Long time no see! The past few months for myself have been crazy busy, so much to the point that I haven’t blogged much since I returned from Japan. I’ve been getting ready to leave university (and also complete my final essays/analyses) and I’ve done a lot of thinking. So here is a long ramble about how I feel about blogging currently, what I’ve been up to and learned recently, and what my short-term future aims are, since I get asked over DM quite a lot hopefully this just answers everything <3
For the longest time I used to be so focussed on writing blog posts frequently, instagramming as much as possible, and creating ‘perfect’ posts. When in reality, I think having a step back and posting when/what I want to has been a lot better for me. Recording memories and the things I love is far more important than making something flawless. For so long I aimed to be like other bloggers, I received opportunities and chased after creating a ‘perfect’ blog. However, after a long break, and re-jigging everything around, my favourite blogs to read and follow have been the more ‘relaxed’ ones, people who purely post for enjoyment and share what they love. That is not to say it is wrong to post for other people, to make money from blogging, or to aim for a high following, of course not. But, for me personally, I struggle to connect with these blogs and I do not enjoy aiming for this myself. So for me what blogs do I enjoy? Mainly those focussing on travel, the Far-East and ‘studygram/studyblrs’, I’m a wanderlusting historian at heart who’s got a weird fascination with the Far-East, and that’s never changed, even when my other habits/interests have.
WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO / LEARNED
I would say over the past-half-year I’ve started to really appreciate my life a lot more, the end of university coming has definitely brought this to the front of my mind. I’m trying to cherish and enjoy my experiences for as long as I can, and try not to let work take over every second of my existence. This has been especially difficult, as my fellow students can agree, third year is difficult. Trying to get a degree done, while working part time, volunteering and trying to work out what to do next is a little bit daunting to say the least. But, I am trying my best to enjoy this chaos while also working my hardest! Through this I have also learnt that its important to not be hard on yourself, at the end of the day we cannot physically do everything and there is nothing wrong with that. I ended up passing my driving test in automatic, and prior to this, I was so angry at myself for not being able to hack manual, but so far in life, I have been able to do what I have wanted through hard work, and this ‘failure’ taught me that sometimes its just not meant to be no matter how hard you work and moping about it will not change a thing. However, simultaneously I also started to receive the best grades ever for university, despite having to work more hours, e.g. working five ten hour shifts during my January exam week. I finished the semester on a first, that’s right, my average was a first, which was an absolute pleasure to see! While we may be awful at one thing that others are great at, we can excel in other areas where those same people struggle. So three years in, I finally hacked the uni-work-life balance, even if I am nearly finished, its never too late…right?! I balanced my finances more too, and in January my boyfriend and I bought our first car and first year of insurance outright. It meant saving up for months and being extremely tight at Christmas, but to now get an extra hour in bed everyday before uni, it was totally worth it <3
Now, a lot of you who follow me know that what I would love to do next, is move to Japan. I’m trying my hardest to make it a reality, however, due to my university’s very late graduate date (thanks so much ARU) trying to get a job for the autumn semester this year is going to be quite difficult. However, I am also looking at working in other Far-East countries like China and South Korea as although Japan is my home from home, I do love this region of the world collectively so much! Living and working in the Far-East would be an amazing experience. I will also be applying for Masters programs, as I wish to study history more in depth, whether that be at my own university or studying at SOAS which specialises in Asian and African history. So I am just finishing this final year of university open minded, anything could happen, so I will just continue working hard and educating myself until I get some direction. One day I will live in Japan, and one day I will complete a masters, the order/when it happens may not be up to me and that is totally okay <3
So far this year I have done a bit of travelling, I’ve been to Poland, Germany and France, and am going to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Copenhagen and Stockholm over the next couple of months. My only summer trip so far is Germany, as with such an uncertain year up ahead it is quite difficult to book anything, but lets just say the travel funds are still being saved, so once I know what is going on, I’ll book something exciting!
ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?
I hope this cleared up lots of things for the nosey people that follow me (don’t worry, I am one of those too, I love knowing/hearing about what others are up to!) but if there is anything you had questions about, whether it’s booking a trip, uni-related or just how I am, I am just a DM away 🙂
Hope your 2018 has been good so far!