Career preparation

one of my modules on the ILS course is career preparation. this morning I worked on that module. Its quite detailed. There are a lot of different exercises to fill out for it. I made a personal profile. That was not too hard. I had to talk about my strengths, talents, goals and achievements, qualifications, education, etc. I had to pick out careers that I thought suited my personality and profile. Then I had to answer questions on planning a career. I had to explain terms like career, work, casual work, and so on. I spent about an hour and a half working on th e folder. I got a lot of work done. It was great. If I keep working at the pace I am working at now, I will have the module ready to be handed in for the summer and I should have my certificate for it by mid august. My tutor said hopefully the module will help me figure out where I want to go when I am finished the ILS course, I kinda want to work parttime, but we’ll see. It really depends on if I can find a suitable job, if not then I might do a CE scheme, community employment scheme. That is where you work 20 hours a week somewhere, but you only get payed for the work you do by the government, so it is kinda slave labour because your doing the same work that a full time employee would do but your getting a government payment for it. We’ll see. First I need to do this module, and then research jobs and schemes and stuff.


Guide dog trainer

on friday morning nitros dog trainer is coming out to meet me. she came out before christmas, but then she got busy and couldnt come back until now.
shes meeting me about the route i wanted to learn with nitro, a route to a local coffee shop and also now to the gym i am joining.
i am nervous. im always nervous meeting her. just because i know she’ll be evaluating me and nitro, our work together. hopefully he’ll be on top form and work really well.
she is friendly and very approachable, so i really shouldnt worry but i do. its just how i am. i worry unnecessarily i suppose.
please keep fingers crossed for me that the visit goes well.
im not sure exactly what we’ll be doing, besides chatting. she may take us for a short walk, just to see how he’s doing. she may not. i really dont know.
but please pray all goes well for us. the visit is at 10 AM on friday morning.

fast movers!

so today i got a lovely compliment, from one of my instructors at the ils course.
she said, your a fast worker, and a fast mover!
me and another guy on the course were doing a team work exercise together.
its really my exercise but i needed someone to work on it with me, so steven thats the guys name said he’d work on it with me.
last week we started it. and we got so much done!
we finished almost half the exercise!
today we finished another part of it. and our tutor said next week we’ll probably complete it!
its for my work experience module. which is almost complete now yay 😀
what we had to do was research two occupations.
so i chose social work. and steven chose cheffing.
it was fun to research them. then we had to build an information folder about our research.
i did enjoy working with steven. he’s a quiet guy. very unassuming. very helpful and thoughtful.
so yay another job done almost. 😀
so excited to almost have this one under my belt.

afternoon of volunteering

ive been having a great afternoon volunteering. i’m super busy which i love.
i’ve been helping out with friendly call. i love that job. i love talking to people. i find it super easy and enjoy getting to chat with the clients.
i have also been writing up a piece that is going to go in the newsletter for the partnership. i will post it below.
here is what i wrote…
My name is Shirley Healy. I am 38 years old and I have been blind since birth. I have a guide dog whose name is Nitro, he’s 7 years old. He has really made a huge difference in my life. I’ve been volunteering with the partnership since august of 2017. I first heard about the partnership when I heard about the friendly call service. Initially when I decided to volunteer I wanted to volunteer on the friendly call service. I spoke to Brenda barry and we determined at the time that the service wasnt suitable, so she asked me if I’d like to volunteer in the office instead. Then I approached Mary Sheehey and we had a chat and I started doing work in the office, I was on reception, taking phone calls and doing other jobs around the office. In time I actually did start working on the friendly call service, so now I also help out with that. I am also doing an independent living skills course during the week in abode, which is a centre for people with physical and sensory disabilities. I also volunteer one day a week in a preschool for kids with special needs. I love this work and find it very rewarding. In my spare time I like to sing, and I’ve been taking singing lessons since I was young. I love to read, and I use my I phone to read audiobooks. I am into technology in a big way and love being on the computer and internet. I also write a blog, I blog about disability and related issues. I have gone to college, and studied childcare, social work and addiction studies. I enjoy learning and found college to be a great experience. I also enjoy writing articles for mental health websites. I have recently also volunteered with shine, an organisation that works with people who have mental illness and their families. I have also worked as a youth leader for farranree youth club, but I no longer do this nowadays.

Do ya’ll think its good?
Im finished today at 5 and then I will go back to abode and have dinner and chill for the evening. i want to read some and also catch up on some blog posts.

Practicing for my skills demo

so there was a bit of a change of plan this morning. there was a staff meeting, so instead of cooking our vegetable and bean casserole, we practiced for our skills demo, which is next thursday. we have to cook a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner from scratch for it. next week we are just doing the breakfast and lunch, it has to be a vegetarian menu. so for breakfast i decided to make a fresh fruit salad with natural yogurt and flax seeds. for lunch i decided to make a mixed salad with lettuce, peppers, tomatos, cucumber and feta cheese in it. i only practiced making the fruit salad this morning. it went really well. i managed to do it with little to no assistance. i ate it once i’d made it. it was so good. i feel confident that i can do it again next week without any trouble.


i am taking the plunge and joining a gym. well, i’m almost sure i’ll be joining. i found a gym near the centre where the ILS course is run. i emailed them and asked a few questions. and they were extremely helpful. they said they have another blind member, and they are ok with helping me and escorting me while I am in the gym and on the machines and collecting me when i am done. this makes things a lot easier for me. its 45 euro a month to join. i said i’d have a think about it. in the mean time the guy i emailed said i could do a free trial next week to see if i like it there. so i said i would do that. so i am now booked in for a free trial run next wednesday at 2 pm.
wish me luck!
carol anne

Woke up sick but…

so i woke up feeling like crap. my head was pounding and my nose was all stuffed up. i was thinking about not going to the ILS course this week. but then i decided i’d just suck it up and go.
i took two panadol which helped matters. after a little while i ate breakfast and my head stopped pounding. i am still not really able to breathe properly and i still feel very off but im just pushing on through.
i just got here to the ILS course about 20 minutes ago. i took my bags to my apartment and put away my fruit that I’d bought and let nitro out and now I’m ready to start class.
i have to work on my diary for my work experience module. im the only one in class today. there should be another girl with me but she rarely comes in. to be honest i donno how she gets away with it. she is so unreliable. always missing tons of days.
i hope im not sick for too long. i’ve just gotten over a similar illness. my immune system must be really low because this is about my fourth time this year having this flu type thing.