A few days ago, I was having a bit of a chat with my Mum in the car and I came to the realisation that actually my life is pretty god damn awesome. Like, ridiculously so. I really love having those little moments of clarity - where you get an opportunity to reflect on what's been going on and how you've changed and how seemingly small life moments turn out to be huge pivotal turning points.
We then got to thinking about just how easily your life can and does change, and how quickly it does so. For me, it was the thought process of exactly what I'd been through over the last twelve months - and how far I've come in so many ways; work, relationship, home, attitude and just general passion and gumption for life. Little choices made a few months ago, have ultimately led to the most amazing pathways being opened, and I love how life has these treats in store for us sometimes.
So with this in mind, I've drawn up a bit of a list of the things that have changed for me and just to give you a bit of an inkling as to how things are going before I launch into the proper "blogging".
This time last year I'd just about finished up completing my teacher training. I completed my PGCE at the University of Huddersfield and was awaiting the all-important email to tell me I'd got my QTS status. I'd already got my teaching job lined up for September and I was as excited as excited could be to get stuck in and get cracking. I was also terrified, because I'd heard I was getting a load of Textiles lessons lumped onto my timetable, and I hadn't touched a sewing machine since I was in Y8 myself. I was the epitome of the phrase "keen bean" though, and I couldn't wait to get started.
Fast forward twelve months - I've now passed my NQT year, I received an Outstanding observation from one of the deputy headteachers during my final couple of months (I know right?!) and I still absolutely love my job - even if sometimes I wish the mornings weren't quite so early and the marking load not quite so manic... I've taught myself how to use a sewing machine, and I can make a ton of different samples showcasing my newfound skills. I've got a Y7 (soon to be Y8) form group who I absolutely adore and make me smile every single morning. Most importantly, I completely "get" the school I'm working in, and I'm happy to say they "get" me too. I've got the most supportive team around me I could ever wish for - and I feel like I'm absolutely going in the right direction.
Last year I was pretty much at my complete and utter wits end with relationships. I spent pretty much all of last summer scrolling aimlessly on Tinder and going on waste of time dates. There were a million and one horrendous first pick-up lines that were ruthlessly screenshotted and forwarded on social media and to friends, I'd been stood up by the same guy twice and yet still continued to give him chances. GET A GRIP EVANS?! So anyway, yeah - I was more than ready to get stuck into work in September and forget about men completely.
Give me another twelve months of life and I'm the happiest I have ever been. Not long after I'd given up hope on any chance of a love life and resigned myself to the fact I would soon be Bridget Jones II, The most wonderful man entered my life and changed it so much for the better. I've got quite a bit planned about telling you about this mystery man (let's just call him Mister E) in the coming weeks so I'll save it for then, but I can assure you I'm done with Tinder scrolling and that's a pretty awesome position to be in.
Twelve months ago I'd just celebrated my second year of home ownership with a cupcake and a glass (or five..) of Prosecco. Living alone was my jaaaam, I loved it, I loved being independent and dancing around the kitchen at stupid o'clock in the morning having helped myself to copious amounts of fizz because who was going to stop me?! I had my own freedom and my own space to chill out and unwind at the end of the day.
This year I can celebrate no longer living on my own - yep, Mister E moved in with me a couple of months ago and it's been a pretty steep learning curve if I'm honest. I'd gotten so used to my own independence and space that suddenly giving up some of that was pretty hard to get my head around. Anyway, a few months on and it's not too shabby - this whole co-habitation thing is amazing. Do I miss dancing around the kitchen whilst drunk? Nope. Do I miss having my own space to chill out and unwind? Not in the slightest. And d'ya know why..? It's because I've got someone I love to be able to do both of those things with, even if it is just an hour or two of getting lost down a YouTube hole - and he still doesn't stop me drinking copious amounts of fizz. WINNER!
Actually, I've just realised I put at the beginning of this blog post that my general attitude to life has changed - I'm not entirely sure it has. If you know me, then you'll know I pretty much have always had a positive mindset and outlook on life. I am not one of these people that finds problems instead of a solution, and I'm not one to dwell on the negatives. This still hasn't changed! Admittedly there have been some 'hairy' moments over the last few months of my NQT year (more on this in future posts) but I'm still the happy-go-lucky, laidback, positive person I always was. And I bloody love it.
So yeah, that's a few of my life changes over the course of the last twelve months. What about you guys? Looking back over the year, what has been the biggest change or improvement to your life?