The monthly round up: February;

February was a ridiculously good month. I saw the Thundamentals live at St Kilda Festival as well as Chet Faker at The Palais Theatre (beautiful venue!)

Chet ❤

 I jetted off to Perth for an engagement party in my favourite part of the state, the South West and then headed to Sydney to eat yummy food, work out with my old PT and dance the day away to Hermitude at One Day Sunday.

Pullman Resort, Bunker Bay (WA)

Bread & Circus, Alexandria (Sydney)

If I lived in Sydney, this is where I’d be all day, everyday!

Hermitude!

Now that I’ve been in Melbourne for more than 3 months, I booked in to change my WA licence to a Victorian one – which is a pretty big commitment for me! It means no moving back to WA anytime soon!

The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors, Sydney

And as luck would have it, one Wednesday morning, I saw a Melbourne yogi was teaching yin just down the road from me. It was literally 15 minutes prior that I was jotting down the things I need to do in Melbourne now that I’m more settled and yin yoga was one of them! After the beautiful class, we headed out to Chapel Street and just my luck (again), a new café was open, one I had my eye on the previous month. It’s called ‘The Real Food Movement’ situated on the corner of High Street and Chapel Street in Prahran and I highly suggest a visit! The food & interior is to die for!

The Real Food Movement, Prahran

Speaking of food, here’s where I’ve been & would recommend in WA, Melbourne and Sydney.

FEBRUARY FOOD: The Village Bar, Subiaco; Samudra, Dunsborough; Pour House, Dunsborough; Doughboys Doughnuts, Melbourne CBD; Taki’s Balls, Vic Night Markets; Bread & Circus, Alexandria (Sydney); Revolver, Annandale (Sydney); The Real Food Movement, Prahran (Melbourne); St Kilda Twilight Markets; Pana Chocolate, Richmond (Melbourne).

Taki’s Balls, Vic Night Markets.

Doughboys. The PBJ & Bulls Eye come highly recommended!

St Kilda Twilight Markets. Vege goodness!

Snickers + Jaffa slice from Pana Chocolate. YUM!

There’s also one super exciting change in February! I’ve had a 5 month break from valuing properties and starting March 2nd, I’m back in the game. It’s been a refreshing 5 months but I’m ready to get back into the swing of things. Will share more about why I needed to quit to start again!

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Happy 3 months Melbourne!

Yesterday marked three months (90ish days) since I moved to Melbourne but the last 100 days have been a total rollercoaster of emotions. Before I moved across, I had doubts about leaving Perth, and then the minute I stepped off the plane, nothing felt more right. I spent the first two weeks just living it up in the city before moving to my new home. And then reality hit.

In my first two weeks (and three weeks prior), I had applied for over 50 jobs. I had one interview arranged, one meeting with a recruiter and dozens of letters of rejection.

Although I have a property valuation background, I was having no luck with any property development or analyst positions. Here I was thinking I would move over and do a number of temporary assignments for the first three months and then take a few weeks off. There were TONS of jobs advertised before Christmas and I was tailoring my CV and cover letter to suit each one yet I was having no luck.

In my third week in Melbourne, I thought I’d check online to see where my previous employer was located in Melbourne. I don’t think it was much of a coincidence that the office was five minutes down the road, situated on the same street I was living on.

Two days later, I was meeting the Melbourne directors, landing a job in 2 minutes and attending the annual Christmas party.

If I look at the summaries of November, December and January, life looks pretty good. I’ve done lots of exploring, catching up with friends and making the most of what Melbourne has to offer.

The last three months have been amazing overall, but they’ve most certainly come with some low points. There have been physical injuries, lonely days and nights, confusion and a whole lot of bad decisions made. But amongst all that, I look back on the last three months and feel so glad it’s all happened.

I know I doubted the timing of this move for the first two months but as I fly back to Perth tonight and I look back at my first three months in Melbourne, I can’t help but think it’s all fallen into place just right.