Week One

It’s Saturday, which means I’ve been in London for an entire week already. It’s gone by fast and slow, all at once. I also feel like I’ve accomplished a great deal, and absolutely nothing, all at the same time. I hate that feeling. Everything seems so chaotic, and I’ve not been good with chaos this year, so it’s no surprise that I’ve started to lose my head a bit in the last few days. Today was especially bad, but I’m hoping that a good nights sleep tonight will help. We shall see…

I’ve been applying to job upon job all week. A few in person, a lot online, so I’m really hoping to hear back from something in the next week. I didn’t come here with the expectation of finding something right away. I know that’s not realistic! But something soon would be nice. There’s an amazing job that I’ve been short listed for so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Again, we shall see.

Today Sally and her mum took me to Enfield, where I’d never been. It was lovely. A very picturesque London borough with tons of shops and restaurants and parks. I handed out a few resumes while there, we had lunch, and did some shopping. Well, I looked longingly at pretty things I can’t afford until I find work, but, you know. I did buy a portable wardrobe. Woo!

No, I shouldn’t mock. I am pretty excited about it. I’m not good with living out a suitcase, so it’ll be nice to get my things out and organized. I’m hoping it will be help dampen a bit of chaos I’m feeling.

Shopping in Enfield when a rain storm came past.

I was invited out to dinner and a movie tonight with Sally, Michelle, and a friend of theirs, but opted out. I don’t think I’m very much fun to be around today, so it’s probably best for everyone. Plus I’ve gotten myself completely paranoid about spending money. This is also why a job can not come soon enough!

Not much else new. I have a lot of paperwork to fill out tonight (National Insurance, NHS, bank), and am hoping to get to bed early. My jet lag has been terrible, and I’ve been up until 3 or 4 every night. I got up early today though and am feeling quite tired, so hopefully I can get this sorted! Everything seems worse when you don’t sleep, and between that and my normal anxiety I’m surprised I haven’t booked myself a flight home in a moment of panic! Heh.

But, all in all, things are good. Aside from my moments (err, hours, maybe) of panic I’m feeling pretty hopeful. Give it time and patience and good things will come, right? Once again, we shall see.


3 Replies to “Week One”

  1. Don’t worry about the jet lag, that will subside, going East is always worse than travelling West. The best way I found for travelling East is to get as much sleep in the first few days as possible, whilst trying to stick to the local time and then when you’re feeling rested pull a couple of all-nighters to try and resync the body clock.

    On the job front, it sounds like you’re doing what you need to do to get a job, I hear so many people back at home complaining that they can’t get a job and they don’t really ever get out there, hand out CV’s or go and talk to the people that own the shops… something will come soon, try not to worry.

    As for moving countries and sorting paperwork, I know the pain… moving here I felt so disheartened by they piled up a mountain of paper work and schedules that I had to go to certain places to apply for things. I’ve been here 3 months and there’s still things I need to get sorted. I’m sure the UK will be easier though because we are a very rush rush rush society lol.

    Socialise as much as possible, within the budget of course, because friends will help with the transition… they certainly have over here. I skint myself so that I can partake in activities with people because if I don’t, I’m stuck in and i’m depressed lol.

    Looking forward to seeing some more updates – never actually been to London properly so it’ll be nice to get an outsiders view on the city :P.

    1. Thanks, Aaron! I’m feeling good this week, so I think the jet lag has FINALLY passed. The job and paperwork stuff is still a waiting game though. Heh.

      If you find yourself in London in the next 2 years, let me know! I’m sure I’ll be an expert on the city in no time ;)

      1. That’s good! The jet lag, on top of everything else, can get you down. Don’t worry, things will come up soon, just keep getting CV’s out and talking to people.

        Thanks, I will keep that in mind! I’m sure I’ll be in London a few times over the next couple of years.

        Try and have fun wherever you can, it’ll help the transition :).

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