Monday, 16 October 2017

In Defence of Not Moving To London


As a graduate, I always expected to finish University and move to London to find a swanky graduate job in the big city. My friends who have graduated this summer also had that view. However, that didn't really work out for me. And actually, I'm quite glad it didn't.

The industry I'm in calls for a job in London. Working in arts marketing, of course, some of the most creative people are expected to be in London. But for me, it was all a little overwhelming. I remember coming out of a job interview just down the road from Oxford Street and crying because it was all a bit too much. I then decided that London wasn't really for me, at least not now.

I lived for a year at home, and managed to find a dream year long internship. When that ended, I thought I would try London again. I thought I was ready, but once again, coming out of interviews, London seemed the scariest and most overwhelming place. Plus, looking at rooms on Spare room in preperation for if I got any of the jobs I had gone for was also a depressing sight.

But it's not all doom and gloom. I'm in an industry that I love. Granted, my current job isn't fantastic yet, but it has only been 5 weeks and I'm still finding my feet. I think my problem is that I feel that I am not confident enough or know enough to be able to slot into a big London company and live that life. So, at least for this job (which luckily doesn't have a leaving date in sight), I'll build up enough skills and confidence to one day go for that London job and not feel like a fraud.

I need to remember I am still young, I have a lot of time to try the London thing and it's okay if it doesn't work out. But for now, here's some things that I love about not living in London:

WALKING TO WORK
No tube or bus for me. A 25 minute walk is absolutely free!

CHEAPER RENT
And bigger rooms! Also, pretty much cheaper everything

DRIVING
I can easily drive home or to the supermarket. After finally feeling confident driving, the idea of giving up my little car didn't come easily!





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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

TV Shows I Used To Love*



I was looking through my old DVD boxsets last weekend when I was home and remembered how I would watch them all the time, who even remembers life before Netflix? When Panasonic got in touch and asked me to write a TV themed post to celebrate the launch of their new Ultra HD 4K TV, I knew exactly what I would write about. So dust off those boxsets and rediscover an old gem this Autumn.

1. FRIENDS
From the age of 12 I was asking for Friends box sets every Christmas and Birthday. I had no spoilers and so every episode was completely new. I also had the agonising wait between series if I didn't have the next DVD to move onto and my mum would take them away if I was getting through them too quickly! I still occasionally stick in a random disk and watch them when I can't get to sleep.

2. UGLY BETTY
This progamme made my early teens. I was absolutely obsessed and I would get every series on DVD after watching them on TV. Every Friday night my Dad would let us stay up and we would watch it together. Not necessarily great family watching, but it was our tradition. Betty was easily my favourite TV character (and still is!). I think that's why I love Jane The Virgin so much as they have so many similarities!

3. GOSSIP GIRL
Before Netflix, I watched Gossip Girl on DVD and would lend them out to my friends. I am actually re-watching them on Netflix (they make great morning viewing getting ready for work).

4. SMASH
I was obsessed with Smash a few years ago - a TV show about making a Broadway musical? Of course I was hooked. The music was absolutely great, and Megan Hilty was an absolute star in it. I will be digging out the cast recording and belting Let Me Be Your Star in the shower tonight.

5. THE TUDORS
Whilst doing our A-Level History, my friend and I thought it would be a really good idea to watch BBC's The Tudors which our teacher had said was wildly inaccurate. I would watch it and pretend I was doing school work (it didn't fool my parents though!). It's also all on Netflix which is great because I would only re-watch the first series all the time.

I will definitely spend the upcoming cold nights re-watching some of my old DVD boxsets. My brother also got all of the Game Of Thrones DVDs for his birthday, and as the only person in the world who doesn't watch it, I should probably get in with the times and steal his DVDs.

TV SHOWS I AM CURRENTLY WATCHING
- Gossip Girl
- The Good Place
- Gilmore Girls
- Pride And Prejudice
- The Great British Bake off (I actually really like it on Channel 4 *unpopular opinion*
- Strictly Come Dancing


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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Things I Miss About University


With freshers starting again and people I know returning to University, I can't help but feel the urge to do it all again. I've been very lucky with finding jobs after uni, but there are some things I definitely miss.

1. MAKING PLANS DURING THE WEEK
Trying to cram in chores, food shopping and relaxing is a bit tough for a two day weekend. I loved the student lifestyle of having days off in the week. I could get all those bits and pieces done without the crowds. Plus, being able to make a doctors or hair dressers appointment in the middle of the day is something I could only dream of now. 

2. STRUCTURE
I often find myself at a bit of a loss of what to do and I often feel like I am wasting my weekends. During my studies, I would wish I could just sit and take a day or an evening to do nothing, but now sometimes I find myself wishing I had something productive to do. I am currently looking for online courses to fill up my time!

3. MAKING FRIENDS
Finding people with things in common with you was super easy at university. I found myself having more opportunity to meet others, but apart from people at work, I am finding it very difficult.  

4. STUDENT DISCOUNT
Paying full price for shopping, no thank you!

5. LIVING WITH FRIENDS
After moving out of halls, living in town with your closest friends was brilliant. I loved that everyone you were close to lived a 5 minute walk away and you could see them whenever you fancied, whether that was 8am or midnight. Living with friends meant lots of shared dinners, borrowing each others clothes, makeup, perfume and spontaneous trips out.

