AAA Meeting

A new job, a new puppy and a health kick in the same week!?!

Welcome FINALLY to a AAA Meeting! Oh my word it’s been awhile but ya know, new job and all kinda keeps a girl busy! And of all the jobs in the lands I cannot believe how this one fits me like a glove. It’s got a little bit of everything and it’s school hours too so it’s PERFECT! And yes, you read right, we got a brand new puppy the same week I went back to work – what in the world were we thinking?!! I’d like to say I quit sugar too but let’s just say I cut back. But all up, we managed ok, so here’s how it all went down.

Earlier this year I joined our local Visitor Centre Committee. It was something I had planned to do as I studied Tourism after my travels. I had planned to get involved once my youngest was at school full time but the committee needed members so I jumped in to see what it was all about. I loved it! I’d forgotten how passionate I was about all things Tourism. I guess six years being a stay at home Mum can keep you busy like that.

I did the minutes a few times for the meeting and it was so interesting. I remember doing minutes for Council Meetings years ago and it was so intense, it didn’t interest me at all. Doing something you love, well that’s totally different. I had a few friends in the group and I’m sure we’ve been texting each other everyday from that point on. Whether it’s to do with the committee or just everyday laughs. It’s funny how friendships grow, especially in a small town. I’d be lost without them 🙂

When I found out my friend was expecting I suddenly romanced about maybe doing her job at the Visitors Centre while she was on maternity leave. Hmmmm! I think that was when things got a little quiet here on the blog. I was busy preparing my resume – how long do those take to dust off!?! – writing articles to help out, tackling the selection criteria – all those sorts of things. I suddenly noticed a shift in myself too. I started nesting, as if I knew a change was coming. I was meal planning like a demon, like I knew I had to be organised, the laundry baskets were empty and I was cleaning the bathrooms twice a week?! What sort of crazy lady does that!?

I was getting nervous hearing word on the street how many applicants there was for the job but I had to remind myself to be cool. What will be will be, just be myself, all that sort of thing, Poor Farmer saw the highs and lows of my Wonder Woman confidence to major self doubt. He’s such a champ! I only had to wait a week to find out how my interview went but that week felt like the longest month.

Will and CruzWhile this was all happening we found the perfect puppy from a gorgeous friend of mine in Brisbane. Farmer has always wanted a black Staffy so we jumped at the chance. Our little guy flew over from Brisbane, Farmer picked him up and drove all the way back home again. He’s such a chilled out little guy, we couldn’t help but name him Cruz. It fits him perfectly as my Brisbane friend and I met on the cruise ship we worked on together in Scotland. It’s so lovely to know he’s come from such a good home and his name brings back such fun memories.

He’s settled in so well, in fact, Cruz sleeps better than my 4 year old!! He’s had a few accidents around the house but otherwise he’s been amazing. He’s made great mates with the farm dogs. Our cat Molly tolerates him but gives him a few love taps every now and then. I’m so glad she didn’t get upset with us like cats can often do. Cruz is definitely Farmer’s little man though. He goes off to work with him each day, and at the end of the night those two are snoring on the couch together (don’t worry, he’s on his blanket). He’s great with the boys, there’s been a few lego casualties but they’re learning pretty quick. He’s a bit too quick to take pictures at the moment. Once he settles they’ll be more photos. He’s such a cutie!

As for the health kick, well why not throw fuel to the fire! I wouldn’t say I’ve completely cut sugar out but I’ve certainly cut back. Life’s too short not to eat cake right? So my vice over the last two busy weeks funny enough was SWEARING! I have no idea I could be this bad!! I guess it was tiredness mostly, but rather than shout or yell my frustrations you’d find me muttering all the swears I could think of!! haha! Luckily I’ve started to go to bed earlier so I can cut that out. A swear jar would of had me broke!! I must get a Love Your Sister swear jar all the same.

IMG_5406So I’m two weeks into the job now and it’s going great guns. My job includes a little retail, planning and coordinating events, booking or giving local tours, assisting travellers with enquiries, directions and recommending local services (especially accomodation). I’m sure there’ll be heaps more to add to the list as time goes by. My favourite part of the job is giving awesome service. I LOVE IT! It’s so addictive. I’ve had so many lovely chats today with tourists, volunteers and locals and it’s my job!! #winning

In celebration of all things awesome we’re set to do a giveaway for July and this time it’s open to New Zealand readers too! Woohoo!!! All you need to do is tell me in the comments below about some awesome service you’ve had lately in your neck of the woods. Don’t forget to grab the name of the lovely one who gave it as they will win a prize too. This months prize for finding awesome service is a John Hughes prize pack!! Hello!! You could win 3 brand new classic DVDs (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink) to enjoy curled up on the couch keeping warm this winter. The winner for wonderful service will win a $30 movie voucher. Awesome!! Keep your eyes peeled!

Happy Hunting!

IMG_5621PRIZE: There are 2 prizes. One prize is 3 (three) new John Hughes DVDs for the YHUAH reporter; the other prize is 1 (one) movie voucher $30 – for the lovely one – named for giving awesome service.

Competition Terms and Conditions:

This giveaway will close at 5pm Perth time on Monday 25th July, 2016
Giveaway is open to Australian and New Zealand readers only.
There will be two (2) winners.
To enter, participants must comment on any of the AAA Meeting posts (scheduled on 5th, 12th and 19th of July 2016) 
This is a game of skill. The best awesome service story will be chosen by You had us at hello shortly after the closing date and contacted via Facebook.
Once a winner is confirmed, You had us at hello will be in touch direct.
Prizes are non redeemable for cash and are non transferable. If the winners are from New Zealand, a movie voucher of similar value will be awarded.
This giveaway is not managed or endorsed by Facebook in any way.

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  • Reply Chantelle July 6, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Oh wow! So much going on. The job sounds fab. xx

    • Reply Jo July 9, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      I feel very lucky indeed Chantelle. I even told my boss “you chose well I tell ya” You know me, always cheeky!! xx

  • Reply Shan@FortyUp July 6, 2016 at 9:29 am

    I love your AAA Meetings!!! This was a lovely catch up but can’t wait to see you in person soon!!! xx

    • Reply Jo July 9, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      I real life catch up is ALWAYS the best. I’m thinking Perth next weekend. I shall be in touch, til then we need to think of a place that’s warm and can entertain all our crazy kids xx

  • Reply Hugzilla July 6, 2016 at 10:49 am

    HOLY SHIT JO!! That sounds amazing – congrats babe!

    • Reply Jo July 9, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks Hugzy! It’s a bit of a win. I really am jumping out of bed to get to work. Best way to be 🙂 xx

  • Reply Janet Camilleri aka Middle Aged Mama July 6, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Sounds like life has been busy but fun, lots of good things happening!

    • Reply Jo July 9, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      I never knew I could be so busy Janet! lol! But it sure feels great so far. I’m starting to go to bed early due to pure exhaustion. I’m looking forward to Summer so there’s more hours in the day to socialise 🙂 xx

  • Reply stephanie@stephsjoy July 6, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Oh my – so much going on with you! Glad you are loving your new job!

    • Reply Jo July 9, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      Thanks Steph! It’s a big shock to the system. As the weeks go by things are starting to get easier. I exercised today for the first time in over a month. Felt great but man, I sure will sleep well 🙂 xx

  • Reply Peregrinationgourmande August 2, 2016 at 10:19 am

    I love your new job! And new puppy! And you are defineltly not quitting sugar before my stay at your place! I m going to make you some French bakery. Haha xx Cathy

    • Reply Jo August 8, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      Oh really?!! I can’t wait Cathy! All eating well is off this week hahah! xx

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