A Little Life Update

Hi Everyone!

It feels weird to be sitting down writing again (weird in a good way). I've really missed it. I never planned on taking a break from blogging but somehow haven't managed to sit down and write in almost 2 MONTHS!!! That feels crazy for me considering I used to blog 7-8 times a week. Looking back I've no idea how I used to write that much! My life has changed so much since starting the blog and with that so has my blogging routine. SO what has been going on that's been stopping me from writing. There is quite a few reasons and if you follow me on snapchat then you'll probably have a good idea of a few of them...

Social Media : There has been a negative undercurrent going on recently in regards to blogging and particularly beauty blogging. I've voiced my opinion on it over on snapchat and I don't want to waste my energy on it again to be honest. However it did have a big effect on me. I found myself nervous to write reviews even though I wasn't being paid or hadn't been sent something to review. But still i was nervous and this made me want to take a break from blogging, but I never intended for it to be this long. Another thing is that snapchat has taken over my life! It's 100% the social media platform that I'm most active on. I love the realness of it and how easy it is to connect with people. But it does take up a lot of time as does Instagram, Facebook, twitter etc.and I have been keeping up with videos on YouTube. It's just all been a bit busy.

College: This is the main reason why I haven't been blogging. As a lot of you will know I am currently  in college studying Digital Media Design. I love the course and I get to do some really cool modules and assignments. But this semester all of my modules are continuous assessment, meaning that instead of having final exams at the end of the semester I have small assignments that are graded the whole way through the semester.  I actually really do like the fact that it's continuous assessment, but it is very difficult. I am constantly inundated with work that HAS to be done within a few days. I never really have a day or night 'off' because there is always work to be done. Along with that as I'm doing  media course, it's not as simple as doing an essay and then you're finished, it's mostly portfolio work. This means we are given a brief and a deadline and you have to get as much work done as possible in this time. This leaves very little room for blogging.

Slimming World: I don't think I've mentioned this anywhere else but mid January I actually joined Slimming World. If you've followed the blog for a long time, you'll know I've been wanting to lose weight for quite a while. I'm not massive and I know that but I still have a few stone that I'd like to lose. So I started back in January and in the course of about 5-6 weeks I'd lost 7lbs just in time for James' brother's wedding too. I was delighted as I hadn't really stuck to plan at all, often having 1 or 2 takeaways a week or having WAY too much chocolate. The most difficult thing was figuring out how the system worked and preparing meals, this took a lot of time especially in the first few weeks. I haven't been doing slimming world for maybe 3 weeks now and I have definitely gained some of it back on, again college took over my life and I didn't take time out to prepare meals etc. But as of this week I'm back on track! The reason I kept it to myself was simply because I wasn't sure if I was going to stick to it or even like the plan so I didn't want to set myself up for failure or add any extra pressure on myself.

Work Placement: As part of my course and many others in the University of Limerick, it is mandatory to do 9 months work placement during your degree. Mine will be from June 2016 to January 2017. UL have a system that help all students find work placement but there is an option to set it up yourself. I chose this option and hopefully I'll be able to work with my mam for my placement. My mam has set up a business (which I will discuss in more detail later on in the year)  and I just cannot wait to start working with her. Obviously setting all of that up and filling out loads of forms etc has taking up a lot of time but I can't wait.  Myself and my mam are very similar people so I think it'll be an amazing experience also she's my best friend and I'll get to live at home again so that's exciting.

Friends: One of my new years resolutions was to see my friends more. Last year I worked myself to bone and left very little time for my friends, which was ok because they were all busy with their lives too. However as I get older and the more people I meet, the more I appreciate and love my best friends. They are all absolute stars and I just love them. So it would be silly to not want to spend more time for them. I'm making much more of an effort this semester and I have to say, it's done me the world of good. I love going out to one of the girl's houses after college and having a good catch up about everything and essentially having a bit of free therapy. So I've enjoyed taking mornings/afternoons and evenings off to make the time to see them.

All things combined I've just been busy! I do think it was healthy for me to take a break and while I'm in college, my degree is my number one priority. I have things a little more under control now and I'm very excited for the rest of 2016. I'm so happy to be back blogging again!

Thank you so much for reading! 

Erin X
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1 comment:

  1. Hey Erin, never be nervous when it comes to blogging. After all it is all about what you think and how you experience it. XOXO


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