A little while ago, one of my lovely friends at Boohoo got in touch to see if I'd be interested in sharing some things about my city with you and I thought ' YES!.. I'm so down for that'.
I realised that since I've moved into my own little place on the other side of the city I haven't really let you know how I'm getting on with things and in short.. I'm loving it.
I've always had 'issues' with living in Birmingham - I think that this can be quite natural when you stay in a city that you were born in.. it's the inner adventurer in us trying to get out, am I right? - but since moving to the other side of the city I've seen a totally different side of it and I've started to feel comfortable and at home here which is basically the best thing.
Obviously Birmingham is a massive city with pockets of energy and creativity scattered all over the place. I guess that the great thing about it is that there's something for everyone depending on what you're looking for. Personally, I'm more than a bit into the independent shops and boutiques in Digbeth and I could spend hours upon hours browsing (and spending) in Cow.. (It's also a pretty instagrammable area if that's what you're into) There's also tonnes of awesome coffee shops and pubs if you follow the canal through the city or ever head further afield into Harborne and they also have a Boston Tea Party which I think we can all agree is a great place for a shake stop. (Is that a phrase or did I just make it one?.. Either way I'm pretty happy with it..)
Birmingham can also be a great place to get some style inspo. Due to it's diversity, you'll see all sorts of styles and outfit building (some more questionable than others of course) and it's great to just grab a window seat in one of the coffee shops and just people watch for an hour or so. If you head over towards Selly Oak and Edgbaston you'll see that there's a large student population which of course gives way to a whole host of trends and styles and as you head more into the center of the city you'll be met with a whole range of styles, shops, restaurants and bars. It really is the perfect place to have a wander around at 19:30 after a few too many prosecco's. (No judging here)
Aside from the awesome shopping and eating opportunities, I guess that I've started to feel more settled here and I'm gaining more and more reasons to stay as time goes by. Originally I'd planned to leave Birmingham and head to the seaside as soon as I qualified as a Paramedic but this city, and the people in it, have grown on me and entangled my soul for at least a little while longer.
I'm in a pretty unique place right now and despite being constantly torn between one thing or another - something which I've realised is actually probably just another element of my personality rather than a reflection of my current situation - I'm pretty happy with where I'm at and actually... If given the opportunity, I'm not sure that I'd change it.