Work- Unlike most of my peers who are going to university, I have gone down the less conventional route and have gone straight from sixth form to working in a marketing and design company. I can honestly say that I'm so happy with how it is going. To be 18 and have the opportunity to work in such an exciting industry that I know I want to work my way up in is pretty special. What I love is how my colleagues are giving me freedom with the work I am given so that I can gain the experience that I need and see so many different sides of marketing in action. I'm also thinking of doing a part time degree next year alongside my job, or alternatively doing qualifications through the Chartered Institute of Marketing and becoming a little marketing boffin.
Blog- For the last year, part of why my blogging has been so painfully infrequent has been due to what I can only call 'a very very crappy laptop.' It froze, crashed, went slow- you name it and I can guarantee the laptop did it. It meant that a post I could do in one hour after sixth form would take three hours, so I'd often have to abandon it. But BEHOLD! I've saved up the pennies and have bought a cheeky MacBook Air, meaning that blogging is now a breeze (no pun intended). The man in the Apple Shop was so helpful and he even gave me blogging advice after taking a look at my blog and talked to me for ages about marketing when I said what I do. It's so lovely meeting like minded people and he has really inspired me to use this MacBook to now make my blog the best that it can be. Yes it will take time, but I have so many ideas bubbling away and I can't wait to put my marketing knowledge to good use!
Adventures- To make up for how my friends and I will hardly see each other when they go off to the big wide world of university, we've been having catch-ups and girls nights out- involving a considerable amount of rose and tequila!- which have been so much fun. Our official 'last supper' took place at a local pub restaurant and, without sounding wishy washy, it was the perfect way to say a temporary goodbye.
Yesterday, my best friend Chelsea and I took a trip to Birmingham which involved visiting a Chinese supermarkets to buy fruit and biscuits, me awkwardly eating a monster panini to be then told by Chelsea that they were two separate panini's packaged on top of each other (whoops) and me buying a Monsters Inc. phone case! Just another one of our standard shopping trips!
New hobbies- I have finally bitten the healthy bullet and have decided that I'm going to join a gym. As a woman who does literally no exercise and loves unhealthy food, it is a miracle that I don't have rolls all over me, but I can't depend on this miracle forever. I want to get lean more than anything- so hopefully my gym induction tomorrow night will put me on the right track.
In other hobbies related news, I am currently teaching myself how to play the piano. My dad sold his piano that he's had since the 70's and bought an electric piano off my uncle, a piano that is pretty beautiful. I'm having to start on the beginner books which is annoying for someone as impatient as me, but they say that practice makes perfect and I've already completed my first piano book, so I'd like to think that by Christmas I'll be able to play some slightly lengthier pieces.
A final hobby that I can't quite decide whether to take up is singing in a local choir. At both sixth form and secondary school, I was always a member of the choirs and they were such a fun release and form of escapism, arguably similar to blogging, and it would be nice to have that to go back to.
Music- I'm completely and utterly head over heels with the song 'Black Widow' by Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora to the point that whenever I go out for a walk or have a moment to myself, I put it on and imagine myself as them being all ninja-like in the music video. I don't listen to the rapping and tend to zone out into my own little world, but I love Rita Ora's singing.
Films- 'The Great Gatsby'- everything about that film was perfect. The glitz and glamour made me want to go back to the 1920's and try it out myself, whilst the chemistry between Gatsby and Daisy felt so genuine and at the same time projected the longing of forbidden love. Needless to say that I got emotional, and not in the parts that were supposed to be emotional.
Other- Rob has left for university now and whilst it is strange and difficult not seeing him all the time, I think it will make us appreciate the times we have together more. We've already planned when we're next seeing each other and I can't wait!
And finally... my friends have recently had a new kitten called Charley who is the most beautiful, adorable, tiny thing ever! I visited her earlier today and I've decided I want to steal her and raise her as my own.