Life Chats

Turning 23, planning for the future and where my life is right now.

Hello my lovelies,

I hope you’re well and that the first few months of the year have been kind.

It’s been a little while since we sat down and just had a chat, so grab a cup of tea and let me fill you in on life.

It’s my birthday!

Well, not actually today, but very very soon.

I’ll be turning the very un-special age of 23.

I mean what a rubbish age. Closer to 25 than 22, yet I somehow still feel like I’m not actually an adult.

It’s like I’m trapped in this weird middle ground where I’m expected to act and behave like a grown-up on the outside but on the inside, I’m waiting for someone to tell what to do, and questioning whether it’s acceptable to spend all day watching kids TV.

And on an even stranger note, this is the first time I’m not even slightly excited for my birthday.

I’ve become well known for being one of those annoying people who doesn’t hesitate in reminding you how many days left till my birthday and then making any celebrations last a week or more.

But not this time.

My boss actually rang me the other morning to ask if I could work on Saturday and it took me at least 30 seconds to realise that no I can’t because it is, in fact, my birthday.

If this is adulthood then I don’t like it and could someone tell me how to stop it?

Scandinavia is cold, very cold…

Hopefully you’ve been here before and have read this post, and will, therefore, know that I spent a lovely two weeks travelling around Scandinavia with Mark.

I didn’t really mention it much on the blog before we went, things just got in the way and after only booking it in November it seemed to come around all too quickly.

I won’t say too much about it right now because, as you can probably guess, I’ll be writing blog posts about it all. But, in the meantime, if you do want to know anything please feel free to message me!

And let me tell you it was well worth braving the cold for!

Moving out, going back to being a student and what’s happening next.

That’s right this girl is heading back to Birmingham. And she’s dragging her boyfriend with her.

It’s really strange to talk about everything that’s happening in the next 6 months all in one go like this.

On one hand, I’ve had it planned out for so long that I just assume everyone else knows what’s going on. On other, I’m in this kind of weird no man’s land where everything’s either sorted or it’s too early to start thinking about. So I’m just sat here twiddling my thumbs planning out day trips date nights for 6 months time…

Let’s start with what’s sorted.

Your girl is finally going to start teacher training. After telling anyone that asked ‘I’m going to be a teacher’ since the age of 10, it’s finally official!

I decided that going back to University wasn’t for me so my entire training year will be based in a school. I’ve confirmed my place with a wonderful secondary school in Birmingham and I’m so excited to get started.

I don’t really know if any of you are actually interested in teacher training journey, but if you are please let me know, I’d love to chat!

From there, there’s a lot of things that still need sorting.

First off we need somewhere to live. And oh my gosh I am not looking forward to trying to find a place.

While the whole idea of moving in with Mark and being able to set up our home is incredibly exciting, the physical process of finding and renting somewhere is not.

Since I’ll be classed as a student and Mark may or may not have a full-time job I’m fully aware of how difficult it will be. At the moment I’m just trying to stay realistic while also not worrying about it too much, what will be will be.

After we do have a place sorted, then comes the more fun things.

I’m so excited to start decorating my own place. I’m forever browsing homeware sections in stores and asking myself when is too early to start buying things!

Mark is busy looking for work, I’m hoping to get driving lessons sorted when we move but I’m not really sure how feasible that is on top of everything!

The next 6 months are full of pretty big changes but I’m so excited for what’s to come and I can’t wait to bring you along for the journey!

Anymore travel plans?

Sadly I don’t think so.

Unfortunately, travel costs money that we just don’t have right now.

I’m still sort of processing how I feel about that. Would I have loved a grand around the world adventure? Yes, but find me someone who wouldn’t! Was a grand adventure feasible for us? Probably yes. I think that’s what’s making me sad about nearing the end of my year out and having no more plans.

But just because it was feasible doesn’t mean it was right for us. Do I regret the way we did things? No, I don’t think so. I’ve had an incredible time and feel so blessed to have seen so much of my home continent but I can’t help but wonder what it would be like to have explored somewhere a bit further from home.

I guess it’s all just part of the world we live in today. It’s this feeling of always wanting more because that’s what other people have and thanks to social media it’s constantly right there in front of us.

I am definitely going to try to fulfill my wanderlust in other ways though. Lots of weekend staycations, and exploring where I live. We may also try to fit in a couple of city breaks if money and time allow for it! So don’t think the travel content stops here!

That’s it for now.

So, for the time being, I’m gunna celebrate being 23, carry on working, and hopefully start flat searching in a couple of months.

I feel like I touched on a whole load of things I’d like to go into more detail about, I just always struggle to find the words to do my thoughts justice. But maybe I’ll get there one day!

Be on the lookout for the rest of my city guides and hopefully bits and pieces of other things as well.

All my love,

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