Notably, I’ve been quite absent from my space on the internet and I thought I’d explain myself. Because I really do have a few good reasons for it and I thought what better time to get back into the swing of things, than in the middle of a pandemic. What a strange, scary and unpredictable period we’re going through right now. I do hope whoever you are, reading this, that you’re safe and well.
So I better get on with it, what have I been so busy with…
1) We bought a house!
We’re homeowners!!! I can hardly believe it my self, 4 months later. The process was possibly the most nail-biting, nerve-wracking but amazing 2 months of our lives. It’s honestly not as fun as some of these home Instagrammers make out, trust me! I found the whole thing so intrusive. Mortifying really, realising how much I spent on food per month! I hated having to face up to my bank statements, but it was all SO worth it. We LOVE our little home, and we love making it our home. We’re just learning at this whole being an adult thing and who knew council tax, tv licensing, gas and leccy’ was SO expensive. Moving out of my Mam’s has taught me many things. 1) I’ve been wrapped in cotton wool my whole-life and treated like a little princess, 2) How AMAZING my Mam truly is, never have I ever appreciated more than the life she has given me all by herself, 3) The cleaning fairy doesn’t exist when you move out unless you pay for a cleaner and lastly, 4) Bulk buy toiletries, because the cleaning fairy is NOT there for you when you run out of shampoo or moisturiser. Oh the joys! I’ve been documenting our house ownership journey here, if you’d like a neb at my decor… I’ll probably put together a post on how I’ve now turned into a hinch obsessed mad woman soon.
2) I got a promotion!
Oh yes, this chick got a promotion. I’ve recently just finished and passed woo my CIM Level 4 in Professional Marketing qualification and boy was it tough. It was worth every bit of blood, sweat and tears that I poured into it though. I’m not going to lie. It was challenging after being out of education for 5 years and working full time but it’s been rewarding. And I’m a right swot at anything marketing now, so yeah. My work supported me massively throughout the whole course and I can’t thank them enough for all their help and patience with me. As a result, I got a promotion. Meaning I now have a lot more responsibilities which I love, no 2 days are the same and I am constantly busy. The promotion came in the midst of the house move which was manic just before Christmas but I’ve got my stride back and managing everything is becoming easier the longer I’m in this role. I thought life was busy before this new chapter in my life, but things have moved up a level completely. I suppose that’s what you call being an adult and growing up though. I’m happy and that’s what matter the most.
3) I’ve been working on me!
I decided to take a little time away from my blog to work on me and just do me for a little. It’s really easy to get lost in the blogging world and loose yourself a little so I took a step back and lived my life in the real world. Not through instagram, not through social media. The most important thing in life is to live it to the fullest and 2019 taught me that. When my domain notice came through last month about renewing, I did question whether it was the end for Zest Of Alice. BUT, I decided to renew and continue because this is something I love and I love being apart of this community. I knew it wasn’t my time to go just yet. I knew I’d open grammerly again and write. I just wasn’t sure when but then the Corona Virus visited us and here I am, with a lot more time on my hands. So my time to return, is now. And it feels good.
Working on myself has also seen me loosing a stone and half. I am serial yo-yo dieter and have struggled A LOT with my weight, as you can probably tell as I’ve written about it many times on here. But, I’ve found a lifestyle that won’t see me falling back into old habits. Slimming World. People are such haters of Slimming World and I was too. Convinced eating carbs would not work and would not help me loose weight. That was until I tried it. Slimming World is not a diet to me. In 12 weeks, I lost 21lbs healthily. I didn’t loose it quick, I lost it by making better choices, exercising and not depriving myself of the ‘bad’ things in life. BALANCE is key, carbs are key and enjoying life is key because life isn’t about the scales. So I’m at my target weight (have been since crimbo too!), feeling faaaaabulous and fitting backing into size 8 clothes.
And so, that’s what’s new with me! I’m finding my feet again with this and I’m just getting started. Stay tuned for what’s next for Zest Of Alice.