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 Samantha, thank you for joining us!
Where do you live now, and where have you lived?
I live in Coogee, Sydney, Australia.
I have previously lived in New Zealand, America, the UK and Sweden, plus I spent an entire year travelling through Africa, South America and India in 2008. I don’t know where is next, but I don’t think I’ve finished moving!
What do you do, what ‘hats do you wear’, how do you spend your time, paid and unpaid?
I have a business called The Everyday Adventure now, where I take women on adventures that fit into a lunch break. I am on a mission to get people away from their desks and out into the world! I know that not everyone is ready (or wants!) to quit their job and move overseas – or maybe they already have and are trying to find a place in this new life. I believe that life is lived in the simple moments, and that we owe it to ourselves to live each day with joy and happiness. In addition to lunchtime capers, I do 1-1 coaching, corporate strengths-based training and run scavenger hunts around the city for people wanting to explore a little more.
Other hats I wear are mother, wife, CEO (of a small medical practice, a job which I took as a bridge job as I was starting The Everyday Adventure and they asked for me to stay on and assist them), friend, sister, daughter. They all bring something to the adventure of my life.
What have you gained by relocating?
I’ve developed a sense of adventure, a love of exploring new places, a wonderful ability to make friends and self reliance, having moved and set up a new life a number of times.
What have been some of the challenges?
Making new friends can be hard, and leaving old ones behind. Also, all the moving I did as a child seems to have made me somewhat nomadic; I find it hard to settle in one place for too long and am continually wondering what else is out there.
What have you learned, about yourself and others?
One thing I’ve learned is that we all break the same bread. People aren’t that different wherever they’re from, and there is good in humanity everywhere. I’ve also learned that I can do anything! Moving, starting a new life, setting things up, getting jobs, making friends… all that and more is possible. I also learned that the world is small. I love that, it makes me feel connected to friends everywhere.
What would you have missed out on, had you stayed in one place?
I think I would have missed out on all sorts of adventures and travel if I’d staying in one place. I’ve lived in 5 countries, but I’ve travelled to 47. I did loads of travel when I was living in Sweden and London, and continue to travel now. I would have missed out on friends all over the world, and I also would have missed out on meeting my husband, as we met at work in London. Travelling for the win!
Did your physical and emotional health improve or decline after relocating?
Physically, I don’t think there was a change in my health, but each time my emotional health improved! It’s challenging, but I love change, adventures and new experiences, and relocating certainly helps deliver that.
What did you do to feel as healthy, capable and happy as possible while relocating?
Sleep is massive for me, so to keep on top of the stress of moving I need to make sure I get enough hours in bed. I try to find a gym as soon as I reach my new destination, so I can get my body moving, and also connect with friends, and friends of friends, as soon as possible, so I can start creating a community.
When and if you experience self-doubt, fear or stress, how do you embrace these feelings and move on?
I think it’s the same in all of life – feel the fear and do it anyway. I’ve moved enough to know that it suits me, and I love exploring, so whilst I may feel some trepidation I know that the end result will be worth it. Keep taking action, keep reminding yourself why you’ve done it.
Invariably the first week or month of a relocation yields a really funny story – sometimes only in hindsight. Do you have a tale to share?
When I was looking for a place to live in London I visited a lot of share houses (I was 24 when I arrived there). At one place there just seemed to be people everywhere, and it was a 6 bedroom place. I asked how many people lived there, and they said, ‘Well if you move in, it will be 13’. Too unlucky a number for me!
What would you say to others contemplating a relocation?
Do it! At worst, you’ll have some stories to tell on your return. At best you’ll change your life in huge ways and never look back.
What would you say to yourself if you were contemplating another relocation?
Do it! But be mindful of what you want to get out of it. Relocating as a way to escape rarely gets you away from whatever you’re running from.
Thank you Samantha!
Now back to you, dear reader – are you contemplating relocating?
Check these out:
Relocation Ready (mini-course): FREE to join until 2 May 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.