Hey everyone for today’s blog post I wanted to do a bit of a re-wind from October 2020 to December 2020. I know that I am a year late to this but I have just been super busy these past few years that I have struggled to keep up with blog posts. This is something I definitely want to try and keep up to date with next year!
My Mum’s birthday is in October so as we all knew that some sort of restrictions were on their way we went to Alto by San Carlo at the top of Selfridges. We shared a lamb rack, beef carpaccio, and some prawns. I actually didn’t eat a lot as I felt quite unwell which I think looking back was anxiety for what was about to happen. Nevertheless, my Mum had a great birthday and I still tried to make it as special as I could while we were still able to enjoy things.
We went into a national lockdown on the 5th of November which meant that we couldn’t go out unless it was for a walk or to the supermarket. Therefore, to add some early Christmas cheer I decided to put up my tree early in my room. Normally we don’t put our decorations up until the middle to end of November, however, as it was a strange time we put them up early. It was actually really nice having them up as they just added a bit of happiness to each day. I also made sure to start watching lots of Christmas movies daily just to take my mind off everything that was going on.
At work, we did a virtual Christmas-themed bake-off I had found this Christmas tree cake that I wanted to try and make. I didn’t do too bad considering it was my first time making it but I do see where I could definitely improve for next time. The cake tasted really good which was the most important part. Of course, I didn’t win as some of my colleagues put in a lot of hard work and made a whole Christmas village out of cake, sweets, and biscuits.
I decided to start my own podcast to also help myself get through the lockdown and others. The idea behind the podcast is me having a fireside chat with other influencers about how they got into content creating and what the content that they create is all about. I had such fun doing this and it is something I would definitely like to pick up again. Much like with my blog, and YouTube channel I just have been so busy I haven’t had a lot of time or energy over the past few years to upload reguarly.
The festive season last year was definitely one for the books because it was one like no other. We all thought that we would be able to spend Christmas as usual, however, this was not the case. We came out of a national lockdown on the 2nd December and entered a tier system where different parts of the country were in tier 1, tier 2, tier 3, and tier 4, depending on the number of cases per area. Tier 1 was the lowest and had pretty much no restrictions and then tier 4 was like a local lockdown with the other two tiers somewhere in-between.
I had a bit of a health scare at the beginning of December which was definitely stress-related as my blood pressure was through the roof so I had to wear a blood pressure monitor all day including the night. As you can imagine during the night I couldn’t sleep properly as all night it would take my blood pressure every hour. Turns out my blood pressure was absolutely fine and I think I was just suffering a bit of anxiety.
As we couldn’t have an office Christmas party in person last year we did a virtual one instead. We had to create a Christmas-themed food board which could be hot or cold so I went for a classic one and did a bit of baking as well. London went into tier 4 on the 21st of December which meant that I wasn’t able to go to my dad’s for Christmas as he lives in Kent. Therefore, it was just Mum and I which actually turned out to be really nice. We didn’t have to prepare a big meal only what we wanted to eat and we could celebrate Christmas day how we wanted.
It really took the pressure off having to see everyone before Christmas. We spent Christmas day eating, watching TV, and mainly just relaxing. We also had a family face time with my Mum’s side of the family which was really weird but also really lovely. On boxing day we just did the same really but had a cheese board instead of a roast dinner. Although Christmas last year wasn’t a normal one I am very thankful as we all had a good time and were able to see each other when it was safer to do so and exchange gifts then.