Sunday, 30 October 2016

Big Update Post - Still here, still skating

OK, first of all I want to apologise for the lack of updates. Life just got completely crazy, and the blog fell by the wayside a little. I've had lots happen, and I'm proud to say I'm now back skating again. I'll get to that in a little bit though, because there's so much to talk about. 

So, I last updated in April 2014, in the July of that year I got a new job, after much searching, and was also studying part time and doing a voluntary placement. Skating took a back seat, and I really didn't skate at all apart from once in the November of 2014. So, the job hit issues in around February 2015, and I decided on a whim, to apply to Camp America - I didn't think I'd get in but I needed to do something to get out of my current work rut. 

Amazingly, on April 1st, 2015, I got an email from a camp offering me a position, after an initial Skype interview a couple of weeks before. I was amazed, things like this never happen to me, and the next few months were a blur, as I prepared to fly out on June 20th that year. 

I was in the States until the end of August, working for 7 weeks then travelling for 2, and I got to see some amazing places. Highlights include going whitewater rafting in Ocoee, Tennessee, partying all night in Nashville, visiting Memphis and Graceland, and spending a day at Universal Studios in Orlando, plus 4 days in NYC before flying home.

So, after that I embarked on more studying, and in January of this year, got a new job. It wasn't what I really wanted, but it was OK for earning money while studying. Unfortunately, when they learned I was looking for work related to my studies, the company and manager began making my life pretty unpleasant, and on October 26th this year, we parted company. I'm now looking for work again, but I'm going to register with various agencies to try and get temporary work as a teaching assistant (the thing I studied to do after coming back from America). So I'm not too worried. 

So now on to the skating part of the blog. While I was in the States, my coach left the rink, so back in August I started lessons with a new coach, who is awesome. Skating is about where it was in 2014, although my inside 3's and mohawks have gone MIA, so currently trying to get those back. The big news is...

I'm skating in the rink's Christmas show again! It's kind of bittersweet, as the last time I did a show, I was dealing with a major bereavement and that was my escape. Now I'm making lots of new memories, and I am in a much better place mentally now, than I was then. I have my costume, a gorgeous pink velvet dress from a company called Bunty Sportswear - go check them out, Ruth, the owner is amazing and will answer any questions you might have. The dress with me in it though, needs some work, so I'm on a major weight loss campaign - 6 weeks to show day! 

So, I'm gonna wrap up here, I'll post another update next week, after my next show rehearsals! Thanks for reading!å