Living Down Under + Upside Down: Our 6 Months Review


Living here has recently felt a little upside down.
It's been six months, a good time frame for a little review.

Time has been flying in lightspeed, I don't think it really hit me yet, that we are living here now
permanently, possibly forever.
So how about my expectations vs. my experiences.
Well, I don't quite know exactly what I have imagined, but I some how thought that life
will feel slower paced down here, I thought I will have plenty of time for blogging and walking around just being creative. I thought I might get bored from time to time.
I set goals for myself, high goals, and I am really on a good roll of achieving them step by step.
In fact I am on a pretty good roll in getting there, actually, but that really cut into the time for blogging. Especially when I get a last minute call at 8am in the morning, if I can be at a shoot in the city 10min later. Freelance work is hard to plan or predict. I have learned to be super flexible and somehow always prepared.

As you might noticed we have been blogging less than in London since we got here.
Are we now some lazy slow people that just lay at the beach the whole time?
That's what I would think if I were you.
But no- we somehow hit the ground running and haven't really slowed down at all.
I am busier than I could have ever imagined. I am working weekends and long hours during the week.
Blogging got pushed to the side, and I feel I have to reorganize my whole schedule.
I need to fit blogging time and fitness time in. Oh and time to actually do my nails and do the laundry and clean up the house. It's all gotten a little messy lately. And Yoga time. And time to hang out maybe too.
Not cool. I love blogging and am hoping that our routines will adjust soon.

To sum it up:

Life isn't slow down under, if you love your work, you will be just as busy as anywhere.
( or busier? Maybe there is a natural law here, that makes time spin faster and it simply hasn't been discovered yet???) 
The coffee is the greatest
And the food, so good that we have put on a bit of weight 
Yes the weather is amazing!
And the beaches.
Living by the water makes me beyond excited
The food is incredible
It's somehow the goodlife- it really is.

Do we miss London? Well, yes. We miss our friends and our little routines.
I miss the style and the awkward beauty of Britishness.
I miss how international it is and it's diversity.
It shows me how much I am a city dweller. I love the energy of the big big international hubs.
Would I go back? Probably not. Sydney has been good to us.
Very good. Now we only need time.

Exciting recent stuff:

1. I have finally created a Facebook page for my makeup artistry, come over and "like" if you like! (it's the proof that I haven't been lazy, but actually been working a lot!)
2. Gaby from This Little Port got a makeup lesson from me and I have done her makeup for this gorgeous photoshoot.
3. I won an absolutely stunning giveaway by the uber stylish and talented Nora from Nora Finds, which totally made my week.
4. We bought a couch! But got told after we paid that it will be delivered it in 8 weeks

I hope you guys are hanging in there and still checking out our little space here from time to time!?
We are still around and happy!

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  1. is it already six months? gosh, that was lightspeed, you're right. and yes, it comes close to my experience, time isn't slower down under and you won't work less. but to me, it felt more passionate, more of what I have wanted. don't know, maybe the environment, maybe I have been a little more brave on what I have done. maybe it is the sea and the sun. and I miss it so much (in the middle of training the dog, so we can come back. soon!) xxx

    1. Yes! You are right. It feels good here, very good and very different.
      I am really moving so fast towards all the goals I want to achieve and get a lot done in terms of my personal projects.
      Maybe we will meet down here soon! x

  2. This is so great. So lovely when you are working hard, not blogging and time passes quickly! how lovely indeed! xo

  3. Yes, I think when you move here you definitely think that the Aussie beachy vibe will rub off on you, but if you are some one who is very work driven and often sets goals to be pursuing in that area, you will find that you will have to work hard in Sydnay - especially ith my dance work, as it is so competitive over here and the scene is totally different to the UK. If you want to find time for yoga and coffee chats with friends I think you have to be so organised and just make that a priority sometimes, even if when you do it you know that there is a mess back home which you now won't have time to clear up. I had 2 weeks off from work and went to New Zealand which was fabulous and sent the rest of the time sorting out the house. So now, the house looks all nice - will it stay like that? Probably not! Ha ha!

    Graeme Spencer

    1. You are right! I guess we are in the same boat, it's just the way it is in the creative careers, but it's nice like that too.

  4. Eight weeks for delivery? That sounds positively speedy. Our couch took a good five months!! So lovely to read that you're liking it here. I know what you mean about big international hubs like London and NYC - there is such an amazing buzz and diversity that we don't have in Sydney. But then, we have better coffee, so maybe it all evens out! x

  5. Good to have a catch-up post from you guys. Sounds like your new adventures are panning out to be really good. Lovely photos too. The water looks stunning. Lol, I love how you mentioned how good the food is twice in your list of pluses. And nothing beats excellent coffee!

  6. Yes, somehow I also imagined my life in Australia to be more relaxed :) well I guess we thought wrong - but hey, we still get the amazing beaches, nature and wildlife. And the coffee of course! :)

  7. Wow I can't believe it's been 6 months since you've arrived. I still remember our evening out at the vintage store in Surry Hills! I'm glad to hear that Sydney has been good to you. I too, believe the the living is truly good here.

  8. nice to hear you are doing good! tons of work is always nice when you love what you do.....
    I would looove to live by the beach, I'm a little jealous ;) hehehe

    love the photos!

  9. Hi Liv!
    I am still loving your blog!! Especially for posts like this! I have seen your name and your work pop up all over Facebook, you are so talented! I found your page by chance the other week and liked it :) Congratulations on getting closer to your goals - I am such a goals person!
    Love your photos as always x

  10. Long tranquil places are always the spot when you can reach your inner heart. Wedding day photoshooting taken there is so glamorous.


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