Hey friends! I truly did not intend to take a leave-of-absence from blogging while I was home, but somehow that’s what happened. However, I can say I truly enjoyed every single second I spent with my family and friends, and sometimes stepping away from technology is necessary to make sure that happens. I must admit I am VERY behind on blog-reading, so to some my favorite bloggers out-there (Meghan, Charlotte, Leslee, Monique, Rachel, Elizabeth, Brooke, Kristy, Kelly, Cori, Kristina, Lillian, Bek, just to name a few) I am still a devoted reader, promise!
Our Cape trip was followed by a wedding dress shopping weekend with my sister, Mom, and best friend Sarah. Can I just say that I’m OBSESSED with dress shopping? Love love love. We also squeezed in a girls night at Mohegan Sun, and a visit to Kimmie’s wedding venue in Newport, Rhode Island:
(We are standing on the exact location Kim and Jim will be married next year!)
So after a whirlwind trip, I’m back in Australia! It feels wonderful to be back with Brandon after a month of being apart. I don’t think long distance relationships get any easier, no matter how much experience you have with them. But as good as it is to be back, I do have a confession: I’m not back for long. After countless hours of research, pro/con lists, deep discussions and many tears, I’ve decided to move home in order to continue pursuing my second degree back in America. As hard as it is to admit, sometimes the hardest decision is the right decision, and this is one of those times.
Would I rather stay in the same place as Brandon? Yes.
Do I love living in a tropical paradise? Yes.
Do I feel that moving to Australia was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? Yes.
Would it be easier to stay here and continue doing what I’ve been doing? Yes.
However, the adult me asks:
Education wise, does the university here offer what I need for courses? No.
Does it make more sense to take my pre-requisite classes somewhere more affordable? Yes.
Do I want to be done with school as soon as possible and start my new career? Yes.
Will staying in Australia enable me to do this? No.
Will I have more opportunities to work while attending classes at home? Yes.
And so, with Brandon’s support and our families support, I’ll be moving back to the U.S.A. at the end of August, immediately starting classes in Maine at that time.
I’m extremely grateful that I can continue my dream of achieving my masters degree of nutrition at home, but it deeply saddens me to leave Brandon, the life we created together here, and the friendships I’ve cultivated this past year. Sometimes the hardest decision is the right decision, and I’m praying that this one is the right one for us.
Thank you always for your on-going support and for reading,
P.S. Brandon’s parents are en-route to Australia tomorrow and we are anxiously awaiting their arrival. Travel safe, Brad and Sue. We love you!