It’s been a hot minute since I’ve given an update about living abroad in Australia so maybe grab a snack or get comfy, there is LOTS to share!
For those of you who are new here or haven’t read my post about becoming an au pair in Australia – that will give you the back story on how this all came to be!
6 Month Update
First off, I cannot believe I’ve been here for 6 months already. I arrived in Brisbane, Australia from Canada at the end of December 2018 during the summer season. Now somehow it’s winter and I have no clue how time could pass oh so quickly. The best part however, is there is absolutely no snow and it’s all blue skies & sunshine which I am LOVING. Spending winter days chillin at the beach seems so surreal and I am soaking up every second of it.
As amazing and blissful my time living abroad has been so far, these 6 months have been huge for me in terms of self growth. Living here was something I’d always dreamed of. I remember back in 2017 I scribbled “crazy dreams” into my journal and the number 1 was “Become an Au Pair in Australia” – 2 years later it’s my reality. Which is insane and still blows my mind that I made this possible.
Before I get into the growth aspect of it, I’ll give you a brief little update on what I’ve been up to:
In February I went on the most epic photo adventure with a friend of mine; we hiked to a waterfall and I was just in absolute awe the entire time. I felt like I was in a movie. And I brought my vision of beach yoga to life which was hugely exciting for me hehe.
In March, my friend soul mate came to spend a week with me and this was FULL of adventures. We visited the Crystal Castle in Byron Bay, which was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined, swam under a waterfall on a Monday afternoon, went to a swimming hole where the water was an incredible shade of blue + I got my first tattoo which was fun!!
In April my sister and my cousin came to visit for almost TWO weeks. It was so nice to spend time with family and show them my little piece of paradise and let them in on my life down here. Catching up, and just having a little piece of home here with me was so uplifting. I love that they had the opportunity to come experience this incredible country as its now a memory we’ll cherish forever.
In May, two of my long time gal pals came to visit and by thing point I am just frothing in allll of the love from home. It was so nice to experience this with my friends and just seeing how happy they were literally exploded my heart into pieces over and over. Nothin’ but laughs & good vibes.
And now it’s June.
When I came here I had no real plan of what I was going to do. Just some brief ideas of what I wanted to do, things I wanted to see – but most importantly I knew for sure that I just wanted to feel at home. Gratefully, this took no effort. Despite being in a completely foreign place, not knowing hardly anyone when I got here – that feeling of pure peace and contentment that I thought I could only dream of, was now my reality.
The family I’ve come to live with had brought me in with open arms and I had felt so warm and welcomed. The first month or so was a bit lonely as the only people I knew were the family and their friends/extended family who are all such lovely humans. My goal became to extend my social circle and I really wanted to find friends that felt like family. And lucky for me I met such a beautiful soul that happened to live right down the street from me. We began to spend pretty much all of our weekends together exploring markets, going to cute cafe’s + restaurants, scenic lookouts… literally all laughs and fun times. Her and her sister have been so gracious in showing me around this beautiful place they call home and I actually can’t even put to words how thankful I am for them.
At this point, things started to feel less lonely. I felt like I belonged and being surrounded by locals and not many travellers, I think I’ve adapted the life of an Australian local haha but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I feel completely immersed in this culture that was so new and foreign to me, now I don’t remember any other way of living.
The Self Growth Side of Things
Okay so as mentioned in my previous post about how this all came to be, solo travel is no walk in the park. Packing my entire being into a suitcase and walking away from life as I knew it was not all sunshine and rainbows. There were lots of doubts, fears, anxious excitement, uncertainty, and huuuuge amounts of discomfort.
But that’s where the growth happens. In these feelings of discomfort, uncertainty, and doubts. In the moment it’s so hard to see that and it certainly doesn’t feel like growth when you’re in it – but looking back I totally see how the strength and perseverance through all of it brought me to the mindset I’m in today.
I remember about a year ago before this dream of mine even came into fruition. It was just one of those “one day that’ll be nice” type of ideas. I didn’t believe that I could do it. I didn’t think I had it in me.
I often felt afraid of change, I was so hypervigalent thinking I was judged for every move I made, I was continually disempowering myself and I was in that mindset where I thought self-depreciating humour was funny.
I wasn’t committed to making my dreams come true as I genuinely believed they would just always be dreams. I went through the motions of what I thought I had to be doing (I talk a lot more about that here) and made excuses as to why I couldn’t.
I was resistant, unfocused, uninspired, and my life was just overall stagnant.
This right there shows me how capable we all are to create the shift in your life that you’re looking for.
Simply one year later, and one of the most terrifying and liberating choices I’ve ever made allowed me to shift my mindset into a complete 180.
Now, I feel courageous. More confident than ever. I am my biggest support system and I am fully empowered.
By taking the leap I have shown myself that I am capable of being committed, that I am worthy and deserving of making all of my dreams come to life. I am inspired. My creativity has been at an all time high. The most amazing thing about this is it’s possible for you, too. If you find yourself in a space where you’re feeling down or uninspired or disempowered… YOU are capable of creating the same shift.
On that note most importantly, I’m really fucking grateful.
Not even for just the fun and easy times – I’m grateful for the times I feel lonely, for the times I miss home, for the times I wish I could be with my family, for the times I crave the easy-living in a place I knew everything about; as without those moments, there wouldn’t be these happy, uplifting, and blissful times.
So here I am, 6 months in and 6 more to go.
I have a strong feeling these next few months are going to be epic. I’m so excited to keep you guys posted (more frequently hehe) with what’s up and how things are shifting into manifesting my next big goal.
Chat soon, xx