Another One

At some point, my posts will become more regular, I promise. But life often gets in the way of all of that.

Things have been relatively uneventful. Everything in my life is steady and settled, for once. Stability may seem boring for some but I relish it. Some exciting things have occurred though and some other less exciting but kind of important things have also happened. Here’s a list (I LOVE LISTS).

  • I got diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) which explains a lot. Well, not a lot, just my adult acne, which has been driving me insane considering I never had acne when I was a teenager. Having PCOS is like having another awkward bout of puberty. Anyway, I wrote an article about it for babe, so I’m going to shamelessly plug it here. (Can we also appreciate my fire selfie that’s been used at the top of the article?)
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My selfie is lit

  • I had the most amazing time out with my best friend, her boyfriend and my boyfriend last weekend. We drank too much, ate too much and laughed too much and it was fabulous. They’re my people and I love them so much!
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We were #squadgoals at the weekend

  • I have a new job! It’s in social media. Yes, that’s right. All of the time I spent after work on social media and building a brand for myself has finally paid off! I now feel as though I can legitimately be called the Meme Queen. My boyfriend was previously just calling me it because I not-so-subtly hinted that I love memes (i.e. I kept spamming his FB messages with memes) but now I have earned the privilege of the title…kind of.
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This genius gif doesn’t need a caption

  • I’m making excellent progress with my book. I’m not writing as much as I would like to because it’s emotionally exhausting. I can’t believe that I’m the same person that wrote all of these diaries and went through all of that. It doesn’t seem remotely real. It feels like a nightmare that someone else lived, not me. It’s been a cathartic exercise though; I feel like that part of my past is well and truly over and I’ll never relapse.
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Actual footage of me writing my book

And that’s just about it!

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The Memo

I’ve decided that when I can’t write articles, I’ll write updates and they shall be listed as ‘The Memo’…I mean, you’ve got to get the memo, right?

I haven’t had time to write anything creative recently. I haven’t had much time at all. I just started a new job which I’m enjoying, but the hours are long so after my shift, I basically come home and go to bed. However, my body is finally adjusting to the hours so I should be able to write more on my days off.

The job is certainly intriguing. I’ve almost finished my training too. It’s like nothing I’ve ever done before! Exciting times.

Other than that, nothing else has been happening in my life. My love life is still terrible. I seem to get attention from all the kind of guys you really don’t want attention from. I’ll be writing another Dating and Dickpics as and when I get the chance. I actually started messaging someone who seemed promising, only for him to go into  full-on creep mode. Yes, I know I’m just teasing you with that information. Don’t worry. It won’t be long until I write up more D&D.

  • Recently, my days off have consisted of napping and Netflix i.e. heaven.
  • I need gym membership. Must sort that out in the next couple of weeks.
  • Diamonds aren’t this girl’s best friend; coffee is. Coffee has gotten me through so much. I love you, coffee.
  • I had a dream about Ramsay Bolton whilst I was napping the other day. Slightly disturbing, although I do love Iwan Rheon.
  • Grey’s Anatomy finished last week and now I have a figurative medical hole in my life. I’m tempted to write up my thoughts and such about the plots that they have introduced towards the end of the season and speculate what will happen next season.
  • I have about a million and one articles I need to write.
  • I really want to go out and do something. Any takers?

Quick Update

Apologies for not posting much lately but things have been extremely busy and hectic around here.

  • I’m job-hunting which is taking up a great deal of my time.
  • Christmas preparations mean there is no time to relax — I’m sure you all feel my pain there.
  • I’m taking an online course on Psychology over at Coursera (I thoroughly recommend going on the website, they have thousands of free online courses and you can walk away with a certificate in whatever discipline you choose).

I do have a couple of articles coming up during the Christmas holidays on here so keep your eyes peeled! They may even hit the blog before schedule.

Millie x

Updates

I thought I’d update everyone on what’s happening because I hate having long silences on here.

  • I haven’t been writing much because work has been getting in the way. I work long, exhausting hours and I’m on my feet all day. When I come home, I just want to sit down and then go to bed because my body is battered and bruised.
  • I’m hoping to start up a YouTube channel soon with videos about both serious issues and also comedy bits. I’ve been told I’m funny so I may as well give it a go! I already have a few ideas and hopefully, I might start filming in the next couple of weeks.
  • Not feeling too great in general at the moment; my depression is pretty bad. Getting help for it though.

On a positive, uplifting note: MORE CATS, LESS CATCALLS.

