New Year, New Challenges, Same Old Me

New Year, New Challenges, Same Old Me

It seems customary, at the turn of a year, to reflect back on the past twelve months, to revel on the highs and lament on the lows.   Yet for me, looking back on the previous months, has never felt quite right – especially so with 2017 which has felt a little … well, a little none.

You see, there is nothing particularly remarkable that has happened this past year.  It has been a year where I have really fallen in love with travel and, thanks to Hair by Lauren, a year when I have finally gotten to grips with the art of a good blow dry!   It has also been a year of struggle, although nothing particularly huge and certainly nothing to cry about – or at least, not excessively.

2017 has been, ultimately, a little bit vanilla.   Beige.   Bland.

But the end of the year bought with it some impending changes.

My husband was offered a job in Devon, Totnes area to be precise.   It is an areas we know very well; my in-laws live there and we have spent so very many weekends down there.   Long walks coastal walks and excess amounts of seafood are our cup of tea so we have always felt at home there.   But it is more than the scenery; the locals are friendly.   Yes – they talk!

This may mean little to those living in the North but here in Oxford (and in London where I so often work) no-one speaks.   I have lived here five years and still scarcely know a soul out of work.  I sit in the local pub and not a sole says a word.  Sure, I know some people in my village but only as ‘Jasper’s Mum’ or ‘Moss’s parents.’  That’s the thing about dogs – they always form a bond.

I’ve never been entirely at home here in Oxford.  As beautiful as the place is, my heart longs for more variety, more landscape, and more affordable housing.

And so, as 2017 drew to a close, we decided to leave.   2018 will see us move to Devon, to pastures new but loved.

It is both exciting and a little bit daunting.

I don’t know what will happen with work for myself and I will be leaving behind some extremely good friends, although they have already offered to club together and buy a bed for the spare room so they can all stay together so I doubt I will be free of them for long.

Because of this change, I have too much uncertainty for New Years resolutions – and I don’t entirely believe in them anyway.   I’ve never been sure why a New Year needs to mean change – couldn’t tomorrow trigger the very same change?   Or a new hour?

Instead, I will be building on the changes already made in my life; embarking on a new challenge that has been weeks in the making – although I have no idea what that new challenge may be.

All I really know is that I should probably invest in a wet suit!

C x


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  1. January 2, 2018 / 10:09 pm

    What a change 2018 will being – I feel sure it definitely wonโ€™t feel beige for you. Good luck with your move!

  2. January 2, 2018 / 10:55 pm

    Wow 2018 is already bringing huge changes for you – I hope your move to Devon goes okay and that you get everything that you want out of 2018 x

  3. January 2, 2018 / 10:59 pm

    Good luck with moving to Devon it sounds like perhaps it has been whispering your name for a while and at least you know the area and a couple of people there already ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. January 2, 2018 / 11:00 pm

    Wow congratulations on making the move to Devon and as someone who lives in London but is from the countryside originally it is true that people in the city generally keep to themselves x

  5. January 3, 2018 / 4:51 am

    Glad the year had some positive notes at the end. Wetsuit shopping here you come hahaha. Good luck with the move x

  6. January 3, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    Congrats on the move, I bet that’s going to be so nice for you to move somewhere where people a more friendly x

  7. January 3, 2018 / 3:57 pm

    I wish you all the best with the move, lovely. It’s good that you are already a little bit familiar with the area and you have some connections there. Love that your friends are planning to come and visit lots too, that will be such fun! Hope 2018 treats you wonderfully. The pics in this post are gorgeous. xxx

  8. Danielle
    January 3, 2018 / 4:12 pm

    I grew up just outside of London and you are right, no one speaks. Living in Lancashire now is great, as everyone is so friendly.

  9. January 3, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    Happy New Year for you, too, Charli! Good luck with the move, I hope you will feel more welcome and at home in the new area ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Cheryl
    January 3, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    Happy New Year. 28 years ago I made the leap and moved from Cambridge to Devon, Iv never regretted it and I hope you will be very happy here in Devon too ?

  11. January 3, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    You lucky lucky thing! We’d love to live in Devon ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure you’re going to need that wetsuit – enjoy the move and don’t be too daunted x

  12. January 4, 2018 / 9:43 am

    Happy New year. Good on you for making the leap sometimes I feel like making the leap and moving to a different area but I have family near me so I get put off the idea of not knowing anyone.

  13. January 4, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    Good luck with the move and new beginnings. I am sure you will make new friends and settle in and love Devon.Its so beautiful there.

  14. January 4, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    I envy you – Totnes is lovely and so many fabulous beaches nearby. My parents are from Plymouth and my sister lived in Totnes years ago.

  15. January 4, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    Moving is stressful even if it’s to a beautiful place like Devon! I think you’re right to forego the resolutions for a while ?
    Best of luck xx

  16. January 4, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    Now that is quite the big change and I don’t think you need any resolutions! I am already jealous of the coastal walks!

  17. quitelocal
    January 5, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    A wetsuit: and a surfboard hehe Lovely part of the UK you are going to and good luck. oh and Devon custard wow

  18. quitelocal
    January 6, 2018 / 3:32 pm

    and your dog is gorgeous, looks very healthy and happy:)

  19. January 7, 2018 / 4:50 am

    Sometimes, vanilla is the best flavour. Anyhow, wish you all the best on your move and happy New Year.
    March and May

  20. glamglitzgloss
    January 7, 2018 / 4:31 pm

    Good luck with the move, how lovely that your friends are clubbing together to buy a spare bed. Sounds like you got a good group of people around you