As I mentioned the other day, I was super excited to have thought of blogging and, instead of bringing me the guilt or dread it used to, that I was super pumped to be back in the game, wanting to write again. So, I guess the best place to start to get myself back into blogging is to write about where I’ve been.
When I first came back to blogging, I spoke about how important it was to me that blogging remained fun and a positive outlet in my life – something that I think I’ve managed to stick to. I knew this meant that, during term time, I just wouldn’t have the brain energy, or time, to think about what I was going to write about or jazzy tweets to entertain my followers. My job keeps me busy, something which I’m thankful for, and I’m glad that I’ve finally been able to come to an agreement within myself where blogging and teaching can both be around. It just means that I might disappear for a few months at a time… my bad.
So, what’s been going on since the last time I was around?
Well, I went on the most amazing holiday to Ibiza (photos to come soon), I had some time out to really collect my thoughts and listen to my body, I went back to work (where I was subsequently rushed off my feel), I had one of the biggest meltdowns of my life and, finally, I had an operation next week which has left me in a very attractive Aircast boot.
Just before things went silent, I wrote about how my mental health had taken an unexpected twist in 2017. In summary, I wrote about how empowered I felt that I was healthier, more aware of how I was feeling than I had in previous years – a statement that I still stand by. However, I guess I also jinxed myself when a few weeks later I reached by inevitable low and subsequently had one of the biggest melt downs of my life.
But, there is a positive here because, like I said in my other post, my mental health has changed in 2017. I am healthier and more aware, resulting in me being able to articulate how I’m feeling. Most importantly, it’s resulted in me knowing when and how to ask for help – something that would have never happened even 2 years ago, let alone 10.
I’ve had some time out to regroup and, for the mean time, I’m starting to feel better. I already know that I’ll talk about it more in a post in the future, so that’s all I’ll say on that one for now.
The other ‘big change’ in my life is that last week I had an operation. It was all planned and went as good as we could have hoped for, but it does mean I’m off my feet for a while. In short, I’ve had some ligament reconstruction on my right ankle after two of my major ligaments that attach the fibular to the ankle came torn and/ or detached. It was painful, I did not have a good reaction to the general anaesthetic BUT I do know in the long run it’s going to make me a lot stronger.
Admittedly, being in an Aircast boot for eight weeks is bad enough but I’m not allowed to weight bare for two weeks. No standing, no getting my legs wet, no doing much of anything for myself! It’s been a transitional period… but I’m getting there slowly. If nothing else, it has been a good excuse to have a mid afternoon nap and forget about what’s going on in the rest of the world. I guess being off of work for two weeks has its advantages too, even if it is driving me a bit potty!
So, here’s to trying to find a boxset that will hold my attention for more than 10 minutes, trying to get a bit of blogging catch up in and finally reaching my target for the year on Goodreads. Huzzah!
What’s new with you? I’d love to know!