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Topic: Getting to know you...or is that me?

  1. Just Sara
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    3 April 2020

    Well hello beautiful people in BB Forum land. I wish I could tag everyone but alas, the new forum format isn't up and running as I'd expected. Poo!

    It's been around a year since we've spoken. I'm sorry about that, I've been a busy bee with work and family; you know, the real world. It's also been a type of sabbatical too. Before I left I think I was beginning to burn out, not the ideal for someone who's supposed to be supporting others.

    As I'm self isolating and can't attend work, I thought I'd pop in and offer myself up as an extra hand on deck for a while. We can't have too many helper bee's hey.

    Thankyou to all who left messages while I was away, I'll try and catch up with you in the coming days.

    I hope this post finds you all well, happy and safe.

    Looking forward to chatting and rekindling friendships.

    Lub, lub...Sara xoxo

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  2. Croix
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    4 April 2020 in reply to Just Sara

    Dear Sara~

    It is lovely to see you back on deck, you have (of course) been missed.

    I think you will find some familiar faces along with old ones, though the Forum itself is much the same.

    I'm sorry to hear you are in isolation, something that is very taxing, even for someone with a great deal of self reliance.

    I'm looking forward to seeing you around

    Croix

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  3. demonblaster
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    4 April 2020 in reply to Just Sara

    😀😀😀 CHOOKYyyyy 🤗 good to see ya champ.

    Can't believe a year and we're in April...what! 🤔

    Hope yours has been good for you darl.

    Not just saying this I think often of the lovelies past and present and wondered how your life's goin chooky ☺

    Hope you're going ok with the isolation lovey I'd think you'd be ok. I get the feeling you'd be pretty independant and ok in your own company.

    No hurry for reply ..is work your business you were working on.

    Looking forwzard to hearing how it's all going trooper if you want to that is.

    Peppy and Grandy will be stoked to see you darl.

    Go easy lovey. See you around hun 🤗🐥🕊

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  4. Just Sara
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    4 April 2020 in reply to Croix

    Well hi there Monsieur Croix;

    Lovely of you to welcome me back! Thankyou for your kind words.

    Looking at your post count you've been a conscientious worker bee; not unexpected I might add. Spreading the lurve is what you're famous for.

    I hope you and your family have been well; beautiful wife and cats of course.

    My little dog passed away in my arms early January. I grieve his presence nearly every day. The house doesn't seem as empty as it did back then; not looking down to check if he's underfoot anymore for instance.

    I work as a mental health Peer Worker on a psychiatric hospital ward. It's a very rewarding job and I love it. It was difficult returning to the workplace due to fear, but my manager was great and let me ease into it.

    Again, thanks for the welcome post. Will undoubtedly see you around the threads..

    Nice to be back;

    Sez (hugs)

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  5. Just Sara
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    4 April 2020 in reply to demonblaster

    Hey there lovely DB! I smiled seeing all your emoji's and heartfelt words; thankyou.

    I've returned to lend a hand during the pandemic as I'm sure there's plenty of worried souls out there needing a kind word or two. What can I say? It's the perfect excuse to say hello to all you beautiful people who I've missed.

    Yes, I cope with isolation quite well. I prefer it actually. The business you mentioned is ready to kick start, but I'm struggling with marketing it; not my expertise I'm afraid. Ah well, ne'r mind. Hopefully one day soon...

    I see by your writing style you're in a good place atm. That makes me smile. We'll catch up over the coming days no doubt.

    It was great hearing from you lovely DB.

    Stay your zany self ok..

    Love...Sez Chooky! xo

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  6. Croix
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    5 April 2020 in reply to Just Sara

    Dear Sez~

    I'm sorry about you little dog, the mean so much. Zeppelin Dog passed away a while ago now, but has been replaced by Foxy Dog. Cats around too. I guess the menagerie is much like Thor's Hammer, with umpteen handle and heads over the years, but remains Thor's Hammer nevertheless.

    Do you think you will get another dog in the future?

    MH Peer Work must had been daunting to get into, though if it is not bad for you long-term then I think your rich life experiences will give you a breath of understanding most could not offer and probably great satisfaction. I'm glad your manager is realistic.

    Croix

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  7. Peppermintbach
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    Hi Sez (& a wave to all),

    Welcome back :) I hope the past year has been good to you. It sounds as though a lot has happened.

    Congratulations on your job role. I’m glad you’re finding it rewarding, & that your manager seems supportive.

