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’!