2021: Life Update

Well hello. Its been a while.

So I suck at keeping up with this blog. I started it last year intending to post once a week. It has been around four months since my last post, so you can tell how that’s gone. I don’t really have an excuse, aside from a bad case of pandemic brain and a fatal dose of procrastination.

So I thought to get me back into the swing of things, I’d write a short update on where I am in 2021 and whats happened in the past four months. It also ties in quite nicely with some of the themes I have explored in my blog.

My last post was about being thankful in 2020. When I wrote it, I actually reflected on the year that had been and realised that I had come out of it quite well all things considered. Although I had lost my old job, I had a new one that, even if I didn’t enjoy it, allowed me to increase my savings a little. I lived at home with my parents and my adorable dog, I was able to chat to my friends on Zoom and I was also able to make new friends online.

But at the same time, I was starting to feel a little restless. Although my job paid, it was far from fulfilling and was miles away from the career path in Library and Information Science work that I had set my heart on. I had applied for numerous jobs in 2020 and had been unsuccessful in all of them. It always came down to experience or my lack of it. Although in 2019 I had completed my Masters, I hadn’t been working in the field long enough to build up a core base of practical experience which I could use in interviews. I had even deferred potential opportunities whilst studying to focus on the degree, which as you can imagine was very frustrating to find out direct experience was more valuable. Although I wanted a job in or near Worcester where my church is, I was finally beginning to consider the possibility of moving further afield. I applied for an internship in the North of England, and even began looking abroad at New York (although there were other reasons for that, in a moment of madness). I began 2021 slightly downcast, beginning to consider the possibility that God wanted me to move away from my family and friends.

2021

So two big changes happened extremely early in 2021. The first is, I GOT A NEW JOB! About two months after submitting an application I managed to get an interview at a library around Worcestershire which I had been eyeing for some time. And by the grace of God I got the job. I am now nearly three months into my time there and I’ve loved every minute of it. It made me realise how passionate I was about working in a library and reignited my love of books. I carry around a small slip of paper so if i spot something which looks good while I’m shelving I can pick it up later.

The second big change is that I finally moved out of my parents house. It had been a long time coming (nothing to do with them as they are lovely) and I was ready to spread my wings somewhat. I have moved in temporarily with some friends of mine and I have fitted right in. Fortunately I knew them all really well, so the transition was about as frictionless as one could hope for. They are such a lovely family and have done so much for me over the years. This change has also made me more excited about getting my own place. Before all of our lives were turned upside down by the global pandemic, I often felt guilty that I could not host people or cook for them as often as they cooked for me or opened their homes to me. Having my own place will allow me to do that.

Both of these have been pretty significant changes for me. I am not by nature a creature who embraces change readily (I will try and write about this soon), but thus far its been pretty good. I anticipate more change to come in the next year and hopefully beyond. Some will be good, some will be bad, but whatever it is, I hope God will help me to embrace it.

Watch this space!

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