Oh hi there!
My name’s Jennie, welcome to My Tale of 2 Cities.
This is the story of an ex-London party girl living a sugar free, clean eating life of morning surf on Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia. Here’s how that all happened.
I began my grown-up life living a candle burning, 24 hour party, young professional lifestyle in one of my favourite cities in the world, London. I had a job I loved, friends I adore (and miss), a beautiful house that I owned with my precious sister (who I more than miss), all the booze and all the clothes and shoes. And it was fun! I never wanted to leave.
Slowly my handsome boyfriend’s whisperings of a laid back life in the land of sunshine began to make it from ear drum to brain. One day, when watching a documentary about Brits who had emigrated to Oz I thought, F**ck it. And in one split second my mind was made up – I was moving to Sydney. I was ready to move jobs, I was ready to move out of my house and in with Ollie, why not do both of those things on the other side of the world.
I left in November 2013 and as yet we haven’t exactly booked a flight home. My life in Australia is a completely upside down version of the life I was previously living. Instead of a habit of getting home at 6am (first tubes?) that’s the time I now get up for my morning surf. I’ve changed up my diet of daily chocolate bars and three sugar coffees to embrace a refined sugar free diet on weekdays (I still go in for a scoop of gelato on a weekend – pleasures good for the health too right?). I’ll indulge in wine on two or three days a week rather than six or seven, and am actively pursuing a more mindful, minimalist way of life – rather than pursing TopShop. I’m still motivated in my career as a digital marketer – but am studying nutritional therapy in my spare time in the hope that one day I can combine the two passions.
And I have never been happier.
- Here are my tales of emigration and settling in Oz
- Here’s how and why I cut sugar from my diet of a week day
- And here’s my story on the benefits of mindfulness and meditation.
Have a read around and let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you.