The way we change… 2019 – “let this year be your year to shine!”

Its been some time that I have put a piece of writing together, reflecting this morning on this, I wondered why. I then spoke to someone and realised I have nothing to be worried about, just be me, so my inspiration comes from that….

Its January 6,2019 – “The New Years Resolution” time.. For me, I dont make them, my personal choice, I call them goals. What I have decided though its time for me to spread my wings and take a chance on, ME. I’ve been scared most of my life but this year, I will face my fear!

 

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“Its all about timing, is this your year the time to shine? -It is for me!!”

 

Studying to succeed is not a given. You earn the right to get your degree. Head down and work hard. It takes sacrafice, patience, long nights but I believe the timing is now right. It will help me reach my ideal goals of work and travel

I dont even have a passport. First goal, passport. To get the passport I need to afford it, so you find work. Then you start saving, saving for my goal to travel in between terms this year. In Australian we have three full terms that run each 12 weeks, with a break of three. So if I calculate that, for 36 weeks I study, and find work. I then equate that too nine weeks off. The only trick is that I need to prepare for next term in that three weeks! Can it be achieved?YES, you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.

 

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“Cant travel without one of these, tick, by the end of January”

 

I believe with enough determination, persistance and positivity you can do anything you set your mind too. Being true to me, I may have an off day, who doesnt? I may have a painful day? Who doesn’t.

If someone doesnt have a bad day, please let me know what that cure is (lol) – to contact form is below.

I’m not a dreamer anymore, “I will achieve”. The only thing that will stop me from achieving my dream is the “almighty dollar”. But I have kind of figured that I’m not one to want for much.

 

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“to achieve, you need $$ but I’m planning too get my job”

 

As long as I can eat, rest, shower, I dont need for anything. I need time to study and work, but that I can do in the right surroundings, which I am making happen this fortnight..

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Are we our own worst critic?

I am sitting here at midnight and contemplating the next three months and how to cope with a full-time study load, along with other “integral” part of well-being which exercises, having coffee with a friend and chilling the way, “Can I fit it all in?”

It was interesting this evening as, I was in messenger, talking to a friend of over twenty-five years. The way we came back into each other’s life is surreal!!!

 

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“we may have lost years, but we are still the same!!”

 

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“Mental Health Awareness Week” What does this mean?

 

It is October 11 and a Thursday morning. On Monday I was informed through “Twitter” that is was; Mental Health Awareness week. This surprised me, for those that do not have this media platform I contemplated whether many indeed knew this was the case!

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Photo by Samuel Silitonga on Pexels.com ” Mental Health”

 

I read a startlingly statistic, that every 9 minutes in Australia seven people take their lives and five of this are men. Just think, that could be; someone’s, mother, father, brother, sister, daughter or son. That means every nine minutes, families are grieving. A grief that could have been avoided.

 

 

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Photo by Irina Anastasiu on Pexels.com “symbolic of lives lost”

I don’t proclaim to know what the reasons are as to why these ones were successful, I know that when I couldn’t cope with the grief of losing my father five years ago, I indeed did try the same thing. The only reason I survived; my husband woke up earlier than he normally.

 

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“Lina, a survivor”

 

Everyone has their own reasons, grief, loneliness, despair and people who are doing it tough on the land. Our farmer’s are not getting rain, they see their very livelihood being crumbled in front of their pieces. Then you have those that take illegal substances, these one are very susceptible due to the side effects of this. You can argue that some will say “If they didn’t take it, they wouldn’t have the side effects” – the fact remains we all make choices in life, and for whatever reason this is, they are suffering, remember they are people just like you and me.

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“whatever the reasons, ask for help, as we only have one life to live”

 

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Grief…. ‘as told from a daughter to her father’

Writing about the loss of my father is something that I have not been able to do until now.

why that is the case, I don’t know? All I know is that losing the first man you ever love is also the greatest grief that you can not imagine.

My father was my everything, and still is. I could say that in death things change… they do, but the loss is amplified by 1000.

Like all parents, no-one is perfect… I will purposely just talk about my father as he has shaped me into the person I am today. He was not without flaws, as I am not. The one thing though that my father had ‘was unconditional love’ for his daughter. Again, I purposely leave other family members out of this writing, out of respect for them.

