You would think that finishing work last week would have removed some of the stress in my life, but unfortunately I feel more stressed out than ever! We have exactly three weeks until we move and we have so much to sort out before then. I have to sell all of our furniture, somehow fit my entire wardrobe into just one suitcase, find a new apartment in London while dealing with an 11 hour time difference (which is the worst time difference imaginable, because London’s office hours are Sydney’s sleeping hours!!) AND finish 120 hours of study.
I’ve had a headache for three days now, and the tension in my neck is relentless. If I didn’t know it before, I certainly do now: my neck problems are obviously correlated to stress.
I’m hoping that some of this tension eases off after today. I was really starting to worry that we were going to struggle to sell our furniture for a decent price, but today alone we managed to sell the bed, TV, kitchen cabinet and bookshelf. Now we just have a few random shelves, tables and the fridge to get rid of. Of course, we are now bed-less and TV-less for three weeks, but it’s better than being without a fridge! I’m fine because I have plenty of study and sorting out to keep me busy but for Rob – who already has his bag packed! – it’s going to be a long three weeks.
I am moving with one suitcase. One. My whole life in one bag! Easier said than done when you have an entire wardrobe full of clothes, plus a whole suitcase filled with clothes in storage and piles of stuff under the bed. On Monday I stopped procrastinating and did the first major clean out of my clothes. I now have five garbage bags of clothes to get rid of! 90 per cent of my wardrobe is summery dresses that are completely inappropriate for London, so it was easy to get rid of them. However, I shelled out some decent coin so I’m hoping to somehow sell them instead of donate them.
At this point I’m guessing that 90 per cent of my case will be Lululemon. I bought two new items on the weekend: the Quickstep pants and an Energy bra. I’d been eyeing off the pants for a while, and when they had one pair left in a size six I knew it was a sign! They’re not the most practical pants for working out in but they will be great for when I’m training others.
They also look like jeans from a distance so I can wear them out now that my quads are too big for jeans… When I told Rob that I think they actually make my butt look smaller (unlike most Lulu pants!) his reply was: “I don’t know if that’s possible.” Haha. Lucky I love my big butt!
After shopping, I went to Bondi Beach and it really hit me for the first time that I’m leaving Australia. There’s just one or two people at the beach on a Sunday…. Look closely, all those little dots are where the sand is supposed to be. And this is why I don’t ever go to Bondi!
As much as I’m super excited to live in London, be able to take all the European holidays I want, and work as a PT at long last, I’m also sad to leave my home behind. I will miss the weather, the beaches and the lifestyle. We are in the middle of the worst summer I’ve ever seen though, as it’s raining and overcast nearly every day and only in the mid-20s (when you grew up in Perth that is bone-chillingly cold!!), so I almost think it’s a positive sign that we’re making the right decision by moving to gloomy old London town.
It’s also kind of sad to see all of our furniture disappear. While it may seem hard to believe, we have memories attached to everything in our apartment and it’s a shame to see them go. It’s especially hard to part with our wedding gifts!! We didn’t ask for gifts (we instead had our guests pay for their meals – great idea, by the way!) so we only had two gifts anyway, but it’s sad that we can’t take them with us.
Another (high-quality) problem is that I have so many blog ideas at the moment, but I have no time to write them! Anyone want to be my scribe? I also have one of my best friends from Perth coming to stay with me tomorrow and it’s my birthday on Friday so I don’t know when I’ll post again, but I’ll reward your patience with a highly informative post, I promise!