Math, science, spelling and basically anything that uses the left side of the brain is not my forte if I say do say so myself! However, the right side of my brain has always been a kind friend to me; the arts have constantly been a part of my life (CUE X-FACTOR MUSIC) and I was brought up in a music-driven household, so I knew that I wanted to expand on what I was good at further. It was coming to that vital part of my early adult life, which seems like a lifetime ago, it was time to make the decision of, do I stay or do I go. If I am going to be perfectly honest with you there wasn’t a second thought to it. I was off to London.
Whilst most of my Northern pals went off to uni, I attempted drama school for a foundation course, which was utterly fantastic- but whilst visiting all my friends in different cities around the UK I was desperate to experience university life and what it had to offer. Kingston University was where I was lucky enough to meet three out of THE FIVE! (Ella, Caitlin and Danielle). Three years of utter bliss, hangovers from hell and A LOT of life lessons, it was the end of a brilliant chapter. Now with two weeks left of our lease, we were all in panic mode to stay together and find a job. Jumping into a truly horrendous role at a place I shall not shame, it led me to a job with the final piece of our five puzzle, Vikki. 3 months later Vik and I were outta there and all of The Five were clawing their way to find our dream jobs- come to 2019 we are all happy bunnies, excuse the cheesy line, living our best lives.
With nearly 7 years of London experience under my belt, I believe I can spread a few rules of thumb when it comes to London:
- Hold onto anything when on the tube, a pole/chair even a person. Just hold on to anything because I have seen this too many times. The person who walks on thinking they got this in the bag with the smug look on their face and using TWO hands may I add when using their phone and within 2 minutes of the train pulling off it’s like a scene from one of the Carry On episodes.
- If I could carry around a sink and soap with me all the time, I would. Just wash your hands, get some hand sanitizer on your hands, whenever you get the chance. For the first 2 years of living in London you’ll be ill.
- Don’t be afraid to get a little rough. Walking down a street? Walking around a shop? Walking into an old peoples home? People will walk into you, barge past you and knock you no matter what the environment you will either have to be a trained ninja to dip in and out of the gaps, wear shoulder pads and look like an American footballer or just be a little rough back.
- This is the place to show your personality through fashion! Get experimental and play around with different looks. Enjoy it!
- Have fun in this magical, crazy, full of beautiful people city. It is truly one of the best in the world.
London it is a true honor to be apart of your concrete jungle, you never fail to be interesting, exciting and bloody hard work but only sometimes…