I know I know, it's been a long time. Almost a year in fact which is both terrifying and exciting at the same time. I'm not sure why but I always feel like I need to explain where I've disappeared to, whether that be on blogs or my very unused YouTube channel.
To sum up this year, it's just been a bundle of emotions.
It started with an amazing holiday to Vanuatu with my family (you can read about that here). This was a holiday that was very much needed and in fact went on a little longer than we had planned because the runway at the airport was so badly damaged from the cyclone that planes were refusing to fly in and out!
After we'd got home, I had a very exciting job opportunity come up, but unfortunately that fell through and it just wasn't meant to be. I then started my final year at university and slowly got into the grove of the work/ university lifestyle. I then applied for a new job, which I got so that was quite a change of pace. I was now an assistant manager working 15+ hours a week while trying to juggle all my uni work on the side as well. Eventually, I just ended up wearing myself completely out and ended up getting physically sick, but my mental health also made a reappearance. I wasn't sure if I wanted to touch on my mental health here on my blog in case
of any future job opportunities that could potentially read this, but I have such a strong passion about mental health and raising awareness about this issue of the stigma of mental health that
I am pretty open with my experiences with it - but I'll go into that another time.
I went straight from semester one into winter term at uni, which was both a blessing and a pain! It was here that I met the most beautiful bunch of ladies that I would now consider to be some of my very best friends. We laugh at how ironic it is, especially for two of us who were in our forth and final year of uni that it took so long for us to finally get a nice group of friends at uni!
Around mid October, I decided to resign from my job so I could just focus on uni and do really well for my last semester and I honestly think that was the best decision I had ever made.
My stress levels reduced dramatically and my mental health began to improve again and I really started to enjoy my uni projects and ended up doing really well in terms of my marks.
I would always laugh at the tutors that say "you shouldn't be worrying about your marks!" but really at the end of the day, if you know you've done well on one part of a project or well on an assignment then you are going to push yourself to do well for the rest of the semester!
Which is exactly what I did!
Now I've finished everything and I feel as though I am in a bit of a limbo with my life. I'm applying for jobs, taking time for myself to just relax, read and create and work out my goals for next year as I start to head into "working in the real world".. On one hand I'm really glad I've finished uni because I just feel absolutely exhausted, but on the other hand I'm really going to miss the structure of uni, the studying and just always having something to do!
To finish this rather long post, I thought I would leave you with a list of things I plan to work on over the next little while to keep myself occupied!
- Finish my travel scrapbook and photo album
- Start up my blog again
- My personal branding
- Start filming, editing and creating videos again