As I grow older it seems like there is less time for everything. I try and write a post about every place I go, but this is my first post in over a year!
We left the cold and windy winter of Wellington for the warm sub-tropical sunshine of the place I had departed from nearly 2 years previous and headed back to Brisbane.
We arrived in October 2016 and the summer was flawless. So much sun and heat everyday, not a trouser in sight.
It was here that I managed to pick up enough freelance work to really start to sustain myself and become a fully fledged freelancer.
In the last eleven months we have been to Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Gold Coast and the surrounding national parks. Both our parents have been over to visit and we have lived in 3 different places. Even old pals like Shea and Ashworth have come to visit which is great as it’s kinda hard to make pals with Aussies sometimes.
The first place was a great Queenslander that got knocked down, the second place didn’t work out and was too noisey to work and the third was another beautiful relaxed Queenslander that gives total peace and quiet.
We’ve had some great house mates and we’ve also has some absolute horrors. I think it’s safe to say at 32 I’m really happy having the space and quiet of living alone, but whatever happens a few housemates or short term visitors is always doable.
For July and August we visited Thailand and the UK. It was amazing being back in Bangkok, just how I left it, perfect in it’s craziness. Loved the contrast of Phuket and the islands, they provided us a nice relaxing 10 days before arriving in the UK.
Being back in the UK was challenging. My mar was living out in Gorleston far away from Norwich and I had to spend and enormous amount of time and effort back Derby my uni town to sort out my other place. We ended up staying here way longer than planned and only had a few nights to see the rest of family and friends, which I regret a lot because I think my pals didn’t think I wanted to see them but in all honestly I really did, I just had zero time.
The last few days in the UK were great as we got to explore London from a base by staying at my cousins house which was pretty central. I love the energy and bustle of central London but I don’t think I would ever want to work there, to much aggression and toxic commuting for my liking. I like my air for breathing.
I didn’t seem to have much jet lag on the way there but boy it took over a week to get over on the way back. I had a lot less energy and motivation in Derby this time around too, think that I am finally feeling older for once in my life which is a little scary. Gonna have to go on some mad health and gym life binge.
Now I am back in Brisbane and a year has flown by super quickly. I am working from a mix between home desk and the Brisbane libraries. I’ve had a few big work pipelines drop recently and I’d love to be able to get my own office soon.
But I have to think about how I can do this whilst satisfying this innate urge to travel more. I was in Brisbane before for 6 months and now I am coming up to another year in the city. It’s a really great place but I want more, much more. I need to see the rest of the east coast and beauty that Australia has to offer. I want to travel up the east coast this summer and drive around the whole country anti clockwise.
I wanted if I can find a way to do this whilst sustaining work life / building automated income streams.
I have to act soon – I have itchy feet and want to get on the road again.