When my husband and I made the decision to relocate our small family (we have one son) from Melbourne, Australia back to his home in the U.S., it took at least a year to finally make the move. The idea of leaving my family, our beloved community of friends, and the familiar surroundings of our cute little neighborhood behind was tough, and we certainly didn’t make the decision lightly. But we are adventurers at heart—we met backpacking in Europe—and the thrill of the unknown was stronger than the comfort zone. So we sold most of our belongings, bought three one-way tickets, and arrived in Phoenix, Arizona with just six suitcases and a head full of dreams. Since arriving, there have been many highs and lows, tears and laughter, but after a couple of months we secured amazing jobs and brought our fantasy family home to life in L.A. This invaluable experience has been an emotional rollercoaster but the university of life has been the best teacher. Scroll down to discover what moving countries has taught me about life, so far.
When you move your life to the other side of the world, don’t expect anything to go as planned. I’ve had to learn to embrace imperfection and find stability in chaos. Things don’t always work out the way you want them to, but that’s OK. Perfection is overrated anyway. Once I rid myself of any expectations about how I wanted things to go, I opened myself up to a whole new set of experiences I might not have had otherwise. It is possible to find beauty in those warped moments, and enjoy the ride, no matter how bumpy—shock absorbers not included.
Have you ever moved overseas? What did life abroad teach you about life? Share your lessons learned below.