It's an understatement when I say it has "been a while" since I last wrote a blog post... The run up to Christmas when you work in customer service (particularly in a theatre) doesn't leave you with much time to sit down and write. I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year and indulged to your heart's content. That's what it's all about after all. I just wanted to write a little post about this year so far and what I've been getting up to, as I feel I've been a little bit more absent from social media lately, which is not necessarily a bad thing. So, let's start with the beginning.
New Year's Eve proved itself to be my favourite night of the year yet again. This time around we danced the night away at a 60s vs 90s vinyl night and then headed to the cathedral to see in the new year. Apparently this is something that the people of Lincoln do every year, yet even after living here for four years I never knew it was a thing. Why wouldn't it be? It's literally the most beautiful place in the whole city. There were so many people crowded around, all cheering and singing when the bells rang out for midnight. It was magical to spend the night surrounded by some of my best friends and the people I hold dearest. Thankfully, we managed to take some pictures at home before we went out and got too drunk...
I guess the biggest news of this year so far (and the reason I've been so absent) is that I've been away on tour! It's been the most crazy, disorientating, enjoyable experience ever. Getting up at 4am, driving around the country in a van (I know, imagine me driving a van) from show to show... setting up, performing, packing down and driving to the next place, and the next, to do the same thing again and again (as well as cramming in the gym somewhere inbetween) could well have run the risk of being monotonous and exhausting. Although it may have been exhausting, the other actors I had the pleasure of working with made the whole experience an absolute joy. It's strange how close you become to people so quickly when you're working and living together in such a way. I couldn't have imagined a better cast to perform with, go on adventures with, and muck around with for just over a month - January 2019 is a month I won't forget in a hurry.
As soon as the tour was over I was thrown into February, a month full of celebrations. There was no resting! A couple of days after I got home it was Darius's 28th birthday and we spent the weekend celebrating the only way we know how: by dancing to 80's music, drinking a lot and spending way too much money on meals out. Two of my closest girls and their boyfriends came to visit us for the weekend, so we made it a whole weekend of triple dating. Sickeningly cute. The three of us are never all together at the same time any more since we live apart, so it was only right that we take too many pictures to remember the occasion by. We tried, but it just turned into us having a laughing fit like everything does.
Another milestone to celebrate so far this year was our 2 year anniversary. We had a lovely lazy morning, opening cards and receiving flowers in bed, then we ate brunch at our favourite vegan deli. Once we'd filled our stomachs with more brunch than was sensible, we made our way to the part of the day I had organised: an afternoon bouncing around a giant trampoline park. After all, acting like idiots is what we do best together. Maybe a big brunch wasn't such a great idea... After a very sweaty couple of hours of launching ourselves through an inflatable assault course, I was told to get ready for dinner. I had no idea where we were going as it was a complete surprise, and wasn't even let in on the secret until we got to the door of the restaurant. We had an amazing, romantic dinner at one of the best restaurants in Lincoln, with our very own vegan menu assembled specifically for us. After that we stopped off for a few drinks at a couple of bars nearby, before stumbling up Steep Hill back home.
2019 is already shaping up to be a great year, let's just hope it continues how it started. I'm incredibly content with my relationships with those around me, along with the acting work that's coming my way. I've got more shows coming up over the next few months that I'm so excited about, along with some special little collaborations that I can't wait to show you. However, I know that this year I need to work on myself more - I want to ensure that I'm looking after my mental health and staying healthy physically too.
I hope you've all had a great start to the year and most importantly are being kind to yourselves. It's easy to be too strict on yourself at this time of year, trying to stick to new year's resolutions and goals that you set. Whilst it's important to have something to strive towards and focus on, it's also ok to fail. Don't succumb to the ideal of this year having to be the best year yet - shit happens, life happens. If you've had a few set backs already it doesn't mean this year is a write-off. Take the rough with the smooth and enjoy the ride that 2019 brings.