Welcome to Relocation Recap, a regular feature on the Health & Wellness Revolution blog
Sharing relocation experiences of women
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.
Today I welcome Ainslie Young
Where do you live now, and where have you lived?
I currently live in Hong Kong and I previously lived in Sydney, Australia.
What do you do, what ‘hats do you wear’, how do you spend your time, paid and unpaid?
I’m a Life Coach who is passionate about helping women find clarity and cultivate killer self-confidence!
Another hat I wear is that of an Online Marketing and Blog Consultant, which beautifully combines my love of business strategy, marketing and coaching!
You can find out more over on my blog Starting With A http://startingwitha.com/
What have you gained by relocating?
A new sense of freedom, a more expansive view of the world and a much deeper connection with myself. Priceless!
What have been some of the challenges?
The language barrier, the insane bureaucracy and dealing with the different physical environment (ie concrete jungle!).
What have you learned, about yourself and others?
I have learned that:
- Certain relationships become stronger and others fall away
- Gratitude becomes your attitude
- Your comfort zone constantly expands
- You learn to live in the moment
- You realise that anything is possible!
What would you have missed out on, had you stayed in one place?
The chance to experience a completely different country and culture and the ability to explore the amazing continent of Asia!
Did your physical and emotional health improve or decline after relocating?
Funnily enough my physical health actually declined since moving abroad as I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue and my hormones have gone a bit crazy! However, I’ve been working with a really great naturopath here in Hong Kong and I’m starting to see results.
On the flip side, my emotional health has definitely improved as I navigate the life of an expat and learn more about myself. I’m less anxious and stressed in my everyday life and I’m far more grounded, which is quite an achievement living in a city that doesn’t sleep!
What did you do to feel as healthy, capable and happy as possible while relocating?
Meditate, exercise, journal writing and a consultation with an energy healer!
When and if you experience self-doubt, fear or stress, how do you embrace these feelings and move on?
I am a huge advocate of practicing gratitude on a daily basis. Whenever I’m not loving life I run through all the things that I’m grateful for and remind myself what an amazing opportunity living abroad truly is.
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 you relocate you spend a lot of time ‘setting up’ your new home which I found in Hong Kong requires a lot of patience, resilience and a sense of humor.
Seeing as though my Cantonese is non-existent I had to get really good at playing charades with staff from the local gas company, the internet technician, the ninja IKEA assembly team and even the 80 year old lady who delivered my McDonalds!
I discovered that emphatic hand gestures, genuine smiles and laughter help to get the job done!
What would you say to others contemplating a relocation?
My advice is to really listen to your intuition. What is your gut saying about this potential move? We had other opportunities to move abroad before we relocated to Hong Kong and they never felt quite right.
But this time around I knew that we simply had to take the leap and embrace this opportunity!
It’s been the best decision I’ve ever made!
What would you say to to yourself if you were contemplating another relocation?
Go into it with an open heart!
What’s next for you?
Expanding my business here in Hong Kong, more travel and the potential of another Asian posting! Let’s see where it all goes!
Thank you Ainslie!
Now back to you, dear reader – are you contemplating relocating?
Check these out:
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.