Career Change

I did a four year degree course and I hated it, I should have dropped out but I didn’t, I stuck with it and I graduated. I then went on to work in one of the biggest software companies in the world, straight after college. To anybody on the outside, this looks like success. I had a good degree and a good job but what use, when I dreaded going into work everyday? I decided to go travelling after three years in the job because I was so fed up and had wanted to travel my whole life but couldn’t afford to. I managed to save close to 10k living like a hermit and saving like mad. My boyfriend and I, set off with our savings and our around the world tickets for six months. It was the best time of my life.

Fast forward 6 months, I land home on the Friday and back to work in the SAME job on the Monday, it actually turned out to be same desk, same everything. If any clarity came from my travels, it was that I need to change my career, it wasn’t for me. I applied to everything I was remotely qualified for and went on countless interviews. By the end, I probably could have interviewed for any job! I managed to get a job in media/sales (my current position) and although somewhat satisfied, in that I don’t dread going in everyday, its still not for me. 

I guess my point is, I just read a post on my Instagram about a girl who was worried about changing her career for a third time, that people would judge her. My fitness coach used to work in finance, I used to work in IT, a friend of mine is now a nurse after doing a degree in business, I can go on. Careers aren’t as straightforward anymore: it’s so important to be happy in a job, it takes up a huge part of our lives. 

Unfortunately, I am still looking for my passion, but I’m excited to explore new things. If I’m in the position someday to look at somebody’s CV, I’ll be more interested in the person who has gotten to where they are sideways. All I can hope for is that somebody will think the same about mine. 

I know it’s a cliche thing to say but it’s so true; you only live once, so don’t worry about what people think and just go for it! I’m not preaching, I’m just saying how I feel! 😊

Them lovely abs

One of the next goals on my hit list is fitness, mainly to get them lovely abs ! Now, I firstly have to say this is not going to turn into one of those fitness blogs, far from it. I just wanted to mention how I plan on achieving this goal and secondly the thought of me having even one little ab is ridiculous (I’m quite pleasantly plump) but sure, I’ll give it a go! 🙈

I’ve been following this fitness girl for a while on Instagram and I really admire her progress and everything she’s achieved to date so I signed myself up to her fitness regime. Starting from Monday, I will be doing three home workouts a week, alongside a healthy diet and no snacking. I’m not entirely sure how it’s going to go, I spent an hour watching the intro video and by the end of it I didn’t know what a carb was anymore. I also did a few test runs of overnight oats and chia seed breakfasts, they turned out to be a disaster and mostly ended up going down the kitchen sink. Eventually I got the hang of one of the recipes and I think I’m set for breakfast next week. Lunch and dinner is still a work in progress at the moment. 

Another thing that is going to make this difficult is having Irish parents that just love to feed you. I went to visit them today, I was starving, I hadn’t eaten since breakfast and really fancied something somewhat healthy. My mam proceeded to convince me that tart and scones were healthy and that there wasn’t “a pick” on me. So, me being me, and my minus will power, scoffed everything in sight. 😩 (but I don’t start until Monday remember …)

Anyways, at the start of each week, you are asked to take pictures and body measurements to track progress. I swear, it’s already working. I spent an hour trying to measure myself and each time I double checked a measurement, I had already lost a few inches. I was trying to use some freckles as guidelines but it was pretty much impossible! Anybody else measure their bodies? Any tips greatly appreciated! 

I’ll keep you updated on the fitness goal and I promise, I’ll avoid the apple tart! 💪 

My First Post

I wanted to start this blog to speak the truth, to talk openly and honestly about all things that life throws at us. Last weekend I went to Mayo and it was one of the best holidays of my life, I found my focus, I set goals. I decided on all or nothing.

Don’t misunderstand me, I don’t live under a rock. I have been outside of Ireland, I have traveled around the world and I continue to do so. I love it. Something different happened to me while I was in Mayo though, the company was right, the location was right, the conversation was right. I spoke at lengths with my boyfriend, I told him how I was bored. I was bored of my job, I was bored of saving for a house, I was bored of not having money, bored of routine, just plain bored. He told me to set goals to give me some focus. I scoffed at him, like I hadn’t thought of that already… but he was right, I never ACTUALLY thought about it. I never actually wrote anything down, so I started…

My thirty goals before thirty:

  1. Fitness In short; I want abs
  2. Health Go to the doctor for regular check ups
  3. Save Yes, I moan about this but it’s good to have a honey pot to dip into
  4. Job I need a new job, I need to focus on getting some interviews, stat!
  5. Laser Hair Removal I want it all gone, permanently!
  6. Digital Marketing Course All the jobs out there that appeal to me require me to brush up on my skills.
  7. Fix my ring and my watch This one sounds silly, but you’ve no idea how long I’ve put this on the long finger!
  8. Play more guitar My parents spent a hell of a lot of money paying for lessons growing up and I loved playing but since college and life afterwards I never play.
  9.  Dentist Expensive but it needs to be done. Regular scales a polishes are a must.
  10. Start blogging I’ve always wanted to start a blog but never had the confidence
  11. Hike up the top 10 mountains in Ireland. Just because!

I need another nineteen more goals but at least it’s a start and hey, I’ve already crossed off one! 😊

Stay tuned for plenty more updates on adventures, rants, thoughts, questions, everything! And in the meantime, checkout this beautiful pic of Mayo.