My London Journey: Into The Big Smoke

After three years of uni, I had to make a decision- do I move back home to the south coast, or try my chances at getting a job in the city? The south coast is my safe haven and I had been there done that, so I chose to jump in the deep end and hit the big smoke.

Those precious years back when I had the freedom to do pretty much what I wanted, when I wanted at uni, looking back, were such a treasure. Book a trip to Hideout? Sure, no problem. Go skiing? Sure no problem. Go to Ibiza or France or wherever you wanted without having to book holiday off? Sure no problem. But now I’m engrossed in my job in London and don’t have this freedom; I can still go places but not at the click of a finger or without a worry in the world. But that’s okay, I made the most of my freedom and now have learnt to have a balanced work/play lifestyle.

Anyway enough about my holiday situation, let’s talk London. Where do I start? Finding a job- that’s a good place to begin, and London is not short of them but finding the right job can be incredibly hard. Stick at it though, and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. There are lot of people in London that are out there only for themselves, so when you find that gem work friend keep them close.

The next thing would probably be the commute everyday, it’s definitely something you have to get used to, but once you find your little short cuts and learn how to deal with the people that will push you out the way just so they can get on first, you’ll be fine. Also, there are two types of people when it comes to commuting, the person that will jump into that seat as soon as someone stands up, or that person that will offer you that seat. Please be more like person number two, unless you need that seat then that’s okay but kindness can go a long way.

London is never short for something to do, places to visit or places to eat. My friends and I have had many good nights out, found a few of our favourite spots, and are always looking for somewhere new to go. The Ship has hosted many a nights out for us, probably my most memorable was during the World Cup. We have hit up many bottomless brunches, they are one of our favourites- food and unlimited alcohol. There are so many more places to explore and people to meet. Thank god for Uber and the night tube meaning your friends never have an excuse to leave early.

Lastly and most importantly living in London wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t for my beautiful housemates, best friends and pretty much un-related sisters. They always know how to cheer you up when you have the worst day ever, or when you’re an emotional wreck for no reason and will be waiting for you at home with that bottle of wine for a debriefing.

So things to take from this, don’t give up on your dream even if it takes time to get there, learn how to deal with the dickheads, party hard you deserve it and make sure you surround yourself with the people you love.

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