Spring is the time of plans and projects – Leo Tolstoy.
I have been off the blogosphere grid for a while. Three weeks does not seem like a long time, but when people I connect with online post about their lives daily, and create content at least three times a week, three weeks is a lifetime. I feel like a lot has happened in those three weeks. I have been away a couple of times which I highly recommend doing when you feel like you’re in a rut, or hating on life in general. It is good to get perspective and remember the reasons why you’re doing what you’re doing, and that life ain’t that bad actually. I got really ill in between those two weekends away, as in bed bound ill. It wasn’t pretty so obviously I wasn’t going to document it. More than one person close to me has said that I work myself to the bone too much and that it was my body telling me to slow down. So I did, hence the lack of posts and general silence. So, that is me in a nutshell. I also bought a car! It is second hand and I got it cheap. Everything else cost a bomb though and so I am a little poorer than pre-Monday me. Anyway, let’s get into the present and future and talk about this post: what I’m looking forward to this spring.
Spring is one of my favourite times of the year… probably the one I look forward to most. The sun shines before 7am and lasts until way after you get home from work. I love where the sun sets in regards to my house; something about that familiarity gives me a sense of comfort. The sun in general makes me a happier soul who just loves to spread more positive vibes and enjoys life that little bit more. I also feel like I can take on new projects and really give them my all. It is also a time for holidays and spending quality time with loved ones in the fresh air, and just general happiness. BTW, I definitely was not feeling as chirpy as this two hours ago, but the sun and Shadowhunters definitely helped.
Within the next six weeks, I am embarking on three holidays. Yep, three. All within a month of each other. One birthday trip to Ireland turned into Warren’s surprise trip to Amsterdam and Ireland, and then – with Mum’s twisting of the arm and her (very good point of) when will you get this chance again – a girl’s holiday to Tenerife in between, it all got pretty hectic pretty quickly. You would think that I’m having an early six-weeks holiday from school rather than being between jobs. I am very excited though. I have never been to Amsterdam, and I am so looking forward to another European city break after my trip to Lisbon in January. Plus, Warren and I get to spend quality time together which is a fab idea considering we move in together in June (more on that later). Tenerife feels like it’s a proper holiday, only because that is the type of holiday I used to have after going to the caravan when I was little. It is a lounging, sun-filled, sleeping, drinking, eating kinda holiday where you don’t walk too far and just sit. I think I need one of those more than anything. Plus, I haven’t been to Tenerife in five years. I’m pretty excited. Do I want to say excited anymore? As for Ireland, I can’t wait to spend my birthday in Dublin! I can’t wait to be surrounded by green fields and listen to that accent. Warren and I are driving too (well, Warren is driving) so it is a mini road trip complete with spontaneity and camping. Yep, camping. I feel like I can put my backpacking days to good use! We’re just going to drive and see where we end up. Getting lost is all part of the fun.
A NEW START
This kinda crosses over into the start of summer, but I’m still writing it here. As of next Friday at 2pm, I am no longer employed. I will no longer work in retail, and I will no longer work weekends. That is what I am saying now… Give me a couple of months of job hunting and I will realise that I can only get jobs in retail. Retail is hard work. Customer service is hard work. If you work in customer service, you know what I am talking about. If you don’t, pray you never find out. I am looking forward to job hunting, whilst not looking forward to it at the same time. It is a job in itself and the rejection levels will be hard because they always are, but I am very excited for a brand new start in June. I will be moving to The Cotswolds. I will be moving out of the family home for the last time (both the parents and I pray), and starting a new life down south. I will miss my city ways, but actually the countryside really calms me and makes me a nicer, happier person so I’m looking forward to having a lot more positive vibes around me. I’ll still be coming back every month because I’ll miss everyone’s faces.
I started writing my first manuscript in April last year. It took me five months to complete it, and I was so proud of myself. I think the sun really helps my creative mood and processes. I have three writing projects floating around my head at the minute. That is a lot of words and a lot of ideas, but I want to let them flow as and when they’re ready – it really is a case of when they’re ready, because I really have no say in the matter. Something about it being spring and a time for creativity really motivates me to do something productive with my days. I might start a different kind of creative project, but I’m not sure yet. I think I am better suited to writing; however, never say never. In this day and age, every string is a good string to attach to our bows.
Honestly, the sun just makes me so happy. It is glorious outside right now, and even if I’m inside, just seeing the sunshine makes me feel productive and happier. I can’t wait to have days where I have to run on mini errands in my car and have the roof down under the sunshine. Everything is so much better in the sun; I’ll just have to start taking my hayfever tablets!
I hope you enjoyed this rambly post. I feel like I needed my first one back to be a general chit chat and catch up/little update as to what’s going on in my life. I might be here, there and everywhere with the posts, but I’ll be on holiday and job hunting and having a social life, so you’ll just have to forgive me.
Love, Faye xo