Last week James and I passed six months of living in Australia. So far we are having the best time. With all changes there have been some adjustments to get used to, but we both feel really comfortable here now.
In fact James is so comfortable that he doesn't want to leave. In his eyes it can't get better than living in Australia! In my mine our plan was to stay in Mooloolaba until October, travel a bit and be home for Xmas. But the past six months have flown by so quickly that we don't think we'll be ready to leave come October.
At first I wasn't too sure if staying on longer was the right thing for me to do. I totally understand that it's great for James' career and we have a great quality of life, but my family and friends mean so much to me that I wasn't sure if staying away longer would make me happy. Also, whilst I really enjoy my two part time jobs, I feel like I haven't really had the chance to find a job that I feel really passionate about.
But then I spoke to my Dad and he always makes me feel better and see things clearly. He reminded me that we're young and an extra few months/year won't make much of a difference, but will allow us to keep enjoying our experience a bit more.
So our new plan (I had to tie James down to discuss it, he hates to plan but I love to plan!) is to come home July 2013. I will also be popping back in September and March to see my family and be a bridesmaid at Nikki and Sam's wedding. I feel so lucky, like I have the best of both worlds, I get to see all the people I love (Including Luca who will be 15 months in September!) and I get to keep loving this time in Australia.
So to all my home friends, keep some time free for me in September! And to all my Australian friends, I'm excited for more fun times ahead!