March in review: We are running with this diary thing

It is the final day of March and I’m a bit dazed. It has been pretty non-stop, and April promises little chance of recovery as I head off to Kent on Friday to begin my steward work for Snowbombing festival – by the end of the week I will be in Mayrhofen, Austria, working 8 hours a day into the early hours of the morning, then hitting the slopes with my free ski pass. I’m a little bit (very very very very very…) excited.

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Thoughts and Wisdom (Ha, joke)

– Teaching is such a strange thing. It feels very natural until you remember a group of students are listening to you and trusting every word you say. And then you have a moment of ‘I don’t know what I’m doing’ but then you realise it is really fun and you’re over-thinking it.

– Gone Girl is a very weird film, so of course, I loved it. Gritty, bloody, mind boggling. And 2 and a half hours long. Go see it though, don’t let that put you off. If you like a bit of a darker thriller, this is the film for you.

– Excel has become my best friend. I literally spend hours on end putting in data on spreadsheets at work. I weirdly enjoy it, but my eyes hurt afterwards.

– I keep wanting to take pictures of the sky. Last night I was greeted with a beautiful, purple sunset. This morning the sky was golden. How poetic. But it is true, and I got a thoughtful on my walk to work because of it.

– I’m not as unfit as I thought. I finally went to the gym tonight and I was so excited because I love working out, but because I’d always been poor I could never afford gym membership. I also learnt music didn’t drive me as much as I thought. When I go running round the block, music always kept me running, but at the gym I just kept going no matter what music was playing. It was just fun without the distraction, and I’m feeling really motivated now. I hope it lasts.

– I’m still going to eat yummy food though. I’m not so motivated that I’ll be changing my diet much…. At all… I will probably eat more if I’m honest.

– I truly am a last minute packer. I’m going to Cardiff tomorrow morning. Haven’t even started packing.

I can’t say too much…

But I’m a spy… Hmm, maybe not, but for me this is pretty exciting. In fact this is the best news I’ve had since I found out my a-level results (it all went a little downhill from there with rejections and lack of accommodation at my insurance… But I digress…).

Recently I have been helping out in a school with the music department, (I am a massive music geek) just doing bits and bobs and getting a bit of money together (woo, money!). This included a day of moving a lot of music related things from one room to a new storage room, which was pretty hefty work, but it kept me busy (and rather hot, jeans were a bad decision). Then the next day I sorted through lots of instruments, finding serial numbers and making sure they were prepared for students to play. All good fun! I actually really enjoyed it because it was nice to earn some money and feel like I was helping out a bit.


I wish I played brass, I mean look how cool this trumpet is??

So, what’s this news that I am ever so excited about? I got a job. I got a job. I actually got a job! (I have applied for so many jobs over the past few years and barely got anywhere, it is actually ridiculous). But this like a proper fancy job. Full time. Assisting and mentoring at the school I had been helping out at. I don’t want to say too much because I will obviously be working in a place where it is integral for me to keep fairly confidential (I’m definitely not messing this opportunity up!) but I was offered the job and I took it. How could I not?

It isn’t a small thing. I will be working 5 days a week, until at least May, meaning going abroad may be left to half terms for now, but that’s okay as I feel this will be the perfect challenge for me, and will definitely make this gap year worthwhile. I’m nervous, shocked, elated and so so excited. I have loads of work and planning I need to do, not to mention the plentiful paperwork I need to fill in. But I hope I can really make a go of this and I’m going to throw myself into it head first!

Like I say I can’t say much, so I’m going to leave it here. I wasn’t sure whether I should say anything at all, but I’ve become a little too attached to this blog and lots of people have followed it which has made me so happy. So I don’t want to miss a thing about this gap year on here… Although don’t be expecting updates on school life too much!

Can anyone give me any tips on working in a school? Can anyone give me any tips on how to keep chilled in a new stressful full time job?

Sorry for the random, and vague-ish update, I hope you’re all well.

Rhiannon 🙂