Goodbye Australia & A New Outlook on Life

Me & My Gorgeous Aussie Family | Beautiful Beach at Hervey Bay

Hey Ladies. This post is a bit of a sad one as today is my last day in Australia before I jet back to dreary old England. I thought I would write a quick post to update you all as this will be my last post until I get back to the UK and back to normality. If you don't read my blog regularly then you will probably be a bit confused as to why I'm feeling so sad about leaving a holiday. Yes, I understand that everyone feels rubbish when they have to return home from their jolly bobs but for me, this has been a much more personal get away.

Basically, I came to Australia back in April after going through a bit of a rough patch with my job and various people who were filling my life with negativity. I got really down in the dumps trapped in a job I hated and surrounded by backstabbers. I'm sure a lot of people have been in similar situations but I got to a point in life where every day was a stressful, upsetting and a down right struggle. My family got worried about me and I felt terrible for not only feeling upset myself but for upsetting my family too. My dad, step mum and two brothers live out here in Oz so when I got a phone call from my dad asking if I'd like to come to work and live in Australia for five months, I jumped at the chance. I wrote more about it in my 'Relocating to Australia' post here if you fancy a read. I still can't believe five months have past by since then, where does time go?

Leaving home was a huge decision to make as I came here alone for three months before my boyfriend joined me in July. Leaving him was a hard decision and I missed him like crazy but ultimately, it has made us stronger as a couple. I still can't believe I managed to fly here by myself too. That alone is a HUGE accomplishment as I am so petrified of flying. If you have followed me on Twitter for a while you will know that I was panicking so much about the flight before I left that I was almost convinced I wouldn't be able to do it. However, it was way easier than I expected it to be and as soon as I touched down in Brisbane I was overcome with a sense of achievement. 

Since being on the other side of the world for a while, I feel like I have learnt so much about myself and have had a lot of time to sit back and think about life and what I want from it. If you read my post about dealing with OCD you may know that I am an insecure and sensitive person but this trip has really helped me with not only my confidence but my independence. Taking the leap to come here alone has taught me that no matter what my fears might be, I can tackle them if I put my mind to it. It has also taught me some valuable life lessons that include learning not to care what anyone other than my loved ones think about me. I was spending far too much of my time worrying about what people might think about me that it was consuming my mind and getting me down. At the end of the day, why should I care? Everyone is going to have their opinions and unless they mean something to me, I really shouldn't be fazed by people who have nothing better to do than spread their negativity.

It has also been amazing to spend some quality time with my family as living on opposite sides of the world, it doesn't happen very often. I have developed such a strong bond with my little brothers and the thought of leaving them really breaks my heart. If any of you live away from family I'm sure you will understand how hard it is and how torn it can sometimes leave you feeling. In an ideal world I would love to spend six months of the year here and six months in England but sadly life isn't that easy. As I write this post now, I dread tomorrow morning when I have to say the word 'goodbye' but I also appreciate how much I have got to know them and how much stronger our relationships have become. Nobody likes goodbyes but I have to remember that goodbye doesn't have to be forever, just for now.

As well as learning things about myself, I have also got to experience visiting some of the most beautiful places in the world. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram I'm sure you will know what I am talking about as over the past few months I have had some of the best experiences of my life. Whether it be whale watching in the middle of the ocean, strolling along south bank in Brisbane or watching the world go by on the beach at Fraser Island, it has all been amazing and eye-opening. Its amazing to know that there are these beautiful places in the world and it gives me even more motivation to succeed in my career and life so I can experience them again in the near future. 

I have also seen my blog go from strength to strength these past five months. I began writing this blog as a little hobby but it has since developed into something I can't imagine being without. I have celebrated a huge milestone of 1000 followers and have even been invited to a beauty event later this year. I never thought anyone would actually read my little space on the web, let alone follow and support me. It has been truly lovely to get to know some of you over twitter and when I return to the UK I would love the opportunity to meet some of you. I promise I will do a HUGE giveaway when I finally get myself a job too. 

So with all this being said, you may understand why today is a tough one for me. However, although I am leaving my family here, I am going home to my other amazing family who I have greatly missed. If I have learnt one thing whilst being in Australia it is to try and be positive in every situation, even if I am feeling like rubbish inside. I know my family will always be here, even if they are on the other side of the world. After all, it's only a few plane rides away. Roll on Australia 2013 8).

I hope this post didn't depress any of you too much, I just wanted to write a bit of a life post so you all know why I won't be posting until I'm settled in back at home.

Until then, thanks for reading my blog, leaving comments, tweeting, emailing and making me a very happy girly! Here's to life and living it to the full.

Lots of Love,




44 comments

  1. Hope you have a safe journey back home! If it makes you feel any better the weather hasn't been too bad this week!

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    xx

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  2. It's so crazy thinking that it has been 5 months already! It feels like just last week I was reading your post telling us you were jetting off to Oz, this is a lovely post and you are so lucky to have had the experience xxx

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  3. Kayleigh you're such a lovely lady. It sounds and looks like you've had the most amazing time, and you totally deserve it. I'm sure you'll brighten up England on your return :) It's really quite inspiring how positive you are.

