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Our Next Dream Has Been Begun

Our Next Dream Has Been Begun

Well at the end of June we hit the three year mark of moving to Australia.  The first six months (out of the last twelve) had been great: Promotions for me, and Paul got into a company he thoroughly enjoyed, we were in a great place, and we felt secure for the first time. The kids were all ticking along well in life too. Things were, shall I say, really really good. Then something happened which I suppose puts the last three years into perspective.

Well at the end of June we hit the three year mark of moving to Australia.  The first six months (out of the last twelve) had been great: Promotions for me, and Paul got into a company he thoroughly enjoyed, we were in a great place, and we felt secure for the first time. The kids were all ticking along well in life too. Things were, shall I say, really really good. Then something happened which I suppose puts the last three years into perspective.

Since we landed, after the initial struggle of getting into a rental, everything we touched turned to gold. Jobs, promotions galore, schools, our eldest emigrating to Australia too, (still on temporary visa mind) and basically everything we had talked about we would like to happen – did happen.

Then six months ago, everything started to fall apart, and it was the worse six months of our emigrating experience. I had problems at my job, Paul's contract wasn't renewed, health issues – you name it, life through it at us.

However, you know the one thing that keeps us going is walking down to the beach – in the sun – and remembering why we came – that puts things back into perspective massively. Yes we are now struggling, which makes it feel like we have gone back twenty years, and we are budgeting again to help our eldest stay in the country, and get through his courses. But at the end of the day, we chose to wake up everyday with the sun shining and the blue skies, and we have our son with us. Although people say he's an adult and can fight for his right to stay independently, as a family I can't do that.

I have had friends who have come out of the woodwork I never realised were true true friends. They have shown to me what true friends are. They are all Aussies mind – and at the end of the day when the chips were down, and we needed help, they were there. As some of you reading this may know, it's hard to establish new friends when you move to a new country, and it takes a long time to open up and share things, so new friendships are very important, and ours have been great.

Today I am sat here with the sun shining, knowing I will be going to the beach with my visiting family and friends. Last Thursday I handed in my notice at work for a better job with renewed prospects, and I am putting the past 6 months to one side and calling it a "learning experience."

Paul starts work back at one of the farms next week for some chill out time. My eldest has rung immigration to discuss his future (with hairdressing being pulled off the list) and with their help has worked out a five year plan, which will ultimately cost $150k (through studying). But if I have to sell everything to help him to pay for those costs, then so be it. Fingers crossed though they will put hairdressing back on the list!!

Things are still changing for us all the time, but we face it as a family. This past six months have been hared but we stand today in a better place.

Ultimately, out of the last three years we have had six months that were the worst ever, but we are moving on. Tucking it away, and seeing our future with the smiles and support. We are determined to have the next three years as good as our first two and half and continuing our immigration dream.

I used to say don't just dream it – do it. Well we are back on track to do just that. Our next dream has begun!

Author: BritishExpats member "CathnPaul"

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