Catching up on 2022

Hello friends – it’s been a while hasn’t it? I can’t believe more than half the year has gone since I last wrote something and published it here, but that seems to be the way 2022 is going. Life seems to be very busy, and when it’s not the last thing I’ve felt like doing is sitting in front of a computer screen, so as a result my little corner of the internet has been somewhat ignored. But now I’m looking out of the window and am surprised it’s starting to get dark, that there are conkers on the ground and that somehow autumn has arrived. This time of year always seems to fly by and before we know it, it’ll be Christmas and another year will have been and gone. View Post

A few things I’d like to get out of 2022

In addition to my review of the year, it’s time for my short round-up of hopes and aims for the year ahead. I went into 2021 with my yes wide open and pretty realistic expectations about what was going to happen in the year ahead. 2022 I’m finding a little more difficult. We actually have a surprising number of things in the diary and even though we’ve got used to qualifying everything with ‘well it depends on restrictions’, I’m hopeful that most of them will go ahead. We haven’t had to cancel anything (yet) which was an improvement on this time last year looking into 2021. View Post

A Review of the Year and Lessons Learned in 2021

Despite 2021 starting with a lockdown, I began the year feeling cautiously optimistic. I felt refreshed after a winter break of not being able to do very much, people were getting vaccinated and the days were starting to get longer. Sure, it looked like we were going to have to postpone our wedding celebrations and honeymoon again (we did!) but it felt a little like we were on the way to recovery. View Post

Returning to the office and an introduction to blended working

The return to the office is something that I’d started to build up on my head. Anxious about returning without being double vaccinated, but not wanting to go to an office that was socially distanced and with lots of new rules, it felt an awful lot easier just to stay at home. However, I knew that once I’d started to pull the plaster off, I would find it much easier to adapt to. I’ve been really lucky as my work have been pretty flexible about how and when we start to return. It was strongly encouraged that we used the summer to start getting more used the the office environment again, before a blended approach would be in place from the autumn. Deep down, I knew I would be fine going back but I had found myself getting stressed about silly little things so decided it was time to rip… View Post

A few highlights from Summer 2021

Happy 1 September! Call it a hangover from my days at school, or thanks to the fact that I still work in an education environment, but this time of year always makes me think of fresh beginnings. In some ways it feels more like a time for new year, new starts than the beginning of January and I think that’s partly helped by the fact it’s not dark by mid-afternoon. However, it’s also sad to be waving goodbye to the summer months and knowing that before too long it will be cold and dark again. The summer always goes by in a bit of a blur; partly because it’s the time of year when I can be most busy at work, but also because there tend to be a lot of plans. One minute it’s May and then the next it’s September. It doesn’t help that the seasons tend to… View Post