Love you all,

Millie x

Update #1

Buongiorno a tutti! Thought I’d post a little update about what’s happening in my life at the moment before I get cracking with some writing this weekend.

  • There’s a reason why I haven’t posted any articles/writing in a while. I’ve just started a new job which I’m really enjoying and I’ve got training for a few weeks, so that’s been keeping me very busy. The people I work with are amazing and I’m really enjoying the role!
  • There are a couple of guys that I fancy. This rarely happens.
  • I doubt those couple of guys fancy me. It’s always the way — the person you’re crushing on never seems to requite your feelings.
Love is in the air...but it's completely one-sided

Love is in the air…but it’s completely one-sided

  • Hannibal has been cancelled. It is one of my favourite shows out at the moment (second only to Game of Thrones) and I am absolutely devastated. I need a weekly fix of Mads Mikkelsen! He’s such a babe.
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#SaveHannibal

  • I’ve been surprisingly chirpy as of late.
  • You really can’t go wrong with wine on a Friday evening.
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Tyrion is the god of tits and wine, I may well be the goddess

  • I’ve finalised a very important decision in my life which I shall reveal in due time. It will take time for it to become a reality but hopefully, it should all be done and dusted before my 22nd birthday in August.

Watch this space! I shall be posting soon; hopefully by the end of this weekend.

Love,

Jaz

The Grim Realities of Graduate Life

Once upon a time, graduating with a degree from university seemed to be sure-fire way to start a long and prosperous career. The idea of university was sold as the place to go to further your academic curiosity and as a gateway to a solid, steady job.

If only this fairy-tale was still true.

I graduated in July last year, all fresh-faced and excited about what graduate life would bring. Throughout my final year at university, I applied for several grad schemes but didn’t land any. Still, I had high hopes due to my degree in Languages. After all, people are always popping up on the news saying that there aren’t enough multilingual people in certain industries. I was sure that it was only a matter of time before someone gave me a break so that I could prove that I was worthy of a job.

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The Truth About Temping

As a graduate, I’ve found it hard to land a job. Unfortunately, the job market isn’t what it used to be. If you have a degree, they reject you for not having enough work experience and if you have the latter but not the former, you’re equally doomed. Obviously, from this blog, I would like to go into journalism but it’s a tough industry to enter. I have a degree in Italian and Spanish but finding steady translating jobs is hard and I don’t have enough savings to up sticks and move abroad.

So approximately a month and a half ago, I walked into my local temping agency on the high street. It was incredible. It was like the answer to all my questions. I was greeted with smiles and reassurance that they would find me a job. I was assigned my own ‘job mentor’, if you like, a wonderful lady with whom I have an excellent rapport. In fact, in any other walk of life, she would probably be a friend of mine.

Unfortunately, things didn’t start off well. There was a gig in a local small town but I had to have DBS clearance, which took about a month to come through. I was beginning to get disheartened. In a whole month, I had only worked two days.

Herein lies the problem with temping. You have to be the best candidate for the role otherwise you won’t be put forward by the agency. You have to have all your references, CV and any certificates and qualifications up to date. You may get a phone call in the middle of the day asking if you could make it to the office within an hour or two to cover a shortage. You pretty much have to be available on the off chance that you’ll get a call to start work.

Despite all of the above, I love temping. It’s frustrating when you don’t have work because you never know when or where your next gig is going to happen. It’s not a reliable, steady income. But it is a hell of a lot of fun. You do earn more than the person who you’re replacing because temps generally get paid more than permanent, regular staff. Sometimes you’ll only work for a day at an office and other times, you could be working for three months in the same place. I’m kind of in love with the charm of never knowing what’s going to happen next. I think the thing I love the most about temping is the sheer amount of experience you get. You do work in similar sectors in every job but in completely different environments with people from all walks of life. You never know who you may meet! It’s the changing dynamics of every job that I really enjoy. Being thrown into different roles at different companies is really quite thrilling and there’s never a dull moment.  Usually, if there’s not a lot happening when you’re at work, you’re left to your own devices…so basically, I get paid for being on the internet, doing what I’d do at home, except I’m not in my pyjamas and I have to take the odd phone call here and there.

Temping has given me a wealth of experience already and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for me. In hindsight, I’m glad I didn’t get on to a grad scheme immediately after graduating. I know that when do get on to a scheme, I’ll have a plethora of skills and experience to help me in any situation thanks to temping!