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The Pandemic and Me: Lauren Homes.

Helllllooo nuddy lovers. Welcome back to week 5 of our interview series, The Pandemic and Me. This week we are chatting to the lovely Lauren Holmes, a qualified nurse from the north east of England. She is here to discuss the challenges she has faced finishing her degree early to work for the NHS during such a turbulent and unprecedented time. Of all the times to start a new job, especially in this sector, this year has been a wild one- we're giving you a BIG congrats, Lauren. Keep scrolling to find out just what life has been like for her during the pandemic...


Hey there! Can you tell us a little about yourself and what you do for work?

Hello! My name is Lauren I'm 23 and a Sagittarius. I qualified as a nurse in September but have been working in the NHS for a year.  I finished my degree early and opted in to help out during the pandemic! I'm an avid Animal Crossing lover and you'll usually find me with a book in one hand and my Switch in the other.

What have you found most challenging in the past year?

Not being able to see my friends and family. With all my loved ones dotted around the country, it's been challenging reaching milestones and not being able to celebrate it how I would usually. My graduation was supposed to be last December (it was cancelled) and I haven't been able to properly celebrate the last three years of hard work. It's been really tough but I've finally been able to start making plans to see friends again and it feels so good!

What’s your life motto?

In the end, you only regret the chances you didn't take.

How has Covid-19 changed your outlook on life?

I'll never say no to a night out ever again! The pandemic made me realise that I have to take all the opportunities that come my way and keep on making amazing memories (and take tons of pictures).

How have you been keeping upbeat and positive during this period?

My amazing work family at the Paediatric Emergency Department. Going into work and seeing their lovely smiling faces every day.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in life and/or in the past year?

'We're only human' - that phrase has really helped me avoid burnout at work and realise when I need to take time off and come back feeling stronger and ready to face the world.

What 3 things do you look forward to doing most once we are in a safe position to do so?

  1. Go on a date with my boyfriend - pre Covid we used to go out at least once a week and since October (when Manchester went into Tier 3) we're lucky if we see each other every few months.
  2. Go for a drink with my Uni girls - which we have arranged for the end of April, so fingers crossed the weather stays nice!
  3. See my bestie, Amelia, who lives all the way in London - can't wait to squeeze her again!

How have you practiced self care/self love during this difficult time?

Making sure I get out of the house at least once a day, come rain or shine . I'll be on a walk even if it is only a five-minute trip to the corner shops for snacks. 
If you were one of our soap bars, which would you be and why?

Definitely the peppermint moisturising soap bar! This year has been a bit Mint-al - need I say anymore. Also, peppermint is a top tier scent. 

Here’s your chance to give a shoutout to someone who has gotten you through the past few months! What is their name and how have they helped you?

Can I have two? - SHOUT OUT: Jessica Holmes and Amelia Shah - my rocks and angels - love you both unreal amounts.

Thanks so much for chatting to us Lauren- you're a superstar.