Having just moved to London, I’m currently working on a big project for a student accommodation company who I’ve freelanced with for over 18 months. Despite graduating two years ago and feeling happy in my career, in some respects it’s like I never left university behind – I actually even live in my client’s student accommodation this summer to make life easier while I do the work I’ve been doing! University was a fun time, but I think it’s important to remember that it’s different for everyone, and my own route wasn’t always easy…
Uprawr is back – yessss! Although my favorite rock night is no longer located in the Purple Turtle (RIP), it’s returned with a vengeance to its original home, Dingwalls, in the heart of Camden Lock. This is where I got my first taste of the madness back in January 2012, and it’s even better than I remembered it.
I recently went to a blogger event hosted by the absolutely wonderful Fiona aka The Escapologist’s Daughter. This was an event with a twist – we were all invited specifically to help fight cancer. We paid a donation to attend, and there were plenty of other ways for us to help out throughout the night. We raised money for Cancer Research, but we also met plenty of other inspiring women. With manicures, crafts, snacks, drinks, massages, a raffle and products designed to specifically fight cancer (I’ll get to that!), this was a lovely girls’ night with a difference. Think of it like Race For Life but with no running… that suits me.
I never really thought of myself as much of an advocate for a natural and organic lifestyle. Sure, I’m concerned about saving the planet, and I’m a highly conscientious person, but I didn’t think that an entire event dedicated to this stuff would be my thing – I admit I was wrong! I came to LNLO for the free massage*, and stayed for the other exciting stands and stalls.
I’ve taken a hiatus from my blog recently. There are a lot of things in my life which have taken precedence, and I’ll admit, I’ve kind of temporarily checked out of living, not just blogging. It’s been one of the last things on my mind. I guess this is just some sort of explanation as to what’s been going on, mostly to myself.
This is a post I wasn’t sure whether to write, but I personally DO write when there’s something I need to say, and that’s the point. Five years ago today, I lost one of my best friends, Faye Josephine Ogden. Only, I didn’t ‘lose’ her, she died, at just 20 years old. When she was a bit younger, it started as Ovarian cancer, and things seemed to look up after she bravely had all of her treatment. Sadly, the cancer then spread very suddenly after we thought she was in remission, and it attacked all of her organs. One part of me can’t believe it’s been so long, but the other part feels like so much has changed. I’m going to tell you Faye’s story, and how mine has changed forever since her passing.
So, since I’m lucky enough to work with bloggers for a living, a while ago I decided to host a great big blogger event with some of London’s finest (and those from further afield!). For full disclosure purposes, I’ll admit – yes, Jack The Ripper (the walk, not the murderer!) is my client, and this was a bit of a PR event. However, as a new blogger, I absolutely loved it, not only because of the experience of doing the tour and learning lots, but also because I got to meet a ton of really cool people and get to know others in the online community – offline!
So this is super late, but what with heading to Paris (post to come!), working full time and completing freelance projects – both to help pay my bills and for my travel – sadly my blog has been sidelined. However, one of my resolutions for 2015 is to blog way more! Last year, 2014, was probably my best on this planet though, so I really feel like I owe it to myself to document it. 2014 was the year I made things official with Dougie, my boyfriend, the year I went to America three times, the year I visited eight countries, went to eleven(?) festivals, the year I really got my career on the road and among all that, moved to a new city.