October- The Month Of Self Care

Welcome to my fourth gap year update! October is by far my favourite month of the year and this one was a good one.

Week 1

I went into October feeling really positive, I channeled my new year vibes and convinced myself October was going to be much better than September and that it was a fresh start, and I was right. I started the best month of the year by watching this seasons first episode of  ‘Saturday Night Live’, albeit not live from my living room…on a Sunday morning. Even so, it gave me the autumnal vibes I needed and I feel SO content now knowing I have new Kate McKinnon videos to look forward to every Sunday. Things also picked up for me job wise during the first week of the month and I got a trial at a local coffee shop. I went for six and a half hours expecting to serve old people cake and coffee and instead was put in a room with fluorescent lighting and told to load and unload a dishwasher for the entire thing (thats a lie, I also took the bins out, what a treat). After being to scared to reject the job offer when the manager asked me infront of everyone else whether I wanted to work there, I went home, cried and text her saying I wouldn’t be taking the job. I know you have to start somewhere and it may sound like I’m scared of hard work, but I value my time and mental health more than washing dishes for minimum wage. I promised myself and my parents that I’d get a job by the end of the month, and after rejecting the job offer at the cafe, I was given three job interviews in one day. All three were for retail stores, the first being a telephone interview, the second a face to face interview and trial and the third a group interview. They all went well but I had one in mind that I really wanted but didn’t think I’d get because of my lack of experience. Two days after the interview, I was offered the position and I couldn’t be happier. I was even offered more interviews, so after feeling hopeless and applying for over 150 jobs without hearing anything back but rejections, I got six interviews and a job offer in one week. On the same day I was offered the job, I started a film academy. It wasn’t what I was expecting, and as I mentioned in my last gap year update I am not one for drama lessons or drama games, so when the course leader announced we’d be playing ‘shuffle monster’ I wanted to walk right back out and never come back. I didn’t though, I decided it was at least worth giving it a try for a day and I actually came out with some really good ideas and the confidence to talk to new people.


Week 2

The second week of the month was a lot more productive. I made the spontaneous decision to have a bath, which won’t sound like a big deal to some, but I’m a shower person so to sit in a candle lit bath for an hour listening to an audio book was an absolute treat. I made my way through the audio version of ‘Girlboss’ which gave me SO much motivation after having none at all during September. After finishing the book I was more than ready to get my sh*t together and started the ‘Simplify Your Life Challenge’ which was one of my main goals for the month. The main aim of the challenge is to have a decluttered, organised environment and mind which will allow you to be more productive. The challenge was made by Michelle from ‘muchelleb’ who I’ve become absolutely obsessed with recently, who also runs a self development themed book club I’ve decided to join. The combination of taking some self care time, taking motivation from others and doing practical things to take back control of my life meant that by mid October I was back on track and out of my September rut and to top it all of, I had an interview to work at a summer camp in America next year!

Week 3

The highlight of week three was going to see Mamma Mia the musical at Sunderland, I’ve mentioned before how much I love going to the theatre so to be able to spend another night there with my family was lovely! Things did start going a little bit downhill this week though, I slowly started losing motivation and still hadn’t made any progress with my blog or YouTube channel, but I was making time for self care and more baths which is always a good thing!

Week 4

The majority of the last week of the month was spent at the film academy I’m going to, which meant I was travelling back and fourth a lot and didn’t get much else done. By this point, the minimalism challenge had gone out of the window half way through and I wasn’t making much progress with anything else either. The month was of course finished off with Halloween though, which I’ve realised is a night much better spent inside giving out treats than walking in the cold singing to get them.

Overall Feelings On The Month

October has probably been the most positive, productive month since I started these updates in July; it was the spooky season, I got a job, started a film academy, focused on self development and made more time for self care. Although I lost motivation towards the end of the month, I’m taking as much of October’s positivity as I can into November!

Social Media Goals

Just like last month, no social media goals were set for October. I haven’t been doing any blogging or YouTube so there was no way anything was going to grow, but I’m going to try my best to get back on track next month.

Last Months Goals

I’m SO glad to say last month’s goal of ‘Finish America photo diaries’ has FINALLY been ticked off. I went to America in March and these posts have been hanging over me ever since and I can’t tell you how pleased I am to finally have work up that I’m proud of as well as memories of my time spent in the USA.

As I said, I got half way through the ‘Thirty day simplify your life challenge’ so I didn’t quite reach this goal, but I am proud of myself for getting through the physical decluttering and I’m sure at some point in the near future I’ll dedicate a couple of hours in bed with a cup of tea to get through the mental decluttering part.

I’m also very pleased to say that my third goal for October, ‘Get a job’ has been achieved. I got a Christmas position I’m really happy with and I’m glad my life has some structure again.

Next Months Goals

-Put in as many hours at work as I can

-Post to my blog and YouTube once a week

-Start my new year planning

Hope you enjoyed another update on my gap year! What was your biggest achievement of October? Leave a comment and let me know! Megan x

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