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New wine skins for new wine.


New wine skins for new wine.

On Sunday evening, I shared with the church a testimony on how I managed to get my new job.

It wasn’t shortly until I shared with my church family the circumstances on how the interview took place, that they remarked that the Lord’s favour had been upon me.

Indeed, when I went for my interview (that led me to my current job), the Director had already given me signs that she wanted to offer me the position. 

First, she didn’t ask me any interview questions. Instead, she had taken me for a centre tour. By the time she had shown me the yard outside, she had already asked me which shift I would be interested in...

Last week, when I was having my off the floor for programming time, I asked the director what made her decide I was a good fit for the centre, and what made her decide to offer me the position. 

She said that during the centre tour, I had paused in the classroom, and had given her the impression that I could ‘make the classroom mine’. 

I had given her the impression that I was adaptable, and I was willing to take the time to learn a new form of programming and curriculum (considering the last teacher had many difficulties working with StoryPark... LOL).

It was also not a coincidence that the Lord had prepared me that I had spoken to my work reference at the time I did. 

It was too that I was able to give a favourable reply to the director when her Human Resource had queried her on the references that was given and I had to come in to speak to her shortly before they would offer the teaching position.

I believe that when the Lord gave me this position, He already had the groundwork prepared. Having been through a challenging situation with my former employers, and an adverse domestic relations with a relative, the Lord had built up my courage and confidence to overcome my hang ups, and take new situations in stride.

For this, I thank the Lord that He has allowed me to put on new wine skins that I may have new wine. The dream that he has put in me is now coming to pass.  
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June 2019: Six weeks update at my new home.

Atlas, our little black puma cat. 
Thor, the gray tabby cat with white socks. 

Today is the Queen's Birthday. More than six weeks have passed since I moved out of my family home. 

The cats have started get used to living in the garage. They no longer come to my window sill to look for me in the mornings. I take that as a good sign that they are starting to get independent and have made this new place their home. 

Thor still gives me signs that he wants to spend time with me, though Atlas is more free-spirited and explores mostly on his own. 

I have to admit that I have not really been spending much time with them since I started my new job. It is a full time position, where I have a permanently rostered shift and start at the same time every morning. 

The last two weeks have not been the easiest. I had some family issues to deal with, and a run-away cousin. Being his only relative in Australia, there was a lot of pressure on me to manage him, and I just wanted to sit on the fence.

Blood family relations are always a tricky affair to navigate, especially when it is not really your responsibility to deal with in the first place. It was a learning and eye-opening experience to see what people's real motives are when they are finally revealed, and nothing is ever as it seems.

For now, I just want to focus on getting myself settled in my new job and giving it my very best. I would like God to finally send me a real-life partner, but I get that He will do it in his own time.. probably let's try sticking to a low-carb diet and a fitness regiment that I will get myself busily distracted fit whilst I also put my social skills to practice.

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Medicine or myth: Thor my television cat star!

It took about six months of post-production... but finally Thor had his six seconds of fame on local television channel, SBS Australia on 26th May 2019.
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My new job at a play-based childcare centre.

By the time I finish on this post, I would have finished my first week at the new long day care centre in Wyndham Vale. It is a centre that employs a play-based program to the Australian Early Years learning program. Yup, I am now no longer working in a Montessori centre!

Surprise, surprise!

It is not that I do not want to work in a Montessori centre any longer, but having worked in three different Montessori centres in the past two years, I realised that leadership and management is one of the key elements that could make or break the sustainability of loyalty and morale in the workplace. 

I have been taking my time getting to know the children, learning about their routines, and teaching them new transition songs. Today I had to do programming and finally learnt a little more on how to use Storypark.

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