Today I received a notification telling me that today is the first anniversary of this blog. So although I have so far failed to write my follow-up post about Seville, I decided that my blog birthday would be a good reason to post.
When I first started this blog I was unemployed and had time on my hands. I wanted to channel my excess time and energy into something fun and creative. But no sooner had I decided to start my blog than I got a job offer! This means that something which I originally started as a way to pass the time has been something I have to fit in when I get a spare moment, which isn’t often! I’ve now been in my current role for nearly a year and I really love it. The experience I’ve gained and the opportunities I’ve been given since I joined have really helped me to develop and grow as a professional. Six months ago I went on a course for new employees, where we spent three days listening to people from different departments giving presentations on what they do. Today I attended the course again, but this time I was one of the speakers. Experiences like this make me feel as though I’m really moving forward with my career at the moment, and that the people I work with are supporting me in that. Another new thing I have started this year is a master’s degree. This is something I have always wanted to do, and earlier this year I started to think it would be possible to study at the same time as working. Luckily my boss has been really supportive, and I’m now working flexible hours to enable me to attend classes. Since my holiday to Spain I have also been really keen on improving my language skills, and my mum and I have decided to start having Spanish lessons together. I’ll keep you updated on how that goes!
When I think about all the different things I’m trying to achieve at the moment, it’s hardly surprising that sometimes I go for long periods of time without blogging. I don’t think this will ever be a serious blog, but it’s something I enjoy doing when I get the time, and when I feel like I have something to say. I like knowing that people are reading, and it’s always a good feeling when someone likes or comments on one of my posts.
I also find it really interesting to see where people are reading from. Here’s the world map of people who have stopped by over the past year:
Obviously most people who read this are in English speaking countries, and I also get a lot of views from France, which isn’t that surprising as I post a lot about France. But sometimes I look at my stats and think, “Wow, someone in Nicaragua looked at this!” and it’s a little bit mind-blowing. (In a good way!)
So, whoever you are, and wherever you are, thank you for reading!
Monday morning was a shock to the system. I’d forgotten what 6:30 in the morning looks like.
But now it’s Wednesday and I feel like I’m getting into a routine. I get to the station just before 8:00 and hover on the platform, coffee in hand, as I try to predict where the train doors will stop. You need to get onto the train quickly to get a seat. I’ve managed it every morning so far, and since the crowd on the 8:00 train are commuters rather than pensioners or mums with kids, I don’t feel too bad about fighting for a seat. As soon as I’ve bagged one I sink into my book for just under an hour, until the train pulls into London. Then it’s a brisk 20 minute walk to the office. As long as my train isn’t delayed I can make it just in time.
My walk to the office is exceptionally beautiful. I’ve never been a huge fan of London, but walking past Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey every day is quite something. I’m starting to see what everyone is on about.
Nevertheless, it baffles me that there are tourists taking selfies on Westminster Bridge at 9:00. In winter. I mean… come on guys, it’s early! It’s cold. It’s a long time until lunch. Whatever. If I were on a city holiday I would stay in bed until at least 9:30!
I think I’m going to enjoy my job, but there is a lot to learn. I’m the new girl, I don’t know anyone, I don’t know my way around the building yet, and the whole way of working is completely different to what I’m used to. But the people are nice, the work is interesting, and my best friend Lizzie works nearby, so we can meet up for lunch. Yesterday I went exploring in my lunch break and discovered a little road full of street stalls, selling food from all over the world. I think it will become my go-to place to grab something to eat.
I may be the new girl, but I’m a grown up girl. I’ve got my favourite mug with me and I’ve figured out my lunch options and the shortest route between the station and the office. Priorities, right?
I think I’ll survive!
Today I was offered a job!
This is very good news, because I’ve been unemployed for a month, and now the end is in sight, thank goodness. I don’t miss my old job, but do I miss the routine of going into work and seeing people every day. I’ll also be in London, which is very exciting as I’ve never worked there before, and it’s where most of my friends are at the moment. I should start in about six weeks, which leaves plenty of time for fun, writing, seeing friends, cooking and generally just doing whatever I like, without having to do job applications. This will hopefully also make for more interesting blog posts, as applying for jobs is stressful and DULL.
I’m supposed to be going to an interview for another job tomorrow, but I’m pretty sure I’ll cancel that one.
OK, I have to go… champagne awaits!