It’s been a Year. It needs capitalisation because it has been intense.
I started this little recap back in March. It’s been saved in my drafts since then…why?
Well, I could say I’ve been too busy (somewhat true).
I could say I’ve been depressed (definitely true), uninspired (also very true).
That did not go according to plan! Instead, I woke up on the second morning to the news that our apartment had been broken into. My poor wife was home at the time (which is horrifying) and her handbag was stolen.
Really, it’s all just excuses. Let’s ignore them, grab a cup of tea, and chat.
Where to begin? I guess, the beginning.
So early March I toddled off to Melbourne for what was supposed to be two days of a conference and then a flight back to Sydney on the Friday evening for an Arctic Monkeys concert.
In a lot of ways, we were lucky.
I have a lot of expensive tech stuff, and it was all with me on the trip.
But then started our war with our landlords about who would pay for what and all of a sudden we were two weeks away from our New Zealand holiday and we had to leave our apartment as our lease wasn’t going to be renewed. This was a blessing and a curse - our real estate agents were terrible (Canberra people - stay away from En Vogue Property management!) and we were glad to leave - but it wasn’t expected and it was absolutely terrible timing.
At the same time, I was feeling terrible about my work situation for a number of reasons, and it was such a bad combination of unhappy things. In May, we finally jetted off to New Zealand for our little two week adventure, and it was wonderful. Liz did a fantastic job of planning our itinerary and I enjoyed it a lot. I’m not going to lie though, there were some bad days. My mental health was pretty terrible, I was still battling to get a PCOS diagnosis, and there were days of the holiday when I was not a fun person to be around (sorry, Liz!). But I’ll make a separate post (or maybe a zine) about that trip sometime later this year.
Eventually we found a new apartment, and we’ve been slowly settling in. The months since May have flown by - we’ve had birthdays, anniversaries (3 years married!), trips to Melbourne and Shepparton, weddings, hen dos, Splendour in the Grass, and many things I’m probably forgetting.
Now, our main priorities are gearing up for my sister-in-law’s wedding in October, putting the finishing touches on our new apartment in Kingston (we love it) and …drumroll, please… I start a new job in just a few short days!
As I am writing this, I have two days left at my current job, and I start a new community service-based position on 30 September. I cannot wait, I’m so ready for new challenges, new people and new environments. I’ve been at my current job for nearly 5 years, and so for me it was definitely time to move on, do something different, try and change the world a bit for the better. I can’t wait.
So…you’re caught up! That’s been March - September. Where did it go? Who knows.
But for now, I can’t wait to show you my latest model shoot, some of the school work I’ve been doing, and our new little apartment!
Bye for now x