02/07/2017

The Sunday Post #2 | New Jobs and Life Lessons


It's been really quiet on the blog front this week.  I'd say I'm sorry, but I'm really not.  The break from the internet as a whole has been a welcome one, and I've been enjoying spending more of my time in the real world.

Come Monday I was still feeling pretty down about life, and scrolling through social media wasn't helping at all.  I ended up deleting the Facebook app from my phone later that day, and it's been one of the best things I've ever done.  I didn't realise just quite how much of my time was being pointlessly eaten up from mindlessly scrolling through Facebook.  Now I can only check it when I'm on my iPad or laptop.

I even went to see Flogging Molly in Manchester on Tuesday, and I didn't take a single photo!  I just enjoyed the company of the people I was with listening to the music I was, and it was wonderful!

I've actually come to a lot of realisations about my life online as a whole this week that has made my mind feel a little lighter, but we'll come to this later on.


Things took quite a 180° turn by Wednesday when I woke up to a phone call regarding a job.  Within an hour my CV had been submitted and an interview had been arranged for me for 11:00am on Thursday.  It was just the confidence boost I needed after feeling so disheartened over the past few weeks about all things work related.

That day I did some research on the business I was going to interview for, then got an early night.  Before I knew it the interview came around, and I couldn't have asked for it to go any better really.  As it was for a temp role I thought that the only thing that might hold me back was the fact I have a pre-booked trip at the beginning of August.

I realised though that even if I wasn't successful, I was still happy I went for the interview and for it to go so well.  I received positive feedback there and then in the interview, and it was just what I needed after what was quite possibly the worst interview of my entire life about a month or so ago.  It really gave me the confidence boost I needed.


I had nothing to worry about though.  I came out of the interview at about 11:30am, and by 1:00pm I got the call to say the job was mine!  I was so, so happy.  I felt the best I had in weeks.  I'm completely ready to get back into a new role, take on a new challenge and meet new people.

My sister was coming around for tea on Thursday evening anyway, so to celebrate my new role I ordered us in Chinese and popped open a bottle of Prosecco.  My friend gave me a bottle a while back when he thought I needed some cheering up, and I vowed I wouldn't open it until the day I got a new job, and Thursday was that day!

Because of said job, I moved my hair appointment from next Saturday to this Friday so I could have fresh new hair ready for my first day tomorrow, then in the evening we went out for a celebratory meal with our friends, where I drank yet more Prosecco, and laughed the night away.  It was such a lovely evening just being in the moment with friends, and was another moment of realisation for me (We're getting to that point soon!  Don't worry!).


Yesterday I was up bright and early at 6:30am for a blogger event at John Lewis with Lancome for the launch of the new Monsieur Big range.  It was a lovely start to the morning, being quite an intimate little event with just myself, Amy who blogs at From A Hart, Alice who blogs over at Dainty Alice, and some hella amazing goody bags!

After the event these lovely ladies invited me along for cake with them, and made me feel pretty awesome when they were shocked at the news that I am in fact 30 years old.  It never gets old hearing the phrase "I thought you were 23 at the most!".  I would like to thank my Mum and Dad for their amazing gene pools.

From there I went on to have my nails done, headed to a family BBQ, then went on a night out with the girls that has been in the works for a while now.  We ended up at the o2 Academy in Sheffield for the Emo throwback Black Parade night, and I learnt a valuable lesson about myself.  I never thought I was an Emo kid.  In face I prided myself on not being an Emo kid!  However, I knew, and loved so much of the music that was played last night...so in fact I was a massive Emo kid when I was younger, and I'm not sure how I feel about this!

Here's where some of the realisations come into play about my blog, and online life in general.  I almost didn't go out last night for the night out.  I knew it was going to be a late one, and I was tired.  However, once upon a time that would never have stopped me before, because I would just use the whole of Sunday as recovery time.  This time though all I could think is "If I go out I won't have the energy to do what I need to tomorrow".  What my mind means is that I won't be able to write a tonne of blog posts.  Over the years my mind has tricked me into believing that I need to write blog posts.  It's probably since the bloggerspere blew up and it started to feel like a constant race to the top.  In fact, the only thing I needed to do today was do an online food shop, which was done by midday.

I've realised recently that I've allowed my blog to dictate a lot of my choices in my personal life, which is honestly stupid.  So of course I stayed out until 4:00am, dance and sung the night away, drunk far too many gin and tonics, caught up with the girls and just had a damn good night!

I've been thinking recently about my online life vs my real life, figuring out what I want more, and it made me really sad to think how much I've allowed my online life to dictate my real life over recent years.  I think I'm going to write a blog post on this written hopefully a bit more eloquently, but it makes me wonder how much I've missed out on because of this, and that I need to stop this right now.

my blog is important to me.  It always will be, but my real life is more important to me.  Would I like to be at a point where I can monetise my blog for some extra spending money?  Yes, of course.  Is it the end of the world if I never get to that point?  Absolutely not.  I'm not willing to give up my real life anymore for this.  I feel like the online world has become quite toxic for me (Something else I might write about at some point) and I've felt so much better this past week from taking that step back.

The things that are important to me are job security, working towards a comfortable life and an even more comfortable retirement (Trust me, when you hit 30 you start to think about these things!), saving towards buying my very own forever home, saving for a rainy day, and most importantly of all, spending my days making memories with the people I love.  Not staying cooped up inside writing blog posts.

Of course I'm not saying this is the end of That's What She Writes.  I absolutely love my blog and I love writing.  I still want to share my experiences and stories to help others, but on my terms now, not when I feel like the bloggersphere dictates I should.  If I'm too tired to write a blog post after a hard days work, I'm not going to feel bad about it anymore.  I'm going to spend quality time with my boyfriend instead.  We put so much pressure on ourselves to be busy constantly, but I've realised just how important it is to rest and recoup so we can perform to the best of our abilities in our day to day lives (Another topic to talk about at some point maybe?).

I've really enjoyed my final week off of work before getting back into a professional environment again, and I'm looking forward to life with this new attitude, and new outlook on life and my online life as a whole.  It's time to make the most of my free time with the people I love, not hidden behind a computer screen.
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