I think we’re all living in interesting times at the moment, especially with what happened yesterday in London.
I had written this post a few days ago, and scheduled it to go live this morning, but now I feel somewhat reluctant to share my good news during such dark hours. However, we must go on, we must embrace every happy moment we can and defy those who try to instil fear into our lives.
The best weapon against terrorism is perseverance and love.
If you know anything you’ll know that “May You Live in Interesting Times” can be considered a bit of a curse (or a great read!). Luckily for me, on a personal level, the interesting times in my life are of the good variety, and involve new opportunities, new cities and new shoes!
Ok, so no new shoes yet but everything that has been coming my way promises me new shoes within a week or two, and if that isn’t something to be excited about, I’m not sure what is.
Last week I accepted a contract based in Edinburgh which has set off a series of events which translates into a significant life change or two. Because of where I currently live, not actually in Glasgow, but south of, Ben and I will be relocating somewhere between the two cities so we both have easy access to our places of work.
Having moved many time throughout my life (Sydney to Brisbane, back to Sydney, Back to Brisbane, Brisbane to London, to Glasgow) I know how stressful moving can be, but the joy in this move is that flats in commuter towns tend not to be furnished like most city flats are, which means that I get to buy new furniture and décor. This is incredibly exciting for me as I love to decorate, and, er… shop in general!
But why move to a commuter town if it’s only a contract? Well, although this is just a contract and it doesn’t make sense to relocate for a non-permanent position, the job market in Edinburgh is a lot greater than that of Glasgow, despite being the smaller city. I’ve struggled to find permanent work here in Glasgow, and Edinburgh does offer more opportunities so it makes ample sense to relocate if it means more opportunities for work. A lot of people will tell you that “Oh, people commute between cities all the time!” but no one actually does on a day to day basis – maybe only a once or twice a week basis.
Also, have you seen Edinburgh? It’s so pretty. Like, stupidly pretty. I can still recall the very first time I was in Edinburgh, about three years ago on holiday, and I couldn’t believe just how beautiful it was. Sure, the almost excessive amount of statues all over the place is slightly unnerving, but how can you ignore the architecture, the landscape, the culture? Arriving in Edinburgh all those years ago was the first time in my life I felt like I was home.
Sure, Glasgow is pretty too, but Edinburgh will always have a special place in my heart.
Apart from moving within the next month or so, Ben and I are also off to Paris in the second week of May for my birthday – Hooray! I have been dying to go to Paris for a very long time, and the previous two attempts to get there have failed (long stories!). Going to Paris, albeit only for five days, means I get to buy myself some new fabulous outfits to wear, as who wants to go to Paris dressed like a frump?
Not that I dress like a frump at any time when leaving the house… Except when buying groceries of course.
Anyway, I have an ever growing, expanding wish list of shoes and bags I want to purchase for the trip (and for my birthday, cause y’know, it’s my birthday), yet am slowly curating my outfits for the few days we’re there and being incredibly sensible about it all. As much as I love shoes and bags and the like, I also like to be able to move within my flat.
Speaking of being able to move, it’s very difficult to buy all the shoes I want and move and decorate a new flat – decisions and difficult choices have to be made, and in this case a new sofa is more important that those gorgeous Kurt Geiger pumps I’m coveting.
All of that aside, with all these changes and opportunities arising, it actually means I will be getting back into blogging more than recipes on a regular basis again, which is something I am very much looking forward to. It also means this blog will be going self-hosted very soon which means a new layout, improved readability, and so on and so forth. You know, all the interesting stuff!
So, that’s a bit of an update for me, and a bit of a hint of what’s to come regarding content for the blog over the next month or so – very interesting indeed.
Have you had any life changes recently? Or just a cute pair of shoes you want to share? Let’s have a chat in the comments!