Moving On Life Lately Title

What a year. Writing down everything for this post has made me realise just how much I was dealing with all at once. I guess that’s how life works though isn’t it? You don’t always neccessarily cope all that well, but you just have to ‘keep on keeping on’ until it gets better. And it has! Now here I am in a much more positive place, moving on and excited for the future.

Grab a cuppa and let me catch you up on everything.

I Decided to Move

Moving on life lately home sweet home card

I’ve always adored my village home but my life has changed dramatically over the past few years. I have gradually become more deeply connected to Peterborough and the travelling back and forth eventually took its toll, leaving me feeling cut off and isolated.

At the beginning of this year I bit the bullet and put my house on the market. As it was entirely self funded every bit of my time, energy and money went into making it happen. Life as I knew it went on hold.

It’s one thing to make the momentous decision to sell your house and quite another to realise that you have very little control over when it actually happens. I ended up spending months in limbo, unable to make any future plans, feeling lost and frustrated. Finally in August I received an offer which meant that I could start the search for my new home. I settled on a new build and thankfully my offer was quickly accepted.

I don’t think anything could have prepared me for how stressful the next three months were though! Endless paperwork, phone calls, bills and complications had to be managed around my day job. I spent every day feeling restless and on edge, petrified that it would all fall through. I dared not allow myself to get excited or look to the future in case it didn’t happen.

Light At The End Of The Tunnel

At the end of October I was exhausted and didn’t know how much longer I could cope with all the upheaval and uncertainty. However just like that, everything fell neatly into place. A week later I said one last goodbye to Sunrise Cottage, my home of the last 11 years and the keeper of many precious memories, and opened the door on a new chapter.

Moving on life lately holding keys

Now two weeks later here I am in my new office, writing this first blog post of what is hopefully many to come.

My gosh it feels good.

I had to say goodbye to Mr Darcy

Moving on life lately Mr Darcy

I’m going to write this next bit quickly because it still hurts to think about it too much. However it doesn’t feel right not to tell you about Mr Darcy, my beautiful big bear-cat.

Darcy was diagnosed with kidney disease last December and after a brave battle passed away in August. It was heartbreaking watching him deteriorate from a healthy, mischeivous cat to a shadow of his former self. We both did our best, travelling to the vets every week for check ups and medication. For a time I hoped that we’d got it under control, but that wasn’t how it worked out. I’m not sure I will ever accept the unfairness of it all.

Grief is a funny thing. The passing of time helps but I still have days where a sudden thought or memory of Darcy hits me and all the feelings come flooding in. I got incredibly emotional on move day knowing that I was also leaving behind the home that I’d shared with him.

To some a cat is just a cat, but Mr Darcy was my family. I’m moving on but I still miss him so much.

Moving on: The Millennial Matters Podcast

Moving On Life Lately The Millennial Matters Podcast

Whilst this was going on, Kat decided it was time to end The Prosecco Sessions Podcast in its current format. I felt quite bereft when it finished and Pippa missed podcasting too so we decided to make our own. We took everything that we’d learned from our first experience to create something new: The Millennial Matters Podcast.

Each week we tackle a new topic that’s got us talking. Everything from food and fashion, through to relationships and money, we take a look at millennial life from all angles.

We spent a lot of time planning the podcast before launch to make sure that it was just right. We’ve almost wrapped recording Season 1 and Season 2 is shaping up nicely too. It felt great moving on after the initial disappointment of our first podcast ending and we love making it. In fact we do a happy little dance every time someone lets us know that they are listening!

I’m so grateful to everyone that has supported it so far. If you’re already a subscriber thank you so much!

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Moving On – What’s Next?

So that’s what’s happened this year. Whilst I don’t like wishing my life away, I’m glad the last 10 months are behind me. Moving was a drawn out and painful process but I’m proud of myself for doing it and feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders now.

If you’re reading, thank you Oliver, Mum, Dad, Rebecca, Pippa and all my other wonderful friends for being there when I needed you and telling me it was all going to be alright x

I wrote a post back in July about how I was struggling to find the right direction for this blog. (Read it here.) Whilst I’ve been away I’ve thought long and hard about it. I even considered just closing down the blog for a nanosecond, but ONLY for a nanosecond!

There will be no huge relaunch and hopefully you won’t notice too much of a difference really! I just feel much clearer about it all now thank goodness.

So here here’s to moving on. I do hope you come along for the ride!

LovedByLaura

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I haven’t really wanted to do a happy list in a while. I think my last one was October and then… well… things weren’t great. Guess what though? I’m moving on. I’ve pulled myself together, put on my positive pants and am now VERY much ready for the December edition.

Here are a few of the things that have been making me smile recently…

A lick of paint

The Happy List - Moving On

After lots of cleaning and a thorough clear out my house has been looking a bit bare. I can’t afford to do everything that I have planned yet, but I treated myself to some decorating bits so that my lounge (or as I like to call it now The Snug) could get a lick of paint and a spruce up. Although it’s not quite ready to show you, the first coats are on. I can see my home starting to slowly take shape and become my very own in a totally new way. Not only am I moving on, my home is too.

A long time ago… Avon Beauty Connects

The Happy List - Moving On

Back in the Summer Avon asked if I’d like to guest blog on Avon’s Beauty Blog. I was completely amazed and excited by the prospect, but frustrated too because so much other stuff was going on in my life that I just couldn’t fit it in.

But that was then and this is now!

If you pop over to the Avon Beauty Blog you’ll find that my first post is now up – it’s an easy, sparkly makeup tutorial. I AM SO PROUD RIGHT NOW I COULD BURST!!! *Ahem.*

I get by with a little help

Mum

We may bicker constantly (there have been plenty of ‘Arrgh mum stop nagging me’ moments recently) but deep down we both know she means well and can always be counted on for her never ending support (and painting/cleaning skills!). Thanks Mum!

I get by with a little help from my friends

The Happy List - Moving On

The Happy List - Moving On The Happy List - Moving On

I’m not the sort of person who cries very often or even really likes to open up and talk about feelings, but my friends have made it really easy for me to talk things through when needed and given me some absolutely stellar advice. They’ve also had me laughing so hard sometimes that I’ve had tears rolling down my cheeks. Thanks girls, you’ve been amazing! xxx

Lucky Sunday

The Happy List - Moving On Ombar Chocolate

Speaking of friends, I saw stacks of them last weekend at a meet up that my two incredibly talented friends Pippa and Sophie organised. Not only did I learn lots from the guest speakers, but I won a photography day with Jessops (which I’m sure I’ll report back on once I’ve been) and a selection box of chocolates from Ombar.

Oh.
My.
Days.

This chocolate uses raw cacao and all natural ingredients. I’m working my way through the range which include some truly scrumptious and unusual flavours. My favourites so far are the Goji Berry and Strawberry Mylk chocolate bars and the Cocoa Mylk Buttons.

The Happy List - Moving On Ombar Chocolate

Proper Coffee and Gadgets Galore.

Remember my Christmas wishlist post in which I said my dream ‘money no object’ gift would be a Sage Appliances Coffee Maker? Well the lovely team invited me along to have a go at being a barista for the night using their range of coffee machines. There will plenty more on that in an upcoming post, but as this is my happy list here’s a sneak peek of me in my happy place – making a cuppa!

…and with that I’m off to make a coffee. How fitting! 🙂

LovedByLaura

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