Chereen

A little life update (June 2017)

I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for the last couple of weeks, but things have been so chaotic this side, that I’ve hardly had the chance to breathe – let alone put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, rather).

If you follow me over on Twitter or Instagram, you would have seen that I’ve been dropping some hints on our upcoming move, but I haven’t actually mentioned exactly when or where we’re moving. Our current lease ends at the end of July so we always knew that we would be moving house, but we had no idea that we’d be moving to a house all the way on the other side of the country! Yep, we’re moving back to Johannesburg at the end of July, and although I never thought I’d ever consider moving back to Jozi, I’m excited and really looking forward to this next chapter.

The decision to move to Jozi was a sudden and unexpected one, but one that we didn’t take lightly. We’ve been house hunting since the start of 2017, but when we couldn’t find anything within our budget in Somerset West, we started looking further afield. We toyed with the idea of moving back to Noordhoek, but rental prices have shot up in the four years since we last lived on the Peninsula, so it’s a no-go. We contemplated moving to somewhere like Hermanus or Plett, and even did a spot of late-night (online) house hunting in Grahamstown (my love for the Eastern Cape will never die). But nothing felt quite right. My husband has always preferred Johannesburg over Cape Town (for several reasons – number one being the great social life and networking opportunities available in Jo’burg), so he’s brought up the idea a couple of times over the past few months – and each suggestion was met with a firm NO from me. There was no way that I’d ever move back to Jo’burg… until I woke up one day, decided to do a little online search for homes in Jozi, and suddenly found myself rather excited at the prospect of moving back. It just felt right. I have family nearby, most of my best friends live in Johannesburg, I think the move would be better for my little business… and the property prices in Johannesburg are ridiculously affordable (when compared to prices in the Western Cape).

My husband and I started chatting about the possibility of relocating to Johannesburg, and all of a sudden, everything started falling into place. Work opportunities, accommodation for July (we’ll be staying in Kalk Bay in a house belonging to family), accommodation for our first month in Jo’burg if we aren’t able to find a suitable house before then… I don’t know how else to explain it, but it honestly feels as though we’ve been stuck for the last year and a bit, and with this decision to move back to Jozi, everything just started to flow again. I feel like we’re meant to do this. (And in many ways, I feel as though the Western Cape has literally chewed us up and spat us out… we started our journey in the Cape living in Tamboerskloof, and found ourselves moving further and further out – first Chelsea Village, then Noordhoek, and now Somerset West – and now it almost feels as though there is nowhere left for us to go within the Western Cape. Does that make sense?)

family

As excited I am for this new adventure, there are also (obviously) plenty of reasons that have me hankering to stay in the Cape. Top of the list? My family? My parents and my brothers (and their families) all live in Somerset West, and I see my mom almost every single day, so that’s going to be a difficult adjustment. Fortunately, Sean’s brother and sister (and their families) live up in Jo’burg, so it’s a great opportunity for us to bond with that side of the family again (and for Bean to finally meet and get to know his two cousins!) Several of my family members, including my grandparents, all live nearby, so I’m excited to get to see them all a whole lot more as well. And then, of course, there are all my close friends… and all the trendy coffee shops and eateries that have opened up in recent years that I’ll have the opportunity to explore. I’ve felt as though I’ve been stuck in a rut for so long, so I’m really looking forward to shaking things up a little bit.

I’m currently sitting on my bed in the middle of (what used to be) our lounge, with boxes surrounding me everywhere I turn. We’ve managed to find tenants for our current home for 1 July, which means that packing is on full speed at the moment as we attempt to pack up our entire lives in the space of a week. Family of ours have very kindly offered their home to us while they’re away, so we’ll be spending our last month in the Cape in the magnificent Kalk Bay. I’m so excited about this, as Kalk Bay is quite possibly my favourite place on earth (after Noordhoek, of course).

I thought it might be fun to chronicle our move to Johannesburg in video format, so I’ll start filming a few vlogs this week and will have that up for you to watch early next week, in case you’re interested. I still have so many posts that need to go up during the next couple of weeks, so I’ll be blogging every chance I get – but please excuse the occasional bout of silence (especially towards the end of this week, when things are going to get a bit manic, I’m sure!)

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post – I hope you enjoy following along on our newest journey. I’m looking forward to sharing our upcoming Jozi adventures and explorations with you all. Jo’burg, here we come!

PHOTOGRAPHS | Seth David Parker

  • All the best with the move! Its so nice how everything has been falling into place for you guys, so I’m sure it will go smoothly. x

  • So happy that it’s now falling into place for your move and there are many good reasons to make the journey north. Funny, I too have also always said no to the idea of Joburg until this year. Not that I want to move again anytime soon – but for the first time I can start to see the appeal and career prospects. It’s going to be a good chapter of your live! Exciting xx

  • Janet Watson Perry

    All the best with the move and moving!!!

  • Elmarie Meyer

    Exciting news! It’s wonderful that so many things are working out towards your move back to jhb! All the best with packing. Xx

  • Karen

    We made the move from fondest CT to Pretoria almost a year ago. It’s been quite a journey but opportunities for growth and exploration abound. Welcome to the city of gold, may this new chapter shine brightly!

  • Leigh-Ann Otto

    Good luck with the move! How exciting!

    I related sooo much with the “it feels right” bit.

    We moved to CPT from Richards Bay (near Durbs). It was hard. We managed to buy a house in Sunningdale but then both of us had to change jobs (you know how start ups come & go in CPT). So I was driving 60km a day, in the dark through the townships. Charl was in Duncanville. Only a stone throw away from Sunningdale really but… Traffic.

    We’d leave the house at 5am only to come back at 7pm… Then sleep at 9pm to do it all again.

    We thought about moving to Stellies. We looked at a new development in the area but everything gave me a horrible feeling in my stomach. I just couldn’t say yes to it.

    So we were like… Jozi then??? But things weren’t falling into place. It just felt like more of the same.

    Charl piped up about England. I thought he was nuts but he came home the next day saying that his company will transfer him to the UK. We had it in writing. We sold the house, used the money to pay for our visas. We worked monday, the visas arrived in tuesday & we flew on wednesday. It was all so crazy but everything went smoothly.

    We both had jobs about 6km from the house. We left at 8.30am and were home by 5.30am. It was glorious.

    I wouldn’t change thing!!!

  • Ah my friend, what a big change! But I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and I’m so happy to hear that everything is clicking into the right place. I know CT will miss you lots but now we can FINALLY have a long over-due coffee date <3

  • Caley Rosenberg

    SO excited for you my Che – devastated to miss you in CT but hopefully we get to meet in Jozi!! Praying for you all through this transition x

  • I really hope the first part of your move went well. xx

    XoXo One Stiletto At A Time

  • Yolandi North

    Dearest Chereen. Moving is tough, but I really pray that you guys will find the new chapter in Jozi a real blessing.

    We have been back in Jozi since March & I can honestly say that Johannesburg is vibey & exciting & a wonderful place to be. We’ll go for many coffees when you’re back & I’ll show you around all my favourite (new) spots. Wishing you luck & sending hugs. Let me know if you need help unpacking on this side. xxx