Today marks my first anniversary of moving to London. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been a resident for a year already. But what an incredible year it’s been! Although I was already used to getting around the city from my previous visits, it was still a leap into the unknown in many respects to actually live here. I had no idea how well it would work out, how safe or comfortable I would feel, how accessible events and attractions would be, and how easy it would be to make friends.
But it’s been more than worth the effort, and I’m extremely happy with how well it’s gone, given all the friends I’ve made, places I’ve explored, new things I’ve tried, and the opportunities I’ve taken up. A year ago I never imagined that I would be doing many of the things that have transpired in the months since.
So in the new year I will be doing a retrospective blog post looking back over the things that I’ve done in the past 12 months. Indeed, my blog, Youtube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages have had a steady increase in followers over the year, because I’ve had a steady amount of new material to post on them. Sure, I don’t have big numbers compared to the bigger bloggers out there, but relative to where I was a year ago, it’s been a substantial leap.
And my goals for this haven’t been about the numbers anyway. Making connections, sharing my experiences and spreading a bit of awareness was always my aim, and I’ve been achieving that. It’s resulted in numerous opportunities and new experiences, including guest posts, a public speech (with another planned for next year), participating in a research study (which is continuing next year), being interviewed by a journalist, and more. My efforts have been paying off more than I could ever have imagined, and I’m loving it.
So I just want to say a big thank you to all of my followers and supporters who have welcomed me to London, supported my online blogging over the past year and beyond, and given me such wonderful opportunities, especially Fashioneyesta, Aniridia Network UK, Nystagmus Network, East London Vision, South East London Vision, Thinking Bob, VocalEyes, RNIB, Scope, Life Of A Blind Girl, My Blurred World, Luke Sam Sowden, All The Stations, and everyone else who I’ve interacted with in some way or had messages of support from. There’s no way I can list everyone! But you’ve all played a vital role in helping me to feel happy and comfortable while starting this new chapter of my life. I’m very grateful for your involvement, however big or small you feel it is, so thank you!
Here’s to another wonderful year in this wonderful city. And I wonder what it’ll bring this time! 🙂