It’s 2015 in London!
Spent my Christmas in Italy and got back to London just in time to say goodbye to 2014. My New Year started with an empty refrigerator, no electricity and lentils at midnight. But Happy friggin’ New Year!
After the longest commute from Gatwick airport I arrived home to find that the electricity had run out so I had to light candles to see my way around. It was kind of cool, if not slightly creepy. The part of me that still enjoys scary movies thought about the possibility of a stranger lurking in the dark waiting to pounce and for a thrilling moment I was a little bit afraid. Then the electricity came back on and my scary movie moment was over. I took a couple of minutes to empty the fridge because all the food had gone bad. Then at 11:59pm I counted down to midnight and ate lentils. Fingers crossed for a super prosperous year!
For the first time since the age of 16 I didn’t make any New Year’s Resolutions. So when March comes around I won’t have any resolutions to break – Yay! I also didn’t end the year in a bar or totally drunk, which means tomorrow I won’t be hungover. Also, I didn’t watch the NYC ball drop on TV. I did, however, watch the London Eye fireworks on TV, which was a nice change of pace.
I thought I’d feel a little bummed about not going out for New Year’s but it turns out my quiet, sober night indoors was just what I needed to start my year off right. How you start the year is how you’ll end it, right? (Maybe that’s not entirely true since last year I was definitely hungover on New Year’s Day.)
Anyway, I don’t know if any of these changes will make a difference in my 2015 but I’m looking forward to seeing what the New Year brings. Somehow I have a good feeling about it.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!
I anticipated taking on a lot of new things when I moved to London. Paying almost double for a grande Americano at Starbucks was one I was prepared for. Cleaning Day was not. But when you live in a shared space compromise plays an important part of establishing a healthy, happy living environment. So it looks like my cleaning day falls on Saturdays.
Still doing the healthy eating thing. It actually hasn’t been as challenging as I thought it would be. The past week I’ve eaten the most delicious healthy homemade meals all for about £4 each. I had to get creative because London is expensive and I have to pinch pennies (pences?) if I’m going to survive. So far I think I’m doing OK. The biggest challenge is finding healthy snacks to eat and resisting the cookies and cakes that I’m always craving. But at least as far as the meals are concerned, I don’t have to worry too much about doing the actual cooking. Yay! I will do a post about a week of fabulous healthy dinners soon.
I had my first official week of classes and I think I’m really going to enjoy this first semester. I’m still job and internship hunting. My social life seems to be picking up as well. Bowling was a lot of fun. Also went to the cinema for the first time. Did you know they don’t serve butter for your popcorn in movie theaters?? I was appalled. But at least I know for next time that I have my choice between sweet or salty popcorn.
Because of workload and job/internship hunt I may have to scale back to weekly blogs for now because things are getting busy.
But I think it’s a good problem to have.
Outfit of the Day (#OOTD)
Shirt – Forever 21
Faux Leather Skirt – Forever 21
Tights – Primark
Blazer – Primark
Sunglasses – Michael Kors
Instead of going to any Halloween parties I attended a very fun networking event with Traverse Events.
It was a bit of a scramble getting there- I got lost – but eventually I found my way to the Doubletree Hotel and was handed a glass of champagne when I arrived. I felt right at home.
It took me a couple of minutes to work up the nerve to actually join the party. I’m still trying to get the hang of networking and meeting new people. I’m a bit shy when it comes to make the first move. This is probably why I haven’t met a ton of new people at my school. So at first I was kind of lurking around the cookie tables sipping on my champagne and not really interacting with anyone. It took another blogger’s encouraging smile to get me to finally get in the game.
Once Sian arrived though everything got easier. I met a bunch of people, followed several new bloggers and even managed to try out the photobooth. I didn’t win any raffle prizes but I did get to try my first Pim’s drink. It was yummy!
Looking forward to more Traverse Events!
Things are falling into place already.
I have a sneaking suspicion that I live in close proximity to one of my favorite UK Youtubers and so far the weather has been perfect! The past couple of days have required no coats – maybe a light jacket or sweater – and there’s be sunshine. I love it. I know it won’t last but I love it.
I’ve already managed to attend a lecture at Birbeck University as part of the Black History Month celebration thanks to an invite from a UK naturalista with whom I’ve developed a friendship (Hey Sian!). I love that Black History Month is celebrated in October over here. It’s a nice change though I do still plan to celebrate it again in February. Why shouldn’t we have two months? Hmmm?
In the next couple of weeks I hope to attend more natural hair events as well as some blogger events. I’m just jumping in feet first I guess. Don’t want to waste any time. I want to enjoy as much of London as I can. Please follow my Youtube channel as I will be vlogging about my life here in addition to my regular advice, comedy and beauty videos.
In other news, I’m still feeling a bit jetlagged. I’ve not been sleeping well at all. For instance, today I woke up at 5am and for the life of me could not get back to sleep. Yesterday I was up at 7am. Unheard of. Unheard of.
I feel a bit homesick, to be honest. I know it’s only been three days (and I’ve got many more days to get through – classes haven’t even begun yet!) but already I find myself thinking about specific things I used to do in Los Angeles and kind of missing them. To be clear, I’m missing specific parts of my life as it existed in LA. I’m not necessarily missing LA. I think it’s because I didn’t give LA a proper goodbye. Instead I sort of quietly exited stage right. Maybe I did that wrong. Maybe I would have closure had I left LA in traditional Dawn Style – with a party.
It’s OK though. In my own way I did say goodbye through a series of Youtube videos I’ve affectionately titled “Letters to Target” I had to quickly come to terms with the fact that there are no Targets in London. I’m already not really a fan of Boots. But I am checking out some other spots where I might be able to get the products that I need. Anyway, the “Letters to Target” series features one minute videos in which I prepare to leave LA and let go of what is familiar.
Watch the first 4 Letters here:
There may be one or two more Letters to come.
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