Hey everyone! It’s been a long time since I wrote a life update. I’ve mentioned snippets of what’s going on in my life here and there but I haven’t really sat down and had a chit-chat with your guys about what’s new. I thought that Spring would be the perfect time to write a good old If We Were Having Coffee post given that the ice is going to thaw soon and I can stop hibernating in my house.
If we were having coffee….
I would order a Caramel Macchiato and then I’d tell you that Mike & I are so excited to move into our first house. It’s so strange that our parent’s generation were able to buy their first homes at age 20 for $20,000. For us to have an equivalent home in a nice neighbourhood it’s more than 15X the price now and we’re buying it almost 10 years later than they were able to at our age. I feel like in some ways we have to work so much harder than the previous generation to have the same things they did.
Regardless, I’m buzzing with excitement. We’ve been packing and touching up paint in our current place and I can’t wait until we get settled in our perfect new home. The cats are going to be so happy to have proper room to roam! I’m looking forward to curling up in front of our fireplace on cool nights and picking apples from the trees in the yard in the Summer. Would you guys like a house tour when we’re all settled??
If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that out TV entertainment centre/stand had these cubbies for storage and when I packed up our DVD’s we discovered that Ion LOVES sleeping in the cubbies. If I had known this I would have left one open for him all this time! He doesn’t like it very much when Quantum smushes himself right next to him in his newfound sleeping spot though. If you have a cat do they find the silliest places to sleep in!?
If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that I’ve had it up to here with instagram. My engagement has steadily decreased since 2019 started and even though Instagram claims they haven’t changed anything I don’t believe them. I upped my grid game and when I look at my feed I’m proud of what I’ve managed to put together. But I feel like no one sees it anymore!
It’s hard to stay motivated when this happens but maybe I just need to push through. It’s hard to stay positive when bloggers that my blog has grown up with are now pushing 10k and I’m stuck at 1.5ish. I shouldn’t complain, I’m grateful to the people who have taken the time to support me. I guess it’s hard to celebrate your own victories in the shadow of everyone else’s. I talked about this in my Remaining Authentic as an Influencer blog post last month so this is probably not new.
I’m also getting annoyed with the DM’s keep getting from people that have only been on instagram for two or three months and are asking me how they can get PR & brands to work with them. I’ve been at this for over three years and I’m only starting to get opportunities now so it annoys me when people who have done very little work want to piggyback off of me. When ever I post a product that was gifted to me the vultures swoop in. It needs to stop…
If we were having Coffee…
I would recommend that you read Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. You guys know that I’m into big Epic fantasy like he normally writes but his YA series, Steelheart is an Urban Fantasy that’s set on Earth. It’s kind of like Superman story, only with a twist— Steelheart is NOT your friend. I bought all the books for $2.99 on kindle when they were on special and I’m really enjoying it. It’s fast paced but still has enough fantasy element that I’m left guessing what’s possible. There are a few moments that really hit you in the feels. What are you reading these days??
If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that my career is stressing me out. I am very grateful that I have a job that challenges me and that I feel is important but sometimes the strange hour fluctuations and uncertainty stresses me out. I’m not comfortable sharing what I do publicly on my blog or the company I work for (for privacy reasons) so I don’t want to go into too much detail.
Basically I’ve made myself a little too valuable to the company and they’ve been trying to lock me into a job that I don’t want, and asking me to come in on all of my days off constantly. I mean, what’s a day off again? They’ve stopped filling mat leave positions and are spreading the extra work out instead and somehow I’m covering for people that don’t even work in my department.
I’ve felt so burned out from stress and I think it’s a big part of why I’ve been sick three times already in 2019. But this awful feeling of being lost and unhappy is what’s pushing me to work even harder on my social media and blog. I have this faint tiny hope that says maybe I can do this one day instead. What does your routine look like? Are you a shift worker like me? Full time content creator? Full time stay at home parent?
What’s going on in your life?
I don’t want to end this on a negative note. There are ups and downs in life and right now I feel like I’m riding a roller coaster. I’m sure that good things are around the corner and I can’t wait to share them with you when they come. I hope you enjoyed this chilled out laid back life update. Stay tuned to see the new beauty room once we’re unpacked! Love you guys! x