The big questions

We have started telling friends we’re leaving Australia at the end of this year.

The furniture is for sale and we are getting ready to move into a temporary apartment until we fly out in mid-December.

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I will miss our street but I won’t miss all of the big questions:
“Do you have your Permanent Residency/Citizenship?” from everyone from strangers viewing our furniture, to acquaintances at parties and our friends here.
“Is it a lifestyle/family/work decision?” ask friends here.
“Why are you leaving Brisbane now?” from foreigners, both strangers and friends here.
“Do you like it here?” from all of the above.

While I don’t mind a bit of chit chat as you view our coffee table/entertainment unit/TV, is it really so odd that an Irish-Canadian couple are moving north?

I appreciate people’s curiosity about our situation, but I have been a bit surprised by the reactions. We have friends who say they’re gutted but they themselves are from Europe, so not a far stretch that we will most likely catch up with them again.

The Canadians and Irish overseas are excited (as are we) but it is an odd mix here of people who are happy for us, nervous for us and completely shocked and at a loss for why we would leave now.

It’s getting a bit easier to answer all of the questions the more people ask but I can only imagine how many times we will explain ourselves over the next two months.

It’s hard to describe, since we are moving permanently but we still feel like we could be back to visit and we tell everyone we’re not ruling out the possibility of moving again at some point.

Has anyone else ever felt like they aren’t allowed to feel excited about the next chapter ‘just yet’?

Published by Amy Maureen Lynch

Over the past decade, Amy Maureen Lynch has negotiated remote work arrangements, freelance client work and validated business ideas, in between living and working in Canada, Europe and Australia (and having three kids). She writes about travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work on her blog, where you can read about her experiences bringing her children into business settings and access flexible and remote work resources to help you navigate the future of work: She produces and hosts the Mixing Babies And Business™ Podcast, parent-friendly professional development events, digital resources and advises others on creating inclusive and flexible work solutions at: Amy’s first book, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience, is based on her journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

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