What Are You Proud Of: Surrender To Chance

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Portia

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Hello Frag Family,

There is a lot of drama and hate in the world today, so much bad news, ghastly happenings and unthinkable political chicanery. It’s getting harder & harder to turn on a television or computer without reading or seeing more of the same and nearly all of it doom & gloom.

Let’s do something different today. Let’s look back on 2016 and think of something that you did that makes you feel proud. Doesn’t have to be big or life changing, can be something simple or even negligible to you but may have made a huge difference to someone or something else. We can all read each other’s stories and see that the world is still full of goodness, even in everyday life.

What Are You Proud Of In 2016?

What am I proud of in 2016? Jin & I adopted two Greyhounds. They were ready for euthanasia because they were not fast enough to run on the track. Jin had been badgering me since Gucci was put down in January to get a replacement. He had never had a dog as a pet until he moved in with Gucci & me and since she’d been gone he missed her terribly. The day I took Gucci down to the vet he had to leave work because the poor man couldn’t stop weeping uncontrollably. It ended up being 3 days off before he could go a half day without breaking down. They had spent most of their nights together, while I was at work, curled up on the couch or floor for the last 4 years. It was a big loss for him.

I finally caved and asked a few Greyhound trainers if they had any that needed saving. Then if we could meet them and hopefully take a pair home. It didn’t take long before one of the guys said he had a couple that were good mates and that they were going to the vet the next week, would I like to meet them?

So Jin and I took a car ride to destiny. I knew we’d be taking home two dogs but Jin had no idea. He was so nervous and excited and when he met them he fell madly in love immediately. It was sweet and beautiful. This picture is the moment when Jin found out he was going to be allowed have his first ever dog as a pet that he could call his own.

Jin Paris Jinx First day

Don’t get me wrong. The dogs have come with the usual set of drama, teaching them how we want them to live will take a year or more. We are all enriched by each other though and having them is so wonderful and joyful. It’s worth the extra time and energy we have to put in, most days anyway. So that’s one of the things I’m proud of being a part of in 2016.

Paris profile Portia Dec 2016.jpg

Here am I with Paris, my lovely man. What a sweetheart he is.

Go down to the GIVEAWAY! It’s a good one this week.
Happy Holidays to you all,
Portia xxxx

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This week we will have 1 winner who will receive:
1 x $30 Surrender To Chance Gift Voucher
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HOW DO YOU WIN?

Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

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Please tell us what you are proud of doing in 2016

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84 comments on “What Are You Proud Of: Surrender To Chance

  1. Anthea says:

    That is so wonderful that you adopted two doggies in need of a loving home! I’m proud of myself for getting back into dance competitions at the ripe old age of 34 and I trained really hard to come back from an injury! Going to compete in my first championship in 2017!
    I follow via email and facebook 😊

  2. Tara says:

    Wonderful. Love that pic of Jin with the dogs.

    DNEM, thanks.
    Tara recently posted…Merry Christmas!My Profile

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Thanks Tara,
      but what are you proud of this year?
      Portia xx

      • Tara says:

        I didn’t think I had anything like that to be proud of but actually now you’ve prompted me, I have a lot!
        I flew out to Venice to meet you guys, I ran 5K when I couldn’t run 5m (and raised a lot of money for charity thanks to generous pals like you), started eating better and arranged a trip to Barcelona.
        Thanks for the reminder, lovely Portia.
        Tara recently posted…Merry Christmas!My Profile

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        PHEW! You’ve had an amazing year and Jin & I are proud as punch to be your mates.
        I forgot you ran 5K, that is so inspirational.
        We love you so much Tara. Can’t wait to see you in March.
        Portia xx

  3. May says:

    I’m proud of being more relaxed this year. I still am very anxious but it is less serious this year. I follow by email subscription.

  4. Jaybee says:

    I’m proud of all the writing I got done following a book deal. 🙂 Thank you for the lovely giveaway! Follow by email.

  5. Jackie b says:

    This year was really rewarding for me. I had a couple of male dance students who had limited ballet background but who really responded to my classes and were interested enough to stay after class and ask intelligent questions. A teacher could not ask for more!
    I follow by email.
    And I love your dogz!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Amazing! You teach ballet?
      So are they going down the ballet route? What age?
      I came from ballet.
      Portia xx

      • Jackie b says:

        I remember you were a ballet boy!
        Those boys are focussing on contemporary dance, final year of the BA in Dance.
        Next year there will be a whole new group. Looking forward to it!

