Fashion, Foodie, Beauty Spoonie & everything in between
How to move to a foreign country / go travelling when your a spoonie!? TBC...
September 11, 2016
That's still a question I'm asking myself!!
This is something I have wanted to do for a VERY long time, but, life has got in the way! At first it was relationships, then I bought a flat and thought the idea of travelling or moving abroad was all but a distant idea... Then I became quite poorly with my health and it just felt well, impossible.
After I moved back in with my parents and gave up my job, the idea of living alone in the UK seemed impossible, let alone a foreign country!! So I told myself, once your better and have everything under control, then go, there's nothing holiday you back now! But as time went on over the past year, as any spoonie will know, 1 doctor follows another, then another, then a new drug to try, then another test and it goes on. I think I'll always be taking regular trips to the consultants, especially as medicine moves on and treatment gets better!
Health wise, I'm at an okayish point, I can regularly go to the gym and hoping once I go for more testing next month, my Postural Orthostatic Tahycardia Syndrome will be more under control - I'm gavig a 24 hour ECG, exercise test amongst other fun things - I'll post about it!
So NOW seemed like the right time to go... The longer I wait the further away it feels, originally I was going in January 17 but I've decided to move it forward to the end of October 16! Whywait?! There will always be obstacles in your life and always be something to hold you back - we can all talk ourselves out of anything!! And for me, I think if I left it until January I could probably talk myself out of it Hahahaha! Or doubt myself or I'll have a bad health patch and think I won't be able to cope, but what it comes down to is - I can always fly home!
I'm super lucky, I've decided on New Zealand as my best friend livers over there and I have family in the gold coats and Adelaide in Australia - so a familiar hug and home cooked meal is only a car ride / plane journey away! The first thing I did as well was contact some Spoonie's who lived in NZ and sourced some other people who have travelled as well - I posted Facebook in a support group for Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and asked if anyone had travelled / moved oversees before to seek their advice!
God how i wish social media was about when I was a teenager!!
I am always shocked by the kindness of total strangers - the support from people who don't know me and have never spoken to me really does get me choked up! I mean how cool is that? Utter strangers giving me tips and telling me to contact them if I need any help! I think as spoonie's as well we can really relate to one another and, I know for me as well as others, I often find solace with strangers - I can pour my heart out to then what I have been trying to say to other people for years in my first few message exchanges! We're all in the same boat and we get it - we get & live the spoon theory!!
So I've digressed a bit here - oops!
What am I going to do in New Zealand? Well I haven't totally figured that out yet. I'm kind of going on a whim, I have a bit of my saved that will last me my first few months. In an ideal world I'd love to continue with my online fashion business but I'm not sure how that would work with my visa - I have a 2 year workin holiday visa - so I'd really need to speak to someone who knows this stuff! So i think I'll look for some bar work / waitressing on a part time basis initially, as I know I can do my hair and nails on a freelance basis from NZ! Then I'll try and find something more permanent once I know how I feel out there!
I'll post over the next few weeks about how I'm preparing - sharing really helps me so please get in touch or ask me any questions or of course - tell me anything in missing that I need to do!!!!!!