Hello! Long time no see! You might have noticed that things have been a little on the quiet side around here of late. Not because I have fallen out of love with blogging or walking, but because things have been all go over here. As such, I thought I would drop by with a life update from The Urban Wanderer.
Where on earth did four months go?!
As I type this, I am still a bit bemused at the thought that we are now a week onto May. I am certain that there are usually four months between the start of the year and May, so wondering where that time went.
In all honesty, I have been up to my eyeballs in packing boxes and sorting. We put an offer on a house before Christmas and with a number of hoop jumps, we have come to an end. We now live in the depths of leafy south Manchester on the border with Cheshire – swanky, hey?
During those four months, a lot happened. I was on furlough from my work with Refill, my contract came to an end on the 31st March, my 39th birthday came and went in the blink of an eye. And we packed up all our belongings and uprooted to a different part of Manchester. All while keeping up with my Dutch lessons and finding time to research for my book proposal (something I will share about in another post, I am sure)
So there we have it. A shed load of things have been and gone in the last four months. It is a weird old time really. Being released from a contract back into the world of self-employment, just at a time when travel writing isn’t really that popular, and when the world is just slowing coming back to life, isn’t ideal. However, my mention of a book proposal is offering a very exciting new adventure for me. Something I have thought about here and there over the years but never really “had the time” to do anything about.
So here I am with that time. I don’t really have any excuses now, do I?
And as for the move, I have plenty of new streets to wander and places to explore. I have already been out for my first reverse commute (helpfully directed by Go Jauntly and the Routes for You feature) it has been a good start to getting to know my new neighbourhood.
I am also quite excited to finally whip out the Brompton for some bike adventures too – but it needs a good once over by a bike mechanic before I’ll be pedalling too far.
Settling into the next stage of life
Put like that, it sounds really strange, but it is actually what I am doing at the moment. A life update is sometimes just what the doctor ordered. Kick start some new stuff to get things flowing again. It is far too easy to get comfortable somewhere.
I am really excited to see what comes from all the change and to really start getting into writing again. It’s good to be back tickling the keys on my keyboard and getting creative.