After finishing sixth form, I decided not to go to University, unlike the majority of my friends. I didn’t like the thought of choosing my lifetime career at the age of 18 when I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted to do as a job. I didn’t want to waste 3/4 years of my life doing a course for the sake of it, just because it was the next step to take after sixth form. After humming and harring about what to do, I ended up making the most spontaneous decision I’d ever made, and moved almost 300 miles away to London!
Once my exams were over, I made the most of my summer and time with my friends before the big move. I come from a very close family who all live in the same estate so when it came to the time I had to leave, it was very difficult. I’d never had a job before but went job hunting the day I arrived in London and managed to get myself employed straight away. I went from being an 18 year old student living with my Mam, to living alone in London working full time.
I used to think that I might regret not going to University however, at the point I’m in in my life I’m now grateful for the decision I made. Working full time from leaving Sixth Form meant that I’ve had my own money to do with what I like, and in my case I chose to buy myself a car, open an ISA and start saving. I wanted to know that if there was anything I needed in the future, I’d be able to get it for myself with the money I was putting away each month. I was with my boyfriend for just over 2 years when we decided to buy a house together. To some people this may sound like a big step, quite soon into the relationship but to everyone who knows us it was the right time.
After viewing around 20 different houses, we finally found the one! Whilst being shown around the house, we both got that feeling inside of us and we just knew. I could picture us living in the house and making it our own and spending years living there. We made the decision when looking to buy a house, to get the biggest one we could afford so when we start a family we don’t have to up and move.
Everyone told us that buying a house will be the most stressful thing we will ever do. Luckily for my boyfriend I was the one who dealt with the estate agents and solicitors and I actually handled it all quite well. I’m not the type of person to have sleepless nights and get stressed about things which aren’t the end of the world. If there is a solution then I do not worry!
Paying bills, paying the mortgage, getting the food shopping in, cooking all of the food I suppose isn’t exactly the party life most 21 year olds would be living. However, moving into our house has been the best thing I’ve ever done. We both work full time to pay for the house and everything in it which some months can be a struggle. However, neither of us have missed out on anything with our friends because of this. We didn’t want buying a house together to mean we will have to decline holidays and weekends away and nights out with our pals. We want to enjoy our lives while having a beautiful house to come home to, which is exactly what we have been doing.
I’ve always loved the thought of having my own place to decorate and fill with Buddhas and have everything to my own taste. My pointless trips to Ikea are no longer pointless and I have my own house to fill. I think the difficult part we have found so far has been wanting to do everything straight away. We have decorated and furnished the full downstairs. But I have so many ‘interior inspo’ photos saved on my phone which I’m keen to put to use for the upstairs. I just need to realise that everything will come together in time and there is no need to rush into redoing everything at once (unless we win the lottery).