It’s (again!) been a while since I had the time to put my thoughts to paper, but this weekend I made sure that I dedicated few hours to be mindful. Writing has and always will be a therapeutic cure for when I am feeling odd and after a manic few weeks, I couldn’t think of a better time to sit and write.
As most of you may know, Scotty and I moved our lives across to Singapore from Hong Kong on the 2 of January. We had only been contemplating leaving Hong Kong for a few short months when the opportunity arose for us to move to this beautiful South East Asian city.
Moving your life to a different country should never be something you take lightly (although both times I have had to do it, it’s been rather sudden…!). Moving countries is incredibly stressful but, by continuing to break out of your comfort zone and continuing to push yourself to create a life you love and are proud of is true bravery.
Scotty and I both knew we were going to be faced with new challenges with this move, but we were so ready for the next adventure and completely giddy at the thought of getting lost in another place to call home. The prospect of learning where things are again, scoping out cool bars and our new favorite restaurants, getting lost out of train stations and starting again from scratch is something that we find keeps life exciting! Four weeks in to our new life and we are finally starting to feel more settled.
I will be honest, change brings more stress and anxiety than any other human experience and most people avoid change for this very reason. I am a naturally anxious person, but I am and never will be someone that likes being comfortable. I get bored and start thinking about the next adventure/challenge and truly believe the times where I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone, I’ve learnt the most about myself.
The past six weeks have been a challenging to say the least. The move has been a completely stressful and an anxiety filled experience…but at the same time, it has been so very rewarding. I still haven’t truly been able to relax and enjoy my new life to the fullest yet…as much as I have wanted to. It takes a while for your body and mind to readjust to a new environment and sometimes I get so frustrated with myself for getting worked up and overthinking things. It’s very easy to question your choices and whether you should have made the jump in the first place. All I know is, that no matter how long it takes to properly adjust and settle into Singapore life, it’s going to be worth it.
If you too are in a similar situation at the moment, whether it be a new country, a new home, a new job or any other new life experience… I think it’s important to remember that the reason you made the choice to be where you are, it’s because you were no longer feeling happy or fulfilled in your old circumstance. So, no matter how long it takes and how tough the road may be to feel settled and secure again, this change is not only going to better you and make you a stronger and happier individual, but it’s also going to make you a champion of change and you’re never going to settle for anything less than true happiness again.
Don’t let the concept of change scare you as much as the prospect of remaining unhappy!