Summer is finally over. The weather is turning, kids are heading back to school, and I’m going to be back off to uni in a week.
For a final summer update, I’m going to reflect on what I had intended to achieve at the start of summer, and compare those goals to where I am now, and what I’m planning for the future.
One of my main goals this summer was to pass my driving test. After I failed my theory test the first time around, I managed to pass it easily the second time – all that’s left to do now is take my practical test this Thursday!
I feel as though my confidence with driving has increased by a huge amount. I used to be incredibly nervous every time I had a driving lesson, however recently I’ve actually started to enjoy it. All it required was putting myself in a variety of driving situations over and over again, and getting more experience behind the wheel.
My original aim was to make money over summer by learning web design, and reaching out to clients who needed websites building.
However, I realised that designing a website would require much more knowledge than just a basic grasp of CSS and HTML, and I started to look for other ways of making money.
After plenty of research, I am now offering my skills managing people’s Google AdWords campaigns, as well as consulting clients with regards to their Google Analytics and SEO.
I landed my second job yesterday optimising a client’s website so that it was more SEO-friendly, and I think that with positive referrals from clients it will be much easier for me to land clients in the future.
I actually feel like I’m helping people so much more than I was when I was freelancing doing simple office tasks online like transcription before I settled on AdWords, etc.
Hopefully as my skills grow, so will my online business, and I will be able to support myself this way throughout the next year of university.
I am moving to a new city next week to start my Audio Engineering Master’s course. It’s incredibly exciting (and, at the same time, nerve-wracking), but I am really looking forward to learning about something I am passionate about and looking towards the future to see where I will end up a year from now.
In my last update, I said I had been keeping a regular exercise schedule, and this month has been no exception. I have been exercising every day (apart from when I literally couldn’t fit in a workout), and I have been increasing my sets/reps when doing kettlebell and bodyweight workouts.
I am seeing more improvements in my overall strength and stamina, and when I miss a workout I feel bad that I don’t get a chance to move about my body and be active that day.
In the new house I am going to implement a room specifically for doing work, as well as doing exercise and meditation. I think having a dedicated space free from distractions is key.
Anyways, that’s all for this month (and the whole summer!). Overall, I think the summer has been a lot more successful than I anticipated. I have found a decent way to make money without getting a full-time job (especially essential when I have a master’s to focus on), I have pursued creative interests (DJing, piano), and I have done some travelling!
Have you achieved anything big this summer? I’d love to hear it below in the comments!