My FLR (M) was approved! This means I get to stay here in the UK with my husband for another 2.5 years. Huzzah! At that point I’ll need to apply for the FLR (M) again, which will afford me another 2.5 years AND THEN after that time has passed, I’ll be able to apply for my ILR (Indefinite Leave To Remain) which means I’ll be able to stay here in the UK for as long as I wish. Whew!
All of this also means I’m officially allowed to provide my CV (read: the British version of a resume) to any employer who would be interested in hiring me. Yay, work! Finally! It also means I’ll be able to upload photos to my new photography website (designed by my very talented husband) and launch it for all of the world to see. My hope is to find a fun, low-to-no stress part time job whilst rebuilding my photography business. I will have photos for sale online and also plan to revisit the world of portrait photography again, which may or may not include weddings, though my true focus and passion will remain on landscape and still-life photography.
I’m really happy and incredibly thankful to be able to take the next step in all of this, our amazing life adventure. It sure has been a long and stressful process, but it’s also been fun and exciting, too.
Recently I was asked how I’m feeling about being an immigrant and I think the way I’m feeling inside can best be compared to becoming an adult, again. You know, opening a new bank account, getting a new car (and loan), getting a new phone and phone plan, seeking out my first job, living away from my family and friends, getting to know my new surroundings, etc. And doing all of this whilst being a newlywed, trying to make some new friends, and learning more about my in-laws; basically starting the next chapter in life. Yeah, I definitely feel like a scared, but hopeful young adult again even if my age says otherwise.
I just thank God I don’t have to go through any of this alone. Truly.
Oh before I forget, we may have celebrated twice yesterday. What? Don’t judge… At least this time around of being an adult, I’m of legal drinking age.