Moving Abroad

In 2016, I moved to Australia. Although I was intending to be there with a partner, on the day I arrived he informed me that “he didn’t actually want a girlfriend” (I know… it was beyond devastating at the time but we worked it out months later!). Regardless, I found myself completely alone in a foreign city – no job, no friends, just a one-bedroom apartment downtown. To say it was difficult would be a huge understatement; I was dealing with a devastating break up by myself, and had no where to be, ever. I would laugh when I would meet people and they’d ask “what are you doing on Friday night?” because the honest answer was “nothing – I have no plans for literally any moment beyond this one”. However, as I immersed myself in fitness classes and spent lots of time alone at cafes, I gradually began making more friends, and more plans, and it was the happiest time of my life. Four years later, I was devastated to have to leave!

What this post is intended to be about, though, is the profound impact that moving abroad can have on a person. Although I learned many things over those four years, the most important thing I took away from it was this: you are never stuck. You are the author of your own story, and if you find your character somewhere where you don’t want it to be, you have the power and the right to rewrite the story. There is a whole other life waiting for you somewhere else; you just have to take a breath, buy the ticket, and off you go! I can’t imagine how many lives could have been saved simply by hitting the “restart” button, especially to go somewhere so warm and picturesque a breeze alone is enough to make you smile. You are strong enough, you are brave enough, YOU are enough – you can make it on your own for a little while, and I promise you will come out even stronger. If you have any questions or hesitations about living abroad, PLEASE reach out; I am always here to listen ❤

My Favorite Shop

Although there are so many great places online and in-store to find fabulous things, my absolute favorite is The Cross Design in downtown Vancouver. The Cross is the home decor, jewelry, and accessories shop that dreams are made of. Absolutely everything they sell just screams ‘lovely’, from the gorgeous furniture, to the dainty fine jewelry and adorable baby accessories. You will no doubt see tons of their products coming up in my favorite things page, as everything I have purchased from them so far has been a huge hit in my home. Although their stuff is a bit on the pricier side, everything is carefully curated for high quality and maximum cuteness.

The store itself is so fun to walk through, but they also have a very easy to use website (linked here), and an Instagram account that is well worth a follow. Every day they post their favorite in-store products and decorating tips, and provide great decor ideas. Whether in-store or online The Cross is well worth checking out – it will give you massive #dreamhome inspo!