It’s not often I share personal posts but this one is something I feel like a lot of people can relate to! To a 24year Irish girl, packing up and moving to Australia is rather daunting.
I was with my boyfriend just over four years when we boarded our plane. There weren’t many opportunities for my boyfriend in regards to work and I saw his passion and love of life fading. Not being able to work was crushing him, I was lucky, I had a job teaching in a great school.
I guess I probably pushed him to move because I wanted him to get his spark back and convinced him it was a great idea.
Moving to another country will add pressure to your relationship. Don’t forget why you are together!
Getting off the plane and receiving that first stamp was a very ‘eeeeek’ moment. We arrived just before Melbourne Cup, completely oblivious to what is was and how expensive it was in Melbourne that week, accomodation wise. Nevertheless, we still found a place and went to the races!
Always make time for your better half. You don’t know what life is going to throw at you!
By Christmas, we had found jobs, an apartment with another couple and were making enough friends to have an awesome New Years Eve Party. A few weeks later, I found myself in hospital at 3am and not in a good way. The next day, a doctor came and said I was to be prepared for surgery, it would be ok, IVF is an option for everyone. I felt as though I was overreacting by freaking out, and the day before Valentine’s Day, I refused the surgery because my health and life would not be in danger and I could deal with the pain and health checks which would then be necessary. This was such a hard decision to make with a guy sitting at the edge of the bed not knowing what to say to me, it was just us. Amongst all of this, my friend arrived from Ireland and I wasn’t there for her! Why do things like that always happen when you are away from home!
I left the hospital and was eager to get back to work. I threw myself into my job and it started to take it’s toll on my relationship. When someone said, when you move away together, it is make or break. I was sure this didnt apply to us but I was wrong.
Make time for yourself! Living in such a beautiful country, take advantage of the beautiful beaches and parks as well as the nights out!
I enjoyed the single life for awhile. I had a friend who was single at the same time as me and we had our fun 😊
I ended up meeting someone and before I knew it, I was packed up and off to Perth to give things a go. I gave up a lot of great opportunities for this and it didn’t work out at all. I regret jumping in at the deep end but I don’t regret being in Perth, otherwise I would have two less best friends than I do now! In August, I got the opportunity to progress in my career if I moved back to Melbourne in October and I took it as a sign that my time in Perth was done.
A girl doesn’t need many friends, just a few great friends!
Luckily, I had my sister and a few close friends who supported me and I will be forever grateful for their friendship! Ms. D and Ms. G could not be better friends and I am truely blessed to have stolen them as friends. They are always a phone call away and when in a crisis, in the car to come over before you even hang up. That is a little bit harder now that we are a flight apart but I’m ok with a phone call too! I’ll be forever grateful for Mini Me, Ms. D and Ms. G 🌟
Take control and motivate yourself!
This has been my screensaver for the last few months
Now, nearly six months later, I am back to myself but it hasn’t been without challenge. I have my sister here enjoying Melbourne with me and we have become closer than we ever were. I won’t ever forget the friendship and kindness of Ms. D and Ms. G and I am making new friends too. In saying that, I have been back to Perth to visit and I cannot wait to have them here in Melbourne! I’m excited to show them the city I call home again 😊