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It’s been a while. Well, two and a half months, but compared to how often I was uploading new blog posts over the summer that feels like a hell of a long time! I promise I haven’t abandoned the blog. Life has just been absolutely crazy over the last couple months so I needed to take a step back for a little while.
I’m now finally able to return to blogging, but I’ve found writing so intimidating! So, I’ve decided to ease myself back into blogging by writing an update covering where I’ve been, my upcoming plans for the blog, and some very exciting life updates!!
Where I’ve Been
At the start of September, I moved to a new department at work. If you’ve ever read my About Me page, you may know that I work in law here in the UK, and I have been working my butt off for the last five and a half years to get all of my qualifications to become a lawyer.
To qualify, I need to spend four 6-month stints working in different areas of law. I started working in this new team in September, and God is it stressful! The hours are insane, so it definitely took some adjusting to and I had to step away from blogging for a few weeks to find my feet at work.
Then, just as I was settling into my new team, materials were released for me to prepare for my final exams, two five-hour exams covering EVERYTHING I have ever studied about law. I think it’s supposed to be comparable to the US bar exam?
This whole method is totally new in the UK because previously you’d just take a one year masters course after your undergraduate degree to get the qualification. But the powers that be must have decided that was too easy, so they replaced it with these nightmare exams. Yay! -.-
I was in the first intake to sit the tests, which means that preparing for them was pretty tricky as I barely had any materials to work with! I was also only given 8 weeks to prepare, and I was working full-time for the majority of that time too, which was…. not ideal. The last two months have been filled with lots of anxiety, stress, crying and sleepless nights, BUT THE EXAMS ARE FINALLY DONE!!! The relief I felt walking out of the exam room after the second exam was unbelievable.
So, What’s Next?
Work and Studies
To finish my qualifications, I now need to: find out whether or not I actually passed the exams (lol), sit my practical exams (a week and a half of skills-based exams), and submit a piece of coursework.
I’m not done yet by any means, but it pretty much feels like I am. I’ve been working in law for 5.5 years, so the practical exams should be totally fine. And I can take my time with my coursework to make sure it’s spot-on before I submit it.
Work-wise, I have another three and a half months working in my current team, then another 6 months in another team before qualification.
And then that’s it – I’ll FINALLY be done, after six years!!!
Upcoming Travel Plans
To reward me for getting through the most stressful few weeks of my life, Rob and I are going for a 5-day trip to Germany to visit some Christmas Markets! We’ll be visiting Munich and Nuremberg, two cities I have never visited before, and I can’t wait!
Stay tuned for plenty of posts about these cities and what it’s like to visit them at Christmas!
A couple of weeks after that I’m off to the beautiful Lake District for a long weekend with my family and Rob, which will involve lots of hiking, sipping coffee by the fireplace and visiting lots of cosy pubs. I am SO ready for it!
I’m also toying with the idea of a weekend in Berlin in early January, but I haven’t quite decided on that one yet. Let me know what you think!
At the start of September I spent five days in Krakow, but by looking at this blog you would never know about it! I need to rectify this ASAP, and I’m planning to do this by pouring everything I learnt during my visit into a few insanely-helpful guides to visiting the city and its surroundings.
Then, I need to catch up on blog posts about my previous trips, as there are still many blog posts that I have yet to write and upload. I swear, I have about 200 blog post ideas written down, and for every post I write I seem to end up adding five more ideas to the list, so I doubt I’ll ever get to the end of it (which is a good thing).
Sometimes, though, when I think about the 4,000+ words I’d need to write to go into the amount of detail I like to cover in my posts I get intimidated and start procrastinating. Writing is hard some days! I was in a really good writing routine before my break, so I’m going to try and get back to that slowly but surely.
I’m definitely not going to put too much pressure on myself to get straight back into being a blog post writing machine, though, as my last exam was only four days ago and I’m still shattered!
I currently have 91 blog posts published on this site, and provided I get to 100 before the end of 2021, I’ll be satisfied. That’s definitely a manageable goal.
Exciting Life Update!
So, scary announcement time but… From September 2022 (provided everything goes as planned) I will be travelling full-time!
I’ve spoken to my manager who has provisionally agreed to let me have a sabbatical year starting from next September, which is incredibly exciting!
The issue is, looking at all the places I want to go, a year is just not enough! I have also been working on both my German and Spanish, so being able to spend a while learning the language in a German or Spanish school would be ideal, but it’d take a big chunk out of my travel time which I won’t have spare.
So… we’ll see. It’s early days. Who knows what the future will bring? But one thing is for sure – after six years of full-time work and full-time education, I’m definitely ready for a break, and I can’t wait to pursue my passions.
I’ll probably check in with another personal post at the end of the year or in early January, letting you know where I’m at and what my plans are for 2022. But until then, stay tuned for plenty of useful travel resources (hopefully!) coming soon to my blog!