Just Checking In 😊

Hey lovely WordPress friends! It’s been a while. When I said I was taking a break back in February I really didn’t expect it to be for this long. At this moment I’m not actually sure I’m done having a break – I just wanted to say ‘Hi!’

So far 2021 has been pretty much as weird as 2020 was. Some things seem to be “going back to normal” but the reality is that everything is still different. In my house almost everyone is still working from home at least 4 days per week. Church is still different, and my course which I started during the pandemic is still online; although I have met a few of my classmates in person now. From September we get to go in to the college for one day of the course weekend. I’ll probably get a train in to the city those days – that’s still different too as masks are required on public transport.

Anyway, boring, boring! Is anything interesting actually happening to tell you about? Apart from the fact that two of my family currently have Covid? – Don’t worry they’re okay. Fortunately just a mild dose by the look of it.

Probably the most fun thing that’s happened this year is that my friend K and I have been getting into car camping. We made wee window covers for our cars and we’ve been collecting camping kit (mostly for feeding ourselves) in boxes. We pack up our cars and drive for an hour or two to our meeting point and then we’ll maybe go for a swim in a Loch, make ourselves dinner over a camping stove and share some wine or cider, sleep in our cars and go for a hike up a hill the next day. Or perhaps do the hike at sunset and the swim in the morning? Anyway, that’s kept me going through this year of ‘no events to go to’.

I’ve joined up with a team doing street work with the homeless once a month. That’s been interesting too – not in the same way obviously. It’s good to meet people and hear their stories though and hopefully be an encouragement and a help to them too.

I’ve managed to get myself off the antidepressants this year too. The CBT training and therapy helped a lot with strategies and stuff. Some days I still struggle a bit but on the whole I can manage my mental health and my emotions a lot better. I’ve got back into exercise again too which really helps. I joined the local gym and I’ve been swimming twice a week, going to the gym a couple of times and doing my Piyo class too, now that it’s started up again.

Other than that I think life has ticked over with work, walks with friends and hanging out with family and my wee friend B. My highlight (apart from car camping) was getting to go to the Eden Project in Cornwall in the summer.

Would you like to see what’s inside?

So that’s you all caught up with the excitement that is my life! 😆 I may or may not drop by again. Depends if I can decide what to say. The problem is probably not that I have nothing to say – just that I don’t know where to start! 🤷🏼‍♀️

Take care my friends. I hope you’re all well, healthy and happy. X

8 thoughts on “Just Checking In 😊

  1. Thank you so much for the update and I’m pleased that some things are getting better.
    I wish you every success on your course and in your voluntary work with the homeless, homelessness and addiction are 2 areas in life that I’m really passionate about and I admire your interest and work in this area.
    I wish you and your family well and pray for a full and complete recovery for your 2 family members who are suffering with Covid 19.
    Good luck in your studies and future endeavours. 🤗🙏

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  2. Good to hear from you and to know that you’re finding ways to be out and about as you can. We all need that at times simply to find relief from staring at the same four walls! I’m excited for you that you’ve managed to take control of your mental health with your own instincts and strengths, although anti-depressants aren’t a bad thing to have in your arsenal. Keep doing what you’re doing and keep finding your way back to us!

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    1. Aw thanks. You’re right – I’m very grateful for the antidepressants. I probably wouldn’t still be here without them but it does feel good to be managing on my own too. Now that I’ve checked in once I’m sure it will feel easier to write again soon. 😊

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