You’d think now that my exams were over and I was (partially) on summer
break before I step into the big, wide world of work that I’d actually take
some time out and have a chance to relax. In fact, July has been so freaking
hectic that I feel like I need another holiday only three weeks after returning
home from mine. I honestly feel that I’m currently in this “transitional” part
of my life, moving away from the safety and security of education and my hometown
and being thrown into this massive world and being not quite sure where I fit
in (Oh dear lord, get the violin out!).
I’m hoping this is just a temporary thing though, and I know everything will
all fall nicely into place eventually. It’s just a waiting game for now…
The month began really brilliantly as Dan and I headed off to sunny
Bulgaria for a week away from everyone and everything. We had such a fantastic
trip and spent the days lounging by the pool (and eating) and the evenings
exploring the Black Sea Coast (and eating some more), both by land and sea. Bulgaria
is a seriously beautiful country, albeit a little different culturally from
your typical European holiday destinations. We loved sipping cocktails in bars
and restaurants, exploring the little towns and villages, having time to relax
by the pool, and especially enjoyed our catamaran cruise around the coast,
which involved sipping champagne while watching the sun slowly, dip behind the
mountains. A perfect getaway and we were both gutted to come back to reality.
You can read all about our trip, and see all
of the sunset photos, here.
A few days after returning from my holiday I headed to Builth Wells
in Mid Wales ready for my fifth year working as a runner for BBC Wales at The
Royal Welsh Show. For those who have no idea what the Royal Welsh is, it’s
basically a huge agricultural show
held in a massive showground in the middle of the rolling Welsh hills and
attracts farmers, countryside dwellers, and animal lovers from across the UK.
We produce a highlights programme for BBC 2 that is broadcast nightly and it
really is one of my favourite weeks of the year, despite all of the hard work.
I was up at 4.45am most days ready to start work at 6.30am and didn’t return to
the hotel until about 8pm most nights. What I love about working at the Royal
Welsh though, is it’s like being reunited with family. Everyone I work with
each year is so incredible, and this year was bitter sweet as I’m hoping to be
in some sort of full time job this time next year, so it was probably my last
time working there.
As well as spending two weeks away from home I also managed to
squeeze in a spontaneous trip to London with my mum, which involved all the
shopping and sightseeing; a family wedding, where I spent the day looking at
all the beautiful flowers and catching up with my wonderful family; my first
trip to Aberystwyth, which turned out to be a lovely little seaside town I’ll
definitely be returning to; and two nights out with my girls. That’s as well as
working on my dissertation and my
part-time job. It’s safe to say I’m pooped!
I have hardly any plans for August, except for Ladies’ Day and a
summer BBQ so this month is going to be all about relaxing, getting my thesis
done and thinking about my body, mind and wellbeing. I also want to get this
little blog back on track – I don’t feel like I’ve been showing it enough love! I’m also planning on doing an August Fitness Challenge and will be posting all about it in the next day or so, so keep your eyes peeled!
What did you get up to in July?
Lots of love,