Life lessons

The coast is calling

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog lately. Apart from my mandatory Friday Reflections link up, I’ve barely written anything. It’s not for lack of content or ideas; as always, there are plenty brewing in my head. It’s just lack of time and energy.

Regular readers of the blog will know how for the last 18 months or so, I’ve been toying with the idea of a seachange. I’ve talked about an itch and wondering about the purpose of my life. Well, guess what? I finally stopped wondering and have taken action.

I got myself a job up the Central Coast which starts right after the October long weekend. I resigned from my current position last week and now, have to wrap things up at work in three weeks, find a place to live up the coast which allows pets, rent out my unit here in Sydney, pack seven years worth of stuff in my two-bedroom unit, and move. While I realise it’s not the South Coast which has always been my dream, the Central Coast is still a good enough sea change with the option of more jobs up there than the south! I figured I had to give this a go because I’ve been unhappy for a long time and even working in my current job wasn’t making me happy. If it doesn’t work out, that’s okay. At least I’d know I gave it a go. I’m aiming to give it two years at least before making any further decisions.

I’ll admit when I travelled up there to look for places a couple of weekends ago, I was filled with a sense of dread. I checked out places around Umina beach and Ettalong beach mainly and it just didn’t feel right. It’s beautiful but something was missing. Then, on Friday as I headed up north for a friend’s wedding, I took a detour via the coast and explored places like Wamberal, Forresters Beach, Avoca, and Bateau Bay and I felt okay. I knew it’s where I needed to move.

In terms of work, I’ve gone back to what I was doing — working within mental health. I missed it after working in a school this year. More importantly, I have another job. In Sydney. For one day a week. This one is a writing-psychologist job where I get to use my writing skills to write wellbeing programs for adults. I’m excited! They actually want me to start now and consequently, I’ll be working from home until I finish my current job. Following that, once I start my job up the coast, I also officially go to this place in Sydney once a fortnight while working from home the other fortnight. I get to write and I get to work in mental health again.

Am I scared? Fuck yeah!

I’m practically shitting myself.  I’m leaving all things familiar — a home I’ve lived in for seven years, an area of Sydney I love dearly, my friends, my gym, my bookclub, my proximity to the Royal National Park, some of my favourite restaurants.

Yet, I know I need to do this in spite of the fear.

Because if I gave in to fear all the time, I wouldn’t do a lot of things. Life is about taking risks. Calculated ones, of course, for an anxious person like me. But it’s the only way I grow.

It’s possible my blogging may be sporadic for the next month or so while I get my shit together. But please, don’t be a stranger!

Done anything scary lately? Made a big move? 

Please tell me how it all went {and reassure me you didn’t go insane!}

***Linking with Kylie for IBOT and Mackenzie for MG***

Until next time,



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  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    30 August 2016 at 6:54 am

    Wow! How exciting!! The coast is definitely calling my name too but with a husband and two kids in high school, it seems I need to wait until their ready for a move too. But I envy you! For sure …
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  • Sunaina
    30 August 2016 at 8:21 am

    Congrats to you for being courageous enough to take this step. It is always difficult to move out of the familiar zone and leap into the unknown but then it’s worth all the excitement and adventure that will come along. I have known you only recently. Good luck to you for all that you will be attempting to do.

  • Titaxy
    30 August 2016 at 8:24 am

    That’s wonderful, Sanch. Congratulations. Wish you the very best with the move and the new job. Looking forward to reading more posts as you settle down. Take care.

  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    30 August 2016 at 8:50 am

    Awesome sauce! I’m so excited for you. The biggest sea change we made was moving from the UK to Australia. I had PR when I met my husband but had no intention of moving here. When we came on honeymoon, he fell in love with Australia (naturally!) and once we got back we applied for his visa, sold the flat, packed up and the rest is history. I won’t lie, leaving our friends, family and everything familiar was terrifying but it was the best decision we ever made. I’d love to follow in your footsteps up the coast – I hope this move is everything you want and more! Can’t wait for updates x

  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    30 August 2016 at 9:08 am

    That’s wonderful news!! How exciting. We adore the south coast as well.

  • Melinda Uys
    30 August 2016 at 9:22 am

    What an adventure! Always so terrifying making such a big move, but exhilarating all the same. Good luck!

  • Denyse
    30 August 2016 at 10:19 am

    Hi almost new neighbour!! We made the move to the Central Coast early January 2015 after selling in Sydney. We moved because we needed to pay out our mortgage and I did not want to work any more at 65, so selling was the best option. We looked at the southern end of the Central Coast and rented at Empire Bay for 10 months. It was not a good match for us and far too expensive. There is such a wide variation of real estate options in terms of renting here and I would suggest long looks at areas as you have already done so. We moved to the northern end of the Central Coast to Gorokan and found much more comfy house that suits us. I am really glad for you that you have made the changes you have chosen for yourself. Always happy for an email about what it’s like living here..the real version! Denyse #teamIBOT
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  • Anamika Agnihotri
    30 August 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Congratulations Sanch for the new move. I wish all the best to you. May the change become instrumental in adding more positivity and happiness in your life.
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  • Renee Wilson
    30 August 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Oh my Gosh!! Congratulations. That is a big move, but good on you for taking that leap. If you weren’t happy in that job there’s no point sticking around. I hope things work out in this new job for you. Sounds like you have a great positive attitude toward it 🙂

