I’ve been trying to write this blog for so so long, but found it really difficult after starting a new job (which I’ll talk about later) and trying to fit everything in to a completely different schedule, which I’m really struggling with at the moment, unless it means getting up at 6 am to post and take photos, but like any normal human, I’m choosing sleep!
I thought I would do a bit of a different post and let everyone know a little bit of an update over the past few weeks. After my last blog post on Ladies Day fashion (which can be found here) won me the Ladbrokes competition, I think it is only right that I firstly thank everyone that voted for me, so a BIG thank you to you, but I wanted my next one to be a bit more chilled and not me constantly hounding people on social media! (but again thank you if you did vote, it made my week!)
I like doing ‘life update’ blog posts because they’re more conversational and relatable, and who knows, maybe one day I will start my own YouTube channel and post on there what I’ve been up to. But for now I’ll stick with putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, as weird as that sounds.
So you may or may not know, but I recently left my job where I had been awith the company for over 6 years, which is already something massive to update you on. I won’t go into the ins and outs of why I left, but I was ready for a change, and it seemed like the right time to do it. But before I talk about my new job, and first week etc etc. I thought I would track back to my last day, which was Easter Thursday as I like to call it, or the 24th March to be exact.
It was a strange day if I’m honest, and right now it feels like it was about 3 months ago when in reality its only been just over three weeks. I decided I didn’t want a presentation (which the company famously does to embarrass the staff member as much as possible!) even though I had been there for a number of years, firstly because I hate being the centre of attention and would have been on the verge of an anxiety attack and secondly because I have so many memories from that place that I wanted to leave on a high without thinking too much about what I was leaving behind. It may not make sense to some, but in my head it made the whole experience much easier to handle. For a leaving present I got Topshop vouchers (which I’ve obviously already spent) prosecco and chocolate, so to say my work friends knew me extremely well would be an understatement! I decided that with my vouchers I would get a new handbag because I hadn’t had one for while, and it’s a nice thing to have to start a new job with.
For my leaving do we went to Turtle Bay in Manchester which if you haven’t been is a Caribbean restaurant with amazing food and cocktails. There was a mixture of people I used to work with and current staff members, and it was a really nice mix. Afterwards we went to some bars around Manchester and others came to join. I didn’t really feel as though it was my leaving do, mostly because I’ve already managed to keep in contract with the majority of the staff already… plus my boyfriend still currently works there, so I’m still being updated on what everyone’s up to (and the gossip obvs, I am a girl at the end of the day!)
Easter weekend revolved around chocolate, seeing family and taking my first lot of outfit photos for the Ladbrokes competition (LOL remember when I wasn’t even going to mention that!) The week after I had off work and met the lovely Laura for lunch at Handmade Burger Company in Manchester (blog over here) which was an incredible experience in itself (I had the Italian chicken burger which had a sausage on as well!) On the Wednesday I went to York for a few days with the boyfriend which believe it or not was actually the first time since Christmas! The weather was gorgeous for the days we were there and we just had a really lovely time not thinking about work or leaving do’s or anything important really, and it was bliss. And I did the very ‘blogger’ thing and ate crushed avocado on toast (for the first time ever) with a poached egg from Bills. I totally get it now!
When we came back, I found out that I had been invited to the Jet2Sunchester event on the Saturday, but before I went there, I found myself sampling the new breakfast menu at Neighbourhood, which was a delight (as were the 10am Mimosas!) We started with pancakes topped with chocolate sauce and blueberries, followed by a bacon, sausage and egg muffin, and then I chose my trusty new favourite avocado with smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and toast. I felt a bit anxious turning up to the Jet2 event by myself as I didn’t know anyone else who was going, but I had a great time! I spent most of my day getting glitter on my face, drinking more cocktails and hanging out with the lovely Erin, Lily and Paula.
And then after a lovely and well deserved 10 days off, reality hit… and it was my first day of my new job. I won’t lie and say it was easy, and I won’t lie and say that I haven’t struggled, but I also know it’s not even been two weeks and I am really enjoying it, and that’s all I could have wished for. I’m sure I’ll do a more in-depth update in the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for that!
Last Wednesday, I visited Bakerie in Manchester to sample their new wine ‘jukebox’ where you can basically sample all the wines they serve in the restaurant, and do a sort of ‘self-serve’ of which one you fancy. After having a couple of glasses of prosecco though and a few samples of various wines, I may have forgotten to take a picture of it, but I can assure you it was pretty awesome!
And that pretty much takes us up to the present day. I think thats been quite a long life update, but there are so many amazing people I have met recently, and so many great events that I have been lucky enough to attend and I just wanted to write everything down in one place. And although its taken me a good week or so to write this, I’m hoping it was worth the wait!
What has everyone else been up to recently? x