Introducing Edinburgh Girl
What happens when you can no longer be a Brighton Girl? Well, what if you could take it with you? And by 'it', we mean that desire to connect with other like-minded women, to carve out a safe space where friendship and collaboration can thrive, where the default is to inspire, empower and support.
This 'thing' that we have created in Brighton Girl is one that knows no bounds, that can travel wherever it's needed. Today, we are happy to announce that Kim, once a Brighton Girl, is taking it with her all the way up to bonnie Scotland. Brighton Girl, welcome to Edinburgh girl.
Kim - over to you.
In 2007, I moved to Brighton; ostensibly to go to University, secretly to follow a boy. Why I thought it would be a good idea to rack up thousands of pounds of debt when I could have gone to University for free in Scotland still baffles me but such is the curse of young (read: stupid) love.
I am, however, a firm believer that ‘everything happens for a reason’.
I can, with almost every detail of my life, attribute everything good back to something bad which preceded aforementioned good thing. For example: if I hadn’t followed a boy to Brighton, I wouldn’t be here. If we hadn’t broken up, I wouldn’t have met my friends.
If I hadn’t been on the same course as one of my friends, I wouldn’t have met her friends who were friends with my now boyfriend. If I hadn’t met my boyfriend, I wouldn't be part of his family or be godmother to our adorable niece; we wouldn’t have our dog. You get the drift.
One ‘stupid’ mistake I made when I was 17 to follow a boy to Brighton turned out to be the greatest decision of my life and which shaped my path over almost a decade.
Fast forward nine years and here I am, packing up the life I have made for myself here along with my boyfriend and our dog to move back to my motherland: Scotland.
With age, they say, comes wisdom. So here I am to impart my wisdom on you:
1) Go with your gut instinct. Intuition is a powerful life tool.
2) Everything comes good in the end. Persevere.
Now, if I hadn’t quit smoking in January, I wouldn't have started blogging and if I hadn't started blogging, I wouldn't have stumbled upon a post about how us girls should “support, empower and inspire each other offline” and headed along to the Brighton Girl meet up (where I walked in one door, chickened out and walked out the other door before trying again).
I wouldn’t have made lots of new friends, I wouldn’t be involved in the Brighton Girl magazine (or writing this post), and I wouldn’t, most excitingly, be about to launch ‘Edinburgh Girl’.
On 11 December 2016, Edinburgh Girl will be having its first coffee meet-up and I couldn’t be happier or more excited to be taking forward the first sister group of Brighton Girl and carrying on the vision that Pippa had when she started this group just over one year ago.
And who knows where we will be in one year from now?
Brighton, it’s been emotional. Edinburgh, see you soon.
Join our new Edinburgh Girl Meet Up group and come along to our first event.