What’s going on? And I say…

What’s going on? And I say…

Shout out to one of my favourite songs, right there…

Hello my lovelies! It’s been a while since I did a diary style post, and let you into my little world here in Glasgow. So I figured – what better time than now? I’m entering into a new chapter of my life, so may as well share what’s going on.

New chapter? I don’t hear you ask, because this is all online, but maybe you’ll leave a comment asking that anyway so I can respond to it here. Well, two weeks ago I started a new job and I am very happy, and for the first time since moving to Scotland I’m actually relaxed.

When I moved to Glasgow, I found work quickly, but it was always contract work with nothing permanent forthcoming. Sure, I was told that this or that contract would turn permanent, but these were simply ways to get me and my skills in the door. I got hella skills, y’all.

*cough*

Anyway, here we are almost three years after moving to Glasgow and I finally have a permanent job! Hooray! No more contracts! No more stress! The main benefit of a permanent job is, well, there’s two:

  • Career progression, development and permanence.
  • It’ll help getting my Indefinite Leave to Remain visa so much easier.

An Indefinite Leave to Remain basically means that after my five year Ancestry Visa has expired, I can continue to live and work in the UK. Which will be handy because although Australia has great food, and the salaries over there are crazy, but the weather here is so much better.

But who cares about work, surely my life has been more entertaining than that? Well…

I have a huge surprise I can’t really talk about til December, but it’s super exciting. If you follow me on Twitter you may already know as I kinda let it slip a while back. It’ll also make up a lot of content here on the blog after Christmas. Speaking of which:

This year I will be doing Blogmas! I’ve planned out my editorial calendar, have created the necessary graphics for the posts, and have started compiling all the lists I’ll be listing. There’ll also be a giveaway, because, well… Christmas! Now, I know it may seem a bit too early to be talking about Christmas, but the festive season is literally one of the ten reasons I moved to the UK.

Christmas in summer is just so wrong. You can’t convince me otherwise, fellow Aussies.

What else is happening in my life? Hm, well, with the stress of my previous job pretty much gone (just waiting on that final paycheck…) my weight has finally started to shift, although weighing in at 87kg I need to start working hard on shifting it more efficiently. I’m finding myself enjoying spending time cooking again, and spent the whole of last weekend in the kitchen, rather than taking photos for my blog.

Oops.

Anyway, once I am finally feeling confident in my body again you’ll start seeing more photos of myself over here; it’s unfortunate that I’m one of those people who inadvertently link my confidence to my weight. Right now I feel as though I look like a pale white ball rolling around the hills of Glasgow, which isn’t a very comfortable feeling. I’m a UK size 16 and only 5’2, and when at my healthy weight I’m a UK size 10, so yeah, got a bit of a way to go there.

Oh, in exciting news I’ve reconnected with one of my cousins! Growing up we were quite close (despite living hours away) as we had a lot in common, and were both generally bright and bubbly little kids. Unfortunately, over a decade ago we lost contact for whatever reason.

Either way, we’re back in touch and it is so so so nice! As you know, I’m not close at all to my immediate family, to the point they are not in my life in any way, shape, or form. However, my cousins, aunts and uncles? Love them all to bits, and am so glad they’re still a part of my life.

Regarding the blog, you will have noticed a bit of a tonal shift over the past couple of months. I’ve been focusing more on skincare and #GirlBoss inspo as I try to rein in my niche a little.

I know, I know, I am generally against niches! But for me, I am finding the focus helps me write and keep my blog feeling a bit tighter, a bit more cohesive. We’ll see how we go with this for a while anyway, and see if I change my mind about the content niche thingie.

I mean, if I decide to post about self care, I’ll post about self care, y’know?

Or maybe recipes:

Melt 1 tbsp butter in a saucepan and saute 3 minced garlic cloves over a medium heat until soft. Add some shredded chicken, the type left over from Sunday nights roast dinner, and stir through the garlic butter. Next, add 300ml of single cream, a pinch of salt, a crack or two of pepper, a tsp of chicken stock, and some parmesan cheese – enough cheese to make it tasty. Next, add a couple of handfuls of spinach and stir through until wilted. Reduce heat to low and allow to thicken for about 2-3 minutes. Finally, stir through your favourite pasta, top with a bit more parmesan, and voila, a yummy creamy Friday night dinner for you all x

Now, shall we talk about the fact that summer is over?

Scotland only had two months of spring and summer this year, which was pretty damn neat, although not really long enough for me to get to wear all my summer shoes. I’ve actually made the decision to stop buying open toe or strappy heels going forward as I simply don’t get the opportunity to wear them.

Anyway, autumn and winter stock has already started to hit the shelves, and my ASOS wishlist is the length of my arm, filled with Berets and other wintry assortments. I’m going to stick with my usual colour scheme this year of Burgundy, Blush, Cream and Grey as I find these colours all work well together as well as adding colour to what can otherwise be a very dreich time of the year.

Personally, when it comes to winter I don’t really have that many coats, jumpers et al. I’m much more of an accessories kind of girl! I have dozens of scarves, gloves, and hats which help dress up a black cape or coat. Yes, I wear capes in winter.

Actually, would anyone be interested in a video of my winter wardrobe? I could do a blog post about a winter capsule wardrobe, but honestly, there’s so many of those on Pinterest I’m not sure I’d bring anything new to the mix beyond: Buy all the gloves!

Ok, so, we’ve covered my new job, Blogmas, a recipe, and my winter wardrobe, so I guess it’s time I mention the fact I have a couple of other side projects on the go.

I’m currently working on a mini-guide to Pinterest to help those people just starting out. I’ve bought some ecourses myself, and found they didn’t actually shed any light on what I hadn’t already implemented, and in fact, I found they missed some pretty important factors. So, I’m writing a wee guide myself.

I’m also working on a book which, well, I would love to have published at some point. It’s essentially a skincare guide because well, skincare is what I do, you know?

If you’ve read this post you’ll know that I love me a podcast, and I was listening to a Podcast about a month back that was talking about identifying our area of expertise. We may not have a degree, or a PhD in the subject, but it’s the topic everyone always asks us about – that is our area of expertise. If people already consider you an authority on a subject, then make yourself an authority.

So, that’s what I am doing!

Anyway, that’ll take a while to write whilst also working on everything else I’ve got going, but once done I will likely self-publish unless I can find some schmuck lovely person willing to take a chance on me and my writing.

Wow, ok, I just looked at the word count on this post and I’ve written a lot more than I thought I would! And I know also that I’ve rambled a bit, but hey ho, there we go! I don’t really know if there’s much else on the go, or in planning other than a weekend away in October, and a week away to NYC at the end of November. Life is just Life-ing away, y’know?

So, with all of that said, enough about me though, what have you been up to lately? Let me know in the comments xx

xx Bry Jaimea

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