Wednesday, 8 April 2015

New Job, New Blog, New Start



Remember me?

No? Fair enough... I don't blame you. 

It has been four months since I've even thought about this little space on the internet and in my mind, I couldn't just ignore that absence. It needs to be aired out and addressed. So, if you're interested, here's what has been happening since January...

I guess after Christmas my motivation, inspiration - all of the 'tion's - were at an all time low. I don't want to use the 'D' word, because I think it's thrown around too easily, but there was a heavy, empty sadness weighing down on my shoulders. Residing in my gut. I felt hollow. I couldn't shake it off. I couldn't perk up. I just couldn't get into anything... It went on for months.

As a result, I shied away from my blog (people, social media, life) and I just left it to gather dust.  I didn't want to force anything; I didn't have the enthusiasm anyway, but I knew it would do more harm than good. And so I waited, and waited, and waited some more for that excitement - passion - desire to share, to come swimming back to me. 

As with everything, time heals all, and here I am... spewing words out into the universe, again. I feel as if I've finally woken up from a zombie like state, and everything is new and shiny again. Perhaps it's the Spring? Things don't seem as grey, and it feels good.


I think a few things have contributed to this...

Firstly, I got a new job! Which is so, so exciting. I applied for a handful of jobs during March; this one in particular was part-time, it was the day of the deadline, but it seemed like a great place to work and so I went for it anyway. I was surprised when I was offered an interview, and even more surprised when they actually offered me a full-time, higher level role!

I was over the moon. It's really a lovely feeling when people trust in you and your abilities. That hasn't happened to me for a while; PGCE applications got me down, so the fact I was offered that role over both sets of candidates really lifted my spirits and allowed me to believe in myself again. I start after the Easter holidays and I will be supporting two children in a great little Primary school (it even has a farm - I think it was meant to be). I can't wait to get started. 

Secondly, after staring at my blog and accidentally messing up the code, and subsequently, the whole layout - I decided to invest in a new set-up. Something that flowed a little nicer, something that reflected me and what this space is about. 

I'd heard a lot about Pipdig through other bloggers, and after a little browse, I took the plunge and I'm super happy with the outcome. It was easy to install and adjust myself. I love the little 'pin' feature and the post slider up at the top! I think having spent money on the template has given me a further kick to get back into the swing of things, too.  So I'm looking forward to posting again - I can't exactly say I'm brimming with ideas, but this is a start, and I'm happy with that. 

And finally, I deleted all my blog drafts, all my 'things I should've posted' and started a fresh. The fear of failure is real (but that's something for another day), and I didn't need, or want, reminders of what could've been if I'd been consistent. So, there was no time like the present to strip it all back and 'spring clean' my online life. 

It has given me a nice blank canvas to start again, and I'm looking forward to what this will become. 

How have you been?
What do you think to the new look?
xo


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  1. Congratulations on the new job - and your new blog layout looks good too :))

    Regarding the blog drafts/bloggers block.. I never move any of my posts into the draft section of blogger until they are fully written up, complete with images. I write them up in Evernote and then transfer them over to blogger when they are ready to schedule - that way I don't feel overwhelmed with all those ideas and half-written posts. Maybe that's worth a try? :))

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    1. I do the same thing!! I like to have a few posts written up in case i ever get bloggers block that way i can just post one when i'm feeling less inspired:)x
      AllysDays.Blogspot.com

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    2. Ah, thank you Sophie :) that's a really good idea. I'm pretty rubbish with Evernote - I've never really got it, although I know a lot of people swear by it. I'd be tempted to use it in this way! I'll definitely give it a try. Thanks again xx

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  2. I don't think i read your blog before but somehow i was following you on bloglovin' and stumbled upon this post!
    Firstly, congratulations on your new job - it's very nice to hear that you'll be doing something you enjoy:)
    Secondly, i feel like spring is a time for new beginnings and it makes you feel so refreshed so i am very happy that you're feeling better!!
    Love, AllysDays.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Ally, that's really kind! Glad you stumbled across this blog :) xx

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  3. I'm so glad your back missed your blog posts. I thought you had stopped blogging. Congratulations on the new job i hope you will love it. I recently have felt really done with my blog and unmotivated but I not going to force anything which I think is really important when creating content for your blog.
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    1. Ah, thank you... I think it's good to take a break sometimes. It was actually quite nice to not worry about it (it's just a hobby after all) I hope your inspiration comes back soon xx

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  4. Welcome back, Sam! I've missed reading your posts.

    Congratulations on the new job as well - it sounds wonderful.

    I'm glad to hear you're in a much more positive place.

    x

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    1. Aw, I really appreciate that, thank you so much xx

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  5. It's so lovely to see your space pop up on my bloglovin' feed - I'd been really missing it! Congratulations on your new job, it sounds like it's going to be such a wonderful place to work <3 xo

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    1. Thank you so much Jennie, thats so nice to hear :) I'm looking forward to getting back into the blogging community xx

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  6. Congratulations on the new job and glad to hear you're feeling better.

    And the blog is looking lovely!

    Morag x
    www.moadore.co.uk

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  7. So good to have you back in the bloggersphere Samantha, you've been missed!

    Happy you've been revived in career and life too.

    Sash x

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    1. Aw, I didn't think anybody would've even noticed I'd gone! Thank you so much xx

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  8. Lovely post, I'm glad you're back on track now and I'm looking forward to your future posts. Congratulations on your new job too :) x

    Always, Alice x

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  9. Congratulations on the new job! I really think that when one thins starts picking up, so does everything else! It's comforting to know that I'm not the only one that, after Christmas felt a bit low! Maybe it's the fact the weather is picking up, so is everyone's mood!
    Jodie xo // JodieLoue

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  10. Glad your back =]

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  11. Welcome back, Sam - I've missed your musings! And love the new look of the space. It's what I need to do to mine too. Congrats on the new job too - it sounds perfect :) xx

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  12. Welcome back! I love, love, love the new layout! :) I've been feeling a need to change mine up, but I'm a little lacking in the '-tion' areas as well. Congratulations on the new job! That is amazing! Onwards and upwards!

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  13. Love the new layout and congratulations on all the fresh starts! xx

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  14. Welcome back and congratulations on the job :)

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  15. Congratulations on your new job and feeling like yourself again! I'm so happy you're getting back in blogging as you've really been missed.

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  16. welcome back and congrats on the job!

    danielle | avec danielle

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  17. Congratulations on the new job - I'm sure you will love it!!

    Good to see you back blogging too. X

    embrace the detours

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  18. So happy you're back and things are looking up! I missed your posts!!

    Chrissy x
    www.chrissylilly.com

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  19. Congratulations and welcome back! Lovely photos by the way<3

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  20. Congratulations on the new job, it is lovely to see you back! I hope it is going well and you are enjoying it :)
    Amy x

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  21. Creo que se ha borrado mi comentario :( te pedía por favor un traductor en tu blog!!! Y que soy española y me encanta tu blog!!! Animo con tu nuevo trabajo, aprovecha el sol y tranquila, todos nos ponemos oscuros en invierno, por suerte ahora el tiempo es mejor!!! Besos!!

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  22. I really like the new style of your blog and I'm really happy to see that you're back =)
    I hope things will only get better and better from now on (but working in a school with a farm should greatly help ;))
    Can't wait to read you some more !
    xx

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  23. Congratulations Beautiful lady x

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  24. I love your blog so welcome back
    Congratulations for your job
    xoxo


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  25. i just recently upgraded my template too and i love it! yours is gorgeous.
    yay for new jobs, new beginnings. fresh starts are good.

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  26. How lovely! Congrats on the job and welcome back :D

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    x

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