Like most things related to the government and mail.... my UK visa took a little longer than expected. After multiple trips to the UK office, endless forms and fees (oh the fees!), new passport photos the end of August was approaching and I'd yet to receive any update. There was an air of uncertainty surrounding the entire process as even though I was a Commonwealth citizen and applying for a student visa - I could still be denied a visa. As they say, Don't count your chickens before they're hatched or as I like to say "Don't post about it on Facebook or quit your job until you've got that piece of paper in your hand!'
(I think both sayings have a nice ring to them)
In the weeks leading up to the decision I refused to plan any farewell party, or pack a suitcase. The only thing that I'd done is paid my deposit on a flat in the west end and had my mother purchase a one-way ticket to LDN.
After months of planning, my UK Visa arrived on sept 1st, only 20 days before I was set to take-off.
Then the whirlwind began, I had my resignation letter typed and ready for when the VISA arrived.
I gave my employer 16 days notice as we'd had some important dates/ events already scheduled - I also created a list of "to-do"s, contact info, and general guidelines... lest anyone say I hadn't left my team "set up for success".
I then began ticking the boxes on all the big things I had left to do...
- Finish the scarves I’d been working on all summer
- Plan a photoshoot to feature them
- Set up a Pop-up shop sell day
- Plan an Epic farewell party
- Spend time with those close to me...
- Pack - up my life and move across the
A simple 5 tasks for 20 days.