31 and still counting – happy birthday to me!

Today, Jun 6th marks the end of my glorious holiday! If you read my latest blog article, you would know that May hasn’t been a great month, not physically nor mentally. I was in so much need of a holiday and take a break from a dreadful winter spent half on the sofa because of lockdown and the other half in bed because of my mental health.

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How I stay organised and plan my days

Am I writing a blog article in the middle of the month? Yes I know it’s an absolute world record since the pandemic started. Over the last year, I barely had the time to survive and keep alive. I would like to go back to my old standard and blog every weekend but, at the moment, seems like a very challenging task with life just going back to normality, at least here in the UK, and the entire world recovering from post-traumatic distress from the pandemic.

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Welcome May and my brand new mindset

It’s that time of the month when I take a break to reflect and evaluate my progress. I am happy to say that April has been one of the most successful and productive months since March 2020. The end of lockdown, being able to do some normal activities, having hopes for the future and start making plans definitely boosted my mood. I was literally counting the minutes!

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One year anniversary of living my best life

This March is a special anniversary for me. It’s been one year of working as a research scientist in industry. I actually started my job on the 9th of March 2020. I had a special celebration this weekend. I did not only get paid but it’s been one year of not being broke and living my best life. For the special occasion, the weather has been fantastic, with temperatures of about 10-15 C and lots of sunshine. It was the first weekend, I managed to eat fish and chips by the beach on Friday after work and cycled to the white cliffs. It’s been glorious!

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What about the longest January of history?

It’s that time of the month again when I sit down to reflect on the month that just finished. I set this as one of my intentions of 2021 and it’s a way for me to break annual goals into small and more attainable tasks. So, at the beginning of every month, I take one or two hours of my time to reflect, evaluate my progress and set the intentions for the next month. I think it’s always good to check on yourself and whether you’re moving in the right direction in life.

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Finding my identity as an adult

I have been meaning to write something for my blog for weeks. Being consistent with my writing is one of my goals for this year. I think I found my balance and routine after a hectic year. My mental health is kind of stable, although it’s a challenge to stay positive after 2 and a half months of lockdown and 10 months of a global pandemic. I have more time to dedicate to my hobbies and sharing my opinions and views on social media.

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New year, new me? No thanks, I’m okay

This’s been quite a year! Loads of things have changed inside and outside me! As the end of the year is approaching, I am trying to make a sammury of what’s been so far. I have started this tradition in 2018, click here to check the blog article. Back then, I started changing my approach to NYR. Since all my previous resolutions failed miserably, I decided that just writing down a couple of blanket statements would let me nowhere.

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Celebrating Christmas…in lockdown!

I am not sure if I can put into words the feeling of anger, disappointment, frustration, sadness and depression I went through last night to hear the tragic news of a new lockdown starting from today (Dec 20th) until the 30th. I have been working flat out since March, using part of my holidays and weekends to finish off my PhD thesis. I literally had nothing to do outside work to decompress and I was counting the minutes before enjoying my Christmas holiday and the much-needed rest. I needed a mental break from this pandemic and space to breathe as I am sure everyone else did too. But the Grinch arrived last night, so here we are! All I feel right now is stress on top of more stress accumulated during this exhausting and exasperating year!

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The buy nothing season is coming up

The 2020 “festive season” is round the corner and black Friday, happening tomorrow on Nov 27th, is the first occasion when we are all “encouraged” to take advantage of great deals and bargains. This year, I was looking forward to enjoying all the discounts and I had quite a number of things on my shopping list. I have a real job and a decent salary now, so I thought I would update my life with nice and expensive things after brief unemployment and 4 years of living on PhD salary.

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It’s okay if you feel stuck with your life!

I haven’t been particularly happy over the last 3 months and this is pretty much the reason why I am no longer as active as I was with blogging. All I have to say is negative, I feel negative and negativity comes up in any conversation I have with family and friends. I had loads of expectations for this year. My first year outside school, my first job, making a life on my own with my own money without relying on the money of my parents. Probably I was naive to think that everything would come together at the first shot or maybe I do have everything and the sadness of the moment shadows all the rest.

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