Life has a funny way of just passing you by if you do not stop and live it. I know that is what happened to me this past year.
In May I moved to a new city, started a new job, moved in with my best friend and felt like I made a start on real adult life. What a rude awakening that was. My job was everything I had hoped it would be, super fun and engaging, but also challenging, exhausting and uncertain at times. I was originally contacted until All Hallows but got extended until just before Christmas, in little dabs of weeks and days at time. So much for a steady income. I also just worked too much and too hard considering I had just come out of a year with stress and moving and generally feeling down.
But this was also a year of actually feeling pretty settled, of realising that life is too short and I am too old to still consider every place of residence temporary. Yes we haven’t bought a house, we have no garden and no pets but the flat we’re in might still house us for the next couple of years and there is no reason to feel out of place just because not this might not be forever.
My best friend has been a huge part of making Our Flat, Inverness, Scotland feel like a home. She brings me such comfort in daily life and I truly hope this sense of peace will last into the next year. We are really liking Inverness, Scotland is a beautiful country and we are enjoying the constant view of mountains and the colder temperatures.
In the year past I graduated university and went through the whole glamorous event in St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, Orkney. As a result I got to see my parent over here twice as they also came here for their summer vacation.
My contract ending mid December meant I got home in time for Christmas and I spent around a month in Denmark visiting family ans seeing friends. So that was a real highlight of the year.
This year I am applying for the same job I had last year, though for less hours and hopefully that will help me keep my life more balanced. I am going to try and do more of the things that make me happy, like knitting more, going for long walks and writing this blog as that feels so freeing and I like getting things off my chest.
I wish you all the best in your own wrestles with life an that bright elusive concept called balance.