We’re now into 2013, Stacey and I have been back at work for two days and we’ve even managed to take our little Christmas tree down – so we now think that now is the perfect time to update this blog with our hopes, dreams and plans for the coming year.
We alluded to some big news in one of our recent posts, and this has pretty much influenced all of our other plans for the year… But after a long year of not being sure that we would be in the same city forever, it’s a complete weight off of our shoulders to say:
This year Stacey and I will be buying a house together, here in Edinburgh.
We’ve been together for more than 3 years now, and we’ve lived together for 2 and a half years, so we’re definitely not worried about committing to buying a property together. The difficulty for us, however, is that in between paying the rent on our current flat, paying Stacey’s (very expensive) law school tuition fees, my student loans repayments and other general expenses that come from living alone in a city, saving for a deposit means a lot of sacrifices in our lifestyle.
Whilst we can’t do anything about some of our outgoings, if we want to buy the house we’re dreaming of, we’re going to have to cut back hugely on our non-vital costs. That means that this year there will be no holidays to Barcelona or Paris, no last minute London trips and no expensive Valentines Day dinner at a fancy restaurant. So maybe this blog will become a bit dull – filled with our excitement at saving cash on birthday presents or how we’ve cut our grocery bill – but we think it’s going to be worth it, to finally have a house that we can call a home.
For those of you who have been following our blog for a while, you’ll notice that this also means that the threat of us no longer being in the same city is gone. It’s been a long year, but changes in my role at work, as well as a lot of communication between Stacey and I has really made me reassess what I want from my life and my relationship. I still miss my family a great deal, and my long term aim is still to be closer to London – but right now, Stacey needs to be in Scotland, and I will be with her as long as she needs to be here. It helps that I was home more regularly than ever before in 2012 (in part because work means I have a number of London based clients) and so spent a great deal of time with the family that I miss so much, but on top of that, Stacey and I are happier together than ever before and I couldn’t imagine not being with her. For all of these reasons, I’ve stopped worrying about moving down south, and now am ploughing my worries into finding the perfect first home for Stacey and I.
We also have some extra aims for the year! Stacey and I started running late last year, and we’ve really enjoyed using the couch to 5k app on our phones to get us to a stage where we actually enjoy going out for a run. We would both love to complete a competitive 5k this year, and depending on how that goes, maybe even a 10k too. Either way, we’d both like to carry on running and get some official times for our first 5k.
Stacey should also complete her second year of her LLB this summer. Unlike last year, she’ll have classwork and things to do in the summer, but by the end of it she will be halfway through the course! I am so proud of her, and am so committed to helping her through the next few years.
Stace and I are also hoping that some people will get the opportunity to come up to Edinburgh to visit us this year. Seeing as it’s doubtful that we will get far from Edinburgh this year, we hope to enjoy some holiday time showing friends around the city we live in. We’re lucky to have a spare room and a lovely flat, so we’re looking forward to spending time with some of our favourite people.
Finally, it’s only the beginning of January, and we already have two engagement cards to send and a wedding invitation to respond to, which makes me believe that 2013 is going to be the year of romance! Whilst I very much doubt that there will be a sparkly diamond on my finger by the end of this year, it does make me happy to see so many of the people I care for getting engaged and planning their weddings. I can’t wait!
So, 2013 looks set to be a big year – and I, for one, am very, very excited.Carley