Here is a Life Update Post

+ January 14, 2017

This is a life update post. Ceci est un… life update post. It probably won’t be interesting, and it’s probably more for my own benefit than anything, but here it is.

I’m not sure I’ve really mentioned it, but I started a new job at the beginning of January. And said new job is in LONDON. And I live in Brighton. The train ride itself takes about 1.5 hours, and then there’s about 15 minutes of additional commuting on either side of that, so basically I am spending at least 4 hours a day, 4 days per week, just trying to get from one place to another.

And honestly… when I decided to change jobs, I didn’t realize how much the commute would kick my ass. I have barely any time at home, leaving shortly after waking, and going to bed just after I get home and shovel dinner into my mouth. I’ve been seeing far less of Katy, which makes me sad. And we have a whole situation with Poppy and noise complaints which means she’s spending large chunks of her time at Katy’s parents’ in Goring. Things feel all up in the air, and I’m waiting for them to settle a bit, but I think it will take a while.

It should improve a bit in February, once I move up to working from home 2 days per week, and the financial stress of switching jobs right before Christmas (meaning no pay day from mid-December until February 1st) settles, but still, barely having time to see my girlfriend who lives in the same flat as me (Happy One Year Anniversary to us, by the way!) and breathe doesn’t seem to bode well for this blog… does it?

I admit, I do have goals of making my commute time a bit more productive in terms of this site and my online presence in general. After all, 4 hours a day is certainly enough writing time. In theory I have plenty of opportunities to join in on Twitter chats or go on Instagram comment sprees as my train makes its way from the Big Smoke to the coast.

Step one is to get into a good enough sleep schedule that I don’t just immediately conk out once I get to a seat on the train for my morning commute. I actually would love to use this time to get back into reading more. Which could mean more book reviews, which I really enjoy doing.

Step two is to actually get my laptop out once the train empties at East Croydon on my way back (and we can all sit/breathe again) and get some stuff done, rather than just staring into space while I listen to the same Spotify playlist I’ve just been mindlessly putting on all month. I’ve heard those songs a lot, along with the disturbing buzz of my brain just completely checking out and doing absolutely nothing at all.

It would be nice to take advantage of the time I am spending in London to go out and do more London things.

On the bright side, I’m really enjoying my new job.

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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  • I’m glad you’re enjoying the new job! Long commutes are a total nightmare – I did the same as you for about 8 months for a project and it just killed me. Need to balance those WFH days!

  • The silver lining is that you enjoy your new job! I think that’s a positive. The long commute is a bummer, though. My commute to school now is about an hour each way, but I’m driving so it’s truly mindless (which bothers me). I think it’s a fantastic idea to use your commute time to work your brain! Write more, read more, and maybe start studying a new language. šŸ˜› Good luck! Hopefully you start managing the time a little more and everything settles.

  • Happy anniversary to you both. And congrats on your new job – it is great that you are enjoying it. But can totally understand the long commute sucking. It’s great if you can make a long commute more productive though, and use that time to get other stuff done. Then it doesn’t feel quite so much like wasted time! x x

  • Kim

    Happy Anniversary to you both and congratulations on the new job. I hate commuting which is why I never seem to apply or go for jobs that are more than a 30 minute drive away from home. I hope things get easier for you.