Sunday, 18 November 2018

Sydney Life.

I'm not going to lie, the only reason it took me this long to write another blog post is because I was waiting for the perfect opportunity to take the photo above. You see, not only did I need to wait for us to move in, or for the dogs to arrive from Brisbane, but I also needed there not to be a car parked directly outside our front door so that we could even take the photo. We also needed the sun to be out but not so bright that we were squinting (believe me, this isn't us squinting.. you should have seen our other attempts haha!). We got there eventually though and now here I am, gracing you all with my blogging presence.

The last few months since moving down to Sydney has definitely been a mixture of highs and lows. We spent the first month living in David's old rental place which had quite bad water damage and flooded every time it rained, and it made me feel sick just to be there. As in physically sick. Fortunately I had my new job to distract me and the shitty housing situation basically forced me to get outside and explore my new surroundings.

I have to say, I've been pleasantly surprised with how quickly I've adapted to the Sydney lifestyle. I guess it helps that I'm a foodie, because I will never get bored with the endless dining options that Sydney has to offer. The suburb we live in is pretty much known by everyone as vegan food central. The next suburb over has the same reputation - so I'm pretty much set. I'm also loving how busy Sydney is. I honestly thought I'd hate it but it actually makes me feel safe. For example, I can walk by myself at night and not feel (completely) afraid. It's liberating! It also makes me feel like I'm a part of something bigger. I can't really explain why, it's just something I've noticed feeling. Probably due in part to the suburb we live in being really close to the centre of Sydney. It's only a 30 minute walk to Central train station (and my new office!) and I'm a slow walker. We also live right by the water which makes evening walks with the dogs less of a chore and more of an adventure. There actually isn't much to complain about at all now that we are in the new place.

The best part about moving though, aside from being with David, is definitely my new job. I wasn't exaggerating when I said this was my dream job. It is the perfect blend of helping others, crunching numbers and all these other little things that I enjoy doing all rolled into a flexible 9 to 5. I'd love to talk more about the role itself, and maybe one day I will, but for now I've decided to keep my work life and personal life separate. Just know that your girl is happy and thriving, and where she is meant to be!

In other news, we've set a date for the wedding! April 13th, 2019. It is our hope that the weather won't be too hot but also won't be too cold. We will be having the wedding back in Queensland to make things easier for our family and friends. I've already sorted my dress, and the venue has been booked. Now we just need to sort out the guest list and save the dates before December rolls around and life gets even more hectic than usual. We also need to plan the honeymoon. I'd honestly be happy to delay the honeymoon at this stage. Wedding planning is stressful enough without trying to organise my very first overseas holiday! We will definitely be going overseas sometime next year though. No putting it off any longer!

Anyway, I hope you all are well, especially my friends back home. I miss you guys more than you know. Queensland will always have my heart. Not even the Sydney food can keep me away for long! ;)

Until next time...

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Friday, 24 August 2018

I'm Moving To Sydney - Finally!

As you guys will know if you've been following this blog for a while, I've been looking for a job in Sydney for close to a year now so that I can move down and live with my fiancé David. For the past eleven months I have been living in David's renovation house in Brisbane that we have been finishing off together, getting ready to rent out once I moved down. Sadly the renovations were finished a lot sooner than it took me to find a job, but it was definitely worth the wait.

For so long now I have been silently feeling like a failure for not doing something worthwhile with my career since finishing my University degree five years ago. Sure, I started my own design business, which was incredibly fulfilling for a while there.. but there really wasn't any money in the design work I was doing, and I slowly began to lose my passion after creating what felt like my thousandth cookie cutter design. So I allowed myself to fall into the comfort zone of working for my part time job at a supermarket. The pay was reasonable for the work I was doing, I had lots of friends, enjoyed being around the public and not locked up in my home office all day.. but I knew in my heart that it wasn't leading anywhere. At least not in a way that would fulfil me long term.

Then I met David. His enthusiasm for helping others and drive for success was a breath of fresh air for me. He inspired me to set my sights higher and believed in and supported me completely. I decided it was time for me to stop settling for "comfortable" and start reaching for what I actually wanted and knew I deserved. For me, this was working for the government in a role where I could help others on a deeper level. The security and benefits of a government job had always appealed to me (one of the reasons I used to want to be a teacher), but to be able to give back to others and know that I am making a real difference in the world is what I had been yearning for the most.

