Coffee Break: Being a Bad Blogger and Personal Update



So this post was a long time coming! I am so sorry I haven't offered all of you a reasonable explanation for my absence from this little part of cyberspace. To be completely honest, I chose to prioritise my mental and physical health over struggling to compile a half-assed blog post I wasn't yet ready to write. I just wanted to say that I am definitely not planning on quitting my blog, however as a full-time worker and currently doing full time study, I have found this year to be the most difficult one I have ever had in terms of keeping any sort of decent blog schedule. For that, I am truly sorry!





I also took a big break from Coffee Breaks (how ironic, I know). My last one was from June when I returned from our Europe trip (read here). Sadly at the end of June, our beautiful kitty Kiki escaped out of the front door when I was taking out the garbage. She never returned. We spent months putting up flyers, contacting local vets, door-knocking, putting ads in newsletters, you name it - we did it. It was an exhausting process. The sudden loss of a pet like that, especially on a night when my husband was not at home was quite traumatic and it really caused me a lot of emotional distress. I certainly wasn't ready to talk about it on the blog and it made me realise that there are more important things to life than maintaining a consistent posting schedule.




There is always silver linings with these things and although it took me a while to see it, I think everything happens for a reason and I continued to comfort myself with that thought thinking perhaps another family had taken her in that needed her love more than us. Interestingly, several months on,  we were approached by a work colleague of Michael's to see if we would be open to adopting a cat that needed to be re-homed. The cat was living with too many other animals and the owner felt he would be better suited to a quieter home. We visited with this new found cat, who was 3 years old at the end of September. We weren't sure what to expect with the hurt of losing Kiki still lingering at the back of our minds, but also remembering that we really missed having a friendly pet around. It was love at first sight (hopefully for him too) and I am excited to share that we now have a beautiful boy cat named Rolo. He is the furriest little fluff-ball I've ever seen and leaves balls of fur all over our carpets but I love him! He is a ragdoll and very kind-natured and calm.






If you have read my other Coffee Break Posts, you may remember that I talked about issues at my workplace, and hinting that I was thinking about going elsewhere after being with the same company for six years. Well, I finally bit the bullet and I had my last day at my old job yesterday. To be honest, it is only with that ending well and truly solidified that I have felt calm enough to sit down at my computer and actually get this post together.

If you've ever been at a workplace for 5+ years, you'd know it is such a strange feeling to leave all the colleagues you've come to know as well as your familiar surroundings. It's quite scary! I have taken on a new role that is a huge promotion for me, and will certainly be a challenge. It's still within the mental health sector but not working directly with clients, more handling contracts and developing service models. It's very exciting for me because I really pushed myself to apply for the role and experienced a lot of self doubt and anxiety telling me I wasn't good enough. So, to be successful in getting this role has reminded me to believe in myself. Unfortunately the job is about a 45 min - 1 hour commute depending on the traffic so I will have even less time at home than I do currently but I hope to make the most of it. Please let me know your favourite ebooks or podcasts!!!




This month, I also celebrated my 2 year anniversary with my amazing hubby. I feel like we have somehow grown much closer this year through our Europe adventures, losing Kiki as well as my rollercoaster of emotions around my uni courses, and looking for new jobs. I probably haven't been the easiest person to live with so I am grateful to have such a supportive person in my life. We starting dating in October 2007, so this year marks us being together for 10 years! Crazy to think we met when I was only 18.



Anyway, I have lots more to tell you but I am going to try to do these monthly again so I will save the rest for the November Coffee Break. Thanks so much if you have read this far!!! I really appreciate each and every one of my readers and I will try my best to be a better blogger, it may just mean sharing more personal posts, lifestyle content, etc.
How have you been lately? Please let me know in the comments below!

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