The best thing I did in 2015 was buy a one way ticket to Australia. I have always been very goal-oriented and look forward to writing out my New Years resolutions every January. I immediately fell in love with Lululemon's goal setting guide when Mad introduced it to me a couple of years ago. Lulu's plan has you write out where you see yourself in a year, 5 years, and 10 years with personal, professional, and health goals. When I did this for the first time about a year and a half ago, I realized that a lot of my goals centered around travel and that I wanted the opportunity to live abroad. As a varsity hockey player I missed out on the traditional high school and university semester exchanges and was eager to have my own experience. Writing out my goals in this format made me realize that now was the time to do it and if I wanted to, I had to make it happen on my own. 16 has always been my favourite number and I've always had a feeling 2016 would be a special year for me, I just didn't exactly know how.
I chose Australia for a few different reasons: 1. if i was living abroad I wanted warm weather. 2. I wanted to give myself the best chance of getting a job so I needed an English speaking country. 3. Australia's far and not cheap to get to so I figured it was a place to go for an extended period of time and 4. my LDR with an Aussie boy made my decision a little easier.
Once I decided on where I was going, I knew I just needed to book a ticket to seal the deal and ensure that regardless of the circumstances that may arise, I couldn't chicken out. Like I said earlier, booking my ticket was my highlight of 2015- I'm pretty sure I skipped home from the travel agent. The motivation it gave me to complete my masters thesis was immeasurable. It also made working my multiple jobs throughout the summer and fall so much more enjoyable because I knew what every hours pay was going towards. I won't lie, I questioned multiple times whether I was making the right decision including a tear-filled phone call right before boarding my flight from Vancouver to Sydney. Should I be finding a job in my field instead? Should I be saving this money? Should I be working towards buying my own car or house? The answers to these questions may be yes but from my goal setting I realized I want to look back on my 20s with no regrets and knowing I truly made the most of them. What will I regret more? Not owning a car at 24 or not spending the year working and travelling around Australia and Asia when I had the opportunity to? Everyone is different but for me personally it was an easy decision.
I want to make the most of this year and see and experience everything I possibly can. I've only been here for 5 days but I already know I made the right decision for me. At the end of the day, I'm a firm believer that your 20s are the years to take risks while at the same time setting yourself up for your future. A working holiday in Australia was the ideal reflection of this for me and I'm so excited for my Aussie adventure!
Stay tuned ;)
Lots of love,