So, we’re currently in the midst of a global pandemic, with another 3 weeks of lockdown confirmed by the government, how’s everyone getting on?
Personally, the beginning of this year has been a ride to say the least, from getting into an amazing new relationship to getting furloughed a few weeks ago, and I wanted to give you all an update on how things are going.
I’m 28 and my youth is slipping away
Being 28 means I’m now officially in my late twenties and the big 3-0 is in the not so distant future, eek! It’s definitely made me stop and think about all the things I’ve accomplished over the last year and all that I’m hoping to achieve by 30. And of course after about 5 minutes, I’ve had multiple panics that I’m so far behind, especially in comparison to my friends who all seem to be killing it in both their work and personal lives. Everyone else seems to be where they want to be in life, whether that’s getting that big promotion, successfully launching a side hustle or buying their dream house and I feel like I’m just drifting along and not ticking off everything on my twenties bucket list.
After talking to my friends about it though, it seems I’m not alone in feeling like I’m not achieving everything I should be in my twenties. We all put so much pressure on ourselves, making grand statements that by the time we turn 30 we’ll have achieved x, y and z and berating ourselves when we fail to do so. Being in your twenties is a time of figuring things out; from your sense of style to future career path and everything in between. Everyone is moving at their own pace and facing their own challenges and whilst your friends may seem further ahead than you, it doesn’t mean you’ll never catch up.
Instead of stressing about turning 30, I’ve decided that I’m going to focus on enjoying the last two years of my twenties and try to stop comparing myself to others – we’ll see how long that lasts!
I’m living in isolation with my boyfriend of 3 months
Want to put your brand new relationship to the ultimate test? Self isolate with each other for weeks on end in his apartment!
When the government first started talking about the possibility of lockdown, my boyfriend and I had a conversation about what we were going to do. Both of us live alone and spend most of our evenings and weekends together already, so it made sense for me to temporarily move into his place so we’d have another person to talk to and avoid the risk of going crazy on lockdown in complete isolation. So once it was all officially announced, I packed a bag of essentials and brought my plant babies along for the ride too.
I’ll admit though, I did panic. Before the press conference had even finished, I’d received 6 texts from people asking what I was going to do, would I move in Sam, would we be ok? Queue a complete meltdown. Would we be ok? Would I drive him so crazy that by the end of lockdown we would no longer be on speaking terms and have to break up?
So far, so good. During the working week we sit in different rooms and also spend a few hours apart on the weekend doing our own thing so we’re not in each other’s faces 24/7. I still have days when I convince myself the relationship is all over but thankfully I always manage to talk myself back down from that ledge.
Hello furloughed life
After a couple of weeks working from home, I’ve been furloughed for the foreseeable. Naturally, I freaked out at first. What the hell was I going to do with all this extra time?! I’m not the kind of person who enjoys having nothing to do. Two weeks later though, and I’m finally starting to get used to it. The trick is to make sure I have a few things on my to-do list to give my day a bit of purpose like doing a face mask, going for a run or cleaning the bathroom. The list is never excessive and there’s no pressure to complete it (as lets be honest, some days I just cannot be bothered) just simple things I can tick off so I feel like I’ve accomplished something.
I do really miss working though, especially talking to my work besties every day and I cannot wait till this is all over and we can be reunited!
I’ve turned into one of those people that runs outdoors
I’ve always hated running outdoors, preferring the safety of the gym and a treadmill. But now all the gyms are closed, I’ve no choice to be one of those people. Thankfully, my boyfriend’s apartment is right on the waterfront, meaning I can get my miles in whilst enjoying one of Liverpool’s most iconic views. Despite having very little to do at the moment though, I’m finding it so hard to motivate myself to exercise, and fear that by the time lockdown is over, sweatpants will be the only thing that fits me, so if anyone has any tips for getting into that workout headspace, I’d really appreciate it!