Well what can I say, the past 11 years have been a whirlwind of adventures, drama, happiness and sadness. I came to the UK in February 2010 hoping to start a new life with my then baby girl Sylvia. We had a protection order in place in New Zealand and I needed to get far away to have time to overcome the difficulties I had been facing.
Living In the United Kingdom
Living in the UK has been a wonderful experience. I made some amazing friends, gave my daughter a primary school education and met the man of my dreams. We married in 2013 and despite getting unwell with Adrenal Insufficiency we have had a good life.
Life is what you make it. We have travelled, visited Disneyland and other European destinations. We have shopped, visited many attractions and attended fun events. However the past few years have been difficult, especially with my health and the more unwell I became the more I knew I needed to get better support. Not just for me but for Sylvia.
My feelings and emotions about the next chapter of my life are all over the place. I’m excited and scared, happy and sad. In fact I know it’s a great thing but I’m still feeling very scared about the changes that lie ahead. I’ve tried to look up information to help me gain better balance when it comes to how I’m feeling and I found this article to be very useful, https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/therapy/bring-more-balance-to-your-life-with-emotion-regulation-skills/ I discovered it’s okay to have these feelings and worries but at the same time I can keep in check, remaining balanced and grounded.
Returning to New Zealand
Sylvia has had unstable school for a year now due to the pandemic, however we decided before we even knew about Coronavirus that we would return to New Zealand to live with my parents.
Living with mum and dad will be a blessing and also come with challenges but it’s going to be wonderful. In fact I’m so excited that I can see my mum and cook together and spend time together. We are hoping to build an extension so we have our own rooms eventually and Sylvia will be starting Year 8 again in March.
We are organised and prepared and it’s quite stressful trying to move house especially when it’s an overseas move and you’re in lockdown but things are going to plan and as the bumps and hurdles come we will deal with them.
So… we have our cargo getting packed and shipped next week.We then have two weeks to sell everything that is left and Ihave no idea how we will do it but we will find a way.
Then onto the flights and quarantine. It’s all getting real and scary and exciting. life will be different but it’s something we will face head on and with happy hearts.