Year In Review: 2013 (January to June)

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Happy New Year everyone! I took a little bit of a break over the Christmas holidays but I went back to work on Friday so that must mean real life is starting again. I'm joining the blogger bandwagon and sharing some little bits about my life and how I felt about the past year. I know there aren't always the most exciting posts to read but they are some of my favourite to read back on. It's so easy to forget all the little moments and how I felt at different times.

At the end of 2012 my life felt completely out of whack, parts of it were absolutely wonderful; my relationship with LF, how perfectly Scallywag fit into our little family and fantastic family and friends. In other parts I felt at a complete loss though, I was still mourning the fact I didn't complete my university degree, I was desperately trying to job hunt and failing miserably, I had no idea what or who I wanted to be. I was at a crossroads and I had no idea where my life was going. 

2013 was filled with lots of highs, more than a couple of lows but nevertheless has been one of the most amazing years of my life. As your probably guessed from my post title I have separated the year in half so January to June are in this post and I will have July to December later in the week.

Pretty Confused 2013
I jumped straight into 2013 with my arms open, it was my most productive month when it came to blogging and I got off to a great start that I, unfortunately, didn't manage to keep up but I am proud of how much I managed to accomplish. I shared one of my most personal posts to date about why I started blogging and my problems with anxiety and depression. On a more sour note the year also started with the loss of our family dog Tups. I still find it strange going home and not hearing the pitter patter of tiny feet on the kitchen floor.

Pretty Confused 2013
After a busy start to the year February turned out to be pretty relaxed, my strongest memories are of long walks with the dogs - some of them in snow, dates with LF to lots of museums and long baths to combat the bitter cold. I also took the first of what ended up being numerous wee breaks from blogging over the year, giving me time to focus on real life stuff.

Pretty Confused 2013
Another slightly lacklustre month on the blogging front, but I was really focussed on a 4 week internship I was doing to brush up my admin skills. I also had a bunch of interviews for jobs I really wanted in March but didn't end up getting any of them. I was pretty upset at the time but looking back on it I think it was the first step towards getting the job I did. Despite how frustrating those knock backs felt at the time I definitely look on it fondly now. I learnt so much about myself this month; pushing my boundaries, working hard and dealing with the sting of rejection.

Pretty Confused 2013
More job interviews, more knock backs. April felt like a tough month, after being busy and feeling relatively accomplished in March I found it pretty difficult to go back to not having a routine. There were definitely good points as well though, my younger brother's birthday, lots of spare time for reading and baking and taking part in my first blog giveaway with Emma.

Pretty Confused 2013
Spring finally appeared in May so we spent a lot of time outside, walking dogs, taking outfit photos and picnicking. I really threw myself back into job hunting after feeling quite low in April going to as many interviews and recruitment days as I could along with a bunch of classes on interview skills. I also applied for an amazing sounding administrator job with a small local charity but when I didn't hear anything back I though they must not be interested.

Pretty Confused 2013
The month the dark skies lifted, that amazing job I applied for in mid-May called me in for an interview and 2 hours after it ended they called me to offer me the job. I cannot even describe what a relief it was to know I had stable employment. In the run up to starting I spent as much with my friends and family as I could, spoiled the dogs with lots of walks and after months of thinking about it I finally cut my hair. The weight was literally lifted from my shoulders. 
 

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2 comments

  1. I love reading these posts - I love that they're often a lot more reflective and honest rather than just showing the shiny, curated moments. Though I like that you've ended on a high with June :) Congrats on getting that job - it sounds like it was worth the wait! Looking forward to reading about the next 6 months! Happy New Year!

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  2. oranges_and_apples5 January 2014 at 17:54

    I really liked reading this, I had no idea because in the first half of the year I was almost completely off the internet! Glad you got the job you wanted! I remember it being SUCH a relief when I finally got a permanent job after ages temping.

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