As I write this, I am making the same trip, from Sweden to New Zealand, that I did 3 years ago with a big difference: Then I was moving away, and this time I am coming home. We have just been to visit the family in Sweden, and it has been wonderful.
In this post, I wanted to share some of the milestones, and what has happened during our first 3 years that we have lived in New Zealand.
We have lived the adventure of living somewhere completely new
I'm working with my passion to help others find the meanings of their lives
My business has taken off internationally
The kids have started school and learned english
We have been swiming in the ocean more times that I can count
We've had visits from our parents
We have been to two camping vacations around New Zealand
I've made a business trip to California
Found wonderful friends
Received my licence as a LifeSpider Coach
Started my own jewellery line
Been on the board of Raglan Chamber of Commerce
Structured life the way I want it
I also have...
broken my arm
Cried myself to sleep of longing for my family
Refused to go out because of anxiety and fatigue
Tried antidepressant (didn't work for me)
Having ache in my knees so I couldn't move
Been diagnosed with IBS (Irritated bowel syndrome)
Refused to take another decision when everything was new
Struggled with my business to get into the new market
Felt like a terrible mum for taking the kids from their safe environment and throwing them into a school where they don't even know the language.
Stoped making jewellery
Stopped being on the chamber board
And backed into the garage door
among other things.
It is truly an adventure to move to the other side of the world, and as in life, there are ups and downs. And just because we move, things don't automatically change. The list is split in two based on what is perceived to be good or bad experiences, but in reality, nothing is good or bad it's just what we make of it and how we perceive it. Some times it just takes longer to see the real outcome of a situation, and some things are easier to share on social media than others.
Now I've filled up my Sweden account of family and familiar things and feel ready to continue our everyday life and the adventure in New Zealand.
I would love to hear your thoughts when you read this. Are you on an adventure or are you longing for one? Let me know in the comments.
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