Hey guys! Just a quick chit chat on what I’ve been up to and some highlights of 2018. Enjoy!
I've travelled and lived my best life to be honest really. Back in January, I went to Berlin with the craziest bunch of friends. Fast forward to April, I was sipping Pina Coladas by the beach in Corfu, Greece celebrating a friend’s 25th birthday. It was definitely one of my favourite holidays in 2018. Creating our own mini party in the hotel lobby, mingling with tourists and a very memorable boat ride were just one of the many highlights from that trip. Fast forward again to June, I was riding camels and strolling around Le Jardin Majorelle in Morocco.
I also left my old job in May after the most horrendous 12 months working there. I'm now working for Virgin Trains on their Corporate Affairs team and I couldn't be happier. I’ve got the most supportive, down to earth manager, a great team (we’re practically family now!) and a great working environment. Like, I didn't think it was possible to actually look forward to going into work every morning and afternoon. I'm looking forward to growing within the team and utilising every resource available to develop and possibly expand into the wider department. I'm extremely grateful to God for answering my prayers and placing me in an environment where I am loved and don't have to compromise with myself. Oh and the best thing about this job? I've actually got the opportunity to get my creative juices flowing wherever possible - cheers to that!
As far as blogging goes, I started the year on a high creating content, becoming more active on social media, pumped up with enthusiasm and motivation but it eventually all came to a stand still. If I'm completely honest with you, the whole process of building my personal brand became an effort. Working full time drains me and most days I just want to lay in bed. ALL DAMN DAY. Do I feel like I'm done with blogging? Where do I go from here? Am I cut out for this industry? The questions that continuously boggle my mind.
* UPDATE * I’m feeling super pumped, inspired and motivated for the New Year. Let’s get this blogging thing back on the roll!
Turning 25 made me realise that sh*t has definitely gotten real. Back in my teenage years, I remember mapping out my entire life like for example, settling down and building a family by a certain age. I can confirm that my life has completely geared towards a different direction and you know what, I'm grateful regardless. I'm proud and happy of how far I've come, where I am at the moment and where I will be in the future. I've learnt to live in the present and not worry so much about the future. Yes, I have plans, visions and goals but it's about finding a balance so I don't forget to live in the moment too.
So, where was I? When I turned 25 in July (still accepting birthday presents, btw) I thought about creating a 5 year plan filled with realistic and attainable goals. So my sincerest apologies that I was off the radar. I'm just trying to get my mojo back! Self-learning and self development is key so I'm broadening my horizons, perfecting my skills and learning new ones. The aim is to produce quality and meaningful content that will resonate with you lovely readers. I've spent the last weeks scribbling in my content calendar, contacting photographers and scrolling through various platforms to gain content inspiration for the New Year. Ooh, for the first time in a while, I'm actually excited!
I'm so done with following in the footsteps of what everyone else is doing and feeling like it's mandatory to spend countless hours on social media. I wrote about how I’m controlling this, here. Yes, do the work, remain consistent (still struggling with that!) but my understanding is that success doesn't come overnight. I've learned to accept that and I'm finally in a place where I can say: 'You've got this girl. Everything's actually going to be ok.' As a millennial, growing up in a generation and "culture of impatience and instant gratification" (Study Breaks, 2017) , there's a certain level of expectation that everything I do needs to be fast, easy and convenient. Accomplishments take time and a degree of patience is required. I'm currently enjoying compiling thoughts and ideas, taking some downtime and just appreciating the beauty of life, no matter what it may throw at me.
On a final note, I appreciate each and everyone of you who have continuously supported me on this long journey :)