22:17

With the arrival of good weather in the UK my friends and I have had the opportunity to play more tennis. The courts are currently still free to use as Edinburgh Leisure remains closed so are not taking court bookings. The courts will remain free for the remainder of the month.

Revisiting sports that I used to play in high school brings back fond memories of my more athletic days. I was part of an after school tennis club which I really enjoyed. Picking up a tennis racket again after over 10 years brought back happy memories. Though it took us a while to get used to the sport again, it was satisfying when we started to get some good shots over the net. We definitely lost a ball or two by hitting them over the fences but have managed to make improvements in recent sessions. We found that we still have muscle memory of how our bodies should move while playing tennis, almost like an automated system got rebooted. Each time we played for 2 hours and found ourselves wanting to play again.

As the month draws to the end and rainy weather makes a comeback, our tennis days draw to a close. Thank God for a strange lock down time to revisit past experiences and create new ones!

21:12

The latest book I finished reading was To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It is such a well-known book but I found myself not picking it up until my mid-twenties. I never studied it in high school like some of my fellow twenty-somethings did, nor did I hear much about the actual plot of the novel.

Reading it at my current ages has allowed me to appreciate the depth of the story and of the underlying teachings. I also think that reading this after two of Khaled Hosseini’s thought-provoking books enabled me to have a more open mind, and a broader perspective.

I have always considered To Kill A Mockingbird a ‘classic’ book. One of those books that the wider population has read (or at least heard of). A sticker on my copy states ‘over 30 million copies sold worldwide’, which is quite the feat. I am glad to be able to experience such rich culture and detailed lifestyles through the power of the written word. I am also glad that my knowledge of history and its stories has broadened.

21:45

Slowly making progress in the workplace is a very heart-warming feeling. I am encouraged by my team leader to work hard and to strive for more, and am rewarded with new tasks and individual projects.

Within the past few weeks I have been asked to train up a new start to the firm and this came as quite a surprise for me. As I associate as a relatively new start myself, I had never expected to be asked to pass on the torch to another. The experience has brought challenges along the way but has also brought forth new learning experiences. I thank God for the opportunity to help and guide others, and also appreciate the support and encouragements from my team leader and manager.

00:40

As the end of 2014 looms and the beginning of 2015 dawns it is the perfect time to reflect on the past year and my many experiences.

  • Aberdeen trips to see my best friend (April/December)
  • Colour Me Rad run (June)
  • Hong Kong and Osaka holiday with family (June/July)
  • Birthday celebrations in Doxford Hall and Alnwick Gardens (July)
  • Friends’ graduations (July/November)
  • Sheringham day trip (July)
  • LA holiday with friends (August/September)
  • Yellowcraigs beach trip with church youths (September)
  • Linlithgow trip with friends (October)
  • Loch Voile roadtrip with friends (December)
  • Loch Leven and Loch fitty roadtrip with my boyfriend (December)
  • Cafe trips (all year round)

I have had a lot of enjoyable experiences this year and I was able to spend time with those that I hold closest to me. I was also able to visit new places and make new friends around the world. Experiences are so important in everyone’s lives as they mold and shape a person to who they are.

I am thankful to all those that made these experiences possible. I am thankful for family and friends that show me unconditional love and care. I am thankful that I can reflect on my whole year and see so much happiness in my life.

Goodbye 2014; and here’s to the new year!