So back in the olden times, I'd have cleverly researched, drafted, got photo clearance and scheduled some fascinating blog posts to tide everyone over if I was ever took soon time out for myself over the summer. Well, times have changed and I'm super busy and needed a real, proper, break so here I am with an update on where I've been, instead.
First up, I went to see my old school for one last time before it gets knocked down. The old sports hall (which was opened to great fanfare during my time there) had an amazing exhibition of old photos from over the years - including a few of me on stage in various productions. I kind of wish I'd stuck with the acting but my parents weren't so keen on anything extra curricular, preferring me to concentrate on the academic side instead, so I dropped it shortly after being offered the role of Viola in Twelfth Night in 6th Form. The role went instead to someone who's now a very very very well known theatre director. Just like if I'd stuck with the radio alongside my old co-host (who's now a very very very well known Hollywood movie editor with an Oscar nomination under his belt) or my old student journalism chum... who just wrote the Guardian's lead article on the new Alan Partridge film. Can you see a theme here?
Anyhoo, in the interests of being a bit more extra curricular, I'm super-busy with all kinds of improving activities. I just took on an extra role (and an extra day) at my day job. I'm working hard to focus and rationalise my Girl Industries range - more on that in a blog post still to come. I'm also working on a freelance basis giving support and providing practical services to a number of online outlets, which has been really interesting work and is definitely something I'll be sticking at. I also have a brand spanking new venture which I was spending all my Fridays on when I wasn't working in my day job on Fridays. This new venture should be up and running in the next couple of months, and it's something I really really can't wait to share with you. And did I mention I have a 2 year old and a long-suffering husband...?
And all this comes from one photograph on the wall in a disused sports hall. I always come out in those psychometric tests as a 'text' person and not an 'images' person, but maybe my increased attempts to broaden my horizons are proving to be an instant success!