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!