Emily Bridges is a vet during the day and a craft and lifestyle blogger in her spare time. She moved to Brighton about a year ago and loves it here. She makes an effort to discover what Brighton has to offer and has not been disappointed. Emily is the first Brightonian in our new year special but more will follow over the weekend. Happy New Year!
What is it that you do? I’m a vet working in a small animal hospital in the city but I also write a craft and lifestyle blog in my spare time, www.ladybridges.com
What inspired you to do what you do? I’ve wanted to be a vet since I was about 8! I’ve always loved animals but as I grew older I knew I wanted to work with people too so it’s the perfect job! I started the blog about 18 months ago as an outlet for my creative side. I’ve really enjoyed having a reason to focus more of my time on that though, I’d like to develop it more.
What can you tell us about your self? Most people that know I’m a vet ask about favourite animals – I’m definitely more of a cat person but I grew up with my Grandma’s cocker spaniel so there’ll be one of those in my family one day too! I’ve a sweet tooth so have a strong belief that no meal ends without pudding!
Have you always lived in Brighton? No, I moved here just over a year ago. I lived in Seaford for a while and now live in Brighton itself. I moved down from Birmingham which is my hometown. I’ve lived there all my life apart from university in Nottingham.
How do you like Brighton and what do you like about it? I love it here! The novelty of living by the sea hasn’t worn off yet! There’s always so much going on, I’m trying to experience as much as I can! I’ve partied at Pride, enjoyed the Brighton festival and we went to the Burning of the Clocks the other week – I know there’s still lots to explore! I love that it’s so easy to go out along the coast or up on the Downs and get away from it all too.
How do you celebrate New Years? Always with friends. We’ve been to lots of places over the years, my favourite was probably Hogmanay in Edinburgh. We tend to stay in and throw our own party which usually results in eating lots of food, drinking one too many glasses of fizz and some dance moves probably best reserved for your own living room!
Have you made a new years resolution? I’m not very good at making, or keeping, proper resolutions! As ever I am going to try and exercise off the Christmas excess! This starts with joining the gym and finding a yoga class – yes I’m going to be one of those stereotypical January types!! I also want to put a bit more time into my blog and give more focus to the crafts that initially inspired it.
Did you make one last year? I can’t remember! (Told you I was hopeless with resolutions!)
Did you keep it? See above! So probably not!
What is the high light of 2015 to you? I was lucky enough to go to Sydney and New Zealand in the spring. I’ve always wanted to go there and it fulfilled all my expectations. I’ve also spent lots of lovely weekends with friends, in Brighton and elsewhere.
What would you really like to see happen in 2016? I just want it to be a happy year really, full of fun and exploration and happy times!