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”

Out with the old, in with the new?

I used to be terrified of public speaking. Terrified. I almost considered not going to graduate school to avoid the class presentations. Luckily, someone at the company I worked for in my late twenties told me about Toastmasters. That’s also when I first learned that one of the best ways to overcome my anxiety isContinue reading “Out with the old, in with the new?”

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”

Introduction

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”