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Good luck to them, tough industry.
        Yes, a whole new set for you next year. How long is the BA? Do you teach them all the way through it?
        Portia xx

  6. Gina says:

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    Congrats on your babies!

    I am proud of surviving the breakup with the man I adored, multiple surgeries and doctors who tried to tell me there’s nothing wrong with me. I am proud that I am feisty, don’t give up or quit, don’t take know for an answer and have learned when to walk away and how to pray for those I leave behind.

  7. Lucy says:

    Proud of learning more about working in precious metals, wax carving, my first two rings based on old byzantine and early medieval designs, and more to come over this next year. I am so happy to see these beautiful photos of the two greyhounds, they are great beauties and true loves. I know it’s an adjustment period as they were not raised to be pets or live inside a house but once the attachments are made they will do all they can to cooperate as that’s the way the they are, they love to love you whatever way you want. Congrats to you two for having a good year and making such a lovely live together! Not entering for the giveaway, I have ridiculous amounts of perfume and all else here so it should go to a newbie or someone who has room! XOXOXO and extra to the two dog boys.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Lucy,
      You are a shining star and one I’m so glad to have met in NYC.Thanks for being part of the APJ family.
      Portia xx

  8. Sue Mills says:

    Thank you Portia for the opportunity to win something for Christmas. I follow by email.

    I wasn’t sure what to write about … and then looked around me. Pretty much our entire kitchen is now distributed in three different rooms and there is white haze of dust in the air, gradually settling over all the items that are sitting outside their cupboards. Wondering how I’m going to get it all cleaned and back together in time for 15 family coming for dinner Christmas Eve. Was supposed to go shopping tonight to finish present shopping for my daughter. We have two large holes newly drilled through our kitchen walls. And a safe and relatively happy cat in the spare room.
    My other half brought home a 6 year old cat who had just been surrendered to a shelter. We are fostering her. She is very nervous and seems to react very badly to doors being opened and too much ‘people movement’. She got scared this morning, leapt on top of our kitchen cupboards and disappeared behind the back. Our own cat used to do this. But this one didn’t reappear at all today and made no noise at all to let us know where she was. We climbed on top of the cabinets and looked down, but couldn’t see her. We were worried she had got out, but after everyone else was asleep and I was doing the dishes, she called out to me.
    Ladders, drills, torches and hammers later, and she is safely out from where she was stuck, has eaten, had a bit of a sook with me, and is now safely in a closed room.
    I’m proud that we did what we had to to get her out, that she is safe and seems contented and happy, and that my partner didn’t hesitate to go through a wall to save a cat we have known for 2 days.
    I’m proud that I have always known the goodness of this man.
    Thanks for the chance to share this, Portia xx.

  9. Koyel says:

    That was a wonderful story! I adore that picture of Jin with the dogs. So sweet <3

    My pride comes from a rather more selfish and very recent source: Exactly one week ago, I submitted the manuscript of my thesis! This means that the only thing standing between me about being Dr Koyel is the defense of my manuscript 🙂

    I follow by e-mail. Thank you so much for the draw, but even more importantly (this time), for coming up with this great theme. These are great stories to read.

  10. Jessi says:

    I follow by Email.

    I am most proud of getting more involved with my church and small groups this year. I have been studying more in the bible and trying to become a better person and each day I believe I am moving in the right direction and getting a little closer.

    Thank you for all that you do it is very kind of you to have all of these wonderful giveaways!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Jessi,
      Good luck.
      I hope it fills you with love and respect for everyone and thing on this precious planet, including yourself.
      Merry Christmas
      Portia xx

  11. *sophi* says:

    Hello!I am proud of following my dream sign in a class to learn fashion design. It is not easy though in my 40’s but i strongly believe that it’s never too late to start a new career 🙂 Happy holidays to all of you!
    Thank you for the giveaway!I follow via email!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Heya *sophi*,
      That’s what I studied in my youth. Have a wonderful time, it’s a great thing to be so brave.
      Best of luck.
      Portia xxx

  12. rickyrebarco says:

    I follow APJ via email of the blog. Portia, I LOVE the pics of you and Jin and the gorgeous greyts. I love all sighthounds and I would love to adopt a big greyhound, too, maybe in the new year…

    I was so upset by the election in the US that I resolved to make a difference myself this year and to do everything I could personally to make things better for marginalized people and animals (in Trump world that means anyone who is not Caucasian and Christian). I bought gifts of lots of needed clothes for 2 adorable little girls whose Mom died and wouldn’t have had any Christmas without the folks in my office who adopted their family for Christmas. It was tons of fun. I got cute little dresses and outfits for them. Much better than buying for people who don’t need anything.

