Where do I start? It feels like forever since I last wrote an update post and so much has happened since I last blogged. I guess I'll just start with the biggest news, and that's that I'm moving back to Brisbane!
The last time I gave an update I mentioned that I was stuck in limbo waiting for a transfer with my work. Basically I refused to move back down until I had a job lined up. Finding a transfer, however, was a lot more difficult than I had anticipated. I basically had to wait until a new store was being opened and apply for it just as anyone else would. Fortunately, as I flew down for the day just to attend the interview, I was offered the job on the spot. I guess I proved to them how I commited I am. There are no words that can describe just how relieved I felt to receive this news. It felt like the weight of the world had been lifted from my shoulders.
Actually, on the way home from the interview I was blasting the radio when the following song came on:
Someone turned the pressure on
I called your name and you were gone
And I was trapped like a prisoner in this lonely town
I'm gonna let things slide, until the pressure comes down
The timing of the song was perfect, and these lyrics perfectly summed up how I have been feeling over the past few months since the break up. It's pretty safe to say I had a monumental tear session on the drive home after this song came on.
I still have a lot more hurdles to face in the next few months, but I finally feel like I can breathe again, and that feels incredible. I have been accepted for the same position and hours that I am working currently, but my goal by the end of the year is to be working as close to full time hours as possible so that I can move out on my own. In the mean time, I still need to move down and settle back into my Mum's place.
I'm not going to lie, it feels pretty embarrassing to be moving back home at 27 years of age, but hey.. it's not like I chose to be put in this position. I'm just super grateful that I have family support to help me through this transition in my life. I'm also super grateful for my amazing besties. When I needed to fly down for the interview with hardly any notice, my best friend Katie picked me up from the airport at midnight and even gave me a haircut before my big interview (see photo above). It feels really weird to have a full fringe again, and the maintenance is crazy, but I'm so happy with how it looks. With a forehead like mine a fringe is definitely necessary if I don't want to look like a total egg head. But back to my friends though.. in a couple of weeks, once my two weeks notice is up, my other two besties Anita and Jaana are flying up from the Gold Coast to spend a few days with me before the three of us and the dogs make the 18 hour drive back down to Brisbane together. The plan is to do 9 hours one day, stay at a pet friendly motel overnight, then do the other 9 hours the following day. I'm actually really excited for the road trip and have my music playlist all ready to go.
Speaking of the dogs.. A couple of weeks ago Ellie, my eldest dog, decided to hurt her back. I have no idea how it happened as I was at work at the time, but pretty much when a dachshund hurts their back you immediately assume the worst. Fortunately, three vet trips and a lot of money later, Ellie was deemed to be on the mend and was prescribed crate rest and medicine over surgery. I will be forever grateful that her situation wasn't any worse, and once I get my own place I will be making it so darn dachshund friendly that visitors will wonder if a child lives there instead of an adult. Think of a super low bed frame and couch, and bar stools at the kitchen island rather than a table. Good thing I want my new place to be super minimalist.
So to sum up, with all things going to plan, I should be back in Brisbane on the 6th or 7th of September. I will be starting my new position on the 19th, which gives me just over a week to settle in, unpack, etc. I am really looking forward to catching up with old friends and hopefully making some new ones. I have even already created a Springfield Vegans Facebook group so that I can start having meet ups with fellow Vegans in the area.
Thanks so much to everyone who has been offering me words of support via this blog, instagram, emails, etc. You guys are amazing. Hopefully things will be a little more positive on this blog from this point onward. I'll make sure to write an update post once I'm back and settled in. :)