Those that know me well know how passionate I am about Scotland. I am a huge believer in Scottish Independence and I have such a love for my country to the point I never saw myself living anywhere but Scotland.
I am a proud Scottish girl and never in a million years thought I would ever leave, but then I fell in love.
If you follow me on Instagram you will probably know it all by now, but for those of you that don’t (where have you been??) I will catch you up.
Back in May I met Joe. We matched on Hinge (another new dating app!) and agreed to go out for a coffee on a Bank holiday Monday. I was convinced I would only be out for about an hour so I planned on going to a yoga class that evening. Boy was I wrong. We just got on so well and were having such a good time together that I ended up staying with him for over 7 hours!! Since then we have been pretty much inseparable. I guess when you know, you just know!
By August we were living together in Glasgow and all felt right in the world. I knew pretty early on that I had met someone really special and life wouldn’t be the same without him. It feels like we have been together for years, when really its only been just over 5 months.
After getting back from our first holiday together Joe was told his job was moving to Bristol. Getting that news was the most heartbreaking thing I have ever been told. I couldn’t believe so quickly he had to leave and move so far away. The prospect of being in a long distance relationship was heart-wrenching. How could we go from living together and seeing each other every day to going weeks being apart. He had a week to move from Glasgow to Bristol and it was the longest week. The conversations about what our future was going to look like were almost unbearable.
By the time it came for him to move we had decided to give it a month to let him settle into the new job, find somewhere to live and we could figure it all out from there. In his first week he found a flat in Bath to move into, just a short commute to work for him and a much nicer place to live in.
A month apart seemed like a lifetime to me.
It didn’t take long for that plan to fall apart, we were both missing each other so decided that I should come down sooner and spent some time there. I had already been looking at flights waiting for him to ask me to visit so I was ready to book and head down. I planned a 10 day trip as I was still job hunting, which I could do anywhere my laptop was.
While still looking for jobs in Glasgow, I decided to have a look for jobs in Bath at the same time. I ended up having more luck with jobs in Bath and ended up with a few interviews arranged while I was visiting Joe. At this point I hadn’t told him any of this until I was there and was sure of what I wanted to do.
I spent a lot of time thinking and talking to the people closest to me about what I should do while he was gone. I always knew I wasn’t going to live in Glasgow forever, but was it already time to leave? I didn’t have a job in Glasgow so had no real reason to stay in the city. Which I guess made it easier to leave if I really wanted to.
I thought the best option was to go to Bath for the 10 days, go to some interviews and see if I liked the city before I decided on anything. I had never been to that part of the world before so I had no idea what to expect.
Obviously I fell in love with Bath as soon as I arrived. It is very similar to Edinburgh where I adored living so could really see myself living here. I spent my 10 days exploring the city, spending time with Joe and doing some interviews. I managed to get a job in a coffee shop in Bath to get me started off so I couldn’t be happier. Being in Bath I knew it was the right move to make. Nothing was holding me in Glasgow so it was a much easier choice to make. When I got back to Glasgow I had 10 days to pack up and move to Bath for good.
To the outside world it seems like I packed up and moved extremely quickly, but to me it felt like a lifetime. It all couldn’t have come sooner!
For me, moving to Bath was the best thing I could’ve done for myself. Glasgow was not ever going to be my forever home, to be honest it was making me miserable. I did make some amazing friends in Glasgow, but as a whole it was not a place I wanted to be living in. Of course there are aspects of it I miss, but really I feel so at home in Bath. It is a place where I feel I fit in more. It is calm, beautiful, clean and quiet here. It is such. Relaxing way of life here and best of all, I’m with my love. Nothing could make me happier really.
Now that the move is all done and I am feeling settled here, my life can get back on track. My blog is getting some much needed love and attention again and after Christmas my business plan is coming back out and it will be a big focus of mine to make it a reality in 2020.
I am so looking forward to writing again and doing more of what I love!
Big love, from Alisha in Bath x