I was tagged to do this by the lovely LavraxLondon (or should I say lavlie?) and it was actually harder to write than I thought it would be, I guess one massive lesson I’ve learnt from writing this post is that my memory is awful. But from what I remember, here’s what I’ve learnt in 2018.
January – life is unpredictable
The end of January was a hard one for my family. We lost my uncle really unexpectedly and it was a shock to us all. It really made me cherish every moment life has to offer because you don’t know when it’ll be your last.
February – applying for jobs has no time scale
I applied for my current job in around July/August of 2017 and I didn’t hear back from them until the end of November. They emailed me asking if I would participate in a telephone interview but obviously I’d given up hope at getting the job so I stopped checking my emails and completely missed it. They phoned me two weeks later inviting me to an in person interview, ignoring the fact that I hadn’t responded to their telephone interview request. Two interviews later, I handed my notice into Boots and started my job in PR four weeks later.
I was told I’d be getting a pay-rise and a bonus just before I finished for Christmas which was a very welcomed surprised. Hard-work really does pay off!
March – 9 to 5 office jobs are exhausting
Before starting my office job, I worked in a Boots Pharmacy so I was on my feet all day, working weird shift hours and I STILL had more energy than spending my day sat a desk. Plus, being on a computer all day is really tiring for your eyes – my eyes haven’t been the same since! Though I can’t complain too much because I get to drink copious amounts of tea during my working day, I don’t have to deal with rude customers/patients and I no longer have to work weekends, so I’ll take being in bed by 9pm every night.
April – I took my mouth for granted
I had three of my wisdom teeth out in April and the pain was nothing compared not being able to talk or eat properly for a significant period of time. I could barely even open my mouth for the first couple of days and when I finally could open it, I couldn’t chew anything so I was on a diet of soup (that was lukewarm, might I add), yogurt and skips for a couple of days and I just found myself so tired all the time. Food really is fuel. Worst of all, I couldn’t drink tea and when I could it tasted awful because I couldn’t brush my teeth properly. It was a dark time. Enjoy this video of me right after I had them out.
Side note: massive shout out to my boyfriend who took me to the hospital to get them out and looked after me once they were pulled. Who slept sitting up with me because it hurt to lie down and would go and grab the frozen peas at 3am when I was in pain, even though he had work the next day. A true angel.
May – sometimes things don’t go to plan
I was due to move in with a friend in June, something we’d had planned for over a year. She decided she wanted to move in with her boyfriend instead so I was left a bit deflated. My boyfriend’s mum said I could move in with them and it’s been a massive help in terms of saving money for our own place one day so everything happens for a reason, right?
June – what is reading time?
If you’ve read my last post about the books I failed to read this year, you’ll know I struggle to find time to read. I used to read so often (when I was in uni and only had 3 hours of contact time) but between working full-time in a job that strained my eyes and moving in with my boyfriend, I found my time for reading quickly diminished. Moving in with my boyfriend was new and I feel like we both didn’t do our own thing through fear of upsetting each other. Now he plays more guitar and more PS4 and I’ll spend time with my headphones in and a book in hand – when I’m not blogging that is.
July – keeping up with friends is hard
Going from living with your friends, to living in the same city as your friends to moving away with no direct bus route and no car to drive to visit your friends is tough. No one wanted to make the journey to where I lived and I had no way of getting to them unless my boyfriend could give me a lift. It was a hard adjustment, and a little lonely.
Not to mention starting a new job and leaving all my work friends behind as well! My current job is a completely different environment to the one I was working in before. Our team is very small and the other members are older than me and in different stages of their life to me: “I’ve been working here for longer than you’ve been alive!”
I’ve gotten to know Mike’s friends a bit better now, so it’s not as bad as it was at the start but somedays I still get a bit down about it.
August – having things to look forward to is exciting
I’ve never really been a planner. I usually take things as they come which resulted in me spending weekends in bed doing nothing (well, what I had of the weekends when I was working in retail!) Since meeting my boyfriend, I found I have a lot more things planned and over summer I was practically busy every weekend. Between Centre Parcs (already booked to go next October – planners!), a canal boat trip, a weekend in London walking over the o2, and a week in the Lake District all fit in among other trips and activities, it was definitely a summer to remember.
September – relationships get weirder when you get more comfortable
September marked my very first one year anniversary in a relationship and my realisation that you do some weird things when you get comfortable in a relationship.
Since moving in with Mike and his family back in June, we’ve obviously spent a lot more time together rather than just the odd evening and weekend like it was when I was living and working in Bath. Our relationship has gone from pretending pooping/farting wasn’t a thing to about five daily conversations about it. We’re definitely a lot grosser than before and I’m here for it.
October – Thank god for blogging
I decided to take the plunge into blogging in October and I’m so glad I did. Not only has it given me a hobby and something to do with my time, it’s reignited my love for writing and connected me with so many wonderful people in the blogging community and I’m just in awe at how amazing people are and how much I’ve actually achieved in these last three months.
November – I don’t hate my birthday
The people around you really do make your birthday special. I was well and truly spoilt for my birthday this year, and not just with gifts, but with love and people being thoughtful and kind and it made me realise that birthday’s really don’t have to suck. If you wanna read more about it (because I’ve waffled on enough in this post!) then you can check out this post here.
December – women’s clothing sizes are bullshit
I have jeans from New Look and Missguided that I wear all the time and they’re like the perfect fit and super comfy, both a size 12. I was finding it hard to rotate just two pairs of jeans so I decided to purchase another pair of each, exactly the same style and size and they just weren’t as comfy. I kept them both and wear them occasionally but they aren’t every day jeans.
My epiphany moment came when I ordered the New Look jeans in black and I could’t even get them over my thighs. So now I’ve decided that who cares if I’m a size 10 in one shop and a size 16 in another (or in New Looks case, in the same style of jean) because these sizes are nothing but a number.