Thursday, 30 April 2015


In perhaps the worst kept secret known to mankind, I have some pretty huge news to share with you all...

As is no secret, at the start of 2015, after 4 years of plight, I decided to make the monumental decision to drop out of uni at the beginning of my final semester of my final year.

And I can honestly say that so far, it has absolutely been the best thing I could have done. My mental state is SO much healthier and stronger, and I feel full of the hope, positivity and inspiration that had long since been drained from me by academia. 

But I was suddenly faced with a hell of a lot of free time.

I picked up a load more hours at work to get myself afloat, but with the band boys still deep in their final year projects and being stuck in a crappy town with so little to offer, I spent far too long beneath the duvet, streaming endless movies online and demolishing book after book. It wasn't so bad, but that little niggle inside knew I was unfulfilled and wasting time.

There was no way I was gonna drop out of uni so dramatically and it not have been the best thing ever... So I began to do some research, and after a few weeks of emails, contacts and ridiculous ideas...

 I am SUPER FUCKING EXCITED to announce that in just under a month, on the 4th of June...



Okay, let me backtrack a little. 

My band boys had already secured summer jobs working as theme park ride operators in Busch Gardens (pretty much the coolest shit EVER) and the idea of being stuck alone in the UK was absolutely horrifying to me. 

I couldn't join the boys, but I knew I had to get OUT.

So I began searching all across the world for the most insane jobs. I applied for 6 in Hawaii, 2 in Costa Rica, I even applied for a monkey sanctuary in the Brazilian Rainforest, and lastly one in NYC that seriously caught me eye. I knew even then, that was the one I truly wanted. 

The job was working as 'Cabin mate' aboard a 1907 immigrant ferry which had been bought in 2005 by an eccentric millionaire couple who lived in a renovated Victorian schoolhouse on the edge of Central Park, who had converted the ship into a hotel, moored up in Brooklyn on the Hudson river - just across the water from the Statue of Liberty. 

I stared at the screen with my mouth agape. It was PERFECT.

And after weeks of back and forth and a very amusing skype interview with the sea captain, Gerry, (complete with yellow raincoat) I can now, with tears in my eyes, say that I got the job.

I have literally dropped out of University and ran away to New York to become a sailor, living on a boat in Brooklyn.  

Cannot wait to write this one in my future autobiography. 

And so here I am now - flights booked, notice handed in at work, found a buyer for my car and now packing up all my worldly possessions to sell on the internet before moving out of my flat at the end of this month, because, baby, I'm moving to New York City. 

At the same time, I would be a liar to say I wasn't at least a little bit terrified. 

But I can promise you this internet, I will be living the shit out of everyday that I am there. 

I will be taking all my cameras and laptops, and cannot wait to show you what my new life will be and all the insane adventures I get up to as one little British girl in the Big Apple. I only hope you'll follow along and join me on this ridiculous situation, until I do eventually return.

Also, I have just over 30 days left in the UK, so if anyone wants to hang out or go on adventure hit me up! And we can say cheerio to London in style. 

And if by some chance I have any New Yorker or Brooklyn readers or anyone travelling there this summer - I'M YOUR GAL! I wanna find as many wonderful people as I can out there, and would love the chance to show any visitors all that I've found on the way.

So there we have it, now the countdown begins as I try to throw my life in order for the biggest change I have ever experienced, and I spent pretty much every day listening to this song on repeat.

Ta-ra for now London and don't forget about me! I'm sure I'll be back before you know it to continue with more ridiculous adventures.


  1. This is ridiculously inspirational, go you! Wishing you all the best :)
    Maeve // Thrift O'Clock

  2. Massive good luck with everything,girl!I hope one day I'm gonna be as strong and brave as you are right now,moving from Italy to Scotland and then to the U.S.A. as well.You know...girls dream big but who the hell know what we're capable of...I'm very proud of you!
    Best wishes!

  3. This is HUGE !!!!!! I mean NEW YORK!!! I'm feeling super excited for you! I wish you the best of luck and have fun! NY is amazing so that's a big plus and the job sounds really cool!

    Good Luck :D Jade x

  4. This is amazing! Hope you have an amazing time I wish I could do something as exciting as this :) xx

  5. So excited for you!! I actually fly out to New York on 4th June as well before travelling along the south coast for 5 weeks!!


  6. This is SO exciting! I moved from Canada to the UK and it was the best thing I've ever done.

    Will you be sharing much about what the visa process was like for you?

    My friend is looking to work in the US and I know she'd LOVE any details. xxx

  7. Wow big news ! Good luck ! Gotta make ur dreams happen! ...

  8. Yoooooo that's awesome! Have a blast!

  9. This is amazing! Congratulations. Can I ask though where you found this job? (Like on a job engine website) and where you will be selling your stuff? (if online).

    This is really cool, I hope you enjoy it all!!!

  10. I am a new reader! Thanks to Areeba! WoW...must be an amazing, yet scary feeling! But I imagine it will be so worth it! Can't wait to read all about your adventures! You go girl!

  11. Ahhh this is so exciting I literally cannot wait to read all about it and basically live vicariously through you for the forseeable future!
    And I thought I was being adventurous moving 40 minutes North to Manchester :p xo
    LJLV | UK Personal Style

  12. Ah this is amazing! I know the feeling of being terrified and really excited at the same time. I've just moved to London from the Netherlands for three months and I was really scared before I got here! Ive been here three weeks now though and I love it. I'm sure you'll have an incredible time in the big apple! The job sounds like a great way to meet interesting people and a lovely place to work! I cant wait to read how you go on. So cheers to taking risks, going on adventures and making new places your home. London is starting to feel like mine and I hope New York will be the same for you xxxx

  13. Honestly I have tears in my eyes Katie. You are such a special person, you make everything seem magical! I can't even tell you how pleased I am for you. You are an inspiration, and I'm sending love from the bottom of my heart and hoping this is the start of an incredible adventure for you.

    Hunter //


  14. Oh my god 😮 I am so envoius!! Please share absolutely everything so I can feel like I'm there!

  15. I'm soooo excited for you sweetie! I can't believe you applied for so many different jobs! For some odd reason I'm picturing you in a dress like Mary Poppins wore in that painting scene on the boat. You're gonna be great!

    I just wish I lived around New York so I could meet you! Oh, one day I will!

  16. Haha this kicks ass. NYC is awesome. Have a good one
    x GNAR MOSH x

  17. This is so so cool! I'd love to do something like this one day, but I always though that as a non american you weren't allowed to work there? What kind of visa did you get so that you can actually stay and earn money? I wish you all the best! :) xx

  18. I've just found your blog and i'm so excited for you!! Good luck with the move and I look forward to seeing your upcoming NYC adventures.x

  19. I've just found your blog after reading the lengthy and incredible post about you dropping out of uni hoping you'll find something else to spark you and motivate you! I'm so happy to read about your new adventure in NYC, it sounds amazing! I'm sure all the nerves are just a proof of how important this is to you to make this step!

    I can't wait to read all about it!

    Emmie |

  20. Hey this is my first read of your blog and I'm super excited for you! I'm always in NYC and it's an amazing place to explore. Looking forward to keeping up with your blog and seeing what you end up doing on this side of the ocean. Let me know if you'd like some recommendations!


  21. Amazing. Sometimes I feel like I get a bit lost with work and all the seriousness of living. This reminds me to just simply live and leave if I want to. Inspiring!

  22. Big steps in your life. You are courageous. This move will get you some fans for sure. It's not for everybody to cross the ocean for a new life.

  23. Congratulations on the move and best wishes with the new home, Katie!

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