I hope you’re well. Today’s blog post is a little different, as I usually try to write something useful that I’ve learnt from my time in France. There are many more blog posts like that on the way, but it’s been a while since I’ve written an update on what Chris and I are up to, so I thought it might be a good time to do exactly that!
Chris and I arrived back in UK about two weeks ago and it’s good to be back. Yes, it’s been very cold and wet, but for the first few days I kinda liked the cold. It actually felt a little refreshing after months and months of sunshine and intense heat! That’s wearing off a little bit now though.
In previous years we have rented properties when we’ve come back to England, but as we are usually only home for a few months it’s been difficult to find somewhere decent to stay. This year we are housesitting through Trusted Housesitters and are currently looking after a house and two lovely cats. Even just a week into our first housesit, I wish we’d found out about it sooner. It’s a fantastic idea and perfect for anyone that has a seasonal lifestyle or travels a lot.
I’m sure some people wonder why we choose to travel back to the North of England every winter. Christmas in St Tropez does sound enticing, but we have some great things planned while we’re home. We’ll be celebrating our wedding anniversary in Morocco, which is a country that has been on my must visit list for years. There’s a family holiday that I’m obviously looking forward to more than Chris; my family get togethers have been more than a little rowdy since my sisters all had children! It’s wonderful and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Then we have Christmas, which is literally my favourite time of year. Since we met Chris and I have spent time at Christmas volunteering for a homeless shelter in Manchester and it’s become an integral part of Christmas for us. It’s a way of giving back, helps us to be grateful for what we have and reminds us what Christmas is really about.
I’ve talked a lot about the benefits of seasonal work in other blog posts, but one of the biggest and most obvious downsides is not having a permanent job. This may not be a problem for everyone, but if you’re looking to buy a house, as we are, then having regular income is essential. Unless you’re lucky enough to be taken on by the same company each winter, you will need to start looking for work as the season draws to an end. I have been doing exactly that and hope to start work soon.
I am also studying a fascinating course in nutrition and by next summer will be a qualified nutrition & lifestyle coach. I plan to work mainly online, with clients in both France and the UK. I’m looking forward to a new challenge, having figured out how to balance my love of the Cote d’Azur, my need to visit my family regularly and my desire for a fulfilling career while also supporting my husband’s career in France. It may not sound like the worst problem, but it’s been an issue for me for a while and I’m relieved to finally have a solution.
Anyway, I’d love to hear from you. Have you spent time moving between different countries for work or another reason? How did you make it work for you?
You can register for house sitting at www.trustedhousesitters.com and use our code RAF272526 for 25% off the registration fee.
If you’re interested in volunteering at Lifeshare Manchester over Christmas, you can find out about the amazing work that they do at www.lifeshare.org.uk