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A Little Life Update / Winter ’19

I said it wouldn’t be long before it was time for a Winter update, and here we are. January is done already; it’s defo an age thing where the older you get the faster time goes. Anyway, go grab yourself a cuppa tea, maybe even a biscuit and lets do some catching up for 2019. In no particular order…

Without wanting to sound like a broken record, I’m back to University for term number 2. Last term I ended up dropping one of my modules (Intellectual Capital and Competitiveness) as it seemed really repetitive and I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Lecturer. So I had to replace it with a module which is this term, Digital and Social Media Marketing, along with Strategic Management. After this term, I don’t have any modules left to complete – just my Dissertation which is due in September 2019.

On the subject of dissertation, up until early January I really had no idea what I wanted to research. Then I had a sit down with Bethan (of A Pretty Place To Play) who completed her MSc a year ahead of me and is currently doing her PhD and she literally gave me some of the best ideas. I’m sure I’ll share more about it as I get stuck in but I’ve got a deadline in February to focus on first!

I didn’t win the Vuelio Best Health & Fitness Blog 2018, but I’m super proud to have made it into the shortlist. I also stayed listed at number 5 when the list was rejigged for January 2019 so fingers crossed, I might make it again for the 2019 shortlist!

After I decided to quit my Sports Massage course, I decided to just get it over and done with. But I missed one weekend of teaching and started to have doubts again. I roped some friends into free massages and those went really well however, I was feeling a lack of confidence when it came to the theory to prepare me for the exam so started to stress again. My thinking was that I needed to prioritise all my University work and exams that were due at the same time. When I signed up for the Sports Massage course I was working freelance / part time so my schedule was much more flexible. In the end, I decided to postpone the assessment until February 2019 and instantly felt more relaxed. Then I got an email out of the blue on the 21st December 2018 informing me that Discovery Learning would cease trading as of 1st January 2019. It seems they were struggling financially and went bust, taking peoples money for courses (even after sending that email on in Dec) and disappearing. My situation was a little different, thankfully, as that course was payment for work I had done for them but I feel for those who literally had their holidays ruined by this.

The cyclocross season is about to come to an end. I’ve had the best couple of months learning about how cyclocross works which I couldn’t have done without the support of a ton of awesome women (including LaLa who leant me her mtb for my first race) and LIV Cycling UK who lent me a mtb for the rest of the season. Now that I know what it takes, I plan on getting in peak condition over the summer ready to enter the season from the start later this year and tackling it on a cyclocross bike. I’ve got a lot of exciting stuff happening this year related to cycling too; I’ve signed up for the Breeze Champion training in June so will be leading rides for them and the other big news? You’re gonna have to keep an eye out for that 😉

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I don’t wanna wish the year away but once I make it to the end of March things will be a little more chilled. I’ve got 2 papers due in February plus a mid term test and a group presentation …aaaaand another paper due in March plus an end of term exam. Time is at a premium peeps!

How’s the start of your 2019 shaping up?!

Elle 

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4 Comments

  1. Organic Runner Mom
    January 30, 2019 / 18:09

    So far 2019 has been good to me. A surfing and yoga retreat gave me the reboot that I needed to get the year started. It sounds like you have a lot on your plate as the year starts!

    • Elle
      Author
      January 31, 2019 / 12:34

      Might have to book myself a surfing and yoga retreat from Spring! There’s nothing a little sunshine and movement can’t fix!

  2. January 31, 2019 / 16:43

    Good luck on the papers/exam/studious-ness! 2019 is shaping up to be a good one for me! Most proud of continuing last year’s run streak through at least January 🙂 Taking yoga classes at least three times a week with my own instructors on Ompractice. No races on the schedule yet, but I’ll get some!

  3. February 1, 2019 / 12:07

    January definitely went really fast, I still wonder where did it go?! I guess when you are busy it feels time goes faster… I’ve been really busy with my blog and new exercise routine, but it’s all good stuff.. Good luck with your dissertation!

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