I can't believe another year is about to pass us by. It's kinda concerning. They say that time flies when you're having fun or as you get older.... Let's just say I'm having a lot of fun!
I'm pretty sure I say this every year but at the beginning I always wonder how I'm going to top the year before. I have been incredibly blessed these last 5 or so years with things getting better year after year after year. Maybe it's that I'm easily satisfied but somehow I have managed to keep the ball rolling this year. Lots of milestones this year made it a year that I will not soon forget.
I think the one that firstly sticks out in my mind is finishing uni. It's definitely bittersweet. Uni's been a hard slog, especially that last semester, but it has also provided me with the time to do my other endeavours & allowed me to meet an amazing bunch of smart, talented, funny now-physios. McPhys 1.0 is going to have an amazing impact on the world of physiotherapy! I can't wait to see what everyone does with themselves in the industry.
With finishing uni naturally came work as a physio. It may be one of those things where the shine wears off but I still get excited when I fill out forms & I can now put "physiotherapist" down instead of "student" or not being able to fit "snowsports instructor" into the allotted boxes. The first time I did that for my first official job as a physiotherapist was going over to South Korea with a bunch of 12/13 year old football players. What a trip that was.
Then came the locum position in Bairnsdale. I have learnt so much there & was so lucky to be part of such an amazing team. It was definitely a great work culture where morning teas were treated with the utmost respect haha! As my first full-time job as a physio, it's amazing how quickly you learn the areas that you're comfortable with & the ones that you're not. Definitely makes me appreciate the value of other people's expertise & professional development opportunities! Now I know it may be a cliche but it was great to know that you were making a difference in people's lives. And another amazing thing to come out of working in regional Victoria was the opportunity to explore the East Gippsland area. I can see why it's a holiday destination for many people. A big thank you goes out to the great people I got to meet & hang out with. Thanks for making my time there so much fun.
As always, family is the foundations for everything. Although still probably not any more time than the previous years has been spent with my immediate family, I was lucky enough to spend more time with my extended family abroad. Visiting the USA was a highlight but my cousin's wedding can be a highlight in itself! So much fun. We really don't get to see each other often enough but that is the unfortunate tyranny of distance. Lucky that means that when we do, it means travel & excitement!
Next year is sure to be no less exciting although I am anticipating having to be more "grown up" & travelling less. I don't know how I got so lucky but I was able to get allocated The Children's Hospital at Westmead for my grad year so although it means giving up one dream job of teaching snowsports, it's moving onto another with working in paediatric physiotherapy! I am dreading the day that this string of luck runs out but until then, I'm happy to just enjoy the moment & take it for all its worth!
I've definitely already got a few resolutions in mind for 2016 but more on that in my New Years post
As I spend another Christmas/New Year in the beautiful village of Nozawa Onsen it just makes me feel very grateful for all the opportunities & everyone in my life. I hope everyone appreciates what they have & has an amazing holiday period spent with friends & family.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year...