Friday, 25 March 2011

Twee Scottish indie music

It occurred to me that the title of this blog - and the title of my last post - are a bit on the cryptic side unless you like chirpy British indie music. For those non-fans out there, The Life Pursuit is the name of a Belle and Sebastian album, and Another Sunny Day is the song I was listening to on my generic-non-ipod MP3 player when I decided to start writing this.

It seemed oddly appropriate - I've been giving a lot of thought to what my goals and priorities are recently, and while I have no intention of going into the details, the bottom line is this:

Life is really not that long - or very predictable.

It's too easy to focus on the big stuff, and not absorb enough of what's actually going on. My life in London is a big haze of nights out, mornings spent sleeping too much, and epic amounts of work. The new plan is to slow down, give myself some time to take things in, and make the most of the small things.

Which isn't going to be particularly easy when I'm busy working out how to reduce the contents of my life to two suitcases, sorting flights, visas, etc, and fitting in multiple hen weekends and weddings before I head off. But I shall try - and teaching myself to run (hence the non-ipod) is a part of that.

As is The List - but more on that another time.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Another sunny day...

I’m Celia, and despite what it says up there, it’s actually not raining in London at all today. In fact it’s a beautiful spring day, cloudless and (almost) warm.

I just got back from the South Bank, and I was walking next to the Thames wondering what on earth I’m doing, leaving this cool, gorgeous city filled with my friends, to move to a country, let alone city, where I know no-one at all.

The answer is, partly, that I’m off for a fresh start. I’ve been through quite a lot of change in the last few months, and the shape of my life here is now completely different to how it was four months ago.

I’ve been offered an amazing opportunity, and even though I’m terrified, I’m pretty determined to take it.

The aim of this blog is to help me document my year on the west coast  - I’m pretty certain there are going to be some serious lows and I’m hoping there’ll be a few highlights as well. I’m also hoping to charm the socks off the good folk of LA with my pasty skin and cute British accent…

My leaving date hasn’t been set yet, and I’ve got a lot of things to work out before I head off. But I’m praying for a few more sunny days like this one, on either side of the Atlantic.