On 1st May 2016, I decided to write a blog post on the first day of each month (at least throughout the summer) to kind of pinpoint this period of my life, which I’m spending living in the city of Bordeaux. The only condition to this series is that I must read my previous post before I write the new one.

1 May: Blind, Unknowing, Zealous Jenny

1 June: Determined, Powerful, Optimistic Jenny

1 July: Poor, Content, Hustling Jenny


First of all, how on earth is it August already? Like, what. It feels like I moved to Bordeaux a couple of weeks ago, not three months ago. Oh how time flies, as the old saying goes.

Anyhow, this month has been mad and full of crazy ups and downs.

Reading my July post, it states that I had officially decided to stay in France. I wrote that two days before I got fired and found out that uni wouldn’t guarantee my place back in uni if I dropped out for a year. Soooo, change of plans.

I’m pretty terrified about going back to university actually, and now that it’s 100% definitely happening in about a months time, I’m starting to freak out a little bit. All my time outside of work (and social stuff I have to do) is spent worrying about my dissertation, my French level and the business classes I’m going to have to drag myself to each week.

This year’s going to be different to my previous years at uni and that scares me too. It’s time to put the hard work in, and not go out and drink as much as physically possible four nights a week.

But, whilst saying that, I’m ready, and I will do it – and maybe even get that First I’m hoping for.

Anyway, going back to getting fired. That came as a bit of a shock to the system, to be honest. My mind shut down for a couple of days in between dealing with having to leave working in an easy place with my friends and moving to a new place, which I knew from drinking at, but didn’t know the staff very well or anything.

The first few days in the new place were difficult to say the least. I don’t deal well with change in general, and because my whole life here got flipped over in the space of a week, it all happened a bit fast. But in the end, it turned out to be a great thing and it just goes to show that everything does happen for a reason.

Three amazing things have happened this month and I couldn’t be happier for them happening:

  1. I got to spend a whole week with the lovely Australian Alex who I haven’t seen for 6 years – and we had the best time EVER.
  2. I got to spend a day in Saint Emilion (with Alex!) which was literally a dream come true for me. Best day of my life.
  3. I moved in with Hannah yesterday, one of my greatest friends in Bordeaux, and it’s gonna be fuuuuun. Good way to end July.

So much has happened this month it’s crazy, and I’ve worked so hard. Now it’s time to get my head down in prep for uni.

Goals for August:

  1. WORK hard. You’re going to regret it if you don’t later.
  2. Don’t beat yourself up about not doing enough work. You’re never going to do as much as you want.
  3. Keep being awesome.

À bientôt!

Faves from July:

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