I can’t really believe it but today marks 3 years since I walked through customs at the airport in Melbourne to join Simon on our new adventure, a life together in Australia. I remember the day I left Sweden as if it was yesterday. The sadness of leaving friends and family mixed with the excitement of the unknown what was to come. It’s not always easy being an expat living far away from what used to be home (and in a way always will be). Sweden has a very special place in my heart and there are definitely things I miss about living there but most of all it’s the people I miss, my friends and family. That said though, Simon and I have built a very nice life for ourselves here in Australia and we are surrounded by lovely friends and family. You can’t have the cake and eat it too unfortunately so we’re happy with what we got, try to make the best out of the situation we’re in and look forward to what the future will bring us.
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Crash course in how to speak Aussie. Just abbreviate everything and you’ll be fine 😉
Ok, so my last comeback was what one may refer to as somewhat unsuccessful so I don’t blame you if you don’t hold your breath this time. I do truly miss the blog and my writing though and I believe I’m at a point in my life where the blog once again can fill a void and have a purpose. I’m not sure there will be anyone patient enough to still be checking in for updates but I’ll be here if you do sharing the ups and downs of the roller coaster ride we call life.
Don’t think of her as gone away,
her journey’s just begun,
Life holds so many facets,
this earth is only one.
Just think of her as resting,
from the sorrows and the tears,
In a place of warmth and comfort,
where there are no days or years.
Think how she must be wishing,
that we could know today,
How nothing but our sadness,
can really pass away.
And think of her as living,
in the hearts of those she touched,
For nothing loved is ever lost,
and she was loved so much.
Vila i frid älskade mormor. ♥
It never ends. I’m at it again, another recruitment process. At least this time it’s not because anyone resigned or because the person I recruited was a wrong fit. This time it’s because my team is growing again and we need another person. Nevertheless, recruitment processes are draining and it’s not like my job go on hold in the meantime.
I feel like I’ve done nothing but recruiting and training people over the last year. It all started going downhill in April/May last year when I had to make one of my team members redundant, then 4 months later another team member resigned leaving me in a very sticky position with only one person left in my team. My original team was only 3 people and myself. Since end of September last year I’ve been trying to find someone for my team. I tried many different venues to find the right person for the role within the given budget (which changed a few times as well just to make things a bit more interesting) and after many interviews, hours of extra work and a bad recruitment later I found a new person for my team that started beginning of July. We are still very busy and I am still too involved in the everyday work and don’t really have time to do what I’m meant to be focusing on doing as a manager so I’ve now been given permission to recruit yet another person for my team.
I know this is going to sound like really old news and it is but since the blog has been sleeping since last year there is quite a bit to update you on. I thought I would start with one of the happiest news I have to share with you – Simon and I are engaged!
Simon popped the question to me on December 7th last year. Out of the blue, in the garden of our new home, IN SWEDISH (lots of brownie points there) with a stunning Scandinavian designed ring he chose himself without as much as a subtle hint from me. I cried, smiled and said YES (of course)!
We had tickets to go to A Day on the Green at the Rochford Wines in Yarra Valley that they so we celebrated with some nice wine in the company of Alicia Keys and John Legend. A truly amazing and memorable day! The wedding date is set and we’re getting married in March next year, in Adelaide. I can’t wait!
I’ve made a decision. It’s time for a change. I need to re-find my work/life balance and focus more on me. Do things I enjoy and stress less about work. Focus on finding my happiness again because I have so many things to be happy and greatful for.
The last 8 months have been crazy. I’ve been spending way too much time at work trying to cope, prove myself being understaffed. And what do I get in return? Nothing! Nothing more than I would if I worked 8 hours a day like normal people. I’m over feeling like I bend over backwards and still never feel like I’m doing enough. I’m over not being appreciated or paid enough for the work I put in. I’m over not enjoying going to work. I’m over feeling like all I do is work, eat, sleep and complain about the fact that allI I do is just work, eat and sleep. There is so much more to life than that.
I have a wonderful fiancé that I’m marrying in March next year which means I have a wedding to plan. I have a beautiful family and friends I want to spend more time with (IRL and on Skype). We have a house which is in need of a lot of TLC and we have big reno plans. I want to get in touch with my creative side again and have time for my photography and DIY projects.
I realize things will probably not change overnight but I will try my best to make them. I want happy Anna back. Tired and grumpy Anna I can live without. Life is too short to be wasted.
I’m claiming my life back!
Every Australian is well familiar with what a showbag is. For me it was something new and unfamiliar, until the other day when Simon and I went to the Royal Melbourne Show that is. Speaking of unfamiliar just to clarify things, an Australian show is the same thing as a fair or a carnival. Yes, they do like to be different these Aussies. The Royal Melbourne Show for those of you who don’t now it is an agricultural show held at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds every September. The show has been running since 1848 and it has around half a million visitors each year and offers a mix of animals, livestock, rides and food experiences.
But back to the showbags. A showbag is commercial plastic bag filled with treats and fun. There was a Showbag Pavillion at the Royal Show here in Melbourne filled with heaps and heaps of showbags (387 to be exact), something for every age, taste and budget. The showbags are basically sample bags and was originally given out for free to promote brand awareness. They are not free any more of course but you can find bags for as little as $2 and at the Show here in Melbourne about 65% of the bags cost under $20.
So happy the weekend is here after a rather shitty week. It started off on Monday morning with one of my team members handing in her resignation at work. I didn’t see that one coming and with only three weeks notice period it put me in a bit of a sticky position. I need a replacement person quickly and clearly there will be no time for her to train someone new before she’s gone.
Initially I was pretty upset since she was a person I decided to keep when we had the redundancy a few months back and I had to get rid off one person in my team. I kept her because I believed in her future in the company. I now have a bit more perspective on the situation and I’m trying to be positive about the change. Hopefully something good will come out of it in the end.
I’m having a crash course in management this year that’s for sure with my first redundancy and now my first recruitment process. A steep learning curve indeed.
It was announced last week that Swedish fashion giant H&M finally will open its first Australian store. Even better is that it won’t be in Sydney, it will be in Melbourne! After all we’re are the Australian fashion capital so it’s only fair. 😉 5,000 sqm of Swedish goodness over three levels will open in the former post office building, GPO, on Bourke St, probably mid next year.
H&M, also known as Hennes & Mauritz is known as the second largest global retailer. Similar to Zara and Top Shop is known for its fast fashion clothing for men, women, teenagers and children. The first store opened in Västerås in Sweden back in 1947 but since then it has gone global and now has approx. 2,900 stores in 51 markets around the world.
Exciting times ahead!!