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Baby steps... just joined. Pleased to 'meet' all of you!


janinehutton

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Well ...as I've read on so many posts today on this Forum, we all seem to have something rather dear in common.

As South Africans, I'm presuming the majority of us love this place - good 'ol SA. But for numerous compelling, relatively obvious reasons we are motivated to extract ourselves from all we know and to venture onto new things, creating a new space for our lives, a new home, a new future.

have to admit that reading over some of the posts was almost heart-wrenching ...selling homes, endless waiting, saying goodbyes to our pets and loved ones. Gosh, it's all quite a thing and certainly made me think about why it was all worth it.

So, a quick introduction, while I'm still green and naive in this process. Yes, my immigration journey kicked off last week Wed. I'm feeling exceedingly relieved and privileged at the same time. Yet mixed with an OMG sense of paranoia. I've paid our Agent, and the paperwork is now underway. We're 100% committed to making this happen. I love this country, to be honest nothing really overwhelmingly negative has ever touched my life here so we're not fleeing...we're on the biggest and best grand adventure, like all our pioneering forefathers, we are eager to investigate whats over the horizon. And what better place to explore than a beautiful country like Aus. I have a business over there already but the idea of now making a permanent leap is quite different to the many business trips we're done to date. For me, this decision has been about living more, about seeking balance, wanting a better way, more lifestyle, more peace of mind. And I'd be lying if the odd breaking news story didn't nudge me along faster.

I look really forward to engaging with many of you. Your stories are so full of genuine positivity, simply wanting to experience a better life for yourself and your families - and finding the courage to face the necessary trade-offs. I will learn from many of you.

Jan

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Hi Jan

I think you have the right approach- thinking of this as a grand adventure, rather than being forced to leave. I often think that people who arrive with the midset that they were forced to leave their country find it harder to adapt as they are constantly comparing what they 'had' to leave with what they now have.

The fact that you have a business here means you don't have the financial pressures of finding work or setting up a business. I would imagine that your experience will be more about the subtle differences in culture and the workplace.

Be aware that it takes time to make connections and the memories that tie you to a country, however, if you approach this wholeheartedly, there are only postive things ahead.

Good luck.

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Welcome Jan, all the best !

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All the best with your travels to Australia, Jan.

I daresay when you get to rock up in Australia, you'll be settling down in the part which your business is already in.

That doesn't mean you can't set up shop elsewhere in Australia, once you have discovered a bit more about this big country, so feel free to be as adventurous as you like.

The whole of Australia awaits.

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Welcome to the forum!

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Hi

It is a very daunting task, probably the most difficult thing that you are going to do in your life. There are going to be plenty of times that you are going to doubt your decision, everytime you have a family function you are are going to question the reasons.

What made it a little easier for us was to have it clear in your mind why you want to do this.

We were in the same situation as you are, we had a very comfortable life in SA, comfortable jobs, family, friends, the one reason we came, was for our kids, so they can have a future that can be determined by their hard effort, not by skin colour or any other stupid policy the SA goverment can dream up.

Good luck, take things slowly and methodically, don't get disheartened by home affairs or any other institution that you have to deal with.

When you eventually get here, you will enter into a foriegn enviroment that is full of people in exactly the same situation.

Not sure if you are married, if you are you have to be strong together, you both have to be on the same page

We are here for you..........................................

Just aside comment I have made a conscious effort not to refer to SA as home, it seems to help.

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Hi jan, Welcome.

It is refreshing to hear your reasons for moving to Oz. Enjoy the adventure

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Hi Jan

Welcome to the forum and good luck with the rest of the process. Being a business woman you already know the value of tenacity and perseverance, stick it out and never give up and never forget your reasons for going. SA will always be where you are from, but Australia will be your home and what you make of it.

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