    But I’m sorry to hear about your self isolation. Although from the sounds of things, it looks as though you’re managing okay.

    Also, my condolences for the loss of your dog. I feel it must be hard not to have him by your side every day. You must miss him daily...

    Pepper xoxo

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  8. Ggrand
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    6 April 2020 in reply to Just Sara

    Hello Sara...🤗..

    Im also so sad and sorry to hear of the loss of your fur baby..

    Welcome back..it’s so nice seeing you back here with your BB family....I missed as I’m sure many more people have missed listening to your words of support on the forums...I have learned that one supporting post written to anyone here on the forums can help so many readers...Thank you for coming back...

    Grandy....

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  9. blondguy
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    7 April 2020 in reply to Just Sara

    Hey Sara!

    Its been a while yet its great to see your thread back on the air :-) No apologies necessary...Having an extra hand on the forums would be wonderful as Volunteers/Champions like yourself are hard to find

    Only if you wish to of course!...thankyou heaps for your help on the Coping with the Coronavirus thread too x

    Hugs (if thats okay)

    Paul

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  10. quirkywords
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    8 April 2020 in reply to Just Sara

    Sara

    Great to catch up on you news and to see your name.

    It is wonderful you have chosen this time to lend a hand. I am so sorry about your dog.

    This year has been hard for me even before the virus as I lost by home and my wonderful shop in the bushfires on NYE 2019.

    I remembered kind words you said to me when I was a first on the forum and your belief in your self and compassion for others and this has helped me,

    Welcome back and great to have you on board.

    Quirky

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  11. Just Sara
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    8 April 2020 in reply to quirkywords

    Dearest Croix, Pepper, Grandy, Blondguy and Quirky;

    Thankyou all for your lovely comments; it's nice to be back on board and doing good. As you all know I love writing, so having the opportunity to express 'words' again is priming that passion.

    I probably won't be so focused on this thread as much as I used to be; this time is more about peer support to members, especially newbies.

    Please forgive my lack of presence on your personal threads too ok. Offline life has become busier and less cumbersome due to a wonderful recovery, but I'll endeavour to drop in when I can.

    Yes, my fur baby was a huge loss indeed so I'm grateful for all your kind words of comfort. Thankyou...

    Oh Quirky, sending lots of warm thoughts for your loss also. I hope a fresh start is on the cards as you surely deserve it. Hugs...

    Love Sez xo

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    9 April 2020 in reply to Just Sara

    Hello Sez!

    you have been working providing counsel/support in a psychiatric facility...I envy your courage!

    I understand you are in self isolation as per your work....Just a friendly note of appreciation for you being the person you are...I hope you are doing okay

    my kindest always

    Paul

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  13. Just Sara
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    9 April 2020 in reply to blondguy

    As always Paul; you're a legend!!!

    Thanks hun...x

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    22 January 2021 in reply to Just Sara

    I was really glad too see you pop in Sez, i hope you might be come back every now and then xox

    Im sorry about your little dog, i know she meant the world to you. Im proud of you for getting a Job though, sounds like its right up your alley

    xoxoxo

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    22 January 2021 in reply to startingnew

    Hey there Sez girl.

    Apologies darl I didnt mean not to send huge hugs for the loss of your dear doggy. Very sad losing a beautiful companion.

    Hope you're still charging through life with a new found energy and happy above all chooky ☺

    Do think about ya huns and miss you ⚘

    Excuse me a sec....STARTS!!!!!!....running towards you...slipping over but hey what' a somersault or two and broken foot between long lost very thought about and missed friends.

    SO good seeing you Again girl very much hope your lifes easier.

    Much love to you both and ever ever friendship ⚘

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  16. Ggrand
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    22 January 2021 in reply to Just Sara

    Hello Sara, Startingnew...Deebi👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩..

    Sara I am so pleased that your recovering well..but please dear lady..be gentle on you and heal some more...We are always here if you feel up to posting or just talking for company....I liked reading your posts...and sometimes re-read your threads...

    Starts...hello lovely..how have you been doing..often thought about posting on yours to say hello and ask you..but didn’t want to pressure you..I hope your life has turned around some and your mental health as well...

    Hiya bbff....💚..

    Sending you 3 amazing and beautiful girls my care, love and hugs..🦋💜🤗...and a beautiful red rose rose each for your beautiful souls..

    Grandy..

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  17. startingnew
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    25 July 2021 in reply to Just Sara
    Thinking of you often Sez xox

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