Dear Diary… Life’s a Happening

What a crazy few weeks we have all had! From new prime ministers to the most unbearable heatwave of 37.5 degrees, life really has been happening. However the real breaking news is that I am so excited that I now have the full domain of londonsnewgirl.blog which I cannot wait to work on and develop as I explore London life!

Whilst lots has certainly been happening on a national scale, things over here have been a little, well… odd. This really has been the first time in about five years that I haven’t had a Summer job or uni work to be doing. What on earth am I meant to be doing with all this free time? I’m catching myself feeling guilty if I sit and play on my phone for too long but at the same time I am struggling to fill each day. I hate sitting around and I am definitely not one for lounging around at the weekends, I’d much rather be out and about exploring or catching up with friends. That being said I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time on Pinterest recently, follow me here if you’re a fellow ‘pinner.’ I’ve trawled every interior store and homeware section and pinned all my favourites, which is causing some contention between myself and the boyfriend who is refusing a pink, white and grey colour scheme in the bedroom. He needn’t bother as I’m very much aware that it’ll be a combination of both of our university things for the first few months/years anyway, however that does give me plenty of time to win him over…

My main task is finding a job, closely followed by finding a flat and both are majorly overwhelming. I have been lucky enough to have an interview that I’m keeping all my fingers and toes crossed for as it would be the dream, however realistically I’m trying not to get my hopes up too much. I want to do a whole post or even a series on finding a job in London as I definitely think it’s different to any other place, the competition is unbelievably strong yet there are so many opportunities so how do you pick the right one? Who knows. Not me right now anyway!

Flat hunting is looking slightly more positive, which is rather frustrating considering I can’t pay rent without a job, however it’s the three busses coming at once scenario isn’t it. However I guess in this case its the connecting bus arriving before I even get the first one! We are actually going to view a flat tomorrow and I’m trying to compile my list of adult questions to ask the agents however it’s hard to get out the mindset of asking if I can put blue tac on the walls after so many years of boarding school and uni accommodation.

So that’s it. Life really is starting yet is seeming to take a very long time to get going. I am such an impatient person, which is something I am struggling a little with right now, so I’m going to pool all of my organisational and creative energy into the blog and see what I can come up with! What are your tips for being patient when it comes to waiting for life? I definitely don’t want to wish this down time away when the next 50 or so years are going to be pretty intense, but I guess I am just too excited to get started? Let me know in the comments!

Dear Diary… Goodbye St. Andrews

After five long years my time at St. Andrews University is coming to an end and I almost can’t believe it. Whilst I am undoubtedly 99% excited and impatient to get to London and start the next chapter of my life, there is still the 1% of me that will always have a love for St. Andrews.

I had known I wanted to go to St. Andrews University long before it came to applying, in fact I think I was 9 years old when I first wrote it on my to-do list and ever since then I’ve been pretty damn determined to make it happen.

Whilst there’s a lot to be said for what St. Andrews is missing, (clothes shops, a Maccie Ds, a nightclub?) the little town with three streets has a lot to offer.

From the historic buildings of the University to the crazy traditions, I wonder if next year when I wake up on May 1st I’ll be a tiny bit sad I’m not running into the North Sea at sunrise. Or if when I see the pictures of the Raisin foam fight I’ll remember the burn of getting shaving foam in both my eyes and mouth.

What St. Andrews may lack in terms of a nightclub it certainly makes up for in the balls and events on offer, mostly led by fellow students. Getting dressed in black tie and bussing across town to a big empty barn that has been decorated for the occasion certainly will always be a sentimental memory even if I have very little memories of the events themselves.

Of course, some of my St. Andrews loves I will find again in London. I’ll join a new netball team, find a new favourite takeaway (although nothing will ever beat Maisha’s £6.95 student offer) and make a whole host of new friends (I hope…). However the East Fife coast will always have a place in my heart for so many reasons. Of course it’s also where I met Ed which makes it extra special. They do say you either leave St. Andrews an alcoholic or married…

Do you still have a soft spot for the place you went to University? Let me know in the comments!

Dear Diary… Is it Summer yet?

Summer is so close I can almost smell the suncream. That feeling of waking up and flopping downstairs, the days stretching out ahead of you with the song of the Summer (I’m calling Avicci SOS or I don’t care by Sheeran & Bieber) blasting on the radio. The good times.

This will essentially be my last ‘free’ Summer, no work, no university to prepare for, no need to find a Summer job. It will be bliss. It’ll be first Summer since I left school that I will be going on a Summer holiday, so naturally I have an ASOS board named “Holidaze” with some sunshine and cocktail emojis with about a thousand items on it. Considering I’m not planning on finding an intermediary job and I will no longer receive a student loan, it’s certainly going to be a fun time for my bank balance. But at least I’ll have a cute yellow and white spotty bikini…

I have so many exciting things planned for the Summer that I almost cannot believe it. Not only am I going to graduate University after a long five years (I did a year abroad!) I have some amazing and exciting trips planned with friends and family. I also have big plans for this blog, creating content all about preparing for the big move and my Summer adventures.

We are so lucky to have plans to explore the UK as well as travelling abroad. From travelling to the West Coast of Scotland with our friends and visiting my family, to spending a week on the beaches of Norfolk with my boyfriend’s (and my half) gorgeous golden retriever, I love taking the time to appreciate my own country.

However since the UK does not have the most reliable climate (although I am hoping to not repeat last Summer’s 32 degrees in London, that was unbearable) we also have a couple of trips abroad.

According to both our parents, choosing to go to Malta for your grad trip is a slightly random choice (with both parents questioning whether or not Malta actually has any beaches…) but I cannot wait to explore the island with some friends. It appears to have the perfect mix between sun, sea and culture and the Maltese cuisine looks like an incredible array of seafood and pasta. Heaven.

We are also so lucky to be travelling to the States with my boyfriend’s family for two weeks of pure relaxation in South Carolina. I have only been to the States once before so I am so excited to explore a different area and meet some of my boyfriend’s family for the first time!

Amongst this whirlwind I will also need to find a flat and a job lol. But let’s forget about that for now and keep scrolling through the endless straw hats on ASOS I am trying to convince myself I will suit and work out which colour of nail varnish will match that yellow bikini…

If you have any plans for the Summer then let me know in the comments! Also if you have any recommendations for Malta then I would love to hear them. We are staying in the North of the Island near St. Pauls bay but are definitely planning on travelling around!