Remember to celebrate the milestones as you prepare for the road ahead – Nelson Mandela.
Ten whole years have come to another close. It is pretty unfathomable when you think about it, which I really didn’t until I saw the beginning/end of the decade photos and memes and throwbacks whizzing around social media. An entire decade. In that time, I have left school, gone to university and graduated, moved to London, Spain, Australia and The Cotswolds and travelled extensively as well as fallen in love a total of three times (the last one is sticking), happily been single, lived at home and away and made lifelong friends. A lot has happened in ten years and I’m pretty excited to see what the next decade brings. I also saw a tweet earlier on today about how it’ll be a pretty huge decade as it will be the time for kids, houses, career goals, pets, travel, you name it. Wow. Every moment counts, but for now, here are my ten milestone moments of the decade!
2010 – HEADED TO LONDON FOR UNIVERSITY
It has been ten years since I decided that I wanted to study at the University of Roehampton (then Roehampton University) in London and nearly a decade since I waved my mum and dad off for the first time ever in my life. It didn’t feel like such a massive thing because all my friends were moving away too, but in hindsight it was a pretty big deal to suddenly become completely and utterly responsible for yourself. Deciding to go to Roey was one of the best decisions of my life in many more ways than one.
2012 – MOVED TO SPAIN FOR YEAR ABROAD
As I studied Spanish as part of my combined degree (not that you would think it these days with my lack of Spanish speaking skills), I had to live in Spain during my third academic year of university. It was not all that it seemed, at least for me. I had plenty of ups and downs – including celebrating my 21st out there, teaching English to little ones and getting through the entirety of 90210 and Pretty Little Liars – and eventually everything smoothed out and I met a few incredible people that are still in my life today.
2014 – GRADUATED & SUMMER OF THE DECADE
2014 was one of my best years to date. It was hard work and plenty of fun with a summer that I will never forget. I worked my arse off, especially towards the end of the academic year and then on the 1st June – a couple of days after leaving Roehampton for the last time – I flew out to Tenerife to begin living the life of a worker. It didn’t all go to plan, but that meant that I got a fortnight’s holiday before returning home, heading to Disneyland Paris, back to London to graduate, partying for a week in Marbella, heading straight to Tenerife via Gatwick airport for another month of shots and mayhem, returning home for three weeks and ending the summer in Ibiza for the closing parties. I do not know how I survived that summer and it was no wonder that I didn’t want it to end because what a summer!
2015 – BEGAN FAYEBELINE
This blog is almost five years old. It has been my ride or die for half a decade and a place of my own which I put a hell of a lot of effort into. I love writing this blog and creating content that is a reflection of myself and (hopefully) an inspiration to others. It allows me to continue being creative and successful on a path that I want to grow and expand on in the near future. It has transformed from my everyday beauty hauls to a place of travel, books and life talks and I am excited to see where the next five years take me.
2015 – STARTED WORKING AT THE PERFUME SHOP
Walking past the my local TPS with mum finding a poster for a part-time vacancy was one of the best things to ever happen to me. The contract was for ten hours and weekend work. I jumped at the chance, knowing that I needed out of my previous job as a server at functions (me and hot plates do not mix). I fell in love with the job and, as I had another part-time job too, I was able to save for my dream of travelling to Australia, something I had been wishing for since living in Spain. I didn’t realise how attached I would get to The Perfume Shop. Not only did I work on and off there pretty much until last year, I made the best of friends there, had so many fun times and I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.
2016 – TRAVELLED SOLO TO AUSTRALIA
I made my own dream come true with a lot of help along the way. I got on that plane after plenty of tearful goodbyes and flew to the other side of the world with nothing but two backpacks. It is surreal when I think back to those moments and all the things that I wish were different. Nevertheless, it made it the trip it was. I experienced beautiful scenery, met the best of people, found myself in a place that I wish I hadn’t gone to and explored a part of the world that I had always dreamed of. Australia seems like a lifetime ago and I am so glad that I got to experience something big which I worked hard for and made happen.
2017 – ADVENTURES IN BALI
I was always heading to Bali, but I had never planned for the trip that I ended up having. I’m pretty glad that sometimes there is a spontaneous streak in my body somewhere that allows me to think f*ck it, let’s go because I wouldn’t have had the most incredible month of sunbathing on glorious beaches, watching beautiful sunsets, climbing a mountain before sunrise, eating new foods and trying new things if it wasn’t for that spark of spontaneity. I couldn’t have done it without my travel buddies, and I dream about the day that I get to go back and experience the beauty of Bali all over again.
2018 – FOUND LOVE AGAIN
Love is another one of those things in life. Sometimes it works out and other times it doesn’t. I found love again with somebody who makes me extremely happy, but more importantly, I found love for myself. I was such a preacher of self-love and self-care during my single days in university that I don’t know who I became during a past relationship. Now, I cherish self-love alongside romantic love among all the other loves I have in life which is exactly how it should be.
2019 – GOT MY FOOT IN THE DOOR OF DREAM CAREER
Five years after I graduated, I finally got onto the career ladder I had hoped for during my school days. It has taken some doing and even a move to a completely new area to get there. I have my blog to thank for this opportunity I have as well as my sheer determination to get a job in the writing world. It can only get better from here!
2019 – MOVED TO THE COTSWOLDS
I’ve flitted from here and there across the globe for the past decade, but I’ve never made a committed move without a reason such as university or travel. This move is a lifestyle change and one that I have made to be with Warren and to continue our life together as a couple. It is a massive milestone for me and for us. It hasn’t been easy, but it is something that I have recently begun to appreciate a lot more. We won’t get this time back and so I want to make every moment count – even the difficult days when good old noodles are our best friends at the end of the month!
The years 2010 to 2019 have been a journey and a half. So much has happened and there are plenty of things that I have forgotten due to lack of memory – as well as alcohol-fuelled nights out – and things that I wish I could forget. Nevertheless, every moment has shaped me into the person I am today and, for that, I am grateful.
What are your milestone moments of the decade?
Love, Faye xo