My life has basically been in limbo for the past 3 months, completely unsure of where I was living next or what the cards had in store. I finished my Graduate School program at London College of Fashion. My student visa expired. And I was left at a major crossroads in life trying to decide if I close the London chapter, move back to LA, move somewhere new, or jump through hoops to figure out a way to stay.
Basically no one could sponsor me. I legally wasn’t allowed to stay and work… so after lots of research and tons of persistence and patience, I took a leap of faith and decided to go the entrepreneur route and apply for a visa to start my own company in London.
I’ve kept all the logistics under wraps for the most part 1. To not jinx anything and 2. To not have to explain myself if things didn’t work out… but LONG STORY SHORT after months of waiting, praying, and living life in a nomadic state of uncertainty, I officially got my Visa decision today and am SOOOO excited to share my visa got approved and I’m moving back to London!!
Let me just start by saying getting a visa is NOT EASY. It’s expensive. It’s time consuming. It’s confusing. And stressful. But I’m such a believer in making things happen… where there’s a will, there’s a way, and I was determined to make this happen! I spent the beginning of my summer writing up my business plan, doing market research, using my thesis from Grad program, and basically structuring the backbone of launching a digital agency in London. I bought the domains, reserved the social handles, set up a business model, retained future clients, and started laying down the stepping stones of turning this far off dream into a reality. Thankfully I have a lot of experience in this digital space. I’ve had my blog, worked as a writer, manager, and editorial everything for Juliet Angus, worked at Something Social gaining experience in social strategy and consulting, and kept busy as a photographer/freelancer on the side . There’s no hiding that I completely chased every unconventional career route, but every opportunity I’ve taken has completely equipped me for this next chapter.
Supposedly only a rough 200 people are approved for a Tier 1 visa per year, so as optimistic as I was, I was fully preparing myself mentally, emotionally, and financially to move back to LA. It’s extremely bittersweet because there are so many people here that I love and miss so much and there was a part of me that was excited about starting my next chapter here, but what’s meant to be will always be and apparently London isn’t done with me yet!
The optimist in me planned ahead, so I kept my apartment, have all my winter layers tucked away in my wardrobe, and get to pick right back up in Notting Hill as soon as I’m reunited with the world’s best roommates and friends! Until then, it’s one quick trip to Newport, 48 hours in Dallas, and back to London just in time for fashion week!… Things are happening fast!
SO with that… Cheers to chasing dreams and making them happen, even if you’re against the odds!