Travel | Towards the end of last year, my best friend and I booked a Wowcher holiday at £89 each including flights and accommodation, for a weekend in a mystery European city; we picked our dates and the airport we wanted to fly from, and then found out where we'd be going. To our delight we discovered we'll be having a weekend in Milan in March which I absolutely can't wait for!! I've not been to Italy before and I'm getting suitably prepared with the Italian phrasebook my brother got me for Christmas... Even if the only thing I've learnt so far is, "The lunch was delicious!". We're fully aware the hotel isn't going to be great, and our flights are at pretty anti-social hours, but who cares right!? A weekend in Italy for under £100? We won't be complaining, that's for sure.
Work | As I've mentioned before, I recently managed to get a voluntary role within the NHS doing the job I hope to do, one day per week. It's great that I'll be able to fit it in around my current, paid job, although it will mean having to cut back how much overtime I can do which is a shame. I admit it being voluntary is less than ideal, and the idea of working in a defined role in a voluntary capacity for the NHS grates on me a little, but I can't afford to pass up the experience and I'm really looking forward to getting started there and seeing what it brings! I've also been put in touch with a lady who has my ultimate, long-term dream job, and I've arranged a meeting with her next week for a chat and to discuss an opportunity (paid!) she has coming up in the near future. Things are looking good career-wise and I'm excited to see how it all pans out.
Life | One big thing I'm looking forward to this year is passing my driving test and the freedom that'll afford me; the worst thing about moving back home for me has been the loss of my independence, as my parents live way out in the sticks and I have to get a lift even to get the bus into town to see friends or to go to work. It's been a nightmare, especially over Christmas when the buses haven't been running and I've had to ask my mum to drive 30 miles to pick me up from work at 9pm on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day - she's a star, is my mum. So, yes, learning to drive is a big one. My theory test is booked for next week (fingers crossed!!) and I'm hoping to take my actual test a month or so after that. I'm also really looking forward to competing in Total Warrior in June, I've volunteered at the events for the past two summers so to be taking part this year is super exciting! I've also been talked into entering a 10km run a few weeks before that which I'm strangely looking forward to, although I do need to get training...
So those are a few of the things I've got planned for 2015, so far! What are you most looking forward to this year? Any big plans? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!