A New Chapter
Guys, I’m not about to apologize for my absence as of late because we all know that life sometimes gets in the way. Besides a trip to Spain last month, my travel calendar has been put on a bit of a temporary hiatus. I figured it was time for some real life updates. I know I don’t post personal stuff often enough, but I can only assume you come here for fun travel inspiration more than you do the day-to-day life of Jess.
2015 has thrown some big changes my way. Compared to this time last year, everything is different.
The New Job
A few months ago I accepted a new job. A real person, in the office, contract signed, monthly paycheck kind of job. It has been an exciting new chapter, and though I was hesitant on how I’d cope with the 9-5, it seems I may have found the perfect fit.
Working for so long as a freelance writer I came to appreciate the freedom of being my own boss. Setting my own hours, taking holidays whenever I pleased, and knowingly sacrificing the benefits and security of working for the ‘man’ for the joy of doing whatever the hell I pleased. Still, some months I didn’t get paid. Other months I made enough to splurge on airfare and trips abroad. At the end of the day, it was an unreliable way of making a living. Not to say I wasn’t gloriously happy.
Now I am doing all the things I did before, except I always get a paycheck at the end of the month. More importantly, I now have unlimited opportunities to learn and grow and challenge myself. That’s not so bad, and I’m still gloriously happy.
The Big Move
In other news, perhaps more exciting, I am leaving the seaside of England. It has been almost four wonderful years of beach combing, France spotting, coastal fun. I am so happy we moved to Folkestone, rather on a whim, seeking out a new experience for our family. Lately I’ve been feeling that pull deep inside to move on, a feeling that is all too common for a girl who can’t sit still. (I honestly can’t believe I made it this long!) We have no family here, and though I have made a few close friends locally, it just doesn’t seem to be a good enough reason to stay in a town we have no ties to. So, we are moving, but not too far.
Where will I be ‘flying away’ to next?
Come August we will be moving into our new flat in East London. Its an overpriced shoebox, but the world will be at our feet. I can’t wait to truly explore London as a local, the city has definitely grown on me over the past few years. As far as the blog is concerned, not much will change except I will be much closer to the airport. (These things make all the difference.) I’ve never lived in the “big city” so it will undoubtedly be an awesome new adventure. I know sixteen year old me would be giddy with excitement.
So, that’s that. With all the recent happenings, you can see why I’ve had to put a few things on hold. No worries though, I expect to be exploring many new places soon! As always, thanks for reading. I sometimes can’t believe that the little blog I started about my new life in England has transformed into such an awesome community of people like you. Here’s to the next chapter. New adventures. New stories. A new place to call home.