It has been a long time, hasn’t it? And a lot can happen in a year.
Let’s go through the more important changes to get them out of the way:
- I have been on a MAJOR diet. I shed about 5 stone through diet and exercise. For those interested, before and after photos are here on Flickr.
- I started to commute by bicycle and now love to cycle places. Much preferrable to using the car. (and mostly quicker around town)
- I started really getting into photography. Mrs Pillows paid for me to attend a beginners photography course as a birthday present last year and I LOVE it! I bought myself a digital SLR and I love just going out and taking photographs.
There! Now that’s done I can start blogging again!
I have also grown as a person over the last 12 months. My depressive episodes are now fewer and I’m a bit more able to cope with day to day life. I managed two further salary negotiations and have made friends. That’s something I find particularly difficult. It takes a long time to grow a good friend and I’m always analyzing my own performance as a friend and finding myself lacking! Ever the perfectionist..
I didn’t really know what to do with this blog, but it seemed a shame to just let it go. I have been blogging for 10 years and it has seen me through some really bad times. It’s therapeutic to look over past blog entries and see how far I have actually come. Though whether that’s an improvement in my depression or just ‘growing up’ is still debatable.
The last few days have been a little hard if I’m honest. I’ve been off work as I had another depressive episode. I suppose that’s what prompted me to start up the blog again. As Vanessa said – some things just don’t fit into 140 characters! I’m embarrassed and frustrated that I had to take time off work, but I’m also comforted by the fact that it doesn’t happen very often any more. I think I was only off once last year due to depression. And that’s a big improvement!
Anyhoo. There will probably be some test posts in the near future as I test out posting from my Android phone and uploading pictures, so apologies if this clutters up your RSS feeds! Normal service will be resumed quite soon..