Papa immigrated to the ‘lucky country’ from Italy when he was 18. Oldest of three but the one constant in my life… up until 5 years ago in August. That day will forever be etched in my mind as if it was yesterday…..

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Managing University Studies while in Hospital

It has been some time since I have placed a reflective message on my domain. Thanks to anyone that is following this journey in life…

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‘have not forgotten the kind people that follow my site’

In saying that I presented to the emergency department on September 9. It was not something that I wanted to do, my thoughts are that I truly appreciate the work that nurses and doctors do in the ER but like anyone, it is not a place I like to go in.

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‘i promise my legs are not as hair as this!’

Those that do follow me know that I believe in “balance” – well that is ironic as my balance to some extent has placed me in the situation that I am in. Weeks ago I was walking, as I do, 4 times a week for an hour. This particular afternoon (I either give 110% or I am my worst critic), 20 minutes into my walk my right knee kind of went underneath me. I thought I had not warmed up enough. I continued to walk. Doing this was the wrong thing to do.

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Annual Registration for the Bundaberg Athletic Club Lights up the Night!

The Bundaberg Athletic club came together on August 24 for their annual sign up for potential athletes. Situated on University Drive, Bundaberg. Family event and exciting to see.

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‘the view of the Bundaberg Athletic club’

The Wide Bay region is lucky to have a club that offers world-class tracks for use in all aspects of athletics and invites children, teenagers and people with disabilities to participate. The club relies on volunteers and grants to keep each season going.

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“the Bundaberg athletic club is proud that the surface used for athletes are the same conditions as those of the Olympic games”

 

New members appreciated the environment and atmosphere on the night. Lights were on, little ones in their club shirts were excited, having the opportunity to talk to friends.

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“community spirit shines through as these are volunteers that talk to prospective new athletes, volunteering their time, not only for tonight but during the season”

 

I was kindly shown around the venue and to my delight, was made aware that all forms of athletics are available in the wide bay region. The microphone was going on through the night, which added to the nice feel of the event. Their mascot was priceless; children kept going to him wanting to know who this person was. Beautiful to see the happiness of children running around laughing.

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‘”Vice President Mr James Bulbert with the club mascot’

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Reflection on Mental Illness

I sit here on a Friday morning at 6.00 am and wonder why there still is a stigma around mental illness? We have days like “R U OK” & “Beyond Blue” and more but still people are scared to come out for fear of “what will people think?”

I find that as a nation we need to finally give the recognition of what this illness is part of any illness such as; diabetes, heart conditions, pain etc. I know we have made a progress, but it still requires courage to say “I am not well”, I need help.

When someone exhibits any forms of “depression”, don’t be afraid to ask if there is something wrong! Go on your gut instinct. Your question could impact on the life of one person who thinks that no-one cares!

 

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“You are not alone”

I am passionate about this subject. I used to be a volunteer crisis support worker on the lines of ‘Lifeline’ and let me say, it is a eye-opening and humbled opportunity to do this. I know I am unable to this right now. It is my goal to go back on the phones.l

Please visit the website link below”

Website for lifeline

There are so many forms of ‘mental illness’ but yet people don’t understand how alone people are. Aged people especially if the have lost a partner are in a world of trouble. You then have those young ones that ring and share a story of bullying or self-harm, do we as a society recognise that we need to step in early so this does not become a cycle of relapse etc.

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Bipolar – What is the difference between BP1 & BP2

Important to note that these are both mental illness. Over the years I have had the privilege to work on the “lines” at Lifeline. This is an eye opening experience.

Bipolar I and II have different facets but essentially they bring you to a ‘high’ and ‘low’.

Sourced from, verywellmind:

 

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The explanation and the need to write about this, is simple.

I have Bipolar II, nothing to be ashamed of and certainly something that I don’t advertise to the world because no matter how far we have come in terms of understand mental illness, stigma is still attached.

Bipolar II from my experience has been challenging but also when diagnosed in 2015,all of a sudden things fell into place for me. BPII is not as manic as I, but it still is a illness that you need to manage well.

