Moving house – 91

PhD Life

This is the 91st entry into my weblog, since starting this in October 17 I have only missed a few weeks. Most of those that I have lost have been in the last few months. I’ll be the first to admit that my levels of motivation for writing and my PhD, in general, are at an all-time low.

It’s not that I have been spending my time lying on the sofa watching TV. I have been enjoying my life and probably spending too much time on other projects. I only have a limited supply of motivation, and I am spending too much in other places.

I don’t feel too bad about this as whenever I speak to other students or ex-students, and they always say there is a slump around the second year. I sometimes wonder if I am too relaxed with my job, but there have been points where I have been stressed and working hard, so I think that on average everything is going fine.

I have also been distracted by buying a new house, well when I say house I mean flat, and when I say buy I mean get a mortgage for 40% of the total value of the property. I am not that bothered about getting on the property ladder at the moment; renting is fine by me. But my partner wanted to, and I am relatively indifferent, so we are buying a flat! What this means is that we have spent a lot of time signing documents and scraping money together.

Luckily, over the last several years, I have become financially savvy and frugal. So for my part, I didn’t have to move much money around for my contribution to the deposit. I suspect this is part of the reason as to why I am not that bothered about the situation.

To me, the worst part about all of this is the actual moving process. I have only moved twice before, but the effort has exponentially increased each time. This is because we tend to move to slightly larger places each time and the amount of stuff we accumulate increase (by we I mean my partner); therefore, the number of things we have to move increases.

As a student, I am expecting to move at least a few more times as I settle into a career, so it is quite difficult to see this new home we are moving to as anything other than temporary accommodation.

I am looking forward to a fresh start with my working environment; this is probably the best part. But now, my partner has started packing up the room I am in so I must go and help.

Published by Louis

Spend less than you earn, Invest the surplus, avoid debt. Eat food, not too much, mostly plants

18 thoughts on “Moving house – 91

  1. I’ve heard it said that the three most stressful happenings in life are: losing a parent or partner, getting a divorce, and moving home. If it’s any consolation to you then I wouldn’t worry about losing focus on the education side of your life for a short while. Your inner drive got you to where you are and it will kick in again.

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  2. My dad was a CEO for a major company – when we were little – every time they opened a new plant we had to move to that city. I have lived all over the United States and moved around all the time.

    I love moving! As long as is stable – let me add that.

    I went to 13 schools in 12 years.

    But moving to me is awesome – is a whole new perspective and you can decorate and place all different ways and it’s a new adventure! Kinda refreshes?

    When I don’t move around like now… I have to rearrange the furniture from time to time because I get antsy.

    It starts to feel stale so I need a refresh lol

    – but I suppose with anything – it’s all how you look at it.

    Not to mention each step with be better and better.

    Happy moving!

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  3. Yes, I can reassure that there is a slump in 2nd year! But there shouldn’t be anything to worry about. A change of environment will hopefully help… all the best.


  4. As a grad, student taking on a house is a big undertaking -am impressed! Now I am interested in writing, it does not serve me well that I started skim-reading, to finish all my assigments in grad. school. Also, it’s hard for me to stick with the story once I’ve figured out how the plot will go.


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