This year I vowed to do two things. The first was to step outside of my comfort zone more by being a little more spontaneous and doing things without overthinking them entirely, and the second was to visit new places, to experience different cultures, and to start ticking off the 20 places before 30 list. It’s safe to say that spending the weekend in Liverpool meant I did both those things, plus (and most importantly) it meant I finally got to meet Sophie Rosie after about 4 years of saying we needed to arrange it!
Soph welcomed me to Liverpool with the biggest smile and we spent the weekend exploring, admiring the city’s beautiful architecture, chatting away over coffee and pancakes, and falling asleep to Netflix’s Madeleine McCann documentary (for reals, Soph and I are literally the same person). She taught me so much about the city’s culture and history; we visited the Royal Albert Dock and the museum and cathedral; basked in the beautiful sunshine and laughed as the biting wind caught our hair and made us look a little crazy in our Insta photos; and I genuinely am so happy that I finally got to meet in person someone who I’ve spent so much time talking to and who’s life I have followed for so long.
Liverpool is a beautiful city. I absolutely loved everything about it. The friendly people, the amazing buildings, the delicious brunch spots, and the fact that wherever you turned there was a new story to be told. But what I loved most about this weekend was that I completely forgot about the little things that have been getting me down recently. It was liberating to just throw myself into exploring somewhere new and to have a real break. It made me realise that I’ve been taking aspects of life far too seriously. I’ve been focusing too much on worrying about work and pointless gossip, and it’s been tough.
Do you ever feel as though you’re trying really hard to be super happy and to keep busy and upbeat, when deep down you just feel a little sad? I’ve been feeling like that for a few weeks now, and even though I knew this year would be difficult, it’s been harder than expected. I like to think I am a pretty positive sorta gal. I work hard, I am always busy, I like getting things booked in the diary so that I always have something to look forward to. And for the most part this year has been filled with fun. I feel very lucky to have had some wonderful experiences in this first quarter of 2019. But beneath it all I have been left feeling a little lost at times.
However, things seem like they are on the up. Change is imminent and in just one month I will be heading off on an adventure of a lifetime to New Zealand before starting on the next chapter in my career, and I feel excited for what’s to come. I realised this weekend that escaping reality for a trip away like the one I had in Liverpool is so needed every once in a while; to visit new places, to make memories with friends, and to forget about your troubles while strolling along the cobbles in the sunshine.
Lots of love. xoxo