Kelsey and I said See Ya Later to Canada over 8 months ago – we left with a solid set plan in our mind, had our goals laid out, and were ready to take on Australia.
Not even 6 weeks into being in Brisbane had we totally thrown away our initial plans to find a job in the city, rent a flat and basically set up life. We had set up our gym memberships, applied and interviewed for jobs and began forming friendships when we realized it just wasn’t working. We couldn’t find jobs, we weren’t massive fans of such a big city and overall it just didn’t feel right. It wasn’t what we had worked our butts off and saved for an entire year to experience. It wasn’t the life we wanted to live.
So we decided to change it. We didn’t give up. We realized things weren’t what we wanted, so we took it upon ourselves to shape our own future and made a change.
So we bought a cute little van and started a roadtrip north up Queensland to find agricultural work (to extend Kels’ 417 WHV). Again, we set goals and had a plan; we applied to over 50 farm/ fruit picking jobs and got very little response. It wasn’t as if we didn’t give every little bit of effort we had into it – but sometimes things just aren’t meant to be. So when we got an offer to drive 2300 km to work on a dairy farm we once again changed our plans.
Luckily, the next three months did go to plan. We completed our 88 days on the dairy farm, saved up heaps of money and earned the requirements to extend Kels’ visa for another year. Those three months were NOT at all easy.
Once we were done on the farm, we drove our van up the coast of NSW back to Brisbane to catch a flight to New Zealand. Fast forward through an incredible couple of months hiking and tenting through the south island (which you can read about here), we found ourselves staying with my sister in Wellington.
The plan was to hang out with her for a week or so and then we would fly back to Brisbane (where we left our van), drive to a different city in Australia and then begin job searching once again. Kels had his flight back to Brisbane booked for Thursday January 25th, mine was booked for a few days afterwards on Monday January 29th.
Neither of us wanted to leave New Zealand though. It felt like home, like a place we could make our own opportunities and a place we could really call home. So once again, we made a change. Kels caught his flight to Brisbane; he still had to sell our van, and then apply for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa. We decided I would not get on my flight and instead stay in New Zealand.
So here we are now. I am in Wellington for a few more days – then I catch a bus up to Auckland to continue my job search. Kels is in Brisbane waiting for his visa to be approved and to sell off our van; then he will catch a flight to meet me in Auckland. We don’t actually know how long it will be until we see each other again. We don’t know how easy jobs will come to us. Hell, we don’t even if something else in this new plan might change.
If I’ve learned anything from my time on the road, it’s that you need to be open to change. Making plans is important, and you need to set goals and work hard towards them; but, when things aren’t working, or if you’re not happy – there’s nothing wrong with accepting that and moving on. So often we get stuck in our own ways and forget that we always have a choice. We are the masters of our own life, we are capable of controlling the controllable. I’ve learned to go with the flow of the change rather than resist it.
So here’s to the next part of this adventure. May we accept change with open hearts and find success and happiness in all opportunities presented to us! Wish Kels and I luck in our job search in Auckland. And if you have any MUST Dos in the Auckland area – be sure to let me know in the comments below!