This week has been a satisfyingly good week!
I’ve had a really great driving lesson where I got to drive on the big roads at national limit (60mph) for the 1st time and did proper clutch control and navigated plenty of traffic lights and roundabouts with no stalling. That was nerve wracking but mostly exciting.
I’ve steadily managed to progress through the TEFL grammar section with an average grade of 95% and I should have that 1st bit of the course completed by tomorrow now. It’s taken me a bit longer in total to finish it but I actually think it’s taken far less than the 30 hours it said it would take. I kind of need to get a move on with it all though.
I’ve had a really good week in terms of getting on with exercise classes and starting meditation – anyone who read my last post knows that I’m particularly happy with this bit of my life right now. I went swimming for the 1st time in years today – I only had time for 20 mins before I had to be somewhere but it was probably a good length of time after such a long break and I’ll increase it by 10 minutes each time I go until I’m doing an hour I think… slow and steady wins the race! I also lost a bit of weight so I’m getting closer and closer to my pre-baby body. If this all continues I may just end up with a better than pre-baby body too and this nothing more confidence boosting than that I reckon.
I found out today that I came 2nd in the whole year for philosophy out of the single honours students which really boosted my confidence and finally made me stop criticising my academic performance this year. It got me to sit back and actually reflect on what I’d achieved. I’m my own harshest critic and sometimes I take it a bit too far and forget to allow myself to feel proud – I’m starting to realise allowing acceptance of achievements is probably just as important as putting in the initial hard work to get them.
I was also told one of my favourite lecturers who had left before I came into Junior Honours is coming back and can most likely supervise my dissertation – I’m really really pleased about this as they’re a fantastic teacher and great at calming my irrational anxieties so I think they will really support me in progressing and achieving highly next year in my academic writing.
Also earlier this week that one of my absolute favourite local charities who do wonderful work with families and in particular vulnerable families, said that they would like me to work with them. I’ve been offering to volunteer for ages as I am fully behind what they do and have been from the start but it was said they may get funding to be able to employ someone part time from September and if they do they would like to offer it to me first. This really made my day and I will jump at the opportunity if it happens – it would also be a massive help to me in my final year to have a little part time job it must be said. Every little helps and all that but to have one with my favourite charity would just be awesome.
Now if I can just get all the ironing and general housework done along with some revision for my theory test and make a start on my dissertation research this will really be an immense week – I’ll have to be careful or I’ll end up being a fully paid up member of The Smug Club :)
In all seriousness though – this week has definitely been a GREAT week (and it’s only Thursday)!