Decisions, Decisions

24 Apr

It’s come to the time where Josh and I can no longer have our heads in the sand about the decisions that need to be made about our future.

It’s not that we have been ignoring them totally, more that nothing obvious has turned up and it’s been better for our marriage and personal sanity not to think about it too much, especially as the job rejection letters have just kept rolling in.

But time is up. We are running out of money and so we’ve had to make some final decisions about what’s going to happen from now on.

And so the decisions have been….drum roll please… 

1. We are staying in Aberystwyth for the foreseeable future.

In the current climate getting a job in Devon and moving down south just wasn’t happening. I couldn’t even get admin jobs let alone countryside related jobs so we decided that I would stay here working in the office on a permanent contract (rather than the 2 year one I’m currently on), and Josh would look for a job here too. We have shuffled the job roles around a bit in the office which means I’ll be out doing the bookshop managing a lot more, which suits me fine and will make my job even more fulfilling.

The long term plan is that Josh will apply to go to vicar school in Cardiff (training for ordination in the Church of Wales) in one or two years, but he needs to have had a fairly long stint working in ‘normal employment’ to make his application look good, so he’ll just be looking for whatever he can get.

 I think this is a good move for us to make. I’ve always had this idea that I would leave home to go to university and then leave university and settle in my chosen permanent home, but we both love Aberystwyth, we have great friends, a great church and loads of exciting ties with NightLight and other projects we are involved in, so it doesn’t make sense just to move for the sake of it.

If there were plenty of jobs to be had it might be a different matter, but at the moment it makes more sense for at least one of us to stay on in an enjoyable, stable job even if the pay is rubbish.

2. Our second decision was to move flats.

Now, this decision I’m not so happy over. We’ve been mulling it over for a while but have been putting off acting on it because our current flat is lovely. However, although it was clean and very modern it is costing us a lot of rent money.

Now that Josh is unemployed and also has to pay council tax we need to look for a way to cut our outgoings and paying extra for a nice flat is just something that’s going to have to go.

We’ve already agreed a place in town not far from where we are now (nothing is that far in Aber). It’s alright, a lot smaller and not as nice as the place we’re in now but I guess I shouldn’t be complaining because some people don’t even have a roof over their head at all.

We’ve still got about a month and a half before we’ll move so we’re in the clearing out phase of moving – trying to pack up and give away some of our stuff because it physically won’t fit in the new flat!

So there we are…I’m glad we have finally made a decision about things and although I’m not 100% happy with how things are we can only make the best of the situation we are in and see how things pan out.

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2 Responses to “Decisions, Decisions”

  1. maureenlynn April 24, 2009 at 10:05 pm #

    Wow, lots of important decisions. Good luck!

  2. rhonda jean April 25, 2009 at 10:43 pm #

    Good luck with your new beginnings. My son and his fiance are looking for work too and it’s really tough here. It must be like this in many places. Take heart. Staying where you are will mean you’re closer to that lovely little cottage. When you’re ready for change, it will happen.

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