As you all know we came from a little town in North Wales, which is where we are moving back to today.
When we first decided to leave Wales we thought there would be so much more opportunities and adventures to be had in Liverpool, but we hadn’t moved into the city itself, only in the outskirts in an area called Bootle.
At first it was exciting to be living somewhere different – a fresh start for us all. I had also wanted to prove something to myself, which was that I could move away somewhere completely different with my partner.
At first I was nervous leaving all my friends and family behind but I thought it would do us some good, especially since I had memories of my Dad everywhere I went – I felt like I needed to escape whilst it was still a fresh wound.
When we arrived it was pure excitement, the endless things we could do as a family. We had a car in which we could travel with the children to places they have never been before. We went to the museum and the children really enjoyed themselves. It was a great family day out.
We had also gone to the Liverpool River Of Light Firework Display on the seafront which was pretty amazing to say the least, but as a few months passed things changed for us.
- The insurance for the car skyrocketed so we couldn’t afford the payments and had to give the car up, meaning we would have to either travel by train or walk everywhere.
- The train fare was expensive for us all, plus with 2 older children and two prams it was hard to get around.
- All that was left was to walk places, but there was absolutely nothing within walking distance for the kids to do besides visits to the park.
Things started to spiral downwards. The children were frustrated and bored so their behaviour worsened. Faith was getting bullied at school but the teacher’s weren’t having any of it and believed differently. This made Faith very angry and she brought that anger back home with her which ended in raised voices and heaps of stress.
Liam and I weren’t happy here either and we both got very stressed out often and felt rather down in the dumps most of the time. It was like we were totally different people than we used to be – It was even affecting the children in a negative way. We decided that we had to leave – it wasn’t doing us any good as a family. Things had to change.
We went on to look for places back in Wales but it was proving to be difficult to find anywhere until Liam’s Dad mentioned a place that was empty nearby, and that’s when we got the ball rolling and contacted the landlord directly. Even though we are moving from a house to a flat, we knew we had to do this for our own sanity and for the well-being of our family.
I hadn’t made any new friends around here which had also put a downer on my mood. I was used to simply bumping into people in the street and having conversations, but instead had nothing but the school run and to look after the children, and also talking to my partner. We became very isolated very quickly.
So what I’ve learnt about moving away is that being around family and friends is really important. You don’t realise how much you miss their company until it’s just not there anymore.
I’m glad that I proved to myself that I could move away with Liam. I was a Welsh girl at heart who was quite content with just staying in one place but I’ve learnt there is more to life than just living day-to-day standard routine.
There are adventures to be had and even though we are moving back to our home town, I still intend to make new memories, go on new adventures, and let the children enjoy a fun-filled childhood along the way.
Life is made for living and honestly despite knowing it was a mistake moving to this place at that time, we had no idea how our life would pan out.
..But we took a step in a different direction. I realised that you shouldn’t be afraid of new adventures and possible risks, and even if they seem frightening, just go for it! You only live once, and it may be the best thing you’d ever do in the end. If not, go back and start again.
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