I know, I know, it has been far too long. And this time, I'm not going to make false promises that regular programming will resume soon - but I am thrilled to be able to give you an update.
My room is filled with bags as I sort through my possessions, because I have just three weeks left in Melbourne before I move to New York. I'm not actually flying out until early October, but I'm heading over to the UK for two weeks of rest and relaxation with family, before returning to Melbourne to wrap up at work and do my final farewells.
I'm taking somewhat of a gamble - I don't have a job, I don't have a place to live, and I've got three months until my holiday visa requires me to skedaddle quick-smart out of the country with my tail between my legs.
I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about whether I'm asking too much of life - I'm already happy, healthy, have a great job and a fabulous set of friends and a loving family. Why am I making everything more complicated by upsetting the apple cart and wanting MORE?
Something deep inside me worries that karma / god / an omnipotent life force is going to re-balance the scales at some point, and reprimand me for demanding too much when I'm already so fortunate. Is that weird? Yet at the same time, I can't NOT give this a shot. I know New York will be an incredible challenge, but I'll die wondering otherwise.
I'm going to miss Melbourne terribly (especially because the weather has been so good lately!) and I've started getting nostalgic whenever I run out along Beaconsfield Parade and look back towards the city skyline. Plus, Middle Park is so beautiful, and my apartment is palatial compared to the shoe-box I'll be able to afford in the sky-high rents of New York.
But, hey, at least I'll have lots of stories to tell my kids, right?!
Jasmine blossoms in Middle Park
Melbourne city towers
My (enormous) room. There is a walk-in wardrobe on the right. I'm standing on my (double) bed to take this photo.
PS: Lady Smaggle is in New York at the moment, and her (hilarious) posts remind me why I'm doing this. Although one of the comments has made me somewhat anxious about winter!
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