So, We Are Moving HOME

Hello and a Happy Monday to you all 🙂

The week just gone had a rocky start for me emotionally, but with some self care, love and tools, things are jazzy. Remember, it is OK to not feel like a perfectly happy rainbow unicorn all the time, it is not real life. Learning to feel our emotions fully and implementing self care strategies, means we can get through these times with grace (and a little ugly crying 😉 ). And with the awesome end to the week of women’s empowerment energy gracing the planet this weekend in full force, let’s just say I am feeling super inspired and ready to rise.

Now, moving on to today’s blog post… dun dun dun…..

WE ARE MOVING HOME (Insert a million heart eye emojis). And we are moving in 6 weeks ish, with a little short trip in Singapore and Barcelona planned.

I am SO SO SO SO SO SO SO excited. Can you tell I am excited…?

So a bit of a back story to where we are up to for those who may be new to the blog…

Johnny (my partner) and I moved to Sydney just over 2 years ago. We were happy enough in our London lives, but we were after an adventure. This meant we took advantage of J’s dual citizenship and we flew off to Oz. Now, as well as wanting an adventure, when I was in London, I was not happy in my work at all. Although I liked the helping people part of my HR job, I was not fulfilled in the slightest and I was pretty miserable about work (I recognise my privilege). I felt this drive inside of me to change my career and help people heal. At this time, my passion for health and nutrition were developing… and I was tossing up different nutrition degrees/diplomas in the UK and deciding what was the best step forward as a 24 year old going back to University and changing my career. Deciding to move to Sydney and the space I was in, I decided to enrol onto a Nutritional Medicine course which makes me a fully qualified Nutritionist in Australia and a Nutritional Therapist in the UK. This course was full time (25-30 hours per week) and meant I would be qualified to help within 2 years.

Now that I am qualified, Johnny and I started to wonder what our next steps were. Naturally we reviewed whether we wanted to stay in Sydney for the long term. After some soul searching, Sydney is not for us. It is a wonderful and beautiful place and we have built up some amazing friendships, but it is just too far from home. With Sydney not for us, we were unsure of whether we were ready to move back to the UK. Did we want to travel and live somewhere else before we headed home to “settle”? We are outdoorsy people and bloody love nature, yet we also love being in/near a city for its culture, food scenes, fun stuff etc. That is when project “let’s move to America or Canada” came in. We had our hearts set on moving to Colorado, yet the Universe seemed to have other plans for us…

And those plans are MOVING HOME to the UK. You see, one of the things we thought was that England just isn’t outdoorsy and doesn’t have an active lifestyle. But the more we thought about it, the more we realised that is only the case if you make it that way. The thought of going back to London and the only thing to do in the Winter being staying indoors the whole time was a little depressing. But, like I said, it is only that way if you make it that way. The United Kingdom has some of the most stunning landscape, countryside and scenery in the whole world. Scotland, for example, is simply breathtaking. Although we will be in London, it is down to us to be able to get out into nature and have an outdoorsy lifestyle. A bit of rain, snow and cold won’t stop us hiking up hills and camping in nature. And I have to say, I am actually not a fan of hot weather (Sydney hot = 38 degrees some days), so I am mega excited for a cooler climate again!! Being half Scottish, I am just so not built for the heat…

Also, London is the most incredible city. It is so beautiful, eclectic, diverse, full of life, full of history and there is always something new to explore and somewhere to have fun. I always say I have a love hate relationship with London, because I love so so much about it, yet the business of it can grind me down sometimes as a sensitive soul/empath. But that is when I will escape home to the countryside and recharge 🙂

So really, we are actually INCREDIBLY blessed we get to call the UK our home. We are so privileged to be able to live in the UK. And I think, it has taken living away from our home to really appreciate that.

Another big thing for us is family. Johnny and I are both major family people and living on the other side of the world has presented its challenges in this area. Not being able to pop home for a weekend with your loved ones is TOUGH. And although I saw my Dad two times each year, I only saw my Mum and big sister once each year, and that isn’t enough for me. My family are some of the most special people in my life, and with us all getting older, I want to maximise the amount of times we get to spend together.

In terms of what we are going to do job wise… it is all still up in the air yet we have direction. I have a path of what I want to do but I don’t want to get my hopes up too much, so I am open to options the Universe presents. Johnny is in a similar position.

We will be living in London for the next 5 years or so I would say and then move out to the burrrrrrbs or somewhere like Brighton (I would LOVE to live in Brighton) when we want to start a wee family 🙂

So there we have it, some wonderful news and exciting news. As you can imagine, I am going between incredibly excited and rather overwhelmed. We have a few things to sort out this end. Moving back to the other side of the world presents some logistical issues… Nether the less, I am staying positive and trusting that if I stay present and mindful then all will work out for our highest goods. I am most nervous about the unknown in terms of jobs and further courses, but again, what is meant to be will be 🙂

I AM EXCITED 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

No questions. Just thoughts… 

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  • Reply Yolie Stephenson

    Hey honey! I’m so happy I stumbled on your blog! Love everything you write about. I’m living in London with my Kiwi hubby and we are literally (in 2 weeks) about to head to NZ (Auckland)…not sure at all for how long, so we shall see, it very much depends on if it feels like a good fit, how it is being away from family (I feel the same as you!) and what work Tom finds. 🙂 Anyways, about nature and London – we love our National Trust memberships! Would def recommend that. They have amazing gardens and estates all over and we often drive to visit them from London. You can ride your bikes, do fun hikes too. It’s not all manicured (just the main bit). 🙂 Best of luck with your move! xxx

    January 23, 2017 at 5:30 pm
    • Reply LaurenKate

      Hi Yolie! Thanks so much for stopping by and the wonderful comment and words 🙂
      That is so exciting you are heading to NZ! I really wanted to see NZ but haven’t had the chance. One day!!
      That is such a good tip re National Trust memberships, my Mum used to have one when we were kids and it was such a great way to get in nature and see beautiful places. It will be a good escape from city life.
      Thanks again and good luck with your move!! xxx

      January 23, 2017 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply Laura

    How exciting about you coming home to the UK! You never know we might have to arrange a meet up 🙂
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    January 23, 2017 at 11:54 pm
    • Reply LaurenKate

      I know, it is so exciting! Yes! That would be great to arrange a meet up 🙂

      January 24, 2017 at 6:04 am

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