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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

Posted by semily89 13:24 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (0)

Trip to China and the final week in Spain

(very very very late post :P)

So I'm clearly forgetful and totally forgot to write about my trip to China and my last week in Spain. Clearly useless :P

So I jetted off to China for 2 weeks to see my sister who is living out there at the moment. Unfortunately, a couple of days before I was due to go, I got tonsilitus. :( So that meant going on a 2 day journey being ill. Yep... 2 days!! It took me 2 days to get to China! Such a fun journey. I had to get a coach to Madrid, then a taxi to the airport. Then flew to Dubai, and had to stay in the airport for 10 hours!! Luckily, they do a tour into Dubai if you're stuck in the airport for more than 8 hours. Unluckily... I was stuck there in the middle of the night, so no chance of going out. There's only so much you can do in an airport for 10 hours. Surprsingly I got bored. :P I finally got to Hong Kong, where I had to get a taxi limo thing to the Chinese border in Shenzhen where I met my sister. I then had to get a taxi to her place. Finally..... The journey had finished!!

But the night was not over.... My sister managed to get herself locked, yes locked, in her bathroom. It was hilarious! I had to try and ring people who spoke English adn Chinese, but their phones were off. So I wondered down to the lobby to the guard with a Chinese-English dictionary and had to act out that she was stuck in the loo and we needed a locksmith. Finally he understood and called someone who eventually managed to get her out. It was so so funny, couldn't stop laughing. She was clearly so happy to see me that she got locked in the loo :P

The rest of the trip wasn't as eventful as that, luckily. We travelled around China and went to Beijing and Xian and saw so much. We climbed the Great Wall of China, saw the Terracota Army. We went to a Dumpling meal and saw loads of amazing acts of traditional Chinese performance. We had a traditional crispy duck banquet and saw the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace and lots of other amazing things. We also did lots and lots of shopping, of course. :) There was a great art village we went to and there was so much amazing art work, too much to choose from. What I did really want was way to big to bring back. :( But managed to find some nice little pics that I liked. I even got myself a handmade chinese silk dress. It's gorgeous :) We ate lots of yummy food as well. We then went to Macau and stayed in the Venecian which was a nice resort. Lots of things to do. We went for a nosey in the Hard Rock resort as well. :) While we were in Macau, we went on a trip to the old part of Macau, which was really interesting and gorgeous. It was interesting to see the big contrast between old and new Macau.

After Macau we went to Hong Kong and I had the biggest ever plate of Nachos!! That was all I ordered but couldn't even manage it all. They were so yummy tho. In Hong Kong, we climbed up to the largest free standing Buddhist in the world and saw Shaolin Monks perform live!! They were amazing. So incredible and talented. Even got a photo with them! :) I'd been saying the whole trip that I wanted to go and see the Shaolin Monks perform, and Rach thought it wouldn't really be possible but we got lucky and they were performing while we were in Hong Kong at the Giant Buddha. That made my day. :)

Unfortunately, during the 2nd week in China, my tonsilitus returned and wasn't fun. :( I wasn't able to get any medicine till we got to Hong Kong. Least I could still enjoy China. :) I also went to see the biggest Chinese football match of the season. Beijing against the current winners, can't remember who oppsie, but the team we were supporting, the current champions, won! Yay. The football pitch looked smaller than a regular pitch. And, when the fans didn't agree with the Ref, they chucked all their full drinks and food at the pitch! It was pretty funny. We also saw the Beijing fans start fighting between themselves. It was a pretty interesting match.

After China I went back to Spain for my final week. That was very sad. :( I said goodbye to everyone and had lots of fun in my last week. It was very sad. On my last day, the Sunday, I went to church and they threw me a surprise leaving party and had made me a cake and got me presents. It was so sweet and sad. I cried. The church as a whole got me pressies and then some families individually did as well. I spent the day out with people, and it was really nice. Some families were demanding that I stay with them when I come back to visit which is so sweet. I can't wait to go back and visit them all.

Packing to come home was a nightmare. I had 2 massive suitcases, both overweight, and I had to post myself a box of my stuff home. Very expensive moving back home. I clearly shop too much hehe.

Since I've been back in the UK, I've helped with History Makers UK, and led a couple of sessions. I was so nervous, but luckily God was with me and gave me the words to say. I lvoed being able to be involved in History Makers again. I have also got a job as an SEN Teacher's Assistant and I love it. And... I've been selected to go with GB and some other members to Global Gathering in South Africa next year. So excited!! :D Global Gathering is a big cmap where members from GB all over the world will meet up. Really can't wait. So got lots and lots of fundraising to do.

Think that's pretty much all up to date now. :D

Enjoy xxx

Posted by semily89 03:06 Archived in United Kingdom Comments (0)

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