Life Update: 2:1, Graduation, New Job & New Home

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Things have been quiet on the blog recently, but that's because I've been very busy!

First things first: I graduated from the University of Leeds with a 2:1 in Politics and Sociology, and I attended my graduation ceremony which was a very special day for me.

Most importantly, I have decided to stick around, so I'm staying in Leeds (for personal and career reasons.) I love London, I will always be a Londoner at heart, but Leeds is my adopted city now.

Also, I've started working in a new job! I work as a Content Writer for a marketing firm based in the city centre. I started the job in the last week of July, and while it's been challenging I'm really enjoying it. I'm at the trainee stage of my job at the moment, but after a couple of months I should be out of that. I love my job, I like my colleagues and the workplaces is a chilled, relaxed and casual environment. I can see myself progressing within the role, and there are so many routes I can take.

I am so happy and so blessed that I was able to start working in my ideal career as soon as I graduated. I feel so lucky. I deserve it. Hard work does pay off in the end!

In other news, I've moved. As a graduate I couldn't continue to reside in my student flat, so I had to move out by the end of the summer. Towards the end of July I moved into a professional houseshare in a lovely suburb in Leeds. I always knew that I wanted to stay in Leeds and live independently of my parents, and I'm so glad I've been able to achieve that. I'm 23, I'm a grown woman, I deserve to be in control of my life and I'm moving forwards, so staying in Leeds seemed like the better option for me.

However, as much as I like where I live, and as much as I like my room, I've decided that I don't want to live with people anymore. To be honest, from a young age I always knew I wanted to live on my own. This is because I grew up in a dysfunctional home, my space and boundaries were constantly violated, and I hated the fact that my home (which should have been a peaceful sanctuary) was a battleground. Also, I've always wanted to be independent, and by living alone you become much more self-sufficient. I'm an introvert, and I like my peace and quiet! All I want to do is to be able to live peacefully in my own home without being violated, bullied or harassed! It's not much to ask for! I've done my very best to be nice and civil to all the people I've ever lived with, and I've done my very best to co-exist, but nothing I seem to do is ever good enough, I'm not appreciated and respected, and I am still treated like the black sheep/devil/scapegoat/target of the household, and I'm calling BS on that. Enough is enough!

After spending years living in the most awful houseshares and flatshares with the most awful housemates and flatmates - and after growing up in an awful situation - I've decided that I am better off alone. I need my own space anyway. Living in toxic environments throughout my life has had a detrimental impact on my mental health, and I can't put up with that anymore.

My lease on my current property ends at the end of January 2017, after that my contract will be put on a rolling contract, so my aim is to move out in February. Even though it seems like a long way away, I've already started searching and researching, and I plan on visiting properties very soon. I'm keep to get the ball rolling so that by January, I'm prepared and I have somewhere lined up. I've even started saving up in order to pay for a deposit, fees and first months rent. I know I will have to pay more than what I pay now in rent, but I'm willing (and able) to pay more. Plus, I'm willing to stay up North if it means that I can live on my own for a long period of time, because there is no way I would have been able to live alone in London. I'm looking for 1 bedroom flats in a nice area with local amenities, and the area has to offer an easy commute into the city centre because that's where I work.

If you are based in Leeds and you know of any decent 1 bed flats that will soon become available, then please let me know! Email me, Tweet me or DM me please.

The day I start living on my own in an apartment is the day I finally feel settled, stable and at peace in my own home. :)

So...I'm rescheduling my schedule (if that makes sense.)
I'm not a social science student anymore, so I don't have a lot of free time to blog. I work from 8am to 5pm (or 6pm) so I don't have the time anymore. I spend my days staring at a screen and writing, so by the time I get home I am tired. I've decided that I'm going to join a gym so I will be going to the gym in the evenings after work so by the time I get home I'll be so tired. I feel less productive in the evenings anyway, and I need to be able to 'recharge' after work.

I've decided to dedicate my weekends to blogging, chilling out and relaxing, reading novels, watching films, and socialising with my friends. I've got two friends from university who are both from Leeds so I can try to see them outside working hours.

I promise I'll do my very best to keep my blog going and to keep it consistent. I have so many ideas (over 700 in drafts) so I have a lot to write about. Watch this space!

Overall, I guess I've got my life back on track. For the first time in my life, I feel as though things for myself are working out (well, sort of) and things are working out in my favour. All I need to do is achieve the dream of living on my own and I'll be happy!

What have you all been up to?

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  1. I've always dreamed of living on my own too. I'm very envious of you, but also proud of you for putting yourself out there. We introverts salute you!

    1. Thank you! :) Yeah it was always a dream and it seemed impossible to achieve, but now I'm determined to start living alone next year.

      Thank you so much for your comment! :)

  2. I'm so glad everything is working itself out for you, you are doing so well! I've started to save money to put towards moving out as I really want to live independently too! I hope your house hunting goes well... xxx

    1. Thank you! :D It will be a while before I start living on my own because other things have to take priority (i.e. learning to drive) but I'm still saving up the majority of my income and I'm still doing my research. :)

      Good luck! :)

  3. Well done sis on this amazing opportunity I'm really proud of you xxxxxxx ��

  4. Well done sis on this amazing opportunity I'm really proud of you xxxxxxx ��


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