Over to Louisa:
We’re celebrating milestones, so I thought I’d share a personal one with you. As I write this blog post it is exactly ten years to the day that I emigrated, with my family, to New Zealand. We thought we’d come for two years. Still here after ten, and not looking to move any time soon. Go figure!
We decided to make such a huge life change for many reasons; both myself and my husband had dreamt of traveling extensively but had never quite managed to do enough of it (can you ever have enough of meeting new people in new places?); we wanted to try a more ‘outdoorsy’ lifestyle; we wanted more sunshine; most of all we wanted an adventure! Life had got a bit tame for us in England and we felt like jazzing things up a bit! And boy, did we.
I’m not saying it was easy, or that we didn’t get homesick for family and friends (still do, in fact), but it was life-affirming to our little family unit of four- and we became stronger and tighter because of it. I’ll never forget sitting on that airplane runway about to take off, leaving our old life in Manchester behind. The feeling of elation, empowerment and excitement was almost overwhelming. Oh, and I was scared as hell.
The experience gave me more opportunities to challenge myself. If I can move to the other side of the world and create a new life for my family- what else am I capable of? Change my career? In a bid to make more friends I joined an evening class in creative writing. Here, the stories I’d always had in my head were given shape. I found people like me who wanted to express themselves with words. I fell in love not just with a country, but with writing.
So, what milestones are you looking forward to celebrating? What personal challenges have you set yourself recently? It’s always good to have something to work towards- what did Eleanor Roosevelt say? Do one thing every day that scares you…
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