  • Mackenzie Glanville
    30 August 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Oh wow! This is amazing news, i imagine it is scary but I am so happy that you are following a dream and it is so good for us to get out of our comfort zone and let new amazing things begin for us! I wish you all the best beautiful xx #mg
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  • Seana Smith
    30 August 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Best of luck, it’s brave to make a big move but sometimes it’s just got tobe done. I can feel one coming on too, and in fact am living half the time with one of my kids in Orange. We have such a messy life just now, but it’s got its upsides. How fab to explore and discover a new place. AND… you will still regularly be in Sydney so all the social connections will keep going. And that’s important. I say it always takes a year to settle in somewhere new, so best of luck esp with that first year.

  • Parul Thakur
    30 August 2016 at 4:22 pm

    It’s a good move for you and your career and I wish you all the best. I want to move but there are no opportunities to places I want to go. So, if VT and I get one, we would jump at it. Trust me. We need it so much. 🙂

    Don’t worry about sporadic blogging. Just stay put and things will fall in place. Know that I am just a text away :)Hugs!
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  • Venice
    30 August 2016 at 4:57 pm

    My father had a transferable job and I remember how I dreaded moving every few years from place to place. To leave the known comfort of a place, friends and people is always tough but meeting new people, making new friends and having new experiences is equally great.

    This is a very courageous step you’re taking. I wish you all the best, I’m sure you’ll make the most of it! 🙂

  • Lou
    30 August 2016 at 5:29 pm

    This all sounds like an amazing opportunity for you and something you cannot turn down- we humans are not good with change but it brings about such great things! Good luck, hope it goes smoothly and you settle in quick! 🙂 Lou

  • Rajlakshmi
    30 August 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Central Coast is so beautiful… The view from walks near Ettalong is stunning. I am sure you will love it. Kudos for taking the action. I went through similar emotions when we moved to sydney leaving everything behind… We started from scratch here. I didn’t even bring my favorite shoes 😉 Hope everything works out and you get to work in things you like. Best of luck.
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  • Ankita
    30 August 2016 at 6:55 pm

    All the best, Sanch! I am sure your heart’s calling for seachange would be worth it. I wish I had a “big move” story to share, but I do not have one. The biggest change that I brought in my life, so far, has been of getting married. Trust me, I am still trying to get accustomed to this concept. Some might call me by mean names, but the idea of spending my life with one person still sounds boring to me. So, you see I am not the best person to lessen your stress 🙁

  • Rachna
    30 August 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Big move and I am keeping fingers crossed that it works out for you. Your new job does sound exciting and I think that you will grow into this change of place. Good luck! Except for the last decade, I have moved all through my life so yeah in that sense I know change.

  • Ami
    30 August 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Change is always scary and it always leads to something better. You may not know this now but later you will. I have also, discoverd it over time . So chin up and good luck.

  • Ness
    30 August 2016 at 7:50 pm

    As someone who has lived in the same area all my life and consequently is in a huge rut, I applaud you! Some friends of ours moved to the central coast earlier this year and they love it. Hope the move goes smoothly and you’re enjoying your sea change very soon xo

  • Ashleigh -
    30 August 2016 at 8:37 pm

    I am so happy for you! Remember that no decision you make is ever permanent (aside from a baby) and I agree that two years is a good time to assess such a huge change! I hope you have a bit of ‘nestling’ time before starting the new job!
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  • Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection
    30 August 2016 at 9:56 pm

    That’s such exciting news Sanch. You should be proud as it is such a hard thing to do, move where you need to start again.
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  • Puja
    30 August 2016 at 10:22 pm

    You are so brave.. Hugs to you . 🙂 and all the best for the new change
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  • Zita
    31 August 2016 at 7:30 am

    Go you! Was so happy to read that you had decided to make this move after all!! All the very best of luck! I’m sure it will be wonderful and I look forward to reading about it..
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  • Vishal Bheeroo
    31 August 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I have to give it to you for daring and following your heart. It’s good that you made the move to be happy. It matters the most.
    Wishing you all the best.
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  • Lata Sunil
    31 August 2016 at 11:51 pm

    It all sounds so exciting. I am glad you decided to change things for yourself instead of being unhappy. Wish you good luck.

  • Ramya
    31 August 2016 at 11:59 pm

    Congrats and all the best Sanch. Even I made a big move recently. Moved to another country with 2 kids, leaving a job that i loved doing for almost 8 years. Change might be scary but i beleive it’s good. Follow your intuition ☺?
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  • Hugzilla
    1 September 2016 at 12:35 pm

    OMGOMGOMGOMG Sanch, what amazing news!! Congrats on making so many wonderful changes in your life. I bet it’s quite a daunting prospect but I’m sure once you’re settled you’ll love it! It sounds like a perfect fit – all the best with the move and the new jobs!

  • Uma
    1 September 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Wow…It all sounds indeed very exciting, Sanch! All the very best for the move. Yes, changes are scary but much needed too.
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  • Umina Beach
    13 July 2017 at 11:35 am

    Sounds very exciting,love to read this.. cheers to fun and adventure!

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