Feels like home to me

Sydney

As of three weeks ago, we’ve been in Sydney for one whole year!

Three hundred and sixty-five days. Fifty-two weeks. Twelve months. One year. It’s amazing how quickly time passes! The past year has been a total whirlwind – interstate move, new job, wedding. Nothing like a bunch of major life events all at the one time!

Some days, I still have to pinch myself. It’s hard to believe that a year ago, after packing up our little life in PosyTown, we said farewell to our family and friends and boarded a one-way flight to Harbour-City. I just can’t believe that we’ve lived in this beautiful city for 12 months now. Yet at the same time, I feel like we’ve lived here forever, and I can barely remember a time before Sydney. PosyTown feels like a lifetime ago.

We had dinner with some very old friends who were passing through the night after our Sydney-versary, and speaking with them made me realise that moving, and moving interstate, isn’t just some tiny little thing. Not only do you have to find a new place to live, pack your whole house up and shift it interstate then unpack, you have to find a new doctor, dentist, hairdresser, start a new job, make new friends… It’s not easy, and I’d be fibbing if I said the past year had been a walk in the park, but it also hasn’t been as difficult as I thought it would be. Completely exhausting yes, but not so difficult.

Coffee

It still feels very surreal that we made the move I always dreamed we’d make and that we do actually live here now, but we are settled. We have our weekday and weekend routines. As much as we like to explore new cafes and restaurants, we also have our favourites where we often find ourselves again and again. I haven’t yet made an effort to get into team sport since we’ve moved down, but it is something I want to look into for the coming year. Making friends in a new city is not easy, so I am grateful that we already had extended family and friends here as part of our instant support base – it has helped, a lot. I miss seeing Niece and Nephew Posy every day, watching them grow, but they left PosyTown for Melbourne not long after we moved, so now they’re only an hour’s plane ride away, instead of a four hour flight.

After dreaming of our Sydney move for so many years, I had that little worry at the back of my mind – What if it doesn’t work out? What if it isn’t everything I’d always hoped it would be? I also worried about Mr Posy – he’d previously been a little hesitant about moving so far from everything we knew – What if he hated it? What if it made him completely miserable? I needn’t have worried. It has been more amazing moving here than we could have ever hoped, and surprisingly, I think Mr Posy actually loves Sydney even more than I do. I certainly didn’t see that one coming! In fact, I wouldn’t have thought it could ever be possible.

Celebrating Sydney

This beautiful city treated us with spectacular weather to celebrate our Sydney-versary – we enjoyed sangria and seafood in the sunshine down at North Bondi, while reminiscing over everything that has happened in the past twelve months, and talking about our plans for the years to come… and then because we hadn’t indulged enough, we finished off our day with a trip to the Messina Dessert Bar…

Dessert

Our new chapter has only just begun.

7 Comments
  • Gary Lum (@garydlum)
    October 27, 2014

    So happy that you’re so happy 🙂

    • miss posy
      October 30, 2014

      Thanks, Gary! It’s a good feeling.

  • Pam T
    October 27, 2014

    It certainly is a beautiful city & glad you have both settled in so well!

    • miss posy
      October 30, 2014

      I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else (at least for now)! Such an amazing city.

  • Kay HermosaVogue
    October 27, 2014

    Lovely post! And I love hearing about relocations and how happy the people are, 12 months on (in your case).

    I want to relocate overseas but T is reallllly hesitant. T likes his routine and is a homebody – barely likes to leave our abode for a weekend away! Glad to hear N is thrilled with the move, maybe that will give T the reassurance he needs?

    • miss posy
      October 30, 2014

      N is much the same… It took quite some time (years!), but I’m glad he finally came around. He really does love it here – even he is surprised at how much he loves it! I hope you can get T to give it a go!

  • Natalie
    November 3, 2014

    I’m so glad this has worked out for you. Sydney is such a wonderful city and I think about moving back to NSW/there often.

    One thing I kept in mind when I moved to Melbourne – nine years ago now – was that if I hated it, I could always go back. I think people underestimate that or they’re scared of seeming like a failure. If you don’t like it then you can always, ALWAYS, go home. But you just might love it too and that’s what makes it worth the risk.

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