I know, it’s been a while since my last blog. I don’t know if it’s because I’m just busy and can’t prioritise the blog or if it’s because I prefer to take photos than to write words. But a lot has happened since my last blog.
In the last couple of months or so I found out that I do not have Reactive Hypoglycaemia, my biggest fan, my grandmother, passed away suddenly and I quit my full time job with no other job to go to.
You may recall that a bit over 12 months ago I was diagnosed with Reactive Hypoglycaemia (RH), a disease that affects the way your blood sugars react to the things you eat. However I was diagnosed without the necessary tests. The specialist basically told me to go on a diet and see if that helps. If not, come back. I went on a low GI and low carb diet which seemed to help for little while. But earlier this year my symptoms started getting worse. I was depressed, anxious, tired, having dizzy spells, shaking and my heart rate would increase suddenly. So I took myself back to the specialist, the necessary tests were done, an innocent heart murmur was found (the doctor tells me that means my heart is too healthy, I almost asked if I should take up smoking) and the specialist came to the conclusion that I do not have RH. He reckons that I’m too much of a perfectionist (I think he wastrying to say I was uptight) and that I am stressed. He reckoned I needed a holiday that lasted longer than a week.
While this was going on, my Nana suddenly became very ill. Nana was always my biggest fan. From my drawings and paintings in high school to, more recently, my photography and anything I was doing with the dogs. Nana loved everything I did (even if I didn’t) and was always very supportive of me and the dogs. She understood that Pepsi and Noisy were my family and came to expect that if I was coming to visit, then the dogs were too. Nana was an independent, stubborn and kind woman, all of these traits, thankfully, were passed on to her kids, grandkids and great -grandkids. She also had a pretty wicked sense of humour. I am so grateful that Nana held on until she had all of her kids and grandkids around her one last time, as family was always the most important thing to her.
Just before all of this was happening I had decided to to give my full time job 4 weeks notice. I didn’t really have a plan. I didn’t have another job to go to and I didn’t know what I was going to do. But after being told that I was stressed and realising that I was, literally, making myself sick, not just mentally but physically, and losing Nana so suddenly, I decided that life is far too short to be stuck in a job that you don’t really enjoy just for the sake of money. So for the last 6 weeks I have been concentrating purely on KPN Photography and completing my Certificate II in Animal studies, which will lead to a Certificate IV in Vet Nursing. I’m not sure if vet nursing is what I want to do but I do know that I’m happiest when I’m hanging out with animals and with a camera in my hand.
The last 6 weeks have also made me realise that anxiety has been a big factor in my life, more serious than I’d originally thought. I’ve realised that caffeine and sugar heightens my anxiety so much more, so I’ve given them both up (if you know me, you’d know that giving up coffee is HUGE for me) and have also taken up yoga and meditation. I’m on the road to recovery. It’s a slow road and, like my favourite kind of road, its windy but I’m determined!
Now, we need your help. Because I’m now making a living on the services KPN Photography provides we need more clients! I say ‘we’ because P & N live off what I make too. I know that money is not always easily accessible but I do need to price my services in a manner that allows me to make a living. Which is why I am offering payment plans! When you contact me, let me know that you would like a payment plan and we will come to an agreement that suits us both.
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