It absolutely broke my heart to close down the tabs of Blogger that I'd opened up without even thinking, it killed me to see my social media accounts go quiet when they'd always been so vocal and vibrant in the past. So, I distanced myself as best I could from blogging to focus on what I'd been working so hard towards for the past 4 years, and on the 11th of July, I graduated with a First Class Honours in Interactive Media Design.
I say 4 years because during the start of my 2nd year my mental health took a turn for the worst and I had no choice but to take a year out. It felt like those dreams you have where you're trying to run away from something or towards something but your muscles are made of tar and the tar is about to harden, and you become slower and slower until the tiredness and frustration defeat you. But you can't let it beat you.
So, I await my next adventure. At the end of August, Martin and I move to Manchester to start our lives together. I'm currently applying for jobs left, right and centre and feel uncharacteristically optimistic about it. Right now it feels kinda weird not worrying about anything, as I'm stuck in that limbo between graduate life and employment, I'm learning to savour every last drop of freedom whilst repeating to myself "you've earned a break." I'm excited for a lot of things these days, and can't wait to share it all here on my little blog.
In other news, I'm currently back home in Northern Ireland where it feels pretty surreal to think that this'll probably be my last summer free from any real responsibility. In my final few weeks at home I have plenty of blog posts planned to get me back into the swing of things, including a cheeky giveaway as a way of thanking this little community for their endless support and unwavering friendship.