I wanted to write a quick post to share some thoughts about my move today, mainly because I’ve got a lot to process at the moment and getting things down in writing can be very helpful. I also like to keep followers of this blog updated, and hopefully this post will be of interest to at least some of you.
There’s a lot to think about when moving (actually, someone was saying to me this morning that he can’t think of anything more stressful than moving home), but I don’t really feel that stressed. I think it’s because today I’m just meeting the landlord’s representative at the flat to pick up my keys, rather than moving all my belongings (more about that below). I will, however, be sleeping in the new place tonight. The thing that’s causing me the most anxiety today is meeting my new flatmates, because although I was told they are friendly and quiet, you never know how you’re going to get along with people.
I was thinking about who might be able to help me move my belongings from my previous accommodation to the new flat, and decided to call the pastor of a church I used to go to. I thought it would be a good opportunity for a catch-up, and also felt he would be a calming presence at the old flat where there is always the risk of my neighbour causing trouble. He said he should be able to help, and that he might be able to find someone to come with us and help move the boxes as well, which would be brilliant.
I want to give a quick shout out and thank you to Rebekah from the blog Bread of Life, who said she knew some people in London who might be able to help with the move. I’m very grateful, Rebekah, for your generous offer! Also, thanks to everyone who left a comment offering prayer support, including David, Julpha Jean, Ryan, and everyone else. Thank you also if you didn’t comment, but sent positive thoughts and prayers. I’m very grateful for all of you.
In other news, I’ve finished the first draft of my business plan for Tealight Books, and have also been working on a cash flow forecast and another budgeting document. I’m not sure whether I mentioned this already, but I’m applying for a small government-backed loan which will hopefully provide some funding while I am establishing the business. I’ve already had a phone conversation with a business advisor, and he will be giving me some feedback on my business plan next week.
If there’s anyone reading this who is thinking about writing a book, or is in the process of writing a book, do drop me an email via the Contact page and perhaps we can have a discussion about some of the ways I might be able to help with you with the book publishing process. I plan to start working with other authors fairly soon. Also, it would be great to connect with readers of this blog on my newly created Tealight Books Instagram and Twitter pages, if you feel inclined to connect with me in that way.
Having lived alone in a one bedroom flat for the last five years, today marks quite a change for me. I honestly never thought I would leave the flat where I’ve been living. I loved it, and feel in many ways it was the perfect home. But the problems with my neighbour, and the housing association who own the property, proved to be too difficult to overcome, despite my best efforts and a lot of patience. In situations where someone is abusing you (in my case it was my neighbour’s emotional abuse), you can do your best to improve things for some time, but if it is starting to affect your wellbeing, and the authorities are unwilling or unable to take action, sometimes the best thing you can do is GET OUT. Yes, you will be leaving behind a lot of ‘stuff’, and you may be very attached to your home and your area, but the world is large and the future holds infinite possibilities, so peace of mind should always be your primary consideration.
I want to thank my blogging friend Yari Garcia, who recently told me about her escape from an abusive situation, and hearing her story was a great encouragement to me. She literally packed a suitcase and jumped on a plane. Incredibly brave and inspiring.
No doubt I’ll be back soon with an update concerning how I am settling in. I hate to ask again (because we’re all busy people), but ongoing prayers that the move goes smoothly would be very much appreciated. Take care, friends, God bless you, and I’ll catch up with you all soon.
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