Project 35 | Day 328

Emails checked. Christmas photo taken. New teamies met. I’m officially back to work. But what better day to do so than Christmas party day. 

I’m not a fan of the Santa inspired event we all celebrate today but I do love an opportunity to party with my team. 

After a Secret Santa present giving – I got a bubble gun and chocolates, of course – we headed down to Flight Club for popcorn mussels, slushy cocktails and a few games of Demolition, Killer and Shanghai. 🎯

I’m not gonna lie, my dart throwing skills are hit and miss but it was great night. If I were to ask for one gift it would be to see my whole team happy. I think it’s safe to say I got the gift I wanted πŸ˜‰.

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Project 35 | 327

Dark meanings, drizzle and a huge queue of traffic can only mean one thing. I’m back in London and my Central American adventure is complete. 

I traveled through Guatemala and Belize embracing the bizarre with some incredible people, through the good times, the dramas and the comfort zone breaking moments. The whole experience has been an opportunity for me to reflect, grow and think about the future and where my next adventures – not just holidays – might be. 

Coming back to reality can be a bit of a challenge but I’m grateful not to have to cover myself in bug spray before leaving the house and for having an electric toothbrush again, and I’m excited to see the Battenhall team! Ive even embraced Christmas a little bit too 😱!

So, let’s do this London! Bring it on!

Project 35 | Day 303

Have you missed me? It’s been three weeks since I last shared an update and there a few very good reasons for that. 

Practicalities, changes to my behaviour day to day, and penny drop moments are at the core of my lack of posts and here’s why.

Life happened

I used to write my blog posts on the tube on my commute to work. I had time to reflect, I could get a seat and I had twenty minutes to think quickly and push publish. Now I walk for twenty minutes and stand for forty each day to get in to work. 

It sounds silly but trying to find the perfect time to blog about yourself day to day is tough. At end of the day you’re tired and the rest of day, well it’s just a bit mental! I found myself batching up posts on the weekend and spamming my friends and family on social misfit with updates. Not cool. 

I take fewer photos

I can confirm that it is possible to refrain from the need to take a photo of anything you may have shot before one hundred times and simply admire it and walk by. I do this daily now and it spares my audience on social media and saves my iPhone and MacBook loads of memory! But this means I don’t always have a photo to share from my day on this blog. 

My priorities changed

I believe we should use our time to do the things we love as much as we possibly can. We get one shot at life and it’s up to us to make sure that’s all we need by doing it well. 

I questioned whether I was blogging out of obligation to myself or because I was actually enjoying it. The truth is it was the former. I was starting to resent having to think about the parts of my day that I needed to share and that others might find interesting. 

That was a clear sign for me.

I want more face time

Sharing my life used to be useful. Too busy to find the time to spend with friends and family in ‘real life’ should not be an excuse for anyone. For me it was. This became apparent at a friends wedding party two months ago. 

I went along by myself and knew only the bride and groom so I had to network and make friends. I put my phone in my bag and proceeded to work the room, introduce myself and get to know people by asking questions and not just looking at their Twitter profile or Instagram photos to get a sense of who they might be. I spent time talking at length to new friends and faces and it felt great. 

Now, I’m not saying I’ve not done this before. I have and I do. But for some reason this time not only did I network, I kept my phone in my bag or on the table all night, reaching it for it only to take photos of the first dance and the wedding cake! Why? Because I was having more fun without it and white honestly, I forgot it was there!!! 

This was only reinforced further when I had friends come to visit me in my new home. It’s amazing how one tiny (but huge) change in your life can bring you closer to the people you know and love again but showing them your world beyond the walls of social media. 

So am I going to give up on Project 35? 

Am I about to follow suit of the top social media influencers and pretend to give it all up? The answer is, no! 

I’ll add posts on the days that I feel I do have a story to tell and that I want to share with the world. And I’ll keep using social media but with a slightly different approach. All in all its about quality over quantity. 

And as for face time, friends and family can expect to see a lot more of me. The real me the one that hides in the shadows of social and blogs. 

Being 35 has most definitely been a transitional year so far for me and there are still sixty two days to go! 

You can go do something else now πŸ˜‰

Thanks for reading! 

Project 35 | Day 282

Team lunch for the triple award winners @ Fifteen! Thanks Drew! Amazing food and interestingly, the last time I was there was as a blogger with Phil Libin from Evernote, when Drew and Phil were interviewing me for a role at 33 Digital!

Back to the office and back in the land of the living. I’m catching up with myself again and getting back on track.

Somehow we are already at the end of October. My 36th birthday is in less than 3 months and I’m gong to Belize in less than 4 weeks! 

Speaking of Belize. I’m not sure quite how to handle this or share this really but I’ve discovered we have three days with no ahem, bathrooms while we are canoeing on the river. This will be what they call stepping outside of your comfort zone 😱. #DontTellThamy

Project 35 | Day 281

Okay today was better. Half asleep. Half working from home. Progress has been made.

I missed the doughnuts at the officeπŸ˜•. And a restaurant launch I was invited toπŸ‘ŽπŸΌ.And a SnapChat learning lunch. But I am almost back to being me πŸ‘πŸ»!

I even got myself registered at the doctors in my new area, started getting my holiday plans sorted in the evening and ate more food!

Sadly, no Great South Run for me after this week though 😳

Project 35 | 280

Around midday I woke up. I managed to stay awake long enough to eat some food, download the new iOS and find >πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„ < Unicorns! And then I crashed again until 8pm. 

My. Body. Needed. Sleep.

Strangely, it was Back To The Future day 21-10-2015, which meant that we are now living in the time that the BTTF 2 predicted. All I could think was that I needed to be I the future and be well again please. 

I did manage to watch some of the second movie and then the third before, you’ve guessed it, falling asleep again! 

Project 35 | Day 279

An early morning call for work that I’d unusually be in the office for, I took at home. I was awake but spaced out. It was the PR Week Awards later on and having missed the last ones while I was away I was adamant I was going to be there… Just in case πŸ˜‰

I came into the office for around 10am and don’t remember too much of the day to be honest. It was all a bit of a blur. But we got the the awards dinner and I was still alive.

A few teams selfies and dinner done, our award nominations were right at the end. Worth the wait though! We came home with two! 

Although I would have loved to stay and celebrate with my team as soon as my adrenalin dropped I knew I needed my bed. Home…