January, For Me

by Pauline on January 31st 2019

A lunch time walk around London

MAIN HIGHLIGHTS

How long has January been this year? For me, it feels like day 850. ๐Ÿ˜‚But now we’re finally at the end of it – here’s what the month looked like for me!

Work

  • ๐Ÿ’ผI hit my 5 months at BT this month! I only have a month left for my first rotation as part of my graduate scheme ๐Ÿ˜ฑ It’s been such an experience, I’ve learned a lot and am continuing to do so!

Personal

  • ๐Ÿก Matt and I have been living in Leeds for 7 months now!! I know I’m feeling a lot more at home now (although Sheffield will always be home โ™ฅ)
  • ๐ŸŽฌ I finally got myself a Netflix account and have finally caught up with the Marvel Universe films! (What the hell at Infinity War though…)
  • ๐ŸŽ‚Celebrating my Papa’s birthday!!
  • ๐ŸฅถIt’s absolutely freezing
  • ๐Ÿ …But Matt and I will be chasing the sun soon!

Health & Well-being

  • ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸผI started my first month with a Personal Trainer, I’ve learned a lot (including things I’ve been doing wrong over the last 2 years) and have already made some huge improvements in my strength in such a short time (quick shoutout to Ryan for being such an encouraging coach!)
  • ๐ŸI made some positive changes to my eating habits including implementing IIFYM and dun, dun, dun… stopping my excessive snacking (this was so difficult, but I’ve rediscovered self-discipline!)

Online & Community

  • ๐Ÿ’œKicking off 2019’s Inspiring Figures column was Brinda, who shared her thoughts around self-image, body positive and the dangers of eating disorders. She really moved me when we spoke and left me a lot to think about! You can check out her feature here.
  • ๐ŸŽค I’m giving my first talk about my experience with burn out and ways you can improve your mental health and well-being whilst starting out a career in technology tonight! A write-up to follow ~
  • ๐Ÿ”ฅ Georgie created a follow-up post for “Hey Girlfriend!“, check out the feature here including yours truly. I can’t believe it’s been 2 years since the first interview!

3 THINGS Iโ€™M HAPPY ABOUT

1๏ธโƒฃ Working life

This month I’ve had the opportunity to get involved in some really exciting projects which have all been such a positive learning experience! Although there were times I felt way out of my depth, I ended up doing well and gaining lots of good feedback. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I’m reaching the end of my first rotation in Digital Architecture and although, I know I’ll miss the team and the work involved (especially now that I have a better understanding of it!), I’m also looking forward to joining the Development teams. This scheme is truly a unique experience – I’m happy that I’m being pushed and challenged; I’m trying to make the most out of it!

In addition to my day-to-day, this month I’ve had the chance to help out at assessment centres (for the upcoming graduate intake), continue to work with my mentee as part of BT’s FurtHER programme and go to London for some training. These have all been incredibly fulfilling experiences.

2๏ธโƒฃ Chilling out

One of my main goals this year is to chill out. Fully and truly.

Admittedly, I first found this very challenging. It was so tempting to continue working outside of my hours, or taking weekends to go help out at events. But after reminding myself of the horrible feeling of mental exhaustion that I experienced late last year, I’ve been practising the art of saying no, taking a quality over quantity approach and spending time understanding how to use Netflix ๐Ÿ˜†

Overall, I’m feeling much more refreshed, calmer, less stressed and happier.

3๏ธโƒฃ Organising 2019’s adventures

Matt and I have spent some time organising our trips this year! We decided to make the most out of our holidays and to try and do more exploring outside of the UK (we only did this once last year ๐Ÿ˜ฑ)

We have successfully organised a long 18-day trip around Europe (where we will be meeting Georgie and Nick ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜), Greek island hopping and a beach getaway next month! I’m really looking forward to seeing more of the world and something a little different to the everyday.


JANUARY IN PHOTOS

London, All the selfies, my dad’s birthday gym sesh, Sheffield, gym sesh with bae

#PAWSITIVITY

…That always feels awesome.


JANUARY FAVOURITES

For all my favourite items each month, check out my Amazon list! Makinโ€™ it easier for you!

  • ๐ŸŽฌ Netflix and Marvel Universe films have changed my life. ๐Ÿ˜‚My favourite has had to be the Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Infinity War. I’ve also started watching DC but prefer Marvel 10x more!
  • ๐Ÿ“š For Christmas, I was gifted the Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management book by Prof Steve Peters. It’s been such a fun little read before bed that has helped my understanding with ways to improve mindset and more!
  • ๐ŸŽง Matt is probably sick of hearing this song but…

QUOTE OF THE MONTH


NEXT MONTH

Events

  • โ˜€๏ธ Matt and I are going on our first adventure of the year! There will be sun, sand and sea… which means Moana duties resume very soon. ๐Ÿ˜†
  • ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป I’m speaking at the BCS Diversity in IT event. More information and to get tickets, check it all out here!
  • ๐ŸŽ‰ The end of my first rotation ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

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14 comments

  1. Power of your content makes me try harder and reminds that it’s only up to me how good my every day is. Thank you for being such a brilliant motivator and an example to many.

  2. Cindy says:

    Wow, it sounds like you’ve had a good month to kick off the year! I can’t wait to hear more about this Eurotrip adventure that you have in store; planning those trips is a great way to get jazzed. Also, I had the exact same thoughts re: Infinity War. I still have them.

  3. So cool! I love that you finally got a Netflix account! LOL. I would love to get a personal trainer as well. I feel that I don’t do a lot of my workouts correctly. ๐Ÿ™ Enjoy your weekend! โ™ฅ
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  4. Claudine says:

    Gosh, you’ve been living in Leeds for 7 months already?! I can still remember the time you moved in like it was yesterday! Time does fly when you’re enjoying yourself, and looks like you’re getting the hang of living independently! Congrats to you and Matt ๐Ÿ˜›

    Oooh, a Eurotrip! So jealous! I don’t get vacation leave until June lol XD But at the same time, I’m so excited to read about your adventures and of course, looking forward to awesome pictures from you guys ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Btw, congats on finally catching up on the Marvel Cinematic Universe films! Aren’t they awesome? I’m a huge Iron Man fan <3 I've seen the DC movies as well but I can totally relate to you – I prefer the Marvel movies too!

  5. What a great way to kick off a new Year! It looks like you’ve hit the ground running and that you’re in it for the long haul too. Hope 2019 will be an epic year for you. Have an amazing time abroad too

    Sxx
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  6. Anca says:

    The Chimp Paradox book sounds very interesting, I’m going to search it on goodreads to see more. Well done for doing a lot of things in January. Hope this month will be even better.

  7. Isha Rani says:

    Great post dear. Thanks for sharing.