Once More

There is so very much I could say and tell you about. My life has done a 360 in the last few months and as I’ve been trying to process it and organise for it, there has been little time for keeping up with my usual routines.

And of course, the decision that we have made is once again turning our normal routines upside down for a brand, new start. After much deliberation, the Canadian and I have decided to move back to Australia. We don’t know if this is the right choice, but for now, at this point in time, it is the right one for us. It’s going to take lots of re-imagining and finding our way in the waters of a different kind of life again but I know that our adventurous hearts will guide us through.

We love and will miss the beautiful village life we’ve made here in Vancouver. I know I will certainly miss seeing those snow capped mountains each morning as I looked out our window. I will miss the ease and the stress-free day to day living a smaller city brings and hope that readjusting to the bigness of Sydney will be a fun change, rather than a troublesome one.

As I think of our new life, I have been imagining us close to the sea, taking daily walks by the beach. Fingers crossed that an apartment will be waiting for us when we are ready to find it in just the right place. I, of course, am overjoyed at being able to spend real time with my family and friends again and cannot wait to reconnect with them all. I’m already planning our Christmas gatherings. As excited as I am, we will leave here with heavy hearts, knowing that we once again have to say goodbye to people whom we love and to a place that will always be our home.

These images were all taken around Vancouver with my Polaroid 180 Land Camera and Fuji film.

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23 thoughts on “Once More

  1. Manda, change is always hard but if this is where life leads you, it’s the right thing to do even if it means realizing it’s the wrong place to be. :) best wishes in the move and I can’t wait to see how you adjust to the new life through the lens of your camera.

  2. I’m just about to do the same thing!
    But kind of the opposite, I’m leaving Sydney to go back home to New Zealand for a while. I think the weirdest thing will be stepping away from the city + the crazyness + all the awesome events and stuff that go on here.
    I know I’ll miss it, but I know I can’t let that stop me. And I’m totally stoked to explore NZ a little more, which I never really did when I was there.

    It would have been rad to meet up if we were both gonna be here at the same time, but I think I might miss you!
    I’m sure you’ll be sweet though, you can’t deny how awesome this country + city is! And you’ve always got the mountains + secluded beaches to escape to. ;)

    Best of luck for the new adventures! x

    • Oh bummer!
      Well, I hope you have a great homecoming, Sian. What part of NZ are you from? I’ve never been but my boy and I would really love to come. He’s a big snowboarder and leaving Whistler is going to be tough on him, so he’s thinking a few trips to NZ might be in the works.
      Yes, I love Australia and Sydney and am really looking forward to being home again.

  3. All the best Amanda- like everyone has said, change can be a great thing in the end- it will all pay off with some great adventures. You also get a double summer ;) Let me know if you do end up over in NZ too!

  4. I love that the card in the window says “now is the right time” — wishing you and the Canadian only the best — if there’s any way you can make it down to visit before you go. . . if not I understand. xoM

  5. Such is life if you have an international family, Amanda! There are always good-byes and part of the soul is always in another place. I wish you two all the best for the impending move and for resettling in Australia. Thankfully, Mocking Bird at least will stay in place!

  6. wishing you the best! I have changed countries and “lives” some times already, each one was hard and easy, in different ways but always an empty notebook to start writing with hope and dreams (and new pictures? :) )

    wish you the best!!!!!

  7. Wow, wow, wow!

    I can only imagine how much challenge, struggle, thinking, exploring went into landing on a big decision like this. But it is a good, good thing. Facing a challenge full of unknowns like this will pay off in big, unexpected dividends. I can’t wait to read about the fruits of this adventure.

  8. Amanda, how exciting! I’m just moving myself (not as far as you, but still), so I know it’s sad as well, but I’m sure it will be mostly fantastic. I think you’ve missed Australia all the time. I just found you when you were moving to Canada, so I’m looking forward to hearing about the return. Best of luck with the preparations – remember to eat, to breathe and to give away lots of stuff (all these things make it easier)!

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