So although I've left Spain, life is still an adventure.
I was a bit worried about returning to the UK as I was coming back with no job to go to. I didn't really want to be in the same position as I was before I got the job in Spain, having no job for several months. I hated it! I found it so depressing not having a job for ages, and being dependent on my parents and the government for money, and being rejected by companies. Not a fun time in my life...especially after other things that had happened. So I was dreading coming back from Spain and having a repeat. I quickly set about job hunting while in Spain, hoping I'd get lucky. Unfortunately, a couple of jobs that looked great turned me down due to me still being out of the country. I was running out of hope, when I finally got through to the next stage of a job application. Yay!! While I was in China, I had great news, and found out that another company had removed their rejection and had decided to give me an interview as soon as I returned back to the UK. Then came the dilemma...which job do I go for? Why is it jobs are like buses? None come when you really need them, then several come at once and make everything more complicated. The only thing for it was the good old pros and cons list. I came to a decision which would be better and was luckily offered the job. The job is great, very enjoyable and challenging. I am a Teaching Assistant for children with SEN. It's a great job and satisfying when you see an improvement.
As well as working as a TA I have been involved in lots of other things, mainly through church. I am co-leading the Senior and Brigader sections of Girls' Brigade with another Sarah, and it's going really well. We have even had an increase of numbers! As part of GB, I am off to South Africa in December to attend The Gathering, a massive event that doesn't take place often and representatives of GB from all over the world are attending. It's going to be a massive event and takes place for a week in Cape Town. The week before The Gathering happens, the other representatives from the UK are going to do missionary outreach work in or around Cape Town. Very exciting stuff. In preparation for this, I have to raise the funds to go, about £1500. Eek! I'm getting there slowly, with the help of some great friends in GB and have some exciting events coming up. One of which is a sponsored fast that I'll be doing for 3 days!! Think my tummy will be growling a lot! :P
Also, I have become one of the leaders of Pacers, the 'Sunday School' group for the teenagers in our church. It's pretty fun and exciting. We are currently using the parables to discuss important topics, such as 'how to treat our enemies'. In order to make it more fun, and easier to 'learn' about it, I've been trying to come up with different activities. For the 'enemy' week, the boys in the group (as the group is so large it splits into boys and girls groups) had to go into smaller groups and come up with raps that explain the parables and to talk about how to treat enemies, according to the Bible and their opinions. The raps were pretty awesome and it was great to see how much they enjoyed doing it and seemed to get from it. :D
I'm also getting involved with CTNPs (Churches Together in Newport Pagnell) plans on reaching out to the young people and getting more involved with them. It's just early days, but we have some good plans coming together and the first step is to go out onto the streets and talk to the young people about their needs. Exciting times happening in NP.
Other things have been happening, you know, the usual stuff. But also... I've got an interview for RADA!! :D *Cue high pitched squealing, jumping and giggling* I was so happy and excited when I found out I'd actually been selected for an interview. Didn't think I really would as it's so difficult to get even an interview, and the amount of talented people who apply is crazy.
In August last year, I was involved in the first History Makers in the UK for several years. It was a great success and amazing being part of the leadership team in it. I led a couple of the morning worship sessions, but even scarier, I led one of the main sessions. I was petrified and felt so unprepared. The night before I was due to do it, I stayed up late going over my notes and powerpoint presentation. Luckily, God was with me and gave me the right words to say, especially to the questions which came up. I really enjoyed doing it and being a part of it. I definitely recommend doing a History Makers course, it changes your perspective on life, your views, and strengthens you relationship with God and yourself. I learnt so much from History Makers, from both participating and helping to lead it.
I've got lots planned this year, and it's looking to be quite busy but fun. It's also going really well with my awesome boyfriend. Obviously had some ups and downs but worked through it together. Despite being apart for the first 6 months of our relationship as I was in Spain, we are working well together and getting on well. God is definitely working in our relationship, and is giving us the strength to work through any problems we face together .
Obviously some bad things have happened but also some good things too. One of my friends is getting baptised on Sunday, it's going to be amazing, and I'm helping her by going in the water with her. Very touched by being asked to do that. :D
Think that be all for now. Enjoy.
God bless xxx