It's been pretty quiet here on this blog for a number of reasons, and I'm starting to feel a bit overwhelmed about to where to begin
...but instead of complaining, I'm going to list the reasons and give a mini update for those who care to read it:
1.) I started a new job 2 months ago and it's sucked up most of my time (funny that) I'm now officially a digital strategist for a advertising and marketing company, and I'm pretty much getting paid to do something I love - tinkering with online campaigns, brand strategy and development whilst tracking media trends. I even got a cheeky feature in the local business papers:
2.) Aside from my full time job, Sheena and I are still running Island Sitters after hours and on the weekends. We've finally taken on some extra hands to help us out and I can't wait to see where this little company is going in the coming months! It's not all work though - Island Sitters is about being young and fun, and last weekend we went on a little adventure with Sheena's cousin Mike and his friend James. Ain't nothing cooler than being told your adventure was 'epic' by two 12 year old boys - these ol' girls still have it!
3.) I'm part of a group called Global Shapers (You can read more about us here) and I was recently given the responsibility of running the Communications for this Hub. I'm a sucker for youth development and I think the youth in Barbados are in dire need of some more guidance and direction, especially since our unemployment rate is dangerously high and the general morale is dangerously low. We're working on some projects aimed at confronting these issues though, so I'm still hopeful, especially being surrounded by such a strong group of extraordinary young people. I'm going to be talking about this some more in future posts.
4.) J and I are going to Europe in a month! We've been busy booking & reviewing every part of our trip across 4 countries and it's been so exciting and stressful at the same time. I haven't planned a trip this meticulously since my trip to Asia in 2010, and even then, Christina and I winged it most days. When you're trying to squeeze as much as you can into 3 weeks of travel though, things get a lot more serious. (Maybe it's the adult thing to do and I just haven't figured that out yet) I can't believe it's been 2 years since I left Amsterdam and I CAN'T WAIT to share more about this trip in the coming month. I've been tweeting like a mad woman too, trying to get the best travel tips & tricks from the online travel bugs. Be prepared for a very annoying countdown and lots and lots of photos following that.
5.) Living on a little rock can drive you crazy very quickly - 'Island Fever' is no joke and I've been trying very hard not to catch that fever by distracting myself with the things mentioned above (and then some, which I'll mention in another post!) Blogging has always been another distraction for me, as well as a creative outlet, but it's recently felt like a chore. I've never been a consistent blogger, and I'm sure that I never will be, but I do love it just as much (if not more) as I did when I started over 4 years ago, I just haven't made the time for it. I have a backlog of about 400 posts on here, waiting to be edited and shared with the world. It's a constant battle between priorities, and lately blogging hasn't been one of them. I apologize for that, but the coming month should be a good kick start to get my butt into blog gear again.