07 June 2012

Armchair BEA Day #4 - Beyond the Blog





It's Armchair BEA day #4 - and today's topic is Beyond The Blog


I can't talk about my other writing, or monetizing my blog, because I don't do either! So for today's topic I'm going to share a little of my personal life with you. As you may know, I live in the Netherlands, but I was born and raised in Australia (Tasmania to be exact - you can call me a Tassie Devil if you like, not heard that one before!). But how did I come to be living in the Netherlands? Well, a few years ago I met a lovely guy over the internet, and although I loved my life in Australia, I was looking to do something completely different than living in the same city and working the same job for the rest of my life. So I took an extended leave of absence from my job, sold my house, gave all my non-personal belongings away to charity, packed one big bag and came to the Netherlands, initially for three months. More than four years later, I'm still here, and although I miss home like crazy, I'll never regret coming here.

But what have I learnt?

- I'm a much more outgoing person than I used to be. I had to set up my whole life again in a country where I didn't speak the local language or understand the local customs very well to begin with - that really brings you out of your shell!


- I've made some amazing friends from all different backgrounds - Dutch, English, German, Australian (yea, we stick together even on the other side of the world), Italian, French, Swedish....and many more.

- I've learnt to swear in another language - will be useful when I'm back in Australia ;-)

- I've realised where my career is going - I've worked three very different jobs in three very different companies in the last four years - and now I know what I want, and what I need to do to get there.

- I've been able to see far more of the world than I ever dreamed of - I've been to Greece, Spain, Belgium, the UK and Bulgaria over the past four years. Experiences that I will never ever forget!

- Most importantly, I've learnt that it's OK to take a risk in life. Sure, not everything will be perfect, and there may be some regrets, but if I think how my life might have turned out if I hadn't taken the plunge, I'm certain I made the right choice for me.

(And if you're wondering, yep, that lovely guy is still around!)

I love learning more about the people behind the blogs - so if you are posting for Armchair BEA today, link me up. If you have lived abroad, wanted to live abroad, or have questions about it, let me know!

15 comments:

  1. Kat, you are seriously hardcore and it's awe-inspiring that is such a huge risk for love. (Leaving Everything = Whoa!)

    I chose the other road. When I first got pregnant with my daughter, my on-again, off-again lover was in Northern Ireland and begged me to move there. I almost did it, but I chose to stay with her father. There are days that I kick myself for staying here, but I probably would have wondered "What if?" more than I do now. :-)

    Day 4 at Bibliophilia, Please

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    1. I don't regret it for a second - probably would have regretted it more if I hadn't done it. But it's one of those decisions that change EVERYTHING. Sounds like you made the right choice :)

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  2. I love learning about fellow bloggers too! Aside from learning same interest of books, movies, etc, we get to know more about the person. :)

    -Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

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    1. I love knowing more about the person behind the blog! We're such a varied bunch of people too!

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  3. Hello my fellow Aussie! I love your story, it sounds so romantic..

    I agree with you and love learning about the people behind the blogs :)

    My day 4 post - http://obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/armchair-bea-day-4-beyond-blog.html

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    1. Only romantic when he behaves ;-) LOL

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  4. Love learning more about the people behind my favorite blogs. Your list is fab (yeah, I admitt it, I am a list-girl). I couldn't help but notice that Austria is missing at the point where you list places to see :) Maybe you should come :) if you do one day than tell me!!!!

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    1. You know I'm totally going to tell you if I ever get to Austria ;-)

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  5. Go you for being brave enough to move. Learning to swear in another language is a fun one!

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  6. All of your traveling sounds fantastic! And I love that you did all that in part because of a special guy :-)

    Happy ABEA!

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  7. I always thought that the best part of living in Europe would be the ability to travel to lots of countries easily. I live in the US and in the distance I drive to visit friends sometimes I could have covered several countries in Europe.

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  8. WOW that's brave!!! Not sure I would have made a similar choice but I tend to be too much of a chicken. Congrats on being daring and for it paying off.

    Thanks for participating!

    Here's my beyond my blog post

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks

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  9. OH HEEEY! I love the Netherlands, or to be more precise, I love the Netherlands national football team. When the lost the world cup at the final, I cried like a baby for HOURS. I followed them since day oneee!

    "I've learnt to swear in another language" <--- that's so me to. I can cuss in THREE languages. I'm so proud :p I think its beyond cool you moved like that, I love traveling and I hope I will continue doing throughout my entire life but completely moving?! hmm, it would be cool to die but my parents will never let me haha. I've been to Greece before and it think it is heaven on earth<3 Fantastic post!

    Racquel @ The Book Barbies♥

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  10. You have serious lady balls and I commend you on your courageous move that turned out to be one hell of an adventure for you! Good luck on all your future endeavors and YAY for the lovely guy! ;)

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  11. Love learning about other bloggers, and so impressed that you had the guts to pick up and move like that! Life if all about taking chances and so glad that it worked out for you! Yea for the lovely guy! And yea for taking that big leap of faith!

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