Little Victories | September 2017

2nd October 2017

Oh September, you were an interesting month.

It began in New York. We spent the first day of the month walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, eating World famous pizza and riding the Staten Island Ferry to see Lady Liberty. I was the happiest I’ve been in a long time.

Then we came home and everything kind of went down hill from there.

I tried my hardest to stay positive and happy, and to retain that incredible care-free feeling I had on holiday, but it didn’t last. I had a few weeks where everything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong. Anxiety hit hard.

Anyway, some good things did happen last month…

  • I bought a year long subscription to Calm; a meditation app. I’m hoping that now I’ve made a financial investment I will commit to it, and practice meditation more frequently.
  • I managed to negotiate the cost of my car insurance renewal and got it down by £1,000 from last year. That’s a massive saving!
  • I finally got an appointment to start therapy after being on the waiting list for 9 months. I’ve had two appointments so far.
  • I got approved for a Blue Badge after my application was initially rejected. It’s already making a big difference to my life.
  • We started painting our bedroom. We’ve only been working on it for a few hours each Sunday so it’s taken a while. But we’ve almost finished!
  • I dipped my toes in the world of  freelancing. I’ve never felt brave enough to do it before. I always worried I wouldn’t be able to do the work due to lack of knowledge, and the money side of thing scares me. But I did and it was the kick up the arse I needed (in a good way).
  • I took my car to the garage to get new break pads and new tyres.
  • I downgraded my phone contract and I’ve bought an iPhone 8 (it hasn’t arrived yet but it’s on it’s way). Buying it outright worked out almost £300 cheaper than getting it on a contact. Plus, the sim only plan I’m on now gives me double the data I was being offered on the contract.
  • Tyrone and I went to see Milton Jones (comedian) at the Echo Arena.

How was September for you? Did you have any victories, big or small?

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  1. You managed to save a lot of money this month, that’s great, well done. Good luck with freelancing, I hope it works out. xx

  2. Anxiety is rough, and it always seems to come out of nowhere. I hope you’re feeling better now and that the meditation and therapy are helping!

    Freelancing sounds super exciting! I’ve thought about trying but was always too scared to. So good on you for going for it!

    • Holly

      Thank you, Vicky!

      I have to admit, freelancing is really scary! But it’s my dream to work for myself someday so I’m glad I’ve made a start. There’s a lot to learn!

  3. I feel you with the anxiety hitting hard in September (as I’ve shared on my monthly post!) A lot of people are shocked when I tell them that I’m not positive all the time, in September and early October I’ve felt the most anxious and irrationally scared I have been in a long time. It’s comforting to know that others feel anxious too and that I’m not alone; we can fight through the anxieties together Holly! Stay strong. You’ve got this.

    I’m so glad you bought the year subscription! I renewed my year subscription and have been dedicating more time to meditation. I usually just do 10 minutes in the morning but with my anxiety off the chart recently I’ve dedicated 20-minute session in the morning and evening which has helped considerably! Do let me know how you get on – here’s to a mindful year! ^_^

    I started freelancing just before my placement finished too – it’s SO SCARY I agree because you’re constantly thinking “why the hell would someone pay me to do that for them” But once you start and have something to work with, it’s so rewarding! :) Keep going!!!

    I SAW YOUR SHINY NEW IPHONE HAHA!! It almost always works out cheaper when you don’t get it on contract! I did this when I bought my 7! How different is the 8 to the 7 (assuming you had a 7 before 😅)?

    • Holly

      You’re definitely not alone! I always struggle with time of the year. I feel like September is a very transitional month.

      I’ve been so busy the last few weeks, and I’ve been spending a lot of my free time working on the exercises I’m getting from my therapist, but when I get back into a routine I’m hoping to make time for meditation everyday. I’d love to be able to do it in the mornings but lol, I’m not a morning person!

      Yes! That’s exactly how I’m feeling. And I’m so worried about asking for information and clarity on work because I’m convinced they’re going to think I’m thick!

      I actually had the 6 before I got the 8. I completely skipped the 7 because I was so angry that it didn’t have a headphone jack, haha! But I gave in and bought the 8. But so far I’m not finding it that different to the 6. The battery lasts a bit longer. And I really love the driving mode thing it has, that sends out a text if someone tries to call you when you’re phone thinks your driving!

  4. Amy

    Sounds like you’ve had a lot of little victories this month, Holly! *roll credits* Glad to hear that so many nice things have happened. Especially all that money you’ve saved on different things. It’s great that your car insurance has come down so much!

    My contract is up for renewal in December and I’m tempted to stick with my 6S to save money. I love new phones, but it’d be nice to not have to pay over £60 a month for my phone. I always go over on data as well. Hope you like your iPhone 8. They definitely look amazing!

    Sorry to hear about anxiety hitting hard. I’ve been dealing with flare ups too and it’s not been fun. Hopefully your therapy sessions will help!

    Glad you had a good time in New York!

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