Heya Heya Heya!!!
Gaahh! I have to say that I live for days like this!! Days when I have the luxury of having a conversation with you. Ya know, filling you in on all my shenanigans, adventures, misadventures and mundane days! And while at it, finding out how you're doing. Really doing.
So get this. I've been in Australia for exactly 77 days. That's 11 weeks. (I'm kinda obsessed with counting...check out this Video I did here!) What a rollercoaster ride it's been!
Adjustment has been the name of the game. Darn! I have to admit, I do miss the college life! Being grown up means that I have to think of bills and expenses, and savings and a mate. Yes, a mate. Speaking of mates, who else's Facebook timeline is FULL of engagements/marriage proposals?
I promise ya! EVERYONE is married/ getting married on my timeline! Good on my friends, good on 'em!
In the mean, I'm here hustling! Just hustling!
The touristy side of my big move to Australia has worn off. Sh*t hasn't hit the fan yet, but let's just say, I'm a lone bird flattering the wings of new adulthood. The freedom is exhilarating, but that doesn't mean I haven't had my moments of doubt, laughter, anxiety, fatigue and victory.
These three activities have been exciting!!
Check out this Video off of my YouTube Channel (Craving Yellow). There's lots of bloopers, and plain shady things, I've been doing behind the scenes, I tell ya! Haha!
Three ways I am coping with all my adjustments:
1. Keeping my old mates near. (Why am I using the word "mates" sooo much in today's post!? Australia is rubbing off on me! EEEkk!!)
Moving to a new country is difficult, and fun. But mostly difficult. You are adjusting to 1000 new things: food, people, accents, weather, pace-of-life....literally EVERYTHING. You're figuring out where to buy deodorant, and which brand to buy. You're figuring out the currency, the social norms, how to take the train/bus and even how to pronounce words. Get this: Australians pronounce the word Berwick as Behh-rr-ee-kk, while I, and I guess everyone else in the world, pronounces it as Baa-rr-www-ee-kk.
Like seriously?!! Why the complication, Australia?! It's the little things that throw me off!
That's why, it's great to keep some things, and in this case, people, constant. I cannot overstate how thankful I am for my Kenyan friends Joanne, Rachel, Njoki, Nimo, Wakanyi and Jordana. These lasses have held down the fort sooo many times! I'm also really thankful for my US group of friends Marcela, Mmase, Felicia, Neo and Jennifer. Your girls are your greatest support. I'm learning to keep them close.
2. Keeping an open mind.
This has got to be the hardest piece of advise ever. When you move to a new country, you want everything to go according to plan. You've made huge sacrifices, and quite frankly, you have little else to give up if things don't go quite right.
Being flexible when there are 1000 moving parts, is one of the hardest things to do. I'm learning that its okay to be vulnerable. It's okay to trust other people with your entire life. LITERALLY.
3. Breathing. Just inhaling and exhaling. Yes, breathing.
You have to. Count each breath. Meditate. Be present. Realise that this moment is your life. Soak it in, all of it. The joys, the little victories, the anxieties.
With each breath, comes growth.
I have grown in leaps and bounds over the past 11 weeks. Leaps & BOUNDS. But that's part of young adulthood, isn't it? Life doesn't come in neat, bite-sized chunks. Most times, it gives you little to chew on and at others, you're swallowing life in large, whole pieces. These past few weeks have been that - all of life's seemingly major choices, crammed into one big swallow, no time at all to chew! Job hunting. House hunting. Blogging. And of course, growing with le boo!
...and so these are our exhilarating 20's. May we live these years boldly and prudently. May we have the courage to live our best lives. Wholly present. Wholly generous. Wholly grateful.
Love and Sunshine...lots and lots of Sunshine!