Living in lockdown – how are we really getting on?!

Well gals, here we are.

Week 67 of lockdown?

I have honestly lost count of the time, days and weeks at the minute. Every day is Groundhog Day.

How are you getting on?

I think we have all been asked this question / asked this question to someone recently lol but does anyone really know the answer? Truth is there is no right or wrong way to feel in this situation because nobody has ever done it before. We are living in literal history. This will be a GCSE question in 20 years time folks 🤣.

I have been back home with my family for just over 6 weeks now, I was home for a ten day break before this really kicked off and low and behold I never got back to London. I don’t think we ever expected it to get this bad. For me ( and this sounds stupid I know) i just thought the rest of the world would go through it and we would skip on by somehow. Now we are all adjusting to the new ‘normal’.

Now more than ever, we are on our phones constantly, social media flat out refreshing looking at what everyone is doing and sharing what we are doing. I am grateful for this as I have a bit of a platform to distract myself with and throw my attention at. At the same time it can be the source of anxiety and stress. I only have a fraction of clothes with me; which is whatever I know because we aren’t going anywhere! But for me it’s the creative distraction I’m craving while I can’t work. Things like this can lead to constant comparison. Same with seeing people being more organised, doing more workouts, more baking more anything really. I am a very organised and routine driven person normally, so for me I need to write lists and plan things in my head to keep me going. Saying all this, I have had days where I have barley brushed my hair or got off the sofa mind you – but these days are gonna happen. While we all go through this new way of life what we need to remember is we can only do what feels right for us and our bodies. Some days we can take what everyone else is doing as motivation or we can say well fair play to them but I’m going to eat 5 Easter eggs today not run a 5k.

I can’t say I’ve learnt any new life skills so far but what advice I can give is to talk, be present and be kind. Keep in contact with everyone more now than ever, send a random message to someone you maybe haven’t seen in a while. Talk to your friends about how you’re feeling: even if it is to say you feel shit that day. Love everyone harder after this, hug everyone tighter and don’t ever say no to a night out again 😛

Stay safe everyone, see you on the other side of this.

Speak soon,

Lotsa love

AG xxo

5 years of galsgoss 💕✨

Five fucking years. What the hell?!

I can’t believe I’ve been writing this blog and I am now referred to as galsgoss for the last five years of my life lol.

When I started this blog it was on a complete whim when I still worked in Tesco, serving my best looks in head to toe bakery whites – a fashion blog being the obvious next step, no?

I always had a shopping problem (I blame my mum) and knew I was destined to do something in this line of work so this was the first little feel of that I really had. I worked really hard on my blog, writing at least two posts a week. Back then it was more of a thing to write than it was to post a photo to Instagram every day. My insta was full of my mirror OOTDs from my days off. I maybe should have kept them mirror selfies up, I could have been the next smyth sisters 🤷🏻‍♀️.

Fast forward on some time and I started to get involved in some events in Belfast. Belfast fashion week being the first and foremost. Thankfully for Cathy Martin I was able to join the fab community of Belfast bloggers and meet some of my best friends that I have today.

The following year I took a leap of faith and accepted a job in topshop. A step back in terms of money and experience but I knew this was a risk I had to take. Within 6 months I was signed off as a team leader and within the following year I accepted a temporary position as personal shopping assistant. Again a role I knew was a slight step back and it wasn’t an easy 9 months to complete let me tell you but I got on with it and knew it would all pay off.

The minute I joined topshop I knew i wanted to be a personal shopper, the minute I was in the department I knew this was what I was meant to be doing and as it was only a mat cover role i knew some changes were going to happen. I bit the bullet and expressed interest in moving to another city for the role. Low and behold (without yapping on any further) I interviewed for a shopper role in London and April 2019 I moved to the big smoke.

When I sat down to write this post I was thinking what do I really have to say, I defiantly haven’t became some Instagram superstar, I haven’t worked with 100 different brands or have the following I would like but when I read all of the above I realise i wouldn’t be where I am today without galsgoss. I’ve been so lucky that my career and hobby if you will, coincide so well. I have been to some amazing events, I have worked with some amazing brands and I have met some of the best people. I’ve created a YouTube channel, I’ve watched my Instagram develop slowly but surely and know that this year I am going to put my all into becoming as successful and happy as I can be.

So a massive thank you to everyone who made it to the end of this post lol and to everyone who has been with me since the Thursday ootds back in 2015, I am so grateful I still have the passion and support to work on my little platform.

Here’s to another 5 years.

Speak soon,

Lotsa love

AG xxo

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