It’s been 1 year since I moved out and what a whirlwind of a year it has been! It feels so strange sitting down to write this post, it feels like I have only been in my little flat 6 months let alone an entire year. I have had so many up’s and down’s while I have been here. If you are just joining me now go and read this post first then pop back!
LET’S REWIND A YEAR!
So back on Thursday 24th May 2018 I made my biggest step to date. I packed up as much as I physically could into Lasharna’s car and headed for the estate agents to pick up the keys to my first flat.
I was super excited to unpack and get everything organised (shock). Especially after buying furniture and new homeware shiz that had been sat in my massive pink Ikea bag for two weeks waiting to be unpacked!
Don’t get me wrong, the nerves were creeping up on me when I thought about living alone and relatively far from all my family. Although it was THE best thing for me moving out. That being said, I was still nervous to not be living with my brother, sister, mom anymore. Even though things were super rough at times, it’s all I had ever known so I was a lil scared.
I was so upset to leave my little dogs Dolly and Lola behind. I miss them so so SO much. I’m very grateful for the updates/pictures from Beth on George. I remember when I left I had to just say bye to them quickly otherwise I would have burst into tears!
SO HOW DO I FEEL A YEAR ON?
I LOVE IT! After the mix of different emotions initially. I can honestly sit here and say I love it. Sometimes I still have to pinch myself when I think about how far I’ve come in this past year. I’d like to think I have grown up, become more mature haha. My mental health has improved, that being said I do still have my bad days but that’s okay. I’ve also learnt SO much over the past year (you can see what I mean in this post).
I feel a lot more settled now that I have moved out. In the run up to the move I was at Elliott’s a lot, like A LOT! While I’ll always be super grateful for having that escape when things were hard at moms, I was never settled. I would be living out of the 3 bags I had lumbered over to Elliott’s. It’s fair to say our relationship was tested (were so much better now btw)!
Well, that is a very good question and one that I can’t really give a straight answer to. I’ve lived in my flat a year now, originally my tenancy agreement was 6 months. I haven’t got a plan set in stone with my landlord (he’s pretty chill) about if I’m here for another 6 months or another year.
Ideally? I want to be out of this flat by December 2020. That’s in no way because I don’t like it. I just need more space, I have SO much stuff! It’s not even that I need the space for makeup either. It’s for mugs, yes you read it MUGS! I don’t have enough kitchen space. It’s little things like wanting a bigger fridge/freezer, more cupboard space, a bigger wardrobe. So by December 2020 I’m out of here! If not before!
WHAT WOULD I CHANGE ABOUT MY CURRENT LIVING SITUATION?
Honestly? THE RENT! I knew what I signed up to the minute I started looking, me and my dad worked out what I realistically could afford to pay. Don’t get me wrong, for the place I have and the location it’s a really good price. However, when you then add on ALL the other bills and then the food shopping usually for two people. It’s really not cheap. It makes me a little sad sometimes when I actually deep what I’m left with after all of the outgoings but I just remind myself how much happier I am because of it. You really can’t put a price on happiness!
ALL IN ALL…
It’s been 1 year since I moved out and I’m so content with everything regarding my little flat. Apart from the fact that I haven’t found the perfect rug (if you know any good places, hit your girl up pls!), or managed to get any artwork for around the flat. I’ll get round to it eventually… she says.
The past year has been amazing, while I’ve had up’s and down’s which is expected. I am so grateful to be in a position where I can live on my own. Have my own little space to decorate, light as many bloody candles as I want, buy whatever I want from Aldi haha and just be HAPPY! None of which would have been possible without the help of my dad and stepmom so thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!