Hello lovelies, please forgive my long leave of absence from blogging, as you can imagine, the past few months have been insanely hectic with all the changes being made to my life. Since my last post a few life changing decisions were made and now I am living on the other side of the world with the man of my dreams in a cute little apartment by the Harbour Bridge. Aaron, my husband has a new job, we have a new home, new friends, and so many new experiences I have been dying to share with you all.
As amazing as moving across the world and living in a new country is, I really struggled the first couple of months of being here. I grew up and lived in the same town my whole life and had always wanted to move somewhere else full of new people and new opportunities. Since I was 13 I wanted out of the town I grew up in, so when Aaron came to me and asked “what about Sydney, Australia?” it took little convincing and within a month we were packed up and moved out to another country. I had never even visited before, I knew very few people from Sydney, and was a little bit terrified of change. Luckily for me, Australia isn’t a totally foreign place with a new language and strange foods (but I have to say Vegemite is questionable), and the people are genuinely kind. Despite all this though, I found myself feeling very isolated and very lonely and felt so out of place watching my friends from home carry on with their lives without me in it and wondering “where do I fit into their lives anymore”? So I planned a trip back to America for my friends wedding and mostly just to spend some time with my friends and family that I was comfortable with.
When I got back home, it was so nice to spend time with my family and a few close friends that really made an effort to see me, but I couldn’t shake this feeling that I just didn’t belong there anymore. After a few days I realized that I had kind of cut myself off from really enjoying my new life, new friendships, and new adventures because I was holding on so tightly to my old life. Even if you aren’t in the middle of a massive change or a move from one end of the world to another, I think a lot of us do this. It’s so easy to get caught in what is comfortable and convenient rather than opening ourselves up to new exciting adventures because it pushes us out of our comfort zones. Change can be scary but it can also be a hell of a lot of fun if we let it be.
With that being said, let me tell you about our new life here. Aaron is working for a new company and absolutely loves it there. The Australians really have the whole work/life balance thing figured out. Finished with your work by Friday? No need to stay, go for a surf at 3:30, you don’t need to stay if you have it finished. As I said earlier, people here are so friendly. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been out shopping or at dinner and had people recognize my American accent and ask how I am doing or how I like it here and just sit and chat with me, or when I’m at a shop and ask for a fitting room and get “oh no drama babe! Let me know what I can do for you.” The lifestyle here is so laid back. Aaron and I go to the beach every weekend and every beach I have seen so far is stunning. The food is AMAZING, seriously it’s dangerous because me and Aaron have kind of become self proclaimed foodies. My favorite part of our move has been decorating my new home. We really lucked out with where we live. We are right across the Harbour from the Sydney Opera House (like you can see it from our window right across) and live very close to public transportation so don’t have cars. Sydney is super easy to get around with public transport and we take the ferries mostly everywhere. Funny fact about Australians, they actually say G’Day Mate, and have the best slang which I have kind of picked up on. No one owns a pet kangaroo (I haven’t even seen one yet actually), NO you do not see killer spiders and snakes everywhere (again haven’t even seen any of that), Koala bears unfortunately do not just roam the streets, not everywhere in Australia looks like the outback, and NO ONE says “throw another shrimp on the barbie!”, they actually call shrimp prawns. BUT if you do come to Australia, do expect to see heaps of tan old men in Speedos (no matter what season it is!).
Honestly life here is incredible. Aaron and I don’t necessarily have a long term plan, to be honest we never do, if you told me we would be living in Australia a year ago I wouldn’t believe you, but I would be very happy to live here for a long time. If you’re thinking about moving to or visiting Aus, DO IT. And message me when you do because I would be happy to meet up or give you a list of mine and Aaron’s favorite places or things to do.
And about my blogging absence, I love blogging. I love feeling like something I can share might be able to help or inspire maybe even ONE person, but sometimes it’s so easy to get caught up in the competition that comes with bloggers. I constantly compare myself to other people, thinking what I have to say or post isn’t as good or important as someone else or my pictures aren’t good enough, etc. But I realized that’s not what blogging is about. Blogging is about sharing what you have and what you know and reaching out to people in hopes that what you have to say and share might benefit or inspire someone. Not about whose outfit is better or has most Instagram followers. I got caught up in what kind of blogger I should be. SO, tell me. I am starting over and I want to know, what is it that you would like to see? Are you into fashion posts? Do you want to know more about my life/lifestyle? Would you like to see more videos of Aaron and I in our adventures? What is it that you guys are most interested in? YOU inspire ME, so I want to know how can I inspire YOU?
Thanks for following along on my long life story, if you’ve made it this far, you deserve a donut. Now I’ve got to get back to 2 weeks worth of laundry and get some groceries because we are currently living off of cereal, yay for real life! Have a great week.