22:25

Just checking in for a quick life update:

  • I’ve been given more responsibilities at work so things are hectic now and again, but I am happy for a change in pace and for more challenging tasks.
  • Swimming has become something I really enjoy and it helps me unwind. This week I went swimming after work on 4/5 days and my body is feeling great!
  • Catch ups with friends (even if for only a short while) build back those happy feelings in my heart. Forever blessed to be surrounded by lovely, supportive people.

 

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20:00

Today I would like to address the humble brag and all those that use it knowingly and unknowingly.

Yesterday a friend said something along the lines of ‘Oh yeah I got head hunted yesterday but I don’t think I’m going to take the job.’

Firstly, never just drop information like that into a conversation! We were having a conversation about general work happenings from the past couple of weeks, and then that bomb dropped. Do not try and force it into conversation if it doesn’t fit in with the general tone! Your ‘oh yeah’ fake nonchalant attitude is not fooling anyone.

Secondly, it makes you look like an asshole. Seriously. No one is genuinely humble when they’re trying to make themselves look good. If you want to talk about something you’re proud of, be open about it! Do not conceal your bragging with fake humility, people can see through it! Nobody likes a show off.

Thirdly, how important is this information? Not very, right? In this case an employer took an interest in your profile, but you’re not doing anything about it… so your point is? Not to be offensive to said friend but what kind of response did you want me to have? Did you want me to be impressed that you were chosen? Validation that your skills and knowledge are far superior to those in the vicinity? In reality I ignored the humble brag until the next morning and then glazed over it when I eventually replied.

Humble brags rub people up the wrong way. We have all been on both sides of this situation. We brag because we want to feel valued and important. We value the opinions of others more now in the world of social media than perhaps in the past. In a social setting a humble brag may easily be played off by eye rolls or tuts, but on digital platforms they remain untouched. People don’t often get called out for doing it online. If there is something you are genuinely proud of accomplishing, by all means tell people! Just don’t mask it with a ‘I was just doing my job’ or ‘it was no big deal.’ People can spot a humble bragger from a mile away!

16:45

Yesterday I had the chance to catch up over dinner and dessert with a friend who I lost contact with 7 years ago. While we have seen each other in passing often over those 7 years, there was an unwritten rule that we didn’t talk to each other any more. Though there was never any verbal or written confirmation that we were no longer friends all those years ago, we both felt things had grown cold and we fell out of touch. Last night’s dinner with mutual friends allowed us to reconnect a little and to catch up on the little things. Sometimes all that’s needed is the acknowledgement that things are okay though a former friendship disappeared. It shows growth and development from both parties. What happened in the past becomes irrelevant and people are able to move on.

20:36

I am currently reading The Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez. Admittedly, this has been a book that I began reading at the start of the year and then left unfinished. Months later I picked it up again, read a couple of chapters and then left it until now.

While I still have a penchant for reading; my leisure time has adjusted to fit in with my working lifestyle. After work I try and exercise, catch up with friends and family, as well as edit video footage and keep up with my current shows. I find myself too tired to read by the time I crawl into bed; which leaves me with a small window on Sundays to catch up on some reading. On Sundays I try and make time to go to a cafe by myself (either to edit or to read). While I do miss more carefree days spent reading book after book, the nostalgic yet reassuring feelings do return when I settle down to read. It really is amazing how books can shape and mold a person through the written word.

22:02

Woah! It has been a long long time since I have posted anything on here…

So what’s new?

Not all that much if I’m honest! At work I have had incredibly busy stints and also lulls in the flow. I have also switched to doing a later shift every 3 weeks which offsets my weekly routine a little. After I get home from a later shift I feel like I do not have enough time to fully relax before I have to get ready for bed and prepare for the next morning. Work aside, my personal life has been very much the same. I am still swimming regularly and have recently taking up jogging again as it gives me valuable time to think. I have had family and friends visiting from all over the world so there have been many times where we all gather together and enjoy each others’ company. I am still working on putting together my Los Angeles and San Francisco footage. I hope to get at least one video edited and uploaded in the month of September though! Autumn is for staying in, getting cosy and chilling with a hot drink right? Perfect editing conditions!

Although I am not posting as regularly as I had hoped, I will leave little updates here and there as assurance that I am okay!

22:07

Apologies for not posting in a little while!

A quick update on the past few weeks:

  • I finally beat my jet lag
  • There was a heatwave in the UK
  • I attended 3 weddings in 3 weeks
  • My parents visited me in Edinburgh
  • I hung out with a friend from New Jersey who is also called Kim!
  • I went to the doctors then went to work and got sent home because I was too ill (the doctors didn’t prescribe me anything…)

21:59

I am back! On the 31st May I flew out to Los Angeles and for two weeks I toured around Southern and Northern California. In SoCal I visited Disneyland, Griffith Observatory, Getty Center, Laguna Beach and other spots. Up in NorCal I went to San Francisco city centre, Fisherman’s Wharf, Exploratorium, Twin Peaks, Coit Tower, Union Square, the Great Mall in San Jose and many other places.

My trips abroad are always jam packed so I often come home feeling like I need a holiday after my holiday! Whilst physically and mentally draining, the whole experience was a lot of fun and it was amazing to travel around and explore new (and old) places.

It has taken me almost a whole week to get rid of my jet lag. I returned to work the day after I flew back from the US, and I struggled to keep my eyes open during work hours. I have been waking up in the middle of the night for the past week, and also took long naps in the evenings to compensate for the lack of sleep. I managed to sleep through the night yesterday so hopefully my jet lag has been curbed!

23:05

Recently I have had to commute to the Perth office over a couple of days to cover staff holidays, so I spent some time with friends in Dundee to cut down on travel time. During my car journeys I had time to reflect on my own development within my job as well as my self growth.

When I was first offered my position I was a fresh university graduate with little experience in the working environment. Almost two years later have passed since then and my responsibilities within the role have doubled (probably even tripled). Stressful times hit me every week and problems arise that need to be unpicked. Outside of work I often worry about not having enough time to complete a project, or fret over a stressful encounter at work. Stressful situations aside, I am very thankful to be in a workplace which appreciates my work and to work with like-minded individuals.

Never did I intend to find a job in this industry let alone still be within the same company (almost) two years later. Whilst it is important to provide a living for yourself, it is also important to enjoy your job (to an extent). If my job had been mind-numbingly repetitive and ‘soul-destroying’; I would have left a long time ago. I am thankful for colleagues who are encouraging and a pleasure to work with, and for a workplace which I feel comfortable in.

22:14

I never used to be the kind of person who set reminders on my phone but I have found it to be helpful in my new found busy lifestyle.

Amidst making plans, travelling, exchanging currency, and weddings, there are simpler, less interesting tasks. I found myself entering things like ‘put card in bag’ and ‘get lunch from fridge’. These silly little tasks have increasingly become things which I will easily forget because of my hectic lifestyle.

In recent weeks I have become much more stressed from work, so much so that my body is close to giving point. My sleeping pattern has worsened yet my focus on work has increased, and my work outs have risen in frequency. My personal projects are productive and I have managed to balance a multitude of things. I am due to go to the doctors tomorrow morning so hopefully I am able to cross off any illnesses and place the blame solely on stress. A reminder to always put emphasis on taking care of yourself and your own wellbeing!