Me, myself & I

Me, myself & I

Ok, so I suppose it’s only right if I start this blog by telling you who I am… Otherwise, you’d be reading posts whilst having absolutely no idea who’s behind them. I mean, I could be a teenage boy or a seventy year old grandma and you’d know none the wiser. Actually, that does sound pretty cool, being anonymous.

But, I’m not that cruel. If I want you to visit my blog and support me then you should at least know who I am and why I’m doing this. That’s only fair, right?

To start with the basics, my name is Rachael and as I’m typing this, I’m 19. I’m originally from Dundee in Scotland and I spent the majority of my life growing up in that city. And, although I do cherish those years and do not regret spending so long there, I am now living roughly two hours away in the centre of Edinburgh and can’t be happier about that.

It has been almost two years now that I’ve been living independently, and whilst it can be extremely hard at times (I have a huge family who I adore and miss every single second), I feel that I am finally where I belong.

Don’t get me wrong, Dundee is a thriving small city which is gradually improving itself but, personally, I did not have the easiest time there. I grew up without the big friendship circle that every teenage girl wants and, most of the time, I found myself BORED and lonely. When I reached the age of 17 and was offered the opportunity to study at an amazing university in another city, I knew deep down that it was time to move on and explore somewhere new, leading me to make the hardest decision of my life; leaving my home.

I am extremely close with my family and I am an elder sister to one teenage brother and three beautiful little girls, all under age of 7. Every time I come home to visit, they have learned something new and reached another milestone that I miss out on. In the past, that has made me second-think my move. However, I remind myself to keep working hard, achieve this degree, get the job I have wanted since I was a child and then use any money that I can make to spoil my siblings and give them the world. Each of them, as well as the rest of my family, are worth my life and they deserve anything I can give them.

So here I am.

I feel that I am fairly familiar with Edinburgh now (but please, don’t ask me for directions, I’m hopeless) and I am certain that I made the right decision in my move. I still get excited by the idea that there are still areas of the city which are new to me, meaning an adventure is always possible. So much more is going on here and that’s exactly what I need in my life – I am extremely outgoing and I’m always looking for something to do.

Thus, I took up the offer to study in Edinburgh, obviously meaning that I’m now a student and just about to enter my third year of university. I will be honest in saying that I had a very hard two years to begin with, but I have finally been able to tailor my course and degree programme to exactly what I want to do and I am sooo excited to get back after the summer to study my true passion and what I have always loved; English Literature!

So, why am I writing this blog? It’s because I’m on a big, fun adventure and I want somewhere to share my experiences!

Anyway, I am hesitant about continuing this post as I don’t want to give away too much. I intend on delving further in to my crazy life in subsequent pieces of writing. The goal is to post something here once a week, or even more if I can, so if you have any ideas about what you’d like me to write about then please contact me and let me know! I’d love to hear your opinions. I am already planning some book reviews, stories about Edinburgh, my time at university and general lifestyle posts so keep your eyes peeled for more…

 

Rachael xo

 

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3 Comments

  1. August 24, 2017 / 11:50 am

    Hello from the States (I promise we’re not as crazy as we seem…for the most part)! My personal theory is that you are really a seventy year old boy or a teenage grandma and that your statement was just a red herring to throw us off the trail. No fooling me! But I digress; I really enjoyed you opening up about the bitter-sweet experience of taking a chance to better yourself while leaving your family not be hind, but a bit farther away. I look forward to reading more of your blog!

    • August 24, 2017 / 2:02 pm

      Hi there! Wow, thank you for taking the time to read my first post. My dream is to visit the States – I haven’t ever been but a road trip around some of the most intriguing areas is on my bucket list for sure! Ah, you caught me out 😉 It means so much to me that you enjoyed this post! I was very nervous about starting up this blog but with comments like yours I am really glad I decided to go ahead with it. Thank you again. Rachael xo

      • August 24, 2017 / 2:13 pm

        You’re welcome! I have always wanted to visit Scotland, so I know the feeling. I’m glad you decided to go ahead with it as well 🙂

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