This year has been a huge 365 days of change, progression and finding myself. Not to forget the year I launched my platform dreamingon5th.com. Here are the top 10 things I’ve gained from shifting my safe, comfortable lifestyle to the big city.
1. FOMO NO LONGER EXISTS
FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out. If I choose to not do something, I’m happy with that choice. Best thing about this year is everyone you meet is ‘doing them’. Meaning they do what they want to do, and don’t mind what you want to do. Fantastic really.
2. IT’S OKAY TO NOT START YOUR CAREER STRAIGHT AWAY
Finishing university at 21 and traveling at 22, we are still so young. If you’re not ready for career, or you simply want to see the world – there should be no guilt holding you back.
3. IT’S HARD TO KEEP RELATIONSHIPS WHEN YOU’RE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD
Time zones, your lives, their lives, it’s really hard to catch up each week… Even each month! I’m fortunate enough that my closest friends know we will always be best friends regardless of how much we talk – and for that I’m so lucky.
4. AUSTRALIA AND THE U.S. ARE NOT THAT CULTURALLY SIMILAR
Biggest mistake I came into this year thinking. Aussies and Americans are just so different! I’ve toughened up a lot, and now walk a hell of a lot faster.
5. STOP BUYING UNNECESSARY ITEMS
I never realised how much money I would save by not buying a new item on Princess Polly each week. I must admit there have been a few purchases over here that I never wore – but turning a new leaf it will not happen again in 2016!
6. NOT EVERYTHING HAS TO BE PLANNED
Coming from the comfort of routine and schedules, moving overseas was a huge shock. Some of the best trips I’ve taken this year have been booked the week before and figured out on the go. There are some things in life that are just better done spontaneously.
7. WE ARE TINY DOTS IN A HUGE UNIVERSE
Sometimes we can’t help but have those ‘poor me’ moments. And sure, everyone’s situation is relevant to them. But it’s always good to take a step back and look at the big picture. Is this issue really an issue at all?
8. I LOVE FOOD
Some people buy key chains each place they visit, me… I buy breakfast, lunch and dinner. I believe there’s no better way to experience a new environment then dining with the locals and eating the food they make.
9. DO SOMETHING TODAY THAT WILL MAKE THE TOMORROW ‘YOU’ PROUD
Living in the city it can be easy to get into the work and home routine. Do something tiny and progressive each day that brings you happiness or works toward something bigger. That’s how I started dreamingon5th in the first place.
10. AUSTRALIA IS AN INCREDIBLE PLACE
Although I’m no where near ready to come home… I can appreciate just how incredible Australia really is. There’s no place like home. I am so proud to be Australian and know I’ll soon settle in the land down under.