Why hello there you bladdy lavly bunch, thank you for all your amazing comments and messages after my past few posts recently, it truly, truly means so much that you've been enjoying my posts on both my blog, YouTube and on Instagram and makes everything oh so worthwhile so I cannot thank you enough for that.
But today, I'm going to be talking about the relentless battle I have and I know a lot of others have with London. This is a post I've wanted to write for some time now but it's regularly been pushed aside in favour of other topical posts or campaigns, however today is the day and I'm finally getting some things off my chest.
Having lived in London for two and a half years up until last November when George and I moved to Manchester once and for all. I've grown up in this incredible city however, whilst I was younger always pined to move to London as that's where we were told dreams came true. I think for many a creative soul, we are regularly tortured with the idea of moving to London to take on the world and make it in our chosen industry, myself included.
Whilst at university where I studied Fashion Communication and Promotion, my tutors bombarded us with all the opportunities that London had to offer, drenched us in the vision that it was London or nothing and I fell hook line and sinker for it.
During my placement year at university which is basically a glorified year of work experience, I upped and left for the big smoke. Work experience yes but I must say I have A LOT to thank this year in industry for. I hot footed to London and worked at some pretty cool places for around 6 months.
After 6 LONG months, honestly the longest of my entire life; 6 months of no money and a very limited social life, I moved back to Manchester for a paid internship opportunity and vouched I'd never return to London again.
However, low and behold after being head hunted for a role at ASOS, after graduating I made the dreaded move back to London town.
I had an amazing two years, learnt SO much, worked for one of my favourite brands and made some absolutely incredible friends. And whilst it was great for me to do this, to put my all into London life, into work and into getting my blog off the ground, something just wasn't right.
After two and a half years, and after taking the plunge into full time blogging (I was still freelancing at ASOS at this point) I decided to up and leave for my very own pursuit of happiness.
We managed to find the most incredible flat in all the land, slap bang in the centre of Manchester and I must say I have NEVER EVER looked back.
So life story over I thought I'd put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard and discuss the pros and cons of London versus anywhere else in the UK. This is simply because I've learnt that it isn't fair for the industry, tutors or the media to make us feel like we must live in London to make it in life. This really is incorrect. Although I have a lot to thank London for, it's not always what it's cracked up to be and I think I've just about got the life x work balance right.
So first up I just wanted to address that it only takes TWO HOURS for me to get into London. Honestly the amount of shocked faces I receive when I tell them I've come from Manchester really is astounding. Manchester isn't the back and beyond people and it really is SO easy for me to commute, on a daily basis if I so wish, in and out of London for meetings, events or otherwise.
Admittedly this was something that took me a while to realise, on deciding to move back home to Manchester I wasn't sure how I could make this work, but after just two trips in and out of the big smoke I realised just how easy this was going to be. Two hours to sit and sleep, sit and think, sit and work or read, it's just two hours and to be perfectly honest I really value those two hours of me time.
Time that I wouldn't normally get to just sit with my music and put the world to rights.
Next up is happiness... aka the most important thing in the world.
Don't get me wrong, whilst I was in London I had the BEST time, made some incredible friends and had some amazing opportunities and experiences that I will never ever forget, but quite honestly something wasn't right; Something I couldn't quite put my finger on.
After what was a rollercoaster of a few month, George and I decided to go with our gut and return to the North to be closer to our family which for me was a guaranteed ride to happiness.
This past year has been the happiest of my life so far and I have Manchester along with a few other things to thank for that. I'm lucky with the line of work that I have some how ended up in, that I can work from pretty much anywhere, as long as there is WiFi of course.
So Manchester was a no brainer for me and I can whole heartedly say that I have never ever looked back, even with the inevitable of missing some events, missing friends and the two hour commute, it was by far the best thing I ever did for both myself and my career and I am bloody glad I stuck to my guns and make this work.
We all know that London has EVERYTHING you could ever want in a city. It has all the best shops, the best exhibitions, restaurants, bars and otherwise, it's the perfect place to live, if you like that kind of thing. And yes, I love that kind of thing.
What I don't like is the hectic GO GO GO lifestyle and the sheer size of the city.
Nothing makes me more smug inside than when George and I can walk to our friends homes, get to the furthest away part of the centre of Manchester without setting foot on public transport.
Manchester has everything that London has, yet it's much more compact. Whilst still being busy and bustling it never feels overcrowded or hectic, to me it's the best of both worlds and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else in the world.
My favourite bloggers Amy from The Little Magpie, Lizzy from Shot From The Street, Anna from The Anna Edit and even Liv from What Olivia Did; not a single one of them live in London, yet are fully emerged in whats going on down there. They're just some of the regional bloggers that I absolutely love yet they're happy to pop in and pop straight back out of the city when the working day or week is done.
There are definitely ways to make regional blogging and working work for you, you just have to get creative. I'm finding that more and more beauty brands in-particular are popping up to Northern cities to educate us on their products and it's so wonderful to see us getting some love. I think people are finally realising that the world doesn't stop at London.... FINALLY!
So there we have it, my little post full of word vomit. Some thoughts and feelings I've had recently that I just had to share. I'd love to know your thoughts on this matter, perhaps you live in London and love it? Perhaps you live there and don't like it? Or perhaps your itching to get down there... Lets discuss.