Can you believe I did these jobs before?
Hey you beautiful souls, I hope you’re all doing great today. So I get asked this question a lot “What did you used to do before you started 2 businesses?”. Well here we go, this blog is all about my previous jobs and how much I didn’t love them ;)
When I was 15 my family decided to relocate to the UK for a better life. I mean life was great back home but the future was brighter in the UK, except I spoke NO English and had to start life all over again. So there I was, in a new country, with no knowledge of the local language and trying to make a brand a new life. I’m not sure many of you have ever experienced this, maybe you have relocated to another country where English is still spoken, but let me tell you, it’s pretty daunting as a 15 year old to have to go to a completely new country where you understand nothing. Eventually life began to make sense again and I started to get a very basic understanding of the language, but something came up and I had some problems with my citizenship which kind of put a big stop to my studying, so I begun working instead (which by the way I’m very very grateful for).
My very very first job at the age of 16 was working at a sandwich factory. It’s where everyone from my country and other Eastern European countries were working at the time and I was just happy to go and make a bit of money and practice my English. I lasted there a few weeks I believe and no I’m still not a sandwich master. After that I got so many different jobs that kind of made me grounded in a way and made me appreciate what I do today so much more. I always knew that I belonged elsewhere, somewhere better, but I also knew I had to do what I had to do to get there.
Next up I worked in a chocolate factory (and yes you were allowed to eat chocolate as long as you didn’t take it home, how cool, but not cool for my teenage brains that were still trying to diet every 5 seconds). I also worked in a toy factory where we had to pack various different toys. This was also the place where some things were extremely heavy to carry, but life went on, I had a job and I was happy. During this period there was a lot of factory work because I used to work for an agency that would send me from place to place so trust me when I say I’m the queen of all jobs haha.
From there I spent a few years working in an Indian restaurant before I then transferred to the pub side of the same business. Those days were also the most unhealthy days of my life. I would party, work until late then eat pizzas and go to bed at 4 or 5 am almost daily. This lasted for a little while before I decided enough was enough and quit the job to find something else and focus back on my health.
I can’t really remember things in a chronological order but there was also a call centre job which by the way I despised. I lasted 2 weeks in there. I also did a cleaning job, and I’ve got to say, I think every job is a good job and pays the bills but for me, at this point, I was only about 18 or 20 and I was always walking with my head low. I was ashamed of the job I did because deep inside I knew I was made for bigger things, but I had to do the work to get there. So I did the cleaning job for quite a while, I was training hard at my local kickboxing gym and life just went on.
One of my lowest points was when I got a part time job as a dish washer in an Italian restaurant my friends worked in. I remember it was winter time, I was all the way at the back right next to the door which they kept open most of the time and sometimes the water in the tap was so cold that I would just freeze there for the whole 4 hours every weekend. During this period, we also used to get ready in the restaurant and go out at the weekends, so I still have sweet memories of this place and not so bad after all. My friends were there and we made it fun.
After that I got a job in retail for New Look where I became a Team Leader. This was major for me because this was the first job that I felt suited me better than anything I had done before. I remember it was during this period that I used to dream of creating my own clothing brand. Haha, little did I know what was waiting for me around the corner. From here I decided to relocate to London within the same company for a better life. Indeed my life did get better because I met Adam very shortly after the move. From retail I then moved and worked in the gym Adam was managing. I had qualified as a PT online and so I was able to finally do something for a living I was very proud of.
From this point, things started to get very interesting for us when we relocated to Thailand and worked in a gym on Koh Tao. I was making protein shakes for travellers and listening to their fun stories, I was doing some personal training and also decided to release my own class schedule (p.s. that was definitely the beginning of New Horizon Escapes). While there I began exploring and getting lost on the island. It was a magical time for us both and what we didn’t know what that very shortly after, 2 brands would be born - first My Mantra Active and a little bit later on New Horizon Escapes.
So you see? When someone asks me what I did before New Horizon Escapes it wasn’t that simple to answer. But now if anyone ever does ask again, I’ll be able to send them this blog and say to them “look there’s hope, just keep working hard and keep going up because there’s no way you won’t get to the place where you’re meant to be”. I hope this post resonated with you and I hope that if you feel like you’re doing something you’re not meant to be doing just have a little patience and hope. You’re on a journey and in order for you to learn and appreciate something you have to discover things you don’t like and learn from them. The most important thing is what you do outside of your job. Are you trying to stay active and healthy? Are you pursuing some dreams? Are you working on a side hustle? Are you being a good human? Have faith and you will get there.