Welcome to day 24 of blogmas! As always the post from yesterday is linked at the bottom of the page and you can search Blogmas 2020 on my blog and you’ll get the whole list of posts.
Today I want to talk about what my year has been like, both for reading and personally. Of course this year has been a little insane and all over the place but I still think it’s important to talk about the struggles as well as the good stuff.
So first of all some personal stuff! I live in the UK and so when COVID hit and we went into lockdown I was put on furlough with 80% of my pay and not able to go to work. This was a terrifying time for me but I knew I was one of the lucky ones. I’m lucky enough to live at home and to have a very supportive mam and to still have a job.
I went back to work for a month and then was once again put on furlough and that’s where we are right now! The second lockdown has been a lot harder for me though I’m trying to stay positive, my blog and baking giving me something more to focus on.
As for reading, this year I’ve read so much more. I’ve found my sweet spot, knowing 100 pages a day is a good amount for me and it’s allowed me to read 47 pages. I found this technique when reading The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, I knew I wanted to get my review out pretty quick so I read it as fast as I can and it worked! So now this is something I live by and I really hope to get faster as the months go by.
As well as that I’ve become super consistent with my blog, now posting once a week on a Saturday. I’m really enjoying having a schedule and something to work towards, especially when I’ve been sitting around with nothing to do.
On top of that I’ve been working a lot on my Instagram and Tiktok. I try to post on Instagram twice a week in a normal week as well as every other week on tiktok. I know it’s a meme of itself but I use it a lot and I really enjoy it as a social media so it’s something I want to work hard on. As for Instagram I would really love to get to 1000 followers at some time soon!
I did the Prince’s Trust program at the beginning of the year, this program helping people who want to start their own business get the skills they need. I did this program when I first had the idea of wanting to open a portable bookshop though I soon worked out this wasn’t what I wanted. That being said the program was hugely helpful and it really did help me understand a lot more business processes.
Another funny thing about this year was at the end of last year I said I wanted to spend more time traveling around the UK going to bookshops but that obviously wasn’t able to happen. Hopefully in the coming year I’ll be able to travel again, I’m desperate to visit Wales!
All in all it’s been a pretty fucking awful year but I’m proud of myself, I’ve managed to get through the year and I’m still in one piece. We’re all going to get through it and hopefully soon enough we’ll all be vaccinated and it’ll all be ok!
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