You may have noticed I’ve been a little quiet lately. I haven’t been writing as much, and believe me when I say that I’ve missed it! So let me fill you in what’s been happening to keep me away for so long.
Remember that piece of land I mentioned in my goals updates throughout the year? That beautiful hectare the hubby and I have been ever-so-slowly building on so that we could eventually live there one day? It’s ready.
And the date has been set!
We are officially moving to Mandurah in February 2016 and I am so excited – new place, new opportunities, new climate, new landscape, new people to meet and friends to be made.
I’ve moved a bit in my time, around New Zealand, to Europe, and around Australia, but this is definitely the biggest and most difficult move that I’ve made yet. This time it involves more than just me and my backpack! This time I have a husband, two dogs, a house load of stuff (although I’ve really been enjoying the process of sorting, decluttering, downsizing, selling and donating – how good does that feel?), and of course, Vitality.
I’m moving a whole life, not just a location.
So let me break it down for you into the Build, the Business and the Big Plans.
We have had (and still have) a lot to do. It turns out that building on your land is quite difficult when you’re not actually there! Somehow though we’ve managed it and we are the proud owners of a shed and a little unit inside our shed that we’ll be living in.
Throughout this whole process, it was really important to me that we did this as eco-friendly as possible. So that meant reusing and recycling anything we could find – and find things we did!
We’ve gotten our hands on a kitchen and bathroom from people renovating and demolishing, which to me meant we wouldn’t be using more of the earth’s resources, plus we’re saving it from going to landfill. There were a couple of new purchases, such as the tapware, but only when there was no way around it.
We’ve gotten scrap carpet from a wholesaler, not only at a great price but also saved it from being thrown away unnecessarily. We’ve purchased second-hand (but never used) sustainably grown bamboo floorboards from a private seller who had them left over from his own renovation job.
My new furniture is actually second-hand furniture from private sellers. Even the little house inside our shed is a second-hand unit brought from friends of the hubby’s parents!
I freely admit that it’s not totally finished yet, and there will definitely be a lot more to get on with once we’re there, but for now I’m over the moon with what we’ve managed to create. How fun is it to create something that is completely yours? To do it how you want, where you want, when you want, and be utterly blessed to make something that is unique to you. I can’t wait to get down there and start developing the veggie patch, the garden, oh and of course, the yoga studio. Which brings me to…
Vitality Health Coaching is on the move! When I started my business early in 2014, I never imagined that it would be where it is today, and that I’d be relocating it to Mandurah. Isn’t life full of surprises? But here we are, and that’s exactly what’s happening.
Next year is going to bring some exciting announcements to the people of Mandurah! I’ll be bringing all my natural therapies along with me, branching out into various directions to take advantage of everything in my arsenal. Yoga classes, natural healthcare and mindfulness coaching, nutrition coaching, psychosomatic therapy, personal training, you name it, it’s happening.
There will be regular workshops – think health, nutrition, cooking, yoga, kombucha – anything and everything! I have some really amazing stuff lined up and I can’t wait to get stuck into it.
And here’s where this hectare of land comes in really handy. I’d been throwing the idea around of building a yoga studio in some form or another, but it’s only very recently that I’ve found the perfect setting. Without giving too much away (because it’s nice to keep a few surprises for later!), I will say that it’s beautiful, serene, and perfectly suited to creating a zen experience for my student yogis.
However it’s going to be a little while before you find out what that setting is, because I won’t be starting Vitality up in Mandurah until May. Let me tell you why!
The Big Plans
When you’re between jobs, houses, locations, lives, it’s the perfect time to pause regular life and take some time out for a side adventure. That’s what the hubby and I have decided anyway – why not use this time to do something amazing before we settle into our new lives in Mandurah?
So we’re going on a journey.
Once we get to Mandurah we leave almost immediately for two weeks of exploration in Costa Rica (beaches! mountains! wildlife!), followed by a long-dreamed of, often talked about, exodus to India! I’m taking on my 500hr yoga teacher training in the incredible city of Rishikesh in northern India, sitting at the foot of the Himalayas. The hubby will be joining me for two weeks for compulsory touring around, taking in some of the sites of India (including the Taj Mahal of course) before I head off for six weeks of intensive yoga training without him.
All up I’ll be away for 10 weeks!
I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit nervous. A little apprehensive. I’ve never been away from my hubby for that long, nor have I been away from my dog for that long. How do you even pack for 10 weeks away from home?!?
But I’m also really, really excited. The last few years for me have been so much about growth and development, learning about myself and growing into the person that I am, and these next few months is going to solidify a lot of that. It’s a journey around the world but it’s also a journey into myself.
Part of me keeps thinking, can I really do this? Can I live in India for six weeks, away from my loves, my family, my home? But what’s the alternative – not doing it? Could I just not do this, and always wonder what it might have been like?
I don’t think that’s an option. As Mandy Hale said:
Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving, and progressing.
So I guess it’s fair to say that there is a lot going on in my life for the next few months. A big move, a big trip, and some big challenges.
I’m not sure why exactly we decided to do everything at once, but we did and the wheels are in motion. This has not been without its anxieties of course. I’ve definitely worried about certain aspects of it, I’ve spent hours thinking about what may await me, but I’ve come to the conclusion that none of my worries actually matter.
You can never predict the outcome of anything. You can imagine all sorts of possible scenarios, and play them out in your head, and plan how you might react if it happened in real life – but it’s never the same as you imagine.
Living out an experience is so much richer, more fulfilling, more rewarding, than anything that you can possibly conjure up in your imagination!
So I’m welcoming the experiences that lay in front of me with open arms, and I’m choosing to let them mould me in any way they choose. I’m going to let them electrify me and make me feel alive!
And I’ll be sharing them with you every step of the way, so make sure you check back regularly for updates as I transition from the hot, dry desert life of Karratha, to the cooler, lush, green life of Mandurah, and a little world trip in between.
Thanks for being here, thanks for the support, and thanks for letting me share this with you.
With love and bracing myself for the future,