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Monday, 8 February 2016

Life: Moving on...and home

"Your life only gets better when you do - work on yourself and the rest will follow"

It's taken a fair amount of courage to write this post, because once it's out there, there's no going back, you know? But recently, I've decided to make some serious life changes - maybe it's the whole new year thing, maybe I really am going through a 20 something life crisis, maybe David Bowie's death made me think much more about life than it should have done, maybe it's because I'm trying to become the best version of myself and in order to do that, changes need to be made...

This week will see me finish my position at my current job and moving home, something I can assure you I had no intention of doing when I was over the moon about moving back here last summer after a mere 3 months away from Liverpool. The job has been a real learning curve for me; I'd go as far to say that I've probably learnt more, not just about content and digital marketing, in 6 months there than I did in at least two years at university. Although I felt that university did prepare me fairly well for the real world, you have to be fully prepared in yourself too.

There's a few reasons as to why I'm moving home and essentially starting again, but the main reason genuinely is to save some serious money. Hopefully, I will be able to land a job when I'm back in the good old Midlands and then the plan is to save, save, save! I've realised that if I don't do the things I've always wanted to do now, I'll wake up one day with an actual mortgage and real responsibilities like children and I'll be like, when did this happen? I'm keen to learn how to drive and see as much of the world as I can and I believe that if I move home, where I will be paying a considerable amount less on rent and bills, I will eventually be able to afford these things. Also, by learning how to drive and hopefully passing my test at some point, I will open up my options a bit and perhaps make myself a bit more employable.

I'll be honest, I've probably thought about this for a few months and each time I would push it right into the back of my mind because I didn't want to be that person. The girl that tried so hard to get a job and then just went and...left? Would making this decision make me a failure? Would people think I was a complete idiot? All any graduate wants is someone to believe in them and offer them a job so they can finally get a foot in the door - why would I throw that away?

The thing is, I believe in myself much more than I did last summer nowadays and I'm much more optimistic about my future now. I'm definitely not stupid, I'm very ambitious and I know that I will eventually end up where I want to be. But my dream career and my dream lifestyle means a lot of hard work, much more harder work than I thought it would be when I was a student. But for now, I'm looking forward to the next chapter of my life, as corny as it sounds, and maybe, just maybe Stourbridge has actually became a really cool place to live whilst I've been away (OK definitely being a bit too optimistic now, right?)

Look back on my blog soon as I delve into a few posts about learning to love myself and what I will miss most about Liverpool!
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