Life on the other side of the world

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So far it’s been 4 months since Dean and I quit our jobs and moved across the world. We didn’t know what to expect and left with the prediction of staying in NZ for between 6-23 months, on blind faith that everything would work out okay.

And surely enough, it did!

The day after we arrived in Auckland, we managed to find the perfect apartment with the friendliest landlord at the lowest price with the most central location. It was insane. The apartment was in a well-known Auckland hotel, right in the CBD. This meant that we had full access to the hotel’s facilities – 2 pools, 2 gyms, 2 hot tubs and a sauna. We also caught the All Blacks eating breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant, as they often did when visiting the city.

 

Safe to say, we absolutely landed on our feet with the whole living situation.

It took us about a month to find jobs – part-time, because it’s a working holiday visa. Holiday being the key word. Since then we have been enjoying our relaxing lifestyle, embracing the kiwi way of life. And as amazing as Auckland and New Zealand is, and as lucky as we have been with everything, we’re probably going to leave earlier rather than later…

Here’s why:

One. I feel like I’ve had an epiphany.

All of a sudden, I have a strong desire to go home and study design at university. I don’t know where this decision came from, and somehow, at the same time, I can’t believe that I never thought of it before. Art and design has always been a hugely influential part of my life.

Sometimes you just need to step back to see the picture clearly. And I am so excited to see where this decision leads me!

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Secondly, the comedy scene here in New Zealand is much smaller than in the UK. And Dean takes his comedy career and progression seriously, so for that reason also, we need to go home. There is actually only one comedy club in the entire country, which doesn’t offer much opportunity.

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Thirdly, we really, really want to rescue a dog. Merseyside Dogs Home is breaking my heart with all it’s beautiful homeless doggies, and I just want to go get them, take them home, and smother them with love.

Fourth is friends and family. Sure, you can make friends anywhere. But I’m really happy with the ones I have and I’m very much looking forward to seeing them and their cute lil’ babies again.

Fifth. This is a completely materialistic reason, I’ll hold my hands up. But I just want to own my own things! I want to paint my walls and collect art work to hang and buy millions of potted plants.

For those reasons, it just seems natural to me that we should head back home.

But I have absolutely no regrets. And that’s because I had no real expectations. I went with the flow and the flow was great. Better than expected, in fact. And I also figured out the path I want to take over the coming years. At the risk of sounding absolutely cliche, I went away to find myself, and I did just that.

Before I left, I was fully exhausted from my work life and anti-social novel writing. I didn’t know what to do next, I just knew that I wasn’t in the place I wanted to be. Going away on this huge holiday has helped me to understand whats coming next. It’s given me more time to look after myself; mind, body, health.

I’m exercising more regularly and I’ve actually started eating raw vegan for 2/3 of my meals, but I will do another post about why I chose to do so and the effects it has had… stay tuned.

All in all, New Zealand has been an incredible, life-altering experience. A necessary step to get us to wherever we’re supposed to end up.

And OMG, I can’t wait to get a rescue doggy!

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