I’m baaaack and I’ve got a little life update to share with you! In case you guys were wondering where I was hiding, I was taking a well deserved social media detox, spending time with family and just getting my plans for 2017 sorted. 2016 was a year that showed me exactly in which direction I wanted to go and where I want to be. It showed me that even with my fear of flying, I have such a desire to travel and meet new people and get to know different cultures. Which is why I resigned from my job last Wednesday and decided to move to the United Kingdom.
“You must be so excited” which is what a lot of people have been telling me. To be honest, I’m not that excited… If you know me personally you’d know that I hate South African winters, let alone freezing cold, English winters. As I write this I’m laying on a lounger next to the pool in 27 degree weather at The Bay Hotel. Besides the weather putting a damper on things I then still have to deal with the implications of Brexit, finding a job as soon as I get there because companies in the UK don’t want to employ me if I’m not there and finding a place to live.
“Then why are you going?!” …you must be thinking. Well let me see… It’s a mix up of many different things but mostly for personal and career development, to be able to travel whilst I’m still young, to build my career and then maybe, just maybe find myself a lovely English boy!
I’ve been asking a lot of people that made the move abroad how their experience was and if they could offer me any sort of advice and many of them had a similar story of being lucky enough to link up with family or a spouse on the other side. It’s always so much easier when you have someone on the other side waiting for you as that helps with your accommodation and also so that you have a safety net to assist you financially until you’ve found employment. I have none of that! I’m going in completely blind, with a lot of hope in my heart and hopefully enough money to keep me afloat for a month. I’m literally just going to wing it. Am I crazy? Possibly. But am I giving up everything in an attempt to make the most out of my future? Definitely!
I suppose my biggest fear is that this gamble I’m about to take doesn’t work out in my favour and then I’m left homeless on the icy streets of London yikes! I could cry just thinking about it! But on a more serious note, everyone keeps on telling me that if it doesn’t work out then just come home. For me right now that isn’t an option. For me that seems like I’ve given up and that my financial sacrifice that I took to move to the UK would all be in vain.
Then there’s Brexit. Am I picking the worst time to go to the UK? Hell yes! I’ve been in contact with a couple of UK recruitment agencies lately and one agency (who’s name I shall not mention) who I asked for job hunting advice came back to me with the following: “there are a lot of candidates looking for work and with the Brexit situation, it will be a tricky year” What’s that even supposed to mean? Are they discriminating against EU nationals to make them leave the country?
Then there’s my blog. I’m so worried that I won’t be able to invest much time into my blog. Not only that but it’s also going to take some time getting to know my way around the UK beauty world and to figure out where I should shop for all my essentials. I’ll have to rebuild all my PR connections and networks from scratch. Basically I’ll have to rebuild my entire blog brand and reputation from the bottom up before I can start collaborating with brands that I’m passionate about.
2016 was such a great year for this blog, I got featured in 2 mini mags associated with Clicks, I got featured on both the international Instagram pages of Essence Cosmetics and Catrice Cosmetics and I’ve received so much incredible feedback from PR companies commending me on my contribution to their brands. I can only hope that it will continue in the UK and that brands and PR Companies will continue to recognise my contribution to the beauty industry.
Side Note: I have no intention of discontinuing my blog whatsoever.
♥ You have to see this Instagram Funhouse I visited in London!