Why I’m Taking Six Weeks Off To Hang Out In Sydney

There’s a blog post title I didn’t expect to be writing! If you’d told me three weeks ago that today I’d be sat on the balcony of an apartment in Sydney, feet in the sunshine, iced coffee in hand, writing a blog post with my sunnies on, I’d have laughed in your face. But here I am, isn’t life an odd one sometimes?

So let’s get you up to speed shall we? In case you aren’t following me on Instagram (which, you totally should be by the way), I arrived in Sydney just over a week ago, after a hellish 25 hour flight to get out here, and less than a week to get my head around the idea I was coming. It was a totally last minute trip, Connor was asked by his work to come out here at very short notice, we’re talking a matter of days here, and all we really knew was that he was going to be needed for around six weeks.

It was kinda overwhelming at the time, not just because six weeks is a long time to be apart from your partner, especially at a few days notice, but also because my health means I rely on Connor a lot. I struggle with being exhausted most days, I still don’t drive much, and simple tasks like cooking dinner or cleaning up at home, or some days even washing my damn hair are just too much. Had he gone alone I would have ended up moving back in with my parents temporarily because I would have needed some support.

BUT, we sat down and had a big old chat about it, and the long and short of it was we ended up booking me a plane ticket and packing me a bag. It all sounds a bit mental written down but there were a few factors here. The main one being that it’s no exaggeration to say the last two years have been the worst, hardest years of my life. Losing my granddad, my dad’s accident, losing Connor’s dad, my health problems, it’s been one shitty thing after another for two years, and I’ve barely had time to catch my breath in between. My body was, is, desperate for some R&R, and six weeks in the Sydney sunshine sounded kind of perfect.

Add that to the fact I’m in kinda a unique position here. We don’t have kids or pets tying us down, I’m not working full time due to my health and I’m lucky to have a really flexible job. We have savings to keep us going while I effectively take 6 weeks unpaid leave, and honestly, when else would we ever get the chance to just drop everything and bugger off to Australia for six weeks?

So I’ve been here just over a week now and I thought I should probably update you, since things have been a little quiet round here. It’s pretty much taken this long for the inside of my head to stop feeling like goo – a 36 hour travel day topped off with an 11 hour time difference does bizarre things to your body, but already feel a little calmer than I did at home.

I’m looking forward to having a few weeks off from worrying, and instead of working, filling my days with cute coffee shops, hot beaches, and exploring new places. I’m excited to have time to focus on my health – physically and mentally, as well as time to just hang out with Con somewhere new, sipping beers and enjoying the sunshine.

When I get home at the end of March I have to have another surgery, so I want to return feeling as calm and as well as possible going into that. I want my body to have the best possible chance of healing fast and well.

And as far for what you can expect from me while I’m here? Well honestly, content may be a little sporadic while I’m here, because I’m going to prioritise rest + fun over my blog. I’m still whirring with content ideas, especially about the trip, but if it’s a choice between an afternoon on the beach or spent at my laptop, I certainly know what I’ll be choosing.

In the meantime you can keep up to date over on Instagram, where I’m posting my travel photos and keeping you up to date on stories!

I hope you’re all well, and thank you for sticking around <3

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