It has been over seven months since I last blogged, and I would like to apologise for that. However, several things have changed, which has made me happy. To make it easier I thought I would compile it in a list and explain each point further in more detail.
1. I now live in Manchester
2. I am due to complete my PGCE
3. I have become a vegetarian
4. I regularly practice Hot Yoga
The Manchester Bee – The Happy move to the “Rainy City”
Since September 2018, me and Michael moved to Greater Manchester, due to Michael accepting a better job prospect in this beautiful city. Living in Manchester makes me happy for several reasons. However, one of the main reasons is that I love the diversity of the city, there is never a dull moment in Manchester as there is always something to do! Whether that’s exploring the vintage shops of the Northern Quarter, taking a stroll round the buzz of MediacityUK or exploring one of the several parks or canal ways with Louie my Pug. I was also happy to move to Manchester, because in September 2018 I made the decision to go back to University to study a Post-graduate qualification. I made the decision to train to be a college teacher.
Media Metropolis – Teaching Film in MediacityUK
I made the decision to go back to education after a two-year break and qualify to be a teacher within the subject of Film and Media, because this is my subject specialism from my degree, as I thought this would make me happy. If I am being brutally honest, I have had a love-hate relationship with my PGCE. A part that made me happy was I had the sole responsibility of planning and delivering A Level Film Studies to a lovely class of Year 12 Students in MediacityUK. My class was enthusiastic to learn more about the Film industry and took great advantage of their college’s privileged location. As the majority of them actively sought work experience from the BBC and ITV, which was opposite their college grounds.
However, there was parts of my PGCE that made me not happy, like my a 6-day working week, due to the two days unpaid at placement, two days of study at university, then 2 days a week at a part-time job, due to needing to earn enough to pay my rent. It left me exhausted as the workload was intense, because I was completing a 4-year degree in technically 8 months. I had to balance lesson planning, with university assignments, my part-time work and personal life – it was fair to say I had become a little bit of a recluse! Also, it is one of the main reasons I have been off the blogging radar since September 2018.
However, I do not regret completing a PGCE, it has just made me realise that I am not ready to be a full-time teacher yet, as it is not my current passion. I discovered my passion from teaching Film and Media, which is that I want to obtain more work experience myself in the industry and make a career out of it. Now living in Manchester, the home of Media I think it is a truly obtainable goal and will fulfil my overall happiness.
“Fish are Friends not Food”
One of the biggest changes I have faced is that I decided to become a vegetarian just after Christmas 2018. The reason behind this lifestyle choice was I fell poorly after consuming some steak and it made me re-evaluate whether I need to eat meat to remain healthy. So, after some in depth research I implemented this change and I can honestly say it has made me truly happy. My skin looks healthy and I enjoy trying out new veggie recipes. I have faced some criticism with this choice.
Throwaway comments such as “You’re a runner, you need to eat meat for energy”. I just brush these comments off and do not take them to heart. I do not care what people think. Being a vegetarian makes me happy, especially when I get to try out new vegetarian and vegan places. For example, the junk-food shrine of V Revs Diner and wholesome Vertigo Plant-based Eatery. Both of these places make the bold statement that vegan food does not have to be bland or boring!
Ying Yang Yogi
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment”. This quote is fitting to how I try and live my life in order to be truly happy. Also, the quote portrays why I practice Hot Yoga regularly, as it connects my body to the present moment. Leanne my friend from uni introduced me to Hot Yoga. She suggested it would be a great way to relief stress that we faced on the PGCE. From the first class I was hooked on how happy it made me feel. As the community that practice Hot Yoga are diverse and non-judgmental. Everyone is choosing to practice together as they share a love of Yoga. I practice Hot Yoga once a week for a happy mind and to get stronger physically and mentally.
These four points are milestones that have contributed to me being happy, since I last posted in September 2018. I am setting myself a challenge to write at least two blog posts a month. Blogging makes me happy, but I have been unable to participate in it due to demands of my PGCE. With my PGCE near completion, I am a active blogger again. I will hopefully be producing more content for you to enjoy. If you want to know more about the girl behind the travelling flower head to my “About Me” page for more insight into my life.