May, For Me

by Pauline on May 30th 2019

Posing with some incredible women in Vienna
Posing with some incredible women in Vienna

MAIN HIGHLIGHTS

Travel

  • πŸš‚ We finished off interrail trip around Europe, with Darren joining us at our final two stops in Hamburg and Paris.
  • πŸ’™ On our trails, we finally met up with Georgie and Nick.

Daily life

  • πŸ™ŒπŸ» Most of this month has been adjusting into my daily routine again
  • πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘§ Seeing my family again after travelling for so long was much needed
  • 🎟 Watching End Game for the second time and wanting a different ending πŸ€ͺ
  • 🏑 Securing our next apartment! It’s an upgrade and is cheaper. Win.
  • πŸ’» Reflecting on my progress at work
  • 🀧 Caught a bug – was left not feeling too great near the end of the month, but seeing the better side now. I spent the bank holiday weekend getting better in Sheffield, which I have to say helped a lot.
  • 🌿Attended my first Leeds DevOps meet-up and heard from some fantastic speakers around Severless Chaos and Toxic Work Environments.
  • πŸ’™I worked on an article with BBC Bitesize for Mental Health Awareness Month. I shared my experiences during a difficult time, and how I overcame them. This was such an honour to share and raise awareness of what help is out there! πŸ™

Online

  • πŸ’œ I finally had the chance to update my “About” page again.
  • ☁️ I’ve been writing up my blog posts and editing videos to document our trip 😊 One more left to go! But here’s what on the blog now: Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Hamburg.

3 THINGS I’M HAPPY ABOUT

1️⃣ Meeting Georgie

Ahhh, it happened. I finally met my long-time blogging friend, Georgie. We’ve been reading each other’s blogs since I was first writing about my school crushes, including that boy who threw my Valentines gift in the bin. So, yeah, this was a pretty big deal. πŸ€ͺ

It still feels so surreal, but it happened. I have photos and videos to prove it! 🀣

I always love it when I have the chance to meet my online friends. The *hugs* comments I’ve left on previous blog or social media posts, actually happened. I just feel super grateful to know such incredible people from a space and community where I feel most accepted and comfortable πŸ₯Ί

You can read all about how it went down on my blog post on Hamburg where we met.

I’m a little sad that I couldn’t catch Georgie again in London because of sickness. But I will cherish the moments we had together in Hamburg and on the plus side, I’ve never been more motivated to make a trip to her side of the world. 🐨

2️⃣ Travelling around Europe

Doing an interrail has always been something I’ve wanted to do.

I’m so happy that I have had the opportunity to do so around Europe with Matt (and Darren at the end of our trip.) There were so many incredible experiences during the trip – trying out Airbnbs for the first time, navigating different cities every few days, figuring out public transport and train platforms and trying to blend in with the locals as much as possible.

My Swarm map of Europe
My Swarm map of Europe

This trip has definitely improved my confidence. I mean if I can navigate the often confusing public transport links in a different city, I can do anything.

3️⃣ Progress at work

Shortly after I returned to work, I had the opportunity to do some reflection on my progress so far in my current rotation. It was nice to see how far I’ve come since I joined both the company (8 months ago) and the team (3 months ago.) I also had some great feedback; woohoo to self-development gold ✨

But wow, 8 months has passed! Time flies – I’m doing my best to make the most of the resources and learning opportunities that I have in each rotation.

On a related note, my photo was included in one of our internal emails and an internal event this month which was pretty cool. 😎

“Hey look, it’s you!”

MAY IN PHOTOS

Hamburg, meeting Georgie, Disneyland, back in Leeds, Gym session with my dad and sending off my interrail tickets!

#PAWSITIVITY


MAY FAVOURITES

  • πŸ—Ί My favourites this month has to include all of my travel favourites from last month. Check them out here.
  • πŸ™ŒπŸ» I’m all caught up with Brooklyn Nine Nine! Enjoying Season 6
  • 🏠 Matt and I started watching Tiny House Nation on Netflix, and have been inspired by what is possible with tiny.
  • 🎧I literally can’t get Lizzo out of my head. Queen.
  • πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™€οΈI finished listening to the Headspace audiobook, and can’t recommend it enough for those interested in understanding the power of mindfulness and meditation. There were some really interesting stories and concepts in there!

QUOTE OF THE MONTH


NEXT MONTH

  • Next trip is to the Greek Islands, I can’t wait for a trip that is a bit more relaxing!
  • It’s my birthday month πŸŽ‰

Wishing you all a fantastic month ahead!


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4 comments

  1. Claudine says:

    I’m following you on Instagram so I was able to follow your Europe interrail adventures, but it is still so much better to see all of it documented on your blog πŸ™‚ It must have been so exciting to meet Georgie! I remember you telling me about how much you want to meet her, and now it happened! πŸ™‚

    I’m so sorry to hear that you got sick! It sucks but at least you saw a good side to it – I know how much you love being in Sheffield, I’m sure there’s no better place to rest up and get well πŸ˜‰

    PS: I loooove your photo with Iron Man!

  2. Megan says:

    Sounds like another awesome month for you! Sorry you got sick though. That’s always awful. Cool you got to meet Georgie though!

    Have an awesome month!