Big changes are happening in the humble house. Big, wonderful, exciting, terrifying, beautiful, scary, magical changes.
We’ve decided to leave Sydney. It’s official. We have given our day jobs notice and later this week we’ll let our landlord know. We’re starting to think about what things we’ll take with us and what we’ll leave behind. We’re making lists and gathering boxes and ticking the days off our calendars. We’re preparing to say goodbye to the Sydney chapter of our lives.
We’ve spent two years in this big, busy, bustly city. Two years that have somehow both zipped by in an instant and dragged on for an eternity. Two years that have been horrible and wonderful and life changing and uneventful, all at the same time…
Before we came to Sydney we thought that when we were finished with uni (in Queensland) we’d go to Melbourne. We have always really loved Melbourne, so Melbourne was the plan. But when work led us here instead, we went with it. We figured this was the way things were meant to be so we dove right in, we crossed our fingers and we hoped that maybe we’d learn to love Sydney too.
But two years on from the day we arrived, full of hope and expectation, we still feel no more connected or at ease here. We’ve always felt a bit like two odd puzzle pieces that don’t really fit in Sydney, and though we can see it’s beauty and it’s charm, it’s just never clicked with us. It’s never felt like home.
So now it’s time to move on and (hopefully) find a place where we can feel more settled.
Though it hasn’t worked out, we don’t see the Sydney experiment as a failure. We have learnt and grown and changed so much over the past two years. This city has taught us so many lessons that we will always be grateful for. Living in tiny apartments with two cats who long to be allowed outdoors again; spending hours on smelly trains with unfriendly people in grey suits who shove and never say “excuse me”; spending an exorbitant amount of money on rent; never seeing the stars – these are things that we have realised are not part of our dream life. And though we would like to be close to the city so we can pop in for the day when the desire strikes us, our time in Sydney has opened our eyes to how much we crave space, peacefulness and clean air. We never realised how much we wanted room for a veggie garden, quiet roads for bike riding and countryside for exploring, until we moved to the city and those things were no longer available.
It’s important to mention we are also desperate to escape the insane living expenses of Sydney. It would be nice to be less chained to our day jobs so that we might have more time to create, enjoy life, work on our dream projects and just be. (And it would be nice to live somewhere where maybe one day we’ll be able to afford to buy a little house of our own!)
Sydney hasn’t been all bad. There have been new friends made, glorious ferry rides in the sunshine, scrumptious things eaten at the Cupcake Bakery and wonderful dinners with family. There are things that we will certainly miss…
But we’re ready for a fresh start. It’s time to leave this crazy place in pursuit of a life closer to that we dream of. And though we don’t have a real plan and we don’t know quite where this move will take us, somehow this just feels right. The uncertainty of it all is just part of the adventure!
We hope you’ll join us as we embark on this journey and begin a new chapter of our lives. Somewhere out there is a little house just waiting for us to call it our new home. There are new op-shops for thrifting in, new parks for picnicking in and new craft stores for playing in. There are new friends to meet, new places to visit and new adventures to be had. We are so very excited!