I have a GSOH, like meeting new people and socialising… OK, it seems like I am placing an ad within the local lonely hearts column, so I will just be me and provide an insight into my world – prepare to be Ella-fied!
It is absolutely amazing how things can change in such a short space of time, when you sit back and think about it. Last year, I was finishing my final year at university within Education Studies, teaching at Primary school level, as well as working as a Cabin Crew member for a major low-cost airline during the uni holiday periods. I was a 23 year old single pringle and had actually come to the realisation that I would have to accept that I would be living alone with my three cats, at my parents' house, for the rest of my life.
Then, one drunken night in the local Wetherspoons, Lloyds V Shed, on the Bristol waterfront (Don't judge me, it was cheap on a student budget and meant I could drink twice as many G & T's!)… I suddenly met my, soon-to-be, Mr Right.
Fast forward to the present time and, after what can only be known as one of those 'whirlwind romances' that I didn’t think could possibly exist, except within the pages of Cosmo, we have visited Rome and Morocco (respective Christmas and 30th Birthday presents to each other – I must add that I am not the one who's 30… yet) and recently purchased a brand new house together.
Every spare minute of my time (outside of work) is currently spent pouring over wallpaper samples, choosing flooring and decorating (and then deciding that I do not like the colour of the Dulux painted walls, much to my boyfriend's exasperation, so repaint them in Laura Ashley paint. Goodbye being able to go out this month!).
Whilst we do not have any immediate plans to get married, I am hoping that this will be the first step towards matters and, of course, seeing if he can put up with me 24/7 – which includes: allowing me to bring my collection of shoes, totalling over one hundred pairs, which definitely require a shoe closet (think Carrie Bradshaw in SATC) and letting my cat, JaJa move in with us. This is unfortunately an ongoing battle, but everyone knows a woman will always prevail, especially a crazy cat lady; it is a truth universally acknowledged that women are mostly… sorry, always right!)
Whilst not a translator myself, I am a keen linguist and have studied French and Spanish A Levels, along with Italian and Latin GCSEs. I absolutely love to travel and immerse myself within the culture and customs of the countries that I visit; there really is no greater pleasure than being able to communicate with people in their own language, even if you do accidentally make the odd translation mishap, which does add to the fun and is a good icebreaker!
As my grandparents live in Menorca, this has aided my Spanish no end and provided me with the opportunity to meet and form friendships with such a variety of people (including Sting's Auntie, a lovely lady, who they were best friends with; I still cannot get my head around the fact that my little, crazy Nana was always having lunch with a huge musician's relative!).
I have previously worked for Gemini, a business to business sister Translation Company of TLC UK, since I undertook my school work experience aged 16. Following the foundation of TLC UK, it was an absolute pleasure to be asked if I would consider coming to work with the team in March 2014. Being able to assist couples with the translation and legalisation of wedding documentation for their dream wedding is an absolutely wonderful feeling. I have established some lovely working relationships with our clients and it is always such a pleasure to be of service, knowing that my assistance plays a small, yet important part in achieving the perfect wedding day; especially when we receive beautiful photos of our couples in their stunning wedding destinations.
For now, I am more than happy to support our TLC UK couples with their weddings abroad, but fingers crossed in time, I can learn from the industry that I am so lucky to work within to become Mrs Jones(-Britton) and say, 'I Do'.