Yelly Writes

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January has always, in the past, been a very busy month for me.

I worked for a chartered accountants’ firm for nearly 7 years and since 2013, January was a running-around-like-a-headless-chicken period because we had personal tax clients who needed help filing their tax returns in time for the 31 January deadline. I hope you’ve managed to file your tax returns online yesterday! If you need a recommendation, send me a message and I’ll let you have their contact details!

I thought moving to Drinkaware was going to be a little less harried. To be fair, I think it would’ve been less harried because most of the leg work would’ve been finished towards the end of December. Of course, December 2019 was the first time the world started hearing about the virus that we now know as Covid-19 and it was the holiday period before this novel virus became a pandemic.

I don’t think I would’ve written 2020 off as a non-starter. True, it was a year when I yelled, “Stop the world! I want to get off!” and, quite literally, life as we all know it, paused! The words “be careful what you wish for” comes to mind. However, it was a year of firsts and a year where we were all forced to learn about ourselves and learn about our personal limits. And as I always say, when there is learning, it’s an environment that I thrive in!

Enter 2021. We’re all still in the midst of a global pandemic (isn’t that the right way to phrase it, surely a pandemic is already global?) and it looks like we haven’t come out the other side yet! We’re still social distancing and it seems like we’re not learning the lessons that we should’ve learned after 2020 (or at least, a small percentage of the population seem to have completely ignored the infection control lessons – I’m ignoring that particular soapbox for now!). The light of the end of this dark tunnel is that we now have effective vaccines in circulation. There is hope. There is definitely something to look forward to.

It’s the First of February! I’m relieved to have survived January 2021. It feels like it’s been a year…or maybe it was just me!

Here’s to all of us who have come out of January still smiling! Yay us!

Yelly Writes

Monday musings

Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you’re grown up. Growing up means being patient, holding your temper, cutting out the self-pity, and quitting with the righteous indignation.”

― Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York

I hate to admit it but I think I’m guilty of allowing the arrogance of youth to give me licence to wallow in righteous indignation without self checking. This is not to say I consider myself to be young. Anything but. Which is why I am constantly telling myself off because I don’t necessarily act my age.

As adults we’re meant to be more contemplative and less prone to impulsive behaviour. We preface it with the excuse that we’re “following our heart.” But as adults our actions should be more measured, more considered, because we’re meant to be guided by experience and the knowledge that we have responsibilities and people who count on us.

The operative word is SHOULD. But we don’t always act our age. Some worse than others.

Yelly Writes

The mania that is Monday

So I saw a share-worthy post from Words of Women on instagram and read this to myself this morning and told myself that this was going to be my mantra this week (bearing in mind that I was recovering from being off sick for two days – Thursday and Friday – and burning my wrist earlier last week).  It was a big ask but I needed to psyche myself into accepting all the possible challenges that Monday would most-definitely bring. 

It was most certainly a brilliant reminder of how my life was more than glass-half-full.  My cup was brimming over.  Yeah, I am going through a difficult time, personally and mentally.  But I am still here, I am waking up each morning and finding a reason to smile, I am living in the country I’ve always wanted to live in and I am loved by the most amazing man.

You have to start believing that your morning commute is fun and exciting.  That your apartment is perfect for the stage you’re in right now.  That your partner is the one you always dreamed of.  That every coffee you have is just right and every dinner you eat out is a treat.  That every time you look in your closet there’s a ton of amazing clothes you bought for yourself because you’re now a badass, stylish woman.  This is the grown up life you always dreamed of.  Look at you!  Think of what your 13-year- old self would think about where you are.  She was once dreaming for this life.  Now start appreciating it.

@words_of_women

But Monday had another plan for me.  It just went with an almighty whoosh.  It was so crazy busy that when I looked up next, it was time to put my cup in the dishwasher (or wash it, as I ended up doing because the dishwasher was full anyway) and shut down my computer.  If you held a gun to my head and asked me to tell you what I did today, I wouldn’t be able to do that without looking at my to-do list. 

I’m going to start over tomorrow.  Hopefully the day goes on a steadier, slower pace and I can actually appreciate the time I have!  Here’s to hoping!

Good night all!❤️