A Little Life Update…

Hi Guys!

Now I’m back into my normal routine and into the swing of blogging again, I thought I’d give you all a bit of an update so you know what’s been going on with me!

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know I was recently made redundant from my long-term job. I’d been there nearly 7 years, and though I’d started to fall out of love with the job, it was still a shock to the system and I found it pretty hard to deal with at first. After a couple of weeks off, hanging around the house, trying to tidy up after the boys and blogging, I happened to notice a Twitter friend tweeted about a beauty based social media vacancy. I clicked on the link, not really expecting it to be suitable as I live in the middle of nowhere, and lo and behold the job sounded perfect and involved working remotely from home. I messaged my friend and asked her if she thought I’d be any good for it as I don’t have any formal qualifications in the field, and she told me to go for it! I had to dig out and update my very old CV, and sent it over to the company, and I was really shocked when they contacted me asking for an interview. I had the interview over the phone – which was really handy as the company was based in London and it would have cost me a fortune to travel at short notice. Though I was nervous, I thought the interview went well, but I was still surprised when they said I’d got to the next stage and had two tests to take. I took the tests online a few days later, and kept telling myself I wouldn’t get the job as I didn’t want to get my hopes up and be let down. I mean, this was a desirable job from a big London company – what chance would I have really? Then, at the end of the week I received a voicemail letting me know I’d been chosen for the job, I literally couldn’t believe it! I then went to London for a three day induction, which was super exciting for a country gal like me!

I headed off into the big smoke, nervous about getting lost and arriving late, but all was fine thanks to trusty old Google maps! I stayed at Travelodge Covent Garden for two nights, and it couldn’t have been a nicer hotel. Firstly it was massive – with 13 floors! When I arrived the receptionist offered to put me on the thirteenth floor as they had a couple of large groups in and she wanted me to get a good night’s sleep, which was really nice of her.

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You can see the room was set out in standard Travelodge style, it was clean and really quite spacious. As I was high up the window was only able to open a fraction, but they had kindly left a fan in my room too as it was quite muggy. The Travelodge staff were super friendly and helpful – even when I went to the wrong hotel! Yes I trustingly followed my Google maps back to the hotel one evening, I thought the entrance looked different but just assumed it was a second entrance and reception as it was a bit hotel. It was only when I reached the lift and saw there were only nine floors that I was like ‘Yep, I’m in the wrong hotel’ a kind member of staff made me feel slightly less stupid by letting me know my hotel was literally across the road – there were two Travelodges next to each other!

The room had all the basic necessities – an en-suite, tea and coffee-making facilities and a TV – what more do you need when you’re right next to Covent Garden!? I should also point out that the king sized bed was really comfy, and I had a fantastic nights’ sleep!

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On the first evening after freshening up at the hotel, I headed off to Covent Garden, which was only a 10 minute walk away. I’ve never been to Covent Garden before (and I’ve only been to London a handful of times in my life) so I was basically like a super excited tourist! When I arrived to be greeted by the Dior, Chanel and Burberry beauty stores I was actually in heaven! Where I come from we have a small Boots and Superdrug and that’s it, so this was majorly exciting to me!!

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I thought I’d take advantage of my time in London and arranged to meet up with a couple of Twitter chums – first was Rachel from Beauty Queen UK who gave me a quick tour of Covent Garden on Monday evening and totally made me go into Burberry and buy something… 😉 I’ll have a post on my gorgeous purchase coming up soon!

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We then headed to Bill’s restaurant for dinner, and my review will be hopefully coming up on the blog tomorrow.

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And on the second evening, after more browsing round Covent Garden my dinner date was Lex from Talonted Lex, we went to Mabel’s Bar & Kitchen for dinner and cocktails and had such a fun time! I’m also hoping to have this review ready tomorrow so keep your eyes peeled!

I absolutely loved being in London, coming from the countryside I just can’t get enough of the busy city! Hopefully I’ll get to go back soon. I’m also beyond happy with my new job! Life is good 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Travelodge kindly offered me a complimentary stay return for my review



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