Where on earth do I even start. In less than a week Sam and I are moving to a little apartment in the center of Bath… for two months.
This might seem random as hell so I’m going to try my best to explain why Bath, why now and why only two months.
I’m 22 and I’ve always lived at home- in the house I was born in would you believe it. After college I decided to go to an Academy instead of Uni, it was only a 15 minute drive from my house so there was no need to move.
I get along with my parents very well so living at home isn’t an issue in that sense, sometimes it almost feels as if we’re housemates. Sam has been living at my parents house with me for the last year, and for the majority of the two years before that too. There has never been any real need for me to move away. I have everything I need living at home, and we’re only an hour train ride away from London so it has been convenient for work.
One of the reasons I want to move is simply because I have the itch, to move away and to experience having my own space. But the main reason I want to move is for work.
I have been blogging full time for nearly three years now and I have struggled a lot with creating consistent content living in my hometown. There’s only one place here I think is tolerable to shoot- it’s a multi-storey car park and every time I go there the security guy chases me away because he thinks I’m going to jump off the edge (I understand how sinister that sounds, but that isn’t a joke).
If you google search my town you’ll find a popular article describes it as “The Vast Wart on the Backside of Humanity.” so I think that gives you a sense of it. I’ll be the first to say it’s a shithole but it’s my shithole, and I have to be honest I’m really proud of how much I’ve achieved living in my hometown.
To create content I love I have to drive about two hours away. Brighton, Oxford & Bath are my go-to places to shoot.
Bath stood out for me. I remember how easy it was to shoot there both times I went. I would step out of my hotel straight onto a beautiful street, the next street was beautiful and the next. The streets aren’t rammed like London or Oxford, it’s so easy to get photos without people clogging up the background. Not only do I find the whole place to be picture perfect, the people were so nice! No one was sneering ‘oh god another blogger’ (I can’t lie to you, it doesn’t matter how long I do this job, that still gets to me). People were smiling at me, and even complementing my outfits! It was bliss.
I never wanted to rent, it has always seemed like dead money, but buying a house right now is impossible so if I don’t rent I’ll probably be living with my parents until I’m in my 30’s, which isn’t really what any of us want.
I used to think I wasn’t a city person, but I think that’s because London was the only city I’d been to and London is more of a metropolis than a city- it’s far too busy for little ol’ me. I’ve been lucky enough to have had incredible travel opportunities over the last few years and I’ve realised that actually, I think city life is for me. I have loved almost every city I’ve visited but Amsterdam really stole my heart. I can’t quite put it into words but it just felt like home. All of the amenities and conveniences of a city but with a relaxed town atmosphere. I felt instantly inspired. I would love to move there one day but I think moving away for the first time will be enough of a shock without moving countries too.
Although there were many highs, 2017 was a really tough year. The majority of my year was spent offline with my family. Workwise 2017 never really got going for me. I didn’t have the opportunity to get out and shoot new content for a long time. As someone who is always itching to do more I found it very frustrating but sometimes there’s nothing you can do, life just gets in the way, and for me family will always be the priority.
With this in mind, I wanted to kick start 2018 by throwing myself into something new and inspiring, and really get the ball rolling. I’m hoping our little apartment will become somewhat of a hub for our blogger friends to visit and create content too. I’m very excited and quite nervous, and it feels pretty ridiculous considering a lot of people my age have probably lived in three or four different places by now but for me this is a big deal and I really hope it pays off.
So Bath is a test really, to see if we could move for longer and further afield. Two months to see if City life benefits my work enough to merit the cost of rent, and to determine if being two hours away from our family and friends is do-able for us.
Wish us luck! I’ll be sure to keep you updated!
Photos from Bath last year, shot by Michaela.