We moved to Brighton in 2003, and on 3rd July 2010, we move away. Our youngest chap, just past his first birthday, has frequently been pretty poorly and childcare for sick children doesn’t come cheap. So our family is moving to Wokingham in the home counties, closer to my wife's parents, so we can continue to work in the industry we love, and bring up our children in the best way we know how.
It’s a wrench. We moved here, got married here, bought a house here, had two kids here, and have many lovely friends here, and Brighton is a place we love deeply.
But there are positives to moving away – our eldest will hopefully attend my wife's old school and we have found a lovely house on the same road as her childhood home, with a garden and a fantastic large home office which I'll need now that I've left Clearleft.
What the area lacks in Big City attractions and beaches it makes up for in small-town charm and countryside. It's very near Reading and it's just as close to London, both of which hold UX contracting opportunities for me. And it's only an hour and a half from Brighton – so plenty of chance to keep in touch with friends, and even meet up with old ones more often.
So au revoir, Sussex. It’s been emotional.
PS – if you're in the Reading area and need an experienced UX Designer on a freelance or contract basis, please get in touch. I'm fully booked in July, but currently have some availability in August.