out, and it was okay. The spells continued and got worse. I eventually called an ambulance to take me to the hospital. At the hospital I had a seizure, and then woke up in the ER. I spent a day in the ICU and then a couple of days in the general ward. They could only pick up a bit of acidosis in my blood, but the CT scan and EEG were normal. So, to this day, we don’t know what happened. It is scary, not knowing what caused it, and if it will be back.
So what do we do? We make things even healthier. I started researching things which cause blood pH to drop and cause acidosis, and started fixing my diet to compensate for this. I also went back onto my chronic asthma medication (a rise in carbon dioxide in the blood can also cause acidosis). So far so good, and I hope that it won’t come back and that it was a once-off thing. Making the healthy choices can only benefit me, so it’s all good :)
I changed banks and mobile operators. Yes, I know these may sound trivial, but to me, changes like these are filled with drama and anxiety LOL. I hate admin, and changing banks comes with the most admin I can tolerate. That being said, I am glad that the new bank is so super efficient and helpful (like chalk and cheese compare to the previous bank), and that the transition went pretty smooth.
Changing mobile operators was another story all together. All mobile operators in South Africa suck with customer service. You just need to go with the one that sucks the least. That’s what I did. It didn’t make the transition easier though. Porting my number was a pain, as the operators don’t seem to play nice with each other, and then the old operator didn’t do the port and subsequent contract cancellation properly, so I was billed for a month’s services. Fortunately that is being sorted out.
I witnessed a friend change her surname. Alister and Michelle got married, and that was the wedding of the year! :) It was such an amazing and beautiful day, and it was great to see the two lovebirds getting hitched :) The wedding was beautiful, and it was a blessing to have been invited to witness the union of these two amazing people.
Some changes that I have planned for 2015. They are almost like New Year’s resolutions, but most of them are already under way and in progress :
- Change how I feel about what people think. In short, I won’t care what they think. I will, however, consider what they have to say, if they come with a logical and valid argument, and have it spoken in love and diplomacy;
- Drink more water. Yes, I should have been doing this already, and have been trying to do this over the past couple of weeks, but I don’t like the taste of water (it’s so… watery haha), so I have to make a concerted effort to drink more. I will be devising a plan on how I will be doing this. This will also help my body balance my blood pH better;
- Cut out refined sugar completely. With the health scare I had I really cut down on the sugar in my diet, and changed from refined sugar to raw sugar or honey. I aim to remove my taste for sweet things completely, and only to use the most natural (and pH-raising) sweeteners where necessary;
- Go out more. I sit at home too much, and am missing out on meeting wonderful and amazing new people. I don’t want to fall into a rut where I am stuck at home all the time, watching TV, surrounded by all my thoughts and feelings. Time to live more. This is what I realised after last night’s NYE party. I had a lot of fun and met up with great people I have only seen and spoken with on social media. Guys, social media is okay, but meeting the person behind the FB profile or Twitter handle is much, much better! Plus it’s a lot easier to speak to them than to type out everything hehe. I like the feeling of looking someone in the eye and telling them “Hey, I like your shirt, it looks great on you!” instead of just clicking the Like button below the pic;
- Not worry about meeting Mr. Right. I am only going to have fun and live my life. I am going to do my gyming, hobbies, and other activities, and when it happens it will happen. I am not going to look for him, because I am missing out on meeting so many other great people, and missing out on all the fun and good times.
Okay, looking that list it looks like a bunch of resolutions haha. I don’t want to call them that though, because if I fail at them, it will make me say “Ah, too bad, better luck next year”. The changes (as I mentioned in one of my Facebook statuses) must happen at any time, when I am ready for them. I need to own the timing of them, so that I can control the change, and not the other way around. I think writing this blog post only made me verbalise and record them clearly.
Now for a list of other things that happened in 2014
- The year started off with a wonderful gathering at Kerri’s house. We had a great time and it was amazing to start the year off with close friends
- Met some new friends, mostly online, but some also via other friends at parties and events. The list is too long, and you all know who you are. Thanks for entering my life and giving it colour!
- In February I said goodby to my gran. She passed away at the age of 94. She was the most interesting and amazing gran anyone could have hoped for. We all (still) love her very much, and she has left a big, gaping hole in our lives.
- I changed back to an Apple iPhone. Yes, I tried the whole Android thing, and it was okay, and worked well for me. Apple is just better for me ;)
- I had a great birthday and house warming party with some close friends. I wish I had space to invite everyone though hehe, but you can’t have much of a party with only 56 squares to play with hehe
- I tried growing a beard, and it was awful.
