"Every attempt to stay failed and I finally had to accept that I needed a new plan and a new destination and that's when I booked my flight to Australia."
I originally went to New Zealand to visit my sister, expecting to stay for a few months but stayed much longer as it turned out to be much better than I could have known. I went through a lot in my time there - friendships, relationships, a break-up, jobs, travel adventures, and the bane of my existence: visas!
I built some of the best friends I've ever had, had some of the worst and best jobs in my life and broke up with the first guy I'd ever lived with - which resulted in me losing my partnership visa and searching for other ways to stay. I tried every angle, like begging my ex to sign the paperwork, securing a student visa, and asking my new employer to sponsor me - I'd given it my best shot but nothing was working out.
Every attempt to stay failed and I finally had to accept that I needed a new plan and a new destination and that's when I booked my flight to Australia. I picked Perth with a goal in mind - to save money and to prove to myself that I could build a new life all on my own. I booked myself into a hostel for the first week even though I knew one girl over there who offered to let me stay with her, but I wanted to meet people on my own and step out into the world that seemed so unknown. I aimed to secure a job, a flat, do some travelling and regional work, which would secure my second year in Australia.
I look back now and realize that I have done just that plus a few other things I never even imagined myself doing before - like working and living In a mining region.
It's been nearly two years since I landed and I've come such a long way personally, mentally and financially. I am proud of the choices I've made and the fact I had faith in myself to have the ability to build a new life all on my own.
Myra Advent is a Canadian living in Australia. She has spent the last the last few years working and travelling in the southern hemisphere and Southeast Asia. You can contact her via firstname.lastname@example.org.