Two months ago I set out on the biggest adventure of my life so far. I decided the time was right to leave London and head for Brighton. Not only was I going to relocate, but also leave my job of seven years and start completely from scratch. New town, new job, new friends…
There was a feeling of both excitement and fear, leaving behind everything I knew in the hopes of achieving a better way of life for myself. And do you know what? I am so proud of myself for taking that leap of faith and for making the dream become a reality.
Molton Brown reached out to me to celebrate the launch of their newest fragrance, ‘Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel‘ by asking me to explore the meaning of ‘uncharted’ and what it personally means to me. Going into the uncharted doesn’t just mean exploring wonderous caverns or hiking up mountains – it’s going beyond your comfort zone and embracing life as an adventure. The last two months have been some of the most stressful and exhilarating to date…
The quality of my life here compared to being in London has increased tenfold since deciding to escape the stresses of the capital. I’ve been scribbling notes on my phone on the changes I’ve noticed so far…
Sleep: Mr Sandman and I have always been enemies. I don’t know what I did to aggravate him so much, but I have never been blessed with the ability to sleep-in beyond 7am. Whether I’ve been out dancing the night away til 3am or trying to enjoy the luxury of relaxation on a holiday… my body clock decides to wake me up.
In all honesty, I think it’s the routine that has been drummed into me since childhood. Up and ready for school, up and out the house early at weekends to visit family and then of course, the joys of becoming an adult and commuting to work.
There’s a lot to be said for the sea air and even just being near it. It relaxes me tremendously. Being able to see and hear the sea is a comfort. I used to step out of my front door to be confronted with high rise apartments and buses – now it’s town houses and the ocean. I’m gradually starting to sleep in just that little bit more on days off… an extra 15 minutes is progress!
Anxiety: I could/should write a whole post about how much of an anxious person I am. For as long as I can remember, I have felt anxious about something at some point. I’m terrible for writing lists – I have a great fear of being late or forgetting to do something. So, my phone consists of 10 different alarms and notes to myself. Most of them are silly things like “Wash hair” or “Pack outfits for weekend away” you know, things that you probably wouldn’t forget. There’s an odd sense of accomplishment when that alarm goes off and you’ve already done the task. Accomplished but stressful – I’ve realised for a while I need to calm down and not worry so much about the little things.
I’d like to say that in the two months that I’ve been living outside of London that my anxiety levels have plummeted dramatically but, it isn’t so. Old habits die hard but I’m trying to “go with the flow” a little and not try to make every single thing a deadline!
Free time: Variety is the spice of life, they say. Growing up in London, I had pretty much everything and anything at my feet. Only a bus, train or tube journey away – did I make the most of my free time in the city? Hell no. I bet you are all exactly the same… when something is within reach it’s oddly easier to put it off than to make an effort and do it. I’d spend my free time visiting the same spots, shops and attractions. Falling into a routine of comfortability.
Now, I appreciate my time a lot more. I’m living in a new city – there’s places I’ve never been and things that I’ve never seen. Every moment can be spent exploring all that the Sussex coast has to offer.
I cannot tell you just how pleased I am that I now live in Brighton. The days seem longer, brighter and I’m spending more time offline, which is not such a bad thing afterall!
Having been a long time fan of Molton Brown, I was absolutely thrilled when they got in touch and asked if I wanted to try out their newest fragrance. The scent is like a blast of revitalising fresh coastal air. I’m normally drawn to quite warm, woody and musky scents but I am hugely impressed with ‘Coastal Cypress and Sea Fennel’ and it’s invigorating aroma.
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