2019 Review or: How I Got a New Job and Remembered how to be Happy

2019 Review or: How I Got a New Job and Remembered how to be Happy

wp-15778375744747705129124654240189.jpgAs it’s the first day of a new year and a new decade, it seems like the perfect time for some self-reflection. Yesterday, I posted my lists of top films, books, and audiobooks for 2019. I normally manage to get through a lot of films each year so 2019 was nothing new. In terms of reading, I’ve really outdone myself. 2018 was the year that I set my first reading challenge. I put it at a fairly meagre 30 books but it was something that I only just managed to pass before December 31st. This year, to be on the safe side, I put it at 30 again. As you’ll know if you’ve read any of my recent bookish posts, I surpassed the 30 mark with a quarter of the year still to go. So, I upped it to 50 and managed to finish 58 books in total. I know compared to many people in the bookish community that this isn’t a great achievement. It is for me. Last year I struggled so much with reading slumps and not wanting to open up the book I was reading. In the last few years, I’ve spent months trying to get through single books. This year, I was normally reading about one a week. It begged the question: what had changed? Well, I’ve been thinking about it a lot and I think I know.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown
How has your week been? What have you been reading?

We’re only 10 days away from the big day and I feel like I’m not prepared at all. But I do have 3 days off work next week to get sorted. Then it’s only 4 more days of work until January 2nd. I’ve never had time off over Christmas before and I’m beyond excited. The fact that I only have 4 more days of work left until the New Year is genuinely amazing. I’m hoping to get some serious reading done. I do have to get through the Christmas Party next weekend. They’re always a bit weird but this is my first one at my new job. I barely know anybody and I just don’t want to spend all night sitting in the corner like a loner. But it’ll be okay. Everyone’s nice. I just need to find something to wear. Also exciting, is the fact that I’m heading to watch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Friday. I loved The Last Jedi so I have high hopes for this one.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown
How has your week been? What have you been reading?

I feel like I’ve achieved a lot this weekend but I probably haven’t. At the very least, I’ve read a book that I had not expected to even have a copy of by this point and I’ve already written the review for it. You know that getting organised thing that I’ve been banging on about for years? It sort of happened this week. I say this week because it’s painfully clear that it isn’t something I can maintain. Still, if my plan goes well today, I’ll get a bit further ahead with this weeks’ posts and be able to read a bit more this week than usual. Or maybe just get to bed a bit earlier than I have been. It’s been a week of bad nights and I really need to get some hours in. I’m too pale for the bags under my eyes to get any darker than they currently are. People will start assuming I’ve just been getting into fights.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown
How has your week been? What have you been reading?

I’ll be honest, the last 7 days haven’t been the greatest. Work is super stressful for everyone right now but my manager seems very willing to ignore everyone’s increased workload. By the end of the week, I was physically and emotionally exhausted. I’m not even 6 months into my apprenticeship and I’m already dreaming of pastures new. Not a good thing I guess. It doesn’t help that I’m meant to be learning the business from people who don’t seem to know/care about marketing strategy. I mean, I’m the only one in our office who’d had the foresight to carry out real keyword research for our SEO strategy. Is it any wonder I’ve had my dream copywriting job saved on Indeed for ages now wondering whether to apply? I mean it’s creating pop culture content for a website. If that isn’t perfect for me then what is? Anyway, enough of the moaning. A good night’s sleep will hopefully get me ready to face the stress of next week. I could do with getting some reading done too. I’ve barely achieved anything this week. It’s been hard to concentrate.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown
How has your week been? What have you been reading?

In terms of reading, I’ve done super badly this week. I don’t know what’s gone so wrong but I just haven’t been in the mood. I’ve not really slept well all week which hasn’t helped. Too tired to concentrate on the pages. But I’ve had a relaxing weekend. A relaxing but non-bookish weekend, unfortunately. Still, there’s been a lot of family time. My sister brought my niece over both today and yesterday which has meant lots of cuddles. Babies still kind of scare me but I’m getting used to it. Or at least less terrified to be left holding one. It’ll take small steps.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

Today has been a weird day. For almost a year I’ve been suffering from alopecia and it’s slowly been getting worse over the past few months. So, today I finally bit the bullet and bought a wig. I was annoyingly terrified before I went. I had no idea what to expect and  I was worried about it being too obviously fake. But I have a wedding coming up later this year and I was determined to get something to wear. My two sisters came with me for moral support and were absolutely fabulous. And I managed to find something that I really like. It’ll take time to get used to it but it feels good that I’ve made that step. It also makes me feel stupid for being so worried about it. But that’s me all over.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

What a week it’s been here on my blog. I have posted an absolutely unprecedented 7 times. I imagine you’re pretty sick of me by now. Especially as you won’t get a break until Friday. There’s just been an awful lot going on recently. I had many post-Endgame thoughts and then Game of Thrones happened. It’s been a huge pop culture week and I had to get it all out I guess. But it’s back to normal this week. I definitely don’t have the patience, the motivation, or the content to keep this up all the time.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

Another good week at work this week. I feel like I’m getting more comfortable with the job. Although, I still feel like I don’t know anyone. I just never really see people. I should probably make more of an effort to introduce myself to people but it takes me weeks before I’m comfortable enough with people. When I started my last job one of my closest friends already worked there so I’ve never had to experience being completely alone at a new job before. This is where a little more self-confidence and a little less anxiety would come in handy. Because, at the end of the day, not speaking to people just makes me more anxious which means, if I have to speak to someone new, I get more tongue-tied. I like to think that this is the curse of being a younger twin. I’ve pretty much never had to deal with other people on my own throughout my life. But, really, it’s just cause I’m a socially inept idiot. And that’s something I need to work on.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

It’s so late on Sunday night, I have to be up at 5:45 tomorrow, and I was meant to be getting an early night. It’s safe to say, this rundown hasn’t gone well. So, hopefully you can forgive me for this rushed introduction. Let’s do this so I can go to bed where I belong.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

Today marked my final day at work before I have my annual birthday week off. I hate working my birthday. I know that seeing all my friends would be a great thing but the idea of having to be in work on the actual day is just too much. I think it should be a worldwide policy that nobody has to work on their birthday. Along with standard 4 days weeks. Then workers would be so much happier and less stressed. But, let’s be honest, it’s never going to happen. So, we do what we can to de-stress when we can. And for me, that will involve a lot of reading and watching stuff. Oh, and a super exciting trip to see Captain Marvel, of course. I cannot wait.

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