A Little Catch Up - Back To University, Dance Lessons and Driving

Monday, September 30, 2019

Although I'm back to blogging regularly, it feels like ages since I sat down and had a little chat with you guys just about life. If you follow my Twitter or Instagram then you will probably be caught up with what's happening in my life and how I'm feeling, whereas those of you who only read my blog may miss out on this. I thought this evening I'd have a little catch up with you and share a few of the things that have been going on in my life lately, so keep reading to see what I've been up to!

Starting second year of university
The academic season is well and truly upon us, and so I'm back living in Manchester whilst doing my degree. Being back has made me realise just how much I love this city, plus it feels great finally having some routine and structure in my days again. Rather than staying in private halls like last year, this year I'm sharing a house with my boyfriend and a few of our friends, which is honestly lovely and so far we've had a great time. Although I'm sure that my second year of uni will be hard and I'm already drowning in reading, I'm excited to see what it will bring!

Becoming a section owner in Waterstones
Another exciting update is that I'm now the sci-fi and fantasy section owner in my Waterstones store! If you don't already know, I work part-time in Waterstones alongside my degree and after my annual review a couple of weeks ago, I was given my own section to control and manage. This was incredibly exciting for me, as I started less than a year ago as a Christmas temp but I'm now starting to have more responsibility within the store. I used to read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy books a few years ago, and I can't wait to rekindle my love for these genres.

Passing my driving theory
At the start of the summer holidays, I decided to book my driving theory test even though I hadn't done any revision of practice. It was my little goal to dedicate some time, even if it was only a couple of hours a week, to look over everything and hopefully be ready to take it come September. Now I'm pleased to let you know, I passed first time! After many practice tests on the app and an unnecessary amount of nerves, I ended up getting full marks on the multiple-choice questions and 65 out of 75 on the hazard perception. Next step is learning to drive - which will hopefully be soon!

Starting dance again
Last week, I officially started dance lessons again, which genuinely makes me so happy! I've danced all my life but leaving LIPA before moving to university marked the end of my dancing days (I wanted to continue classes last year in university but for various reasons I couldn't). I realised how much I missed dancing, and so decided to join the University of Manchester dance society and take classes in jazz and contemporary. It's only been a week so far but I've genuinely been loving it, and I can't wait to continue. I've also decided that I'm going to audition for the competition teams next week, although there are a lot of extremely talented people in the dance society so wish me luck!

Feeling happier
Although I have my occasional wobbles, I'm honestly so much happier lately. My mental health is drastically better than last year (I've never fully discussed this, but the bottom line is that I'm getting the help I need and really working on it) and I'm very happy with where my life is at right now. My heart is just so full and I'm surrounded by some lovely people - everything just seems to be going my way.

I'd love to know what you've been up to lately, so make sure you leave me a comment down below!

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