Wow, it’s been a little while since I started a blog on this website. At the end of February, last month, I got really upset because I realised I’d missed an entire month which would now make my little archive scroller all messed up; I hadn’t missed a month since I began this blog, in October 2014. I suppose that’s what having a girlfriend, having a dissertation to write, and having final year exams does to you!
However, a message from my best friend (hi Hannah!) exclaiming she missed my blog spurred me in to the motivation to open up WordPress once again (or, maybe I’m just procrastinating from my final ever university essay)! So, here I am.
This year has been stupidly busy. I am cordially sorry to anyone who is friends with me and doesn’t live in my flat, because I’ve been a shit friend. I’m in my final year of university, I have a ‘job’ with the student council which has taken up a stupid amount of time, and I started a company! It’s been mad to say the least… but I have loved every minute.
The decision to start a company seemed very abrupt, but it has actually been brewing for a long time. Over the last few years, I’ve really developed a mindset of wanting to work for myself, and the option of rejecting to conform to societal pressures of ending up in a job I’ll hate. My girlfriend, Liv, was the final push when one night when we were discussing business ideas and dreaming about being in control of our own lives, we decided to just do it. And we have!
For the few days after that night, we brainstormed about a walking tour company in Glasgow, and probably spent about 5 hours just thinking and chatting and thinking and chatting. We had so many ideas running through our heads that we just needed to get them all out. From there, we had an official business meeting (with ourselves!), did some market research, built a website and done a couple of tours. After that, we went to a day of Google seminars, got a one-to-one advice meeting with Google, got ourselves on the front page of Google, and since then we’ve been averaging at least one booking every 24 hours pretty much.
[If you’d like to check out the website before waiting till the end of this blog post (you impatient bugger), here you are.]
It’s been quite intense at times, funnily enough today being one of the most intense days. We’ve had a really messed up week with people missing tours, being ill and cancelling, and us being too busy to do one. It’s been quite shit realising that my plan of being in control of my life, and sharing the beautiful city with all of the tourists in Glasgow, may not be as safe as I first thought.
However, we’re going to have bad days and weeks, and that’s unavoidable. Up until now, every single tour we’ve done, we have left feeling on top of the world. Our customers have expressed their love towards the tour and the way we showed them the city, and that is extremely rewarding. Even if I struggle to make ends meet every so often, it’s worth it doing something I love and I’m getting to share my city with amazing people.
So, all in all, it’s been a positive step. And I’m excited to see where it can take me.
I’m also just very happy right now. This year has arguably been the most debt-ridden year of my five-year university life but also the most fun. No longer being obsessed with the gym and eating correctly clean 99% of the time has allowed me to experiment with different restaurants, see tons of movies at the cinema, actually walk around the city and the West End to explore all it’s hidden gems. It’s research for the tour, right?
Anyway, I seriously need to get back to my essay (and hours and hours of French language learning and translating, exam prep…. BLAH BLAH BLAH).
It was nice chatting again. I’ll be back soon, je vous promets!
À bientôt !
P.s. here’s the link to the website again if you made it this far by waiting in desperation to see the beautiful website we’ve created, hehe.
P.p.s I GRADUATE IN LESS THAN THREE MONTHS. WHAT. IS. MY. LIFE.
P.p.p.s How on earth is it almost April… already?!?!
P.p.p.p.s I need some sun in my life. That is all.