It feels strange to say that I’m starting again, giving that this whole thing has been one never-ending trip – and it’s going to continue for a long time yet. I’ve moved on from Australia (for the time being, more on that in the future) and landed in Wellington, New Zealand.
I meant to do a whole post about my time here and first impressions not long after I got here but, as can – and does – happen, life got in the way.
So, I’ll go into more detail on Wellington a little later. For now, we’ll go through what’s happened since I got here, as there’s quite a lot. Not only that there are more changes on the way. Things have been moving quite quickly, so it’s been a bit of a blur for me, too, at times.
Jumping straight into work
I came down here for work. I took an opportunity that meant relocating and after a couple of days, jumped straight into it. There’s been a lot to do, and plenty of challenges trying to get in the way; breaking into a new team, finding out what works and what can be improved, as well as trying to change certain attitudes and approaches to doing things.
That being said, the last couple of months have been great in helping me realise where my strengths lie, as well as how far I’ve come over the last few years. I’ve stopped trying with people who don’t give a damn or who won’t entertain the prospect of change and focused more on those who are ready to try something new and make an impact.
I can’t say that this will carry on once I’m gone but I can certainly hope.
A new door opens
Yes, that’s right. After less than two months, I’m leaving the job I came here for. Why? I got a new one with better hours and better pay. It’s also in my own industry, so the experience will be much more relevant to me in the future.
It’s strange, as I’d have never have found it had I not come here, and for the length of the contract, it’ll give me a much better work-life balance than I’ve had so far in New Zealand – I’ll be able to use my time off to explore and visit places, which is one of the main reasons I’m here!
It’ll also give me the funds to travel again once the contract is up, and that means more exciting trips and adventures to go on! It’s a win-win situation.
Navigating the holiday season
Until then, I finish my time at the hostel with the holiday season. It’s been exhausting, and a good reminder why I don’t work hospo full-time anymore, but a nice change of pace. I’ve seen a lot of people posting on social media their start of decade vs end of decade picture…and I’m not going to do that (I hate photos anyway).
There’s only one person I have to measure against and that’s myself. I don’t need to list what’s good and bad this last year – or ten – to figure out if I’m happy. Don’t get me wrong, if it’s helpful to all those people doing it, great, but I’m sure you guys know by now how much this adventure means to me and what it’s done for me – both the good and bad experiences. I guess my version of this is this whole blog, so, there’s that.
I’m not really big on the whole New Year Resolutions thing either, but I do have plans going forward, and one of them is to be more consistent with the blog. With the new job lined up, I should have more time to dedicate to this, which is good as I have some big changes planned for it.
I’ll go into more detail on Wellington very soon, so keep an eye out.
Enjoy yourselves, everyone, and all the best for 2020!