Life Update – July 2017

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?

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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!

Wedding Mania

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.

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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!

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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

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  1. 16th July 2017 / 5:07 am

    Congrats on the house! So excited for you to visit NYC – you’re going to love it!!

  2. LuxeStyle
    13th July 2017 / 9:21 pm

    Big congratulations! We were so incredibly excited to get our first home and I still feel so lucky that we have our own house.

    It gets so disappointing to see all of the blogger drama. I try to stay out of it all. I can definitely see why people have been getting fed up with a lot of the goings on recently though, I must admit. There seems to be a lot of fakery and dishonesty, which I really don’t agree with. But seeing some of the things people say doesn’t sit too well with me x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

  3. 12th July 2017 / 8:15 pm

    Big congrats on the house purchase, Jess! Upwards and onwards, YAY! And glad to see you in London last month, so happy you can still come down for events and such! x

    • Jessica
      12th July 2017 / 9:26 pm

      Thanks so much Honey! Definitely feel like I’ve made a step up the ladder in the big game of life so I am really happy about it. It was so nice to see you last month, you haven’t seen the last of me either 🙂 xx

  4. 12th July 2017 / 5:56 pm

    Congrats on the house news! I loved your post about travelling solo too and feel like I might have to take the plunge to do it at some point. Really enjoy your life updates so thanks for sharing!

    • Jessica
      12th July 2017 / 9:29 pm

      Thanks Nicola! So nice to hear you enjoyed the solo blog post. Definitely hope you take the plunge some day. These personal updates always seem to get lots of interest so I will definitely keep them up 🙂 xx

  5. 12th July 2017 / 4:13 pm

    Massive congrats on the house news!!! And I agree with all the blogging babies – I LOVE seeing the announcements and following along on social even though I’m not ready to have my own just yet.

    And omg don’t get me started on the state of blogging right now haha, I’m so demotivated by it all it isn’t even funny :'(

    C x

    • Jessica
      12th July 2017 / 9:35 pm

      Hi Catherine! Thanks for the lovely comment. The pregnancy announcements are definitely heart warming! 🙂 It can be disheartening to see all the drama in the blogging world and not nice to see when bloggers get vicious – it’s easy to loose your blogging mojo. I am lucky to have an amazing support network of bloggers around me. Quality not quantity. xx

  6. 12th July 2017 / 3:59 pm

    Congratulations on your first house purchase Jess – that is majorly exciting news!!! I moved back up north earlier this year and have no regrets….it’s so nice to be able to dip my toes back in London as and when I feel like 🙂 . New York will be amazing!!! I got engaged their 4 years ago so it holds very special memories. I have a lot of friends who live out there so I will email you though some insider recommendations! I’m a big believer on focusing on what I’m doing and not on what everyone else is doing…we all have our own paths and work at our own speed 🙂 xx

    • Jessica
      12th July 2017 / 9:37 pm

      Thanks so much Maggi! Glad you can relate to the North and Lonodn. We are probably so close! I would love to meet you soon I feel like we would have endless things to chat about. New York – what an amazing place to get engaged! And couldn’t agree more with your ethos on blogging and pace. xx

  7. My Feet Will Lead Me
    12th July 2017 / 1:58 pm

    Thanks for posting about all these updates, Jess! Admittedly I am out of the blogging loop and missed the twitter storm (I don’t even use twitter). Sounds like people need to get over themselves or at least show a bit more love in their life. Anyways, thanks for the link to Hayley’s page, I’d never stumbled upon her blog before:) Keep doing you, as we all should! Much love!

    • Jessica
      12th July 2017 / 9:47 pm

      Aw glad you enjoyed it lovely! You didn’t miss out on much just a bit of cattiness, best to stay out of it. Hayley’s blog is awesome, one of my faves! Thanks for your comment xx

  8. Stephanie Fox
    12th July 2017 / 10:00 am

    Loved this post, gearing up for my own first solo trip so saved your post to read through! Also going to NYC in November again, my biggest tip is take the warmest coat you can find! Amazing rooftop bar – Top of the Stand, if there’s a sight to miss give going up the Empire State a swerve and instead go up Rockerfeller – you can see the Empire State from there and the view is incredible!

    • Jessica
      12th July 2017 / 9:49 pm

      Hey Stephanie, thanks for your comment and for the amazing NY tips. A few people have suggested the same as you – miss out the Empire State and do the Rockerfeller instead. I’ll definitely be on the hunt for a stylish faux fur coat I think as I definitely feel the cold! Writing everything down 🙂 Thanks lovely xx

  9. 11th July 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Congrats on the house! That’s so exciting! I keep toying with the idea of taking a solo trip, but the thought of it terrifies me so much ahha! Maybe next year I’ll pluck up the courage to do it!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • Jessica
      12th July 2017 / 9:53 pm

      Hi April! Thanks for your comment. Honestly the thought of solo travel terrified me too but I think it’s a great experience for everyone to do. Even if you do it and don’t like it, what’s the worst that could happen? At least you’d know it’s not for you, but you could love it! For me it has also opened up a lot of solo travel campaigns that I would have previously said no to. Hope you take the plunge one day 🙂 xx

    • Jessica
      12th July 2017 / 9:50 pm

      Thanks Angie! Cannot wait for NY to come around xx

  10. 11th July 2017 / 8:57 pm

    SO exciting about the new house, congratulations!
    And thanks for the shoutout about being a travel blogging mama! It’s so exciting seeing other bloggers having kids and seeing how they’re adapting to it. And like you said, blogs change and evolve and I think your readers do too. I know I’ve lost some readers since having kids but I also know I’ve gained more.
    I hope you have an amazing time in New York! It’s my second fave city after London so looking forward to seeing how you get on!

    • Jessica
      12th July 2017 / 9:45 pm

      Hey Monica! Thanks for your comment and you’re very welcome. It’s so inspiring seeing how you juggle everything and continue to make your blog a growing success. Will definitely be sharing my NY adventure so stay tuned 🙂 x

  11. 11th July 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Congrats on the house, amazing news!! And New York will be soooo exciting, definitely top of my list to visit! Love life updates xx

    • Jessica
      12th July 2017 / 9:43 pm

      Thanks so much Frances! Will try and keep the life updates going regularly 🙂

  12. 11th July 2017 / 8:25 pm

    Congrats on the house !

    • Jessica
      12th July 2017 / 9:40 pm

      Thanks Natasha – hope you’re well! 🙂 x