I haven’t done a chatty, catch-up style blog post in a while so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to. Also, before I start, I wanted to remind you to show yourself some love this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re in a relationship or not, you are worthy of love and I’m sending some your way <3
First things first, let’s talk about the elephant in the room: my year abroad (or lack thereof). Initially, I’d planned to go to Spain in January with three other course friends. The university’s study & work abroad team had approved of my travel and provided me with insurance, I’d secured erasmus funding, we had accommodation and flights… what could go wrong? Well, with the new variant in December and the rising cases in the UK, Spain banned travel for UK travellers. Originally it was only until the 5th of January, but they keep extending it by 2 week increments. Now, it’s until March 2nd – but come March, I’m sure they’ll extend it again. So for now, Spain is a no go.
Side note: my travel only counts as “essential” because it’s a compulsory part of my degree.
Despite this, I’ve been in pretty high spirits. I started a new job as the Social Media Content Manager for Mr Organic 2 weeks ago and I’m loving it. It’s given me a new lease of motivation, I love working with the team and it’s a brand I genuinely believe in. In addition, it means there’s always something to be getting on with, cutting out room for boredom. Plus, it’s nice to earn a bit of money and not feel like a financial burden.
This semester I also finally plucked up the courage to join The Student, the University of Edinburgh’s student newspaper. I want to be a journalist when I’m older, so writing for the newspaper has been great experience. The team is lovely; I mainly write for the lifestyle section and so far have loved every article I’ve written. I only wish I’d joined sooner – but that’s always the way, isn’t it?
Well, my friends, as always, I don’t want to jinx it… but running is actually going kind of well! Since recovering from my pelvic misalignment, I’ve been slowly building up my runs and am now running three times a week. As a bonus, I also happen to feel relatively fit – although we’ll see if I’m still saying that next week when I start my first mini sessions again.
If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll be in the know, but I’m starting a podcast with my lovely friend Maya. It’s called ME Time (Maya Emma time) and the first episode should be out tomorrow. If you want to know a bit more about it, the trailer is available to listen to here.
I’ve been doing a lot of comfort reading recently. Harry Potter will always hold a special place in my heart and so I’m re-reading the whole series. The only difference is that I’m alternating between the French and Spanish versions of the books to try to improve my language skills. Seeing as I know the books so well, it’s a great way of stretching myself.
Unfortunately, as hard as I try to stay positive and focus on the good, I still feel a bit of fomo at the moment. A fair few of my friends are at uni and so, although there are covid restrictions, seeing as they mostly live together, I can’t help but feel like I’m missing out. It also means that no home friends are in Brighton, so the only people I have any real interaction with are my parents (who I love!). But I am craving contact with people my age.
Finally, having so much time on my hand hasn’t exactly helped my studies. I’ve been lacking motivation for all my uni work. Because I have all this time, I have no incentive to crack on with things. However, since starting my new job, I’ve been much busier and this has given me a boost in productivity, which I’m very grateful for. Having said that, it’s important to be kind to ourselves and remember that these are exceptional circumstances. You might be rolling your eyes at that, but it’s true. You’d be forgiven for struggling with work/ studying/ anything else.
And that rounds off today’s post! Lot’s of love to you and yours xx