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GIRL ABOUT GLASGOW

Annabel

Hi there, I’m Annabel!

Not a Glasgow girl by birth, but wholeheartedly by choice – I firmly believe I live in the UK’s best city! Having lived in the city for ten years in total, not including the three years spent in the north east of England and London, there’s just something about the city that always draws me back and it’s now my forever home.

I arrived in Glasgow a fresh-faced 18-year-old and I’ve watched the city change dramatically over the 13 years, and particularly how the city is establishing itself as one of the hottest in the UK for food and music.

A lover of eating great ‘scran’ and drinking awesome wine, I’m always exploring the city with my husband of almost 5 years, our gorgeous, happy 17-month-old toddler, Lewis, and our ‘furry bairn’, Rupert. We currently live in the west end where everything is on our doorstep, but we’re making the move to Bishopbriggs very soon where we’ll have a garden for Lewis to run around in. Thankfully it’s still only 6-minutes by train into the city centre so I’ll still have my fix of the hustle and bustle when I need it.

I work full-time in a high pressured corporate role whilst trying to juggle the joys of first-time parenting, maintaining a fulfilling social life and holding down some sort of fitness regime – so life for me is mainly the hilarity of trying to keep up with myself and make big decisions on minimal sleep. Not to mention, trying to remain married and remind ourselves that we actually like each other through it all!!

In amongst the chaos of life, becoming a mum has turned everything I viewed life as before on its head. No longer will I be the first and last person in the office. No longer will checking my work email be the first and last thing I do in a day. And for the first time in my career I’m truly happy with this conscious decision. Being mum to my blue-eyed boy has taught me more about myself than any role or organisation can, and every day I learn more about the simple pleasures of life from my baby. 

My passion above all is travelling and escaping to explore new places. After spending a summer in America at the end of school, I gave up my place at art school in Dundee swapping it to study business management and tourism in Glasgow – a city that seemed so big, and a little scary for this small coastal town Fifer. This kick-started my career in the travel industry and has allowed me to combine exploring and work. After 10 years working on long haul products, I’ve gladly swapped planes for trains for a while and finding so much joy in exploring more of God’s Country and my own back garden. Undeniably Scotland is one of the most strikingly beautiful countries in the world and the further afield I travel the more I believe this, and I’m super proud to call it home. Now I find joy in planning trips that include having baby in tow, and even better if we can take the dog along with us too.

From working in the travel industry I’ve been lucky enough to have been wined and dined in epic locations and stayed in five-star hotels, and unfortunately, this now means I always want the best when we explore! I love treating us to a cheeky upgraded room or eating in the best restaurant so I can have the very best experience from our holiday or trip. Whatever I do, I want to do it with bells on – or ‘with Annabels on’ as my insta name suggests! I’d take these memories and great experiences over ‘stuff’ any day and that’s something I want my kids to always appreciate too.

 

10 Facts about me:

  1. I almost went to art school in Dundee to study and gave up my place applying for uni in Glasgow through clearing just two months before I moved. I completely redirected my life on a gut instinct and I’m so grateful for trusting myself. More of that 18-year-old self please!
  2. I danced on the main stage at Magic Kingdom and at Universal Studios in Florida when I was at school as part of a dance troop. Pretty epic at the time and an awesome memory.
  3. I absolutely hate peanuts to the point I often tell restaurants I’m allergic. The smell, the texture, the taste… peanuts are the devil. I won’t let my husband near me if he’s been eating them! In fact, the smell of them on someone’s breath is the absolute worst!
  4. I quit my job to move to England to be with my husband, with no job to go to, after only 8 months together. It sounds absolutely ridiculous now, so risky, but I was determined and very quickly got a job that helped me leapfrog in my career quicker. We laugh at how hilarious this was often!!
  5. We always wanted a dog and when I fell pregnant we decided to go for it, so baby and dog could grow up together. We bought our first flat on Rupert street naming our westie pup Rupert so we’d always remember our first real home together. Even more so as we are moving away from the street in June and I’ll miss the hilarity of Rupert the westie from Rupert street.
  6. I am unconsciously obsessed with leopard print. It’s not something I’m purposely doing but packing for a recent holiday almost my entire luggage was leopard print and I realised how basic I am 😆 Will this be a trend we look back at in years to come and laugh at ourselves covered in leopard print? I’m wearing leopard print as I write this with leopard print nails. Send help.
  7. I’ve travelled across the world and flown more times than I could even try to count. But I get extreme anxiety before a flight and will absolutely convince myself, and you, that I’m going to miss the flight. Full scenario plans run through my head as to what I’ll do when I miss my flight, not if. Of all the travelling I’ve done, I’ve only ever missed one flight. It’s bonkers, I know.
  8. I learnt to snowboard in Canada and have boarded at almost all of the mountain resorts there over the years in the industry. But, I’ve never boarded anywhere else, ever. Only Canada. Clearly, the Canadian powder snow is the only thing good enough for this chick 😂
  9. I wrote my uni dissertation on Sex and the City. I was totally obsessed with the show (still am!) and I was desperate to visit New York so I could live my best Carrie Bradshaw life, and I knew there were so many others like me who were drawn to the city for similar reasons. I wrote my dissertation on film tourism and specifically how powerful a show like SATC where you can tour all the locations in the city.
  10. I love every and all kinds of wine. Red, white, rose, organic, etc, etc. Cheers darlings!

Annabel Xx

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