As first months of the year go, January wasn’t bad. Not bad at all. I started the month with a trip to the Harry Potter studio tour in Watford as a belated birthday present, which was the BEST things ever. I had been so excited about it for so long that I was a little nervous that it wouldn’t live up to the hype but it definitely did. And it revved my Harry Potter obsession up a few more notches, which I have no complaints about.
After that, it was back to work. It is still a challenge but I feel a lot more settled in my new job which really helps. The only problem is that it makes for very long days during the week (and usually bringing some work home too) so I feel like I haven’t had much of a chance to do things on an evening. My creative writing has slowed considerably, and I haven’t been reading as much as I would have liked.
I have started a new creative writing class however in an attempt to hold myself accountable again. With any luck, I can make some more progress on my WIPs soon. I do miss it but it is such a challenge sometimes.
January was the month that I headed to The Tea House in Middlesbrough for the very first time and decided that it wouldn’t be my last visit. I don’t find myself in Middlesbrough all that often any more but I think I might have to change that in the rest of 2018. That is cake worth travelling for, trust me.
I also celebrated my graduation with a little belated Burns Night shindig with all the people I love at the end of the month. It was lovely to catch up with them all and to offer my thanks for all of their support during my degree. Plus, I had forgotten how much I love haggis and Irn-Bru since moving back to the north east. Now that I’ve been reminded, I’m sure that I’ll be having plenty of it again!
Finally, it’s time to share my favourite posts of the month with you: