The roller coaster is about to set off..

I feel right now that I’m on a rollercoaster and I’m about to speed off and soon it’ll all be over and I’ll be like ‘what happened?’

It just dawned on me that in 9 days time I will be starting to teach the final module of my teacher training. It’s 5 weeks long and I have to have 3 observations. This all seems fine..apart from the fact I haven’t been given the unit yet so I have no idea what exactly I’m covering. I have no lesson plans done, no resources and no observations booked or planned for. Along with that I have 2 very lengthy assignments, a paper to write and present at a conference and my usual work besides.

It’s all going to go so quick and because all of this has just dawned on me I feel like tomorrow is the start of it all.


I’m so excited to be finishing my teacher training and to be moving on to new things. Along with a new job for me comes the next step in our lives (buying a house and getting married). I’m so lucky that Scott has supported me through my teacher training. I know what ever I do he will always support me and cheer me on, although I know I must be doing his head in with my ‘teacher to be’ meltdowns at times.

I never expected teaching to be so demanding and time consuming. I’m hoping it will get easier for me though the longer I’m qualified. I know whatever happens I will be fine though, because like I said, Scott always cheers me on and gives me pep talks when I need them. I’m extremely lucky. I feel this will be the last moment of calm until May, or at least mid April. It will go insanely quick. So glad that I pre-blogged and scheduled some posts in for this blog!

Farewell spare time! Hello qualified teacher?


Bride Rant #1: Our ‘long’ engagement

I think I’ve come to a stage now where there’s just nothing I can do, and I feel the need to have a rant. Is bridezilla emerging already? haha!
Officially, we’re about 2 years and 8 months away (although as we are in 2017, and the wedding is in 2019, I like to say 2 years away!). It’s hard at the minute because we can’t book our ceremony date until next year. That’s just how it works in Sorrento unfortunately, you can’t book a wedding until the year before. This is what’s really annoying me, as I like to be organised and plan things! With this there’s literally nothing I can do! I’m a massive planning and organisation freak, and to me this is torture! It’s like waiting I’m waiting for the go ahead. I already have ideas of what I want, but that’s literally all it can be right now.

Scott hasn’t visited Sorrento yet either. This is massively annoying to me right now! I can’t help but feel excited, but that’s because I know Sorrento and I can visualise it all. For him, he feels it’s really hard to picture at the minute. This really puts a downer on my excitement because I feel he isn’t excited with me. He does try his best though bless him, and he keeps buying me a wedding magazine here and there. I like to chat about the wedding but to him its a total no go at the minute. Not only because he can’t visualise our wedding at a place he has never visited, but because he probably doesn’t care less about colour schemes and types of flowers. I’d chat with my bridesmaids about it, but I know they’re busy at the minute and I also don’t want to start boring them 2 years away from the wedding.

I literally can’t wait until June. Scott feels excited to visit Sorrento and view venues, and I just feel excited to be able to finally share it all with him! I would say my best childhood memories are of being in Italy with my family and being able to show him where part of my roots are is just going to be the best feeling.

If anyone reading this is also like me and likes to plan things and be organised, but literally is unable to be that way right now, here are a few things I’ve done which can fill some of your time. Top tip: Try to space it out so it lasts longer! It’s difficult.

  1. Engagement party/ meal
  2. Asking your bridesmaids (a chance to get creative!)
  3. Researching and contacting wedding planners
  4. Researching venues
  5. Visiting the destination & venues
  6. PINTEREST! (a massive one!)
  7. Setting a budget
  8. Creating a draft guest list
  9. Enjoy it! Watch programmes like ‘Don’t tell the Bride’ ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ and read wedding magazines
  10. Wedding fairs
  11. Create a blog! (I know, I’m really scraping the barrel..)

Doing these things can save you time in the long run, like doing research in advance. However, its a double edged sword in the way that it just makes you want to power on and continue on with the planning. I sometimes wish I wasn’t a planning freak.

Maria xo

Making a start with health and fitness

So I have made a start with the gym. I’ve been twice now in the past 6 days, which is ok I suppose? Going again on Wednesday. The gym I joined is a women’s only gym, and it’s really small, so i feel comfortable in going there.

I have two years until we get married, but I want to be at my ideal weight and fitness for when I try dresses on. I’m not fat or anything, I’m a size 8/10. I just feel that I have a little extra chub than I used to, mainly around my legs, bum and stomach. I just want to be more toned and feel better on myself. I think I weigh roughly about 9st 8 or something? That’s roughly what I was last time I checked. I’d like to get down to 9st and see how I feel, then maybe lose a bit more if I feel I want to.

The main things I’m working on at the gym is my legs, bum and stomach. I also want to work on toning my arms and back because I really like the look of backless dresses. It’s funny that I say this now, I wonder if I change my mind later on.

I’ve also been trying to eat more healthily. I’ve been having lots of salads, and I’m actually really enjoying them. The next thing I want to try is homemade soup, to try and get lots of veg into my diet. Although I’m saying this, I do still eat chocolate, but I’m working on limiting the amount.

Hopefully this will be the start of a positive lifestyle change.


2017 Wedding To Do List

Our wedding is officially in two years time! Which sounds crazy. This year I have a few things on the to do list before things start to get hectic!

We think we have found our wedding organisers in Sorrento, the Don Pedro family. I have read so many great reviews about them and after being in touch with them over the past month, they seem great. We are meeting up with them in June and they are picking us up from our hotel, along with both of our parents! They have been so accommodating so far, I’m really looking forward to meeting with them and seeing their venues.

So this year I’m going to steadily ease myself into the planning and prep, because there’s literally nothing much we can do until we can book our ceremony date and time early on in 2018.

Here is my list:

  1. Create a rough guest list
  2. Set a budget
  3. Pick our reception venue
  4. Pick our colour scheme
  5. Pick some date and time options for the organisers
  6. Join the gym
  7. Lose some weight

We have already made a start on a few. We think we have our guest list along with a B list, we think we have our heart set on a venue (we will see in June!) and we have a rough idea on the colour scheme. I’m also joining the gym this week because I want to make a start for when I start trying on dresses, whenever I decide to start doing that, probably next year.

Ir’s all really little things but we have so much going on this year, saving for a house and buying one later this year and me finishing my teacher training and changing jobs later in the year. All that is quite a mission for us at the minute so this is a steady start.
Can’t wait to see the venues in June and it’s so exciting that both of our parents will be there for that too. Hopefully they like the one we do! Hopefully we like the one our heart is set on, which is a farm.