So the day has finally come... we have left Exeter!
It seems fitting that our life in Exeter is drawing to a close just as the world prepares to leap into the next decade.
I'm not going to harp on about how formative the last ten years have been, needless to say, they have. They've contained dramas, highs, lows and challenges I couldn't have even imagined when I left university fresh-faced and hopeful, ten years ago. But, I wouldn't change a thing.
Our life in Exeter was a mixture of brilliance and perseverance, with both Sean and I facing personal and professional challenges, but we came through them, stronger and more determined to play the hand that fate dealt us for the best possible outcome, and I think we did.
Along the way, we met some incredible people, and made, what I hope will be, life-long friends. We had some fantastic experiences; regularly singing in one of the most beautiful Cathedrals on the planet, swimming with the fish at beautiful Orcombe Point (Exmouth), and exploring the wilds of Dartmoor.
I was so reluctant to start a new chapter in my life, moving to Exeter; I spent the first 18 months of my time here figuring out how to get back to my home county of Kent. And then, when the possibility of moving popped up, I suddenly realised how much I have grown to love Devon, and how badly I wanted to stay. It has everything, great beaches, rolling countryside, (mostly) lovely people, good food and the best chilled out vibe around.
I'm so glad that we made the move down here, and so thankful to Sean for putting up with my moaning, coaxing me to see the brighter side of our life in Devon. Despite my misgivings, it turns out that we've had a great time here. And although there have been some tricky times, overall, it's been great chapter.
But as with every chapter, our time in Devon has drawn to a close. I'll always treasure the memories we've made here. Now it's onto Oxfordshire, the next chapter and the next adventure!