Saturday, 13 July 2019

Hello Again ❣

I've dusted off my corner of the world wide web and my word, it was very dusty! 
I can't remember the last time I sat down to write a personal post, I've had posts whirling around in my head for months but I've not quite managed to type them out.

I don't recall where we were at since my last post but life around here has been busy and for the first time in a long time I feel like there is some calm in my world and I'm finally getting a chance to spend time doing some of the things I love. It's so easy to get bogged down by the comings and goings of everyday life or get sucked in to focusing on the negatives or trying to change things that just aren't meant to be changed right now. 

In recent months I have ran for local elections, an unforgettable experience, something that was way more intense than I ever imagined it would be but I'm so glad I did it. I've met so many people through that experience that have impacted on me in many ways and I've discovered a renewed love for my beautiful hometown of Cobh - walking the campaign trail brought me to previously unseen places of Cobh and I'm more grateful than ever that I get to call this place home. 

I've changed jobs in recent weeks too. A big, scary step for me as I had been in my previous job for almost 11 years and was very much in my comfort zone. I'd kind of decided about a year and a half ago that it was time for me to move on but I had to find something that would be right me and when the time was right too. I was the consistent earner while the OH was in college so I had to keep that stability going but when he secured a new job in January it meant that it gave me a chance to start looking. So in June, on Luke's birthday actually, after 5 interview steps, I was offered the job. More suitable hours, more money, an extra day off each week, more time with my family and not having to deal with the public - honestly, even though I'm only there a few weeks I can't begin to explain the positive effect it has had on my life, my mental health most importantly. I was terrified to take that step towards change but I'm so glad I did. 

We now have a 6 year old who is going on 16! This Summer is the first one we have let him out to play in the estate. It wasn't planned but he was in our garden the other week and all the other kids were playing on the bank behind us and he was just watching them so I felt a bit bad for him so decided to see how he'd get on out there too. Needless to say he was thrilled with himself, I had to hang back so as not to cramp his style! I spent the entire time he was out there watching him from the upstairs window but he got on fine and made friends straight away, now every morning he asks can he go out first thing. 

Living up to my blog name, I've added 2 more tattoo's to the collection in recent months -  it had been absolutely ages since I'd got my last one before that. The first of the 2 was 6 hours in the making and I had forgotten just how tough on the 'ol body it was to sit for that long but it was well worth it. That one was done by Gary Morris of Killswitch Ink , we had been talking about me getting a tattoo of his for a long time and I was delighted with how it turned out. The second of the 2 I picked up at this years Midleton tattoo show from Cuchulainn Tattoos. I've already got more planned once I have the funds!

So yeah that's been my life recently. Things are definitely on the up for us and it really feels like we've entered into a new phase of our life adventure. 


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