Living in lockdown – how are we really getting on?!

Well gals, here we are.

Week 67 of lockdown?

I have honestly lost count of the time, days and weeks at the minute. Every day is Groundhog Day.

How are you getting on?

I think we have all been asked this question / asked this question to someone recently lol but does anyone really know the answer? Truth is there is no right or wrong way to feel in this situation because nobody has ever done it before. We are living in literal history. This will be a GCSE question in 20 years time folks 🤣.

I have been back home with my family for just over 6 weeks now, I was home for a ten day break before this really kicked off and low and behold I never got back to London. I don’t think we ever expected it to get this bad. For me ( and this sounds stupid I know) i just thought the rest of the world would go through it and we would skip on by somehow. Now we are all adjusting to the new ‘normal’.

Now more than ever, we are on our phones constantly, social media flat out refreshing looking at what everyone is doing and sharing what we are doing. I am grateful for this as I have a bit of a platform to distract myself with and throw my attention at. At the same time it can be the source of anxiety and stress. I only have a fraction of clothes with me; which is whatever I know because we aren’t going anywhere! But for me it’s the creative distraction I’m craving while I can’t work. Things like this can lead to constant comparison. Same with seeing people being more organised, doing more workouts, more baking more anything really. I am a very organised and routine driven person normally, so for me I need to write lists and plan things in my head to keep me going. Saying all this, I have had days where I have barley brushed my hair or got off the sofa mind you – but these days are gonna happen. While we all go through this new way of life what we need to remember is we can only do what feels right for us and our bodies. Some days we can take what everyone else is doing as motivation or we can say well fair play to them but I’m going to eat 5 Easter eggs today not run a 5k.

I can’t say I’ve learnt any new life skills so far but what advice I can give is to talk, be present and be kind. Keep in contact with everyone more now than ever, send a random message to someone you maybe haven’t seen in a while. Talk to your friends about how you’re feeling: even if it is to say you feel shit that day. Love everyone harder after this, hug everyone tighter and don’t ever say no to a night out again 😛

Stay safe everyone, see you on the other side of this.

Speak soon,

Lotsa love

AG xxo

Leaving life for London ✈️

I am alive everyone.

No need to panic.

Seriously though, how long since I wrote a post? 🙈

If you don’t already follow me on everything else or haven’t guessed by the title, I have moved to London.

This weekend marks my first month done and dusted in the big smoke and I just thought it was about time that I gave a little update on what my feels are with leaving home for the very first time. I have literally never lived that “student life” nor experimented by moving out with a mate or two, I was literally by my mas side since birth lol

So I think the year of turning 27 it was about time to go, eh?

I had the idea over the last few years that I never wanted to settle in Belfast and defiantly wanted to move to London at some stage and at the beginning of this year it all just went from 0 to 100 real quick. Which in hindsight I am so glad of.

My job in personal shopping was coming to an end (maternity cover) and instead of settling and going back to my old position I applied for my current job (which just popped up at the exact right time), topshop personal shopper in Knightsbridge and the rest is history as they would say.

A lot of people asked why, how are you going to afford it, will you not miss everyone, it’s so lonely etc etc.

Why? Because in all seriousness what else can I do in Belfast? London is one of the most prestigious cities for the fashion industry and huns that’s where I wanna be.

Afford it? I can’t. Nobody in London can. But fake it to you make it x

Miss everyone? Like mad. And this is the first real week I can openly and honestly say that. This is the longest I haven’t seen my baby brother since he was born and my mum for that. I have the best friends in the whole world and not seeing them at least once a week hurts my heart but making them proud is why I am here.

Lonely? God yeah it can be. I’m typing this sitting on the tube and as I look about the train 95% of the people are on their own. That doesn’t mean they spend their day lonely; and I have a few amazing friends here already which I am so grateful for. I move into my new flat next week with another soon to be great pals and I am so excited to make this my home.

This post is a lot longer than I probably intended it to be, but it is the first time I have properly sat down to write and it has just all came out lol. I did have people write to me on insta who wanted to hear all about it so I hope I have answered everything. Basically I am so happy with the decision I have made to move here, I can already see so many exciting opportunities and experiences for me here in the future. While there are bittersweet moments, you will get that no matter where in the world you are. As long as you have confidence in yourself and a strong support system from friends and fam you can do whatever you put your mind to.

Speak soon,

Lotsa love

AG xxo