Now I say mid-life crisis in a jokey way… I know I’m not that old yet, but I am turning 30 this year and a lot has changed in my life over the last two years. Hence why I am now blogging.
When I was younger all I ever wanted to do was become an Actress, then gradually I realised I kind of had a talent for directing others and helping other people become better. So I decided to train at the Central School of Speech and Drama in which I learnt a tremendous amount about the industry and theory behind Drama.
I knew from early on during the course that deep down I wanted to teach, I had some fantastic Drama teachers when I was younger and they really inspired me, so I felt it only necessary to give that feeling back to others. I applied for the teaching training course at my University and I didn’t get in, I cried like a baby and was absolutely devastated. It was the first time I felt I had failed something in my life.
Let’s just say I spent a lot of time in the library after that trying to figure out what to do next, during that time I got an email about a teaching opportunity in Hong Kong. I decided to apply and two days later received a phone call from one of the managers. It ended up being a phone interview which lasted two hours. I was so under prepared!
In the end they asked me how I would feel about moving to Hong Kong, I was very impulsive so I just said I would love it! They offered me a job and I was off. Don’t get me wrong I had a lot to sort out in that time and also some more difficult decisions.
The night before I left, I got a call from my university telling me I was the first runner up to be offered a place on the teaching course. I could not believe it!! I had a moment of weakness…how much easier would it be to stay? I could do what I set out to do originally. You could tell my parents were desperate for me not to leave, but in the end I felt like I had made my mind up and exploring the world was something I had to achieve. I jetted off to Hong Kong and spent nearly a year teaching and exploring new things. Now I could go into more detail but I’m sure that will be another blog at a later stage.
Let’s just say I had to come back due to family circumstances, but as people say everything happens for a reason. It sure did! Luckily during university I did a placement at a school called Tring in which I probably met the best team of people ever! They had a training opportunity and contacted me when I was in Hong Kong, I applied and got in.
Tring was probably the best and most enjoyable school I ever worked at. I have never seen such a talented bunch of Drama teachers in one room. WOW!
I then worked at 3 other schools after this and during this time I feel out of love with teaching…well maybe not the teaching part, but more the politics and the paperwork part.
One thing came out of one of the schools as I met my now husband in one of them. He had to endure all the teacher moans and groans. The poor bugger. We moved pretty quickly, but when you know you really do know! We were planning the big Wedding day and three months before William got asked to work in Dubai. Now it really was a no brainer for me. My only major question was ‘can I bring my cat?’ Thankfully for William this was an option.
So we got married and then 4 days later we moved to Dubai. I am currently exploring Dubai and making the most of my time. It’s difficult to not want to work. I could have quite easily gone to the pool or beach every day and worked on my tan…however I felt a little bit lost for a little while when I got here so thought I should try to share some knowledge with newbies/people who have been here a while that maybe haven’t been to places I have been.
I hope it is interesting and you feel you get something out of it. I look forward to hearing your comments.