The end of a marvellous chapter

Letter 172

At this precise moment, I feel so many things, I don’t exactly know how to explain it. Friday was my last day at my first proper job and I honestly can’t believe it’s started and ended so quickly.

The job…

18 months has flown by in a flash and yet it also feels like I’ve been there for years. I started my job on a sunny June day, fresh out of university, to do something I had no idea whether I’d like or be good at. I’ve since worked in two gorgeous historic Edinburgh venues, managed countless events and weddings, organised public events and open days, trained other members of the team and worked on marketing and social media. Strangely, I have become pretty damn good at my job and will miss it a great deal. I am so lucky and grateful that this has been my first experience in the working world, and I honestly couldn’t have asked for more.

The people…

One of the best parts of my job has 100% been the fantastic people I’ve got to work with, and who are all now close friends. We were a great team and I felt such a big part of that. Leaving them is so hard, especially after a lovely send off and generous, thoughtful gifts.

It was always going to be bittersweet leaving my job. However, it is a positive thing and I am so excited for everything I have to come. I decided to leave my job at this particular time for a number of reasons. I feel really happy with how far I’ve come in my job, and I think after 18 months, I have gotten a lot out of it and am ready to move on to new things and adventures. Now, a year and a half after leaving university, I finally feel ready to get back into architecture and finish what I started.

Architecture studies…

I had a complicated relationship with architecture at university. I went through a lot in my personal life and that, mixed with an intense course in a slightly careless university, put me off my chosen vocation. In my final year of university, after fully falling in love with my life in Edinburgh and completing a design project I was so proud of, I felt slightly warmer towards architecture, but still not ready to continue straight away. That’s why I took my job and one of the reasons it’s been so great for me. It was the break that I really needed, and it was perfect.

Returning to architecture…

Luckily for me, my boss has always been my biggest advocate and source of encouragement. As a former architect herself, she never ceased to support me and attempt to get me back into architecture. It may have taken over a year, but it’s worked a charm. I’m now ready to get back into it, and having her supporting me is a massive help and will hopefully result in a good architecture placement in Edinburgh. I really did get so lucky.

Travel…

Although I do feel ready to get back into it, I am first taking time out. The number one passion of my life is, and always will be, travel. So the first 3 months of 2020 will be spent fulfilling a number of dreams in Central America. I had originally planned to then continue travelling, perhaps in Europe, for most of the summer, and get a job in September. With the support of my (former) boss, I’m instead going to see if it’s possible to get a placement sooner, and will be looking as soon as I get back from Mexico. If it doesn’t happen straight away, that’s okay. I will go with the flow and see where I get.

The plan…

It’s crazy how plans can change. I had once thought I’d be living in Spain teaching English by the end of 2020. Now it’s more likely that I’ll be contentedly living in my lovely Edinburgh flat and working at an architecture firm. It’s a different dream, but I’m so excited about it. Who knows, by September 2021, I might even be back at university completely my architecture degree. Or I might not if I ultimately decide that architecture isn’t for me.

One step at a time. I am unbelievably excited to get away and travel that I cannot contain it. 3 whole months with just my backpack, immersed in a totally new culture, with lots of new friends yet to meet. This experience is so important to me, especially as I will most likely be coming back to work, and I am going to soak up every single second.

The experience…

What I really wanted this post to be about is my incredible experience working (properly) for the first time. Especially the biggest part of this which was my colleagues. The people who have written sweet messages wishing me luck, and who have supported me in going travelling and getting back to architecture. The people who have made the last year and a half one of the best chapters of my life so far. A job is so much more than what you’re doing, is who you’re with, where you live and how you choose to spend your time. Edinburgh is my favourite place in the world, and the last year and a half have shown me that I can have a great work-life balance, with people I love and not compromising my passions of travelling. Because this chapter hasn’t just been my job. It’s been Poland, Czechia, London, India, Greece, Scotland, Portugal and The Lakes. It’s been a million different things and I’m so grateful for the experience, and so ready to move on.

Now for the next chapter…

From Lou

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PS. I wish you all a very Happy Christmas – whatever you’re doing and whoever you’re with, I hope it brings joy!

2 thoughts on “The end of a marvellous chapter

  1. ourcrossings says:

    I had a chance to live in Edinburgh for three years and can easily say those were some of my favourite one’s because it rewarded me with so many unforgettable moments and encounters. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas to you and your family ❄️⛄❄️⛄ Aiva

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