21:25

Sometimes it is difficult to realise in the moment that time passes by so quickly. The year has already led us to April and I wonder where the time has gone. What has happened in recent months?

In February I met my friend’s baby girl for the first time when she was just two weeks old! I think it was the first time I have held a baby so young and it was such a precious experience. I survived the snow storm which hit the UK at the end of the month! I ended up house bound for two days as there was a red weather warning, but luckily I was well prepared with food provisions.

Into March I experimented with cooking more and then went to Australia for two weeks! It was my first time flying abroad solo so it was definitely a learning experience. I visited Melbourne and Brisbane and thoroughly loved both cities. I petted and fed kangaroos and emus, held koalas and caught up with far away friends. I travelled the Great Ocean Road and went down to the Gold Coast. I swam in the same pool the Scottish Commonwealth swim team were training at, and ate tons of good food! I explored the cities in blazing heat (and the sun burn and tan lines I still nurse prove it!) I enjoyed my Easter weekend in Portsmouth in a beach house with 13 of my childhood friends, and celebrating the wedding of my former RE teacher. I woke up with the beach on my doorstep, the smell of the sea and the wind in my hair.

April has brought be back to my normal routine of work which I am appreciative of. It has been a hectic couple of months of which I am thankful. On Monday I attended a family dinner/BBQ with my aunties, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. The first BBQ of the season!

A busy lifestyle has meant I have less time to sit back and reflect on these events, but a recent work experience has taught me that I need to make time for self reflection. It is in the times of thinking back that a person is able to grow and develop, to learn from past experiences and to further their character.

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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…)

01:51

After a long weekend of wedding festivities and birthday antics all rolled into one, I am back in Edinburgh for the rest of the week.

I arrived in Newcastle on Saturday in the early evening and it was a good opportunity to catch up with a lot of church youths, as well as meeting new people from other places. It also turned into an unexpected late night which probably wasn’t good the night before the wedding!

Sunday consisted of a full day of wedding plans! A 10:30 wedding ceremony followed by speeches and a choir presentation, some chill out time (which we used to grab dim sum), then an evening ceilidh at Doxford Hall. A ceilidh is a Scottish dancing gathering where the band plays traditional music and the instructor teaches the steps before getting into the swing of things.

Monday was my birthday! I woke up with one hell of a hangover and aches all over from overly enthusiastic men at the ceilidh. In the morning I took time to explore Doxford Hall and its grounds and it truly is a beautiful place! There is a library there that I was so reluctant to leave behind, it was simply breathtaking. The rest of the day was spent in Alnwick Gardens; another beautiful place that I had the pleasure of exploring. I would definitely recommend these two places to visit if you have a penchant for pretty gardens/grounds, fountains, old fashioned decor and interesting plants.

  As much as I love having jam packed days I am glad to be given some down time to rest and enjoy at my own pace. I think most importantly I need sleep, both more of it and of a better quality.