If you read my last post about my experience with life coaching, I wrote about how many positive and wonderful things have come into my life over the last few months. Lots of travel, less stress at work, stronger relationships with family, friends and colleagues, this blog…
But the biggest and most craziest change of all?
I AM MOVING TO BRISBANE!
That’s right – after living in Western Australia for almost 4 years, I will be heading east to the more tropical climate of Queensland!
This will be my second major move within 4 years. I first moved to Perth all the way from New Zealand at the start of 2013.
Since arriving in Perth, I have been working in IT in the oil and gas industry. It’s been a great job where I’ve worked with some amazing people and developed some useful skills for life. I don’t want to go too much into the reasons why I decided to resign but one of the biggest factors was my lack of passion for the oil and gas industry and my desire to put my computer science degree to use and pursue a more technical career. As someone who loves to travel around, I think my feet were starting to itch a bit too much as well and I felt like I was due to hit the road.
So it was like the Universe was listening out for me when I came across an advertisement for a .NET developer in a sports analytics software company (SPORTS, SPORTS, SPORTS!!!). After sending through my application, taking part in two Skype interviews and spending a weekend over in Brisbane to meet my new colleagues, I got the job.
The company I’m going to be working for has some huge clients in a range of sports such as rugby union, league, tennis and cricket – some of my favourite sports. There’s certainly going to be a fair few travel opportunities. Needless to say, I think I’ve pretty much found my dream job.
It’s still going to be a challenge however going from a company of 4000 people to 7 people and going from working in a 24-floor building in Perth’s CBD to a tiny office out in the suburbs, 14km from Brisbane CBD. But it’s a challenge I am very much looking forward to.
I try my best but it’s really difficult to shut me up when it comes to talking about this new job.
So while I wasn’t specifically looking to move to Brisbane, it just happens that I’ve been lead in that direction and I’m just going to go with it.
More opportunities for travel, adventure and exploration
With my only experience of Queensland being a 3 day visit to Brisbane, I am looking forward to doing lots of exploration around the state: the Gold Coast is only an hour away (and reachable by train), Sunshine Coast is only a couple of hours away.
It will be a lot easier to travel to the other Eastern states, especially New South Wales. For example, Byron Bay in northern NSW is only a couple hours drive away. I am sure there is an abundance of cheap flights to Sydney and Melbourne as well.
Furthermore, I will only be a 3 hour flight from New Zealand (as opposed to a $1400 return, 7 hour flight from Perth), which makes my dream of wanting to roadtrip around my home country a lot more affordable.
Something I regret is not having explored as much of Western Australia as I would have liked and I am determined to make up for this and get to know every nook and cranny of Queensland. In saying that, my family are based here in WA, so I will be returning to Perth quite regularly.
As a result, this move certainly guarantees plenty of exciting stories to share on this blog about all the adventures I get up to in Queensland and on my work travels. So watch this space!
On leaving Perth
While I’m excited about what the future holds for me in a new city, there are plenty of things I will miss about Perth… The beautiful summers full of sunshine and cloudless skies… The glistening blue hues of the Indian Ocean… The breath taking sunsets… The uncrowded beaches.
It’s also difficult having to say goodbye to some of my best friends and work colleagues. I hate seeing the shock and sadness in their faces when I tell them I’m leaving and having to explain why I’m doing this.
But in all honesty, I have struggled with Perth’s isolation and slow-ish pace of life. Things have improved a lot since I moved here, although I still cannot get over the awful trading hours (for example, shops don’t open until 11am on Sundays). Being a huge rugby lover, I still couldn’t quite bring myself to follow the AFL. I honestly tried my best but I just could not connect with the sport at all.
Perth is fantastic for those ready to settle down or prefer the quiet life. It’s a great place if you have a family – I would definitely consider raising my children here.
But while I’m still young with nothing holding me back, I figured this is my golden opportunity to go somewhere a bit more “happening”, get things going with my career and have lots more adventures!
Reflecting on how such a change has come into my life
Had I come across the advertisement for this job 6 or so months ago, I would not have had the courage at all to apply. Confidence in myself and my skills as an IT professional had always been quite low. Even though I was awarded a research scholarship in my 3rd year of uni and even though I graduated with a first class honours degree, I never thought I was good enough to work in a technical role. But the work I have done with my life coaching has made a huge impact on the way I feel about myself.
I would have also used excuses like having to stay here in Perth to pay my house off. It’s been 3 years since I bought my house, and I have paid a huge chunk of the mortgage off. I’ve got all my finances planned and I know that I’ll be OK when it comes to the money side of things.
I recently stumbled across a quote that resonates so much with me and helps me to keep belief in myself through all this change:
“Let your faith be greater than your fears.”
It is during those moments of panic and stress when repeating this over and over again will get me through.
My last month in Perth
I finish up work in mid-November and make the move over at the end of November, ready to start work in early December. The main priority at the moment is obviously looking for somewhere to live. The plan is to do a house share and find a fully furnished bedroom so I don’t have to worry about buying or shipping furniture. I’m looking at suburbs between the CBD and Jindalee where I’ll be based for work. Such suburbs include Toowong, Indooropilly, Taringa, Auchenflower and perhaps Oxley. While I’m OK with driving to and from work since I’ll be going against the traffic, it’ll be nice to have good access to public transport for the weekends.
Otherwise, my weekends are probably going to be filled with spending time with friends and family before I go. I’m going to try and smash out a few more day trips and hikes and places I’ve been meaning to check out. And if it one day warms up here (Perth has been uncharacteristically cool this year), I will definitely make the most of the beach before I face the wrath of Queensland’s nasty, humid, rainy summers.
While I always fantasized of it from time to time, I honestly could not imagine that I’d be on the move again so soon and living in another city. It is crazy, scary, exciting and incredible all combined into one hell of an epic story. Here’s to starting the next chapter of my life!
Note: Featured image sourced from Pixabay.