    No gifts in my family this year. We have all we need and more! We are also eating only sustainable organic food and all my clothing now comes from a brand that is dedicated to fair wages and good living conditions for the people who make the clothes, as well as environmentally safe manufacturing practices. My only new garment this month is made from recycled wool. I know these are small changes and totally ‘first world’ changes, but it is what I can do to live my beliefs.

    I also have been seriously meditating daily for the last 5 months and it’s helping me enormously to deal with stress from my various autoimmune diseases and to make me a kinder, more loving person. I’m doing lovingkindness meditation for myself, my family and I recently extended it to a person who wronged me who is in jail now. That was hard to do, but holding hate in your heart is not good for anyone.
    Hope you and Jin and the doggies have a wonderful holiday!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Wonderful stuff Rickyrebarco,
      Those kids must have been so happy. Sometimes the little stuff is the BIG stuff.
      Portia xx

    • Saffyishere says:

      hello Merry Christmas. Might you state what brand of clothing you buy? Until you posted this I hadn’t really given much thought to who manufactures the clothing I wear.

      • rickyrebarco says:

        to the person who asked, I buy Eileen Fisher clothing, most of it on sale. It’s pricey but it lasts forever and I know the $ is going to the people who made it so they can have a good life and to protect the environment. And it is so comfortable and versatile. I travel a lot and it’s perfect for travel and comes in a variety of sizes.

  13. Ellen M. says:

    I follow by email. How wonderful that you rescued and loved two special dogs. I have two rescues and they have made me so happy over the years.
    I went to my college reunion and just listening to the accomplishments of my fellow classmates made me feel so humbled. I’m very proud to be a part of my class and of my university.
    I guess I’m also proud of my resilience in the face of dramatically reduced financial circumstances. Trying to find creative and non monetary solutions to everyday life is challenging and sometimes daunting, but it must be done.Two of my adult children also needed help so they now live with me until things get better for them.
    I want to thank APJ for all its fantastic giveaways;it makes it possible to participate in the fragrant community, but it has been more than that. It has been an interesting and thoughtful experience-like going through a museum with a wonderfully knowledgeable tour guide. It just so enhances one’s pleasure. So, I’m proud that I’ve found this blog and have become acquainted with some wonderfully gifted people. You all ROCK! Thank you and Happy Holidays.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      EllenM,
      How lovely that you’ve got your kids home. I bet it’s both blessing and curse. The same with the dogs huh? But the blessing feels like it’s coming out on top most days I hope?
      We are thrilled that you’re part of APJ, Merry Christmas,
      Portia xx

  14. Tara C says:

    2016 has been a year of focusing on strenthening my body and getting myself into good shape. I turned 50 and decided I didn’t want to get old and creaky, so I committed to cycling and yoga. It has been very helpful for my mental health as well.

    Love the story and photos of Jin and the doggies!

    I follow by email.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey TaraC,
      I’m pretty close behind you in age and I’ve been walking the dogs and swimming this year to get the kinks out. I did do some yoga but it’s not really a fat mans sport, my stomach kept getting in the way.
      Wishing you continued good health,
      Portia xx

  15. Patty Pong says:

    During 2016 I haven’t been consistent in church attendance and daily Bible reading. I’m happy and pleased about that.

    Still following by e-mail.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS kids !!! 🙂

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      HA HA HA HA! Patty Pong, you are hilarious.
      Have you spent that extra spare time taking good care of yourself & those around you?
      Portia xx

      • Patty Pong says:

        Sure… I have taken care of myself physically also…I consider my spiritual health important also…the greatest way I can give to those around me is giving my time…it seems harder to give than money and much more valuable to the receiver. 🙂

