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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A day in London – my favourite places

I haven’t been to London since the day I moved from Nottingham to Kent. It was the beginning of March when we knew about this coronavirus but many wouldn’t take it so seriously. I remember being very nervous to be in London although it was a short stay at Saint Pancras international to change train. After 6 months spent in Kent only and not being able to visit Italy due to travel restrictions, I took advantage of the last available day of using the student discount of my railway card and went to London for one day.

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Plans for 2020? No, thanks!

Aug the 9th marked my 5th month into my new job, 5 months since I loved to Kent and 5 months of a global pandemic. I didn’t want to write this article because it seems like I have been repeating the same things for the last 5 months. 5 months ago, I was the happiest person in the world. After so much sacrifices, hard work and dedication, I had finished my PhD and was about to start my new job.

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The life of your dream doesn’t cost a fortune

One of my strongest assets is that I am very good at managing my money. When I was small, my parents didn’t have a stable job and we didn’t have the luxury of buying many things. I used to complain about this, but with age and maturity, I got to learn that it was a different experience and definitely taught me how to be conscious with my money and appreciate everything I have. Finances for students, parents or if you are thinking of going self-employed is a tough topic because every penny counts to make it to the end of the month.

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Enjoying my staycation

I think we pretty much established that 2020 was going to be the year of change and unexpected events. For the first time in 30 years, I won’t spend my summer holiday with my family in Italy and for the first time in 10 years, my summer holidays will be only for me. I don’t have to worry about studying for exams, writing thesis, PhD bullshit, all this time off is for me, not for science.

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