Well, I’ve waited long enough. I’m so excited, I could burst! After alluding to the fact that big changes were coming Nick’s and my way, it’s finally time to share our excitement with all of you!
WE’RE MOVING TO AUSTRALIA!
This was a big decision for us, but ended up coming at an opportune time in our lives and after much thought and consideration, we can’t say no! Nick’s work has a reseller in Canberra, and it was suggested last year that they do an “employee swap” with someone from both companies. After much back and forth, hearing nothing, then hearing some things, hearing it had potential, then that it was an 80% chance, but don’t-put-your-whole-life-on-hold-yet, and on a non-stop emotional roller coaster, it all became officially official at the end of February. Visa official. With Nick’s start date. Which ended up being 12 weeks before the wedding…
When this proposition became serious last fall, Nick and I were already planning our Colorado June wedding. Depending on the timeliness of the Visa process we knew there was potential for Nick to start as early as January. But, we decided no matter his start date, I would stay in Colorado with Chase, finish my school year with the students, and finalize wedding plans. So when he agreed on a start date at the beginning of April, we were SO grateful that it took a bit longer than expected and we were allowed a few extra months together. 12 weeks apart is hard enough, much less had it been 16+. But we are successfully 1 week in, and a mere 11 weeks to go until the wedding! Needless to say, that goodbye last weekend was the worst. So. Difficult. And part of us was criticizing the “younger” us who thought it was a great idea, last fall, to move internationally at separate times. But we made the best decision we could at the time, and we both know this is going to be worth it in the end!
We are so excited to begin this amazing adventure as a newly married couple! Nick just gets a little bit of head start. 😉 But I’ll be returning with him to Australia after the wedding for a 1-2 year stint. We have been plotting and planning our minutes while there! Travel is a huge passion of ours, and although we will make our home in Canberra, and will love settling in, we can’t wait to explore!
I know the next 11 weeks will be hard without Nick and I plan to keep myself as busy as possible. With the upcoming wedding, my running, races, Chase, all the packing, friends, and family, I will have plenty to do. And of course the prospect of moving to a new country with my favorite person has me ridiculously excited! I think the separation from Nick will make the wedding so much more special. And it will all be worth it in the end.
Not much will change around here. I’ll still be running on the Oiselle team, I’ll still promise to blog often, and barely eek out one post every few months. You know, the usual. But my pictures might change! I’ll miss the mountains, wildlife, and old trails dreadfully, but they will be replaced with the outback, kangaroos, and new trails. And you can’t beat that!
Thanks readers for all of your support! I can’t wait to share in this new journey with all of you!