I’ve touched upon this subject a couple of times on my blog and across social media, but life lately has been a little crazy. 

I wanted to write it all up in a blog post and explain what has been going on over the last month or so. It has been a little hectic of late which has meant that my blog has taken a bit of a back seat as I have been struggling to find a routine in and amongst the madness. 

So, what have I been up to lately? 

James and I upped sticks and decided to move from our hometown in York to Leeds City Center. At the beginning of the year a few things that were out of our control happened and it made James and I have a proper think about what we wanted to achieve in the next couple of years. 

We have both wanted to do a massive road trip around America and so we decided to set a date and plan out a six-week trip across the USA. We thought that March 2018 was a good idea as it gave us just over a year to save and plan everything out. 

We had also talked a lot about moving cities and trying something a little different. We have both been to University and then we moved in together when we came back to our hometown of York. We thought that Manchester was a good choice as James is very musically minded and wanted to pursue something in that sector, and I am wanting to focus more and more on my blog, so it seemed like an ideal place for us both. 

We felt good, like we had a plan of action and we were excited for it to happen. However, a couple of things didn’t work out the way we hopped and after many sleepless nights and long conversations, we decided that it would be better for us to move this side of Christmas. We didn’t want to wait until we got back from America to start our new lives. We thought it would be better to move and create a foundation that we could then build upon when we got back from traveling. 

A few hiccups later, and we decided that Leeds was the place to be. James got some pretty exciting news about a new band, and I was happy to move to a more creative and fashion forward city. Although it wasn’t our plan A, we were both really excited about moving. So we scrolled through the Internet to try and find a flat that was within our budget but also in a central location. After many a stressful phone call and flat viewing after flat viewing, we finally found our dream home located exactly where we wanted to be.

It took us a couple of days to move everything across, and now we are completely unpacked and loving our new home. We both have some pretty cool things lined up job-wise, so although it has ben a little stressful, we are excited to get saving and enjoy the build up to Christmas. 

I wouldn’t necessarily suggest quitting your job, moving house, changing cities, whilst saving up for a massive trip, all on the build up to Christmas…!! But it has definitely been a learning curve, if a bit of a stressful process. 

It has been fun and exciting, and now that we’re here and becoming more settled in our new city, I’m glad that we decided to do it and take the leap when we did. 

And now that we’re in more of a routine, I have some really exciting things planned for Madolyn Thinks on the build up to Christmas, as well as for the New Year that I can’t wait to share! 

Much love, 


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