After years of thinking about doing it, I have finally taken the plunge: in January 2017 I am excitedly embarking on a new chapter and am moving to New Zealand. This is a huge deal for me, largely because it will be my first solo adventure, but also because I will be making a dream into a reality.
Just over 5 years ago, I spent two weeks travelling around the South Island with a friend. We had been living in Australia for the previous 8 months and knew we could not pass up the opportunity to visit their Kiwi neighbours. We arrived in Christchurch and within an hour were standing on the beach with the ocean stretching before us, and snow-capped mountains to the left. I took in this view and that was it: New Zealand had stolen a piece of my heart. I always knew that I would have to go back.
I can’t tell you how stoked I am about this, but it was also a scary decision to make. Giving up my job to move to the other side of the world, on my own, away from friends and family, for an unknown amount of time still makes my heart thump. But, in the moment I decided to do this, the relief and feeling of it being so right was palpable.
Up until that point, I felt as though I had been trying to swim through glue, or the wrong way upstream. When I surrendered and allowed my heart and mind to fully turn towards New Zealand that resistance disappeared in an instant, and I felt as though my life was now flowing in the right direction – the way I was supposed to be going.
It is an exhilarating feeling because I have listened to my heart. I have felt the fear and decided to do it anyway. And it is SO liberating to book a one way ticket and succumb to the flow of life to see what comes next.
I am so grateful for everything that my life has been up to this point (the good and the bad), but shedding the parts of my lifestyle that no longer serve me is so empowering. Already, even though I haven’t physically gone anywhere yet, I feel stronger and more in alignment with my true self. I feel much happier.
I will be blogging all about this adventure, and the lead up to it, so stay tuned!
Tips from any solo female travellers and New Zealand adventurers would be gratefully received! Comment below or get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.