Welcome to Relocation Recap, a regular feature on the Health & Wellness Revolution blog – sharing the relocation experiences of people from across the world.
Feeling alone is a common challenge of relocation.
This interview series aims to shines light on the many ways you can feel more connected, inspired and capable when moving from your comfort zone to somewhere new and unfamiliar.
You may well read about someone who faced similar challenges to your own, and surmounted them. As you can too.
If you, or anyone you know, would like to be featured in this interview series, please contact Kylie here.
Welcome Calida, thank you for joining us!
Where do you live now, and where have you lived?
Now I live in Coffs Harbour NSW. Previously I lived in Brisbane where I worked as a research assistant in a medical research lab.
What do you do, what ‘hats do you wear’, how do you spend your time, paid and unpaid?
I spend most of my time working on our family not-for-profit organisation – Student Volunteer Placements International. (www.svpi.org.au). We arrange volunteer placements in Nepal and Cambodia. This work involves a lot of international travel, but it also involves a lot of time just sitting, working on the laptop. This can be done anywhere that has a wifi connection so it might as well be somewhere with a beach and where the rent is cheap.
What have you gained by relocating?
Most importantly a relaxed life-style. I still work hard, but I get to pick my hours. If I want to spend the morning walking along the beach and stay up answering emails late into the night, I have the freedom to do that.
I also save money on renting and by living a simpler lifestyle.
It is also much easier to get out and enjoy nature. When I have lived in cities I found that I became trapped in them on the weekends and talked myself out of putting the effort in to travel somewhere peaceful and green. Now I can jump in my car, drive for 15 minutes and be somewhere really isolated and beautiful.
What have been some of the challenges?
Maintaining a social life. There aren’t a lot of places to go out and meet people in Coffs Harbour. Cultural activities are lacking and there isn’t as much of a community feel to the town as I’d expected there to be. Coffs isn’t too far from Brisbane or Sydney so it is possible to get away for a weekend every now and then, but I still feel like I am missing out on some things I would otherwise have access to in a city.
Also being a regional town, public transport is pretty much non-existent, so I find myself driving a lot more, which the ‘greenie’ in me doesn’t like.
What have you learned, about yourself and others?
The most important lesson I’ve learned is that it’s possible to be happy anywhere, but some places require a little bit more effort than others.
What would you have missed out on, had you stayed in one place?
Seeing a baby dolphin playing around the jetty two weeks ago.
Did your physical and emotional health improve or decline after relocating?
There has been a definite improvement in my physical health. I think partly the warmer climate encourages you to eat lighter and spend more time being active outdoors.
Emotionally much the same. The freedom and relaxed lifestyle is great for my mental health, but this is mitigated by not having as much to do recreationally as I would if I were in a city…so it balances out.
When and if you experience self-doubt, fear or stress, how do you embrace these feelings and move on?
By talking to friends and family regularly and heading up to Brisbane for a night out every now and then. Or I go for a run on the beach- that always clears my head.
What would you say to others contemplating a relocation?
To have as much as possible lined up before you go. If you don’t already have a job lined up or something else to keep you occupied it can get lonely very quickly.
What would you say to yourself if you were contemplating another relocation?
Don’t lose your nerve – you always land on your feet and good people exist everywhere.
Thank you Calida!
Now back to you, dear reader – are you contemplating relocating?
Check these out:
Relocation Ready (mini-course): FREE to join until 28 April 2016
Free Resources (articles, recipes, tips – including an awesome moving abroad checklist)
Your Relocation Solution (the book): be healthy and happy, wherever you are. The ultimate guide for women wishing to feel connected, inspired and capable when moving from their comfort zone.
Healthy Relocation Coaching (one-on-one)
And please comment below, your thoughts, ideas, experiences and challenges are welcome and appreciated.