July 2nd. Today marks the second half of the year, and what a year it has been so far!
The new year brought many things into my life but took from me too. I’ve certainly gained a new lease of life, particularly in the past couple of weeks! The first half of the year has been intense, full on, for so many different reasons, in so many different aspects of my life.
The year started off as cliche as possible, drunken New Years celebrations with some fabulous people in my home town! I said goodbye to Birmingham and hello to Manchester to begin a new term at university which involved some pretty cool experiences like practising live sound at the o2 Ritz!! One of my close friends celebrated a birthday, I had a little breakdown, traveled to Birmingham and Huddersfield and booked some important appointments. Little did I know this was just the beginning of a mega busy year!
This month brought more opportunities, fun adventures and kicked me up the backside a little, with organising an important gig, meeting some insta famous doggies, getting diagnosed with endometriosis, Valentine’s Day, my bestie gigging in Manchester for the first time and watching the BRIT awards from the comfort (arguable) of my uni halls sofa! A jam packed month but it gave me more drive to do what I love the most, and work harder with my studies.
Another birthday, International Women’s Day, some rare Manchester sunshine, a trip to the hospital (shock (not)), and a pretty incredible opportunity to be on the actual real life BBC Radio being interviewed with two amazing gals about putting on gigs in Manchester and women in the music industry!!
The busiest month of my life* so far; trips to Birmingham, apartment viewing after apartment viewing, promoting another gig, doggy cuddles, lots of wine, family time, booking a holiday (finally!), drinking so much I was sick (the first time this has ever happened to me), a day festival attended, finally finding and securing the perfect home & surgery booked and pre-op completed!
*potential slight over exaggeration
In the midst of university deadlines my best pal decided to have her 21st birthday which we celebrated by drinking too much, Junkyard Golfing and a gig (so basically the best way to celebrate). I also met one of my work based idols this month, Michael Eavis, the Glastonbury Festival founder and organiser, and what a bloody legend he was! A trip to Selby, a trip to Huddersfield (convinced at this point that I could single handedly fund Transpennine Express), a walk to raise money and awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis and then all of a sudden it was like the world stopped spinning. On the evening of 22nd May 2017 Manchester was the target of an utterly horrendous terrorist attack, killing 22 innocent concert goers and music lovers. I still don’t have the words to express how I feel about what happened that night, but all I know is that the community in Manchester is incredible and attending the vigil a day later and walking around the city with my best friend really showed the community spirit and support. Manchester is a city I have always felt safe in, and this terror attack has not changed that one bit.
The month ended with moving into my new apartment, spending time with my favourite people and two more day festivals in Manchester and Liverpool.
One Love Manchester. A new job. Best Friends. Celebrations. End of year one. Wine. My third anniversary with Max. A cold that lasted the whole month despite the beautiful weather. Cat Cafe. A new dress (a rarity for me!). Promoting another gig in collaboration with a festival.
This year really has been non stop, in between all of these details I made time for university and attempting to have a social life by going out and attending gigs. I have learned a lot, lost people, gained people, passed my first year of uni when all of my friends are graduating because I didn’t decide to attend until I turned 21, and I just have not stopped.
I’m looking forward to taking a step back over Summer but in reality my calendar is full between now and the middle of August!
I hope the second half of my year is as full as the first half, but I also hope I learn to cope with stresses and being so so busy all of the time. I have so many things to look forward to but also things that I am apprehensive for, but for now they will move to one side and I will enjoy the next few weeks which will consist of some trips, a festival and work work work!