So I did it. I stopped dreaming, pulled my finger out, owned my shit and applied for my dream job!

It wasn't an easy feat. The application itself was similar to that of a University essay. There was online testing, an extensive interview process which involved flying down to Sydney, and a super long waiting game. Then finally, a few days before mine and David's engagement party (another post on that still to come!), I received the exciting news that I had been selected for the role. I was finally on the path to where I truly wanted to be in life and I couldn't have been happier!

I finished up at my supermarket job yesterday and I start my new position in just over a week. The next few days are going to be pretty hectic with saying goodbye to everyone, moving out, cleaning up the renovation house, etc. but I really am so excited. We will be spending the next month living in David's current rental place in Sydney before we move into our new, newly renovated, terrace apartment in early October. This is the fresh start I have been waiting for for so long and I can't wait to share this new journey with you guys.

Until next time!

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Friday, 29 June 2018

We're Engaged!

It finally happened you guys! The moment I have been dreaming of ever since I was a little girl opening her first barbie doll. That's right.. my real life Ken bent down on one knee and asked me to marry him!

There are honestly no words to explain how elated I feel right now. I really don't think one can prepare for such a moment. It was everything I could have hoped for and yet so much more. I always thought I would cry when I was finally proposed to, but absolutely nothing could wipe the smile off my face.

Let me explain how it all went down..

Okay, so for weeks I had been planning a surprise 34th birthday party for David (or Beaver as he is lovingly nicknamed). He knew he needed to be in Brisbane for the 23rd of June (I still haven't moved to Sydney but that's for another post) but he had no idea what I was planning or where the surprise would take place. With the help of many of David's awesome friends, operation #theultimatestitchup was well under way.

I planned to have us leave our house around 5pm and then have our friends Rachael and Aaron come over to set up the party. I had most of the decorations ready in a cupboard in one of the spare rooms, gave our friend Suzie the cake to look after, asked everyone to bring a plate of food, and borrowed a friends palaroid style camera so that we could have a photobooth. David's best friend Adam also made us a cool personalised frame to use as a photobooth prop. Everything was going off without a hitch. Adam even messaged me on the day saying he had made some extra signs for the party.. little did I know that these signs were all David's doing and had a special message waiting to unfold for me inside.

Fast forward to the evening.. we left the house at 5pm as planned and poor Aaron and Rachael had to clean up after David as I knew that if I ran around tidying up last second that David would be suspicious. We arrived at his brothers house for "pre drinks" at 5.30 and since I'd made David pack a bag earlier that afternoon it seemed like we would be going into the city. In reality we were going straight back to our house.. but not without me taking the longest and most obscure route possible. I may have blindfolded David and made him a little motion sick, but it was totally worth it. It all nearly went off perfectly too until we arrived back to the neighbourhood dogs barking their heads off haha. Fortunately our friend Aaron had the bright idea of creating a little footbridge to our front door which completely threw David off.

Needless to say David was surprised and much to my pleasure the party was a hit. I honestly couldn't have been happier with how the night was going.. that was until David decided he was going to do a speech thanking everyone for coming, which just so happened to turn into him proposing! Mid way through his speech he thanked me and turned me around to kiss me, and while this was happening I heard what sounded like fireworks behind me. When I turned around to see what was happening his friends had pulled down those last minute "Happy 34th Birthday" banners that Adam had made and put up for me earlier, and inside was printed "Will You Marry Me". I couldn't believe it. He completely turned the surprise back onto me! Absolute best moment of my entire life. :)

Now for the fun part of organising the engagement party, wedding planning, etc. Planning is not my forte, despite how well the party turned out, so hopefully everything is relatively smooth sailing for us for the next 12 months. We're already thinking about locations and have a date in mind. I'm even viewing my first wedding dress tomorrow which I'm super excited about!

Thank you to everyone who saw the proposal video on instagram (check it out here if you missed it) and sent us your congratulations. It means the world to us to have you guys supporting us!

Much love!

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