Life Update – August 2018

Hi Guys!

After, what feels like the longest and toughest week I’ve had in a while, I’ve decided to have a nice chilled weekend and pamper myself to recover from the madness of the previous 5 days (I’m talking about work being crazy, but that’s done and dusted now….almost!).

And as I take some time out and clear my mind I realise I’ve been quieter on my blog over the past few months and the reason for this is a combination of poor time management on my side and sometimes just not having the motivation or creativity to write (despite blog post idea’s popping up in my mind constantly!) Honestly, anyone who thinks maintaining a blog is easy, is wrong! It takes a lot of work and commitment especially when you’re trying to manage it around a full time job. Sometimes, I’ll have great ideas but I just can’t find the words to express those ideas into a blog post and other times my mind sits blankly with no creativity at all and I wonder if I should even continue uploading. There’s so many fabulous bloggers out there, it’s easy to get lost and feel like you’ve fallen behind on the current trends. 

But I’ve come to realise that I don’t need to upload frequently and keep up with everyone else – it’s not what I started this blog for. The reason I’m here is because I love creative writing without the boundaries of anyone or anything else telling me what to do and when and how. I write about what I love, the things I’m enjoying and current things that are on my mind – and those things don’t need to be a ‘trend’ they just need to be open and honest and eventually this little blog of mine will become almost like my online diary. It’s content may change as I grow older (or it may not, I don’t know!) but I do hope I continue to improve and grow as a writer. I look back at some of my earlier posts and wonder what I was thinking when I uploaded them but I also like to view them as a starting point to something that I, hopefully, am getting better at. 

So, what have I been up to, if I haven’t been writing on my blog? Well, my full time job has been a little crazy with lots of changes happening and I’m in a place where…..I’m just travelling with the wind (is the best way I can put it!) Those changes are close to me and affect me but I have no way of influencing it, but I’m OK for now, I think, and I’ll see what happens. The good news is I feel like I have a few options should I decide I don’t like these changes, so I can remove myself if I need to – I just need to weigh up the options (which is difficult when you don’t have all the information you need to do that!)

I’ve mentioned before that a couple of my friends had babies this year – the babies are absolutely adorable! I can’t get enough of them! One of the babies was christened recently (my first christening that I’ve attended) which was lovely and beautiful. Both babies (the baby being christened and my other friends’ baby) were so well behaved – I barely heard a whimper from either of them which was impressive considering we were in the church for nearly two hours, followed by an after party at a family-friendly pub! The babies make me very broody, not going to lie! Their little faces and smiles could melt even the iciest of hearts! 

I’ve seen a post on social media being circulated a lot recently about the return to school after summer holidays and reminding teachers that not all children will have had a superb summer break – going on holiday’s and spending time playing happy families – there are children from poor families who probably haven’t had a proper meal in weeks (let alone a holiday), children who may be in families where there is abuse and have been living in fear without their ‘break’ from it – school. It reminded me of when I was younger (let me say here, I had a relatively good upbringing), my family weren’t wealthy but we weren’t completely poor either – and I think my parents did a good job keeping any money issues from us kids, so we didn’t have to worry. I got quite a lot of hand-me-downs from my sister, which was annoying because we’re very different sizes and we didn’t have annual holidays’ as that was a luxury that couldn’t be afforded for two parents and four kids. But we did live in a nice house in a safe(ish) town (is anywhere in a city completely safe?) which my parents considered more important – and they were right. So most summer holiday’s we stayed at home and both parents worked all throughout (my mum worked from home). Going back to school was both fun, as I got to see all my friends, and a bit of a nuisance because the first class of school after summer break would be a ‘what did you do during your summer holiday?’ English writing lesson, where we had to write what we got up to during our six weeks off school. Most of my
middle-class friends had lots to write about – their exciting holidays, catching up with relatives who lived abroad, the airplane ride etc. My summer holiday story barely took up a paragraph so eventually I started to make up stories about how I’d been to Australia or America – my teachers must have known I was lying as it’s impossible to be in Australia one day and the USA the very next day having done all the things I’d said we’d done in each country! But there lays the issue, mine being in the mildest form, not all children will have had a good school break or one where they had exciting holidays or trips and won’t want to write it down upon returning to school, especially if others in their class have had a superb break. It must feel very alienating to go through something as a child and not be able to share it, knowing that your peers are doing things you can only dream about. So the key message here being for teachers to be aware of the different situations the children in their class may be in and find other creative ways to bring them back into school (other than the grand old ‘what did you get up to over summer holidays’?’ English lesson, which some children may struggle with. This isn’t something that I’ve thought about before but when I saw this post online, it did cast my mind back to my own childhood and I thought it was a good message to share at this time of year. What are your thoughts on this? Let me know in the comments below. 

Dating – lets not go there! I’m still crushing on my tube-crush – I just don’t know what to do about it! My friends think I need to work on my bitch-resting face as that’s probably scaring him off! They probably have a point to be fair, but I can’t help it! This is just the way my face is! 

I had some time off work recently and I took a little trip to Bournemouth, UK. The weather was amazing and I loved walking by the sea – it was so relaxing I didn’t want to leave! The shopping town centre has everything you could want from high street shopping to restaurants. I absolutely love Bournemouth; it’s so easy to get to and just lovely when the sun’s out. It’s easy to take the UK for granted when you live here but there really are some amazing places to visit. 

I’ve been house hunting (which I feel like I’ve been doing forever!). House prices in London are extortionate – it’s a joke! Besides the cost of property, one thing that I’m noticing a lot is that there are a lot of cow-boy job maisonette’s on the market – where, what used to be a proper house, has been converted into two flats for the purpose to rent out to make money out of (or sell as two flats at a high rate). Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for people making money and living the best life they can, but now, where these flats are being sold at silly prices and have ridiculous layouts where you have to walk through the kitchen to get to the bathroom or shabby walls have been placed to separate small rooms into even smaller rooms or you have to share the garden with the people below/above you – it’s just a hot mess. It’s not all properties but unfortunately there are a lot properties that are in a state and require work/updating once brought. My generation can’t afford these houses/flats at the prices they are set at, let alone spend money on fixing them up to un-do the damage that’s been done before them. *Sigh* Prices are, however, starting to come down a small fraction and I feel like now is a good time to buy – who knows what the future will bring with our country being in such turmoil!

Does anyone, just for kicks, ever search properties online waaay out of their price range? One can only dream of one day owning a decent sized house! What’s the most important part of the house, to you? For me the kitchen has to be spacious and nice! Let me know your thoughts in the comments! I find people’s views on the current housing market and their décor style interesting!

Well, I think that’s all for now (this post is becoming really lengthy!), but I just wanted to put some of my thoughts down and share with you where I’ve been (OMG, I just did a ‘first day back to school’ English writing lesson!). *facepalm*!

Hope you enjoyed the read and do let me know if you like these types of posts. I feel like I’ve just done a brain dump of the last few weeks, but it’s nice to sit and reflect and write it down and quite therapeutic doing so.

Until next time, enjoy whatever you’re doing (share your views/stories in the comments below or via email to me if you’d like – or leave links to your blogs and I’ll have a read!)


Lina x

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