I blinked, and suddenly we’ve been back home for a year already.
Isn’t that just unreal? I think it’s such a perfect example to me of how quickly time goes by when you’re happy – and this year has flown. It feels like yesterday that we made that big leap to come back to Australia, and it’s silly, but i’m actually finding it hard to get my head around the fact that it wasn’t yesterday, it was a long time ago.
I remember this day last year so clearly. It was the day after we made it home – and it was both a beautifully hopeful time of relaxing and enjoying family time before the reality of every day living began – but it was also a time of stress for me. My little pattern business was only a few months old – and i had no idea how i was going to start from scratch all over again in a new country. A more expensive country. One that isn’t known for manufacturing. One where i had no relationships with service providers. No contacts. I was new again. All i knew was that i was going to do everything i could to make it work, and fight fight fight. And that’s what i did.
Fast forward to today – and it’s an amazing feeling to think that i can now say i survived the move in the brand sense. A year on, and 6 new patterns. For me, thats a huge deal – considering that one little year ago, i sat on a precipice of doubt wondering if i’d ever be able to rebuild what i had started in America. Wondering if this thing i’d created, and given so much to would just die a quiet sad little death. It sounds dramatic now, but thats what it felt like.
So I’m very grateful my friends! Excited and overwhelmed with a feeling that we did it! Not to get all gushy on you (again), but you know it’s because of you right? Yes i killed myself creating the business and manufacturing from scrach all over again – but if you hadn’t continued to support me through it, there would be nothing right now. So my dear friends, thank you for an amazing wonderful year!!!!
On a more personal note, this has been really good for our family. It’s been hard for us to explain that we loved America so much, and yet also love Australia so much – and how on earth is one to choose between them?! The place where we built a family, where our children were born? Versus the place where we grew up, and where we fell in love and our parents live? Those places will be special forever. But thankfully, being near family has been worth missing the good things we loved in our old home. My dream for coming home was that my kids could grow up seeing their grandparents all the time – and now that is so so true. What a blessing!! And in my pathetic nostalgic way, i love that my kids can grow up in the town we grew up in. That when we take them to ride their bikes we can say “this is where daddy rode his bike when he was little” and when we take them to the park we know it’s the spot where Chris proposed. Every one of our favourite childhood haunts, our favourite experiences are now theirs. Can i just squeal with joy?
Because i am.
ps. This is the Crescent blouse tunic version with a pair of shorts – actually they’re my Far Horizon shorts from the Sunburnt Country collection. I think they’ll always be a favourite of mine, and they’ve been the perfect breezy option during the hot hot summer!
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Top: Megan Nielsen Crescent blouse (tunic version) // kit or pattern
Shorts: Megan Nielsen Far Horizon shorts // Similar pattern
Sandals: Country Road // Eve
Sunnies: Witchery // Valerie