I canít believe it but a year has just flown by so quickly. We arrived here in April 2010. Everything was just so exciting. OH had 4 weeks before he started work, so we found a rental, got the container delivered and it was just full on. After the first 4 weeks had passed, thatís when it hit home a huge smack in my face, OH went to work. I had to stay home and take care of the kids and get on with home life. To say that this easy was an understatement!!
I really struggled I was alone all day no friends, OH would come home late this was just not the life that I was expecting. OH and kids were doing really well and settling in. So I decided to help out at the school and would spend many days covering new books in the library. It was better, but I started getting panic attacks it had become overwhelming for me. I decided that being a stay at home mum was not for me, and so I began to look for a job, this was no easy task. I got knocked down on every opportunity. It just made me feel worse. I decided to give an agency a go and they lined me up with some temping work for 6 weeks in Dec / Jan this year. I loved it so much the people were great and I loved going to work. After the time had passed there the manager offered me a part time roll permanently. Iím still working there now and I love it.
Moving abroad is such a hard ordeal and you really have to work hard to make it work. Honestly people coming here without family is hard and especially when youíre here on temp visa and not entitled to any assistance with the kids. It makes it that much harder. You have to find the strength within. We as a family have really found ourselves. We spend so much time together here than we ever did in the UK. Less telly and much more fun. I am always asked would I return back to London, the truth is I feel as a family we have outgrown the UK. Our home is here in Adelaide and I would never change that. We love it here. I love everything about South Australia. The food is of much better quality, the weather is much better. Our lifestyle is unbelievable. I earn more money here and work much less than I did in the UK. I have leant so many valuable lessons, I realise that you donít need so much materialistic items around you when you are truly happy. We spend far less money now, as I have leant to ask myself do I really need to buy all those things. As a family I know we made the right decision to come here, the kids are doing great and excelling at school. They do so many extra activities after school. My son is going to meet the whole crows team at aami stadium and play footie with them, things like that you would never have in the UK. In his Auskick session a few weeks ago 3 of the crows players came and taught the kids. He was over the moon. Itís something that I know he will look back on and think wow.
Life here, I have to say is not easy, most things are more expensive, you have to enjoy the lifestyle to truly stay here, and learn new ways to live. We as a family have done so and we have no plans to ever go back to the UK. This is our home. Iíve always felt that there is more to my life and really I have found myself, Iíve decided to write a few books, one is ways to save money believe or not but the last 2 weeks I have only spent max $60 in the supermarket, itís very inexpensive to live here if you know how to!!! My blogs are always so long so I do apologise, but I must say a HUGE THANK YOU TO PIA. Without your support and help I would have been so lost.
Ttfn Ė Prema x