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HOLDENV84

HOLDENV84
Date Joined: September 18, 2015
Last Online: November 13, 2018
Birthday: February 4, 1984
Country: Australia
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About Me

I am a 33 year old single mum who is in love with receiving mail and this has rubbed off onto my 6 year old son Charlie. We both love postcrossing, reading, watching movies and being outdoors.

I am studying to become a primary school teacher/early educator. It has been my dream since I was a young child and now I am finally brave enough to accomplish it. It is hard work but I am loving it. I think I want to become a kindergarten teacher instead of primary school but will wait and see what job opportunities arise once I'm qualified. Once I am teaching my own class I will be bringing swapping and postcrossing into my classroom.

My hobbies include - reading (my goal is to read 52 books this year), watching car racing especially speedway, travelling, watching movies, completing puzzles (word or jigsaw), watching most sports and listening to music. I love to spend time with family and friends as well. I enjoy penpalling (Australia and overseas) and I also like postcrossing. I love the idea that you are going to receive a postcard from somewhere random in the world.

I like learning about different places, cultures, people. I like to explore new places and meet different people along the way. I can't travel as much as I would like to due to being a single mother, but that does not deter me from my dreams. I have travelled to Phuket (Thailand) and Kuta (Bali). In 2014 I went on a cruise by myself as a present for turning 30....travelled to New Caledonia. I am now wanting to take my son on a cruise (possibly to New Zealand). I have travelled around Victoria, Australia a bit and have decided that once a year I will travel to a place that we have never been to before and spend a few nights/days exploring!

My family play an important role in my life. They are always there supporting me, making me laugh or just giving me a cuddle when I need one. I have a little nephew who turned 1 in June and he is my world. Being an aunty for the first time is the best thing that could have happened to me, apart from motherhood.

I like setting goals for myself - whether they be travel goals, book reading goals or weight loss goals.

I have had lapband surgery in December 2014 and since September 2014 I have lost 52kgs. I am happy with the progress and becoming happier with myself. I struggle with depression and anxiety, sometimes not being able to leave the house. So this is where mail comes in handy for me.

I have made some awesome friendships via penpalling and the reason why I started was because I suffered post natal depression and could not leave the house. Penpalling became my life and now I have been penpalling for close to 4 years.

If you decide to write a message in any of the swaps:

  • Tell me your favourite song at the moment

  • If you have something special to celebrate

  • What is making you happy

  • Any weight loss tips or healthy recipes

  • What book you are reading

They are only suggestions and will appreciate anything that is sent.

I have no preference when it comes to postcards or swaps in general as I like the surprise. With Postcrossing, I now have over 200 postcards in my collection and have no double ups to date.

Enjoy your day and remember to smile at least once!

ATTENTION: IF FOR SOME REASON YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED ONE OF MY SWAPS, IT IS MOST LIKELY BECAUSE IT WAS LOST IN THE MAIL. PLEASE SEND ME A MESSAGE BEFORE RATING AND LET ME KNOW, AND I'LL REMEDY THE SITUATION. THANK YOU.

Favorite Music

Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band, Lee Kernaghan, Toby Keith, Cold Chisel, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Bette Midler, John Farnham, Kate Ceberano, Pierce Brothers, Country, Rock, AC/DC, Pierce Brothers, 80s and 90's.

Favorite Movies

Grease, Dirty Dancing, Empire Records, Pitch Perfect, Ghost, Training Day, Love Actually, 10 Things I Hate About You, My Best Friends Wedding, anything with Hugh Grant,

Favorite Books

Biographies, Autobiographies, Crime, Thriller, Chick-lit. Favourite book of 2015 was Risk by Fleur Ferris and I recommend anyone to read it because it is about teenagers meeting with strangers from online chat rooms. Favourite book so far this year would be The Golden Child by Wendy James. I DO NOT LIKE SCI-FI or FANTASY! But am willing to give it a go.

