March2 Posted October 12, 2017 Report Share Posted October 12, 2017 Today is where my book begins, the rest is still unwritten....these lines come from Natasha Bedingfield's song "Unwritten". This song has a special meaning for me as it was the song that played on the radio some 8 years back when I was on my way to an interview at a new school. I remember that day well as I was really nervous about the new direction my life was about to take, the uncertainties, the what-ifs and so on. The lyrics (very encouraging) just popped at me through all the anxiety I was feeling and stuck in my head since that day. I had just resigned from government school and was about to take on a teaching job that would pay me half with no benefits, the only benefit I was soon to learn, was that this position would rekindle my love for teaching, set me up for 2 promotions and lead me to where I am now.....the rest is still unwritten. The Decision It was April this year, what was a normal first term school break, suddenly turned out to become a whirlwind of emotions and thoughts. Feelings I am still coming to terms with and trying to figure out how to deal. Before I started my new position at the school 8 years ago (I was in a really bad space then, feeling demotivated, hating my job), I approached hubby about emigrating. Our boys were younger (now 21 and 17) and the elder one was about to start high school so a move would be better then. We were also in our 30s so the points were in our favour above all else. Unfortunately that idea flew in the wind and we never really looked at it again. I started at the new school, things were really great with my students, a fire was rekindled, both hubby and I got promoted and things were looking great. So what changed? I wish I had the answer to this Q! Another chapter for "my book" was about to unfold? Hubby just came home one evening, asked me what I thought about immigrating to OZ and that was it! At first I was a bit taken aback by his decision/thoughts but then when we spoke at great length: about opportunities for our boys, their families in years to come, and ours... the decision didn't take too long to make even though I still cannot fathom what made him even ask me the Q (out of the blue) So we started doing our research and stumbled across this forum....and I am so grateful we did. This forum has been so great with all the info and advice that the forumites share and above all else, the sense of belonging you feel when someone encourages and edges you on. Have a bad moment or a horrible feeling in the pit of your tummy and you can lash out here and there will always be someone who will pull you back up. Not to mention the advice or the research that many forumites will carry out on your behalf just to give you an answer or to set your mind at ease. The process began with us investigating options and reading up on the steps we need to start to get the ball rolling. Hubby chatted on the phone with a few forumites who were kind enough to point us in the right direction with advice about using agents etc. We do not have a huge financial back-up as my job only pays well with regards to how much I love doing it, instead of actual cash...if only we could pay for stuff by expressing emotions! So whatever we were about to embark on and how we were going to finance it was on the little reserves we had and on our Faith in our Good Lord. After all, it was the Lord himself who pushed us to walk this path and I am certain He is holding our hands like a good Dad does when walking with his children on uncharted territory! TBC 6 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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