Settled In and then a Big Shock

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My walk to work. Yow!

Yow I can’t believe how fast the past few weeks has gone.  Dave and I had the best time in Melbourne.  Then once we got home we settled back into our life in Adelaide.  Working, juggling our schedules, and spending time together whenever possible.  I love my job.  All of our guests are lovely, asking me great questions about being Canadian and what I think of Australia.  I just cannot get over my life.  I live in a great house with an amazing man, I have a 15 min walk to work along a gorgeous waterfront pathway, I work in a fancy hotel, serving delicious food to high end clients, the view from the dining room is the beach so every night shift I work I get to see a perfect amber sunset.

Just one of the amazing homes along my walk to work.
  I get to walk home under a sea of stars, observing the amazing constellations of the southern hemisphere.  On my mornings off I write, call home, go to the gym and if I’m really lucky I get to see Dave.  And the next day I do it all over again. Sigh.

There was a big shock to my life though this month.  My boss at my job in Canada resigned!  I was stunned and immediately worried about our team and our business.  My boss was an important part of my life and everyone else’s at work, playing more than just a boss role with everyone.  He was also a friend and great support to us all, so to know he was moving on was difficult to face.  I got in touch with our senior staff right away, saying I would step up if they needed me to and I would be happy to come home if they felt it would be the right thing for the team.

Gorgeous Adelaide
  They decided to offer me the now vacant position, which is an amazing opportunity for me and is everything I wanted.  When I planned my career, I was hoping to be in this role by 2011 so I am beyond thrilled that I’m now able to take it on.  I am extremely sad that my boss has moved on, but he is a thoughtful decision maker so I know this would have been a difficult and well thought out decision on his part.  I spoke with him on the phone and I am confident this is the right move for him to make for himself and his family, so I wish him well with everything he’s doing.  Now my focus needs to be on helping our team get stabilized, build our business and ensure we are working well together.  They’ve decided to place someone in the role temporarily until I return home.  I am coming home a week early, which was my decision.  I feel ready to go back, and I’m keen to get busy building our business.
At the cricket grounds
  Dave has been really supportive of me during this time.  We knew there was a possibility that I would be returning home early and we had to talk about what that meant for us.  We knew we’d be staying together and that we’d find a way to make it work.  It means a lot to me to know he’s on my side and that we would work together as a team through this.

I feel blessed that I get to continue the trip and that I still have the month of April to travel.  My plan is to leave work at the end of March.  Dave and I are going to go to Alice Springs, I need to make plans to go to New Zealand and western Australia.  Then I’m not sure what will happen, I want to go to Europe but I won’t have much time left on my trip, so I may just go to one or two countries before heading home.  We’ll see.  It will depending on what kind of deals I can find and what the best options are for making my way home. 

It is not going to be easy to leave my job at the hotel, or plan to be leaving Dave.  But there is no stopping this life, and I’m ready, lets be honest.  Travelling again, twist my arm!

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My walk to work.  Yow!
My walk to work. Yow!
Just one of the amazing homes alon…
Just one of the amazing homes alo…
Gorgeous Adelaide
Gorgeous Adelaide
At the cricket grounds
At the cricket grounds
Playing house
Playing house
At the amazing Northern Lights fes…
At the amazing Northern Lights fe…
Downtown
Downtown
Overlooking the river in Adelaide
Overlooking the river in Adelaide
Scoreboard at the cricket grounds!
Scoreboard at the cricket grounds!
I do declare that the city of Adel…
I do declare that the city of Ade…
Wine tasting at the National Wine …
Wine tasting at the National Wine…
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