Favourite Authors

James Patterson, Di Morrissey, Linwood Barclay, Fleur Ferris, Fiona Higgins

Favorite Television

The Biggest Loser, Winners and Losers, The Walking Dead, Revenge, Pretty Little Liars, Home and Away, Will and Grace, Grey's Anatomy, Friends, The Black List, Hart of Dixie

Ratings

TexyDeb rated for PCEW18 Round 5 on Nov 10, 2018
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Comment: This postcard is so cool. I have only seen them from here. Sadly I never saved one from here. Thank you VERY much. I have had a lovley day. My son and his girlfriend came to eat lunch with us. We don't get to see them often and tey are going on holiday Monday. BUT...they are spending Christmas with us!!! I hope you have a lovely day...
mcovey rated for PCEW18 Round 5 on Oct 13, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for cute pc and note
goinjenny rated for PCEW18 Round 5 on Oct 9, 2018
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Comment: Thank you
widelo123 rated for PCEW18 Round 5 on Sep 29, 2018
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Comment: Jess, thank you for the fabulous maxi postcard. You have gotten my interest in "The Magic Pudding" book. I am going to see if I can order in the States for my granddaughter. Thank you again, Shirley
goinjenny rated for PCEW18 Round 4 on Sep 21, 2018
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Comment: Thank you
LucyToons rated for PCEW18 Round 4 on Aug 17, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the First Day of Issue :), hope Uni is going well :)
TexyDeb rated for PCEW18 Round 4 on Aug 10, 2018
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Comment: This card is wonderful. tyvm A steam train is so cool. Seeing snow for the first time. Super cool! I'm so happy for you all. I hope to ride on a train someday.
widelo123 rated for PCEW18 Round 4 on Aug 6, 2018
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Comment: Jess, thank you so much for the maxi card. I love these. we do not have them in the states. Good luck with your schooling. Shirley
kdeorne1 rated for PCEW18 Round 4 on Aug 6, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard and birthday wishes. Good luck with your classes this semester!
Hugsie86 rated for ESG: Summer Reading Recommendation on Jul 15, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the book recommendations. It doesn't seem like something I would enjoy, sadly, but I will still check out both the Australian authors as I like reading books from around the world. Thank you for sharing!
HappyMom rated for ESG: Summer Reading Recommendation on Jul 15, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the recommendations - I enjoy reading books by authors from other countries!
KSENiA rated for ESG: Summer Reading Recommendation on Jul 15, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
kdeorne1 rated for PCEW18 Round 3 on Jun 30, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard.
TexyDeb rated for PCEW18 Round 3 on Jun 9, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard. I'm reading The Da Vinci Code. A friends son was visiting us. He gave it to me.
widelo123 rated for PCEW18 Round 3 on Jun 6, 2018
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Comment: Jess, thank you for the pretty Australian postcard. Love the bridge. Shirley
goinjenny rated for PCEW18 Round 3 on Jun 4, 2018
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Comment: Thank you
Tigerlilyknotwise rated for PCEW18 Round 2 on May 12, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the waterfall PC...looks like a lovely spot for a picnic :)
goinjenny rated for PCEW18 Round 2 on May 8, 2018
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Comment: Thank you
Maggiesmother rated for PCEW18 Round 2 on May 5, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the waterfalls postcard. Happy swapping, Linda
kdeorne1 rated for PCEW18 Round 2 on May 2, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard.

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Comments

sakura15 on Aug 1, 2017:

Hello!

I just wanted to pop by and say thank you for being part of my group Australasian Swappers!

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riftvegan on May 1, 2016:

Congratulations: Interest Me no. 36 is #2 in the top swaps! Yay Reading!

chaari on Apr 28, 2016:

Just Because

Thanks for being a part of this group! :D

Artfreak16 on Apr 22, 2016:

Thank you so much for hosting the interest me swap!! :)

kacka on Mar 12, 2016:

thank you so nice for very neat letter:), it is wonderful from you to angel it. You will hear back from me:))

KSENiA on Feb 27, 2016:

Thank you for angeling for book recommendation swap. I love the postcard. Thank you for book recommendation as well/

MelinaBea on Feb 3, 2016:

Thanks for my letter! Running behind with correspondence, so you'll have to give me some time. Sorry!

leilx on Jan 20, 2016:

Thank you for the angel postcard in the book recomendation swap. It sounds very interesting.

MelinaBea on Jan 3, 2016:

Got home tonight and first thing I did? You guessed it, I checked my PO box! Devoured your letter and so excited to start this penpal friendship! Give me a few days to settle back in and I'll reply. Happy new year! Xxxx

clebeans on Dec 27, 2015:

Read my Profile and Leave a nice Comment

I too was a single mum for over 14yrs and it was hard work but in the end it has been worth it. I too am a student in the new year doing something I love to do which is weaving with flax. I have lost weight but not by choice though but happy for it for it is so nice to be able to fit clothes that have been hanging around lol. My son wants to be a teacher maybe and is doing his BA in the Classics and Latin. I enjoy watching movies but mostly historical types. Hope the new year brings all your desires and may you be happy

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