3, 2, 1 go.
After nearly 14 years living in New Zealand, our family has taken the BIG plunge and landed ourselves in Seattle. After years of a lifestyle that is everything we'd dreamed of - beautiful, green, spacious, safe and so much more, the one thing we didn't have in NZ was our extended families. Of course, we've made connections with friends and our community but we still felt the gaping hole where family should be. Sure, they visited a few times but family should be a constant, not an infrequent occurrence. Holidays, birthdays and special occasions were celebrated via Skype and Facebook, which I am thankful for but it made me yearn for more. I also worried about my children's connection to their grandparents and cousins and that their memory banks would be empty when it came to family.
I know the transition will be challenging on so many levels, at the very core are the cultural differences between New Zealand and America. My children speak and act "Kiwi" and they haven't known anything else. Their associations with the US are summer holidays, Disney and excess. My eldest is fascinated with Donald Trump. Yes, there will be challenges, for sure. But I am also looking forward to the loving support of family.
And for me, I'm excited to get back to my roots, both personally and professionally, connecting with old friends and building new business contacts. I am not scared of the unknown but venturing into new terrain is daunting and I am so thankful to have the support of family to see me on my way.