2016

Today I had a huge decision to make. A decision that will ultimately change the course of my life, and at first I got overwhelmed and it was something that made me question what I wanted to do with my life and myself. Just when you think you know where you’re headed, and feel confident in your direction, life throws a curve ball.

 

So let me explain, when I first came to Australia, it was to get out of Canada, to live, work, and travel for a year in an unknown country. I did it because it felt right, and it felt like fate had dealt me a sweet card. So here I am. 7 months into my yearlong working and travel visa.

 

Then my work, asked to sponsor me. So here I am, stuck at a crossroads. Stay or go. Go or stay. It would be a four-year commitment, at the least, and this really made me think. Do I stay for the money and get ahead for a better future, or do I go home regroup and continue to travel? Now for many people in Australia, getting sponsored by someone is a true blessing, because lets be honest Australia is amazing. It has an incredible vibe, a thriving economy, and beautiful landscape. Everyone wants to stay here, and its such an amazing opportunity that not many people get. Fortunately, I was one of those people, because well my company loves Canadians.

 

But for me, Australia has taught me something amazing and I know I am so lucky. It made me realize what I left at home is irreplaceable and it made me so thankful to have so many people back home that care about me. I am so blessed to have a loving family, a beautiful country to call home, and I haven’t even explored it all! I realized that there is so much in this world that I want to see. Ultimately, I would be staying in Sydney for money. Money is something I guess I never fully grasped the concept of. I was raised to understand money shouldn’t make your world go round, nor should it run your life. I knew in my gut, that if I stayed I would become very consumed in work and that’s not something I want right now in my life. I want a life where I work to live, not live to work. So this morning I approached my boss and declined the sponsorship. Once I said it, I knew it was the right thing. I had thought about it so much, weighed my options, and I had some excellent advice along the way.

 

Along with all this, somewhere besides home is calling my name… and it has for many years. So as of now, the plan is to go home and adventure. Save a couple dollars, travel, and then I will be off to explore a new country.

 

Australia opened so many doors for me, and it opened a part of my mind that made me confident. Confident in myself to make my own decisions, live by my own regards, and follow my heart. So although in 5 months I will be saying goodbye to Australia, I will be saying hello to home, friends, family, and new adventures. I know I will be back to Aus one day no doubt.

 

I will share details soon I swear!

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