Change

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The last six months have brought about some massive changes. Since April, I’ve left uni, had two jobs, nearly got made redundant and then, more recently, I’ve put the steps in place to buy my first home. It’s been a bit mad to say the least! So much has changed and that’s made me reflect on where I am now and where I was before.

Leaving uni after finishing my course wasn’t a big thing in my head. I didn’t enjoy my last year and I was so ready to leave! The world of dissertations, seminars and commuting was not for me, and in fact, it made me lose my enthusiasm for learning, something which I’ve always enjoyed. It left me feeling down and if I’m honest, really lonely.  A lot of my peers were loving uni life and the ups and downs that it brought, but to me, I was most happy when I was at my home or with my friends and family outside of uni. Because of this, I was so ready when it came to my last day of uni that I didn’t really think much of it!

My first few months of post uni life were strange. I took a job as a Marketing Assistant, which I thought I’d love, but it turned out it wasn’t for me. It’s crazy how wrong you can be about something you were so sure about! I thought that entering the world of work would bring back my motivation and love for learning, but it just didn’t happen for me. That (and other reasons!) are why I left after just two months.

Four months later and I’m now doing a job which is completely different to anything I’ve ever done before. My title is ‘Bid Coordinator’ and it’s turned out to be a role that challenges me every single day, but in the sort of way that I like. I get to edit, I get to proofread and most of all, I get to use my creativity. I feel like I’ve learned so much and I feel it’s really given me an insight into the world of work and adult life. It may not have been the career I’d thought I’d be doing, but in fact it turns out to have been better. I know that there’s a wealth of opportunities within my reach and I can’t wait to grasp them all as they come.

Having a job I’m happy with, has led to me feeling more comfortable in other areas of my life too. I feel like my confidence has had a well needed boost, I feel like my communication skills are improving everyday and I’ve found the courage to do the next thing in my life – putting down my roots in Manchester.

When I think of all that’s happened in the last six months, it feels mad that just six months ago, I was sat in the university library stressed and upset because I couldn’t find the words to finish my dissertation. Things have certainly changed, and I can’t complain. I’m happier than I’ve ever been and I can’t wait to see what happens next! Watch this space….

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Where has the time gone?

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As many of you will have noticed, my blogging hiatus has lasted a  little bit longer than I was initially planning. In all honesty, I hadn’t realised how long it had actually been. This year seems to have flown by. One minute it was Christmas and I was stressing about how I was going to afford Christmas presents for everyone, and the next thing I knew, it was June, uni was done and I was suddenly in the real world, a little bit lost but also relieved.

So much has happened this year that I don’t really know where to begin. It’s been a difficult year to say the least. I’ve had to deal with things I’ve never had to deal with before, including the loss of a family member, and coping with the stress of my dissertation and my other final year projects.

Instead of going into all the details, I think the best thing for me to do is to conclude that this year has been the year where I feel like I’m learning. I feel like the experiences that have happened so far have been made me look at life in a different way. I’m aware that to some of you that might sound stupid and cheesy, but from my perspective, it’s the truth. 2017 has been challenging, tough, and stressful, but I’m still coping, I’m beginning to feel happier, and I’m understanding that sometimes you need a bit of negativity so that you can find the positive.

Blogging began as a creative outlet for me, a place to express myself, something that’s difficult to do in reality. It always allowed me to stop bottling things up, something which I know I’ve done for the last few months. So therefore, I’m back. I want to keep my blog going. It was a place to get things off my chest, and I think I need that again. It was also a space where I could share pieces of my creative writing, and as my degree is now over, it’s important to me that I keep sharing those too.

If you have any blogging requests etc, then feel free to comment below, I’m always interested in what all of you out there have to say.

Love from,

Beth x

Third year blues

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As usual, university has completely taken over my life. The problem is that this year, I’m not neccessarily loving it. I’m not sure exactly what it is. It’s just not enthusing me in the same way that previous years have and that’s sort of sad in a way, because it’s my last year. That’s frightening in itself. In roughly six months time, I’ll be out in the real world, desperately trying to seek out my first full time job. As much as it’s a scary thought, for me it’s also an exciting thought. It means that I can finally have a little bit more money to do the things I’ve always wanted to do, like buy a house and go on holiday every year without worrying about it. It also means that I get to pursue a career in something that I’m passionate about and that I’ll thrive in. I think that’s part of why I just want to finish already.

