Sam’s Thoughts on Leaving London

I’ve already blogged about my feelings on leaving London, and since this relationship is a partnership, I thought it would only be fair to let Sam express his feelings on the big move too. 

Sam’s photographic proof that Scarborough is beautiful. 

Sam’s Thoughts on Leaving London

After nearly twelve years away, I’m moving home to Yorkshire! I grew up in The Jewel of the Yorkshire Coast (Scarborough), but we won’t be too far away in beautiful, charming, historic, Ouse-meandering, Minster-housing, much-smaller-and-less-noisy-than-London, York. We move up there in a few weeks and I couldn’t be more excited.

London really annoys me sometimes. Well, mostly just the transport. Actually mainly it’s just Victoria Station. More accurately, it’s Southern Rail who are the absolute bane of my day-to-day life. There are other little things that frustrate me (its staggering cost of living, Oxford Street) but overall I’ve had a fantastic time living in London and I wouldn’t have changed much at all. It’s a tough place to live, sure, and it can get you down, but the opportunities it presents both professionally and socially must be almost unparalleled. I have met a tremendous amount of very special people, spent two years training at one of the finest drama schools in the world, been able to spend so much time with family who have lived close by… I have been truly spoiled, and I recognise this. 

My biggest achievement: I have survived, kept my head above water and have some great stories.

But some days London can seem hard. It’s too expensive, it feels too big, and if you don’t have a lot of money then it is easy to feel isolated from all of the world class events and excitement that is happening all around you. I just need a change. I’m getting old, as Amanda delights in telling me!

I can’t wait to live in a little house rather than an apartment. I can’t wait to go upstairs to bed! Maybe moving north won’t bring all of the answers, and we certainly don’t kid ourselves that the streets of York will be paved with gold, but we might have the chance to save a little money, a tiny bit, rather than seeing it all get sucked up by TFL. With this, who knows what we can achieve?

We will both be working mostly from home which is a thrill. I hope to take more photos, do some acting, and not have to worry so much. I think we are both guilty of this – I think all freelancers are, really. We hope that a move and change might give us a tiny bit of breathing space.

Who knows how we’ll get on and what adventures lie ahead for us. The great thing is, is that we will be doing it together. Because of this I know that everything will be okay.

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  • Oh hey Sam, nice of you to pop in! 🙂 its actually really great to have a guest appearance and I’m so excited for you both to make the big move! Bring on the posts exploring your new city! York is so beautiful, you’ll be spolilt for choice! Alice xx

    • I feel so lucky that whenever I ask Sam if he wants to blog about something, he’s usually up for it! xx

  • “we will be doing it together. Because of this I know that everything will be okay.” Exactly.

  • Ala

    Fab post Sam, you’re going to love it! I hope we can catch you both for a drink before you go! But if not, we’ll just have to come and visit! x

    • We are trying to get our act together and plan some sort of leaving drinks. I’ll let you know! xxx

  • I had a friend who lived in London and it drove her completely insane. She did it for a year before moving home to the country, where she felt so much better. Her time in London actually caused her to have dreadful eczema. I wish you all the best with your move!

    • Oh my goodness! I’m glad to hear that she’s better now. London can be utterly amazing, but it definitely has its pitfalls too, and it’s healthy to talk about them more (I think) x

  • I think it’s completely okay to hope that York will afford you a bit more freedom, in an entirely different way that London did. I wish you both the best of luck there!

  • As another freelancer working from home, I wish you the best of luck, wherever you are. We are lucky we have this freedom to move!

  • It sounds idyllic. So you’ll have an upstairs, but will you have a garden? Filled with squirrels. Who will then move into the attic come winter. Some would see this as a bad thing. These people are wrong.

    • We will have a garden and the second that our home fills with furry woodland creatures, I’ll call you asap. x

  • O my very own stairs with a bedroom up them is a dream of mine too!

    • I can’t believe we’ll have them… extra space?! We’ll have a tiny back garden too! (For a third less than we pay a month at the moment! ) x