Sunday, January 2, 2011

Notes from a restless wanderer

My husband and I seem to be stuck in a pattern. Every year, over the Christmas and New Year break when we both have some time on our hands, we start to think about and discuss where we are and where we want to be.

See, we don’t seem to be very good at staying in the same place for long. After growing up in the same house for the first 20 years of my life, I’ve now lived 6 different homes in 3 different countries in the last 5 years. Right now we live in Perth, Western Australia – before this we lived in Melbourne, and before that in New Zealand (with a 3 month stint in Pasadena, California also thrown in there for good measure). We’ve been in Perth for 2 years now… and we’re getting restless.

Hubby (I’ll refer to him as S. from now on) has 18 months left on his PhD, and then we’ll be free to move on. So where to? Right now we’re thinking about heading to the US again. For reasons unknown, we both really like it there – maybe it’s because we met whilst working at a ski resort in Colorado. Hopefully when S. finishes his PhD he’ll either be able to get a position at a US university, or he’ll be able convince a company there to hire him! We’re planning on starting our family in the next year or two and what better gift to give them but US citizenship?

Other options on the cards include Europe (London, Berlin… we’re not sure where) or heading back to Melbourne (we love it there). I’d love go back to New Zealand and be closer to my family, but realistically the job options just aren’t there for S. (boo hoo)… job options for S. are what will ultimately determine our next destination.

My pick? San Francisco. It’s nice to have something to aim for – and why not aim big, right? Watch this space...

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

A new year is a perfect time for new beginnings. For me, that rings true on several levels.

Today is the first day of 2011. This year I plan to make some changes in my life. I want to be happier. I want to feel fulfilled professionally and socially. I want to develop some new interests. And I want to feel like I have achieved something. I'm looking forward to seeing where 2011 and beyond takes me.

Today marks 4 weeks since I finally married my partner of 7 years. I love finally being a wife and feel that relationship-wise I am in a really nice place. Professionally though I'm looking for a change. From January 10th I will be working part-time in my office job, rather than full-time, so that I am able to embark on studying towards a new career path. Whilst university qualified in communications, I have yet to spark a professional passion, so I hoping that my casual interest in fitness may lead me to find that. My progress towards that goal will be a feature of this blog.

At this stage I don't know whether I will follow a specific theme in my posts - I'm just hoping that this blog will provide me with an outlet for my thoughts and feelings; a way to help me find clarity whilst also documenting my experiences, how ever 'everyday' they may be.

Who knows, maybe I'll find some others out there who share common circumstances or mindsets. So, whilst I realise this blog is new and has precisely zero followers right now, I'd like to put a few questions out there just in case, on the off chance, there may be one or two people reading this:

Newly married? Tell me about your experiences.
Have you changed careers? Did your life change for the better, or...?

I'd love to hear your views.

Signing off from post #1...