I live my life and enjoy every moment, the only way I do this, is balance. I balance what I eat, read and exercise when I can. Medication is certainly an option that some take and others don’t. I take medication, but that is 1% of management. With all illness, if not managed well, you will suffer. 

As an example someone who may have diabetes and eats whatever they want, but uses insulin is not as effective if you combine healthy eating and medication together.

We live in a world were image and conceptions about people are prevalent. It is sad to know that if you say to someone that you do have a mental illness, they cringe. The ones though that don’t care are ‘friends and family’. 

I decided to write this article because I would not be staying true to myself if I like other hid it away. I commend celebrity people who come out and state that they too suffer. It was only recently that Mariah Carey said she had Bipolar !!

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It is a very individual illness that is treated by a person.

“Remember Bipolar II is NOT me, but part of who I am”

(written by Lina-Raudino-Grosso)

references provided as above

Do we have to be a hero 24/7?

 

 MEPHOBIA: Fear of becoming that awesome that the rest of the human race simply cannot handle it!

Courtesy of:

“Billie the Essential guide”

 

My personal thoughts have always been that; personal. I don’t pretend to be someone who I am not. I am who I am. 

I decided on a Friday night to touch base and say that this week has been the toughest week of my life, for a variety of reasons. I could say “I’ve got through it” or “All is good” or “Things will get better”. The fact is that all those things can happen, but reality is life does not work like that. This is the time we need every resource to focus our eyes on a positive, and for me today it has been my “baby boy”

Kuga runs the home, but knows his master!!
Kuga Bear turns 1 next week

I am thoroughly enjoying the process of learning and the opportunity to do so through Central Queensland University, Bundaberg. It never is too late to learn!

 

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Photo by Startup Stock Photos on Pexels.com

All I want to say, is whatever is happening in our lives, sometimes we don’t have to be a hero! We don’t have to put on a brave face when you just don’t have one.

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“A nice dry and fruity white”

Be you and let those who love you for who you are, be part of your journey in life….

(Written by Lina-Raudino-Grosso)

 

Bundaberg Athletic Club & West Bundaberg Athletics

The Bundaberg Athletic Club is a fine example of what Bundaberg has to offer in Queensland. We are located in the South-East. Part of the charm of this city is to offer families the opportunity to raise their family in a laid back climate were the beach is only 15 minutes away.

As one knows through this blog, I am passionate in living a balanced lifestyle. This club gives the opportunity for “our little ones” and those older to find out what their passion may be in athletics.
I love the fact that there is no pressure to execute a driven passion as such. Instead it gives the opportunity to move and grow outside. As children growing up we always after school would make our own fun, outdoors. Unfortunately this has changed. Many kids today are spending too much time indoors. That’s why this club is exciting!
They do have two annual sign-up’s each year. Their first sign-up was last night.


I contacted the Vice President of the Club, Mr James Bulbert and asked how the night went, his quote was:

“I can’t tell you the exact numbers that signed up last night, but what I can say is that the projection of numbers was double of previous years”

This provides the opportunity, for myself to follow this club and am excited to say that I have been kindly invited to attend Next Friday night’s sign-up on August 24. I will get to see with my own eyes what this club is all about. What I already know excites me enough to follow the season through.

I encourage anyone to visit their website:

http://bundabergathlecticclub.org.au/ or
email on: bundabergathleticclub@gmail.com

On their website you will see a “Contact” tab which will give you the phone numbers if you would like to directly contact a member of the committee.

Personally, I am excited and honoured that I have been given the chance to report, publish photos, videos and interview parents, children and the Committee members.
A fine season for 2018 begins, and this year I will follow the journey of this club!!!
(by Lina-Raudino-Grosso)

Italia Tragedy.. The Human Face

The Bridge Collapse …. “Why”

The collapse of the Bridge in Genoa, is still hurting

News can deliver in one minute and then another headline will come through and another tragedy hits.

It is too early to say “How” this happened, it may be too early to even ask “Why” but families are hurting…..

