Welcome to my monthly family roundup - a chance for you to see the person behind this UK money blog in a personal lifestyle blog post.
July has been and gone and now we are racing towards Christmas. Sounds crazy, but now we are in August it’s only four months until the festive season which will go by in a whizz.
July was a busy month as Bella finished her last year of infants (oh my goodness) and Reuben finished at one of his pre-schools. He goes to two and the other continues through the summer so he’ll finish that one just before he starts school.
It was the start of the summer holidays, Ben’s birthday, a last minute holiday for us and Ben left his employment to embark on his self-employed adventure. He had worked at the same place for nine years, so it’s going to be quite a change!
I thought he’d be so happy on his last day at work, especially after having to give 12 weeks’ notice, but he came home quite subdued. I thought he’d be buzzing, but he felt quite strange and couldn’t put his finger on it. I think perhaps the reality hit home! He’s on his own now. There’s no guaranteed pay check at the end of each month. It’s up to him to make the money and find the work constantly!
So July was a month full of highs and lows. Highs because everyone is moving onto the next chapter of their lives, well Ben, Bella and Reuben. But also lows as they all leave the comfort of what they knew behind them - infants, preschool and work.