Why I swapped the Caribbean for Cromer

So this is what happened… (you might like to read to the end)

The past year has been a rollercoaster of disastrous events.

Last June my husband was made redundant. Because of a legal wrangle, there was no redundancy pay. It was devastating – what would become of us?

We decided to sell the house – it was a huge wrench and we were heartbroken.

There were no jobs in the UK and he was forced to take a job in Grand Cayman in the Caribbean; there was no option.

We left our teenage sons at home. What terrible parents everyone must think we are.

It was very hot in Cayman and we could no longer pursue our hobbies of walking and cycling for fear of dehydration; it was so limiting.

At Christmas, the buyer pulled out of our house sale, a day before exchange. Things were going from bad to worse – how could they do that to us at that time of year?

We decided to cut our trip short and come home to England because my husband’s mother had become unwell. Could anything else possibly go wrong?

When we got home he was offered a new job, and he works away a lot. I have a lot of time alone to sit and wonder why nothing ever goes right for us.

So this is what happened…

The past year has been a rollercoaster of fantastic opportunities.

Last June my husband’s job was made redundant. Because of a legal wrangle, there was no redundancy pay. We had to think differently and chose to believe it was going to be our finest hour.

We decided to sell the house – we were ready for a complete life reinvention.

There were no jobs in the UK and with unbelievable good luck he was offered a job in Grand Cayman in the Caribbean; how fantastic was that!

We left our teenage sons at home. They rose to the challenge and looked after themselves confidently – the eldest one decided to go travelling too.

It was very hot in Cayman – too hot to pursue our usual hobbies so my husband took up kite-surfing and I did several online courses that I’d wanted to do for ages. It was freeing.

At Christmas, the buyer pulled out of our house sale, a day before exchange. This was disappointing but it wasn’t the buyer’s fault, just an unfortunate set of events.

We decided to come home to England because my husband’s mother had become unwell. It brought home to us the importance of family, and despite living in ‘paradise’, we wanted to be near our loved ones.

When we got home he was offered a new job, and he works away a lot. I have space to pursue new interests and I often dwell on how lucky we are.

As William Shakespeare said: ‘There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.’

Until next time,

Sarah, Being Lois

ps It’s good to be home!

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