    I'm going to Australia in December, you'll have to give me a few tips!xxx

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  5. Great inspiring post, I love reading stuff like this, it always makes me feel good. Have a safe trip back to the UK.
    - Keyta xxx

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  6. Wow Kayleigh this is such a touching post! I'm relating to you more and more and I just love your blog! I'm pleased you had a great time, have a safe journey home :) xx

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  7. This is a lovely post and liek you said you acn always go back your family will always be there for you. im hoping to go next year to my friends wedding over there and your instagram pics make me sooo jealous! have a safe journey back the weather has been quite warm here this week, obviously not what your used to but will ease you back in! xx

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  8. This is a lovely post, you seem like a lovely down to earth girl and this post shows it, im glad you going there has helped you and you seem to have a really supportive family. hope you have a safe trip back here and don't feel like you wanna go striaght back once you seem the gloomy weather here today haha x

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  9. Don't worry Kayleigh! We all support you! xx

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  10. This post is beautiful! It is so imortant to have supporting family and I often forget to appreciate it. I'm also happy for you because this was a new journey and you have learned so much from it. :)x

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  11. kayleigh, this is an absolutely gorgeous post, and so well written. it made me feel all soppy. saying goodbye to family is always going to be tough,you'll look forward to seeing them again now so much more. your little brothers are so cute!

    I'm so glad you are feeling more confident and inspired, things will only get better for you, youre one talented lady, and everyone loves your blog, you'll always have loads of support! i would absolutely love to get together, you seem like such a sweet girl. if youre ever in london, let me know :) xx

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  12. you absolute babe....i loved reading this post :) put a smile on my face. It looks like you had an amazing time, im a litte bit jel..ok a lot jealous haha but i am glad you got the r + r you needed. I hope you have a safe flight. i hate flying to, planes are so god damn scary haha but youl be fine. Have a G & T that helps me lol xxxxx

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  13. Lovely post!!

    Kisses from Spain!

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  14. I'm glad you had such a lovely time Kayleigh, It must be so hard living on the other side of the world from your family, but at least you get the opportunity to travel the world to see them, and I hope you are happier at home when you get back <3 xxx

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  15. What a gorgeous post and fab photos!

    Lauren,
    Laurensbeautydepartment.blogspot.com

    xx

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  16. safe journey home petal :) I've loved reading about your adventures in Aus, it's made me so excited to be able to escape down under next year to see my aussie family xoxo

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  17. What a great post, glad you had an amazing time time in Australia and have a safe journey home.
    xx

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  18. Your post did not depress me at all :) I know exactly how you feel, being surrounded by negative people in your life is not good and its always good to make an escape and change the surrounding. Whether these people are jealous or see you are a sensitive person (I am one too :)) doesn't matter, we need to be surrounded by positive and encouraging people. I always believe and I learnt that during my Psychology study that being positive and removing the negative will make SUCH a difference to your life! I have experienced that myself too. Even I as a Psychologist need to learn that what other people think of me doesn't matter at all. Great post! :) Ixx

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  19. Awww! I'm glad your Australia trip has really benefitted you and made you stronger! I completely agree with you, there's no point caring what complete strangers may think of you!

    Gem x
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  20. That was the quickest few months ever!:O Loved reading this post lovely! Wish you lived in Ireland so we could meet! :( haha xxxx

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  21. ah such a lovely post, I remember when you were setting off.. gahhhd where has the time gone?! this trip will be something you'll remember forever, it looks like such a beautiful place! & at least now you know you can get on a plane on your own & go back!! you're braver than I am ha. :) x

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  22. Hey Kayleigh. I get what you mean and I loved this blog. I like the fact how you write about personal things and not just make-up/beauty. I've moved to the Uk and lived here since I was 6. My Mum is flying out to live in Thailand on the 22nd and my Dad and I will be flying out to live with her next year. This post just made me cry and miss all my family. I cannot wait to see them all again and become a big family :)xx

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  23. Such a lovely post! I'm glad you got rid of all the negative feelings :) positive outlooks all round!
    England will welcome you with open arms :)!!

    Http://throughchelseaseyes.com/
    Xxxxx

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  24. Good luck on your journey home to the UK! It must have been an amazing experience to be on the other side of the world. Can't wait to see your posts once you have settled in! Think of the positives here such as blogging opportunities and also being near to your boyfriend! See you soon! xx

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  25. I hope you have a safe journey home to the uk and this is such a beautifully written post,

    Chloe xo

    stylethroughthelookingglass.blogspot.com

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  26. have another adventure and for sure it will be a good one ;-)

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  27. Ah this brought a tear to my eye cos I had those exact same feelings of being trapped in job, and what felt like a pointless life 2 years ago and I applied to be a holiday rep on a whim one day and it was the best thing I ever did, sometimes you really do need to be away from it all. I'm glad your break from England has helped you find yourself. One of my friends has just moved to Brisbane the other day and I'm so jealous, she's said how amazing it is already so I'm really jealous you've been there for so long. The photo's on this post are so lovely, the second one is my favourite, you all look so close on it. Have a safe journey and have fun when you get home :) I can't believe how fast it's actually gone!

