Have you ever known in your heart that something was meant for you? Like you so badly wanted to do this thing, but you were stifled by fear? It’s all you think about… It’s all you dream about… but you just feel like a stunned deer in headlights? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
That was totally me two years ago before I decided to move to Australia. I was worried that I wouldn’t fit in, that my relationship would break down, that I wouldn’t find a job, that I’d run out of money, and that I would just feel so damn lonely. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Even though I knew Australia was the place I needed to be, that the lifestyle just screamed my name… I would make excuses for myself to not go. —> “Your friends need you.” “It’ll be harder to pay off your student loans if you’re making AUD.” “What will people think when you fail/move back to Boston after a few weeks?” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Then I decided —> FUCK IT. If I fail, so be it. Who cares? How could living in another super cool country for X amount of time be a failure anyways? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I literally sold/donated anything I couldn’t fit in my suitcase, and booked a one way flight (full disclosure: a friend had to help me click the confirm button). Truth is, the first 6-8 months were SUCH AN ADJUSTMENT. Work restrictions for Nurse Practitioners are quite different here. It took 5 months to transfer my nursing license, obtain a work visa, and find a job (very different from the job I had at home). I was lonely sometimes… I’d cry myself to sleep for ages because I missed security… and I missed my dog!
But then I got into latin dancing. I’d always wanted to learn to dance, and for once I had heaps of free time (you can only spend so much time at the beach before turning into a lobster). Through dance I’ve made amazing friends, learned such a fun skill, and even performed for the first time!
Today, I am so freakin’ glad I took that leap of faith two years ago. I feel so lucky to live on the Sunshine Coast where the weather is (95% of the time) Fucking Gorgeous. I live a five minute walk from the beach. I’ve made “soul friends.” Gone through life changing self-growth. And, I’m 1000% more confident then I’ve ever been. - 2 hours ago