What did your 'old' life look like?
Four years ago we lived in a small country town in the WA Wheatbelt with our 4 children. I taught at a school two towns away, My husband worked ‘Fly in Fly out’ (FIFO as he still does ) and our weekends were spent travelling to watch our children play hockey and football at neighbouring country towns or if we were lucky it was a home game.
Was there a single event or trigger that made you act? What motivated you to change?
Our youngest child at the time was about to begin year 9 at high school and we had a son just finishing year 12. Most of the young people were being sent to boarding school in Perth and job opportunities were very limited. The option of having most of our children all move away for work or study was not something we wanted. Dear friends of ours had planted the seed during a conversation about why we were waiting to move.
One day my husband came home and said “let's move!”
Fast forward 6 months later and we bought land in Geraldton while on holidays within two months we were packed up and moved!
Leaving our eldest son behind was really hard. Although he was settled in his job and happy it was difficult being separated when all of our other children were moving with us. Also leaving behind a place that had been part of our lives for 14 years.
What does your life look like now? How is it different?
- Life is very different than I ever envisioned it would be. We live a 5 minute walk from the ocean (one of my favourite places to be!).
- We've added to our family with the blessed addition of our 2 year old daughter after many years of trying and giving up hope of being able to have another child.
- I am finally following my dream to write and have recently begun writing a children's picture book which has been a long held dream of min.
- We've just sold our house in the small country town we moved from and are making plans to build our dream house on our block.
Following our dreams is not always easy. What tools do you use to keep inspired and motivated?
Following your dreams often means jumping in with two feet and taking chances. Fear of failing often holds us back. I think surrounding yourself with positive people and focusing on what is good in your life helps.
Can you share a favourite quote?
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