We mourn as a mother, father, brother, sister and family in general. We do have news which is local and that needs attention. I believe we do have the responsibility to find out though in time “why another tragedy that looks like could have been avoided?” I certainly am not claiming to know, as the Italian government is looking at it.

The picture below though, show’s the human face of this tragedy and sometimes pictures say more than words.

Face of Italia Bridge Collapse

Be Kind

Lina Grosso

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Italia – Genoa Bridge Collapse


As a media writer, in training, my heart is heavy this morning. My heritage is Italian. Both my parents immigrated to this beautiful country years ago. I have family and friends in Italy, even though my family is not in this zone, Italy mourns.

We are one of the most multi-cultural countries in the world and I know may Italian’s this morning are waking up with a heavy heart.

Hug each other today, love with all your heart. This is a reminder that anything can happen. Never forget to tell your loved one’s, my loved ones’ “I love You”

Italian bridge collapses in Genoa, killing at least 20, officials say

By Katherine Lam

Published August 14, 2018

Nearly two dozen people — including a child — were killed when a raised highway in Genoa crumbled during a sudden and violent storm, sending several vehicles plunging to the ground where rescuers desperately searched for survivors.

Italy’s civil protection agency Angelo Borrelli said in a news conference that 20 people were killed and 13 others were injured when a 650-foot section of the Morandi bridge collapsed over an industrial zone just after 12 p.m. local time. The bridge is part of the A10 highway that connects Italy to France.

Italian transport official Edoardo Rixi initially said 22 people were killed and eight were injured. Local reports, however, indicated the death toll could rise a rescue efforts continue.

The victims appear to all have been in vehicles when the structure crumbled beneath them, causing them to plunge nearly 300 feet to the ground, according to Borrelli. The concrete pieces also crushed two warehouses below, but officials believe no one was inside because the buildings were closed for summer holiday.

A view of the collapsed Morandi highway bridge in Genoa, northern Italy, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. A large section of the bridge collapsed over an industrial area in the Italian city of Genova during a sudden and violent storm, leaving vehicles crushed in rubble below. (Luca Zennaro/ANSA via AP)

Several vehicles were involved in the bridge collapse.  (AP)

About 20 vehicles were involved, firefighter Amalia Tedeschi told RAI state TV.

The transport minister, Danilo Toninelli, earlier said the collapse was likely “an enormous tragedy.”

“We are following minute by minute the situation of the bridge collapse in Genoa,” Interior Minister Matteo Salvini wrote on Twitter.

Tedeschi said two people were pulled from the rubble alive as rescuers searched the scene for survivors.

Rescues work among the debris of the collapsed Morandi highway bridge in Genoa, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Italian authorities say that about 10 vehicles were involved when the raised highway collapsed during a sudden and violent storm in the northern port city of Genoa, while private broadcaster Sky TG24 said the collapsed section was about 200-meter long (650 feet). (Luca Zennaro/ANSA via AP)

Rescues work among the debris of the collapsed Morandi highway bridge in Genoa.  (AP)

The exact cause of the collapse was unclear, though a witness said he saw lightning strike the structure, which fell apart soon after.

“It was just after 11:30 a.m. when we saw the lighting bolt hit the bridge and we saw the bridge go down,” witness Pietro M. told ANSA.

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Vehicles were crushed under the rubble after the bridge in Genoa collapsed.  (Italian state police)

Authorities earlier said they suspected there was a structural weakness.

Images posted by state police and witnesses showed a huge section of the bridge missing and crushed trucks and cars. Parts of the structure also landed on the rooftops of nearby buildings. Video captured the sound of a man screaming: “Oh, God, oh, God!”

Firefighters said they are concerned about gas lines in the area.

The bridge was inaugurated in 1967 and is about 0.6 miles long. It’s an interchange between the northern regions of Lombardy and Piedmont and the beaches of Liguria.

The collapse also occurred on the eve of Ferragosto, a major Italian holiday. Authorities said traffic on the bridge was expected to be higher than usual because many people travel to beaches or mountains during the holiday.

Two years before the deadly collapse, an engineer said the bridge was bound for disaster. Antonio Brencich, who is also a professor at the University of Genoa, said in July 2016 that there were problems with the structure, Ingegneri.info reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam