Life Lately: December 2019 Catch Up
I recently graduated with my degree in Dietetics and Nutrition, and although I’ve technically been qualified for a while (I officially passed my degree in September), wearing my gown seemed like the end of the chapter. However, it makes it all the more real that I haven’t really used my degree yet aside from the nutrition info in my book! Pre-order available here 😉
When I finished my placements I was sure that I wanted to work as a Band 5 (the entry level graduate job here in the UK) for the NHS, so I’ve been applying for hospital positions…so far unsuccessfully!
After posting about it on Instagram last week, lots of you were so kind in sending me jobs and giving application advice…it’s been over 5 years since I last applied for a position!
Although I consider my blog, instagram and book as a job, unfortunately it’s not a regular monthly income (my income fluctuates massively from it, and companies almost never seem to pay on time which is an issue when you have bills to pay!) My family and Tom in particular are keen for me to get a “real” job with more reliable finances. And to be honest, I am too. I hate chasing invoices, worrying about whether I’m going to be paid in time to pay my credit card bill, mortgage and invoices.
Plus, being real, I’m struggling with all this online stuff right now.
When income relies on likes and engagement, it’s scary. And, as you might imagine, it is not always great for my mental health. The truth is, I love it 90% of the time, but that 10% can be rough. There’s a lot of anxiety, insomnia and self doubt, (and arguments) along with the seemingly glamorous travel lifestyle.
There are so many inspiring bloggers, vloggers and instagrammers out there, and often I feel like I can’t compete. But I want to do my own thing…so whilst everyone does Vlogmas I’m planning on doing something in January…the question is…WHAT? What would you like to see more of?
I am SO nervous about putting my book out there, although the feedback I’ve had so far has been good! I’ve got some exciting features coming up in Runner’s World, Women’s Running, as well as National Newspapers and radio (EEEK!)
Pick up a copy of this month’s Runner’s World to catch a few more sneak peek recipes…
I’ve been so fortunate to travel a lot this past year, most recently with trips to Jordan and Nepal with Impact Marathon.
Last month I earned my Silver Status on British Airways, which was one of my goals this year…A lot of my flights are booked by brands/tourist boards sticking to one Frequent Flyer program (although I have to be honest Tom working for the airline does help, however I don’t get points when I fly standby). Getting to silver means you get lounge access, early boarding, fast track security and can pick your seats when you book. Plus 50% extra airmails when you fly meaning more discounts on future flights.
In an age where the environment and flying is under a lot of scrutiny, I get a lot of messages about my thoughts on the amount I travel. (Also let me caveat this by saying that the airline industry pays my husbands wages…) I am trying to become more conscious about flying. And so I’m saying no to more of the shorter trips and definitely think more carefully before saying yes to the long haul travel.
I’m more aware of the response from a lot of you to my travel, and not only the environmental impact but also how un-relatable some of the content has become. And whilst I LOVE to travel, I do want to be more mindful of the opportunities I say yes to. Things that mean something to me, visiting friends and family, destinations that I know will resonate with you all. And going to places where travelling there can make a positive impact. Like Nepal and Jordan.
With that said, Tom and I are going to California and Mexico in January with my entire family, 20 of us, on holiday.
I have family living in New Zealand/Australia and so meeting halfway is often the most cost and time efficient, plus with my Grandfather’s (aged nearly 88 and loving Instagram!) arthritis, he spends most of the winter months somewhere warm. Whilst there we are visiting friends in LA and San Diego, and exploring Palm Springs and Joshua Tree – please send your recommendations.
Chatting with other runners recently, I have realised that I have fewer races on my calendar than I ever have before… so I started booking!
Gut Buster – A trail run in Berkshire that one of the boys from Nepal Impact week and I are considering signing up to on December 29th.I think it will be QUITE different to Nepal trail running!
Resolution Run – a 10K in San Diego in Jan with a couple of my cousins.
Brighton Half Marathon – excited to do this race, my cousin is at uni in Brighton so am crashing with her for the weekend which should be fun although perhaps not ideal race prep.
Atlanta Half – I’m going to Atlanta for the Olympic Trails with friends (combining with book stuff in the US) and have heard that they’re hosting an open race the following day on a similar course…sounds like fun!
Manchester Marathon – the big goal race at the start of April.
What races have you signed up for for the 2020?
Last year I sent out Christmas Cards to a number of you and I want to do the same this year – sign up for my newsletter (going out tomorrow) to find out more, the lentil Dahl recipe plus plant based sources of iron to add into your diet!