What a crazy world we live in right now, hey? Life as we know it has changed and the future for all of us is uncertain.
All because of a virus spreading through the world’s population like wildfire, causing thousands of fatalities and bringing the whole world to a standstill.
Never would I have imagined I would live through something like this in my lifetime.
Right now, during all of this, I’m pretty happy to be where I am. And that’s in Perth, Western Australia. The place I have been living for the last six months and will continue to live for the foreseeable future.
Six months ago, I returned to Australia after two years abroad.
Originally I was going to move to the Sunshine Coast because it has always appealed to me; the weather is hot, the surf is consistent year-round and the water is warm.
In the days leading up to my return to Australia, I started thinking a lot about my family, and how nice it was going to be to see them. Especially my baby niece, who I was yet to meet.
But I wasn’t sure when I would get to meet her, because she lives in Perth, and I was going to Victoria and then straight to Queensland.
So then I started thinking about Perth, a place I had visited a few times before and had once intended on living (I planned to move there last time I returned to Australia but ended up on Magnetic Island in Queensland).
The more and more I thought about Perth and researched it, the more and more appealing it became to me.
Being the sunniest capital in the world, hot weather nine months of the year, mild winters, beautiful beaches, surf, and of course, my family, I quickly decided that I wanted to move to Perth instead.
So after a quick visit to my mum in my hometown in Victoria, I re-packed my bags and boarded a one-way flight to Perth, Western Australia.
On my return to Australia, I decided I wanted to take a break from social media for a while, while I adjusted to my new life, spent time with my family, and figured out what I was going to do.
Who knew that ‘little while’ would turn into six months!
I can honestly say that I have not missed social media at all. It has been so refreshing being disconnected, and it has helped incredibly with my transition to this new lifestyle back in Australia.
I have had so much more time to pour into other things, one of them being this blog.
I’ve wanted to start a blog for a long time now but never thought I was a good enough writer. But I realised I didn’t need to be, as long as I stay consistent, I will improve with every post I write.
Every day I am learning and accomplishing something new with this blog, like learning new technical skills in website design and SEO.
I have a lot to share on the topics of travel and personal growth as they are my passions, and I love having a means now to be able to express those thoughts and share my experiences with you.
As I write this post, I’m am sitting in the loungeroom of my very own apartment, with the window open, cool breeze rolling in, listening to the sound of the waves crashing onto the beach. That’s right, my own apartment!
I’ve lived in sharehouses and hostels for the last ten years of my life, and to be honest, I didn’t think that would change any time soon. I’ve always enjoyed living with other people.
But the thought of living on my own crossed my mind a couple of months ago, and I thought about it more and more. Being the impulsive person that I am before I knew it, I was moving into my new apartment.
I have to say; it’s probably one of the best decisions I have made. I love living by myself and having my own little zen den and being able to do as I please.
Now, some of you are probably thinking, wait, has she hung up the backpack for good?!
I can assure you, I haven’t.
I’m just at a point where I feel the need to be still, to take a step back from all the craziness and the constant moving around and welcome some change and stability into my life.
I’m pursuing new opportunities in my career and my personal life, and I am entirely open to seeing where they take me.
I am not one to look far into the future because you honestly cannot anticipate your life five years from now (especially in our current climate). It will not develop as you expect. So what’s the point of trying to control it and plan that far ahead?
I have no plans to escape back into long term travel right now; instead, I am embracing my present situation and allowing that just to be what it is.
So, no, I’m not hanging up the backpack for good, because I’ll always be a traveller, it’s what makes me, me.
Let’s say that for now, I’m taking a break, and resting and recouping from what has been one hell of an epic decade!