The second top tip I want to share with everyone for moving, whether to London, or anywhere else is to get out there. Put yourself in uncomfortable situations and make the most of anything you can do to meet new people.
I did find it hard when I first moved, my housemates were pretty nice (found them through spareroom) and tried to involve me sometimes, but I needed to make more friends of my own.
So here are a few things I recommend:
Find a hobby. Join a class. Start or try something new. I started going back to adult ballet but joined a class at Pineapple Dance Studio in Covent Garden last summer. I loved the class and met one of the girls through going to this. Me and my friend Corinne started talking at ballet one evening and we’re still great friends now. You already have something in common so always a good starting point.
Drinks with work mates & work socials. Join in when invited to go along, or as a set rule for most work drinks find out when they are and invite yourself! Get talking to your colleagues after work or people in the same building and you’ll get to know many more people. Their friends may even be thrown into the mix – perfect way to network and get to meet some newbies.
You don’t feel like going out? Still go. It may not be what you really feel like doing, but is this really because you’re tired or is it because you’re nervous and this is a way your body reacts? You’ll most likely be happy with your decision to go, and you’ll only regret it if you don’t – you’ll be thinking what you could be doing, whilst sat at home. After all life is for living, so get out there – push yourself a little!
Ok so I didn’t have that much confidence to do things like this before my last year of uni. But you really have to push yourself, I learnt this. Not only will you get to meet new people but you’ll also grow more as an individual and gain confidence. Your comfort zone and barriers are there to be pushed, don’t hide behind these. Make the most of your new surroundings and location and go meet people and enjoy yourself! I’m so happy I did.
Shaped to fit nicely in your ear. Sweat proof and rain proof. Powerful bass. What else do you need from a set of headphones for running?
I bought my new headphones off amazon a few weeks ago. I love them.
Not only do they fit nicely and stay in my ears (I have little ear syndrome – and don’t like the bud earphones, so others normally feel uncomfortable or fall out – not fun whilst running! Trying to fumble for the lost headphone), with the clip that’s on the wire they don’t flap about and whack me in the face whilst out on a jog.
The sound is amazing and helps keep me motivated.. sometimes you just really need that power tune! For all family reading…don’t worry I’m super careful when out on a run!
Sweat proof and rain proof just tops it off. No one can help getting sweaty on a long run.
AND they also come with their own little breathable storage pouch to keep them safe whilst transporting. No tangled cables, and less damage whilst in your Mary poppins style handbag!
Fab set of headphones. Definitely recommend to any runner or anyone looking for headphones for sports!
A big thumbs up from me!
I thought I’d add a new section to my blog to give you all something to make you giggle.
I know I’m not exactly a country girl, was more a town-girl although did I spend much of my time growing up in the countryside. I do now class myself as a city girl but I sometimes do come out with something silly – a case of speaking before thinking!
Alex on the other hand, is definitely a city boy – born and raised! Being in the countryside with him is hilarious.
This new section is to share some of the funniest and perhaps embarrassing things which are said between us in our daily lives. For your amusement, and for me to be able to look back and laugh so much my tummy hurts!
Here’s a quick peek into one moment – perhaps a little more funny for Londoners however:
This was a while ago – before I’d properly moved to London. We were getting ready to leave Alex’s – I was down visiting.
Me: Babe, You got everything?
Me: Keys? Wallet? Phone? Lobster? (Said pretty quick – quite confident, and wanting to go)
Me: Lobster… (said nice and confidently)
Alex: (Laughing)… it’s not called a Lobster (more laughing, and me realising)… its an Oyster.
Keep an eye out for the next instalment (Got plenty more! They will keep getting better…)…
Here comes a confession – I think I’m a bit of a sweet-a-holic!
I gave them up for lent but they’re definitely my fave treat, way better than chocolate – they come in so many more different varieties! Chewy, hard-boiled, sour, fizzy, sponges, juice-filled…and so much more satisfying!
So I thought I’d start sharing my new sweet-treat discoveries. They may not be necessarily new to the sweet world, but they’re new to my taste buds, and I’ll only be telling you about the ones worth raving about.
So here’s my newest sugary, juicy finding…
Mike and Ikes.
I bought mine from cyber candy in Angel, but you can get them from the super market too! Mine were £1.55.
They’re not as cheap as one of my normal selections, Rowntrees Randoms yummmmm, but they were taste-bud tingling, chewy and very juicy – I loved the different flavours.
Will be sure to share more finds of the candy variety in future posts.
If you’re moving anywhere new, not just to London, one thing you must consider is housemates.
When I first went to move down to London, I looked for people who seemed nice and easy to get on with – but price and location came pretty high on my list, as well as liking the house.
Looking for a new place can get so tiring, a little depressing with the number of places you go to see, and very stressful. But make the most of it! Make sure you like the location, the room and the house but most importantly the people you live with.
If your moving to somewhere new there’s nothing like going home to a friendly house after a long day at work and chilling with the housies. You don’t want to be one of those people who walk down your street, fingers crossed, looking out for the lights to your house, hoping that no-one is in.
It makes a huge difference having people you like to relax with, rant to perhaps and generally make you feel like you belong after a long day/week. Friends and having people there is important! I found it hard being somewhere new to start with – it’s natural! Making friends in a big city is not as easy as at university. But it’s getting easier, and having found one housemate through work and another on spareroom, I feel so lucky to love coming home and planning evenings and weekends with my housemates.
So that’s one of my top tips for moving! You can find some great people on Spareroom and can actually chat with them first before viewing places with them. So if you don’t know anyone looking to move get on SpareRoom, and start conversations with lots of other people looking for a new home – you might just find some new friends for life – I know mine will be!