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2020, what a year so far! – Life update

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Wow. 2020. It’s been a real kicker huh?! When I posted my last life update, I had no idea just how crazy things were going to get. We had just gone into lockdown, and I had already been in isolation for a few weeks due to what has since been confirmed as Covid-19. I think because I’d been so far off the radar it was easy to try and ignore what was going on.

With everything that has been happening, I honestly haven’t felt like blogging. I know I initially thought it would be light relief but try telling that to my brain! I now feel ready to get back out there and share what I hope will be some fun and interesting content. Before that, though, I thought I would update you on what’s been going on with me.

As I mentioned above, I was one of the many, many thousands who contracted Covid-19. At the time that I was unwell people were only being tested if they required hospital treatment. Although there was one point where I thought I would need some assistance with my breathing, I thankfully was able to stay at home the whole time. As I work for the NHS, my employers introduced antibody testing at the end of May. It was this blood test that confirmed I had had Covid-19. Though based on how I’d been feeling at the time and the symptoms I had, I would have been prepared to bet my house and car that the results would come back positive. I’m considering writing a post about my whole experience, as there is so much more I could say on the matter, so watch this space.

Whilst I was recovering from Covid-19 I had an interview for a new job. I say new, but technically it was an old one as I had done the role before. Back in 2017, five days after my mum passed away, I joined my NHS Trusts communications team as an Internal Communications Officer. I did the job for a year, but unfortunately it coincided with the worst year of my life. Losing mum was all consuming and it really was a very dark time. I’d love to say the whole year was a blur, but sadly I can remember every second as if it were yesterday. Fortunately, I have now come to terms with everything that happened and feel much stronger for it.

Because of everything that was going on I decided to go back to working in the control room as a call handler. It was a job I could do on autopilot, and it would give me the opportunity to heal. That was by no means an easy decision to make, as being part of the communications team was my dream job. The other gut-wrenching thing was that my mum had been so proud of me for getting that job that I felt like I had let her down. I told myself that one day I would go back and absolutely smash it! In the meantime, I would do everything I could to build on my current set of skills.

Fast forward to the beginning of this year and my old position became vacant. I just knew that now felt like the right time to apply again. Despite the fact that I was suffering with Covid-19 when I had my interview, I was offered the job! Due to the pandemic I was delayed in starting, but I have now been in post for a month and can honestly say I have enjoyed every second. Working from home is an entirely new thing to me, but luckily I have a dedicated workspace at home, so have just really embraced it.

Sadly, during the pandemic, my lovely Nan passed away. At 92, she was very elderly and frail, and had recently been diagnosed with lung cancer. I was incredibly lucky to have had a chance to say goodbye, which I know many haven’t during this time. Her funeral was not what we would have wanted for her, but again, at least I was able to go. Grieving during a pandemic is a very strange thing, and I don’t think things will properly sink in until life goes back to some sense of normality. It’s a comfort to know that she is back with my Grandad, who passed away four years ago, though.

As well as starting a new job, I have also started a new fitness regime. Now, when it comes to dieting, I feel like I have pretty much tried them all! Some with an element of success, but all of them never really changed anything in the long run. I’ve been following a personal trainer called John on Instagram for a couple of years now, having been recommended him by another account that I follow (shout out to Kirsty!). I’ve always loved his whole attitude towards health and fitness, and his enthusiasm is just infectious. I took the plunge and signed up and haven’t looked back! The workouts can be very brutal, especially wall sits on tip toes. I still have a way to go when it comes to losing weight, but my fitness is the best it’s ever been, and it’s done wonders for my mental health too. Going forwards I plan on sharing more of my health and fitness journey, so watch this space!

Along with everything else, I am coming to the end of my first year at university. Since lockdown began my lectures and seminars have been online. It took me a little while to adapt to the format, but my lecturers have gone above and beyond to make sure the changes don’t have a negative effect on our studying. I do miss physically going to my lectures, as I loved going into London, but it has probably been a blessing in disguise not having to deal with the travelling whilst I settle in at my new job. This week is exam week, then I have the whole summer break to relax. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing with my spare time, but I’m considering doing some short courses online.

So that’s an update on everything going on with me at the moment. Working a Monday-Friday 9-5 job instead of shifts means I can get a great routine going, and I plan to integrate blogging into that. If there are any particular posts that you would like to see, then please let me know below.

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