Hi all,

Happy Sunday!

How are you all?

This weeks blog post is coming from an Abi not sat in bed but instead sat at the desk pretending to be productive but is instead munching on some Percy Pigs and debating how many she can eat without making a dent in the jar* so that Will doesn’t notice I’ve been eating them…

*for Easter we were joint gifted a jar of Percy Pigs which we sorta agreed we’d only eat when we were together. For once I’m hoping Will doesn’t read this weeks blog.

Anyway on with the blog. I decided that this week, as it feels like it’s been a while since I’ve done a laid back blog post just catching you up, I thought I’d do a springtime catch up:

I’ve not been able to do much walking recently but I am still keeping up my running which is something I’m quite proud of. I actually had a lovely conversation about it on facetime on Friday where we were talking about how our attitude towards running has shifted and that how we are running not for exercise but to feel good mentally.

I made a great decision the other day which has totally reinforced this for me and that was after a job rejection from a dream job I went on a run. By running I was able to feel in control of myself and my body and the endorphins after my run just made me think ‘I’m okay, I’ve got this’ and just start thinking about moving onto the next thing.

I guess this is a good point to move onto my job situation…

I’ve spoken a lot about job rejection on here and how it had knocked my confidence and I’ve been handling job rejection, but I have to admit that I’m feeling much better about it right now. That’s not to say I don’t still have down moments about it, because I do, I’m just learning how to cope with it better and look after myself which is why I took a break on the blog last week I needed to give myself a mental break.

My temporary contract at my local supermarket is coming to a close in a few weeks which was causing me a lot of anxiety partly because how of how it had been dealt with… it’s a long story but basically I was told I could become a permanent member of staff, and then there were redundancies happening so that then couldn’t happen, and so my contract has just been extended a few months from the original end date and I can’t stay.

I felt very out of control because it kept changing but now I have a fixed end date I can plan for that and put my main focus back on expanding my cliental base for my self-employed work as a copywriter/social content writer, and put out some more local job applications.

This week I also started a new internship which is exciting. I’m putting together a directory for a company which is a lot of research work but so far I’m really enjoying it. It’s only a short term project but it’s nice to have a goal and a purpose on it and be doing something that will also look fab on my CV.

I’ve also been keeping up with my reading which I’m actually shocked by. If you don’t know, I set myself the ambitious challenge of reading 50 books this year, but so far I’m well on target and have just started by 15th book of the year which is Educated by Tara Westover. I finished reading Hamnet by Maggie O’ Farrell this week which I LOVED, anyone want to see a book review on it here soon?

Reading has been a lovely bit of escapism for me and it’s great at stopping me from scrolling through social media constantly on my days off when I want to relax. I’m looking forward to when the weather gets a bit warmer and I can lounge about in the sun and read for HOURS without fetching a blanket and 10 billion layers for warmth.

On Instagram, I shared that I’ve begun the A Year with My Camera workbook created by Emma Davis which I’ve begun dedicating time too. It’s like a weekly lesson whereby you learn a new feature about your camera and then go out and practice using it. I’ve only done 2 weeks and I’m already feeling more confident about putting my camera on manual (which is about time too as I’ve had my DSLR for over a year!)

For the rest of spring, which we cannot ignore as the covid restrictions are relaxing from tomorrow (April 12th), I’ve got a few plans that I’m excited for. That is finally getting back on the climbing wall! And having a meal and a pint in a pub garden — I’ve been trying to persuade Will that when it opens we need to have a long overdue date night and go The Port for this.

I’m not sure when these will be happening but hopefully SOON!

I also need to get my haircut, especially as I had an appointment booked for the day we went into lockdown 3.0 (which obviously got cancelled).

What’s the first thing on your list after restrictions are relaxed on April 12th?

I think that catches you up with everything. I do enjoy writing posts like these as I love to be able to look back on them and reflect on how much has changed, it’s like my own online public diary I guess.

I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend and that you enjoy are steps back to normality from tomorrow.

Thanks for reading,

Abi x