I thought I would go into a bit more detail of my background. I sometimes think of how going between different countries can be seen as a privledge, and don’t get me wrong I am extremely grateful for where I have travelled and my experiences, but when your only young it does take a lot of energy out of you.
My parents met in the USA, while my dad was on tour with his band. They lived in America, Ibiza then Walsall, of all the places. That’s where I came along. Manor hospital, where I almost died and was kept in intensive care for a fair amount of time. I only lived in that area for a few months then grew up in Lichfield until I was about 6 years old. During that time I went to America with my mom and did some travelling back and forth.
I then lived in Abbotts Bromley, where I went to an all girls boarding school for about 5 years, then once my parents made the decision to divorce, I headed to America with my mom around 11. My grandma needed support, so we went over and helped, then ended up staying there.
I went to all different types of schools in America from private, to public and even home schooled. They put me in the wrong year when I started so everyone was turning 13 and I was still 11. Its not that much of an age gap but 13 is a pretty big milestone in anyone’s life!
Fast forward a year or so is when I decided to be home schooled. Oh man it was actually really fun. I did some amazing projects, met some amazing people and had some great tutors. It helped me with my planning and organisation which are obviously main skills in my career.
After I was home schooled I then went to a charter school for a couple years, then for my junior year a private school. I enjoyed my time at some of them, but probably got the most out of the private school. Once or twice a month we did community service where we would help clean up gardens or went to local schools and did some acting. It was actually really fun when I think back on it and I am grateful for those experiences.
After my junior year is when I decided to move back to the UK and live with my dad. I had to go back a year, which was a bit annoying, but it worked out in the end and I went to university, blah blah, all that stuff.
All the moving around was definitely a big challenge for me. I feel it helped me in some ways, as I am such a sociable person. I love networking and meeting new people, which is basically what I had to do every time I moved schools. On the other hand, it didn’t give me that core group of friendship that you see people having from a young age. Although saying that, I have made some pretty amazing friends who are going to be in my life forever. You know who you are!
I have felt a lot of anger over the years about all the change I’ve been through but looking back on it now I just embrace it and realise its helped me become who I am today…even though I am still learning that.
I’ve learnt you can’t dwell on the past. Just have to keep moving forward!