Summer is officially over, but luckily for me it’s still hitting high 20s°C (70sºF) here in Granada. Sad as I am to see the warm temperatures go, I love how autumn makes me feel. It has always signaled a change. First with the start of a new school year, then after university, it meant moving-moving across continents, cities, and countries. This year I moved from Madrid, the Spanish capital, to a charming university city in the south.
Here is my monthly recap of the highs, and lows, of my new life in Granada.
Back to Work
After months off, I finally started my new job at a biotech company based here in Granada. I haven’t taken a life sciences course since high school (almost 10 years ago!) so everyday I’m learning something new. On top of this, I’ve had to get used to working full time, something I haven’t done since 2011. Despite that, I’m thoroughly enjoying my new position, and am very happy to be out of the ‘teaching English’ world.
We’ve made a conscious decision to not eat out as much, and for the past 3 weeks 90% of our meals have been homemade. We’ve gotten into a routine of planning all our meals the weekend before, which has helped minimize temptations to go out. Meal planning means we know what we need to buy at the grocery store and are not just wandering the aisles for whatever catches our eyes. If you have any favourite recipes, please link to them in the comments so we can try them out!
Getting Paid for Freelance Work
Since I had some time off in the summer, I decided to try my hand at freelance writing. I was able to get a few jobs, and this month I’ve finally been paid for them. It wasn’t much, and I probably won’t be taking on more work for a bit (I want to focus more on my day job), but being paid for my writing has given me a little boost of confidence.
Back to Work
With my new job I work from 9am to 6:30pm, four days a week. This is so that on Friday we can all leave a few hours earlier. I like the idea of this type of work schedule (who wouldn’t want to leave early on Fridays?), but the first week was tough! I was literally counting down the hours until home time. Luckily, since then I’ve been given more responsibility and having so many tasks to complete makes time go by much faster.
Failing at Working Out
I had a very indulgent summer, eating whatever I wanted and barely working out. On the first of this month I vowed to get back into my regular morning workout, but completely failed. It’s easy to blame my new work schedule, but I know that if I really wanted to, I could do it.The problem is, I don’t want to. Hoping to find inspiration and motivation to workout this month, and to finally just get back into my regular routine. Do you have any motivation tips for me?
A few months ago we adopted a stray kitten who we named Nami. We were worried about how she would react to the move from Madrid to Granada, but she seemed to adjust fine. Fast forward to this month, and she has become very clingy. We’re at work at least 10 hours a day now, and she’s not used to that. We try to make up for it by playing with her when we get home and giving her some attention. Hopefully she goes back to her playful, calm self soon.
My month was quite busy, but after a fairly relaxed summer, it was a welcomed change.
What does autumn mean to you? What fun or new activities have you done this month?
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