Northern Girl Gone Essex

Today marks the two year anniversary since my graduation and when I said goodbye to the beautiful North East of England and headed to my new life in Essex. And so I thought I’d share with you all my journey and tell you why I moved to the sunny South in the first place.

To be honest, it was something I never expected to do. I am such a home girl and apart from the odd weekend away, holiday, oh and a trip to Australia, I’d never really been away from home. My mam, dad and I are super close and so I’d never even really considered moving away from them, because well, I rely on them so bloody much!

The thought of having to move away from my family only really came about while I was at university. I was studying Fashion Journalism and to be honest the only good jobs were all down South, so it was inevitable that if I really wanted to turn this into a career, I would have to move.

While at uni I carried out multiple placements on magazines and newspapers, three of which were at the magazine I now call my job. It’s really amazing to think one small email one night would have landed me not one, but three placements and then eventually my job – especially when I didn’t even expect to get a reply!

So the day of graduation came and I was set to move the very next day, and a 2am drive in the morning to get to Essex meant I couldn’t even toast to my success. To be honest the actual move down here was pretty crazy. I can’t really remember it as it all happened so quickly. I don’t think it really hit me that I’d moved away until I came back to my flat the first evening after work and realised I was alone.

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Two years on and a baby later, I still miss home more than I can put into words. I hate being so far from everyone, but I know I did the right thing. Although some days can be pretty tough, I know that I did the right thing. There are so many opportunities in the South of England, that I know this is the best place for me and my little family to be.

So that’s a little bit about me. Have you made a big move? How do you cope being away from family? Get in touch 🙂 x

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