House by the sea?

“Everything you ever wanted, is sitting on the other side of fear.” George Addair.IMG_8327

Recently my husband and I have been thinking about the bigger picture.  Looking at our lives, how busy we are, working our bums off for this Surrey life and really is this the best life we can be living?    Being a builder, it has been his dream to build a home for us.  A perfect fantasy that he now wants to be a reality.

It is a great idea- in theory.  Lets move out of Surrey.  Get some land, build a home and have less bills.  Preferably by the sea and within 2 hours of London. We have scrolled through right move, plot finder, small holdings websites and nothing.  It seems this dream is pretty popular.

The big draw out is the money.  We could buy something outright, be mortgage free and I could cut my work down.  Days filled of dog walking, sea watching and a slower paced life.  My husband’s work life is crippling and seven days a week of manual work is starting to take its toll.

As promising as all of the above is, I have doubts in my mind that this is a bad move.

Don’t get me wrong, we have a wonderful life in Surrey.  We have fantastic friends and our family is close by.  I adore my job and our house.  We have worked relentlessy hard getting the house to the way it is.  We bought a dump and years of love and heavy graft has made a fantastic family home.

Inheritance. A thing I don’t want to think about but I know when we are gone, the boys will have financial security from the house.  Especially the way things are going these days, they’ll need all the help they can get.

Schools.  We are blissfully happy with the boys schools and the teen two years from GCSE’s, it seems stupid to move him when he is settled.

What if it all goes wrong?  A house provides security and what if we are left with nothing?  We started our property journey at a young 21 years young and three projects on, we are reaping the benefits.  Could all that be thrown away?

Our friends and family.  Will they visit?  We have been local to our friends forever.    Kim lives across the road, my mum in our road.  Best friends who pop round for quick cuppas and walks.  Everyone lives in Surrey and everything is so convenient.  We are members of the best rugby club and can I cope without weekly wine club?

The flip side is what if it does work?  We have a beautiful home, our life is slowed down, we can have more freedom with holidays and living life a bit more.  The famous quote of “Life is too short”, plays in my mind.  We would have quality days with our friends and family.  I could breathe the sea air daily and actually have time for myself. The husband is less stressed and he can have weekends OFF.  The children are settled and happy.IMG_9151

I don’t know what the answer is but if we don’t try… My husband continues to search daily and he knows only the perfect land/ dump/ shed thing will suffice.  So if anyone knows any land with planning for sale…

If reading this anyone has had similar journeys, please let me know.  In the meantime I’ll keep you updated on our mad idea that one day may be a reality.  Who knows what the future holds, but it is there for the taking if we are brave enough.

 

The Only Way is…sun, sea and Daiquiri’s

It’s that time of year when everyone is deciding their summer holidays.  Do we stay in the UK or leave these shores?  For the past couple of years we have been holidaying in the UK.  We are seasoned UK holiday makers; from Wales to Devon, from Kent up to Inverness; you name it we have experienced it.  You can not guarantee the weather but you can be sure of activities to jam pack the week and a lungful of fresh air.  With children of various ages to entertain, potential airport chaos and often the dog, it seems easier to just to jump in the car, load up the boot and head for the hills. Continue reading “The Only Way is…sun, sea and Daiquiri’s”

Family Travel Tips (part 2)

Welcome to part two of our Travel Tips guide.  In this part I will be offering some friendly advise on going on holiday whether abroad or in the UK with our offspring, however small or tall they might be.  The first time I went anywhere with my son I immediately went into panic mode and searched the internet for advice.  You can imagine the amount of sites and info that was offered, my head almost exploded trying to take it all in. Just seeing the pages and pages of black and white from websites, bloggers and chat pages  was enough to put me off going anywhere.  So I have condensed mine and made it easy to read in the hope you will be skipping all the way to your destination. Continue reading “Family Travel Tips (part 2)”

Family Travel Tips

Having been in the travel industry for a fair few years now I have come to pick up many tips and tricks along the way.  Then after travelling with our son on various holidays I have learnt even more.  So I thought why not share my knowledge with all you wonderful people.  I’m purely going to share how to just survive the flight and maybe if your lucky throw in some need to knows for airports, but I will also be writing a holiday survival guide as a part two to my Family Travel Tips … so watch this space.

Lets begin: Continue reading “Family Travel Tips”

Where are we going again?

As the husband’s annual golf weekend approached, we decided that this year, we would bugger off too, but where to go? Not too far as we are driving after the school run and not too close, as we would like to leave surrey, and most importantly; where both mummies and kids can have fun. Rather than decide ourselves we let Airbnb guide us. A little coach house (we say little but it actually very generous) in Cambridgeshire popped up. It fitted our requirements and before we knew it, it was booked. Continue reading “Where are we going again?”

Mums can do Festivals too

I’m Mum, but I’m also 32-year-old Kim. Just because I’m now a Mother doesn’t mean I have to stop doing all the things I used to enjoy right? Life is all about balance they say, which in reality is more difficult than it seems. After having Theo, James and I became, well…BORING! We had gone from the couple who would hop on a flight for a little weekend break in say New York, or decide over breakfast to live abroad for a year or just go down the pub with friends during the day because it was a Saturday, to now…. when the best part of our week is Saturday night curry and Game of Thrones. so we decided our New Years resolution for 2017 was to say yes to more things, and start remembering the fun people we used to be. So when I got offered the opportunity to go to one of the biggest festivals in the world how could I say No.
Mum’s can do festivals to right? Continue reading “Mums can do Festivals too”

With Love From Dubai

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Although being cabin crew takes me all over the world, being a mum as well as a jet setter can take its toll. Not every trip away do I go exploring, or do exciting things… yes I’m afraid what you see in movies and TV is quite far from the truth. Currently I am sat on a Grand Hyatt Hotel sun lounger  in Dubai, Sipping on my ice cold Grand Hyatt Hotel water bottle by one of the 4 pools, in 29 degree heat wearing…(That’s   right)…TROUSERS!! Continue reading “With Love From Dubai”