My Life’s Belongings in a Storage Unit!


So, today is the day. I recently made the decision to give up my expensive rented flat in Oxford, because it was draining my finances are not leading me to where I wanted to be. I knew that I wanted to travel the world, and condensing and packing away my worldly goods into a storage unit was the first step towards this.
storage unit
All of my belongings that I have been collecting for 35 years will go into storage unit at the big yellow storage unit in Oxford. Yes, 35 years of stuff condensed into a 25 m² foot locker! When I opened the storage unit for the first time, I looked at it and thought to myself, ‘I can’t believe that my whole life is going to end up in this room!’
It is difficult to pack away everything that you own and give up something that you have worked hard for. You find so many old memories as you go through boxes of paperwork and bric-a-brac. Yet condensing all of your belongings is actually quite liberating.
I know that I’m doing the right thing, since there have been a lot of changes in my life recently, which have made me realise that now is the time to do what I’ve always wanted to do. Illness in my family has proven to me that time is precious and you always cease the moment and make the most of life.

My mum was ill with a back condition and ME for a long time. It took us six months to move her out of the big old house in Wolverhampton to a wonderful modern two-bedroom apartment in Oxford nearer to my sister. Sheltered accommodation meant that my mum had 24 hour care if she needed it. For the first time in years I do not need to worry about my mum anymore.
The death of my wonderful Jack Russell terrier Milo in February broke my heart. I spent 10 wonderful years of my life with him living in many cities – Manchester, Liverpool, London, York and Oxford. He was by my side constantly during this time. But during his older years, he became ill with a heart condition. It was difficult for me to go abroad as I would not leave him at this crucial time.
Now Milo has left this world, but he would not want me to sit around and mope. He was so full of vitality. I want to take a leaf out of his book. I am young (relatively) and without family worries or responsibilities in the UK. It is a fantastic time for me to be free and fly.
Loved and missed – Milo the Jack Russell Terrier Image Copyright: Amy Trumpeter
Am I sad to leave such a beautiful flat in Oxfordshire? Of course, as it represents a healthy and enjoyable time in my life where I was truly independent. Yet I’m also happy and excited to be leaving at the same time.
I will hold on to my links in Oxford and keep in touch with all of the important people in my life.
Teaching allows me to work part-time or term time. I am also looking forward to expanding my online businesses by working remotely around the world.
I love my family dearly have a wonderful boyfriend in the UK. I am lucky  that they support me through all of my decisions, particularly when they involve seeing the world and making a difference. Onwards and upwards, bring it on!
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Templeseeker

Hi, I'm Amy Trumpeter and I have over 25 years of travel experience. I love seeking out temples, Churches and other religious and historical buildings. I write mainly about Asia, Europe and North Africa. My BA (Religions and Theology) and MA (South Asian Studies) were gained from the University of Manchester. Come and join me on my templeseeking journey around the world!

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  1. Good for you for having the courage to go after your travel dreams when given the chance. Milo would give you a paws-up for sure!

    1. Thank you so much, Ruth. Wish in you all the best.

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