I’m so excited to announce that I’m writing a regular column for the fabulous Australia and New Zealand magazine! I’ve been an avid reader of the mag for many years, and have been lucky enough to write for them about our grown up gap year travels in Australia. My new monthly column will be about family migration and all it involves, from making the difficult decision to emigrate through all of the phases that follow such as visas, shipping, selling your home, finance and preparing your children for their new life. It will look at our personal journey but will highlight the stages that everyone needs to go through so that people can follow the process from the start to the end, issue by issue.
My first article is in the July issue, which is in the shops from tomorrow (10th June 2014).
If you’ve ever thought of migrating but were unsure what was involved or how to tackle such a big move, then I hope reading about our journey is useful. I know how much value I get out of reading the experiences of families featured in the magazine.
If you’ve just discovered my blog after seeing my column, then hi, welcome! You can read more about me and my blog on the About page.
If you’ve read my article in Australia and New Zealand magazine, I’d love to hear what you think. Are you in the process of migrating too? Are you still trying to decide whether to move or not? The journey can be challenging and lonely so it would be lovely to hear from you!
Thanks lovely! x
Hurrah For Gin says
This is amazing news! Well done Karen :)) x
Thanks – it’s really exciting! xx
Amazing news! Congratulations. X
Thanks a lot! xx
I came across your letter to your children and it made me cry. We are there. A churning need for a better life for our children. The ideal that our children can fulfil the short lives we are given and experience a bigger world than a rat race with no play that me and my husband feel has become our way of living as Brits. Is it a pipe dream or do people really fulfil the ideal?
Our children are 2 and 4 (but would be a good 3 yrs older if not more) and have an incredible bond with our immediate family and that’s the main reason we shrug it off until the feelings resurface that we just dont belong here.
Children have an incredible play on your emotions and the thought of causing them hurt taking them away from family hurts me…….alot. Would any of them forgive us?
Your post made me feel a little braver and it would be great to hear from you. 🙂
I really feel for you because we’ve been in that situation for the past few years. It’s so hard balancing what your wider family want and what you feel is best for your children. Eventually you just need to work out what you want from your future and go for it. Writing lots of lists of the pros and cons is really useful to help focus your mind. The migration process is long and tough, so to make the move you need to be completely sure you’re doing the right thing. Making that decision is so tough though, so you have any sympathy. Read lots of magazines (Australia and New Zealand is great if you’re thinking of moving to one of those – plus I now write a regular migration column for them!!), blogs (BobinOz is great if it’s Australia you’re thinking of) and forums (like PomsinOz) and hopefully that might help you decide if it is right for you or not. Good luck and keep in touch to let me know if you do decide to make the move. xx
Katie @mummydaddyme says
That’s amazing news- well done Karen! I can’t believe you are there! I remember when you were thinking about it. I will look forward to reading more about your journey. xx