After a string of recent trips and a load of new travel content on Austria and Bilbao, I thought it was time to take a step back and share something a little more personal with you guys. I like to write these ‘life update’ posts every few months to share my personal highs, lows and general life musings. I actually find them really therapeutic and think they’re a great way to get things off my chest. This morning I re-read my Life Update July 2016 and it made me realise how much has changed for me in a year. At the time of writing that post I had just made the big decision to leave London and had the big goal of buying a house with my boyfriend. Well, I completed my goal along with a few other other things. Here is my Life Update for July 2017…
We Bought A House!
I didn’t share it on social at the time, but on the 17th of June my boyfriend Scott and I became homeowners! We’re now the proud owners of a 3-bedroom house in Leeds and we are head over heels in love with it. Moving North and buying this house together has been a long-term goal for us so finally picking up the keys was an incredible feeling. We’ve turned one of the bedrooms into a snazzy home office so for the first time ever I have a dedicated space to work and blog from. Naturally I have been devouring Pinterest for home office inspiration and I am having fun adding things bit by bit. I’m thinking of writing a home office styling post when it’s all finished. What do you think?
Keeping a Finger in the London Pie
Although I am now based up in Leeds, I definitely intend to keep my finger in the London pie. At the moment I am going down to London at least once a month for meetings and events. I managed to squeeze in 6 meetings and 2 events into one day on my last trip, which I was pretty smug about. The days are exhausting but totally worth it. I’m lucky to have lots of friends down in London who I can go to stay with so getting to catch up with them is another bonus. As long as I keep making the effort to go down to London I think I can have the best of both worlds.
Travelling Solo For The First Time
Before the start of June I had never travelled solo in my life. By the end of June I had taken two solo trips to both Austria and Spain. Travelling solo was a totally new experience for me, which definitely challenged me. Looking back on both trips I am so glad that I pushed myself to do them. Now that I have the confidence to travel solo I feel like it has opened up a completely new avenue of travel for me. I blogged about 8 Things I Learnt on My First Solo Trip which sums everything up quite nicely!
I’m not travelling anywhere overseas this month because my diary has been over run by wedding duties! I have already attended my best friend Naomi’s (second) hen weekend and a wedding at the spectacular Archerfield House on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Next weekend it’s also Naomi’s wedding in the Lake District and I am so honoured and excited to be her bridesmaid! I have had to turn down some pretty epic trips but others will come along. Family and friends come first this month.
I’m fourth in from the left and wearing this hot pink jumpsuit from Oasis.
The Blogger Baby Boom
You may have noticed there has been a surge of UK blogger pregnancy announcements recently! Hannah Gale wrote a really sweet announcement post which basically broke the internet. It’s been so lovely to see and I have genuinely felt so happy for these bloggers, some of which I have never met! I’m 27 and although I am not yet ready to have kids myself, seeing these announcements have made me feel optimistic that the combination of blogging and babies could actually work out some day.
As a self-employed travel blogger I do sometimes worry about how much my life would turn upside down if I were to get pregnant. How would I evolve the blog to fit my new lifestyle? Would people loose interest if I began to travel less? Or would I loose interest in travel all together? These thoughts often enter my brain but the positive responses from the blogger announcements have made me less worried. Blogs evolve just as people do and when you’ve followed someone for a while it’s nice to be on that journey with them. There are already some travel blogging mums who are doing an amazing job including Monica from The Travel Hack and Char from Taylor Hearts Travel. Congratulations to all the blogging mummies-to-be!
I’m Going to New York!
After years of dreaming of The Big Apple I am finally ticking it off my bucket list and I am SO FREAKING EXCITED! My trip isn’t until November but I am already scouring the internet for the best brunch spots, rooftop bars and pizza places. I’ve had an overwhelming amount of recommendations so far but I am writing everything down and will try to see as much as possible when I get there. It’s a personal trip with one of my girlfriends and we are planning to brunch, sight-see and shop ’til we drop. I’ve partnered with Norwegian Air and will be flying with them in Premium class – eek!
Recent Thoughts on The Blogging Community
Ever since the whole ‘bot scandal’ on Twitter, the blogging community seems to be in a bit of disarray. There have been witch-hunts, call outs and some pretty unfair accusations. Overall I think it has made bloggers (including myself) be a bit more more sceptical of other bloggers credibility, but I don’t think there is any need for nastiness or name-calling. I’ve always felt that the travel blogging community is incredibly friendly, supportive and drama-free and it’s something I am proud to be a part of. Hayley from Frock Me I’m Famous just wrote a really honest post about her thoughts on the blogging industry. It really resonated with me and got me thinking more about the subject. I think there is space for everyone in the blogging industry and that no good can come of tearing one another down. I’m just going to keep focusing on my own path without comparing myself to others. So far it’s working out pretty well.
What did you think of my Life Update? Is there anything you agree with or disagree with? I’d love to hear your thoughts so please leave me a comment in the box below x