The modules that I’ve taken this year are also a bit of a bother. Some of them are not quite what I thought, and then there’s the fact that I’ve decided to major in English Lit to try and open up my career  prospects- my Creative Writing has sort of been pushed to one side, when in fact, that’s the part I’ve always enjoyed the most.

Then there’s my dissertation. Oh my god. Don’t even get me started. I know that it’s not supposed to be easy, but I’m really not feeling supported by my university about my project which is such a shame. I’ve had lots of meetings, I’ve spent hours in the library and I’m still not sure where to start in terms of actually writing it. I’m writing mine about feminism and it’s effects on literature through vampire novels. Sort of random, but as an avid Twilight lover, and current Vampire Diaries fan, it’s right up my street. I’ve discovered some new favourites in Let the Right One In and Interview With the Vampire.

The last thing about this year that’s getting me down is in terms of friendships. I feel like those with my friends at uni have become really distant and I’m not sure why. I feel as if I’ve put in a lot of effort without much back, something which is really disheartening in any friendship. I think the main thing I need to remember about this, is that sometimes friendships aren’t meant to last. I take pride in the fact that my best friends have known me for years, and I know they’ll be friends for years to come. I’ve been told not to waste time on people who don’t give you anything back- I think I’ll start taking that advice.

So there you have it. Third year blues. I just need to keep plodding along. At the end of the day, it is only six months. Besides there’s lots to look forward to! I turn 20 in two weeks, and this weekend I’m going to see the Royal Ballet in Birmingham perform The Nutcracker, my favourite. I’m also really loving the Christmas spirit that’s in the air at the moment, I can’t wait to break up for the holidays!

Lots of love and more soon,

Beth x

Does it matter that I’m not your typical blogger?

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Okay, so if you know me, then you know that I’m very much a girly girl. I like nice clothes, I like doing my makeup, and god forbid if I go out without my handbag. But the thing is, I don’t want that to define me. I’m also the sort of person who loves to read, who loves to write, who likes going for long walks in the countryside and would choose a cosy night in with my close family and friends over a nightclub any day.

I guess this post is about how I’ve veered away from the standard girl blogger stereotype. My posts tend to be a bit of a diary, a bit of a place to share my thoughts, somewhere that’s an expression of my everyday life. It’s rare that I write about makeup or clothes, though never say never as I have done before.

I’ve found that I struggle to write beauty and fashion posts. I’m a student and I can’t afford expensive makeup, and to be honest, my No 7 foundation is doing me just fine. I do read a lot of blogs which are very heavily makeup based, but I also enjoy ones  that aren’t. I like reading poetry, I like short stories, and I like different. If we all had the same white background with black writing then  I think it would get a bit boring. Although I like that look and I’v vaguely incorporated it into my site, I love my large header. It shows an image that makes me happy, and that hopefully makes all of you happy too when you see it. That’s why I’m probably not going to change my layout to look like the rest.

So if you write a blog that isn’t the usual, then leave me a link in the comments below. I’d love to read something new. But at the same time, if you do write more of a stereotypical blog, then leave that link too. Either way, none of us are doing right or wrong by either doing the same or doing something different. This is just my preference, and I’m sticking to my guns.

A city love affair

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As many of you  know, I used to live in Chester. Chester is a beautiful city in the North West, and it’s the first place I lived entirely on my own without my family or any of the people that I grew up with all of my life. I lived in a tiny room in a old fashioned block of flats, and my friends lived directly across the road. Things like not being able to drive weren’t an issue as shops were a ten minute walk away, and as I lived on campus, it was literally a two minute walk to lectures. For that year, my friends became like a family to me. I think that because of that, Chester always feels like home to me in a way that I’m not always convinced Manchester does.

Although I class myself as living in Manchester, where I actually live is Sale, a small town in the suburbs which is technically in Cheshire. Where I live is very leafy and green, and it does feel more like home to me now than it did a year ago. It helps that Rich is here and that my family aren’t too far away, and I do feel as if I’m putting down more roots now that I have a part time job in the city. But then the other day, I caught the train down to Chester for a night out with some of my friends who live there. And I got that feeling as I were going home, as if I still lived there.

