So, here’s the skinny-mocha-choca-cappucino – I am very pleased to say that Max and I are moving in together… and in doing so, will be relocating back to my hometown, Manchester! 😀
Today, I handed in my notice with my employer, and officially kicked off arrangements for moving back home.
It’s a bit of a bold decision, as neither of us have yet secured new employment to go to in Manchester, though both of us have been casually applying for roles since around September, and so this is not something that we’re rushing in to – after a few near misses, we figure, why make things complicated for employers, simplify our situation and we’ll no doubt enjoy success with interviews and role placements etc.
As I am on a rather lengthy seven week notice period, we figured that too was probably working against me, so it’s great to now have a final date to be able to provide employers, again, simplifying the situation. After seven years, four months and fourteen days (yup, I started off there as a wee bairn on 13 Sept. 2004), my last day at Ticketmaster / Live Nation Entertainment will be Friday 27 January 2012.
Incidentally, if anyone reading this in Manchester is currently recruiting (especially in the live entertainments or accounting industries) – please contact me for a copy of my CV!! 🙂
Max and I will be renting a city centre apartment in due course, and we’re both MEGA-EXCITED about the relocation, which will hopefully happen on Saturday 28 January 2012.
We’re already in Manchester for a pre-Christmas visit between Monday 12th and Thursday 16th December, and then travelling back up to stay in the uber-classy 4* Mint Hotel over Christmas, enabling me to spend Christmas with my family for the first time in about 9/10 years!
If any pals from Manchester want to catch up during this period, or after the relocation, that would be fantastic, and if anyone is possibly able to help us out, in any way, big or small, during the move (likely Saturday 28 January), then we would love you FOREVER!!!
Leaving London will still, however, be sad for me; it was the first place where I really felt that I had a real friendship base behind me, and, with some folk, I have been through a lot with them. I don’t think I’ve ever made my love-hate relationship with London a secret, and so I’m sure to many this won’t really come as a surprise. Over time, I’ve beaten it down to next-to-nothing, however, why settle and endure tolerance when you can readily have love – which is how I feel about my hometown! Even better, there are FAR fewer Tories up north!! 😉 I will, of course, make sure that I see anyone who wants to meet up before the move, and of course, our as-of-yet-non-existant couch is always open to folk who fancy a visit up to us in Manchester! I sincerely mean it when I say that I would not want to lose touch with anyone!
I always said as I was going through College that when I was 30, I hoped to be in London, and with the beginnings of a successful career behind me. I am very proud that on June 30th 2007, at the age of 21, I made that happen, owing to my then boss (and now Financial Controller) spotting my talent at work, and that now, at 26 years old, I feel satisfied enough with my achievement to know that I’ve fulfilled my ambition, and can confidently walk away from it, back to the place I’ve always called home.
The thing that I am going to miss most of all, of course, are the West End shows! Although I will try to get down as much as I can to see shows, the fact that I’ll now undoubtedly be paying for them (in addition to hotel and train costs), means that I fear the number of occasions may, regrettably, be much diminished (though feel free to send me comps and offer me sofas to sleep on!! ;)). All that said, the West End no longer excites me as much as it once did, something which I recently covered in my editorial piece. I am FAR more excited about the touring circuit at the moment, as producers finally seem to have woken up to the notion that regional theatre can also be a big money earner, and thus the quality of productions has shot up immensely in my opinion. If anyone happens to work in theatre in Manchester and again wishes to get a blogger/reviewer on board, please do get in contact!!
In all of this, the most important person to thank is Max – it’s great that he wants to move in with me, and even greater that he’s prepared to uproot his life, and move 200 miles from Bristol all the way up to Manchester, pretty much just on the basis of a short 4 day trip in August, and on my assurances. I know that he’s happy to make the move, and not just doing it for me, but it really does mean a lot to me that he’s prepared to make this incredible leap of faith – leaving family, friends, his job and such, behind.
Oh, and by the way – if you think that you’re going to miss me THAT much (and let’s face it, you totally will! :P), you could totally keep up with my adventures via my social media sites – feel free to Stalk Me!
This song seems an apt way to end the post – thank you very much for your interest in what is going on in my life, and I am very much looking forward to the slightly daunting adventure ahead! 🙂