Monday, September 5, 2011

Oops... It's been a while.

Hello, my lovelies!

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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  1. I am SO jelly that you are going to NYC.
    If I didn't have my fiance, a dog and a wedding to plan I'd be going there toot sweet too.

    Good luck! Can't wait to see your blog posts from there!!!


  2. Oohh only 3 weeks to go!! It's all happening so fast!! Wish you all the best & hope you keep blogging!

    p.s. Since when did jelly = jealous... *shakes head in despair*

  3. I don't think you're asking too much of the universe, you're grateful for what you have but have a need to explore other avenues.

    I think it will all fall into place, you're doing a brave thing and you've thought long and hard about it. We're all wishing you the best of luck and hope to hear lots of magnificent NYC adventures on this blog! x

  4. Best of luck with the move. I know that frightening feeling of wondering if it's all a mistake when I dumped a pretty a-ok life and moved from Perth to Melbourne, which is probably analogous to moving from Melbourne to New York in the excitement stakes :p
    No doubt, it's scary and it's hard and there's days where you wonder what in the frikkin heck you've done. But I can safely say 2 1/2 years later, that it's the best leap of faith I've ever taken, and I trust that you'll feel the same too. x

  5. @Blithely Unaware - haha I think you and Hamish are going to have a pretty fabulous adventure over the next few months, right here in Melbourne!!

    @Akisa - I know, SO FAST!! And I promise to keep blogging, it was only due to crazy work stuff that I've not really had a moment spare over the last few months.

    @Kimberley - thank you my dear! I have a good feeling it's all going to come together somehow... :-)

    @CakeMistress - Thank you! I did the same move almost ten years ago! Melbourne is an awesome city, and you'll keep discovering fabulous things for a long while yet! And a decent "leap of faith" kind of makes you feel ALIVE as well.

  6. It's very brave of you. And I don't think one should stay put just because their life is good. This can also be seen as inert. I kinda have a feeling everyone should experience NYC at least once in their life, it's on my list as well: It is going to make us better people. :-P


  7. Hi,

    I stumbled upon your blog when you commented on Joanna Goddard's blog (which I love!!!). I wanted to comment because I just moved to New York City from Canada a month ago. I came here with no job and no place to stay. It was the scariest, most exciting month of my life. I'm moving into my new apartment in the East Village on Saturday and I couldn't be happier!

    I wish you lots of luck with this and I know that your adventure will be as amazing as mine has been so far.

  8. @Maya - thank you for the supportive words! And yes, one thing is for sure, I'm not going to be scared of much after this move :-)

    @Danielle Wilson - Thank you, Danielle!! It's so great to hear that other people have managed to do something similar and thrived as a result of the experience! And well done on your apartment, the East Village is sensational!!


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