For those of you who’ve been following this blog, you probably know that earlier this year my partner and I took the Bold Move to upsticks from England and move to Northern Ireland.
No big deal….right?
Now this may not sound like a big deal but I suffer from severe anxiety and the concept of moving out of my home town, away from family and friends was…daunting to say the least.
One of the reasons we decided to move was the company I worked for was closing it’s office in my area and my partner had left his job as it was making him miserable. So we were in the best position to do something
We needed a fresh start and he had applied for a job in Northern Ireland and has family there (as he’s Irish), so we thought. To hell with it, let’s go!
We have 3 cats (2 elderly ladies and a thinks-he’s-a-kitten gentleman) who did not make this move easy. Though they were definitely in the thick of it.
They needed check ups and new cat carriers so they could survive the loooonnng trip.
Seriously I can’t recommend these Catit Design Cat Cabrio Carriers enough, they made putting the cats in easy, lots of space, lots of ventilation, removable food and water bowls… Love them!!
Our cats also made sure to check that the boxes I had for packing all our items were good quality and sturdy. This included chew testing, sleep testing and hide testing.
Goodbye my feathered friend
Sadly, we couldn’t bring our little budgie with us *cries* because he was an extremely nervous bird and didn’t travel well. We took the (sad) decision to find him a new home and a lovely woman who has other birds took him in so he has new friends and we’ve been told is having a grand time! 😀
Drama, drama, drama
Since this was a time we would be finding our feet, we were to move into my partner’s mum’s house while we get settled. This meant we had to downsize…on a massive scale.
We had a few short months to go through all our possessions and decide what we were taking, what we were taking but storing and what we were donating/selling/chucking.
There was a lot of strain in the downsizing and dealing with the general public while selling furniture and appliances.
Due to this, my anxiety was constantly at def-con ‘oh shit’ and I often had a few meltdowns and some crippling panic attacks.
When that happened we took a time out (which happened a lot) and re-grouped with tea and coffee and had some general chit-chat with the feline management.
We’re leaving on a
jet plane… ferry
I hate to fly and I knew our 3 indoor cats would not do well on a plane so we ended up driving (with the cats) up to Scotland to get the ferry across to Belfast and then drove down.
And damn does your ass hurt when you drive for 3 hours straight.
The ferry was only two hours. Sat in the executive suite because heck we wanted to travel in style and we got this awesome window seat over the bow of the boat.
Sky was clear, water was calm. Just what you want on a ferry crossing.
The Emerald Isles
We’ve been in Northern Ireland for 3 months now and while I am still settling in, I feel a lot better. There are some days when I struggle but overall, I am proud of doing this and managing my anxiety that on some days felt like it was going to kill me.
We get stunning sunsets, warm sunrises and our view includes mountains!
We live 10 minutes away from a beach that we’ve been to (found an awesome rock, will have to add his photo later). We’ve been to a local park that hosted a reptile event and I got to hold a pretty boa called Ruby (when I find my other camera card, I’ll add her photo!)
I have more time now so have been able to focus on my online shop (which is great since I am now in the middle of the Christmas rush) and my writing.
This means I have more time to blog, more time to plan and write and even managed to get my manuscript plotted out into its relevant chapters one sunny morning.
I still have some bad days. In truth, today is a bad day but I didn’t want to get swallowed up by my mood or my anxiety attack. So I wanted to write this post and remind myself about this adventure, and that we made the right choice moving.
Happy writing from bonny (Northern) Ireland