How the hell am I 20? I am sat wondering where the time has gone; it only felt like yesterday I was getting dressed up for my year 11 prom at the age of 16. The past year has been a major rollercoaster for me, starting a total of 3 new jobs, moving to the other side of the world, surprising myself with what I can achieve and meeting someone who has helped create the person I am today.
This day one year ago I was a totally different place, both mentally and physically. Things were pretty rocky with my family so I was staying with my friend, Charlotte at the time. In the morning I jumped on the train with my Auntie to London to complete my medical for my New Zealand Visa. The Afternoon was full of sadness and next to no celebrations. I wasn’t in the mood to celebrate my birthday to be honest, but my friends from work had planned a surprise birthday shindig at Charlottes in the evening and I was so grateful, it was the first birthday I had celebrated properly in a while.
October. October saw my final preparations for moving to New Zealand, I booked my flights, got my visa approved and packed my suitcase ready for my next big adventure.. Starting a life the other side of the world. It was full of emotions, saying goodbye to my friends and family, not knowing when/if I would see them again. One memory I will cherish forever is spending my last day with my closest girl friend I have ever had, Chelsea. Going through school we were never close, I didn’t think I had even said one word to her, but since we started working together, we had form a great friendship and bond, something I had never experienced before. The day before I left, we went and chilled with her horse, something we did together most days after work, and then drove to Tescos to buy a few snacks for my flights in the morning. I was so sad to leave my closest girl friend, and I miss her so much, but fingers crossed she will fly over here next year..I cannot wait!!
November. November saw my first day in New Zealand and my first Tinder date. I spent the month getting my head around where I lived, I think I walked to work using google maps for the first 3 weeks. The 17th November marks the day I first met Brian on our tinder date – who knew nearly one year later I would be living with him.
December, January, February, March. These four months felt like they had flown by. I visited my family in Brisbane for Christmas and New Years and I spent the rest of my time exploring and making so many memories in Auckland. I jet skied for the first time and had pretty much eaten my way around the city. This was the time I first started to feel settled and started making friends of my own.
April, May, June, July. April was the month Brian and I leased our first house together; a decent sized house where we live with our 4 friends. I travelled as much as I could with Brian, I visited Rotorua for the first time and found my love for snowboarding too. I also applied for a partnership to work visa so I could work in New Zealand for another 12 months.
August. August was a month of craziness. I booked a last minute flight to Brisbane to visit my parents for the first time since moving to New Zealand and to surprise my Dad for his birthday, something I am SO glad I have done now. I got my visa approved and received a new job offer on the same day- lots of celebrating was in order!
I am now celebrating my 20th with the best people around me and I am in the best place mentally and physically that I can be. Looking back, I have changed within myself so much over the past 12 months and I am so happy with where I stand, physically, mentally, socially and professionally. Things couldn’t get much better if I’m being honest. I cannot wait for another 12 months of this rollercoaster.