Thursday, 24 March 2016

london, 6 months, living, lifestyle, travel

Half a calendar year. That’s how long I’ve been living in London. 6 months. It might not seem like a big deal to a lot of people, but it is to me. It feels as though it’s been a lot more than just 6 months, but I also stand at disbelief. Maybe because 6 months is more of a milestone than any other month so far. This post will mostly be a special update.

The 6th month of me living in London pretty much followed previous months’ activities: work, school, band rehearsals, assignments, friends, and of course, frequent (and unplanned) visits to Watford.

I spent a lot of time writing assignments, mostly interesting ones about the music business and politics in music. Even though they still felt a bit of a chore at times, I enjoyed learning more about the industry I love and aspire to be part of. I also had a few exams, and prepared myself for the upcoming assessment week. Procrastination was also a huge part, unfortunately of course. One of my assessments included a band performance, therefore I was in rehearsal with my band most days of the week. I enjoyed these. The more band performances I do, the more confident I grow, and that is one of the main reasons I am doing this Diploma.

Aside from school-related activities and work, I travelled to see my friends up in Watford. As I have mentioned before, these were mostly unplanned visits. It has become sort of a custom for my friends to call me up and invite me over for a night out literally an hour before a train is due. However, as they say, unplanned nights are generally the best ones. Living in London and having the friends I have, that statement has never been so true.

I would end this post here, as I think I have gathered the main points of the last months quite concisely. However, as a ‘6-month edition’ to this series, I thought of including some updates as to what I have learned, improved upon and aspire to do within the next 6 months.

Given that these were  the first ever 6 months here in London, I believe that the next 6 will not be as influential. In the sense that these were the first 6 months of me living away from my family home and country for the first time ever. I have learnt how to pay bills, cook, do the laundry, juggle a lot more on my plate and generally being geographically miles away from my family. I have improved upon budgeting, and I am quite proud as to how I’m managing my money better.

Musically and personally, I have improved in confidence immensely. I am now able to get up in class and perform without feeling as though I’m about to pass out. Aside to having learnt a huge load, of course. I’m quite proud of how far I’ve come confidence wise, as I have mentioned in previous posts, my self confidence was below zero once. Hopefully, in the coming months I’ll start working on my own music with a fellow musician.

Career wise, I’ve been working on a music blog and just got a weekly spot on another one. Hopefully I’ll continue to keep the ball rolling in the music journalism/blogging area. I have so much planned for this blog as well, and so many posts lined up that I’m keeping to my word this time! Blogging and writing is something I’ve been taking more seriously since moving here, so much so that I’ve applied for a Music Journalism degree… but more on that next month!

6 months of life changing events, personal and career growth, and I couldn’t be any happier!

Cheers to the next 6 months, who knows what’s in store!

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