DTEM has moved to Vanuatu!

I have some news_ moving to Vanuatu

So you may (or may not) have noticed  I have been missing in action for the past ten months or so. What happened was this: I tuned in to Real Life for a while there (I know, what was I thinking?).

As it turns out, Real Life, aka Being a Working Mum, is actually really hard. Real Life is fast-paced and has the faint pong of guilt, plus a lot of stress and a paucity of time to do the things that fill up the well, important things like exercise and playing the ukulele.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t begrudge it for a minute; my work was exhilarating and it was great to be part of a really dynamic media environment, work with incredible people and know that I am still employable even after babies turned my brain to mush.

But it takes its toll – not just on me but on the family, too. I’m unfit and tired all the time, and I’ve completely neglected you and this blog, which makes me sad. I also felt like my life wasn’t really aligning with my values, and for a Libran, balance is everything.

Then the most amazing opportunity came up… The chance to do meaningful work that makes a real impact, to balance that with life and fun – and all in paradise.

So here it is: my family and I are moving to Vanuatu for a year.

I still can’t quite believe it, but it’s true. I have been accepted as part of the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, funded by the Australian Government. I’ll be helping the Ministry of Education and Training improve the quality of its curriculum resources, like text books and teachers’ guides.

What does this mean for DTEM? Well, I’ve made a commitment to myself and my family that I will find that sweet spot where work and life are in perfect harmony; and that means doing more of what I love, including getting through the list of 15,000 blog posts I want to share.

Expect to see lots of new tips, plus more inspiration from really cool people doing really cool green things. There will also be lots of good news, because we are at the most exciting turning point of our lifetime, the point at which humanity agrees to respect and rebuild this worn-out planet of ours, starting in our homes and going all the way to the top levels of governance.

Along the way, I’d love to share with you our adventures in Port Vila, which you can find anytime by searching for “Vanuatu” of clicking on the “Vanuatu” tags on each post.

Such exciting times ahead, I literally can’t wipe the smile off my face. In less than a week I’ll be writing to you from the land of smiles, beautiful Vanuatu. If you haven’t already, pop your name on the mailing list to be alerted to updates. Until then, ‘Lukim yu’!

Tell me, what do you most want to know about over the next year? Our lifestyle, my work, where to go, what to do, how I’m going to cope without kerbside recycling… Let me know what you want to read about!


  1. Bec Senyard says

    Congratulations gorgeous! This is fabulous news. My bro-in law has just moved to Vanuatu to manage a hotel over there. I can’t wait to read about your adventures! I have missed you at various blogging functions during last year and always kept an eye out for you. Now I know why I didn’t see you. I hope the move to Vanuatu is smooth for you. What a fabulous opportunity that will hopefully give your soul time to breathe. xxx
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    • (dt)em says

      Thanks beautiful Bec! Maybe we’ll see you over here soon in that case?? That would be ace! And congrats on your huge win! Well deserved xxxx

  2. Meg says

    Congratulations, and a twinge of envy! The job sounds very satisfying. I’d be interested in hearing more about your work – and also about maintaining green habits in a new environment. I’ve just moved to Warsaw for a year and the recycle bin attached to our apartment is full of rogue elements. Enjoy a fascinating change.

    • (dt)em says

      Wow Meg, Warsaw sounds amazing. I’ll definitely let you know how I go sussing out the green options here, be great to hear how you get on too!

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