One Year

One year ago tomorrow I was arriving in NZ with my three very large (and heavy) bags. I didn’t have a car, a permanent place to live, and I had never driven on the left hand side of the road. I had also never worked in a men’s prison before. It was the beginning ofContinue reading “One Year”

Coming Out

It’s been awhile since my last entry. I apologise for that, but to be honest, I have been struggling a bit these past few months. Most of my time and energy have been directed inward for a time of introspection and reflection (and reserved for day-to-day functioning). I also tested positive for COVID two weeksContinue reading “Coming Out”

Mid-Year Check In

We surpassed the 6 month mark on March 23, 2022. Time is so strange. On one hand it feels like we have been here for years, but 6 months doesn’t sound that long at all. We also got our application in for residency, so hopefully in the next few months our visa status will change.Continue reading “Mid-Year Check In”

A New Year

It’s hard to believe it is January 4, 2022. Time is such a strange concept. It boggles my mind how it can be fast and slow all at the same time. To the exact day, my partner found a job in his field three months after we arrived. That was the last piece we wereContinue reading “A New Year”

The Adjustment Phase

In my experience, when we believe we are bad, we make all kinds of decisions and life choices that we may not make if we knew at our core we were worthy and valuable.

Settling In

It has officially been one month since arriving in New Zealand. After we were released from MIQ and flew to Christchurch, the real experience began. My company helped us out with housing and a rental car for the first two weeks, and my coworker graciously gave us a hatchback so we could fit all ofContinue reading “Settling In”

Transition & MIQ

On my first day in graduate school back in 2013, one of my professors asked my cohort what we wanted to do with our degree. My answer was to work internationally; somehow invoking change in how mental health systems worked. My work experience at a residential recovery center years prior had left me feeling thatContinue reading “Transition & MIQ”


Why am I doing this? Maybe because I’m about to leave the only country I’ve ever lived in for 40 years to embark upon a new adventure on the other side of the world. Maybe it’s for connection, or to feel not so alone in a new land where the only person I know isContinue reading “Introduction”

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