Life Lately

Wave watching on the Foz do Douro Coastline, Porto, Portugal

Lately it has felt as though life has been passing me by at a rate of knots that not even Concorde could have matched back in its heyday. It has been a little quieter than I would like around these parts and I feel as though a little life update is in order.

Wave watching on the Foz do Douro Coastline, Porto, Portugal

Wave watching on the Foz do Douro Coastline, Porto, Portugal

Wave watching on the Foz do Douro Coastline, Porto, Portugal

Wave watching on the Foz do Douro Coastline, Porto, Portugal

In February life presented me with the type of opportunity that doesn’t come along very often, an opportunity to do what I enjoy for a living and for the same company I was already working at. This week I started my new life as a Junior Digital Business Analyst and the least few weeks have been spend hastily spent tidying up any loose ends I may have had and preparing a handover for my successor. 

Don’t get me wrong I loved what I did, I loved the interaction and negotiation with the customers, I loved the rapport I had built with my colleagues and boy oh boy did I love the feeling of landing a big order. Since I graduated from Leeds Met all those many moons ago, all I have ever done is sell things and whilst I loved it deep down I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

So now my head is wrapped up in a tangled web of programs, processes and projects as I get to grips with a whole new environment and lifestyle.

In addition to landing myself a new job, I’ve also been struggling a lot with my health and wellbeing, to the point that I would have felt a little hypocritical sitting here and written about how you could improve yours.

Over the past few months I have been having trouble sleeping, and not in the sense that I couldn’t sleep (because man can I sleep when I want to) but I’ve been struggling to stay asleep, to truly rest and I’ve been suffering terrible night sweats (sorry I forgot the TMI alert) and have pretty much woken up most mornings for the last few months feeling hungover as a result. 

As a result I’ve spent more time at the doctors than anyone would want to, had vials of blood taken and read every page on the internet connected to my symptoms whilst I wait on an appointment with the Gastroenterologist at my local hospital. Thankfully By following some of the suggestions online I seem to have been able to get things under control and I’m starting to feel as though there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Now I sleep well, I have fewer ‘episodes’, the hideous night sweats have gone and I don’t think I can put into words how relieved I feel. After months, years of feeling broken, of feeling as though people weren’t taking me seriously and of wondering what the hell I was doing so wrong in life to end up feeling the way I was, I now feel as though I have the control back.

So you could say that life lately has been full of triumphs, full of exciting opportunities and of changes.

Changes that will finally help me become the person I want to be.

How has your life been lately? What have I missed? Let me know below and I’ll catch up with you again soon, until then though x 


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