dreaming, new horizons

Moving on (a somewhat big announcement)

June 19, 2015
Moving to London // Fiona Lynne

I left the UK right when I finished Uni, heading to Brussels for an internship that turned into a job and put me in the right place at the right time to meet the man who would become my husband. And then together we moved to Luxembourg three and a half years ago.

So I’ve been out of my home country for all of my adult years (because student years totally don’t count – we ate takeout pizza for a large percentage of our meals and tried to ignore the fact that this idyll of coffees with friends and walks on the beach and a few seriously procrastinated essays in between might one day come to an end).

But I’m about to move “home”.

You might remember, the company that Rasmus worked for closed the same month Kaya was born, making the whole team redundant. It was wonderfully perfect timing for us, honestly, and how many people get to say that about their first child being born to two unemployed parents? We recognise how ridonkuslously privileged we are.

Nearly one year later, I’m so happy to tell you he has accepted a new job that he is really excited and optimistic about. The kind of job that builds on all his experience and skills but will also be a good challenge.

And it’s in London.

So we are moving. The details of when and how are still a little unclear right now but we’re expecting to move all our things (minus the large pile we plan to sell/donate) out of Luxembourg the last weekend of July, which is scarily soon.

Here’s what I want you to know about this. I am so looking forward to living in London. It is an amazingly energetic city, and it will be an adventure. I am excited for the job opportunities. I’m excited to live in a country where I am fluent in the language. I am excited to be closer to my family (about two hours from my parents and sister!!!) I am excited by how multicultural it is and how much creativity there is, new things happening everywhere you look.

I’m also a tad overwhelmed to be moving again. Because I’ve done it enough to remember the first six months is pretty lonely and confusing. And because I have amazing friends here in Luxembourg that I hate to be leaving. And because not everything in Luxembourg feels “finished” for me, and I have to figure out how to let go. And because job applications are soul-sucking in every way but I really want a job. And because I grew up in rural Oxfordshire so there’s little about London that feels like “home” yet. (It will, I know it will).

We are sure that this is a good next move for our family. (I use the word “good”, not “right”, because I believe there are multiple paths we could choose that are good and the word right somehow makes me think there’s only one right path and then I start freaking out that maybe we picked the “wrong” one, when really, I’m not sure there’s ever really a wrong path when you remember you are Beloved and make your decisions from a place of love rather than a place of fear…)

So that is our big announcement. It is going to be a busy and heartbreaking and exciting and terrifying summer and autumn! I’ll be sharing some of the journey along the way. I’m so glad you’re along for the ride. x

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  • Christine

    I’m an American currently living in the London area, and I just wanted you to know that I’ll be your friend in London if you need one. Of course, you don’t know me at all, even though I’ve been following your blog for a while, but I’m serious about the offer, although I also won’t be offended if we never actually meet. If you do need or want a new friend in London, you can find me via my (sometimes infrequently updated) blog at findinghermione.wordpress.com. 🙂

    • fiona lynne

      Yey! I have a friend in London!! Thank you so much for reaching out! x

  • Heather Deeming

    Ooh, this is so exciting! And, as you say, overwhelming. I’ve never moved between countries, but have moved enough to know that while it’s often great, finding your feet can be daunting. We moved from central London out to the suburbs 18 months ago when our oldest was 6 months, and while it was a good move, it’s taken a while to settle. So yes, I applaud you guys for being so bold (and brave!). It’ll be well worth it, and as you say, a ‘good’ move – that Love will go before you and be with you and make a way for you! Will be praying for a smooth transition logistically, as well as good goodbyes, and some great connections in your new area. [And, as Christine mentioned, if you need another friend in London, just give me a shout!]

    • fiona lynne

      Oh thank you! I’d love that. It’s always such a treat to meet up with someone who’s just been a name to you until then! Where were you in London? And how far out are you now? We’re going to be living in Peckham.
      “Love will go before you and be with you and make a way for you!” Amen to that 🙂

      • Heather Deeming

        I dropped you an email but it only just occurred to me that I should probably mention that here, in case you were wondering why I hadn’t answered your questions! Hope all’s going well for the three of you as you get ready.

  • Sarah Joslyn

    Oh wow! Fiona, I am so excited for you guys, but I totally understand the trepidation of moving again. Can’t wait to see what comes out of all of this. xoxo

    • fiona lynne

      Thanks Sars. She Loves trip to London one of these days?! xo

  • I’m with you on the “good” path way of thinking. My husband and I are considering a move, too, from where I have lived all my life, so, yes, exciting and scary and (right, idk?). Blessings on this leg of the journey!

    • fiona lynne

      Oh the decision making process can be a hard one! Hope you finally make a decision that feels good in so many ways. Yes, exciting, scary. And the more people I tell, the more real it becomes!

  • Annie Johnson

    That’s a really great way to look at things, “good” not “right,” and I am definitely going to be using that thought process for us in the future! I am so excited for you! Kaya isn’t even 1-year-old and she is already more traveled than most adults! I just wish I was close enough to help you out… Keep us as updated as you can and hugs to you, Kaya and Rasmus!

    • fiona lynne

      Mostly I’m excited about being in the UK so that Kaya actually has a chance to get a British accent, since her mama has so clearly lost hers 😉

  • I am so thrilled for you and Rasmus, Fiona! I cannot wait to see how this plays out for you.

    • fiona lynne

      I have been following all your recent posts and photos so closely, knowing I’m about to make that same journey from the this life we’ve been living to the brand new one. I’m so excited for you too! x

  • Erin Wilson

    Excited for you!

    Please remember on your job search that you are interviewing companies, not the other way round. You bring an amazing set of skills and talents to the table, and the company you choose needs to be worthy of them. Truth.

    • fiona lynne

      Oh Erin, thank you. I needed that reminder. It already feels overwhelming to think of trying to prove my worth to get a job. If you ever transit through London, I’ll have coffee and cake waiting… x

  • So excited for all three of you as you enter this new season filled with adventure, challenge and unexpected goodness!

    • fiona lynne

      “Unexpected goodness”. Yes to that. And surely London must be the perfect place to fly through on the way to Burundi?! You and your wonderful family will always have a warm welcome. x

  • Already scheduled: meeting in person next time I’m in London! Also, I’ll be living vicariously through you from my little corner here in Seattle 😉

    • fiona lynne

      Oh my goodness I would LOVE that! (And I’m secretly jealous of you in Seattle, it looks so beautiful!)

  • cjdeboer

    So excited for you and Rasmus (and Kaya!) Fiona! Hopefully the next time I’m back in the UK I’ll be able to see you now!!

  • Hi Fiona! I have been thinking about you the last few days, so popped over to see how you are doing. It’s been a while, I guess? Your new blog design is gorgeous! Good luck with the move and the transition.