Tuesday, 19 August 2014

What's new?

When I first started blogging, I blogged whenever the mood took me. Tiny little posts I used to call "musings". Just a little chat, a little catch up. Over time, I got a little more self conscious. I only posted when I had perfectly constructed photos, taken with my DSLR. The photography became the content, not the commentary. But I hate that. I should be able to blog whenever I want to blog, whether I have a pretty outfit to accompany it or not. 
At the moment, I'm not feeling super inspired fashion-wise. And even if I did, starting work at 8 and getting home at 5.30pm to plunge straight into Insanity doesn't give me much time to photograph outfits. I'm bored yet I don't want to buy more clothes cause I know I don't really need anything. And I've been kind of okay with being uninspired.

But I want to talk to you, I want to catch up with you. I have so much going on right now that I want to share with you! So I thought I'd write a little life update post. With a few Instagram snaps for fun.

What's new ...at work
Friday Cake-day
I touched on this briefly in my last post, but two and a half weeks in and I can honestly say I love my job! Being made redundant was one of the most awful things that has ever happened to me (and I am aware of how fortunate I am to be able to say that) but I try to believe that everything happens for a reason. And I'm starting to believe that is true. I don't know if I really explained what I do, but I work at a content marketing agency (Axonn Media) in their marketing team as a marketing content assistant. Basically my job is to co-ordinate all of the content for Axonn's website and marketing, so I write everything from blog posts to case studies to research papers. It's challenging and fun and incredibly interesting. If you're interested in content marketing, you can read my first blog post- What I've Learned About Content Marketing in Three Days and follow my work-related Twitter handle, @cecrowley30 
On Fridays we have cake at 10am (we have a cake rota so a different person bakes every week) and today we went out for a delicious lunch. Plus it's right in the city centre, which leads me to my next point...

What's new... with my home life
One of the reasons I was extra excited to get a job in the city centre was because... Phil and I are moving in together! Not until next year (our plan is January) but we've been keeping our eyes out for flats in the city centre and we've seen a few that we like. Phil currently lives in the Northern Quarter but he's moving back home at the end of the month (his parents only live a few miles from me so it's not too bad!) so we're looking mainly at the Northern Quarter for somewhere together. I am so excited! I stay at Phil's quite a bit but I'm excited for us to have our own space together. I know it's going to be incredibly stressful over the next few months but I know it's going to be worth it. I'm excited for this new chapter of my life.

What's new... with exercise
7 weeks of Insanity down! Only 2 weeks to go! I've got a post planned this week on my second month of Insanity, but honestly, I love it. I really love it. Nothing gets me pumped and exhausted like it. I've got T25 coming in the next few days (I got a bargain from Gumtree!) but I am going to be starting running again in September. I'm hoping to do the Stockport 10K (which you might remember was my first ever 10K last year)on September 21st if my fitness is up to it, and then I am going to start half marathon training at some point with a plan to do my second half marathon next year (I have my eye on the Liverpool Rock n Roll Half Marathon in June). As I mentioned before, I work 8-5pm now so unfortunately, being a morning exerciser no longer fits my schedule. It's sad because I miss my morning workouts but getting up at 4.30am to do Insanity was never going to happen. I like the lack of time restrictions I have working out after work, but I do have to move things around when I have plans after work.

What's new.. with travel
I'm off to Whitby this weekend with Phil's family and I can't wait. I went to Whitby with school years ago but I had to come home early because I was poorly and I've always wanted to go back. Funny story-on our second date, Phil mentioned to me that his family go to Whitby every year and even after two dates I did think "ooh I wonder if I'll be going with them next year". I can't have been the only one though cause Phil asked me if I wanted to come with them back in January- we'd only been together for 2 months! t's a tradition in Phil's family so I'm really honoured to be invited. And along the same going-away-with-your-partner's-family theme, we've just booked flights to Spain in October with my parents. I went with my parents last year to their apartment and it was just the most relaxing trip. I'm looking forward to that. We're also going to Birmingham for the weekend in September for my friend Becca's birthday. Phil hasn't really been to Birmingham and as I went to Uni there I want to give him a proper tour so I think we're going to make a weekend of it.

What else is new?
I got pretty attached to my inflatable guitar at Ultimate Power
Ready for the wedding
I think that's it really! I'm pretty exhausted this week because we went out on Friday night to Ultimate Power at the Ritz, which is hands-down the best night in Manchester. I'm not a going-out person at all and usually get tired at 12.30pm after two glasses of wine, but this time I didn't want to go home (ahem, got home at 3am)! Then on Saturday we went to the wedding of a colleague of Phil's and the DJ got the 5ive and the Backstreet Boys out at about midnight so I didn't get home til 2! Sunday was spent watching Liverpool and dragging myself through my Insanity workout, and then last night I had to do an hour workout before choir. Tonight I had the Fit Test and then Max Plyo Interval so I am utterly pooped! 

I think the key takeaway from this is that I'm really happy at the moment and it's nice. I thought I had everything fall into place until I was made redundant, but now I think it's starting to fit back in again. So fingers crossed it stays this way!

Thank you for always listening.

Charlotte x

8 comments:

  1. Ohh exciting times ahead! So happy for you!

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  2. Sounds like lots of exciting things are happening for you!

    And just so you know, I do enjoy your fashion posts but mostly I just enjoy reading your general life updates. More of these please :D xx

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  3. Sounds like everything's on the up and up! Pretty exciting that you're moving in with the boy . . 😊

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  4. I'm feeling the same as you on blogging - it used to be whenever I felt like I had stuff to say and would put up pictures no matter what they looked like. Now I've got like 5 sets of photos taken, but feel like they're not "good enough" for blogging standards (not just outfits, other things too), so I think I just need to get over that and write what I want when I want. The problem is, when I finally end up blogging, I try to squeeze all my life updates into a single outfit post while talking about the outfit there too, argh! I'm also crazy busy with work now too (pretty much doing the same job as you now, woop! So keeping up with your updates on your new Twitter - they've been helpful!), so I get in and don't particularly want to look at a computer screen anymore.
    Congratulations on moving in with Phil - so exciting!! Hope you find an awesome place soon, can't wait to hear about it :D Aaand I think I'm done now :)
    xx

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  5. ERRMERRRGERRRRDD moving in together? YOU GUYS? Are you going to rent or you planning to buy? Thats so exciting... YAY! :)

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  6. Thanks! We're going to rent for now. We talked about buying but it's too much of a commitment to get a mortgage right now, and plus we wouldn't want to buy in the city centre so I think buying will be a bit further down the line :)

    Charlotte

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  7. This is a lovely post. I'm happy you love your new job :)
    That red dress you wore for the wedding is gorgeous and really suits you
    Jess x

    www.girltherefore.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. I'm glad everything is clicking into place for you! How exciting about you and Phil moving in together.
    By the way, that last picture of the red dress is an excellent advert for Insanity. You look great!

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