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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22:29

In recent weeks I have noticed how quickly the days are going by. In my regular work week schedule I find myself baffled at the arrival of another Friday in seemingly quick successions. I don’t know fully if it’s because I’ve been busier in 2018 or if I’m making the most out of my time, or a mix of the two.

As we draw closer to the middle of February I can safely say that 2018 has been good to me. I go to bed each night with a tiredness in my body that signifies I worked and played hard, and also with a content feeling in my heart. I am so thankful for this year already and I strive to have this heart of thanksgiving for the rest of the year.

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…)

17:16

Apparently it has been over a month since my last blog post. I am neither surprised nor disappointed in myself for leaving my site dormant. The past month has brought challenges and numerous events into my life.

Here is a lowdown of my month:-

  • I passed my driving theory test in late May
  • I reconnected with an old friend
  • I attended the Meadows Festival
  • I ran a 5km fun run called Gung Ho (inflatable obstacles and injuries galore)
  • I attended a friend’s wedding celebrations in Newcastle/Beamish Hall
  • I sang in my church choir for our annual Spiritual Convocation
  • I carried on with my swimming and got a lot better! (I brag because I have always been an awful swimmer)
  • I went out with my work colleagues and drank too much
  • I treated myself to many new purchases (RayBan sunglasses and this Macbook to name a few)
  • I encountered work politics
  • I deactivated my Facebook account

I had a problem with my old laptop after upgrading to Windows 10 thus rendering my site an orphan for a while. However I am connected again and will hopefully be remembering to post here now and again. It is good to be back.

 

22:03

Some things from recent days:-

  • Winter has totally dried out my skin and I have itchy patches of rash on my body. I am so frustrated by it!
  • I ¬†caught up with Gotham season 2 and started watching Daredevil.
  • My whole work team got ill and we took turns having days off. We have all made a full recovery now.
  • I am craving some good quality sushi (take me back to Japan please!)
  • My nose is very sensitive to strong smells and I will cough and splutter when I encounter them.
  • I started taking driving lessons! It is something I have always wanted to do but never had time to in my student days.
  • Soup is not a viable option for my work lunches, it leaves me so hungry by the end of my shift…
  • I can now play a musical instrument! It used to be one of my biggest regrets that I did not learn one when I was younger so I am happy that I have changed that.

01:09

There are so many things going on in my life right now, so many things I need to sort out before Saturday, and on top I have a whale load of other people’s worries too.

A few things:

  • I’m glad you confided in me, all will be well in time (though it seems unbelievably hard now). Thank you for understanding my anger and frustrations in dealing with rumours, it’s nice to have someone truly on my side about all this.
  • If you have made the decision I think you have, you are more immature than I thought and you haven’t grown in the past 9 months I’ve known you.
  • You are such a bad conversationalist, how am I supposed to respond to, “Ahh I see”?
  • 1 month and 5 days before I get to see your stupid smiling face on one of the biggest days of your life. I am super proud!