Friday, 18 July 2014

We're moving to Townsville!


I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that B and I (yes, now that my partner is almost a doctor he has decided I must call him 'B' on the blog from now on) were waiting to find out where he would be placed for his medical internship next year.  We were aiming for Brisbane, but I was secretly hoping for either Ipswich or Toowoomba as that would mean moving closer to family and living the suburban lifestyle that I was already very happy and comfortable with.  Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine we'd get placed somewhere further out though.  I mean, I knew it was a possibility, but the thought had barely even entered my mind.  I wouldn't allow it to enter my mind.

Fast forward to Monday afternoon this week.  It was around lunchtime when it popped into my head that B would be finding out where he'd get placed this week.  He mentioned the week before that he might find out as early as Monday, but as I hadn't heard from him all day I just assumed he hadn't been told yet.  A few hours later, at around 4pm, B walked through the door and greeted me before greeting Ellie.  I realise that this probably sounds normal to most of you, but given Ellie's extreme level of cuteness it is actually more normal for us to greet Ellie before each other.

Anyway, something about the fact that B greeted me first set off alarm bells in my mind and I immediately asked if he had received any news that day.  "Yes, but you're not going to like it" was his answer.  "No, don't tell me.. I don't want to know" I started spitting out, but B cut me off.  "It starts with a T.." and for a brief moment my heart fluttered in my chest as I thought he meant Toowoomba. Images of living in a cute little house and being close to mine and B's fathers came to mind.. getting the chance to watch my baby brother Lucas grow up.. having the rest of my friends and family come up to stay on the weekends.  I could deal with Toowoomba.  I would have been pleased with Toowoomba. But all these images were completely torn apart when B finished his sentence.. "and it ends with ownsville".  Townsville?  We were moving to Townsville?!

I'm not going to lie - I spent the next few minutes in denial.  "Are you sure?", "You're joking right?", "Stop! it's not funny!", "Are you actually being serious?".. eventually I came to the realisation that B wasn't joking from the pale colour of his cheeks and the breathy way that he spoke.  He was in denial about this situation just as much as I was.  Why else wouldn't he have told me the second he found out?



For the rest of that evening B and I were pretty up and down.  Neither of us had ever been to Townsville, knew anyone who lives in/near Townsville (our closest friends live almost a 5 hour drive away and everyone else lives back in Brisbane/Ipswich/Toowoomba/Gold Coast) or had really even heard anything about Townsville (although I take not hearing anything to be a good sign as it must mean it doesn't have a bad reputation).  All we knew is that is was a 6 hour plane flight from where we live currently (or 2 hours from Brisbane) or a 17 hour drive.  Doesn't exactly make it easy to visit our friends and families does it?

At the same time though, we'd have these brief bursts of optimism where we'd get a bit excited about something that would suddenly occur to us.  Things such as the costs of living up there not being as bad as we imagined (much better in fact), or B getting 25% of his University debt paid off for each year that he works up there and having this count towards his mandatory rural service time.  The city itself is also supposed to be a bit of a tropical paradise with the great barrier reef nearby.  Plus, it will still allow me to live the suburban lifestyle that I oddly enjoy so much. :P

The reality of it all still hasn't quite hit us yet.  I feel a bit lost, and I know B does too.  We're excited though!  Change is always scary, but I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.  Basically I'm caught between two worlds right now.. the known and the unfamiliar.  I feel a fear that I have never felt before.. but in a good way!

Have you ever lived in or visited Townsville?  Ever moved somewhere rural to support a loved one?

Please leave your thoughts and advice in the comment section below.  All comments welcome. x

 
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10 comments:

  1. awww. I am sure you will be fine Felicity, change is general is always scary and its understandable you are both more anxious than anything, but you never know what that new place may bring, could bring alot more opportunities and the views looks beautiful, could give a new outlook on things.

    Hope it all goes ok, i am sure it will ..

    Look forward to seeing additional pics of the place when you move.

    Yas xx

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    1. This is very true! I am excited to see what new opportunities this move will bring. :D

      Thanks for stopping by hun! xx

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  2. The good news is that it looks GORGEOUS!

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    1. That actually isn't a picture of Townsville (I used it because the packed up vehicle reminded me of moving house), although from the pictures I've seen Townsville and the surrounding Islands do have a very similar vibe. Very beachy, laid back and tropical. :D

      xx

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  3. Congratulations on the move hun!!
    Change is certainly always scary but try to see the exciting part about it. It's something new to do and explore! So many new blog post ideas will come your way. Try to see the positive instead of the negative and remember this is a stepping stone to where you want to get to one day. I left Brisbane 7 years ago at 22 and now at 29 I am still not living the life I want when I settle down somewhere with my family but you know what, the experiences I've had, what I have seen are priceless.
    I have lived in so many places and moved so many times. The moment Ryan and I moved out together was the moment my life changed. We lived 6 months in Brisbane in Auchenflower close to the city. The we moved to Melbourne, Newcastle, Gladstone (12 months at each place) then did 20 months in Borneo, Indonesia (talk about middle of no where). Then we relocated back home to be based in Newcastle and who knows how long we will be here and what the future holds. It't tough as friends aren't easy to make and it forces you to put your self out there. I have met some freaks and some wonderful people. You have got to learn how to enjoy your own company and get some hobbies to try and meet new people. The first few months fly as you are trying to find a place to rent/buy, set up home, looking for job (if you will look for work) etc etc. I struggled every time but it has become addictive and I get itchy feet every 12 months! haha. If you ever need any advice/help on how to move etc please don't hesitate to email me. I am a seasoned mover. xxx
    Ps. Yes, being away from family and friends is the toughest but it becomes easier overtime thought the desire to be close is always there especially if you are close. x

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    1. Thanks Maria! :D I'm not going to lie, I am super duper freaking excited about this move! I'm excited to find a job, have weekends free to explore, make new friends.. it's going to be great, I can feel it. :)

      I didn't realise you originally lived in Brisbane! I've lived in Brisbane/Ipswich all my life up until I was 21.. then B and I moved to the Gold Coast for him to study medicine, and from this point on I'm guessing we may end up moving around a LOT! I may just take you up on your offer of moving advice.. moving 17 hours away is a very foreign concept for me. :P

      xxx

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  5. I wish you the best of luck for you two there! I'm also moving out to a different country next year (all by myself) but I'm super excited! hehe

    xx, Be || lovefrombe

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    1. Thanks so much Be! I wish you the best of luck with your overseas move as well.. how exciting! :D

      xx

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