An Update In These Trying Times

Who would have thought that it would take a pandemic to get me to write another blogpost?

We’re rapidly approaching the end of March, and a great deal has changed since my last post. At one point I was posting on here daily, then multiple times a week – now we’re almost in April and this is my first 2020 post. Despite the fact that the world appears to be determined to kill all humans, or at least all happiness and joy, I told myself that 2020 was going to be my year – and so far it is.

Manchester Art Gallery, vernissage

Obv photo was taken bloody ages ago, but look at me social distancing before it was cool

I started the year single, having just left an abusive relationship, and setting up shop as a freelance writer. While I am still terrified of taxes and am barely making enough money to scrape by, I have to say that freelance life suits me. It’s certainly prepared me for the current lockdown in the UK. I have my own home and my own space, for which I am immensely grateful in these turbulent times, and I know that no matter how much I’m going to miss physically interacting with those I care about, ultimately I’ll be fine.

I also now have a new boyfriend. You may have caught glimpses of him over on Instagram, or perhaps you caught my article about self-isolating with him on Refinery29 and already have all the goss? Oh yeah, you read that right, REFINERY FRICKING 29! One of my goals for the year was to be published there, so I’ve smashed that and I’m over the moon, both with the article, the response, and my fab new boyfriend who frankly I can’t quite believe is real. I could ramble on about how wonderful he is for a very long time, but let’s save that for another day (but for real guys he’s so supportive and kind and also feeds me amazing food).

We’re living in strange times at the moment, and while it might feel like actual full-blown apocalypse is imminent, I reckon we’ll probably be reet, as they say back in my home town. There’s no denying that things will change once we’re through the storm of Covid-19, and who can say whether it will be for better or worse? It will be different though, that we can be sure of.

I am immensely grateful for everyone I have in my life right now, from my family to my wonderful friends, especially Charlotte, whose recent return to the land of poetry has put my feelings at this time into better words than I ever could.  She’s my constant cheerleader, pushing me to believe in myself and go after the things I want.

Stay safe in these crazy times. Who knows, maybe I’ll even post here again soon? Until then, keep an eye on my social media for all that #CoronavirusContent. Oh god, that’s probably a real hashtag isn’t it?

 

Photo by Morgan Barfield. 

1 Comment

  1. April 8, 2020 / 9:55 am

    I’m so excited to see you back posting again! I’m also SO excited to hear that you’re smashing your goals AND that you’ve met someone just as lovely as you. You deserve all the good things!

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