Despite my birthday falling in April, I’ve had a bad track record when it comes to April being a good month. In fact, if I remember rightly, two of my break ups fell into this month, so it’s always been a tumultuous month, to say the least.
Luckily, this year I can safely say that I mean tumultuous in a good way and feel I need to talk about the exciting things happening in my life.
At the beginning of the month, I turned the big Two Five. I think I had my quarter life crisis last year after deciding to cut off all my hair so this year was a mellow one. Instead, I did what I always do; not put any pressure on the big day. I was raised to believe your day is just a day because if you hype it up, it will never live up to your expectations. (Easy for me to say having had a trip to New York and two surprise parties in my life though).
This year I spent it with everyone who mattered; the day with my family, a dinner party with work friends and an evening of crazy golf and burgers with my hockey friends. This was also the first year I didn’t ask for presents. I got some thoughtful little gifts from friends but instead did the completely impersonal thing of asking for money.
Whilst some might not agree with this, I asked that it go straight into my savings account. It’s been completely empty since moving to London, interning, networking and travelling, so having some money in there from my family both a) stopped me getting more stuff that doesn’t fit in my small flat and b) give me a buffer and removes the anxiety that was sitting on my shoulders of having no emergency money.
It also meant the end of my 25 countries to travel to before turning 25, something I’m pleased to say I succeeded with the week before with my final trip to Poland. I’m pretty proud to have achieved it, working out that I’ve probably spent the good part of £15,000 travelling in my life, but it was worth every penny.
A trip to Croatia
So April brought my final trip of my 25 series to Poland, which was an amazing experience in itself and really surprised me as to how much I loved the city. Yet it also was the month that I decided to book a holiday to Croatia.
I’ve wanted to go to the country ever since I was 18-years-old and InterRailing, yet we couldn’t quite fit it in our trip. So when finding a return flight for £36, I knew it would be stupid not to book it (despite not having the funds!). Luckily I’ll be working with a few brands along the way, as well as some Airbnb’s and family friends, but I’ve had such an exciting time planning it that I can’t wait to share the experience.
A new job
And finally, the biggest change is my new job. Whilst working at my current PR agency has been a great learning curve, it also showed me how much I missed being in a fast-paced office environment and how much pride I get having my name on a piece of work.
So as of the end of April, I’ll be starting as Travel Reporter at the Daily Express. I’m a mixture of nerves, excitement and happiness, but knowing that it’s a step up both financially and career-ladder wise means this year is going to be my best yet.
This April really has been fantastic along with other things such as trips to Manchester, meeting the Boohoo team and finishing my hockey league. Despite the year starting off a mixed bag and the return of my anxiety, May certainly has a lot to live up to.