Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Moving on

Hi again!

Today i felt like a good chit chat, so I thought I would talk about my experience and feelings towards moving to another country. It's scary... to begin with but overall, my goodness it was worth it.

So I moved from Southampton, England to the northern beaches in Sydney, Australia. It was an extremely big change. Southampton will always be my home, but I got fed up of the cold and the rain, I don't think I could cope with the cold any more! I now live in Sydney, I can go to the beach after work, I don't have to work weekends any more and overall im just better off here.

Moving to another country for some can be such an easy transition! But unfortunately i am not that brave. I am someone who hates change and it can be difficult for me to adjust. So here are a few things i tried to make it easier and an enjoyable experience, which is what it should be!

This is something i did a few times. I made a list of all the pro's and con's of moving to another country. I find having it written down really organises my thoughts so I'm not all over the place and doubting myself. Because sometimes thinking about things with messy thoughts sends me into a panic frenzy!

for the first few months plan exciting things in your new home country to ease yourself in. For example when i first arrived in sydney my boyfriend and i planned a few touristy things to keep away the nerves and worries! It really helped us transition into the new lifestlyle and soon enough it felt like home. 

Now this I think is really important. Whether its your favourite candle, food or even pieces of home wear this made a real difference for me. I packed my favourite food, favourite candle and a few home pieces to scatter around the place once we had settled and it really helped to calm me being so far away from home. It doesn't have to be big things, sometimes its the little things that we really miss and can make all the difference if they are kept with you!

More often than not people drift away from friends once they move away. It's hard with time differences and busy schedules but always make time for them even if its just an hour a week. When your feeling unsure and lonely talking to your friends can really keep your mind settled and on the right track. I always make a set time each week so we all know to keep that time free! And you can even do a conference Skype call to fit them all in at once. Grab your wine and some goodies and you will barely feel like you've left!

As my mum keeps saying its an adventure and if we decide we don't like it or miss home too much, home will always be there to go back to. And she's right and if you do decide to pack up and go home, maybe trying somewhere new will give us a fresh perspective on our homes that maybe we need sometimes.

I would love to hear other tips and advice and even your moving around the world stories, its such an exciting but scary time and maybe if we all share it makes it that bit easier for someone else taking the big leap. Blimey I can babble on!

Bye for now

Tanya park, Sydney, Australia

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