10 Oct 2018

5 Happy Things


I was originally going to share a nice little ramble updating you all on what life looks like at the moment, but it’s been a bit of a mixed bag. I’ve had a funny few weeks/months (years too tbh) and after a bit of “blip” a couple of weeks ago I’ve been trying to focus on the good things instead. I realised it had been a little while since my last “happy things” post, so here we are.

It's been a really hectic time for me recently, but a lot of good stuff has happened that I really wanted to share. My blog is always the first to slip when I have a bit too much on my plate, so it's kind of been shoved to the back of my mind recently, but writing on here makes for a welcome change. It's my creative outlet for when I've been spending a bit too much time thinking about work and studying!

Even then, though, I do tend to end up writing huge posts that take forever and a day to put together, but I want to get back into the habit of sharing more quick updates like this. Although, I am still incredibly prone to rambling, so my version of "quick" isn't necessarily all that quick...

Enough rambling, let's begin.

I actually like university

I was a bit anxious about starting university. My last attempt didn’t end too well and left me a little bit reluctant to be back in that environment, but this time around couldn’t have been any more different. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been hard work, and quite an adjustment - but I’m feeling positive about it!

The commute to Paisley is a bit difficult, I feel like I’m spending my life in my car, and my strategic management module is definitely frying my brain, but I’m learning more about subjects I genuinely enjoy and find interesting. I’m still not sure what my next move is after third year, but that’s something to think about another day.

When I first started out at university, studying fashion, I hated it from the very first day. I'm over a month in now, and I'm still loving it, so I'd say that's a good sign so far.

The house hunt

Not much has changed since my last chat about buying a house, but we’ve spoken to a mortgage advisor and sussed out the best options for us with my self-employment. I was terrified that they were going to tell us that I’d never get a mortgage, but that’s definitely not the case. It’ll be hard work, but it’ll be worth it!

We’re still in no huge rush to move, but this time next year we’ll hopefully be in a position to get things moving. I’ve hit my next savings goal for the deposit too, which will definitely be a huge help in the long run.

A bit of balance

Touch wood! I’d been having a lot of migraines back at the start of the summer and it was getting a bit much. I changed my pill to try to solve the issues, but that threw up some other issues with my mental state and it turned into a bit of a mess, really. Last week was the first time I actually felt like I’d returned to my “normal” state and it was a welcome change.

That’s not to say I haven’t been stressed, because I most definitely have, but I’m feeling a lot better equipped when it comes to coping with it all. Which is good, because I have a lot of work to get through over the coming months!

Work, work, work…

Speaking of work, it’s going well. My business hadn’t been working for me, balance wise, and I was feeling quite burnt out as a result. I had to take a step back and figure out what I wanted to do, and whilst it’s an ongoing process, I had a bit of a breakthrough last week that’s left me feeling excited about the future of my various projects. There’s a lot to do, but at least I have my direction now!

One of my many projects, Blog & Beyond, has been growing arms and legs and I couldn’t be happier with how it’s going. I’ve hosted two workshops in Glasgow now, and tomorrow morning I’m hopping on a train to Liverpool to host another workshop with the fabulous Julia. There’s a lot in store for this side of my business, which I can’t wait to get stuck into.

…and the reward

I’ve been working flat out for the last year (and the five or so years before that), and after dealing with a lot of stress in the past 18 months it was time for a big treat. The biggest treat. Paddy and I were originally going to book a flying visit to New York, but we decided to swap it for pure relaxation because I don’t think I’ve ever needed a break this much.

Our alternative? Two weeks in a five star, “gourmet inclusive” resort in sunny Mexico. I’ve never had such a luxurious holiday, and the price we paid makes my eyes water, but it’s going to be so worth it. It’s really surreal for me to be able to afford such a nice holiday, but I know I’ve worked so incredibly hard for this.

So, in May next year, we’re jetting off on a fancy plane to the sunshine, where I’ll be spending 14 days doing nothing but eating amazing food, sleeping on the beach, drinking delicious cocktails and reading as many books as I can squeeze into a fortnight. If you see me at any point over the next few months then I’m sorry, but I’m not going to shut up about this holiday. I need this.
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