Well that escalated quickly…

Oops. I do apologise for the rather lengthy absence, rooted in my terrible talent for procrastination…

It has been quite the year since my last blog post. I’m not entirely sure what happened to blogging along the way – there were times when I just didn’t feel like sharing what was going on in my head, and other times where procrastinator supreme “I’ll write a post next whenever” prevailed. But now life has evened out a bit, and I want to get back to my original reasons for starting thins in the first place – revelling in the small things!

A debrief of the last 12 months would have to include the following highlights:

  • I survived two months travelling solo in the South Pacific – more about that here!
  • I graduated! (Still convinced they’re going to decide that was a clerical error one day…)
  • We moved across the country and managed to navigate the traps of house-hunting; our well developed damp-sensors once again proving invaluable!
  • I started my first job (and have thus far survived!)
  • My little (6ft) brother has finally found his calling and has been given the opportunity to go follow his dreams in September – super proud!
  • We ticked a few places off our travel bucket list.
  • And finally, and most excitingly…
    • My aforementioned other-half asked me a very important question, to which the answer was a very slightly hysterical YES; we are now enjoying bumbling through the world of wedding planning together!

As I said, quite the year! I will be blogging a bit about my travels, and a few important bits and pieces, but mainly trying to focus on the little smiles just like before.

Thanks for staying interested if you’re still reading!

LSO x

 

Smile no. 11

Here’s to making progress!

This week has featured a lot of decisions, a lot of thinking and a lot of planning, but at the end of it, it’s starting to feel like life is starting to fit together. In my earlier posts, I’ve done a lot of talking about how I’m useless with uncertainty, and how there was a lot of it about at the time. There still is a fair bit, but things are looking clearer now.

I’m feeling a lot happier about the move in July, now that I have a rough idea of where we’ll be going, and I’m actually feeling a lot happier about actually starting the job too. I’ve been so incredibly lucky with my current placement, and one of my tutors in particular has been a real gem this week. There’s nothing worse than vague ‘it’s ok’ feedback. So when my tutor totally picked to bits what I’ve been falling short on, it left me feeling so much clearer about some of the things that have been holding me back. Some people might not have appreciated his total honesty, but to me it meant the world. For the rest of the week, I’ve been focusing on putting his advice to work, and have started to notice the difference, which has been fabulous!

Hooray for progress!

LSO x

Smile no. 10

Huge smile this week… I found out that I have secured a post for August in the area I wanted. Although I still have a further stage of applications to secure the exact job and precise location, I know roughly which county I will be in for the next 2 years, and it’s the one I wanted!

It was just generally a very good week, especially Wednesday. A surprise day off due to an admin error meant that I had a lie-in – always much appreciated, and my wonderful other half surprised me with an evening of relaxing before the dreaded job allocation day. I came home to a bath with bubbles and candle, a 3 course dinner, and a rare evening where both of us were home together.

Smiles all round!

LSO x