As I’m rolling into the last week of month 18 in the land down under, it’s occurred just how quickly the past few months have really flown by.
I thought time was supposed to slow down when you move faster – or is that just science fiction?
Month one was a tricky one. Although Oz felt the same (but different), it was just so unsettling to have no “home” – and no friends. We moved house 5 times within the first 4 weeks, then again six month later.
The job I landed into wasn’t great, but it was fine. Then Sheryl taught me to Lean In and six month after the final house move I switched jobs. This one’s much better.
In amongst all the moving and interviewing I flew back to Europe three times, to Sri Lanka and Singapore, took a road trip up the East Coast of NSW in a luxury motor home (my kind of camping), found Neemo in Queensland and surfed the Gold Coast. We drank our way round the hunter valley, lounged on the powdery white sands of Jervis Bay and wallowed in a hot tub under the stars in Nelson Bay.
I’ve gone from no friends to close friends. Lost one to the lure of London, but gained a best friend from home in her place.
I missed home when sad things happened, and also when happy things happened. Happily I have missed many more happy things. It won’t stop being hard having my family so far away. But that this is a good thing. I am lucky to have such a wonderful family. And I’m not staying here forever.
Life and living have now completely turned themselves upside down.
I’ve gone from drinking wine daily and sleeping in for as long as possible to getting up at 6am daily to run, surf or practice yoga before work.
I’ve gone from hazy London weekends where I didn’t see any day light, unless it was light when I left the night club, to watching the sunrise nearly every morning. Sunrise is my new favourite thing.
I’ve quit sugar on weekdays, and cut down on weekends. Replaced afternoon chocolate with a morning green smoothie, have become fussy about coffee. Mine’s a 3/4 flat white. With Full fat milk, no sugar.
I’ve learnt the benefits of meditation for reducing stress and anxiety. I meditate whilst commuting, whilst running, whilst chopping, whilst showering. Most of all, I make a conscious effort to take 10 daily. And to be present – as the only moment that exists in time is now. If nothing else I’m sleeping better than I ever have.
I’ve discovered that Chardonnay is delicious. Though Malbec is still my favourite. We BBQ throughout the winter, once twice or three times a week. I still hate washing up.
Oh, and we bought a Jeep. WE BOUGHT A JEEEEEEEP!