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Old Dec 7th 2017, 9:07 am   #31
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Thank you to those of you that offered me some sensible advice. I’m pleased to say I’m feeling a lot better and much more positive about a future in New Zealand. I think a combination of hormones being all over the place after what I went through, general home sickness, and a lack of close friends all contributed to my mini meltdown.
I did take my husbands advice and get off social media for a few weeks, which helped - not being able to see all the lovely things that my friends back home are doing did actually help. We got away as a family for a weekend to Auckland, which was a good way to temporarily remedy my cabin fever in Taranaki.
I would still 100% rather be living in the UK (or at least closer to the UK) but I’ve come to accept that it’s very unlikely to ever happen as my husband doesn’t want to leave NZ - he has a good job here, friends and family nearby, has worked hard to renovate our house and he loves the culture here.
I suppose in every relationship, someone has to compromise, especially when each partner comes from opposite sides of the world. It just so happens that it’s me doing the compromising. We’ve agreed that I should go back to the UK for a holiday every 1-2 years to keep my homesickness at bay, so that’s better than nothing.
Anyway, just wanted to update that I’m feeling better!
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Old Dec 7th 2017, 12:06 pm   #32
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Thanks Gill. So pleased that you are feeling better. Places and time change all of us, often in ways we don't foresee. Try not to think in terms of "100%" simply "preferring" is a better way to look at it. Regular holidays back will help considerably, and communications do also make expat living that much more manageable.
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Old Dec 7th 2017, 8:44 pm   #33
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Oh that's fantastic news x
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