22:15

In between all the family gatherings and friend feasts I have finally had an evening to myself since I travelled home for the holidays. I had an early and quiet dinner with my mum and my brother before soaking in a hot bath.

As work keeps me busy during the day I have gotten used to having the evenings to myself. I do not mind having the odd event where I need to be out of the house longer than usual, but for the most part I like to be showered and ready for bed by 21:30! The work lifestyle has got me in a set routine, so once the holidays hit it was quite a shock.

As visits home go by so quickly, it makes sense to cram them as to make the most of my time. It has been lovely to catch up with relatives and friends over the past few days. As I do not know the next time I will be able to travel home I shall endeavour to fill my days a little more!

21:51

It is almost the time of year where I get to travel home! Working life is completely different to studying life. I have only a limited number of days for my Winter break now whereas my student semester break seemed almost endless. Tomorrow I will be taking the train back to my home town to visit my family and friends. I will be working a half day before travelling for a half day. The feeling of not returning to work untilv the new year is a good one!

21:20

Winding down to the end of the year always gets me feeling reflective. I remember the end of 2014 had me stressed and uncertain, whereas this year end is a little different. Gone are my studying days with sleepless nights and dissertation worries, but work stresses and struggles have replaced them.

As my working year is brought to a close, I reflect on my working life thus far. I have had one previous job fresh out of university, and my current job which I have been at for almost 4 months. Time has passed quickly and slowly all the same. I have counted down weeks till my next day of annual leave and simultaneously had days/weeks that fly by. My graduation from university was now 5 months ago and my dissertation deadline 8. This year has been an incredible one and I look forward to all the new (and old) things to come in the new year of 2016.