Although I’ve accepted that Manchester is my current home, and I’m happy with living there, I guess a part of me will always love Chester. It has beautiful sunsets, it’s where I met my boyfriend, and it’s somewhere that for a short while really made me happy. What I’ve got to remember is that life goes on, and that Manchester is somewhere that opens up a wealth of opportunities in a way that Chester didn’t. I have a lovely flat with Rich, I get to live the cosmopolitan city lifestyle, and I’m closer to my family and hometown.

I think I need to remember that whenever I do travel down to Chester for uni, which I currently do three times a week, although Chester is no longer my home, it’s still there for me when I want it. It was a stepping stone into my current life, and in the same way that my memories are always within reach, so is my favourite city.

Do any of you feel like this about a city? Let me know.

Beth xx

Blogging future

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There’s been a few times in the last few months where I’ve dropped off the blogosphere, and this month has been especially torrent for it. This time it’s not because of my lack of words, but rather that the words I do have are currently going into other projects. You all know that I work part time at a retail store, but recently I’ve just landed my first official writing gig, and I’m loving it despite it meaning that my blog is currently lacking in attention. My new job means that I’m a digital writer and editor for a home design company. All of my words are being channelled into articles, blogs, and news stories. It’s hard work, there’s lots of deadlines, and I don’t always know what it is that I’m writing about, but I am loving it. It just sort of defines to me that I’m heading down the right career path. My job in retail is often tedious, tiring, and dull, but whilst my new job is tiring, it definitely isn’t tedious or dull.

Writing this blog was a way of keeping me occupied,  I found it therapeutic and it gave me somewhere for my words. There’s been loads of times in the last few weeks where I’ve taken up my laptop and started an article but the rest of it just hasn’t come to me. That’s why I can’t promise to you guys when it is exactly that I’ll have written a new post. At the minute life’s hectic and crazy, and to be honest, I don’t have any regrets as I hate being bored but maybe this time I’ve slightly overdone it.

Sorry for rambling, but I just want to outline the reasoning for my lack of posts (again), and to just highlight that I’m not trying to think of excuses, I’m just being honest. I’m going to Croatia next Tuesday for a week, and I’m hoping the downtime in the sun will be beneficial. I can promise you guys there will be posts about my trip eventually.

Hopefully you can all bear with me as I promise that this isn’t a goodbye, it’s just a see you when I can.

Thank you for all your support,

Lots of love,

Beth x

ANY JOB IS A REAL JOB: DIGITAL MARKETING STRATEGIST

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It’s been a while since I continued with my blogging series, any job is a real job, but that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about it! This week, Poppy Mayy from http://poppymayy.co.uk/ is sharing what her job as a digital marketing strategist is like. It was really interesting to hear about another role in the media industry! The media industry seems to be expanding all the time, and there seems to be lots of opportunities to get into it, and I think it’s the sort of role that a lot of bloggers out there want. I hope you enjoy reading this post, and  I want to say a big thank you to Poppy Mayy for getting involved. You should definitely check out her blog, as she’s a great writer that I think a lot of you would enjoy. 

1. Explain your job title/role…

My official job title is digital marketing strategist at a creative web design and marketing agency. However, I am certainly not limited to just strategising. I take care of all the in-house digital marketing from email campaigns, social media channels, online advertising, content marketing and SEO (search engine optimisation). I am also responsible for various clients’ digital marketing.

2. How did you get into your job?

Funny story, the company I work for actually belongs to the husband of a guest lecturer at my university. So I got my job through a recommendation from her and one other lecturer. Obviously I still had to submit an application and interview for it though. But it turns out it does pay off being teacher’s pet 😉

3. What do you like about your job?

The variety. No day is ever the same as I’ll either be dealing with different clients or different marketing channels so I’m never bored.

4. What do you hate about your job?

The pay. As a recent-ish graduate though, I can’t be picky.

5. Where do you want to be in five years time?

Preferably I’d love to be a marketing freelancer or running my own digital agency. Having a lot of freedom in my career has always been something I’ve wanted.

Do any of you out there do something similar? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below, and as always, let me know if you want to get involved in this blogging series!