A Long Overdue Life Update

Hey gang! Wow. I can’t believe how long it’s been since I was last sat updating my blog. A year ago, I was posting consistently, every week: then Lockdown happened.

For me (and I think with a lot of bloggers), writing in lockdown was either going to kill, or cure. For me, it was kill. Both Ed and I went from doing wonderful, fun, stagey jobs, to being unemployed, with no clue how long for, and I just wasn’t in the right headspace to write. Never mind the fact I was doing nothing to write about!

Whilst it’s been a hell of a difficult year, I’m not here to vent and rant…that’s not what this blog is about. It’s a means of expressing myself, yes, but I’m all about the positivity! So, all I need say is that after a rollercoaster 12 months, we’re finally allowing ourselves to feel hopeful, particularly with the mass rollout of vaccines.

There HAVE been a couple of highlights though, that I need to update you on.

Firstly, our bezzies got married! I was Maid of Honour (and on ULTIMATE veil duties), and Ed was a Groomsman.

It was touch and go for so many months because of the ever changing rules about weddings, but they tied the knot in September and it was BEAUTIFUL. They ended up spreading it over 2 days which was a great idea: ‘Day Guests’ were invited to the ceremony, wedding breakfast and various other wedding day shenanigans at Grassfield Hall on Saturday 12th, and the ‘Evening Guests’ (plus the wedding party) were invited to Papa’s in Harrogate on Sunday 13th, for food and drink, and a screening (can I call it that?), of the ceremony from the day before (done by their videographer in record time so they could share it with everyone – how amazing is that)?! They’d planned a small-ish wedding anyway, so splitting the guests in half meant everything was Covid compliant. It was an absolutely beautiful weekend, it wasn’t second best to the original plan by any means. It was so special and I (/we!) are so honoured to have been a part of it.

Then, in January, I decided to set up MY OWN BUSINESS! I know, who do I think I am…

The Stage Prints idea was conceived last summer, when I designed some prints for our staircase. The space hadn’t been touched since we moved in, so it needed some life! We didn’t have anything stagey in the house at all (which is CRIMINAL seeing as it’s basically our entire life), so we decided to make a stagey staircase! We decided that we wanted some prints of our favourite musicals, with a motivational quote, and I couldn’t find any to buy – so I got busy designing! I slapped some paint on the wall, we ordered some backstage photographs on canvases, et voila! I then ending up making a few more prints for a friend, and when she shared them on Instagram in January I thought – ‘Could I sell these? Could I make a business out of this’? 24 hours later, Stage Prints opened on Facebook and Instagram! I’ve really enjoyed creating designs, and it’s kept me sane and motivated during lockdown 3.0. Shameless plug: if anyone wants any musical prints, hop on over to the Stage Prints socials to see more designs (I have over 100 now!) and find out more information.

And the rest of the update? There’s not really anything else to say, because life is so different to normal. It’s great that we have a road map now, and dates to aim for, but until restrictions start to lift, we’re just plodding along.

The one big beauty of this year, is I’ve had 12 months with Hubby Leigh…which is the longest time we’ve ever consistently been together! His work takes him away from home, so being together, at home, every day, has been an absolute blessing. I wouldn’t have made it through this year without him here and he’s just an absolute dream.

And that’s 12 months of me summed up ✔️

Now that things are looking a bit more rosy, I’m hoping I’ll have the motivation to get back to writing, hence this post: a bit of a re-introduction, and a starting point for a more creative 2021!

Stay safe, look after each other, and keep following the rules so we can get back to normal soon.

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