I have learned a lot about friendships over the years. When I moved away from home to study at uni, I began to realise the importance of friends that will always be there to help you through the harder times, as well as being there to enjoy the best bits. Friendships naturally come to an end, often allowing others to begin. One thing that I have noticed on social media over the last year is an increase in the number of people that say you should ‘cut people out’ if they ‘don’t deserve you’, and similar inspirational quotes. I completely agree with this. In fact, at times I may have gone too far.
Here is my advice to you.
Wednesday 22nd March 2017 was a weird day. In many ways, it was completely unremarkable. I’m lucky in that, for my job, I get to do a lot of work on twitter so I was checking our feed when I noticed a tweet about reported shots fired in Westminster.
Within minutes, or even seconds, more of the story was developing. I was giving everyone else in the office the information that was coming through as I saw it reported on Twitter.
My office is about a fifteen minute drive away from Parliament so there was never a major concern for our safety. We carried on working throughout and didn’t leave the office so much as a minute early. The office is on the ground floor of a very busy road, though, and we listened to endless police cars streaming past in packs. Three or four would tear down the street, usually about five or ten minutes apart, for what seemed like hours. I couldn’t believe that so many police were available, let alone that all of them were needed at once. It made the whole situation feel uncomfortably close.
The more information that filtered through to us, the more terrifying it got. Some people were cracking jokes. Others were still on lunch and had no idea, or were trapped in dull meetings when they would rather have their eyes glued to the news.
I always knew that the first week back in the UK after being in Florida for two weeks would be tough. After actively looking forward to this holiday every day for at least the last year, it feels so weird that it’s over. Rather than a gentle slope back into the world of work, I came back to reality with a bang. Work was stressful and tough all week, the weather was freezing cold, and jet lag was making me constantly tired.
Life isn’t a fairytale any more!
To try and postpone the inevitable, I was a bit frivolous with my remaining days off and used one on Friday. I booked a train ticket to escape the city and spent a long weekend back home with my family instead. Weekends back home in the Midlands tend to involve lots of movies, lots of food and lots of cuddles with Poppy the Westie!
Here’s how it all unfolded.
Wow – it has been far too long since I last posted a weekly update. But rather than not having enough to say, I’ve actually had so much going on that I’ve barely had a free minute to blog. As much as I love being busy, I also really enjoy sharing these posts, so hopefully my life will calm down the tiniest bit. Though that isn’t looking likely!
I’ve just started looking for a new flat to move into from September. I cannot wait to get out of my rubbish house share and into a place that I genuinely like. If you’ve ever tried to move in London, you will know how stressful the housing market is here. It feels like there are hundreds of people looking to move everyday, so flats can go on and off the market in a matter of hours. Thankfully we have lots of time to get it sorted yet.
So what has been keeping me so busy?
As you know, I headed to Rome for a long weekend, and it completely knocked me out for the next week. Then I was off to an all-weekend work conference. Between that, vlog editing for the first time ever, and trying to train for my half marathon – which means a lot of sleepy early starts – it’s been a bit crazy.
Here are some of the highlights.
My weekly round-ups are starting to have a musical theme to them. Don’t worry; I’m not spending all of my wages on theatre tickets (though I probably would if I could). This week, I managed to go and see Matilda for only £5, and if you’re aged between 16 and 25 then you can as well.
I also ventured to a new burger place near Covent Garden. If you’ve read my review of the top five best burgers in London, you’ll know that I take my burgers, buns, cheese and bacon very seriously. Find out if Meat Market is good enough to enter my top five by reading on…
My wonderful friend Jaye joined me in the #feeling22 club this week, and we celebrated her birthday in style. From masses of food and cocktails on Thursday evening, to exploring her new area in East London on Saturday night, it’s been quite a social week.