March 20, 2019

Why I Quit my Job and Left Everything I had in the UK for Australia

Oh my goodness. Its March 2019. The last post I wrote on this blog was in June 2018. I’ve never really posted consistently on this blog, which is a big regret of mine really. But the most ridiculous thing about this is that I have spent 5 months in Australia and I haven’t wrote about any of it.


The most exciting time in my life to date and I haven’t even wrote one word on here.

I’ve always loved the idea that I have my own little piece of the internet. Just for me. For my words and for my photos.

Just before George and I decided to venture off to the other side of the world I’d decided I was going to post regularly on Smile At Style and I’d publish Youtube videos consistently. I planned to start up my illustration business, where I’d sell my illustrations on Smile At Style. I set up a newsletter which people had already subscribed to and I’d even ordered all of the packaging with little stickers and thank you cards with my brand name and logo on them. Then a few days after they arrived I was dropping everything and heading to Australia.

The stickers, thank you cards and packaging are now in the loft and I am now in Mollymook, Australia.

What the hell!

I still can’t really believe it to be honest. I could close my eyes and I’d still feel like I was in our little flat and life could resume as normal and I wouldn’t question it.

None of this really seems real, but its been so bloody amazing so far.

Back in July 2018, when our visas arrived and we’d committed to a year in Australia, so much doubt filled my mind. To say I was worried about the future would be an understatement.

The future has always been something so certain for me. No matter what stage of my life I was in, I knew what was in store.

In primary school I knew I’d go to High School.

In High School I knew I’d go to College.

In College I knew I’d Go to University.

After University I knew I’d move out and get a job.

When I got my job, I knew I’d work up the career ladder, at some point along the line I’d buy a house, have babies and become a ‘responsible adult.’

When we booked those flights I was nervous that the future was going to be so uncertain. Uncertain in a good way of course – but uncertain non the less.

I was so anxious to hand my notice in at work because I didn’t know if I’d ever get another job in design when I eventually came back to the UK.

But now I’m here I don’t regret any of it one bit.

But I ~do~ regret not writing about any of it. So far that is!

We are living in a coastal town called Mollymook which is 3 hours south of Sydney. Its so beautiful here, there are so many beautiful beaches and beautiful people.

We are going to be on the road very soon in our very own Camper van so expect lots of posts while I’m being the designated passenger!

And for now, enjoy some photos from our time here so far.

Thanks for sticking around.

Laura x

Laura Frances Heitzman

Part time designer and illustrator and full time traveller. Thanks so much for stopping by. If you want to find out more about me visit my about me page :) Laura x

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