My life story in a nutshell goes something like this: High school girl goes above and beyond when it comes to beautifying any and every school assignment that comes across her desk. Girl decides to go the route of private Art School, excels at design and graduates with Honors. Girl dives head first into the creative field absorbing everything she can about the industry. Fast forward several years and girl comes down with a severe case of wanderlust and decides to pack her bags and move to the epicentre of Europe – London. Now I’m back in my home and native land and ready to establish myself all over again.
The Boy Scouts of America claim the phrase ‘Be Prepared’ as their organization’s motto, but I have a strong feeling that that particular sentiment is engraved on the Dunn family crest somewhere from much earlier times in history. You see, my family is a group of chronic planners! I myself have a love of list-making; I’ll make lists about lists, my phone is filled with reminders and check lists and calendar entries reminding me about my reminders. So you can imagine my London preparation has been quite involved. The most interesting tidbit I’ve picked up is actually a book recommendation from a fellow London-bound expat from an online group dedicated to the topic. “Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour” by anthropologist Kate Fox is a fascinating study into the mannerisms of the English. So far I’m only a few chapters in but I’ve already been briefed in Weather-speak and the English habit of very long, extended goodbyes. Now I can’t wait to have some in-the-field experience to back up these findings. ;)