My comeback

So a lot has happened over the last twelve months….

  • I moved into a flat in central London with people I’d never met before;
  • I left National Geographic Kids after being headhunted to work on a new children’s magazine;
  • I began exploring life and all that it has to offer…

Moving anywhere can be stressful – but trying to find a place in London that isn’t going to leave you penniless is a different kettle of fish entirely. That said, even though it may have taken me a while, I finally found a three bed flat in the heart of London, near Angel, that I have fallen in love with. I feel like I’ve found friends for life with my flatmates, which is so lucky, as moving in with people I hadn’t known before could have turned out very differently.

Not long after moving in, I was headhunted for a new children’s magazine that had not even published it’s first issue. Yet again I was faced with another risky decision. Did I stay in a job that I could do with my hands tied behind my back or did I take a leap of faith and jump straight into an unknown magazine in the hope that it would be a success (and that becoming an official Staff Writer was something I could succeed in too)? I took the latter option and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The Week Junior launched in November and has been going from strength to strength ever since, becoming Britain’s fastest growing children’s magazine. I’m so proud to be part of such an amazing team at Dennis Publications and couldn’t imagine myself working anywhere else.

I’ve also come to realise over the past year that you don’t have to live your life in a box… or worry about ticking anyone else’s boxes for that matter. People are entitled to be who ever they want to be and shouldn’t have to answer to anyone for it. Unfortunately, there will still be times where someone doesn’t agree, or doesn’t think that your decision is a wise one… but you know what, it’s my decision to make and if it doesn’t turn out well, then that’s my mistake and is something I will learn from. After all, that’s how people grow, by making their own mistakes. It’s just not possible to learn from someone else’s. Plus if you find out that someone doesn’t like you for one reason or another, then quite frankly that’s their problem. As RuPaul says in her song, Sissy That Walk… “Unless they paying your bills, pay them b*tches no mind.”

Woah… that got deep for a second. Back to business…

Since a new month is now on the horizon, I wanted to begin regularly blogging again and not just posting sporadic reviews. So, to help get me back into the swing of things, I’ve decided to take up the below 31 Day Blog Challenge. In 2014, I took part in the 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge from WordPress and absolutely loved it. It was also so nice to see how fellow bloggers had approached each prompt, so if you’re completing a similar challenge this May, let me know as I’d love to check it out.

So until the next time, enjoy life and keep living the dream!

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#35: You need to make a major change in your life. Do you make it all at once, cold turkey style, or incrementally?

Based on previous success rates, I find that making the change all at once has been the best method for me, even if it super hard to do. If I make the change gradually, it can take a heck of a lot longer or worst case scenario, I end up not making the change at all! If the major change happened to be something along the lines of moving house/geographical location, I would still attempt to make the transition in one go, but would end up coming back home for the first weekend to no doubt finish packing/unloading/tidying my old room (and of course for some comforting familiarity). The only major change that I am still struggling to achieve, and I’d like to think is a similar one for many people, is maintaining a healthy diet. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not overweight or anything, but I know I could eat healthier – which of course would help me in the long run. Although, I guess still having some chocolate/biscuits left over from Christmas presents is still good going right?!

On reflection, whilst re-reading the post, it struck me that it’s quite odd for someone who is as organised and as planned as myself, to take the ‘jump straight in’ approach. I always prefer to be prepared and be able to explore all possible avenues before coming to a decision. But I guess this is slightly different, as this post is referring to when the decision had been made, regardless of whether I’d been the one to make it. Win win!