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Turning 33

Today I turn 33.

This does not bother me. I quite like being in my thirties. I have enough experience to know how to take care of myself, but I am also not grown up enough to forget my love of all things The Lion Kings and Harry Potter. I am comfortable enough in my own skin to enjoy being single and selfish in my decisions about what I do and where I go.

So 33 is just a new year for new adventures.

Therefore I have decided to make a theme for my year related to my word for the year.

33 Experiences in my 33rd Year

Like I said last week, I want to get my focus back on experiences rather than things. This also means I am getting my blog back to why I set it up in the first place. It feels all aligned.

As you can see from the photos I have made a page in my bullet journal to record my experiences and each one will relate to a blog post for the year. I have a few things planned, but there is plenty of opportunity to find new, different, familiar, experimental experiences that float my boat this year.

So here is to my 33rd year here on Planet Earth. It’s going be a good one!

A fresh start

Wow how long has it been?

I’ve thought about writing a new post for a while, but it just hasn’t felt right.

Then suddenly today, after a week of relaxing and reflecting I felt the need to share something.

I created this blog to share my adventures. The last year or so I’ve not been focused on having adventures. It hit me today I got stuck on things. I kept wanting more stuff. I followed people who reviewed things. I follow brands that kept launching new things. It was all about keeping up with the Joneses.

No wonder I was feeling so out of alignment with myself. I was trying to fill my life up with things to bring me joy, rather than creating experiences for a full life.

So I’ve decided to refocus myself on the experiences I am having and want to have.

I think this is why I suddenly felt the desire to blog as I have realigned myself with whale I started it in the first place!

So what have I got planned for 2018?

  • A History of Magic at the British Library
  • Focus on my new job
  • Girls trip to someone hot
  • Swim camp in Scotland
  • Channel Swim Relay
  • Stockholm and the Baltic’s over Christmas

So far this makes 2018 a very exciting year. There will be many more adventures and experiences. I’m not going to set myself a routine to blog this year as I’m just going to go with the flow and share the things I want to keep a record of on here.

Here is to a fresh year and to one focused on what matters most to you!

Going back to where I started…

I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging recently and whether I actually want to stop or not. I have found I do enjoy doing it and I’m not up for trying to change to get more readers or make it anything more than an hobby.

However I have been thinking about what I want my content to be and realised I have moved away from what I started out doing and what I enjoyed writing about – the adventures in life, whether big or small!

I’ve been caught up in my own life too mush recently and forgotten about spending time doing things I enjoy and then being able to reflect and share. So I’m going back to where I started this blog and focusing on my love of tea, coffee, and exploring!

So I treated myself to some new tea and coffee to try and will be sharing my thoughts and learnings about making damn good drinks. Fingers crossed I’ll also get to go exploring more places soon too.

Things I’m learning in my 30s

I’m 32 and I am starting to notice all the online articles on websites I’ve read for years are either aimed at people in their 20s or 30s specifically. It is like there is a solid line once you hit 30 that means nothing before is relevant anymore. I don’t think this is true.

There are lots of things I’m still interested in from my 20s and if anything I am less bothered about what other people think about it. I’ve been struggling and definitely feel like I’ve been transitioning to a new version of myself. Maybe that has something to do with being in my 30s, maybe it’s a transition everyone goes through at different points in their lives. I feel like I’ve learnt a lot in the last couple of years; about myself, about other people,  some good, some not so good.

So I decided to note down the first 10 things that came to mind:

  1. Putting yourself first can be met with resistance from those close to you
  2. It’s okay being the last single friend
  3. Money doesn’t mean much, it’s about what you do with it
  4. Comparison is your worst enemy
  5. Your passions don’t have to be your work
  6. Enjoying your job and workplace is important for your sanity
  7. Thinking about the future is important, just don’t get stuck waiting for it
  8. Therapy is worth the cost
  9. Quality over quantity every time (I’m still learning this with food)
  10. Your are good enough exactly as you are!

Depression in my reality

Everyone will have a different experience with depression. It manifests itself in so many different ways it can be hard to know what is really depression or not. It’s confusing and frustrating.

Depression often lies, but at the same time I find it makes me face some hard truths that need to faced to move forward.

I wanted to share my experience. I find the more I talk about it the easier it becomes to be aware of it. It becomes less scary. It becomes easier to name and take action to feel different (I will not say better as it is not always better).  I want to continue to share my experience to show it can happen to anyone and that there is no shame in speaking out.

This is my experience currently:

  1. Tired – ALL THE TIME!
  2. Food is my best friend and my worst enemy
  3. I feel like an impostor in most things I do
  4. Fear of people I know (not really of strangers)
  5. I cannot multi-task – everything take effort
  6. I feel abandoned and left out (shout about my independence)
  7. Procrastination is prominent, even though I know its unhelpful
  8. Therapy is hard, but beneficial
  9. It’s fucking annoying when people want to fix you
  10. You can still live a normal life on the outside
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