"What do you DO?" - Le Meridien Hotel

Monday, 2 February 2015

"What do you do?"
A panic trickles hot down my throat and straight back out audibly into the conversation as I stutter a five paragraph essay in twenty six seconds.
"Oh me? It's a bit of this and a bit of that. I'm a freelance producer, writer, digital consultant, stylist and blogger."
It's usually hard to tell who winces first at how ridiculous that sounds pouring out of a nineteen year olds mouth., let alone mine.
In the questions most literal sense, my answer literally would be "Mostly, I watch The Devil Wears Prada in my pants eating cold curry and then I might do a cry and then have a nap."
Sadly, that answer never receives the raucous applause that my wannabe comedic alter ego so desperately craves.

I have absolutely no idea what I do, I just do it occasionally, get paid for it and stick it in my Twitter bio, obviously.
I've purposefully lived my life this way since I left school at sixteen because A) it's non committal and B) it gives me unprecedented access into the exploration of what else can be. IE. I've got not the smallest clue as to what my career should and will be therefore I shall stick my finger in EVERY pie and hope for the best. 
I've been avoiding facing this in a remotely adult way for all too long.

Whilst I can joke and jibe until a metaphorical farm animal returns home, not knowing what I'm doing has caused me a great deal of financial instability and anxiety over the last few months so I forced myself to sit and give it some real sophisticated thought. I knew I'd just slip the dulcet tones of Miranda Priestly on in the background if I were to stay at home, so I took myself somewhere where I would actually relax. Le Meridien in Piccadilly. Oh sweet marbled floors, you.
I checked myself in, threw on a white towelling robe and found an old Desert Island Disks episode with Russell Brand and just shut off.
Momentarily at 1am I stood out onto my balcony and entertained the idea of smoking a cigarette listening to Hozier through the battered speaker on my phone and watched and waved at drunken London. 
Then I realised I probably looked a bit of a prick and got back into my marshmallow kingdom of a bed.

Sometimes I'm not sure how I feel about adults, mostly because they often ask me what I do and also because I don't want to be one, but the adults at Le Meridien are really quite good.
They ushered me into a nice little room to check in, gave me what at first I thought was suspicious looking pill (but later turned out to be a refreshing hand wipe once wetted) and then DELIVERED ME ECLAIRS TO MY BEDROOM TO AID MY LIFE DECISION MAKING. I like them. 

I stayed up until the early hours, workshopping, pondering, inviting friends over to check out my one-night-only paradise and I awoke feeling fresh and with an opinion concise. 
I mulled over my final announcement in The Terrace Bar eating through anything and everything that can be filed under 'continental' and slammed my fresh apple juice down with cathartic glee.
No more nonsense, no more desk space avoidance or grandiose cover letters - this little space you're sat washing your eyes over is now my job. 
"Hello, my name's Charly Cox and I am a full time blogger."
What does this mean for you? Obviously, more blog posts. Also, a video every week on my YouTube channel. I'm bloody excited.

A thirty five second walk from Piccadilly Circus tube station (I know, because I counted), Le Meridien is ideal both in its location and also in doing what it's supposed to do.
A beautiful roof over your head with no need for novelties, damn good food and lovely adults in waistcoats. Definitely worth a visit.


  1. first off, good on you for working so hard since leaving school! It's not easy. I work full time and still don't think its for me but kind of just doing it to have some form of income but recently I've worked on changing that and look around. I've learnt that if you want something you do really have to go for it and not wait for a chance that something may or not happen. Bit much for a comment? I look forward to more posts and videos from such a wonderful human. x

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  3. I don't really know you (obviously, otherwise instead of typing this comment I'd probably be calling you or texting you) but you're a great blogger... and a writer! I would totally read a book by you, maybe you should think of that x

  4. I'm so proud of you for sitting down, thinking it through thoroughly, and making this decision, Charly. I can't wait to see what's in store for both your blog and your youtube channel. This is going to be a good year for you. I just know it! :)

  5. I envy you a whole lot for this. As a 26 year old with no clue what she wants to do in life, I wish I was able to sit down and make a decision like this about what I want to do with my life! But hey, I guess it doesn't matter all that much as long as we are all happy with how are lives are at this current moment in time, or at least happy with the possibility of where they might be heading.

  6. All the food looks so delicious! It's making me hungry!
    Charlotte - http://charlottesophiaroberts.blogspot.co.uk

  7. Hey Charly! All I can say in response to this is: same. I want to try so many creative jobs that it seems I can't focus my energy on working towards a single one. On top of that, I'm in uni and run a blog. Good thing we're only 19, we've got a lifetime ahead of us to figure shit out. I'm looking forward to possibly meeting with you when I visit London this summer, I think we have so much in common. Best of luck in all that you do, and I'll shoot you an email in a few months :)


  8. I envy you your ability to make a decision. It's not easy to decide on the thing you want to do (personally, I keep falling into the "but what if I change my mind?" trap) - so kudos to you!
    I'm glad you've found your path, and I'm really glad that you write that it feels good. That's the most important thing :)
    Looking forward to seeing more from you, I'm an eager reader of yours (and the YouTube part is very exciting!)

    Keep up the good work, Charly!
    Love from Norway <3

  9. God I love the way you write. You should be a novelist. I would buy all of your works in a heartbeat. I came across your blog about a year ago and was enamored with your ability to write with such intelligence and humor. This is a blog that I actually go to to read the CONTENT (not just to drool over clothes/travel pics). I'm glad you're set on a decision because I'm 19 as well and have no clue what to pursue.
    Love from the US of A xoxo

  10. I'm bloody excited as well!! :D

  11. yay charly!!! good on you! i can't wait to see what is to come in the future


  12. I have to tell you Im a huge fan of your pictures and writing! Lovely

  13. Good luck Charly! Love reading your blog so more posts will be great! Xx


  14. I absolutely love your writing style and how everything sounds so poetic and metaphorical! This and every other post!


  15. Ahh I'm so happy for you! I wish you all the success, if your blog is already this successful I can't imagine how it will be now that you're doing it full time!

    Lots of love,
    - Hira | http://www.theartofexisting.co.uk/ xx

  16. Just discovered your blog and loved it!!! I'm sure your gonna be a great blogger now I'm going to check out your YouTube account hehehe Good luck


  17. You said that you've left school when you were 16. I'm gonna assume that you didn't graduate early but dropped out. Could you really not stay in school and be a part time blogger/producer/etc.? I'm not asking in a disrespectful way, I'm just really curious.
    Looking back, would you stay and graduate from high school?

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