I can’t believe today is the 1st of August, and that I’m going back to Stoke in less than six weeks. This Summer has actually been so much nicer than the last, having more time to do things that having no work restraints allows you to. I’m still working of course, probably about half the hours I was last Summer. While I’m earning far less, I’m just trying to learn not to stress out about my money while I’m at this part of my life where I can get away with it. I have no serious financial commitments and my parents have been pretty laid back with me being here over the Summer, so it’s all gravy. I’ve spent the last two years of my life focussing on saving money in a relationship that inevitably fell through, so yeah. Just going with said flow…
I said I’d post a few things on here, and I haven’t. However, I have ticked a few things on my Summer to-do list. Namely:
a) buy a 50mm 1.4 AF-G lens
b) pass my bike theory test
c) pass my CBT
d) cook a lot more
e) spend more time with my friends, my oldest friend and her now 6 and a half week old baby
f) take more photographs
g) subscribe to GoodFood magazine (I am 21, honestly)
h) look more into options (realistic ones) available both during my final year at university and those first few months afterwards.
With earning less money comes not being able to afford as much (obviously). I was clearly aware of this before Summer was here, but I really would have loved to have passed my bike test aswell this Summer. A direct access course can cost up to £600, and with having to pay for inevitable training/lessons beforehand, it’s just not going to happen. It’s a shame, but I’d rather have the money I’ve got to enjoy my Summer and perhaps just pass it later on in the year or, if I can’t do that, next Summer. The DSA are changing the bike test again, and this does mean that after January I won’t be able to pass my test on a 500cc bike without being 23…but, I’ve talked about this with the rents and after 2 years of passing my test I’ll be able to ride whatever I like anyway, even if I pass on a 125cc. My theory and CBT are also valid for two years so I think that’s now the plan of action. I’ve definitely got some of what I wanted to out of the way, so I’m happy enough with that.
With taking photos and baking etc, it’s actually been quite enjoyable. I’ve also installed the magazine design software that we use at university, so I’ve been able to dabble on there and get back up to scratch with design. I really enjoy it, and I think it allows me to use the eye for space and layout that I use in my photographs in a different way. I love organising how things are put on a page, and if I can photograph, write and design all on my tod, then I think that puts me in a pretty good place as far as employability is concerned. That’s the theory, anyway. Let’s hope something comes of it.
I think that’s basically where I stand at the moment. This Summer I’ve earned my money and I’ve spent it, while retaining a few pennies for this final year at uni. I’ve also managed to pull back my overdraft that I’d extended at the end of last semester, so pretty chuffed with myself about that.
I’ll start uploading more things really soon. I’ve updated my portfolio site [ http://cerisaunders.daportfolio.com ] but that’s going to be getting better too.