ANOTHER FRESH START
If you’ve been a reader of The English Everygirl for a while, you might remember that I used to post lifestyle updates, what I’d been up to and any plans I might have for upcoming month. Now it’s been a while since I shared my last personal, chatty post and 2020 was meant to be the year that I got my blog, and life, back on track.
Unfortunately, as I’ll share with you further on, life happens and I just had other things to focus on. That’s why this May, I’m declaring a reboot of 2020. I thought about how we shouldn’t have to wait until January to reflect and realign our goals. Every month can be a fresh opportunity to start over if you want to, another fresh start. That’s how I want to look at this year from now on.
Despite the C-virus, it’s important for me to find the right balance now between work and relaxation. I’m still going to work at the Post Office but with shorter hours, I have a lot more free time. However, there seems to be this pressure that people should be super productive with this lockdown and that doesn’t have to be the case. If you want to launch your business and get stuff done, great. If you want to sit and watch Netflix for 8 weeks, great. You might be like me and want to do a mix of both; that’s also great!
This year started off tough as I lost my grandad just after New Year. He had been sick for a while so I’d mentally prepared myself for this moment, but it didn’t make it any less difficult. I’m also not the most emotional person in the world so whilst I am sad, I’m yet to cry over the fact that he’s no longer with us. People cope with grief differently, some people could do to remember that. Whilst I love my family, I’ve never been as close to my grandad as other family members have been. We had many a conversation with our very opposing views on certain topics but I will say no more.
So far this year, I managed to get to Sheffield, York, London (three times) and Manchester. January is usually a month where I like to travel as I often go out for the day with my parents to celebrate my birthday and treat myself to a mini break too! I don’t think I’ve ever been to London that much at the start of the year before!
Sheffield and London trip 1 were both for theatre. York was a day out with my mum and dad, where we visited the York Designer Outlet as well as Vangarde Shopping Park (I’m obsessed with their M&S).
Towards the end of the month, I spent the day in Manchester to attend a coaching session with Kat as well as treat myself to a little shopping spree. I much prefer shopping out of town because Hull doesn’t have many shops that I like and it means I don’t shop as often!
The second London trip was just a day to myself after my delayed train meant I missed the Jeremy Jordan concert. This was followed by my annual trip for the Country2Country music festical. Unfortunately, as this was just before the C-virus ended everything, the American artists performing decided to not fly and therefore the festival was postponed until next year. Instead, I went to see five theatre shows!
In 2020, I’ve managed to rack up 11 shows. Unfortunately, I’ve already had seven shows cancelled as well as a couple of press nights. Whilst I definitely miss the theatre, I’d much rather everyone social distance and be safe!
My year started off in Sheffield watching Guys + Dolls at the Crucible. I sat front row, which was a new experience for me! Next up was the WWe Will Rock You press night. For this one, I took my dad and we had a great time! Just two days later, I went to London to see Dear Evan Hansen and saw David Breeds’ third performance as Evan where he was captivating. Finally, my mum and I went to the press night of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Another amazing production with a superb cast.
Next up was The King & I in February, which was a gift for my mum for Christmas. It’s a classic, traditional musical which can be an acquired taste. However, I have an old soul so it was right up my street. Lavish costumes, sets and a divine orchestra complemented the superb cast of adults and children! Next up was the Mamma Mia press night at the start of March. I doubt I’ll be rushing back because Abba are really not my thing.
My failed country music trip to London turned into a theatre extravaganza; I ended up seeing 5 (!) shows: & Juliet, Waitress, Message in a Bottle, City of Angels and Come From Away. I’m glad I squished in as many shows as I did because low and behold, they’d be the last shows I’d see for a while!
I have to say, moving back home is one of the best decisions I’ve made recently. This year, I’ve really tried to get a hold on my finances and I’m really pleased! I’ve managed to get £900 in my Help2Buy ISA as well as £380 in my regular savings account. Considering I only work 16 hours a week, it’s actually a miracle!
I am extremely privileged to be in this position but equally, I work hard for what I do earn! My main buy this year will be a car, hopefully by Christmas. I don’t want anything flashy so I aim to save around £4000.
My main financial goal this year, however, is to diversify my income. I have a rough idea of how much money I will get every month from my part-time job so I want to work on topping this amount up with freelance work and side hustles.
FREELANCE + BLOG
I’m pretty disappointed in myself when it comes to both freelance work and blog so far in 2020. For some reason, I just can’t seem to get motivated at all. I did quite a bit of overtime at the start of the year, which has obviously been reduced since lockdown. However, now I just can’t seem to find the energy to get anything done!
I’m hoping that will change soon so I’m going to get back on track with planning my week and setting myself a schedule. I thrive on routine being a typical Capricorn. I’m known as the organised friend who juggles multiple plates. Getting back on track will hopefully help me to elevate my business and my life.
2020 has been a trying year so far, even before the lockdown started. I definitely need to find my mojo back. It sounds stupid but I almost have too much free time right now that I just can’t be bothered. I’ve spent a lot of time watching TV and reading; however, I don’t feel guilty about that at all. It’s been nice to just take some time out from life in general so don’t be afraid to have another fresh start!
How have you been coping with the lockdown?
Have you been crazy productive, been a lady of leisure or had another fresh start like me?