Waiting for Normality and Living beyond Social Media – A Life Update

Waiting for Normality and Living beyond Social Media – A Life Update

Hello there, its been a while hasn’t it? Sorry about that, life kinda got in the way of everything.

So let’s be honest I’ve been pretty terrible at blogging this year. What with finishing my degree, juggling trying to plan the future and everything else, this little old blog pretty much got put on the back burner. I wasn’t really travelling, I wasn’t really doing anything worth blogging about and well I can’t imagine you guys were interested in the multiple plans we went through trying to figure out where the rest of this year would take us. Then we went to Venice and got engaged and since then everything has fallen into place but I’ve barely kept up with it all, let alone trying to tell you guys.

Life beyond Social Media

There is another reason why you haven’t seen everything plastered on social media though. It started out when JP and I were deciding what photos to use to announce our engagement, we had some gorgeous shots of the actual proposal and then some other posed ones. We’d written out this nice long post and added all the photos when I suddenly decided it didn’t want the world to be part of our special moment. So instead we chose a shot from the day after our engagement that looks kinda professional and we kept that special moment ours.

Since that day, I’ve been making more and more decisions about social media that involve keeping my life private. Something that seems to be pretty uncommon as a blogger because what is a blog if you don’t know the person behind it and their whole life story. Heck, even I went on about how blogs should be honest and personal last year. But, the truth is after five years of blogging I’m done sharing my entire life online. I’m happy just sharing my life with those close around me, I mean they struggle to keep up with what I’m doing as it is. The other reason for this sudden urge to keep my life private is that I’ve got a real job. A teaching job and I don’t want the parents to be able to Google me and find out every little detail about my life.

Having said all of that, I feel like I owe you guys, as my readers a bit of an explanation as to what is going on with me. Why the sudden lack of posts and social media content. So this is my apology letter.

Waiting for normality to appear

For the first six months of this year I was waiting for some kind of normality to appear. JP returned from Brazil last December and since then we have desperately tried to find some kind of concrete plan for this year and beyond. Each month it seemed like a different scenario was on the table: stay in London, JP move to work in Australia, move back to Glasgow, stay in London, move home. Until eventually something came through. Something which then proceeded to take two and a half months to finalise.

New Chapter

In this two month period we got engaged, went to France, twice, I finished university and got a job. A job that wasn’t in the same country as JP, not even the same continent. And so on the 1st of July, I did something I swore I would never do again, 10 months previous. I dropped JP at Heathrow on a one way ticket to Dubai. Then I moved myself back to my childhood town, back to my childhood bedroom at my parents and started a job that wasn’t suppose to start until September. A job that I already ready love and am so pleased that I spent three years at university to qualify as a teacher.

And so a new chapter in this crazy thing we call life begins. A chapter that didn’t look like it would work out for a long while this year. A chapter that we didn’t see coming at all.


Next week I will graduate with a 2:1 (missing out on first by a mere few marks) then in two and a half weeks I will fly to Dubai for my summer holidays before properly starting my new job in the UK as a teacher in September.

No more London living.
No more university. 

Maybe this makes me a proper adult now?


Thank you to all those people who have continued to read this blog, even when I’m only post sporadically.


  1. 15th July 2017 / 10:03 pm

    Congratulations on your job my love, I’m so so so proud of you and all your achievements! I honestly don’t blame you for not making blogging a priority these last few months – it sounds like you’ve had a stressful and busy old time of it! And I totally know what you mean about the privacy. It feels weird knowing that people can read such private things about me, so you really do have to draw the line somewhere. Xx

  2. 31st July 2017 / 8:16 pm

    Congratulations on your job, I hope you love teaching – rather you than me! Also congrats on the engagement, how exciting being proposed to in Venice – romantic I bet! I’m new to your blog but look forward to reading more 🙂

    • Jodie Louise
      6th August 2017 / 2:12 pm

      Thanks so much Rachel! I hope you enjoy reading my blog.

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