  16. Shiva-woman says:

    So happy for you, Jin, and the pooches! I feel good that I took care of my aunt along with Hospice this time last year. She passed in January. She lived about 400 miles away, and we were there for her. I also began teaching at two new schools, and I’m proud that my students excelled for their final exams. We also hosted two of our friends from the Netherlands in a small, cramped two-bedroom, one bath house…with four cats and us back in May which took some serious redecorating, furniture moving, creative “hangers” for towels, clothes, whatnot, and now I’m most proud that we rescued a four-week old kitten (now 9 weeks!) and have kept him, despite the work of keeping our tiny house immaculate. I too have been galvanized by recent events and after taking a hiatus from public events am now more politically active than I have been in a couple years. Finally, after several difficult years of probate after my parents died and a fire that ravaged the small community in which I grew up, and which unfortunately affected the property though not the house, my fiance and I rustled up a payment to do a buyout in a short three weeks, so in a few months we begin the process of moving and restoring house and grounds which will take many years! Proud about that! In a few months we will be back at my childhood home in the hills. Happy Holidays to you all and a scented new Year. I follow by email! Thank you for the giveaway!
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      BIG year for you Shiva-woman, Fun year ahead too by the sounds of it.
      Good luck with it all,
      Portia xx

  17. Ellen Covey says:

    Hi Portia! What a good post! The thing I’m most proud of is simply getting through what has been a horrible year for the US and for the world in general. I had gotten so overwhelmed trying to balance my three or four “careers” and process all of the disturbing news reports that for several months I completely dropped out of my theatre group, stopped testing perfume samples, and stopped doing social media of any kind so that I could catch up in my “day-job” and businesses and also focus on my own well-being.

    During this time I started back running again after a year of inactivity, and have been working out at the gym a couple of days a week, which is immensely helpful for my mental state. I plan on maintaining this training schedule over the coming year. This week I finally wrote a new short play and went back to my playwrights group, posted on my own blog for the first time since August, and have started checking my short, highly curated set of blogs again (I check APJ through my blog website). I am now working on several new fragrances that I hope to launch next year. In the end, I’m proud of having the discipline to drop enough non-essential activities to just get back on track, more or less, without any major screw-ups on the job and business front.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Ellen Covey, You are so wise.
      Good luck getting 2017 on track, I know you will. Can’t wait to smell the new stuff coming out of your Olympic Orchids perfume factory. Woo Hoo!
      Portia xx

  18. Tiffanie says:

    Hello Portia, and thank you. You made me happy-cry today. The sight of Jin with your two new family members was like a cupid’s arrow of joy to my heart. Those moments of true love make all the hard parts worthwhile. When I lost a four-legged furry love to kidney disease 15 years ago I stayed home from work for three days. I am grateful that as life moves forward it makes way for love.

    I’m also grateful that since childhood I’ve had time and place to love dogs, cats, birds, fish, and even reptiles a time or two, all as part of my family. At the moment our household includes five small other-than-human members, and our lives are richer and better because of them.

    What am I proud of? For more than a year I’ve made myself speak up. I’m can have a hard time saying what’s on my mind. So I’ve made myself say “yes” to the important things and “no” to the nonsense. When other people’s craziness creeps in I think “Not my circus, not my monkeys” then pootle along. I’ve learned more often to say “I need help” and “Do you need help? what can I do?” As a result I’ve felt more connected to new friends and old friends and my family.

    I’ve decided to make 2017 the year of compliments. I know how precious an unexpected and sincere kind word can be. How unexpected and delightful it is when someone, even a stranger, admires my choice of fragrance! I should praise people more often. And I wonder why people don’t say what they’re thinking when they have nice words to share? A compliment is good for everyone.

    I follow APJ via email. Always will. 🙂

    • Olivia says:

      Kudos to you for learning to speak up and display genuineness. What an accomplishment to keep it up for a year!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      YAY Tiffanie,
      Another animal lover. Excellent. Jin is currently curled up asleep on the couch with my lovely Paris, they are so cute.
      Speaking up. That is BIG. Even I find it difficult sometimes to say what’s on my mind. What I try and do is be truthful, some days it’s much harder than others.
      Good luck on your year of compliments. Expect some very interesting reactions, most people have no idea how to take a compliment.
      Portia xx

      • Tiffanie says:

        Ha! Portia, you are so right, compliments can be hard to give, and receiving one can knock the recipient for a loop. I admit I’ve been left blushing and speechless a few times life after someone said something nice to me. My grandmother was big on manners and social niceties. I vividly remember her saying that the correct response to a compliment is a smile and a thank you.

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Yep, and the easiest even if you’re flustered.
        Portia xx

  19. Olivia says:

    Congratulations on your new fur babies! I love reading these stories. I’m proud of surviving nearly 6 months with no income, remodeling our house ourselves and putting it on the market, and strengthening my marriage through it all. I didn’t see any of it coming. I also became a full-blown perfumista this year. Perfume has been my hobby, escape, and mood lifter and even helped me figure out more who I am by what I like. 2016 has been so hard and so worth it, and we’re ending on a good note. I follow by email. Thanks for the opportunity!

