Friday Introductions

 

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Hey friends!

Since I re-launched my blog in late 2017 after taking a year long break I figured now would be a great time to introduce myself to my new and old followers.

For starters, my name is Hayley, hence Life of Hayley. If I had to categorize my blog I would say that it is a “Lifestyle Blog”. I love to share my favorite products, books, travel, and most recently, wedding planning. Not only do I love blogging, but I also love reading other people’s blogs. I am also looking for new bloggers to follow!

I began this blog in November 2013 right when I was turning 20 as a way to document all of the things I wanted to accomplish before turning 25. It’s been four years and I am so proud with how far I have come! I will be 25 next fall and I feel more than ready. I have accomplished far more than I ever thought possible and am in love with the way my life is turning out.

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My biggest accomplishment was studying abroad in London in 2015. I was SO scared to move to London for a semester but it turned out to be the best decision. I made life-long friends and cherish the memories that I made along the way. London will always feel like home!

I graduated from college in April 2016 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. I majored in Electronic Business Marketing and minored in General and International Business. After I graduated, I began looking for a full-time job in my field. I ended up accepting a position at a financial company in September 2016. I expected to like the job but never expected to fall in love with it! I love my company, my co-workers, and the work that I am doing every day. I really feel like I am making an impact on my community and our client’s lives.

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On August 19th, 2017 I married my boyfriend of six years, Brett. Our wedding day went by so quickly but it turned out better than we could have ever imagined! We got married at a Lake where I spent most of my summers growing up. We were surrounded with all of our favorite people; our friends, family, and co-workers. Everyone who joined us had made an impact on our lives in some way. It was so special to start our married lives with all of the people who we love the most.

Brett and I went on a two week Honeymoon in London directly following the wedding. It was just like coming home. Brett proposed to me in London so the city holds a special place in both of our hearts.

Now I am just enjoying life with Brett and our cat, Lucy. We live in a cute little apartment and love spending time with our friends playing trivia or old PS2 games. I love tea, The Crown, Harry Potter, and reading. I’m an introvert who greatly values my alone time. I am also a Target addict and a wannabe interior designer.

Welcome to my little corner of the internet. I hope you stay awhile!

 

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Orientation Week Update

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Hello again! In my last post I started to explain orientation week here at Regent’s University London. I am loving life in London and have made so many great friendships in the past week. I was most nervous about making friends but it turned out fine and I made a lot of friends right away!

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My new home, Reid Hall

Tuesday was the second day of orientation. We had a quick lesson on academics and life in London before going on the “Marylebone Challenge.”  This challenge was very similar to the one we did in my last post but it was only in Marylebone which is the area where Regent’s is located within London. For this challenge we had to take pictures with things (birds, bridge, pizza menu, Sherlock Holmes’s Museum, etc.) and answer questions.

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My group for this challenge was really nice and we had fun wandering around the area. This challenge helped me understand my surroundings. The most important thing I figured out from this was where the nearest Waitrose was located! Waitrose is a grocery store where you can get basic necessities and food.

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Marylebone Challenge!

On Wednesday we only had a couple of introductory lectures in the morning so we headed out in the afternoon to Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, and the London Eye for more pictures and exploring. It was a lot of fun and really made me feel like I was in London! There’s always something new to see or do here.

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Thursday was another day where we only had a couple of things going on in the morning for orientation. That night we decided to take the tube to the London Bridge area. It was an easy journey from Baker Street. It was raining so we quickly headed to London Bridge to get a picture with Tower Bridge in the background. Then we walked through Borough Market which was getting ready to close.

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After walking through the market we settled down in Caffe Nero for coffee. We had an amazing view of the River Thames and sat talking for a few hours. I have a great group of friends here and London! We talked about the places we want to go and the things we want to do in London. I couldn’t stop smiling. I am truly happy and thankful to be here!

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Friday was a busy day and started off at 9 a.m. with a lecture about how to make friends in the U.K. I honestly almost skipped it but I’m so glad that I didn’t. The speaker was so funny and really made us feel welcome at Regent’s University. The speaker also happens to be my professor for my Communication Across Cultures class!

After that we had one more lecture about academic success. Then it was time for the Fresher’s Fair which was a huge room full of booths with information. The booths consisted of people from the University and local businesses. We got a lot of free stuff and food which is always nice!

The last activity of orientation week was a “Pub Quiz.” This reminded me a lot of the trivia that I do back at home with my friends. Our group had so much fun, even though we lost. I really want to find a local pub to do a Pub Quiz again.

After the Pub Quiz Alejandra, Andrea, Anna, and I walked to Camden where Anna lives. Anna is German and Alejandra and Andrea are twins from Peru and were the first friends I made here. We walked to the Camden market which was a lot of fun. No one bought anything but we will probably go back there soon. It was a younger more modern area of London which was pretty cool. It was a cold night so we stopped at Costa for some hot chocolate and tea.

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That ended orientation week at Regent’s University! I had a lot of fun and made so many new friends! I love it here in London. My next post will be about my first weekend in London where we got lost and I went to the Harry Potter Studio Tour!!!!

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