Oops.. it has been exactly a year since I last posted on this blog- I have truly and utterly neglected this.
Truth is, I think it's been a bit too much of an eventful year for me to have truly committed to writing this on a regular basis. I probably won't bore you with the details right here, right now, but rather give a brief overview. If you can't do it at Christmas, then when can you do it?
I'm now back in the UK- after almost 2 years away from home, I decided it was probably about time I came back. I think if I had missed one more Birthday, Christmas, Wedding or indeed Christening- my friends and family would have had me hung, strung and quartered- at least then I would have had a valid excuse for not being in the country!
There were several factors in this- friends and family being the most important of these. So I totally blame you guys for how much I am shivering right now despite wearing several layers of thermals, scarves and gloves whilst rocking back and forth cradling a cup of hot (Yorkshire [-obviously]) Tea.
My job was pretty fantastic, and also a massive personal achievement. I never dreamed of being offered such an opportunity. However it also proved to be a massive challenge. The decision to leave the role and head back to the UK was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make, however one I know was the best thing for me and my health. (Turns out stress can actually affect your health.. massive lesson learnt when I was diagnosed with Shingles in August this year. Oops.)
I've become a bit of a coffee snob in the past two years.. Costa and Starbucks seem to resemble more pond water than anything that is supposed to be ground from coffee beans. Also, the fact that Flat Whites aren't universal over here in the UK is as shocking as the America's Cup result earlier this year between the US and NZ. In fact the state of the coffee over here could be enough to send me back to Welly. (Don't panic, Laura, I am kidding!)
So here I am, back in the UK and ready to start the next new exciting chapter. As ever I'm not sure how it will go, but I figure if I can go to the other side of the world and make it work, I should theoretically be okay back on home ground, right?