Solo trips, west end shows, organising events & facing my fears: January in review.
solo trips, west end shows, organising events & facing my fears: January in review.
I don’t think I’ve ever been able to say this, but January 2019 has been one of my favourite months in a long time. So much so that it may have even beaten December and coming from a girl who loves Christmas, this is quite something. During the last few weeks of 2018, I promised myself that 2019 would be my year - but really this time. I promised that I was going to focus on all of the things I love, work on all of my passions, my health and wellbeing and not hang around anyone or anything that brings me nothing but joy and happiness.
And honestly, I can already see such a difference in myself already. I keep thinking about all of the things I’ve achieved in the last few months having gotten out of a bad relationship last year, and it’s just making me SO happy. Let’s just hope this mindset and motivation continues, huh?
So, what have I been up to this month?
1st - 2nd January - a solo trip to Edinburgh.
I kick-started the year with a solo trip to Edinburgh and I genuinely had the best time. I’ve only ever been to Edinburgh once before on a work trip back in April 2016, and that was the time I fell in love with the city and vowed to return to see it all properly. So, when I found the £8 train ticket for New Years Day - it took me all of 2 seconds to decide I was going to go.
I’ve been chatting to a lot of my friends about this over the last week or so - about spending time by yourself - and while I think a lot of people are terrified at the thought of going places on your own, I would really encourage you to do so.
I spent two days exploring one of my favourite cities. I was able to go where I wanted, when I wanted. I walked the Royal Mile (a few times), went to see the castle, explored all of the little side streets, climbed Calton Hill, found the cutest cafe’s and stopped for coffee as many times as I pleased.
Then, on the second day, I booked a train to North Queensferry as I really wanted to see the Forth bridges, and I ended up walking the Fife coastal walk on the most beautiful of cold, frosty but sunny morning’s and it was simply the best way to start 2019.
Being by myself gave me the chance to really practise some mindfulness. To get myself in the right mindset for the year ahead. To set my intentions for 2019 and start planning exactly how I was going to achieve them all.
Barre with Barre Balance 3 x Week.
This month was the first full month of me attending 3 Barre classes a week and I LOVE it. Just to be clear, I am not being paid or asked to promote these in any way, but the classes are run by one of the most beautiful humans I know - my lovely friend Natalie - and so I may be a little biased! Barre Balance has officially launched in Liverpool, and I couldn’t recommend Barre enough if you’ve been thinking of giving it a go.
It gives you a full body workout, it makes you stronger and more flexible and even incorporates mindfulness and meditation at the end of each session. Natalie has already built a beautiful community of women, and I think that is one of the best parts about it. Each class feels comfortable and relaxed - and unlike I used to feel at the gym - no one is in competition with each other and it’s just lovely.
5th January - facing my fear of the dentist & flying all at once.
Ok I’m at my first dentist appointment in about 7 years because I’m terrified and I walk in and the dentist is PLANE themed and this is neither helping my fear of the dentist or flying.— Soph 🌸 (@sophierosie) January 5, 2019
All the staff are dressed as cabin crew, I’m not even joking. 😂✈️😭 pic.twitter.com/RKuuEzU5N8
I hadn’t been to the dentist in approximately 7 years before 5th January, and something told me it was probably about time I went for a check up. Now, like a lot of people in the UK, I was quite anxious about the dentist after not having the nicest of NHS dentists when I was younger. And so, I googled ‘friendly dentists’ in Liverpool and this particular one right in the city centre had raving reviews from other people like me. I decided to go for it and booked myself in.
However, when I got there, I realised that these guys weren’t exactly your typical dentists. The whole place was PLANE themed. The waiting room was the cabin complete with cabin seats, music and fake windows, and all the reception staff were dressed as cabin crew.
I’m not even joking.
These would’ve been a cute distraction from the fact I was freaking out about the dentist… if I wasn’t also terrified of flying!
At least it provided you guys with some entertainment…
(I have to say, despite the whacky interior, these guys are the best dentists ever. My dental therapist, Zoë, is amazing and put me completely at ease and I may even be slightly looking forward to going back!).
19th January - That Millennial Girl podcast recording with Abigail.
The gorgeous Abigail from Blush & Noise launched her podcast in January - That Millennial Girl - and invited me to be the first guest! I’ve spent the last 3 years of my life working in radio, and yet this was the first time I’ve ever spoken into a mic and heard my voice back in my ear. It was strange. But once I’d gotten over that, and stopped giggling - I absolutely loved it!
We chatted all about careers, blogging and how important it is to focus on what you love. I also confessed to getting random strangers on the beach to take Instagram photos for me, so if you want to give it a listen, you can listen on Spotify or search for That Millennial Girl on Apple Podcasts.
I love the whole idea behind Abi’s new venture, and I already just know it’s going to be a success and I couldn’t be more excited for her.
22nd January - Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
A few weeks ago now, I headed down to London for a few days of meetings and strategy sessions with work. One of the (very) few things I miss about living and working in the capital is being able to go to the theatre in the evenings and so, while I was there, we decided to make the most of it and went to see Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. This was the second time I’ve seen this show, it was the third time for my friend Allie, but the first time for Clare. Allie and I couldn’t have been more excited to see the show again and introduce Clare to the glittery and technicolour world of Jamie New that she’d been missing out on.
If you haven’t seen this show yet, you HAVE to. It’s one of the most feel-good shows I’ve seen, the music is wonderful and the message of the show is beautiful. I can’t stop talking about it or listening (and dancing!) to the soundtrack - so if you’re looking for something to do in London, I couldn’t recommend ETAJ enough.
26th January - Girls in Work LIVE
This has to be my favourite thing that happened this month - we hosted our first ever Girls in Work event. I launched Girls in Work last March as a place to talk about all things careers and jobs, with the mission to inspire, motivate and empower other women in the workplace. Em was on board from the very first day, and we’d said from our launch date that we wanted to host a panel event. And here we are, on 26th January, doing just that! We had nearly 40 people there, including four wonderful panellists and it went so much better than we could’ve even hoped.
We chatted about how to have difficult conversations, on being a strong female leader in male dominated industries, and discussions around our apprehensions as women on starting families whilst not falling behind with our careers - and the feedback was overwhelming. It made us so happy to know that so many people got something out of the event, as that was just what we wanted.
The thing I’m most proud of though, is that we managed to pull the whole thing together in just 3 weeks, and it’s certainly given us the bug to get started on planning our next one in London in already. Of course, we’re aiming for even bigger and better things and it’s making me all excited just thinking about it.