I realised that it has been a while since I wrote a post entirely dedicated to what I’ve been getting upto in my normal life (because, believe it or not, I do have one outside of blogging/Twitter/Instagram!). I wanted to just check in and tell you all what’s been going on with me in the past few weeks or so.
So, earlier this week I officially finished my third job as a waitress! If you read my Juggling Jobs: Keeping Sane Under Stress post, then you will know a bit about my struggle with working as an unpaid intern, waitress and optical assistant in order to live my life, continue saving and pay my bills. It was so difficult to juggle three jobs at once, I can’t even tell you. I felt as though these feelings were unjustified, because of course there are other people who work harder than me, for longer hours and sometimes in more than three jobs! However, with things like this you have to remind yourself- other people may be having a hard time, but you can’t compare yourself to them and feel unworthy of bad feelings because of their entirely different situation.
Before September, since the age of 15 I was used to studying at school/college/university during the week, and going off to work on a Sunday from 10.15-4.30, usually leaving my Saturdays free. I have always believed that starting work as early as possible helps you grow as a person, whether you need the money or not.
I went from working one day a week (aside from school/uni holidays where I would work as many hours as possible so I was basically full-time) to working 9-5pm 5 days a week, 6-10.30pm 3-4 days a week (often including Saturdays and Sundays), as well as 10.15-4.30 every Sunday. Sound exhausting? Yep. A couple of months ago, I cut down to one night a week waitressing, but this still wasn’t enough as it divided my week up and made me so tired the day after. So, after saving up my earnings from various freelance design work and getting a small amount from my initially unpaid internship, it was time to leave and I finally did it! I enjoyed the job and being with the people who worked there, but the actual effort of working 12+ hours in a day was exhausting.
On to more exciting things to come. My spring/summer is looking pretty fantastic travel-wise- I definitely need a break (or 10!) to overcome the stress of this year! Next month, me and George celebrate our 7 year anniversary, and we are going to a place called Alnwick near Northumberland, to a 5-star countryside hotel for a couple of nights.
Warkworth Castle, Northumberland [source]
At the end of April and May, I am going to Manchester twice with my mum to see Olly Murs and Take That, and we will be staying overnight so we can explore more of the amazing city! At the beginning of June, on George’s birthday, we are heading to Amsterdam with a group of friends for 3 nights (via Manchester, again!) which I am really excited about as I’ve never been and seen/heard so many good things.
At the end of June, we are going on holiday for a week with my parents to Wales (can’t remember where- sorry!) to stay in a picturesque riverside cottage and just chill.
Brecon Beacons National Park, Powys [source]
In the summer, me and a couple of friends are planning a little girly trip to London we have been meaning to go on since we left sixth form! And finally, me and George are hoping to get away on a last-minute break to some sunny resort in early September before I return to uni for final year. Phew! I didn’t even realise how many little holidays I was going on until I wrote it all down! I realise now I have a lot to look forward to, and this will hopefully be one of the best summers ever for me, to round off what has been a very interesting placement year!
At the end of May, I am leaving my current placement in Harrogate to start an exciting 2-week (paid- YES!) internship in Leeds at the agency I have always dreamed of working for. I am really hoping that this can be extended and I can work there for the rest of the summer too, as I don’t think I’ll be able to cope with all the free time (and lack of money!) from not working during the summer months. It’s a loooong summer when you’re at university, and I have never not worked during this time, because despite what I’ve said earlier I am a workaholic and hate not being busy!
I am actually quite looking forward to getting back to university in September, even though I know final year will be difficult, I feel like this year has definitely helped me to prepare! It will be nice to get back into learning and having more creative freedom, which will hopefully help to bring new things into my blog. I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about my life at the moment, sorry if it was a bit too wordy but I think it’s important to show the person behind the blog!
Have a lovely weekend everyone :)