Monday marked the one-year anniversary since I packed up my life in Aberdeen and moved back home to Gourock. I moved with virtually no savings, no job to go to and it was back in with the parents. At the time I remember being embarrassed that living independently after university hadn’t worked and that having to move home meant I had somehow failed, looking back now I realise that in fact it meant the complete opposite.
Moving home a year ago was the best decision I could of made at that time in my life. I was completely skint, living pay-cheque to pay-cheque and after rent and bills I barely had money left for food or socialising (hence the running down of my savings). I was in a job I didn’t particularly like in a company where I hated the work culture. I was miserable to say the least. The only good thing at that point was my amazing group of friends.
When I look back at everything I have achieved in the year since I moved I can’t quite believe it. I am currently working two jobs, which I absolutely love, as well as running my freelance business on the side. My savings are up meaning I have booked my first weekend away abroad in years with friends and don’t live paycheque to paycheque. I actually kind of love living at home and though plan to move out again next year, due to the travel time to my jobs currently, it hasn’t been as horrible as I thought it was. I have also got back in the blogging ways of life and have made some amazing life-long friends because of that.
This past year taught me that it’s okay to fail. Failing isn’t a negative or a sign of weakness, it tells you you tried and just because it didn’t work out doesn’t mean your next plan or adventure will.
Life is an adventure and you never know when an opportunity is going to pop up. Moving home was the scariest thing I had to do in that moment a year ago and now I am so glad I took the leap. So that would be advice to pass on from my learning’s of the past year – Take the leap, it’s petrifying but I promise you it will be worth it.