  20. Robert H. says:

    Hi Portia! What a great question and one that we never seem to ask ourselves yet is so important! I’m proud of just getting through all the health challenges of 2016, and getting my left eye sight back just two months ago. Believe me when I say I didn’t think I could do it. SO many challenges.

    I’m also REALLY proud to be writing about perfume, thanks to YOU dear one. I’ve always loved to write, but to have other people reading it is a total 365 degree turn-around for me, daunting and scary at first, but comfortable and REALLY super-fun now. Thank you for that!

    I’m also very proud to be so in love still, after 20 years together. What a blessing. Xoxo

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Robert,
      Watching your health dramas this year has been amazing. You seem to sail through it all with a minimum of angst and so much hope. It’s really inspiring.
      You’re thanking me? Robert we are blessed to have you as part of the APJ family, so glad you feel it’s a wonderful experience too.
      20 years! You two are very lucky men. Congratulations.
      Portia xx

      • Robert H. says:

        Thank you. I wish we could get another Lab, but Ron can’t go thru having to put down another dog after our two. As for angst, i don’t tend to bring up visits from the “black dog”. I just try to power thru. Xoxo

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        That old bloody black dog. #hereifyouneedachatatoddhours

  21. Saffyishere says:

    Hello Portia. Your new furries seems to be fitting into your life well. 2016 has been difficult at my workplace with lots of ‘disruptions ‘due to an extension being built, which in turn disturbed many of the residents with dementia.
    I have always been a very materialistic person, however things changed in August when I attended two forums about homelessness in my community. Each month since then I have donated a set sum of money to my local soup bus.
    I sent a voucher to a friend who I ‘met’ via Twitter who ,as a dairy farmer is doing it tough. She informed me she was thrilled to be able to buy fresh fruit and vegies {usually could only afford frozen!!!}
    One of the items on my bucket list was achieved just this week actually ,as posted on Facebook. that dream?
    To wrap gifts at my local shopping Centre on behalf of the Salvos
    I’d like to wish everyone in the APJ FAMILY a healthy and productive 2017.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Heya Saffyishere,
      WOW! You are a changed woman. Congratulations. It feels good to give, doesn’t it?
      Your poor residents, and you. It must be very hard for them to deal with change on such a large scale, does the noise affect them too?
      Thanks for the good wishes, you are an integral part of our APJ family, we love you.
      Portia xxx

  22. Saffyishere says:

    Oops ,forgot to say , I follow via Facebook and email.

  23. Nelle says:

    Your furries are adorable! I am most proud of this year, is getting through this year! I am jobless and the experience of looking for a job and constantly applying without any success, can cause a serious sense of hopelessness that I did not expect. But my mother has been their for me and alllowing me to live with her while I get back onmy feet which hopefully the new year will bring new and great things, because that is what we all need for the new year is hope!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Nella,
      It’s a dehumanising process looking for work for an extended amount of time. Been there, done that in my early years. Som,e days I felt absolutely worthless. Thank everything for Mums.
      Merry Christmas.
      Portia xx

  24. Fazal says:

    I am proud of political engagements even though we still ended up with a nightmare. But this year has certainly made me more appreciative of the basic rights we take for granted in democracies.

  25. Laurels says:

    I got involved with a political campaign for the first time in 30 years, and although my side lost, I like to think it wasn’t just wasted effort. I spent some time feeling very discouraged, but hope to start anew and make a difference in 2018.

    I also did not resign from the board of a non-profit organization I volunteer for, despite the fact that the current president is unbearable. (I may, however, be plotting a small coup.)

    Thank you for this question, Portia. It was a very discouraging year for me (and for many others) all around, but we are hanging in there, and that is worth something.

    Congratulations on your beautiful pups! Dogs are a fine example of something well worth all the effort you put into them. Oh, and I follow with Bloglovin.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hiya Laurels,
      YEAH!! You do that coup. You’d be 100% better smelling than that asshole too.
      Oh yes, the dogs are amazing. we love them so much.
      Portia xx

  26. Neva says:

    I love your pictures with dogs. Pets really contribute to the quality of life.
    2016 was a year of hard lessons in life – my fiance broke up with me suddenly and with no apparent reason after more than 7 years together. We had a small company together and I managed to cut all ties with him jobwise and to start my own thing. That’s what I’m proud of most right now. May the New Year bring us all health, strength and love 🙂
    I follow APJ by email and thanks for the giveaway.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Bloody Hell Neva, I had no idea. What a chump he must be. Probably jealous because you are the brains, brawn and beauty of the outfit.
      Best of luck in 2017 and beyond.
      Hey, are you thinking of coming to Esxence in Milan?
      Portia xx

  27. Ingeborg says:

    I am proud of having donated more to charitty than I have spent on perfume this year (and I did get some bottles and samples!).It would have been so easy to shop online at times when I got bored of being housebound.

    Also,I think it is a good thing to have shared samples with friends, to make them more interested in scent in general.

    Like several othes I have had to deal with health issues, getting back on my feet after surgery has not been easy and I have lost much confidence in local health professionals, I am afraid. Still not totally back, but getting there.

    Hopefully 2017 will be a better year,and we need people to volunteer, even in countries with better social systems than the USA! I was lucky this year to get help from friends I had not expected to be there other than for the fun times, so that was something to be happy about.

    I follow by e-mail.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Ingeborg,
      Wishing you a better, brighter 2017.
      The health system scares the shit outta me. We are helpless at the whims of people who know how to get good marks by rote recitation.
      Portia xx

  28. Jyotsna says:

    Beuatiful pics!! I’m super proud of my little boy and for trying to be a great mum. Just like mine was 🙂

    I follow by email.

  29. Rene Groyer says:

    I’m proud of myself for helping my daughter get off heroine.Its is a daily battle but we are winning.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      SHIT Rene,
      That’s big. Heroine is hard core.
      Good luck.
      Portia xx

    • Carolyn Kubea says:

      Oh Rene, well done! As a former “self medicator” I can say that my parent’s love, attention, and love for me helped immensely. Yes, it is a battle but don’t give up or lose hope. I wish you and your daughter all the best. With love and hugs, Carolyn

  30. Undina says:

    Dear Portia,
    I don’t have anything on the scale of saving two dogs, but I have a tiny thing to be proud of: I brought some holidays spirit to my new office: I decorated it (nobody would have done it without me) and arranged us to have a holiday lunch (though, we’ll have to do it in January since too many people were out in December).

    DNEM
    Undina recently posted…Small Things that Brighten Life. Literally.My Profile

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      That is a BIG thing Undina. You’ve brought cheer and team togetherness. You don’t know how much that might mean to your colleagues. It could be something VERY important.
      Portia xx

  31. Ceil says:

    Your fur friends are beautiful! What a great thing to do! I am proud of studying to get my reiki master this year.

  32. Bernadette Winfield-Gray says:

    Thanks Portia and APJ, which I follow via email. In 2016 we sold our inner city Melbourne house, refurbished a tiny inner west Apartment, and did a Tree Change to a bush fire view hilly slope 90 minutes’ drive from the city. I am proud of dealing with being alone in a small country town with my two rescue cats while I wait for my husband to retire (31 December!). Really proud of my decision to return to live in the Melbourne flat to provide support for my 19 year old daughter, whose Anorexia has returned 🙁 Wondering if I can Skype with the cats… The APJ community is a continued source of inspiration and comfort to me.

  33. Carolyn Kubea says:

    Hi Portia, how generous you and Jin are, giving a home and LIFE to two beautiful creatures! I’m proud that I finally took my bestie’s advice and sought counselling for my various woes. I’d been putting it off ‘cos I knew it’d be a hard road but 12 months later I’m so glad I did it! I’m much more at peace with myself, can deal with the odd drama without falling apart, and, dare I say it, am reasonably happy LOL
    I follow via email and facebook. Wishing you and yours the very best this festive season, Carolyn

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Carolyn Kubea,
      That is a BIG deal. Congratulations. Hopefully it will help you sail through 2017.
      Portia xx

  34. Anna Maria says:

    I love the expression on Jins face , so beautiful…and adopting your new pets .
    I am most proud of the fact that I can eat without speaking lol…it’s hard but I am progressing well, Portia! lol but seriously…proud that I got on a plane and met you guys in Vienna.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      OMG!! Can you REALLY eat without speaking?? I’m having a medal made.
      Anna-Maria, thank you for being our solid friend. We love you so much and are grateful to have you in our lives.
      Europe 2016 was one of the best. Thank you.
      Merry Christmas.
      Portia xx

  35. lena says:

    It’s a different sort of pride, but I’m very proud to be the auntie of my amazing niece and 2-week-old nephew. They bring me so much joy.

    Wishing all APJers the very best this festive season 🙂

    I follow by email

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