New beginnings in Oxford

It feels like I have had so many new beginnings, over the last three years my life has changed so much and been in a state of constant change. Recently though, it seems most of these changes will be more permanent fixtures which mean I can start planning for the future; quite an alien concept to me.

Three years ago I worked for a company that made me miserable, and lived at home with my family, I knew I wanted to make move and grow but I had no clear structure of how. I grew up in a nice area but I’ve always been really ambitious and wanted more than what little old Gloucester could offer me. I’m also quite a free spirit and I would have gone anywhere a good opportunity took me, whether in the UK or around the world. Then I met my partner, we knew each other already but mostly kept in contact online, so we decided to catch-up in person for the first time in years. Over a few months, we got into a relationship and started planning a short-term future. She lived in London which was a three-hour drive from me, so the plan was for me to find a job in London so that we could be closer.

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We both love to travel and so we went to Spain and Iceland together and she took her own trip to Miami and I went to Kenya. One thing I have always been quite certain on is my career, I work in marketing in the travel industry and knew that at least one of the two had to remain a part of my life. Before I’d had a chance to apply for jobs in London the perfect vacancy came up at a great travel company in an area of England I’d never heard of. It’s based in a teeny Cotswold town outside of Oxfordshire. I decided to go for the job and got it which still worked with our plans; it meant my partner and I were an hour closer, as Oxford was pretty much in the middle of the two of us.

 

After a year of commuting to work and doing long-distance at the weekends to London, my partner got a new job in Oxfordshire and we could finally live together. We rented the most beautiful two-bedroom cottage with a garden and allowed ourselves the luxury of time, something we’d never had before. During this year we went to Saint Lucia, Devon and Thailand and I went to India and the USA with work, so the year went past incredibly quickly. The area was quaint and beautiful with sandy Cotswold-stone cottages everywhere, but when our year started approaching this August we decided small-town life wasn’t for us, so we found an apartment in North Oxford about a five-minute drive to the centre instead.

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We moved into the apartment just a week ago and are currently living without the internet, a sofa and a lot of furniture! I do actually feel really settled for the first time in years though because I am loving the area we live in. With the cottage, although it was beautiful, we always knew was a temporary fix. In the new place, I could see us living here until we have enough to invest and buy a property, (which in this expensive part of the country looks to be around two-four years).

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It’s an unusual feeling for me to not have a change of plan lined up anytime soon, but a welcome one all the same. Oxford is a great place to live with amazing architecture, arts and culture – all things I love, I am excited to get involved in some things around here and make the most of living in such an interesting place.

Rouge x

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