Dear lovely readers of this blog, this is going to be my last post for now until we move over and get settled in England. In 5 days time we will be boarding a plane on our way to ANOTHER new country and new life… so with that in mind I thought it would be appropriate to take a trip down memory lane, or at least the past two years for this post.
At the beginning of 2011 Joe and I found out that he had been offered a job here in Michigan, mind you he had applied for this position and had a phone interview a a few months before this but we never heard anything back, so it was kind of just forgotten about. At the time a lot of people where he worked were moving around as well (now most of the people in his old team are working else where too) and
he we were ready for something different. So when he got the call to say he’d been offered the position we decided to take it.
At this point we had only been married for a year and had only been living together for a year. Our house was just starting to feel like a home. A place that we had created together and when we got married thought we’d be living in for at least a few years.
Now as you know getting married and then moving in with someone who you have never lived with can be a bit of an adjustment period for both people… I mean even though we spent pretty much everyday together for 3 years before then, living with someone isn’t the same. So I know for both of us it was this whole new world and then BAM just as we are settling into our life together we were given this news.
We could have very well said thanks but no thanks but we decided to seize the opportunity not knowing if something like this would ever come up again (now we’ve been lucky to have been given this opportunity a second time round) and plunged in head first.
We only had about a month before being approved for visas to live and work in the U.S before we had to move so as you can imagine it was a FRANTIC month! Between Joe still working, me working part-time and packing our place up in between, trying to find people to rent our place and then moving our furniture into my parent’s, his parent’s and his grandma’s house it was EXHAUSTING!
On April 20th, 2011 we got on a plane from Melbourne Australia and headed over to Detroit, Michigan. I… we had no idea what was ahead of us and to be honest probably spent most of the flight wondering if we were doing the right thing leaving our life and our families behind.
We flew an hour over to Sydney, then from Sydney we flew to LA which was 14 hours (ugghhhhhhhh) and then from LA to Detroit which was another 6-7 hours (if I remember correctly). As you can imagine when got off the plane we were filled with a number of different feelings and emotions…. excited, anxious, sad, tired, curious and well just very very tired.
I remember when we first arrived in Michigan. Everything was so new to us, the driving on the other side of the road, the hanging traffic lights (in Australia we don’t have those), the lack of roundabouts on the roads and pretty much just our general surroundings. It’s funny how over these past 2 years (well almost 2 years) we have grown so accustomed to life here, things like driving on the other side of the road has become second nature to us and doing the things that people who live here do like going to work, grocery shopping, etc etc have all become part of our daily routine.
I won’t lie and say it has been easy… it took some time to get settled, to realise that we were here to live and work, that we might not see our families for some time, and sadly we still haven’t although thankfully we did get to spend a few days in New York with my sister and her husband. I think it was even harder for me at the beginning, since Joe had work to keep his mind occupied but I had to wait a few months to be able to work and so I had too much time on my hand to think… and have all those thoughts and emotions keep creeping up on me, which really is one of the reasons I started this blog, to keep me focused on something else other than the fact that I had just left a country I had lived in for pretty much my whole life, the place where I had left my family and friends behind.
So as you can imagine I was happy to have started working and I’ve met some wonderful people through my two part-time jobs here who I will be sure to keep in touch with.
Of course we’ve had some FANTASTIC times as well. We’ve been lucky to have had the opportunity to travel to places like Chicago… a city which won me over the first time we went there, which you can read about here and here, New York which you can read about here, here, here and here, Niagara Falls and Toronto (Toronto twice the second time for my dear friend’s wedding) which you can read about here and California to visit a long time childhood friend and her family which you can read about here. There are other places which I would have LOVED to have been able to visit but I’m thankful that at least we got to see these places.
Personally, I also worked on my health and started to really take care of how and what
I we ate. I started off by giving myself the challenge to quit sugar (read about it here and here) and then came across the Whole30 (read about my journey here, here, here, here and here) and decided to take on that challenge as well, which lead me to where I am now and how I view food which consequently lead me to do an overhaul of this blog and the recipes I share. I’m hoping to continue working on and improving this blog as time goes on…. maybe I’ll even start a Facebook Page? I’ve been hesitating for a while on that now… not sure why, what do you think… yay or nay?
Speaking of blogging I have also had the great opportunity to connect with a number of like minded people over this blog and have been able to form a few friendships.
So as you can see it has been a whirlwind of a time here and now looking back on it all I don’t regret taking this opportunity for a second. I have learnt so much about myself, about Joe and about our relationship during this time and together we’ve worked on building a strong and sold partnership, one that I know will continue to get stronger as we head into our new life.
And finally… thank you for reading and continuing to share this journey with me. I am excited to start blogging and sharing stories from our new home with you but until then you can find me on Twitter and on Instagram.
Until then CHEERS to you! :)