Writing the title of this post is a little surreal. Have I really lived in London for 3 months already? How has it already been 2 whole months since I wrote my original recap post?! So here we are, another little London update!
I decided after my last update that I wanted to continue to do these throughout my first year in the city, but I didn’t want to bombard you all every week with my little life, so instead I’m going to stagger it for every few months. This also means that now my hectic life is calming down a little I actually have things to tell you about, haha!
My last 2 months have seen more big changes (I know, I really need to give myself a break!) and a couple of trips home which I am super thankful for. So lets get down to it, the biggest change? I’ve got another new job! I originally moved down on a job that I felt comfortable with and was in my comfort zone, however I knew pretty quickly I needed to get back on track with a career. So, after days sat with my friend (thank you Brad for providing me with food & wine while I had my mini-crisis!) and lots of applications later I am now working back in design and loving every minute of it! It’s so nice to be back in a creative industry and have structure in my day-to-day life, no more 9pm finishes and I actually get to have 3 meals a day now!
I’ve also had the chance to go home and spend time with my family, which I have been SO thankful for. Driving down the country lanes (wow have I missed driving!) and cuddling my doggies was so needed, as well as a dose of Yorkshire air and quality family time. It’s so easy to get caught up in the city lifestyle and take your family for granted, but I am making a conscious effort to make sure they are included in the majority of what I do (I don’t think my gran would appreciate being part of my 1am wine induced sing-alongs!). While I was at home I visited friends, had family meals and made the most of the sunshine & walking the dogs. I’m already planning my next visit home and am looking forward to my mini-holiday.
I think one of the main things I’ve gained in the last few months is structure. I’m a creature of habit and love having a schedule, so this has been super beneficial for my mental health. I know what time I leave the flat for work & what time I get back, so I can plan everything around this. Yes I’m still not going to say no to a spontaneous evening out, I do live in London after all, but it’s nice to have plans made in advance and have an idea of what to do with my evenings. A major bonus of the new job is that I now have weekends off, which means I can go exploring or have friends down to visit without it being a hassle to work around my shifts. Because of this I now only have 3 free weekends until August – crazy I know!
I’m still very much a newbie to London. I know my favourite local places, and have a list as long as my arm of places I need to visit. It really it a city that has so much to offer and I’m excited to start really exploring and sharing it all with you!
If you have any suggestions of places to go/see/eat at please let me know! Something I’m particularly looking for is Vegan restaurants (blog post on this story coming soon!) so please let me know if you have any!