A year ago today I arrived in London to start a new life.
It still feels as though it was only a few months I left Singapore. I know that old saying that time flies but when a year whizzes past with what seems a blink of an eye, it becomes a whole new ballgame.
I still remember that evening at Changi Airport sobbing like a child who’s had their dummy snatched. I didn’t want to leave, I wasn’t ready to and yet there I was embarking upon a new life. In retrospect I was slap bang in the middle of a whole heap of change. I was leaving behind a career of 18 years to a new role in a new industry, in a different country. I was moving to a new home and a new location. When just one of those things happen it’s stressful, I think maybe all together was a bit much but I didn’t realise it at the time.
Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that is the one that is going to help you grow
So what’s changed?
i) Foodie Fanatic
It’s clear if you have followed my blog from the beginning or whether you are new to my work that I am a foodie. Since I arrived in London I have been discovering new places to eat and attending food festivals but in addition to this my eagerness for cooking has amplified. My love for Asian food has developed since living in Singapore and now thanks to a kind neighbour and the School of Wok, I can now make Dim Sum! It’s my go-to comfort food and as the winter nights are slowly creeping in I want to have alternatives which deliver that satisfying, happy feeling.
ii) My Blog
Niccimcshane.com was launched in Singapore sharing expat life and advice on how to cope which generated tremendous interest but upon moving to London I was no longer an expat. What would that mean for my blog? As I started to accept that feeling like a fish out of water was actually quite normal I realised I was still an expat, but at home. This has allowed me to look at life through new eyes, my blogging community has expanded and I through a recent amazing opportunity I have been able to spend time focusing on new material which I am extremely grateful for.
I have always been one of those annoying people taking pictures of anything and everything but thanks to my blog and the quality of images being important I have invested in a new camera. I now see things I didn’t notice previously, I capture more memories and as I learn all the features my Olympus Pen offers those photography classes are calling!
I am always looking for something new to do whether it be visiting unfamiliar places, fresh restaurants and bars, blogging events or cutting-edge establishments. I have my own London Bucket List which is growing by the day but new experiences keep me feeling alive and if I can share them with you as a place to visit then all the better!
I have finally rediscovered my exercise mojo. Unfortunately being an asthmatic in the UK has been an issue for me growing up and weirdly it pretty much disappeared in Singapore so returning here was a struggle in finding the right inhalers again but I am finally there. I am back into spinning and my long walks have converted into runs. Exercise really does improve my mood and delivers an injection of positivity.
MINDFULNESS & INNER PEACE
I remembered how to meditate. I lost it for a while but as I settled I found the tools to help focus on my mantra which is to maximise every aspect of my life. You don’t get another go at this, you only have one life and I intend to live it the way I want to. Inner peace provides an increased acceptance of oneself and this combined with the amazing support from loved ones in welcoming me with open arms, being there no matter what and providing endless encouragement has helped me keep those positive pants on.
So what hasn’t changed?
My love for Singapore and that’s not going to change any time soon. I still miss it more than ever and it’s where I will always call home. I’m extremely grateful for the friends over there who I speak to every day and who reach out when they are visiting London. Whilst I may not be there right now I realise it’s important not to put my life on hold and as I mentioned earlier…you only get one life it’s paramount to live it.
Never let the things you want forget the things you have
It’s been one hell of a year, who knows what the next one will bring…stay tuned!
So hey you, yes you..I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.