WOW — What a year!
I don’t think I’ve ever had such a fast pace year, maybe what they say IS true, time goes faster with every year that passes.
After such an amazing 2018, I jumped into 2019 both feet first. I made a plan and challenged myself to stick to it. That challenge being to quit the job I promised myself was only a “Uni Job”, to try to push photography full time. The plan included working myself so hard in December- my last moth working on the pizza oven, and try to pull together enough money to invest into marketing tools and actually being able to live… but all work in december got cancelled due to one reason or another. There went my plan for saving
I severely struggled through 9 months of unemployment, no money, feeling lost and insecure.
I’m going to go into it in more detail in an upcoming post, but for now all i’ll say is that I’m very happy that my friends and family were here to help me crawl out of the lonely and uncomfortable hole I had found myself in.
Luckily, I had a strong support behind me, but the only thing that helped me with getting out of that cycle that I had got stuck in, was getting myself working again.
Am I in my dream job? not at all
Am I appreciative of my new job? absolutely
As well as grabbing me by the ankles and pulling me out of the loop I felt completely stuck in, It has made me able to achieve something that I never thought I would have been able to at the age of 23
BUY A HOUSE!
In November, we viewed a house in the off chance that it was right for us. 6 weeks later we had the news that we had exchanged and we could move in on 3rd January 2020.
Buying a house is such a stressful and anxiety ridden time that I thought the bite of bad mental health might consume me once more, but, I think, because it is ultimately such a wonderful experience, I stayed on the right side of fear and anxiety.
So many other things happened this year that dragged me out of my hole.
My parents moved to Norfolk. I decided not to go with them, and meant that until Jack and I found a house, I moved in with my Aunt. It was a huge adjustment, especially as I’m messy and sometimes very lazy. I wa there for around 4 months, and although was completely different from living at either home or uni, I loved living away from home and having responsibility.
I also went to HP Studio Tour with Chloe and Dani, which was, so expected, amazing! Hogwarts in the snow was beautiful, and seeing the girls is always a highlight for me.
Jack and I went to Berlin, a trip that we both wanted to go on together for ages. I had been once before a few years ago with Uni, but Jack had never been and I knew he would love it. We rammed so much into a few days it wasn’t exactly a relaxing holiday but it was exactly what we wanted, minus the super early flight!
New Years Resolutions. I’m not one for new years resolutions mainly because I never stick to them. This year, there isn’t any resolutions, just a whole list of things that I need to get done!
My list starts with the house. 2 weeks in and we’re still living out of boxes which was exactly what we expected. But now it’s time to think about furniture and trying to set up a studio. If anyone has recently moved house then I would love to know any tips that you picked up along the way!
We had our first guests stay over last weekend. I was so excited to have my university housemates over to see the new house, even if it is still full of boxes. It also meant a quick trip down to b&m to get some blow up beds because we have limited furniture right now.
The next thing on my list for this year is to really push photography. I might be a year behind on this ALREADY, but i’m in a better position now to really go for it. Watch this space, hopefully something amazing will start to grow this year.
Finally, I just want to say thank you to anyone who reads my waffle, I know I can drone on a lot about things that not any one cares about, but by reading, clicking on my posts, liking instagram pictures, it spurs me on to try more, get more creative and try bigger and better things. so Thank You !