Since this is the first time I’m announcing it on the blog… I am moving to Australia!! This week my visa was approved so the fact that it is official-official is still crazy to me. All that is left now is to book my one-way plane ticket!
Some people might be wondering, why Australia? If I haven’t been been able to catch up with you this past year and a half the first thing to know is my boyfriend is Australian. He is on an expatriate program with his job for 2 years in America and we met last January after he’d been living in Atlanta for about 6 months. And yes… he has an accent. People always ask me this but to be honest I stopped noticing it after a few months- it just becomes normal! It has been fun to get used to some Aussie slang- something that will come in handy in a few months.
Since we started dating I’ve known moving to Australia at some point would be a possibility for me if our relationship continued to move forward, but it’s almost surreal now that it’s actually happening. We found out in February they needed him back there in a few months for work and after some conversations and soul searching I knew I had to go too. I definitely will be expanding on this whole decision making process in the next blog post because I went through an emotional journey to get to where I am now. I think some of you will find it relatable and helpful if you’ve been faced with your own tough life choices. For me it was a decision that was both difficult and so easy all at once. I had to shut out the world noise and trust MY judgement- not everyone else’s. More on this coming soon 🙂
Anyways, back to the official moving plans! Stephen will head home in June and I plan to make the big move sometime in August. Our location is determined by where he was placed for work so we will be about an hour south of the Gold Coast, about two hours south of Brisbane near Lennox Head and Ballina in NSW. We will have to wait until Stephen gets out there in June and starts house hunting to know exactly where we will end up in that area, another exciting process to share later!
The country is extremely beautiful in this area- I remember being mesmerized by the lush landscape and beautiful beaches when we were there last September. I have been a beach bum at heart my entire life, I’m sure it’s due to my southern California roots. Those who know me know I have been on a mission to move to the beach for FOREVER, but over the years there have been different factors that stopped this from happening. Looking back I can’t tell you how thankful I am that I never picked up and moved back to California, or over to Florida or Charleston. If I hadn’t trusted my gut to be patient and stay put in Atlanta just a little bit longer I would never have met Stephen and most likely wouldn’t be about to move to one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Not only am I excited about living in Australia, but the traveling we will be able to do in that side of the world is a huge bonus in my mind. New Zealand, Japan and Indonesia are just a few on my list 😉
Are we going to live in Australia forever? I have no idea. This was another big factor in my decision to move in the first place- I needed to know that if later down the road I wanted to move back to the U.S. Stephen would be open to that. Thankfully he is 🙂 but for now I am only focusing on this next step and am allowing myself to be open to whatever comes next over the upcoming years. I think when you try to plan too much ahead you end up being closed off and ignore potential amazing opportunities that come your way. You end up feeling like you’ve let yourself and others down if you change your mind. Well, I want to be able to change my mind, go with the flow and allow the universe to take me where I am meant to go. To be honest the idea of a “forever home” kind of freaks me out- I am a big dreamer and don’t like to put limits on myself and future possibilities. Luckily I found someone who feels the same.
I can’t believe I only have four months to go before the big move!! I know it is going to fly by and I’ll need to get in as much family and friends time as I can. I will 100% be coming back to Atlanta regularly, I am pretty sure my family would kill me if I didn’t come back minimum once a year.
This won’t be a “goodbye” to everyone, but more of a “catch ya later mate”!