A Winter in London


A Winter London Agenda on Hecticophilia

I wasn’t sure how to come back to the blog after almost three weeks of silence. I feel like I turned my back for just one minute and that somehow, October spilled into November.

Maybe it’s that end of the year feeling as the cold descended upon the city for good or the fact that the countdown to Christmas begins a little despite ourselves (38 days, can you believe it?). Or again because I took my holidays so late this Summer, but since I’ve been back from Croatia, I feel a little like I’ve fallen into a vortex of some sort.

The other day I went to a press event where there was a tarot reader and when I sat down to get my fortune read, I realised I knew exactly what she was going to say, if she was any good (which I guess she was).

It’s not easy to admit it, but I’ve been crippled these last two months, by a deafening mix of indecision and ambition and an urge to move forward but to what, that I do not know. I love London dearly but for the first time in three years, I am actually contemplating moving somewhere else – which doesn’t make a lot of sense when we just got settled in the flat and love our life here tremendously.

I had a best friend a few years ago who one day blurted out to me that I was constantly on the run, disguising my fear of settling and contentment into new adventures and challenges. I wonder if there’s any truth to that.

Since this August, I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s ahead and what I want and it’s not been easy to quiet my mind. I am not sure this makes a lot of sense to any of you readers, but I feel like I needed to be honest about what’s happened before I can move on with renewed inspiration and enthusiasm here on the blog. What is a blog if not a memento for your thoughts? And I think I needed that tumult recorded.

So thank you for bearing with my silence these last three weeks and I have seen you continuously check in despite the lack of new posts; I am humbled by that.

To say thank you, I have made a Winter Agenda, which is a handpicked selection of things to do in London over the next three months, from art & design, to theatre & dance, events & talks and films & screenings. I really hope you’ll enjoy it and I’d love to hear from you if there’s any London event that you think I should add, that you’ve had your eye on or that you’ve loved.

I will now be back to my regular posting schedule of Wednesdays + Saturdays and I have a lot of exciting things to share with you, from new Interiors bits and bobs in the flat, homemade recipes, style posts, the tale of my sister’s non-birthday last weekend, some cultural reviews and interviews; you won’t be disappointed because I’ve been hard at work behind the scenes.

Also, if you’re a fellow blogger and interested in taking part in a great workshop with like-minded creatives, you should come to Useful + Beautiful, this event I’m organising at the gorgeous citizenM Bankside on the afternoon of Saturday November 29th.

Workshop for Bloggers

There will be 4 talks by super inspiring bloggers on Editorial and Blog collaterals, a DIY class to make your own camera strap, a networking tea break and 2 best practices sessions on Branding and Newsletters.

Check out the event, tickets are only £10 and if you’re one of the early birds, you’ll get your hands on a Lux pack of 50 business cards from Goodprint (which is worth double the ticket already).

I would really love to see you there if that sounds up your alley, so hit me up if you need the password, I promise it’s going to be a great afternoon!

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2 Comments

Honey
November 16, 2014

Glad to see you blogging again, Jesse!

The thing about wanting to move, though... maybe it's not fear of settling per se but more of an instinct that, like Francois Rabelais, there's a need to seek "un grand peut-être".

Wherever/whatever you end up doing in the next few years, I'm confident that you'll be amazing. ;)

Jesse
November 16, 2014

Thank you for the kind words Honey, and it's true, I guess I've always looked for that state of flux where I'm most comfortable, when I don't know exactly what's ahead. Is that control by lack of control? :)

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