August wasn’t the greatest month for me overall. If you read my A little break post then you’ll already be aware that my return to work zapped my energy both physically and creatively. It also showed me how much free time I had when I wasn’t working, it seemed so busy going back to work even though I’m still partially furloughed. Anyway, I still had some highs, lows and standout moments that I want to share with you so I hope that you enjoy reading!
HIGH AND LOW
Returning to work. I’m starting with this because I don’t want to repeat myself too much, as I said above I have already written about how tiring I found my return to work in a previous post. However, that’s not to say it was all bad. Sure, there are negatives: work load, ratio of customers to staff due to multiple redundancies, feeling uncomfortable wearing masks, how dry my skin is from the constant hand sanitising, and the inability to provide the service that I am used to giving and feel as though the guest deserves. I could go on and on, and perhaps I will write a separate post in more detail but, as I said it hasn’t all been bad. It has been nice to get back into the work environment, to go somewhere where I am Jess not Mum and to meet and get to know some new staff members (I say new but I mean new to me – many started whilst I was on Maternity Leave). It’s great to remind myself of the positives that returning to work has brought me because I can’t deny that it has been a struggle. I’m hoping that as time goes by I’ll feel more confident in work and hopefully more tools to do the job will become available. It remains to be seen, the hospitality industry is up and down at the best of times, but I can at least be grateful that I still have my job even if it is quite different now.
Spending time with family and friends. Whilst still on partial furlough I did have the opportunity to see family and friends where I wouldn’t usually so I made a point of taking advantage of this throughout August. I usually work every weekend (8 hour shifts) and this makes seeing my family in particular quite difficult, if not impossible. However, I was given quite a few weekend days off in August and when I did have a shift it was more often than not shorter, usually 4 hours instead of 8 which left plenty of time in the day. Even though work has been super tiring having that extra time made me feel motivated to take advantage of seeing loved ones and I’m glad I did because I would have definitely regretted it otherwise!
Reading. I’ve had reading slumps before but nothing like I experienced in August. I wasn’t even motivated to pick up any of my favourite books, and when that happens it has to be bad! Part of the problem was definitely feeling worn out, but also I felt guilty that I had committed to reading and reviewing a couple of books (one direct from publisher and one from NetGalley) and I really didn’t feel in the mood to pick up either which made me feel as though I couldn’t pick anything else up instead. Does that make sense? I am back reading now though and I am on track to get both reviews written and posted so that has made me feel better. As it stands I’m hopeful that I can put reading back into the high section in September’s wrap up.
I feel like a broken record but I’m still struggling with my sleep. It’s the usual waking up throughout the night for what appears to be no reason. I think part of the problem is that it’s playing on my mind before I go to bed and perhaps that anxiety is having an effect on my rest. My aim for September is to make some changes to my diet and see if that helps at all. Fingers crossed!
Blogging. I was rubbish in August! I went from posting twice a week to only putting up 5 posts in the whole month, and with two of those being written and scheduled quite far in advance I can’t really count them. I failed miserably with blog hopping and updating social media as well. It just all kind of went a bit rubbish and I gave up. In hindsight I should have just put myself on a brief hiatus as I returned to work rather than just go AWOL, but hey lesson learned and at least I’m back on track now.
My favourite moment of August came at the beginning of the month (on the 6th). Myself and my partner took our daughter to get her feet measured for the first time. She was so well behaved and actually enjoyed being there which I wasn’t sure would be the case beforehand. I thought she might be a little apprehensive to let a stranger measure her feet but she really wasn’t, in fact she was chatting away and saying hi over and over. Due to social distancing they were only allowing one family at a time to go upstairs to be measured so she had the whole place to herself when it was her turn. We picked her up two pairs of shoes and she wore one home from the shop which she was very pleased with. Although, once we got home she quickly rejected the shoes in favour of the shoe box which she proudly carried around and filled with blocks and other toys…so adorable!
How was your August? Any highs, lows, or standout moments that you would like to share?
Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!