After 12 years in Dubai, we decided it was time for a change. A chance to be more intentional about the way we are spending our days. The opportunity to design a life that we love. To build a life that was less about consuming, and more about being. And in the Spring, as Dubai hotted up, we were craving fresh air, fields and space.
It wasn’t an easy decision to make. I was surprised at the love I felt for my adopted city of Dubai. 12 years ago I followed my husband to Dubai with a suitcase, my cat and a heavy heart. Dubai was the last place on earth I had considered moving to. But 12 years fantastic years, our miracle boy, 3 cats, a shipping container and a maxed-out luggage allowance later, and I left with an even heavier heart.
In my 12 years of living in the UAE, I have never been to a boozy brunch. I’ve never shopped ’til I dropped, never been clubbing until dawn, never sunbathed poolside in a swanky 5-star hotel. But I have made the most amazing friends from all over the world, experienced different cultures, driven off-road through the desert, enjoyed a successful career and built a network of strong, passionate women pursuing their dreams. Dubai is where I learned to be a mother, a wife, a friend – to be the true me. Where I gained a new confidence and realised that I could do anything, as long as I worked for it.
So now it’s time for me to take everything that Dubai taught me, and use it to build our new life in Scotland. That means many things for our little family. and for More Organised too. I could not have built my blog without the support of my awesome Dubai network. But now I am excited to translate my social media success into a full-service professional organising business here in Scotland. After 12 years working in a high-pressure corporate environment, I have said goodbye to the 9-5! Yay! Instead I will be working for More Organised full-time (and more, I’m sure). I cannot wait to turn my side-gig / passion / experience into a business helping others be more organised, whether in person in their own homes, or through the magic of the internet. So wherever you are reading this from, I can help you get more organised.
First things first though, as I work on my biggest organising project to date – moving our family, home, schooling, cats and hobbies 7500km to Scotland, whilst maintaining Dubai friendships and re-establishing Scottish ones. But more on that in future blog posts…