This year has flown by. I spent the first half of it living my life as a student in Manchester, like I had been doing for the two years prior, and these past few months after graduation working and living in London. Earlier this year I didn’t think too much about what life would be like after graduating, I just thought about how scared I was that I wouldn’t get a graduate job. I’m still shocked, and proud of myself, that I managed to get one that started a week after I graduated with my degree. However, it has been an extremely challenging past few months.
I think adjusting to working full time after being a student for 3 years isn’t spoken about enough. I found the adjustment very hard because I’m someone who naturally needs more sleep and to recharge alone. I think it’s taken me until now, which is 3 months later, to finally have a proper routine again.
Other than starting a full time job, I also moved to a different city. Moving from Manchester to London doesn’t seem like a big change because they’re two cities in the same country and I have friends who have moved to different countries multiple
times, but it was a challenge for me. For perspective, the living situation in London is so different than Manchester. The cost of living is much higher in London which meant moving into a flat share with people I hadn’t met before. Luckily for me it worked out, but it was definitely scary at first. If you’re looking to move, I definitely recommend Spare Room but you should really see the place in person if you can. Also, London is so much bigger than Manchester I’m talking 7.5 million people more kind of bigger. For someone who hadn’t lived here before, I had to pick a location to live in just by looking at google maps online and googling “safe affordable places to live in London.”
Anyway, I do love this city. I found some great people with similar interests just from posting in a group on facebook for a podcast I listen to about spirituality. This city really is full of a huge mixture of people and there is so much to do and see I’m still exploring. I feel like I’m really coming into myself at this point in my life. It’s definitely got to do with not being in education anymore and having the freedom to make my own decisions for myself. It was a bit weird going through September and not starting another “school year.”
This blog post is such a ramble and brief overview of everything I’ve been doing. It’s been strange building my own life pretty much from the bottom since I didn’t know anyone when I moved here. I have to say though sometimes I do feel lonely which is something I hadn’t felt for years. I’m someone love spending time alone. I’m a HSP and an introvert by nature so I enjoy being home. As a HSP though, being in a city so big and full of so much energy has made me feel overwhelmed a lot more often. I really struggled with this when I first moved, but now I can tame it by being kind to myself and spending the weekend alone if it’s something I know I need to do. I’ve found being so close to so many things has made me feel like I SHOULD be doing something at all free times even when it’s not what I NEED. Listening to myself, my body, and intuition is so important.
My room is my sacred space when I come to to hide from the world. I like to keep it very minimal without clutter in obvious spaces. I’m such an organised person,so I’ve managed to store my clothes and other things into a cupboard so things don’t have to be on display. The things I have on display are things that bring me so much joy. I always like to have sage around me to burn at the end of the day to get rid of the energy I’ve been around during the day.
On this shelf in the picture here I have a mixture of trinkets. Some new, some vintage, but all mean so much to me. I love the way they are so personal to me and are so simple yet creative. Incense sticks are something my dad always has in the house at home, so burning them reminds me of home even if they do make my clothes smell like I’ve been near a bonfire. That’s the same for sage actually, but I still love it.
Having crystals and a salt lamp around me are great too as they are cleansing for the energy and again, spark joy for me.
I’m planning on getting back to blogging in November so stay tuned for new natural beauty posts of what I’m loving.