Move Musings: Where Would We Go?

Back in August we moved house. I distinctly remember the words “I am never moving again” being uttered. Don’t worry, I don’t have any plans to move in the near future but we’ve been talking, Roy and I. For most of our lives (all of Roy’s life) we’ve lived in Yorkshire. We’re entertaining the idea of one day moving a little further afield.

Now there’s nowhere on earth quite like Yorkshire. That doesn’t mean that living somewhere else, perhaps when the boys have grown isn’t an option for us. I like to take the stance that nothing is permanent and if we ever did decide to move, to try somewhere new (variety being the spice of life and all that) we could always just book removals and come back again if we didn’t like it.

The question is, where would we go?

FindhornFindhorn has always held a special place in our hearts. I lived a few miles away as a child and Roy and I had our honeymoon there. Scotland is a wonderful place with fabulous people and we could be very tempted! Between the gorgeous beach and bay, the Findhorn Foundation (I haven’t had the opportunity to visit the Foundation but would love to), nearby Forres, Elgin, Nairn and even Inverness if you travel about 23miles west along the coastline, it’s a tempting thought.

Brighton is at the other end of the spectrum to Findhorn yet there are days that I see posts from friends and what not online and could happily call a Brighton Removals Company and jump ship. I love the energy of Brighton and again, it’s a seaside town. Clearly, I have saltwater in my blood. Despite being much larger than where we are now, Brighton has quite a community feel (I’m told) and that, alongside festivals and fab architecture makes it a very attractive destination.

I think if you asked Roy and he couldn’t choose either of these he’d choose either somewhere picturesque and remote in Wales (with very very good WIFI obviously) or Cornwall (mostly for the proper Cornish pasties and even better custard).

I think that if we were to move away we’d probably move somewhere a little closer to the Yorkshire coast. A retired couple who are friends of ours have a static caravan up near Redcar, stay there all week, coming back for the odd weekend during the spring/summer to tend to the garden mostly and then come back full-time in the Winter. What a wonderful way to live!

What about you? Have you moved around? If you had the freedom to move tomorrow where would you relocate to?  




I am Good Enough

Good Enough

At this time of year, people start to think about New Year resolutions, personal goals and such-like. We’ve all done it, even if we’ve called it something else. We’ll be thinner, smarter, more sociable, we’ll work harder and generally be better versions of ourselves. This year I’m taking a step back from all of this. This year I am saying that I am good enough.

I am good enough! I’m not at my ideal weight. I’ve not reached ultimate productivity status. My hair will never be tamed. I won’t walk 10,000 steps every day. I don’t need to be better. I just need to be me.

Accepting who I am has made me happier. I’m not so bad you know. I’m a great Mum, a darn good wife and I try to be a good friend. I can be funny and cheeky. I run a successful business and I’ve set up monthly sessions to help other freelancers who suffer from isolation. I do what I can to support local businesses and community causes. I am proud of our little town. I am more mindful. I concentrate on the important stuff. I make a mean slow cooked lasagne. I can make people smile. People feel they can come to me for advice or just a hug. I give good hugs. I am kind. 

I am not simply good enough. I’m bloody marvellous! I’m fabulous and this year I’m not piling impossible expectations onto myself. This year I am saying….

Nicki… You are good enough. You do not need improvement. Have a spectacular 2018.

Try saying the same to yourself. There’s nothing wrong with striving for success, trying something new or self-improvement, not at all. Starting any of these processes with a healthy dollop of self-awareness though is important. This New Year, before you think about writing down your goals and promises to yourself and to others just at least take a minute or two to think about everything you are, can do, are all about. It can be quite the eye-opener and once you embrace all of that, you will feel blooming fabulous.



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