New friends – Like going back to school!

One of the main things that I wanted when moving out to Dubai was to make new friends. The thought of this is actually quite scary, going to Meetups and having to keep introducing yourself over and over. Its really funny, you know exactly what you will be asked out here:

  • Where are you from?
  • How long have you been living here?
  • Why did you move here?
  • What do you do?
  • Where do you live?
  • How long are you going to be here for?- well for me this question is irrelevant as I have only been here for one month and I never plan my life like that and never will put too much pressure and timelines on myself.

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You do, however get used to this and you can answer quite quickly and then ask them the same.

Recently I went to a female Meetup group and I went with the intention to talk about Project beauty and would hope some of these women would be open to become friends and get to know each other. When I arrived everyone was very warm and genuinely interested in hearing your story and getting to know you.  I felt like I was going to school for the first time, an felt relaxed once I arrived so it was not as bad as I imagined. I’ve never had a huge problem in meeting new people as I used to do it for work  regularly so I know how to prevent those awkward silences etc.

Since this networking event I have already met up with four of the thirty girls that I met and I hope to meet with some  more and create a strong friendship group. One of the girls I have met a few times is from LA and called Nancy (very funny and has a fab personality) she recently invited me to go to Abu Dabi next weekend, cant wait!

So ladies… and gents, go for it. If you want to meet different people outside your working environment I suggest you download the ‘Meetup’ app and you can also create your own group. This is very important to learn and grow as a person and surround yourself by people from all different back grounds.

Enjoy your weekend!

 

xoxo

Think Positive- Be Positive

I recently had quite a few people ask me about my journey out to Dubai. So I thought it would make sense to use it as my ‘subject’ in my next Vlog and in my blog.

So let me take you to where it all began back to December 2016….

I was working as a business development manager for a new skin care brand (I wont name names) and to all my family and friends it seemed like I had finally made it, earning a very large salary and driving a BMW. Far from it!

There was a major thing missing, that we all look for in life…. Happiness.

For me having a nice car and a well paid salary didn’t cut the mustard and it didn’t give me fulfilment. I hope this doesn’t sound like I was ungrateful, this job just wasn’t for me and I learnt that, what I actually wanted was to feel happy in myself. Being in the beauty industry you are surrounded by beautiful people but you can also meet people that will be fake and just out for themselves. I made a promise to myself this year (my 30th) to cut ties and contact with anyone that didn’t bring the best out in me. When I did this it felt so good and I felt that I was back on track and ready for bigger and better things.

The Job hunt– I needed to be in different surroundings and meet different people. Most importantly I wanted to feel the sun on my skin and the sand in between my toes. I started looking at positions in the Caribbean as I looked at working on Necker island  as a therapist for a girl I knew. Unfortunately the positon became unavailable as the girl that was leaving decided to stay. I had many interviews with lots of different places Greece, France, Italy, Dubai (for another positon) but none of them stood out or made me feel excited. Finally I receive a call for a spa manager role to set up and run a chain is different beauty concepts- Now your talking!

I really wanted this position so much that I started doing my affirmations (check out the link if you don’t know what they are) I would do them consciously and unconsciously and then I received a WhatsApp confirmation that I got the job. I was over the moon and couldn’t contain my excitement so called my favourite person in the world, my mum.

In the final weeks leading up to moving some of my friends and some family were telling me ‘oh you wont be able to drink’ and ‘no public nudity and you will get arrested if you are’ (also for those that don’t know me I don’t streak in public in the UK either)  these comments made me angry and frustrated. I ignored them, they were ignorant and had just been based on ‘what they heard’ and not on actual experiences as they haven’t been here to be entitled to make a comment!

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Since I have been here my attitude is more positive than before and I have met mainly positive people!

If you have something that you have always wanted to do and have been too scared to do it. Step out of your comfort zone and go for it, you don’t want to wake up old and grey and full of regret.

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See you soon

 

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Dubai and the ‘Big move’

Its been a long time since I last wrote a blog I have mainly been posting on my you tube channel and face book page beauty by B E X trying to be brave and put myself out there and escape my comfort zone.

Judging from the title as you can imagine I’ve been fairly pre-occupied with a life changing move to Dubai. Well let me start by telling you about the amazing sense of community here (more so than back home) everyone is willing to help in anyway they can by recommending a hair dresser (a top priority for us girlies) the best gym classes, restaurant’s, brunches, night life, beaches, hotels, apps for deals and a filter for your shower to prevent hair loss. Don’t worry I haven’t got a reseeding hair line, they use chemicals in the water here that causes your hair to fall out more than usual. I noticed it more when I arrived 3 weeks ago but its not really affected me and I have very thick hair.

Since I’ve been here it really has been non stop, you work hard and you play even harder. I had the comfort of knowing a couple of people who already lived here so I wasn’t completely alone like most that come here. 80% of people living in Dubai are from all across the globe, which is why everyone wants to help as they have all been on the same boat. The days also go by so quick and before you know it its 1am and your still awake or out with friends.

