We've all had those feelings haven't we? You wish you could go some place new and start all over, it might even go as far as looking at jobs or houses in a different location but what's it like to actually go through with it? After 27 years in the capital, I've found out.
I'm from South London. For 27 years I've lived, worked and played in South London. So about a year ago I decided to give it all up and relocate to Kent to live by the seaside.
Why I hear you cry?! Well with my job making me redundant and house prices sky rocketing, I didn't want to have to work a full time job to pay off a £300,000 mortgage on a two bedroom flat. I wanted more bang for my buck and with no job in the foreseeable future and my mortgage deposit saved, why not?
I've now lived by the sea side for 4 awesome weeks. I've spent lunch times on the beach, I've gone walking for miles in fields with my dogs and if I decide to pop into town it doesn't take me an hour to drive 6 miles.
I own a house that I would never, in a million years be able to afford in London and I even managed to get myself a new car.
People don't avoid each other, they actually speak in the street. There's so much more going on with a proper community feel and lots of events. Just walking through town last Saturday, there were two markets and events on the beach!
On the downside I don't have a job and there seems to be less of them around down here, agreed. I also don't know a soul, all my friends are spread out across London but I'm taking it on as a challenge. It's terrifying yet oddly satisfying to know that I'm probably not going to bump into someone I know if I pop to Tesco without my makeup on and it's nice to get the opportunity to take myself out of my comfort zone and try new things and groups that I probably wouldn't have back in London.
I've been back to London once since I left, I plan on going back in a few days too but do I miss it?
Plain and simple - no.
I miss my friends and I miss having a job, it's crazy how used you get to being comfortable but it'll all come in time. I don't miss being on overcrowded tubes, paying £1.50+ an hour to park or so many people being crammed into one place.
I adore the wide open spaces, the community feel, the events, the excitement of not really knowing what my future holds.
I think London will always have a place in my heart but I can see a very happy future here. So what's it like to relocate? Pretty awesome actually.
Until next time,