When I stumble upon a blog that I love, I enjoy feeling like I know the blogger behind the screen. While it’s nice to read about tips and tricks, it’s also interesting when the blogger is vulnerable and shares her own struggles, experiences, and stories with us. It creates “me, too” moments that allow us to relate and connect with the other person. Isn’t that one of the best feelings?
That being said, today I felt like bringing something a little different to the blog: a life update. I always enjoy reading this type of posts from my favorite bloggers so I thought I would share with you what I’ve been up to and a few plans for the near future.
The elephant in the room.
The biggest change in my life recently was quitting my job. I worked as a marketer at that company for almost two years but after months going back and forth with the idea, I finally made the big decision. It wasn’t easy for obvious reasons: what am I going to do after I quit? I don’t even have another job lined up! Am I an idiot for leaving a “safe” job for uncertainty? What if I regret my decision after it’s done? But after opening up to my parents and having their support, I decided it was the right thing to do. I’m still living at home so this was the time to take that risk.
While I enjoyed what I did for the most part and am so grateful for all the things that I learned, it got to a point where I wasn’t happy anymore. There wasn’t a big reason behind it. Instead, there were a lot of small reasons one top of each other that led me to quit. In the end, I was not happy. My anxiety was higher than it had ever been before and I felt like I needed a change. I felt like it was the time to turn the last page and start a new book. The first chapter of the new book has been a bit stressful but I feel like better things are coming.
Working on a new project.
Besides looking for a new job, I’ve been working on a very exciting
(at least for me) side project. I don’t want to reveal too much as it’s still in the beginning but I will *fingers crossed* reveal everything next month. I’m sorry for being that person but hopefully, it will be worth the wait.
Telling my best friend about my blog.
For the longest time, I kept my blog a secret from friends and family. It was only after a year or so that I finally told my parents. While I was away at uni, I had lots of free time to blog but, once I started working, weekends were my only option to write and take photos. It was getting tricky to hide my little secret so I told them. Meanwhile, I had put a link to my blog on my resumé as I thought it would be a helpful tool to get a job. Eventually, people at work started finding out about it which was quite terrifying, to be honest. What was I thinking?
At this point, I thought it was nonsense to keep it a secret from my best friend. Writing this sounds even weirder: why would I keep my blog a secret from my best friend? But, if you struggle with perfectionism and self-doubt, you’ll understand.
I kept my blog a secret from everyone because I was afraid of being laughed at. I couldn’t bare worrying about what people would think every time I published a new blog post. I’m very quiet and introverted but, for some weird reason, it’s easier for me to open up on the blog than in real life. So it felt strange having people I know reading my words and possibly judging me.
But ever since people started finding out, I received nothing but support. It’s lovely to know that people appreciate my work and the effort I put into it!
I’m going to Italy!
I’m very happy to say that I’m visiting Italy with my parents in early November. We’re going to Milan and Rome for four days which means that we have to make the most of our short stay. It will be my first time in Italy, one of my dream destinations, so I’m very looking forward to visiting and, of course, eating delicious Italian food! If you have any recommendations, please send them my way 🙂