How fitting that this is the first post on my blog, when the overarching theme for this time of year is new beginnings. First post, shiny new blog. This isn’t the only new thing in my life, but more about that later…
Most people take this time of year as an opportunity to reflect. We reflect on the year that’s been: opportunities missed and gained, knowledge gained and shared. We pause and take a moment to think about the year ahead and all it represents: new opportunities, different challenges, do-overs. We invite Destiny over for coffee and tell her all about our hopes and dreams for the year to come.
Destiny, oh Destiny.
Destiny decided to take us on a grand journey this year. A journey that will see us relocating to a small town in the heart of the Karoo. And when I say small, I mean SMALL. One post office, one main street. TINY small.
Those who know me well will know that 2015 was a bit of a challenging year for us. We lost our beloved cat kid, Marshmallow; The Boyfriend lost his job; and I pretty much lost my sanity and sense of self. When you’re in that moment – that ugly, dark moment of loss – you don’t immediately see a way out of the messy maze, but all this pain really represents is a full stop before the start of a new sentence. And here’s proof:
We turned to social media to expand our search for Marshmallow and thanks to a friend with a 300k+ following we were put in touch with a lovely lady who led us to a pretty, white, lost kitty – thinking it was Marshmallow. The plan was to take the cute stray in until we could place her in a loving home but one evening with the little thing and we were smitten. SHE GIVES HUGS, PEOPLE. Sadly we never did find our Marshmallow, but we would like to believe that Princess Bonnibel Bubblegum (Bubblegum for short) was a present from her. A cute, fluffy, tiny-meow present.
The Boyfriend lost his job when the agency he worked for, like so many other startups these days, was faced with financial troubles. He had less than 24hrs to come to terms with it. No severance pay. We had literally just moved into a new apartment and had spent a small fortune on the deposit, the move and new furniture. Luckily for me The Boyfriend is amazingly resilient and he immediately started working on his show-reel in order to start reeling in potential employers and gosh did he… Three job offers later and we’re getting ready to set off on a grand adventure. In the Great Karoo. A leap of faith.
So you see, it’s true – every cloud has a silver lining.
The new venture will present amazing opportunities for us: A complete lifestyle change; working and travelling abroad; a new sideline business opportunity; FRESH AIR.
I am as excited about living in a picturesque little town surrounded by mountains, as I am nervous about the lack of Woolworths, Typo and 24hr Andiccio (no judgies..). We will be a two-hour drive from ANYWHERE – and when we get to Anywhere we won’t be met with Topshop, Krispy Kreme, or IMAX (The Boyfriend is mildly obsessed – and by mildly I mean massively). No more next-day (nevermind same day!) online shopping deliveries. No more 10min drives to a variety of shops, restaurants, concerts or exhibitions. NO MORE UBER.
We experience at least ten “What are we doing??” moments a day, when our hearts jump into our throats and we look around our 90sqm inner-city apartment and think, “Life isn’t so bad here?”, and it isn’t, it really is quite lovely, but this move is a once in a lifetime opportunity. A majestic leap of faith. We can’t not leap.
So. I’ll be packing my big girl broekies, my best and most polite Afrikaans, my camera and a bicycle (with a pretty, woven, rainbow coloured basket of course). Groot Karoo, hier kom ons. Thank you Destiny, we can’t wait to see what you have on the cards for us.
What does Destiny have in store for you this year? I hope it’s magical.
Image source: South African Tourism