Monthly Review | September 2016

4th October 2016

Monthly Review | September 2016

Summer has gone and autumn is here. The air is crisp, the leaves are turning brown, and shops are stocking up with Christmas stuff before Halloween is even out of the way.

All in all September was a good month for me…

What happened in September…

The highlight of September had to be passing my driving test! I’m still surprised I passed, and on my first attempt well!

I wrote a whole post about why it took me so long to drive and why I only have an automatic license which you can read right here.

And just to add to the excitement, last weekend I bought a car!

Okay, so technically I bought on it Saturday which was technically October, but my dad put the deposit down for me on Friday (September 30th) so hey, I’m putting it in my September monthly review.

My dad found the car for me, but as it was in Stoke-on-Trent, he and my brother went to look at it for me on Friday as I don’t live anywhere near there. They approved of it and put a deposit down so that I could go and pick it up the next day.

So on the Saturday morning I caught the train home, took the car for a test drive and bought it. Then on the Sunday I drove it back to Liverpool. Yes, on the motorway and everything. I feel so proud of myself!

The car is a Suzuki Splash. The previous owner was an old guy who didn’t drive it very much and took really good care of it. So although it’s 6 years old it’s like new.

In other news, September marked one year since I started my job. I have no idea where the time has gone, but I feel like I’ve learned so much in the last 12 months; not just about web development but also about myself.

Here’s to the next 12 months of employment!

In October…

It is mine and Tyrone’s 7 year anniversary this month (7 years!!!) as well as Tyrone’s birthday. I’m sure we will make time to celebrate these two very important dates.

I absolutely hate the autumn and winter months as the cold really affects my physical health, which therefore had a knock on affect on my mental health, but this year I’m going to try and embrace the cold.

Honestly, after reading The Little Book of Hygge I feel so inspired to find pleasure in the cooler months. I’m going to buy lots of candles and throws, and make sure I take a hot water bottle to bed every night. Also this month we will (hopefully) be getting new windows and doors fitted in the house which will instantly make our home warmer and cosier.

How was September for you? Do you have any plans for October?

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  1. Congratulations for the car!
    My husband and I had our anniversary this month too, a couple of days ago (although we’ve celebrated 14th years since we’ve met). This month is his birthday too, we don’t have anything planned, as we are so busy with work and in 2 days we are leaving for London. Do you have something planned for Tyrone’s birthday?

    • Holly

      Thank you! Congratulations on your anniversary!

      I think we are going to go back to Shropshire for this birthday (I’ll drive!) and on the way go out for a meal. 🙂

  2. I love the little book of hygge too, I’m feeling lots of inspo from it so I too can enjoy the colder months- I know how you feel about deterioration with health at this time- I’m already on my first cold bug this season 🙁 Congrats on driving- I really need to sort out learning again.

    • Holly

      Yes, I’m ill at the moment which is making matters worse. 🙁

      Thank you! It took me years to start learning again after I stopped, but now I wish I’d done it sooner…not that I could have afforded it when I was a student.

  3. Chynna

    Glad to hear that September was a good month for you! Congratulations on passing your driving test. So cool that it was on your first try, too! You go, girl!

    Congratulations on buying your first car. So exciting! If you need any car insurance advice then feel free to hit me up because I actually work in car insurance, haha. Just remember to protect/guarantee your NCD when you can! The Suzuki Splash is such a cute car, and you’re right – on your Insta you said it looks like the emoji. Totally does. Love it! Haha.

    Yeah, I am definitely not a fan of the cold at all. As soon as the cold hits, my whole body retreats lol.

    My September was good! My plans for October include saving money because I’ll be going away in November 🙂

    • Holly

      Thank you! I find car insurance fascinating, like how the job you do and the sector you work in can completely impact on your price. Annoyingly I had to put myself down as a web designer because there wasn’t an option for developer!

      Oh man, I need to start saving again. My account is empty after buying a car!

  4. Elisa

    So jealous of people who get to experience autumn! I’ve always loved coats and boots so it’s really envious to see people who live in a country with seasons (even though I’d hate summer so much because the heat and I, we don’t get along well).. I’m surprise you hate autumn since most people I see embrace it but I can totally relate because cold weather also affects my eczema prone skin. still, I prefer the cold than the heat ^^;;

    congrats on passing the driving test! I took a driving lesson last year but since I’m not allowed to drive for real, I think the driving lesson got wasted lol *blame everything on paranoid parents* I didn’t know there’s anything such as an automatic driving license where you’re eligible to drive auto only. I’m not sure if there’s such a thing here in where I live 😛

    • Holly

      Summer is my favourite season. It definitely doesn’t get warm enough often enough in the UK!

      Yeah, I can’t believe how many people love autumn. I think it’s because the idea of autumn sounds dreamy, but in reality it’s just cold and rains most of the time.

      Thank you! Automatic licenses aren’t common in the UK which makes it so difficult to find instructors who teach in automatic cars. I just did it for health reasons.