Five years ago today, Art and I first stepped foot onto Australian soil. With us, we had 4 suitcases, 5 surfboards and as much carry on baggage as they would allow on the plane. We left EVERYTHING behind. Actually, we still have a storage shed full of crap sitting in Berlin, Maryland, if anyone wants to go rummaging around. The storage shed is full of stuff that we frantically packed away as we ran out of time getting ready for our overseas voyage. Did I want to apply my she shed designs here as well? Oh yes I did! But I guess, destiny had other plans?
I was planning on doing a year of university to get my Masters of Education so that I could become a teacher. Art was coming for the ride and we weren’t exactly sure about his plan, but he wasn’t going to stay behind in Maryland USA all by himself! Looking back, it was probably the scariest, riskiest and stupidest thing we’ve ever done in our lives!!!! Drop everything and move all the way across the world!?! Yes, we were indeed crazy!
For years, I had had some major ants in my pants. I was looking for something different. I was going bonkers staying where we were staying and doing what we were doing. I was so unsettled and felt the intense desire to escape! So strong were the feelings, that I had to listen to my gut. I had to go. I mean, everyone can find a way to improve their lives, or find something that they don’t like about their situation, but this was different. Something had to change! We had to go! There was no looking back and we weren’t exactly planning on returning to where we came from. But did not know where we were going to end up after I was finished with my degree. We had no idea what to expect when we moved here. I remember when we first arrived, we had to put all of our belongings in some storage buildings as we didn’t have anywhere to put it all. We didn’t even bring that much stuff with us! We soon found an apartment to live in and that was when the fun truly began! And, despite the fact that it wasn’t one of those grand Acreage Home Builders Queensland properties that you sometimes see nowadays, that apartment was just what we needed in order to get started with this crazy new life we had decided we were going to live. I mean, even though we were living in an English speaking country, it was a whole new world for us and we were absolutely clueless, tired and I was scared that we had made a stupid decision.
Five years later, a degree, some work (less for me, more so for Art), a wedding, two babies and lots and lots of other stuff along the way, we’re still here. We love Australia. I feel settled and at home. Not just because of where we live, but because of the things that we’ve been through. Not only do I feel at home in Australia, but the past five years has been a huge inner growth spurt as well. I feel at home with myself now too 🙂
Here’s a mini photo montage of the past five years! What a trip it’s been!