    misskirstymarie.blogspot.com
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  28. This is why your blog is doing so well, cos you're just so damn lovely! I love reading any post you put up and congrats on all your followers. You're very lucky to have gotten away, I feel like that at the moment but have no where to go, but reading your little blog about how it's made you realize you can do anything when you put your mind to it...a tiny bit of me feels as though I can too :)
    Thank you :)

    xxx

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  29. What a lovely post - you are such a lovely girl too, that's so obvious. Sometimes it takes moving to the other side of the world for a while to find yourself and once you do, its definitely worth it. Sending loads of hugs and have a safe journey home! xx

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  30. Such a lovely post you deserve to be happy don't let anyone bring you down. Have a safe journey home to the UK xx
    loveontopxo.blogspot.com

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  31. Such an inspirational post Kayleigh! I feel sad for you leaving but I am also exciting to see what you will get up to once you are back in the UK. Good luck with the job hunt as well. Have a safe trip xx

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  32. Australia changed my life too, and although out stories are a lot different, I can relate to so many of the things you have just said. I went there for only a month to visit some of my relatives and to go on holiday with my family, but I can say that besides starting my own blog, this trip has changed my life. Before going on this trip, I was being bullied at school on a day-to-day basis and I was starting to feel really depressed, anxious and even more self-conscious than I was before, but when I came there it was like I became a completely different person - optimistic, relaxed and with no worries. I felt accpeted everywhere I went, people were always so nice, and the land itself is drop dead gorgeous and relaxing. I really hope I can go back as soon as possible, maybe for good. :)

    Sandra from The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

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  33. A really lovely post, I did the same as you but the opposite way as I live in Australia and went back to England for 3 months to stay with family and just de stress and relax. It's so difficult saying goodbye to all your family and the amazing people you meet but you will now have so many precious memories to think about from your time in oz :) xx


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  34. This was lovely to read :) I'd love to go to Australia, I've heard life is so much more relaxed over there! Hope you have a safe journey back here :) xx

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  35. Australia looks absolutely amazing. I hope you have a safe journey back to England and settle back in quickly, fingers crossed you can visit your family again soon xx

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  36. this is such a lovely blog post sweets, I cant believe your on your way home already, thats gone so quick. only feels like the other day I read your blog post to say that you were going to Oz. Looks as though you've had an amazing time and I am so happy for you in all the things you've overcome and achieved while being out there. Have a safe flight home lovely x

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  37. I LOVE your blog, it's super girly :) Please check out mine and let me know what you think? I'm definitely gonna follow!!

    Iskra

    http://thesilentmakeover.blogspot.com/

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  38. Really enjoyed reading this post! The majority of my family lives in Ireland, while I live in Canada so I know where you're coming from. Best of luck back home hun x

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  39. What a lovely post. You have such a wonderful blog Kayleigh - I always think it's nice when people share a little bit about themselves and their personal story as well as just the beauty/fashion side of things.

    I can totally sympathise with wanting to get away from things whilst being in the middle of a tough time. It must have been lovely to do so and have your family around you at such a difficult time. Kudos to your boyfriend as well for being supportive enough to give you the three moths you needed - he sounds like a lovely guy.

    I'm sure returning to the UK must be pretty daunting, especially after spending so long in such a beautiful place with the people you're closest to. I've no doubt whatsoever though that you'll bounce back and be having a fabulous time over here in no time though. It's sad how the "backstabbers" can get us down so much, but one thing I've learnt is that karma's a bitch and that us nice girls will end up "winning" in the end :)

    Absolutely adore your blog (you totally deserve the following you've gathered - as you're so genuine and lovely), and can't wait to read more about your return to the UK and how you're getting on.

    Sarah

    xx

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  40. Aww I absolutely love this post. It was so nice to read. I am glad you have had such an amazing time in Australia and your little brothers are adorable!
    I understand exactly what you mean about being so worried about what other people think of you all the time. I am like that myself constantly thinking about what other people think of me or what they are thinking about things I do and say or what I wear. Managing to change that view is an amazing acheivement! I am not there myself just yet but I am slowly starting to realise that some peoples opinions just don't matter and only people you care about do. It's so nice to read that you have learnt so much about yourself and have a more positive outlook on life! :) And congratulations on how much your blog has grown! It's one of my favourites and you definitely deserve it! :)
    x x x x

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  41. I am thinking of doing something similar. I have found this year really tough and come away from being the happy girl people knew I was. I have a diploma to finish but after that I want to be able to go live with my grandparents for a year or 6 months and kind of get away from everything. I am glad you had a great time in Australia and I hope you will enjoy coming back home :) Keep smiling and if you ever want to talk you know where I am.

    Lots of love

    www.bamblingsofnaffy.blogspot.co.uk

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  42. I enjoyed reading this post. I know it's such a shame but there are people (like me) who love travelling and living in foreign countries! :)

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  43. It's really inspiring that you decided to go out to Oz and change things up a bit. Sometimes that's enough when we are going through rough patches, you're able to come back feeling stronger and happier and all the rest don't seem to matter anymore! Congrats about all the followers, just found your blog and I love it :) well deserved! x

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