Monday, 7 November 2011

Jumping Ship

Well, my lovelies, it's been a while, hasn't it? I haven't fallen off the face of the planet, just been dealing with different real life issues, some bad, but some good too. I never dwell on the negative, so, on the upside, we've had a brand new bathroom installed at home which brings us one step closer to selling up and moving to a bigger, better flat - yay!

On Saturday I was treated to a very special early birthday treat by the delicious Miss Spinal Lou. It was the best kind of treat - a surprise! I absolutely love surprises - I think it's to do with the act that my mum is crap at keeping them and always let slip what she'd got me for birthdays and Christmases when I was young. So, you're all dying to know what the surprise was, aren't you?? I got my ears pierced!! 30 years old and covered in tattoos and I was shaking like a leaf. I had them pierced when I was a teenager but let them close up after being in hospital for an operation when I was 19. I'm totally squeamish about piercings and have been trying to work up the courage for years. It was an NY resolution this year too (along with dying my hair orange and moving house, so nearly there!). Chuffed to bits. We went to a proper piercer - no nasty gun-mutilation and it was pain free. Happy days. Thinking of buying me a Christmas present? You know what to get - Pamela LOVE:

Another thing that's been keeping me preoccupied these past few weeks has been my job. Well, my career to be more specific. I enjoy my job (I'm Learning and Access Officer for The Tall Ship), but beginning to question whether or not I want to work in museum education for the rest of my life. It's all I really know and I've been at the ship for 6 and half years. Is this it? Is this really as good as it's gonna get? I'm not willing to settle for a 'job' that slowly but steadily sucks the life from me. Instead, I've decided to retrain. As a florist!

I've been researching floristry for weeks and discovered that the local college (literally 5 mins from my house) runs the City and Guilds Level 2&3 courses AND that my grandma used to be a florist - I had for some weird reason always thought she was a baker... So there you have it - it's in my blood! It's meant to be! So, if any of you lovely readers out there have any floristry experience or have decided to 'jump ship' and retrain, I'd love to hear from you.

My preferred mode of distraction at the moment is planning my new career, style, house and life in general, on Pinterest. Any fans out there? If so, you can find me here x


  1. I've just started a new career a children's entertainer! loving it loving it. no point doing something that makes you miserable and gives you a face like a slapped arse..good on you! good luck my friend ! x

  2. wow! a florist!! that's totally made me grin :D

  3. How exciting hon - good for you. I felt the same about my job for ages - going back to college this year has reinvigorated me. Being skint is no fun, and I still don't know what I want to do when I grow up, but at least I feel like I'm moving in a direction that suits me more. Hope it does the same for you darl. Rather than duff "careers" advice, I really wish that someone had told the teenage me to follow your heart! Best of luck xxx

  4. Wow so many great things going on for you! I'm glad you're focusing on the positive, I've been going through some terrible times and refuse to focus on the negative. I have too much to be grateful for! Hey, and I guessed florist when you put that teaser out a little while back! I always love playing with flowers, and I wish you the best of luck in your new adventure! When is your birthday? Mines coming up maybe we're birthday twins!

  5. Wow good luck :) my gran was a florist too :)
    I got my ears pierced when I was 6months old but if I didn't have them still done i'd be far too chicken to now! Well done on ticking 2/3 off your nye resolutions x

  6. Well done on ticking of your NY resolutions! You've probably done better than about 99% of the population in that respect, I bet.
    Hope the floristry (is that a word?) goes well for you! Are you aiming to open up your own shop in the end, because that would be super cool.

    By the way, I think I saw you at the GFT but I was too shy (and too drunk) to say hello so I just kept nudging my pal and going 'omg look it's Madame G look at her hair!!' but in an admiring way, not a creepy way.

  7. I would never have thought that you'd have been squeamish where piercings concerned! Especially as you've got so many tattoos, piercings are over in a second, whereas tattoos...well, are not! It reminds me of when I took my best friend to get her ears pierced for the first time (She was 20) for her birthday and she actually screamed the place down. I won't lie, I took her mostly so I could see her reaction, couldn't stop laughing! Such a good friend aren't I?! Anyway well done on that as well as your other resolutions! Ooooh floristry! What an amazing career. I really hope it goes well for you lady :)

  8. Thank you for al your support girlies - I just hope I'm good at it! xx

  9. I cannot believe you are squeamish about piercings ... you have tattoos! Mind you I can do piercing but not tattoo - lol weird. Change of career, well as someone who is in the process of trying to switch career and take up new part time ventures then I would say go for it! You will only regret what you don't try. Good Luck xx


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