The monthly round up: March;

March was another good month. I started valuing houses again & boy are the houses here amazing! I flew up to Brisbane for a few days to attend the Isagenix annual conference, got all dolled up, ate good food & saw my bestie, S at Jamie’s Italian. Our 2nd visit together, my 7th visit over 3 restaurants (a little obsessed!)

Gala night with my russian sister <3

Gala night with my russian sister ❤

The Communal, Brisbane CBD

Jamie's Italian, Brisbane

Jamie’s Italian, Brisbane

My parents came over from Perth for a week & we went up to the 88th floor and I think this is where they fell in love with my city.

Eureka Skydeck

Of course, their Melbourne visit consisted of trying some new places with me (duh).

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The Stables of Como

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Cecconi’s on Flinders Lane

Other places visited in Melbourne this month: campari // who’s harry // MoVida // othello // doughboys doughnuts // entrecôte // two birds one stone // drugstore espresso //bar none

My brother from another mother, M got married in NZ so it was another long weekend away for me visiting friends & family.

Reunited with H <3

Reunited with H ❤

99% of the time I'm in gym clothes. So good to be back with K!

99% of the time I’m in gym clothes. So good to be back with K!

Wedding ready!

Wedding ready!

After so many long weekends away from Melbourne the last few months, I flew back to Melbourne not wanting to leave any time soon. For the first time in what feels like 10 years, I don’t have any trips planned and you know what? I don’t mind. Moving to Melbourne just under six months ago is a holiday in itself. So many places to explore and so much food to get through 😀

Why I had to quit my job to start again;

Perth houses I valued < 3

Five months ago, I made this post, saying how I was quitting property valuations for the mean time. At the time, I had no idea what I would do next but I did not see valuations in my near future.

Leading up to that moment five months ago, I was feeling frustrated and extremely burnt out. Sure, full time work and uni for three years was tough but then going straight into studying for a valuers licence in the summer time wasn’t my idea of fun. I wanted a break to enjoy summer in Perth because I’ve literally been ‘go go go’ ever since I moved to Perth eight years ago. But I also wanted a pay rise so money won in the end.

New development inspections call for a mirror selfie!

My boss was right, getting my valuers licence was SO worth it. I got the time flexibility I so badly craved. I worked my own hours & worked from anywhere I wanted. But there was still something missing.

So October 2014, I quit my job. I went to Queensland and Bali, spent some time in Perth and then moved to Melbourne. I’ve had a love affair with Melbourne for over five years so the move was well overdue. At first, it wasn’t easy. I was seriously doubting the timing of the move, wishing I had stayed with the original plan which was to move at the end of summer.

But as luck would have it, I instantly got a job with my old firm, where the office was situated 5 minutes from my house. At first, I chose to work decreased hours, making the most of my weekends and weeknights. After doubting the timing of the move the first two months, all of a sudden there was a massive re-structure in the firm and a really desirable position was made available to me.

If I think back to March last year, I didn’t even want my residential valuers licence, but all of a sudden, here I am applying for my commercial valuers licence.

My work friends (and boss) in Perth will be extremely surprised to hear this but what can I say, a lot has changed in the last five months. A change of scenery here in Melbourne has been so good for me but I think I also needed a break to stop and think about why I was doing what I was doing and what it is I enjoy.

First place I got to value in Melbourne: a converted chocolate factory!

And as I was looking for other jobs in Melbourne, it made me realise how good I had it. Valuing properties gives me the time flexibility I need but also the holiday flexibility as well. Will I change my mind again in 12 months time? Who knows. What I do know is that I have an incredible opportunity in front of me here in Melbourne with four directors that are SO willing to help me in any way they can and that’s one awesome feeling!

Perth;

Mid February, just as it hit 91 days since I moved to Melbourne, I flew back to Perth for a few days. It was a short trip but in true Anna style, jam packed as always.

The giant walking around Perth

The sleeping diver

In four days, I fitted in four walks, two meals with my parents, one coffee date, one lunch date, one city hangout, one beach hangout, one airport hangout and a road trip down south for an engagement party.

Valentines themed Engagement Party < 3

With the gorgeous couple, M & J < 3

Four days in Perth/ Western Australia was definitely not long enough but it was the best I could do at this time of year.

My fave secluded beach in the South West

Until next time WA!

South Perth evening river walks with KM