Part 2 of how this all came to be….How I got to Australia!
In life you are provided with incredible opportunities. As someone I met once told me, you can say “thank you universe, but right now this is not for me”. I couldn’t get those words out of my head. Both options truly were for me and I wanted both. And I wanted them badly. Before I continue, I want to thank everyone who supported me and gave me every bit of help that they could. Me….Miss Indecision, would still be tossing a coin. I needed a support system and thankfully I’ve got a really damn good one. I decided to work at the schools in Ontario, build connections, relationships and networks before departing on my Australian Adventure in April 2016. So far, this decision has turned out amazing.
I wasn’t just going to be travelling for a month or two. I was actually moving across the world to work and play. This decision required me to leave three incredible jobs behind, leave behind my gal pals, my family, my best friend- aka mom and my long term boyfriend. Yuppp….this was not going to be easy. Actually the farthest thing from easy. The months leading up to my departure were a whirlwind of excitement, nerves and some sadness. Some people questioned my choices and reasons for embarking on this journey, a lot of people encouraged me, cheered me on and for those people- thank you. You know who you are. If you hadn’t encouraged me, supported me, rooted for me, reassured me, hugged me and celebrated with me, I would not be here in a cafe, with a flat white, eating the famous “smashed avo”with the biggest smile on my face right now.
Naturally a worry wart, a planner and the girl with a to do list, taking this plunge was huge for me. Considering I’m directionally challenged, love coming home after a 12 hour day to a glass of wine with my family, my cozy bed and white string lights above my bed, this was going to be quite the adventure for me. I knew this was what I needed and I mean, sure, I could have just backpacked Australia for a month or two in the summer, came home and continued working my 3 jobs in September. But in my heart and in my soul I knew I needed this move.
It was far from easy, but it has been so worth it.
So here we are. How did I get here? A lot of determination, hard work and an unwavering passion to travel, explore and fall in love with new cities, new people, new sites, sounds, and tastes. A patron at the library once said to me: “I look at you and you remind me of this old, old Scottish saying…you are hungry, not just for chocolate, but for experience”. I only served her twice, I don’t know how she knew I loved chocolate or experiences but she definitely hit the nail on the head with that one. Life has a weird way of bringing the right people into your life at the right time, even if it’s just a patron at the library signing out a book she wants to read to her grandchildren when they come over for a weekend sleepover.
I often hear… “I wish I did that, I wish I went there, I wish I took that risk, that job, that opportunity, I wish, I wish, I wish”. I did not want to be an “I wish”. I wanted to be an “I tried. I did it. I failed. I learned. I tried. I succeeded. I tried again” and so on. Anything is possible. I had a clear vision and developed a strategy that I knew would work for me. You can do whatever you want, but you have to prioritize it and work towards it. I busted my ass doing extra courses, always working multiple jobs because I knew that what I wanted wasn’t going to be handed to me. I had a clear vision, I prioritized and I focused on how I was going to make it happen. Now I’m here. So my response to those people are “You can”.
And here we are, Courtney made it to Australia. It’s been 7 and a half weeks that I’ve been away from home. Oh, and guess who joined me on this adventure pretty freaking last minute? My boyfriend! Let me tell you, this experience and my personal decision to come to Australia and his decision has taught us so much in these last few months, and we’ve grown more than I could have ever imagined!
All I can say is you miss 100 % of the shots you don’t take and anything is possible if you got enough nerve.
To those who thought this was all just a big talk and thought I’d never leave, thank you. And to those who have been by my side, thank you. This is one of the best decisions I have made yet and I am beyond excited to see what the future holds.
Apologies for the novel…I hope you finished a bottle of wine or a few cappuccinos while reading this…depending on the time of course;)