My 100th post + Learn a Little More About Me!
I have actually reached post 100 on my blog! I never thought what I started typing in April that I would keep it up or love it so much, but I did. I thought the ideal post for my 100th was to tell you a little more about me.
Yep that’s me – Blonde and head to toe Winnie the Pooh!
I was born in Manchester, UK almost 23 years ago, and lived there for 8 years surrounded by the family, several cats and one rabbit. I have one older sister – Rebecca, and we were pretty darn cute when we were little. When I turned 8, my parents decided it was a good idea to move all the way around the world to New Zealand.
My sister and I looking pretty cute!
I then hurtled my way around the world to Wellington and settled down a bit! I went to school, made some of the loveliest friends who I am still so close with today (we even have our own acronym – JCEFH) and got the cutest cat who is still wandering around my parents house and sleeping constantly.
The girls at our leavers ball in 2009 and my cat looking particularly relaxed in the sun!
I enjoyed Wellington from the ages of 8-15 when my dad got the opportunity to go and study in America for a year – I thought this was a great chance to see another bit of the world, so I also packed my bags and we headed off to Barrington, Rhode Island for a year of memories. I went to American High School and got a taste of the movies (I did actually eat my lunch in the toilet on the first day of school!!). My mum came over for 6 months and my sister stayed in New Zealand whilst she finished uni. After about 14 months, we packed into a car and took a few weeks driving from Rhode Island to Los Angeles and flew back home to Wellington.
Snap of me in Colorado – look at that tan and the shades!!
I went back to school, managed to sit some exams, worked constantly in hospitality and popped out of high school in 2009. I was in a bit of a loss of what to do – I did the equivalent of A levels in English, History, Statistics, Biology and Chemistry at school. I had always meant to go and be a doctor but at the last minute I changed my mind and headed to uni in Wellington to study law and biology. At this time, my sister ran off to the UK and I settled down at uni.
I did a year of law, decided that it wasn’t like Boston Legal and ended up just doing biology – threw in a lot of genetics, some biotech and overall had a great uni experience. In my final year, my parents decided it was time for them to up and move to Canberra in Australia, so I moved out and into a flat for my final year (which was an experience!) and spent quite some time flying to and fro across the Tasman to visit.
Here I am in Canberra at Tidbinbilla a huge nature reserve!
I graduated with a first at the end of 2012 and decided it was time to take a ‘gap year’, move to the UK to see my grandparents and sister. I also wanted to take a bit of time out before I thought about going back to med school. I hurtled back to the UK, settled again in Manchester and did a whole lot of travelling – Aus, America on the way, then Germany, Spain, France, Austria, Hungary, Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal which were all amazing.
My sister and I grown up in London!!
Once I got back off my Europe jaunt and after spending some time on my sisters couch in London, I decided London had won my heart as it does with many people so I packed off again and got a little flat in South London. I got an admin job on a fixed term contract at a medical college and went and enjoyed my first year in London! I didn’t earn much but that was okay – I was too busy out and about enjoying the sites. In October 2013 it was decision time and I decided that med school just wasn’t going to happen – as much as I want to become House!! I couldn’t imagine moving from London even though I missed my parents and friends so much.
I then went and met the love of my life – Paul – and I became even more attached to London! We started dating and soon moved in together. I went off and got a place on a technology consulting grad scheme which I started in July 2014 and I love it. It is a huge change, longer hours and hard work but just the challenge and step in a career I want.
Paul and I in Prague for our first holiday!
So here we are! A whirlwind tour of what brought me to writing this blog here today. I hope that gives a little more background about me – thank you so much for reading and I hope you continue to join me on my London and life adventures!