May 15, 2018

The year of 27

Hi, it’s me!

So I turned 27 at the end of March and i’m not going to lie, I feel no different.

It’s not like you wake up in the morning and suddenly feel one year older. I mean, that would be weird.

I celebrated my birthday with family and friends. Family wise, we had a day in London, wandering around the shops and then going for dinner where they served me a plate full of chocololates and macrons with a birthday message.

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And then friendwise, we decided to go bowling and for drinks…..and then the clocks went back and we made it home at a ridiculous time in the morning after running for the tube of the hour.

Although I didn’t feel different on my birthday, another move on the same day has made my work life a little different.

Emily and I also went for an afternoon tea as Sketch to celebrate our March birthdays!

I accepted a job offer which means I am no longer freelance! Despite the fact that I am sad to leave behind my freelance clients (who I absolutely adored working for), it feels good. Freelance life can be painted as some glamorous thing with people ‘working from abroad’ or working from home in your pyjamas.

But it’s also very stressful trying to work out whether you have enough work and in some cases, having too damn much work. The stress can sometimes be unreal and I don’t wish that on anyone.

And don’t forget the pain that is filing your taxes every year.

I feel like the past couple of months of 2018 have flown by and i’m looking forward forward to what else the year has to offer.

There are a few things I have planned for the rest of the year.

Speaking at Traverse

Yep! I am speaking at the travel blogging and writing conference about how to pitch to travel publications including inflight magazines.

I actually just had my most recent article published for Malaysia Airlines’ inflight magazine. I’ll be sharing my pitching ideas and also guidance on what publications and sections of magazines to target. I really hope those who come and join can learn something from it – I hope! Also questions are good. Ask me plenty of questions.

I’m also excited to spend my spare time exploring Rotterdam with Emily of The Cosy Traveller fame.

Lots of live music and another trip to Luxembourg

The Killers bloody cancelled on me and so somehow I’ve ended up going back to Luxembourg.

Also in the pipeline is Jack White, Portugal the Man and The Killers.

I’m going to have more time for the blog!

I always feel like writing a blog when i’m in the middle for writing something for someone else so i’m majorly excited to be able to have time to write for myself and my little section of the world.

As much as I like to think I hate Instagram, I also adore it so you’ll find me posting on there too.

Less work and more time and probably heaps less panicking

Hopefully I can now stop stressing at every hour of the day about how much work I have or giving myself too much work in case a client doesn’t pay me on time for my work. Yes this happens, and seriously, start paying people on time. And enough of this payment on publication bullshit.

I’d like to fit in some more weekend breaks

I’d like to be able to travel some more this year but on a smaller scale. I’ve realised that there is so much more of the UK left to see.

I was recently in Birmingham for the weekend and had a great time exploring what the city had to offer so i’d like to do more things like that.

And exploring more of London of course!

And finally relax more!

I mean that’s always a good one!

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