Life turns on a dime

Derbyshire, here we come!

Hello, welcome back! By the time you’re reading this, we will be living in Derbyshire!

My study has been dismantled. Most of my notebooks, stationery, and pens are packed (apart from a carefully chosen travel kit). Old notebooks and paperwork have been shredded, various items passed on to the charity shop. My computer has been relocated to the dining table. I’ve come full circle. This is where I used to sit when my Dad and I first moved into this house, before I set up my study. Then, like now, I was surrounded by boxes.

So much has happened in the last 6 years. I try to fathom it all sometimes. A bit like The Adjustment Bureau, I do think our lives follow some sort of path that puts us where we need to be. Although this has been a great house, it’s not felt like home for me. And, as it turns out, it was just a stop gap, a milestone along the way.

I was single 6 years ago, still someone’s daughter and living a very different life. Now, I’m happily married and the future unfolding is nothing like the one I imagined back then! I have moments when I look back and can’t believe how much things have changed in a relatively short space of time. As Chris and I say many times, who would have envisaged 6 years ago that I would meet and marry a blind guy!

But then I never thought I’d be moving to Derbyshire either!

Sam Dossa is a Coach who specialises in working with individuals and leaders to help them develop their Emotional Intelligence. Starting out as a Coach in the Youth Sector, Sam branched out into business transformation.  

In today's episode, Sam talks about his move to the UK from Pakistan, the process of adjustment, as well as the impact of language issues on his self-confidence. Sam shares his approach to mindfulness and how important it is for us to connect to ourselves. 

Right at the very end of the podcast Sam mentioned his mother's suicide which happened two weeks before the birth of Sam's twins. We talk about how this affected Sam and mental health awareness. 

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Until next time, thank you for reading.


P.S. In case you’re not interested in reading about the move (some of it does get repetitive - we’ve packed more boxes, I’ve been to the charity shop … again, I’ve sold something on Facebook etc), I’m going to give it a section of its own.

Finally, we got the call we had been waiting for. Contracts were exchanged. After several more days of radio silence, an incommunicado solicitor, the phone rang. It was something of an anti-climax in the end. The briefest of calls. Contracts are exchanged on both properties now. Thanks, bye.

A short sentence but life changing. Even though I’ve been very sanguine about the whole process a weight lifted from my shoulders over the course of the afternoon as the news sank in.

We’re off to Derbyshire!

Until our house is ready to move into, we’re staying in a series of holiday lets. But we’ll be there. In the Peak District! A long held dream coming true. A brand new chapter begins. You can read all about our adventures here.

I’ve always thought that life turns on a dime (or a sixpence). A single moment or one phone call can change your life in so many ways.

As I write this we have one last day in Lancashire and one more sleep. Today we’ll tape up the few remaining open boxes, say our last goodbyes and have a takeaway from our favourite pizza house.