I guess I am feeling a little nostalgic. University was tough for me, but I also met some of the best people and got involved with loads of societies. Would I go back, potentially yes. If I could turn back the clock, I would have done a lot of things differently, including a different degree and hanging out with a few different people. But I've now got to build up my career and skills, which in itself is pretty damn exciting.


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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Things I Have Loved In September

September has been a super busy month, filled with lots of new experiences and people. Here are a few of my favourites:

AUTUMN
Look how beautiful my new walk to work it! I'm just waiting for the weather to cool down a bit more, but I wore a turtleneck for the first time in months the other day and felt so happy. Bring on hot chocolate, fluffy dressing gowns and new winter coats.

GOSSIP GIRL
I'm currently rewatching Gossip Girl and I am realising how much I love it. Sometimes, if I am up super early, I can fit in two episodes before I have to leave for work.

WALKING TO WORK
On that note, I have moved house for my new job so I can leave the house at 8.30, walk to work and make it for 9am. I also love having a proper evening, and if I don't take a long lunch break, I can be home by 5.30 which works perfectly for the rest of my housemate's routines.

HOUSE SHARING
I absolutely love my house share - thank you Spare Room! It is really nice to have people to hang out with when you want, but we all respect each other's privacy so if you want some time alone, you can have that too. We all make the effort to sit down together and eat cake whilst watching Bake Off.

DUNGAREE DRESSES
I have been wearing my new cord dungaree dress from Primark a lot - I usually wear it with a patterned shirt or blouse and feel it is smart enough to wear to work. I can't wait to wear it with my chelsea boots and comfy jumpers too.

THINGS I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO IN OCTOBER
- Colder weather
- My 23rd Birthday!
- Meeting up with old work collegues
- Exploring more of my new town



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Monday, 25 September 2017

A 'Me' Weekend



It's been a stressful few weeks. Leaving my old job which I absolutely loved, moving out and in with 5 strangers, starting a new job, travelling back home and questioning daily whether I made the right decision.

So this weekend, I decided to not travel home, and spend the weekend completely by myself. My new house mates are pretty busy people and I don't know many people in the area. But a weekend to my self was just what I needed!

FRIDAY:

Fully prepared for my 'me' weekend, I picked up some supplies, including a bag of magic stars and some hot chocolate on the way home from work. I went back to my house, and straight into the shower and got into my pyjamas. I then had dinner which was left over curry and mango chutney on toast, because I couldn't be bothered to cook rice. I watched Pride And Prejudice, and went to bed. Bliss.

SATURDAY

Saturday was my day to get stuff done. I woke up early, drove to the supermarket and did a food shop (of course, after writing a very detailed meal plan!), did a lot of clothes washing and tidied the kitchen. I then went shopping, bought everything on my list and discovered a new favourite gift/home ware shop which I know I will be buying all of my birthday presents and cards from from now on! I came back, put the kettle on, had some laptop time and then settled on the sofa for Strictly and hot chocolate.

SUNDAY

After an amazing sleep and a bit of laptop time re-watching Gossip Girl, I treated myself to a bowl of Krave. I finished tidying my room and read for a little while before meeting up with a friend who I haven't seen since I finished university who happens to live in the town I have moved to. We chatted for 3 and a half hours over smoothies and it was lovely to catch up. I made dinner, helped a house mate with a massive spider and set my alarm ready for Monday.

This weekend was just what I needed, a few chores, some great TV and just a bit of time by myself. I now feel well rested for the week ahead. Let's do this!








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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Rented Room Wishlist

I have just moved out of my mum's house (check out this post!) and into to a new room in a rented house share - think University living, but with adults, and let's say, the room isn't exactly to my liking and a little miss matched as most rented places are. As it looks like I'll be living here for the foreseeable future, I have been scouring the internet for some new homeware and to make my room a little bit more cosy, especially as the nights are drawing in.






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Saturday, 16 September 2017

The Graduate Diaries - So I Moved In With 5 Strangers



This week has been challenging to say the least. I left my job last Thursday (a job which I absolutely loved and all the people in it) after finishing a fixed term contract, and moved an hour away on the Sunday. Oh, and then I started my new job the Monday morning. Let's just say, it's been busy.

But, this week has actually been pretty good. Moving for work means that I am now walking to work and saving a lot of money on petrol and train fare, plus the extra exercise is much welcomed. I was worried about moving in with people I didn't know, and getting a room from Spare Room, but it has turned out great. The whole house is really nice, it isn't too messy or noisy. It's pretty much student living but with adults, which is quite nice.

My room is pretty big too, although I did wake up to a slug trail the other day. I now have lovely white salt lines around the edge of my room that look like I'm scaring away vampires until I figure out what to do about it. But, it could be a lot worse!

The job is also going okay. The first week is always a little weird, but I'm looking forward to getting more stuck in. It is a new role, so it is going to take a while for myself, and the team to get used to there being an extra person around but everyone is nice which is a bonus.

I have come home for the weekend just for a bit of familiarity, but next weekend I probably won't. I want to take myself out for lunch or coffee, do a bit of shopping and generally explore. Here's to the next 6 months at least whilst I am figuring out what I want to do with my life.




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