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First 6 Month Round-Up Living in Australia

Welcome back Zesties! I hope you all had a great week and HAPPY MAY! Feels a little different to be in May in the Southern Hemisphere, mostly because it is COLD. I was worried that it would not feel like fall (it’s my favorite season), like the general feelings of fall would not be the same over here – but nope, it still gets dark at 4pm, the weather is nice and crispy, and the fall are starting to emerge (woo hoo apple spice!). We don’t get to experience Halloween during the fall season though and that just feels like a missed opportunity tbh

Anyway! To the main subject of this post: 6 Month Round-Up. Excuse me, what? I’ve been in Australia for SIX MONTHS?? (technically entering into my 6th month according to Blake but whatevs) How did that even happen, where did the time go, and why does it feel like I got practically nothing accomplished? Let’s take a look back by numbers (and pictures!), since I’ve been here I have…

  • Joined 1 fitness studio (and left the same fitness studio)
  • Joined 1 gym (yanno whenever it opens)
  • Had 1 temporary job
  • Went on at least 5 city adventures
  • Called my Mom in hysterics 6 times (which is more than I remember but anyway)
  • Went to the beach at least 10 times (and to 5 different beaches)
  • Had 11 interviews (either over phone or in person, with 7 recruiting companies)
  • Explored 13 different cafes around Sydney (and got lost double the amount of times)
  • Taken 116 fitness classes (barre, pilates, grid training, functional training…)
  • Cried a million times
  • Laughed and smiled the same amount of times

Looking back, it was a pretty solid 6 months and despite feeling like I accomplished nothing, I did in fact, accomplish quite a lot. I put myself out there with new people, I continually put myself out there for new jobs, I explored (and got terribly lost) looking for those cafes in the city, and I learned how to take public transportation all by myself, which in itself, is a huge feat. I have cried lots of times, sometimes over sad things and sometimes over good things and sometimes just because 🤷🏼‍♀️

While I have literally no idea what the next 6 months are going to look like and while I continue to plan and then change it and then set new goals and then change those, for the first time since I’ve been here, I have learned 2 very important lessons:
1. It is OKAY to not have your immediate next steps planned or laid out in front of you

I very obviously have the desire to plan everything and literally nothing has gone my way. Not to be a brat, but that is so annoying…OR IS IT? These past few months have taught me to be flexible and approach each day with a fresh perspective and renewed mindset. I still get excited thinking of all the opportunities out there that I have not even come across yet! I found new interests that I want to work on and toward (hello blogging and barre and fitness certification maybe??) so not having everything laid out and trying a bit of everything that interests me is just what I need right now (and that is okay)

2. Constantly remind yourself of your intentions with the people in your life and genuine connections will be formed

I have since grown closer with amazing people in Australia and I have also learned (and still am learning) more about my friends in general and the type of friend that I am. It is hard to stay in constant communication with my friends in America, but putting in genuine effort (even if we don’t talk every day) has strengthened all of my friendships and helped me gain new ones which has been a rare occurrence for me because it has been consistently difficult for me to make genuine friends. I remind myself constantly of how I can be a better friend or how I can serve a purpose around me (especially when I’m not working right now), and putting intention behind these friendships and relationships has been nothing but beneficial and rewarding.

I also miss my family every day. When I was living a 15-minute drive away from my entire family, I didn’t have that opportunity. Now that I live a 15-hour flight away from my entire family, that has definitely changed my perspective. My family is awesome (even if they drive me crazy sometimes) and I am so incredibly proud of my background. I am reminded every day of the support and love I have in America and it really keeps me going through the rough times. Altogether I found a new sense of intention within myself and with my relationships that makes me so incredibly grateful to have the people in my life that I do now.

ANYWAY NOW THAT I’M DONE CRYING AGAIN WRITING THIS POST (make that a million and one times)

Thank you to all my Zesties and readers out there! Thank you for bearing with me as I branch out into the lifestyle side of things, I’m thinking of maybe dropping some surprise recipes?? Some extra special recipes??
Also, if you are subscribed to my blog, you should have received your first newsletter, The Juice! It does in fact have a Super Secret Special Recipe from April that I have not posted anywhere and it includes a great sneaky peek into the rest of May! If you are not subscribed, you can always subscribe here or below:

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Again, thank you for reading and staying with me. Next week is a recipe week! Had to tweak my original ideas since I missed ANZAC Day (was planning on an ANZAC Biscuit), but this will still be an Australian-exclusive recipe and also a cookie recipe. Anyone have any guesses??


Author: Claire Elizabeth

My name is Claire Elizabeth and welcome to my lemon zest life! It all started back in 2015 when I began creating healthy recipes to support my busy lifestyle between the gym, full-time work, and full-time university. Four years later I have updated my healthy recipes but am still living that busy lifestyle. This is catered for the full-time employees, students, parents, and everyone in between that lives a lemon zest life, like me. xo.🍋 ​

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