My tips for the big move     

  • Try and make some connections before you leave then you can connect easily once your out here
  • Don’t be afraid of the unknown and the different culture- embrace it
  • Be willing to try different things like Arabic coffee and the food
  • Go with the flow and be open minded
  • Keep a positive attitude as you will come across negative people
  • Eat the Frog- are really good book and a great way to work by doing the annoying tasks first then its out of the way
  • network, network and network so you can learn and share experiences
  • download  insta-shop on your phone so your grocery shopping is delivered to your door within 30mins! for a fee of 2DHS, 41pence to be specific
  • download Zomato for your local takeaway home delivery
  • enjoy waking up to sunshine every day.
  • Don’t listen to negative comments from people back home, only welcome positive

Oh and for the negative people that think you cant drink out here, think again! I have had more drinks here than I would back home.

So cheers then and I will see you next time

 

xoxo

 

 

Feel like royalty in the Royal Crescent

Have you ever wanted to visit one of the most famous hotels in the UK and perhaps the world?

At the Royal Crescent you will certainly get your moneys worth! Ok its not cheap by any means and you would need an excuse like a birthday or anniversary room rates start at £360+ a night and that would be a classic room and really if you are going to stay there I would suggest a bigger room that you can enjoy.

When you arrive at the hotel and have planned valet parking you will be greeted by the concierge who will know your name as they like to give the personal touch. They will ask for your car reg number when you make your booking, they are not psychic haha. once you have arrived you will be shown around the hotel and then to your room and left to your own devices. You could easily spend your entire weekend in the hotel and chilling out in the spa but there are many places to explore in bath. Such delights as:

Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, Open top bus (Weather depending) , fudge kitchen

One of the main things that everyone wants to do when they visit Bath is to go to Thermae Bath Spa. Its a great spa, it has a large indoor pool on the lower ground floor, a restaurant on the first floor, Wellness suite on the second floor and a open air rooftop pool on the third floor. They also have treatments suites on the lower, first and second floor. They use treatment brands Aromatherapy Associates and Pevonia this place really is fantastic and worth a visit but I will worn you it gets ridiculously busy and at times you will feel like a sardine. On weekends they have people lining up and they have signs that say you have a two hour wait!.. There’s me thinking that you would only find this at Alton towers.

This is the most frustrating thing as you can’t book for just a spa session. I would suggest going in the week and in the evening, bonfire night is a great night as you can look at the fireworks from the roof top pool. I would go but please be warned that you might have to wait.

One of the main things that I love about Bath is the food and the independent restaurants there are over 400 restaurants in this small city but here are my favourites:

Martini’s is a fab Italian and has an amazing atmosphere and everyone that works there is Italian the food is amazing and drinks are great too. This is probably one of my favourite restaurants and you will know why when you go there.

Acorn vegetarian is somewhere I visited recently and it was stunning! my friend and I decided to go all out with three courses as I was told that the portions are quite small. We had matching wine with each course and it was total perfection! I would suggest this place even if you are not a vegetarian as you will be surprised with how imaginative they are with the dishes they make.

See pictures that I took below.

 

 

On the opposite end of the spectrum if you are a lover of steak then you really must try Hudson bar and Grill. This is where I had the best steak that I have ever tried in my entire life you will certainly not be disappointed. Would suggest going for a special occasion her as its quite pricey and you definitely need to book if you are going to go on a weekend.

 

If you have any more questions on Bath and places to visit please comment below and I will be happy to help and make some suggestions.

 

 

Until next time

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My first blog and the ‘firsts’

Trying to go more with the trends and put myself out there more so I made a promise to myself that I will just go for it…. no matter how silly or stupid I  might feel or be made to feel. I try to live by the motto “No Regrets” maybe I should have it tattooed? Hence writing this blog.

I turned 30 in February and this year and  I made some big decisions that will change my life quite dramatically.

I was working in a job that I really started to hate and it was making me feel deflated and anxious all the time and even over the Christmas break. I then decided a change needs to happen and a big one at that. I handed my notice in and made the decision to work overseas and use it as an opportunity to ‘find myself’ and cheesy as that sounds. So within a week the huge weight and black cloud started to lift off my shoulders. I made the mature decision to find a temporary position whilst I look for a role as I knew it would take some time and I wasn’t in any real hurry to jump ship straight away.

I called a good friend of mine who I actually saw a week before  I had finished work late, I was really stressed but tried to hide it all by making out that  it was all fine and dandy. I think she knew I wasn’t happy and was not surprized when I asked for a therapist position in her spa. Phew! she could accommodate a position for me so I was delighted and since I have been working there it has made it clear that I love the beauty industry and has given me my passion back.

Why will my life change?

A few weeks ago I was offered a position to run a trendy day spa in Dubai!

This will be the first time I have lived and worked in another country and also the first time that I have been to Dubai and the Middle East.

 

I am now in the process of organising my medical and visa and due to leave mid to end of May. I’m also trying to spend as much time with family and close friends before I depart but as you would imagine a lot of them will be visiting me soon.

 

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This picture is of me in Amsterdam at the W hotel living it up. This was a very fun day and weekend I spent out there with some close friends of mine.

 

Until next time

Bex

xoxo