Those that have been reading the blog over the last four years, will know how much I love Melbourne and have considered the move over the years (just search the words ‘Melbourne’ on this blog and you’ll see). There was the time before I took off to Europe in late 2010, and then again part way through my degree when my soul craved new surroundings. But it was my last visit to Melbourne in November 2013 that was the deciding factor. On my last night in Melbourne, as I stood on a friends rooftop overlooking the city, I knew it was time.
Don’t get me wrong, my life in Perth is amazing. I have made some incredible friends over the years, I live right near the city plus I’m a short drive from the beach and my favourite Yoga studios. But what was supposed to be a one-year stay in Perth, is slowly turning into 8 years. With further study on pause for now, I decided in late June this year that it’s time to finally make the move East once all the weddings were finished for the year in October.
Everyone around me has been asking why I have decided to move & there are a number of reasons. I want to explore more of the East coast; see my friends in NZ more; spend more time in Bondi; visit Fiji; but the biggest one of all, is simply Melbourne itself. It hasn’t been named the most liveable city in the world for a number of years for nothing!
So today marks exactly 10 days until I leave. Have I got a job & house lined up? Nope. I have absolutely no idea where I want to live or what I want to do for work once I get there but all I know is, I have residual income coming in weekly from coaching people through nutritional cleansing and an endless list of adventures I want to go on over the next five years.
In between finishing up as a Property Valuer and then flying off to Bali for a week, I haven’t had much time to sit down and write. Last week, I flew back to Perth for 24 hours before flying off to the Gold Coast of Queensland. I’m been here for a week for my best friend Sophie’s wedding before flying back to Perth for two weeks and then onto a new chapter of my life (more on that later).
Bali has well and truly stolen a large piece of my heart this month. The original plan was to fly in for four days for a wedding but when I decided I was going to quit my job before the trip, I extended my holiday to seven days.
When I previously visited Bali in June this year, I stopped by Canggu to see a friend and discovered Desa Seni, A Village Resort. I was instantly drawn to the yoga classes and all the wellness treatments on offer.
When I was trying to decide whether to travel the globe or get a degree under my belt, I always knew one thing: whatever I study at university will be a stepping stone to future opportunities. I never went into Property Valuations with the intention of having one job in mind & that was it. In 2010, when I put my enrolment form in for Semester 1, 2011, I enjoyed a number of aspects of property. Growing up with my dad being a builder, I loved the process of it all. I loved all the different materials used & I loved seeing the finished product. I also loved the pre-building stage. From the ages of 10 until about well, now, I would constantly draw house plans. They varied as the years went on, going from massive houses to nowadays, simple layouts and good use of space (my ‘simple living‘ and ‘small spaces‘ pinterest boards are a good indication of that).
I always enjoyed design & architecture and NEARLY did an architecture degree but figured a business/property degree would be more broad first time round (there’s always time for a masters in architecture!)
In the first year of my degree, I got to learn more about passive heating/cooling & I thought, geez that’s pretty cool! & when my favourite lecturer showed us THIS Ted talk, everything changed. I grew up moving things in my rooms around ALL the time so the idea of having an apartment with movable walls was mind blowing & just pure genius. From that one Ted talk, I got more into sustainability, which led me to meet a Perth fellow greenie through social media who has started an Instagram page, Green with me, who I consider a dear friend of mine now. We can talk for hours about anything & everything and it’s pretty awesome exchanging house/electric cars/vegan food ideas/backpacking plans.
As I finish up in my current role as a Property Valuer today, something I’ve been doing for the last 3.5 years, I’m so grateful for the things I’ve learnt in this job & in my degree. Just because I won’t be using my Property Valuation qualification in the meantime doesn’t mean it was a waste of time. The things I’ve learnt over the last four years, the people I’ve met and the things I’ve had the time to do are priceless.
What am I planning to do next? Even I don’t know! But I’ll figure that one out 😉
When the message was sent out that Anna’s bridesmaids were planning a secret hen’s getaway south of Perth, I was all in. The bride to be had no idea where we were going & who was going to be there. As I went down early, I had to keep my locations and check in’s turned off and for a massive instagram addict, THAT was extremely difficult!
When I was shown the house we were going to be staying in prior to the road trip, I was in disbelief. That house is in Western Australia? And that view is real? I was dying to be down there to see for myself. And it sure did not disappoint!
September was another month full of foodie dates, late nights in the office, walks wherever possible and a whole bunch of new stuff.