While the States heads into Thanksgiving, one of my favourite holidays of the year, (and you better believe I’m bringing this back to Australia when I finally move home!) it’s given me plenty of time for reflection and time to sit back and take stock of the year that’s almost passed by.
As I sit back and reflect, I wanted to share some personal news that has happened in the last few months, because if there is anything I’ve wanted my blog to be filled with, it’s honesty and a place to lay bare the lessons I’ve learnt through the messiest and hardest times.
This is news I never dreamed I’d be sharing and in the spirit of honesty, I share this amidst many tears, both in sadness at what’s been lost, but also a newfound joy in what’s yet to come. A few months ago, Navin and I decided to separate. I won’t share the ins-and-outs or the whys and whens here, but hope to share my own learnings and challenges I’ve overcome in time.
At 26 I didn’t imagine closing the chapter on a 10 year relationship including our 5 years of marriage, but we both agree that this decision is best for both of us to move forward into the rest of our lives.
So, what does life look like for me now? Ultimately, my goal in 2018 is to move to London and spend a few years working and living there. I’ve been blessed with so many incredible opportunities and friendships in San Francisco over the last three years, but feel for the sake of moving on, I want a fresh start in a new city. I’ll keep you updated as I explore ways to make this dream a reality, but if you’ve got any useful connections in London, please send them my way!
Until then, I’m moving into my friend’s apartment in San Francisco and continuing my amazing role at Facebook. I’m looking forward to taking some time off over Christmas and New Years in Europe with one of my best friends, where we’ll be hopping between London, Paris and Edinburgh before making our way to Iceland to hopefully see the Northern Lights.
The last few months have been heartbreaking, distracting and challenging but also freeing and full of opportunities to learn about myself again, and sharing this news has lifted a huge weight off my shoulders. I am truly excited for a fresh start in 2018 and to begin this next chapter in my life.
Navin and I are still friends and I want nothing but the best for him. We’re completely open to any questions you may have, so feel free to reach out to either of us. I’m so grateful to the people who’ve walked alongside us in this crazy American journey over the last three years, and particularly to those who’ve offered wisdom, a listening ear and loyal friendship to me over the last few months.
Here’s to new beginnings.