Life in London is like a love story – you fall headlessly in love with the big smoke and noisy buses, the red telephone booths and the turbulent tubes. London flirts with you through its extraordinary architecture and cultural diversity and then once it knows you’re smitten – it shortly reveals its true colours behind all the glamour. Even though I saw the somewhat unglamorous side from roughly day 2 – I can’t help but still be revelling in the beauty of living in a foreign city.
It has been 6 months since I’ve moved here to London and seeing that I had rather a large epiphany this week about just how much this city has affected me – I thought I would articulate such musings, naturally, through my blog. Unfortunately due to my dire lack of spare time, I have been greatly inconsistent in my posting – and I sincerely apologise!
I would encourage everyone to live away from home at least one stage of their life. There is an empowering freedom and self-confidence that is awakened within you when you live away from the security of certain ‘Home Luxuries’ – and I think it’s a great way for you to grow up and further open your mind.
We’ve all heard of that saying “Travelling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer” and as ever cliche as that quote is, it is inherently true. It’s life changing to explore the boundaries of your comfort zone and expand your perceived knowledge of the world. Some of the most fascinating people I have ever met are the ones who are appreciative of their experiences, their environment and the people in their life.
Even though creative inspiration is apparent everywhere – there’s a certain creative vitality that travelling imparts within you. When you change your surroundings, your experiences bring new life to the ordinary and make you see things in a different light. When we see the beauty apparent throughout the world, we often come to realise that perhaps we took for granted the beauty that we experienced in the everyday that we were unaware of – and this imparts in us newfound creative inspiration.
Travelling changes the way you think and through this, creates new perceptions, beliefs and ideas. Whether you’re simply walking through the street and draw inspiration from the colours in someone’s outfit or have merely meet an intriguing local who is from a radically different walk of life to you – your viewpoint matures and your creativity is rebirthed.
Travelling makes you present – it forces you to soak in your environment and see possibilities where others see the mundane.
For the first time in my life I have had to acclimatize to working a 9 to 5 . The hardest part is sitting down for the entire day – to be honest I would much rather be walking about or being outdoors than being in doors for such an extended time and it’s been very challenging keeping focused and charged every single day when you’re constantly just sitting clicking away.
One thing that has really helped to heighten my focus and enabled me to stay motivated and consistent is being active in the little bit of spare time that I have. I am not at the stage yet where I can afford to have a gym contract and I have therefore had to make do with gymming in my bedroom. I have now had to rely on my own mind and willpower to keep my fitness up and consistent. My bedroom is therefore my new gym… How very glamorous, I know!
In all seriousness though – I am a fully converted Ivy Park fan! I am super impressed with the fit, form and performance of their new collection and I advise everyone to give this brand a try. I would almost say this is the best sports bra I have ever worn.
Even though I have been living on the yellow packet M&M’s and boiled eggs on toast – I still wouldn’t change this for anything. No two days are ever the same and every day brings a new adventure – whether it’s meeting Princess Beatrice or driving past Richard Branson – life in London is a constant adventure. I can’t wait to see what the next 6 months hold.