I need to get better at this! Each time I’ve tried to start a blog there’s been a different reason for it..this time though, yes there’s another reason but I’m really gonna try my best to keep it up!
Last time I started was because I was embarking on a new journey to Canada (Sorry I didn’t keep you posted!).. it was the most amazing time of my life-however it was extremely expensive (I was always broke!) buuuut I’d say the Summer was a lot better-I’d advise everyone to go at least once in their life! I will be posting a link to another post detailing what we got up to throughout the seasons!
Now I know it sounds cheesy and cliched, but the one thing I never ever expected to find in Canada was the man of my dreams.. but I actually did find him and we’re still together! I was actually living with his sister when we met, it was the night before he flew to Mexico for 3 weeks and I happened to bump into him and his sister when they were starting their night out-we went for some drinks, but both myself and his sister agreed we weren’t going ‘underground’ and we were going home by 11pm. Fast forward to the early hours of the night and we were dancing like absolute idiots in Buffalo Bills doing the sprinkler! Apparently we even shared a little smooch that night outside..but I was definitely way too drunk to remember that! haha. I have never laughed so much as I did that night! And then he was gone for 3 weeks 😦
As soon as he was back though we all went out for his sisters birthday and have been inseparable since! Within 3 months we had our own place together in Whistler and had the most amazing Summer together! I knew after the first night together that he was the one for me. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had our ups and downs-in the early Whistler winter days we definitely hit a few speed bumps, mainly due to the fact that both of us had been single for so long, we weren’t really used to thinking about someone else and both partied pretty hard…but everything that happened in the early days and all the lessons we’ve learnt has definitely made us stronger. I think we both knew that this was different, something more than just a Whistler fling.. we had such a great Summer but it was weird thinking about the ‘real world’ and what we were gonna do..I was adamant about London as I did really miss it in Canada, but then when I realised what we could get for our money up in Manchester it just didn’t compare-we were going to move up North!
First off though, I had to clear my debts. I got offered a job in Turkmenistan with a previous company and although I love working for the company and with the old team, it really was the worst job of my life! It was an extremely tough job anyway, but on top of that the country was pretty brutal too and it meant that Ollie and I were apart for 6 weeks-he was still in Canada and I was 12 hours ahead in Turkmenistan. That job was physically and mentally exhausting. I was on my knees by the end of it and was very ill after I came back. However, I did end up clearing my debts! 🙂
Ollie and I both landed back in the UK and then it was time for us to start looking for places and jobs up north. To start with it was really brutal and disheartening. I ended up taking a job in London so I was earning money, I really enjoyed the job and loved the team, but couldn’t get back into the London headspace of being very chaotic and fast paced constantly-I enjoyed it a lot more when I was single that’s for sure! Ollie struggled to find work to start with and we both found not living together, back with our parents and commuting to each other each weekend was really tough…
But as I came up for 10 days just before Christmas, on the last day of my London contract, I got a call and was offered a long contract on an awesome job up in Manchester! Ollie had also started training in his new job too and we were both getting so excited about our future together again, everything just seemed to be falling into place..
During my time with Ollie’s family up North I was looking at flats for us. After a few days, I found our dream flat and called to view it the next day. I viewed it, loved it and said we’d take it.. Ollie hadn’t even seen it before we moved in but he trusted me, luckily he loves it! We signed it just before Christmas and that was it-moving date 2nd Jan! Everything was set, a huge weight off of our shoulders, so we could just focus on having a great Christmas with our families. I had such a great Christmas with my family-my brother was back from America and it was just so lovely 🙂
So that’s the back story…now for the real reason of this post…as I say it’s been a real time of change!
I am loving life up north! Honestly I think it’s been the best move I’ve ever made. We moved to Chorlton and the house is now finally a home 🙂 There’s so much to do in our area-bars, restaurants, the whole lot-everyone is so friendly and I’m getting involved in the community. We went to some meet ups (much less strange than the London ones!), including a pub quiz and ended up making a group of friends! Ollie even plays footie with the boys! It’s so nice having friends up here! 🙂
I have also joined a local gym, literally down the road from me. It’s called Little Box Gym and the owner Sarah is so lovely! She runs the gym with her Mum and Nan-they never stop bless them! Such a lovely community feel to it-met some awesome people there too. A couple of weeks ago I got added into a whatsapp group for boxfit, and thought it was to schedule some more hardcore classes for a group of us. Turns out, I was wrong! I went to the gym one night and was chatting with Sarah and she was like ‘are you ready for this, it’s gonna get intense!’ I said yeh.. she then proceeded to tell me the actual reason behind the whatsapp group.. we’re doing an 8 week fitness regime here to build up our fitness levels, we then submit our team and go through an 8 week bootcamp with a professional boxing coach and then.. FIGHT NIGHT!!! We’re going to do a pink collared (just girls) boxing match for charity! I can’t wait! There’s a team of us training-we’re called the Lunachicks 🙂 I’ll keep you up to date with our antics on here, I’m excited to see how far I can push myself and am absolutely up for the challenge! I love having a new project 🙂 It’s also a great stress buster too 😉
I used to always be a very anxious, restless person and for the first time since I can remember it has now subsided. I feel settled. I feel good. Everything has just slotted into place, I just feel this is where I’m meant to be. I don’t have that little on edge voice anymore. I’m excited about what the future holds and can’t wait to see how far I can go with my fitness and to put more roots down here. I’m even more excited for June-when I can decide what’s next for me 🙂
Until next time! xx