- I went to Madame Zingara with friends. It was great fun and we, as per usual, went nuts :)
- Germany won. That’s all.
- I started gymnastics again. This was one of the big ones! It makes me so very, very happy doing it, and although I have given it a bit of a break for now, I aim to start again. Another change in the gymnastics? I hope so – I want to move from artistic gymnastics to power tumbling. Watch this space :)
- I went to Durban with my bestie, Colleen, and I had my first scuba dive! It was in the uShaka aquarium, and it was amazing! I may pursue this further…
- Kaiser, my furchild (Pitbull Jack Russell cross) had skin cancer removed from his tummy. Poor boy doesn’t pee straight now haha. He now has to get sunscreen sprayed on his tummy every day. He is okay now though, and all is good. I miss him so much, and I am working furiously to get a house with a big garden for him (and an adopted playmate)
- I broke a fuel consumption record (personal record), where I managed to get 1 032km on 55 liters of petrol (that’s an average of 5.2l/100km) – and this, ladies and gentlemen, is one of the reasons I drive a Volkswagen!
- I had a couple of dates (more like informal meets over coffee or a movie), and have made some friends – no love yet – but there’s no rush ;)
- I went to the Rocky Horror Show with Ebi and Andrew. Wowowowow! What an amazing show and what a great time we had! Ebi and I went dressed up as Rocky. I wore gold hotpants and gold sneakers (which were white and we attacked it with a can of gold spray paint LOL), and nothing else. Walked through Monte Casino like that, and I must admit, I love the attention! I think I may be a bit of an exhibitionist after all! I also think that the gyming (and perhaps me getting older and wiser, and looking at myself with more objective eyes) has given me more confidence, and all those body issues I had are going away. I guess I can freely do that, because I work heard enough on my body, and it’s paying off! Feeling great about it! :D
- I walked into an elevator door and spilled my latte. I wasn’t paying attention to the door, because my attention was on a gorgeous man in the lobby. (I just had to mention that, because I always thought that stuff like this only happens to other people haha)
- I was wrestled by Colleen, but she also piggy-backed me that same day. I may or may not have also bitten her knee and/or licked her cheek that day
- I changed my gym workout a bit – moved away from going heavy to more reps with lower weights. It is good! What a change!
- Had a wonderful Christmas with my Mom’s family. We laughed and talked and ate. A lot, and then some more. We only left late that night. That is how I remember our visits to be like. We needed a good time like that to properly catch up.
- I have seen my niece become quite the assertive and demanding little diva (in a good way) – she is 2.5, super clever and she knows what she wants. You can’t fool her. Even though I see some challenging times ahead when she gets older, I am glad to see that she has a strong personality and is going to be a confident girl. I know that my brother and sister-in-law will make sure that she grows up with the right values and that she is going to be a good young lady
- I made a corny chemistry joke on FB and only two people liked it (or got it?) *glares*
Okay, this is all I can think of and remember right now LOL
More things will probably pop up in my head later today, and I will see if I can add them – maybe as an addendum to this post.
My year has been filled with ups and downs, and I have learned so many things. I have come to value friendships more, and to also value myself more. We all have so many treasures and miracles hiding in ourselves, and we just need to stop for a minute and realise how wonderfully we have been created. There is no end to the power of the human spirit, and I encourage you to look deep within yourself and find those gems of wonder that you hold. You were born with them, and you were blessed with them, and only you can bring them out so that the world can see the wonder which is you! Don’t be afraid of what the world might think, and if your gems and wonders are different to others, because they are still beautiful and amazing, just as you are! We hold within ourselves the power to change our lives and to change the world! If we can make decisions that can cause failure or fault, why can’t we make decisions to bring change, joy, happiness, and the betterment of humanity?
Isn’t that easier? ;)
So from the desk of Johann Ottovordemgentschenfeldeman Raath (or Kaiser Raath), I wish you a wonderful 2015. May your inner light shine for all the world to see, and may your light touch the world and bring positive change, happiness, and blessings to those around you. May you be blessed with love, joy, happiness, success, health, and wisdom in the year of 2015!
Love the beautiful person you are, and may the love of others fill and enrich your life.
May you find joy and appreciation in both the big and the small things in life.
May you be content and happy, and see the good and positive in everything.
May you have success with all your changes and ‘resolutions’.
May you be blessed with abundant health. Mentally, physically, and spiritually.
May you learn from everything and everyone, and may the wisdom gained from all life events, good or bad, be with you for all eternity.