Hi my dears! Three months ago today I landed in Australia with my two suitcases and a carry on with no clue what on earth I was doing here. I had never felt so lost in my life. I had no plan other than I wanted change and I wanted to experience Australia.The only thing I did have was some savings in my bank account. The only people I knew was Stevie, Nicola and the kids. I had no job and barely even knew where in Melbourne I was going to stay. I had no friends and the first couple of days I felt so disoriented. I wasn’t very prepared at all. Little did I know what was waiting for me around the corner.
Fast forward three months down the line I’ve met some incredible people, I have a job and the living situation is almost sorted. The people have made this stay so far. I spend most of my days in Red Bluff as you guys know and they mean so much to me. It was when I started going there where I felt Melbourne became more of a home. I love these guys so much and feel so lucky to get to see them every day. We all have such a good time together and the progress I’ve made in my training since I started is incredible too. I can’t put into words how grateful I am for them. Not only great training partners but great friends in and outside the gym. Some of these people I do everything together with.
It’s funny when I was preparing for my move to Melbourne I was thinking that in a few months time I will have (hopefully) met some amazing people and even made some good friends. I just had no idea who they were yet. I didn’t even know these people existed and not I can’t imagine a life without them. It’s so random how I ended up in Bayside as well. It’s not the most common area to settle down in as someone on a working holiday visa but I’m so happy I did. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
Yesterday I went to see the kids and Nicola in the afternoon. I haven’t seen them for a couple of weeks and I thought it was really time to spend some time with them. Oscar had also had his fourth birthday so really wanted to give him his present. I got him Spiderman lego and it went down well. What a relief! We spent a while trying to assemble it before going to Cleo’s school to pick her up. She didn’t know I was coming and the best feeling was when she saw me and her eyes lit up. It was so cute. Then she ran towards me shouting Auntie Maddie and threw herself in my arms. My heart just melts when I’m around these three kids. I was there for a bit until it was time to go to the gym and Cleo was heading to dance class. I’ve missed their smiley faces and spending time with them. It honestly makes me so happy and I’m really glad we still got such a nice relationship even though I’m not technically family anymore.
The gym was good yesterday. After a rubbish day on Monday (I was not in the right headspace at all in my life, just too much going on in my head) it went waaaay better yesterday thankfully. We were front squatting and I managed a new three rep max of 68kg for three sets. Now when I’m looking at my numbers written down that’s half a kilo better than my previous one rep max which was 67.5! That’s crazy. I can’t believe how much strength I’ve built since I started at Red Bluff.
After class Mich, Pablo, Perry, Matty and I were all practising snatches and I got a one rep max PB for my squat snatch, 43kg! It felt so good! I shrieked when I stood it up because I was so happy. I then attempted to get 100lbs (45.4kg) but I psyched myself out. I’m still so happy with my increase. Snatches are incredibly difficult so I’ll take any improvement I can get.
Maybe it’s because it’s still all so new to me being here even though it’s been three months and I’m sorry if I say it all the time but I’m just so happy to be here. Every day I wake up and I can’t believe I’m here experiencing all of these things I’m experiencing. I’m learning so much not only about life here but about myself. I feel like I’m a lot calmer than I used to be and I take things a bit more easily. Not getting as stressed about things as I used to. I think I’ve learnt the past year that things will work out eventually. Through hardship we always learn something. Of course I have days when I’m not super excited or happy haha. You can’t always be on your best mood but I feel happier and more fulfilled than I have in a while. I can’t believe there is still so much left of my stay. At the moment I wish I could stay forever.
Here’s to many more Aussie adventures!
Speak soon, M xxx