image by paul lenehan, flickr

fun fact: in 2005, 2 years after graduating college, i moved to australia. solo. i had always wanted to go to australia but played lacrosse in college (club - don’t get too excited but we still traveled  all over the country and the season always interfered with study abroad programs), so i never had a chance to go. after planning weddings + events in newport, rhode island for a few years, i suddenly realized if i was ever going to pick up and move somewhere, it had to be then, before i settled down somewhere. so with the blessings of my former co-workers, friends and family, i packed up, obtained my australian work visa, and bought a one-way ticket to sydney, australia. i found a sweet little apartment right off the beach in coogee, one of the beach suburbs outside of sydney, and got a job in sydney coordinating events + marketing for a private school. i took the bus in from coogee to sydney every day. i traveled. i met new friends everywhere i met. when you travel alone, you have 2 choices - stay alone or meet new people. i chose option B and continue to keep in touch with so many of those wonderful friends to this day. long story short - it was probably the most amazing experience of my life. part of my heart stayed in sydney when the time came for me to come back to the states, and i have always been dying to go back there. and tomorrow night, pat and i are packing up and heading back to my old hometown. and i cannot wait. i can’t even sleep i’m so excited. if i could add another 20 exclamation points to this paragraph to express my excitement i would. but i think you get the picture :)

we’ll be meeting up with old friends, visiting some amazing wedding venues, and seeing as much as we possibly can in 2-weeks. oh and i’m also dying to pay a visit to the sydney flower mart, though i’m not sure pat would be as excited about that! hehe. and of course i’ll be sharing images whenever possible over on instagram so definitely make sure to pop by if you want to follow along. see you back here in a few weeks :)

(oh, and PS - also check in to Style Me Pretty on monday morning, jan 28 around 9am PT / 12pm ET. you might spy LLD!)

  • Aleah and Nick says on January 25, 2013 Reply

    Safe travels and have a blast!

  • Diane @ Vintage Zest says on January 25, 2013 Reply

    Have fun! Going to set the DVR now. :)

  • Jessica says on January 25, 2013 Reply

    Love this!!! I never knew! I would love love love to go to austraila one day! Safest of travels. Looking forward to all the Instagram pics! Xo

  • mckay says on January 25, 2013 Reply

    omg. have the best time. jealous but so super excited for you!!! :):)

  • Diana says on January 25, 2013 Reply

    How exciting!! Some day I hope to get Down Under! I bet it will be such an adventure showing Pat everything!! :) Enjoy! xoxo Happy Birthday!

  • chandra ~ Oh Lovely Day says on January 25, 2013 Reply

    have the best time! have always wanted to go, and had friends living there for two years, but was large & pregnant, then had a baby and never made it while they lived there. someday… safe travels! xx

  • Margie says on January 26, 2013 Reply

    Sitting in sydney reading your blog on Australia Day and it makes me feel so nice that you loved our city so much. I hope it gives you more special memories this time round. If you are checking out wedding venues try get out to Nowra and see Terrara House Estate…a oh so so pretty country estate. I’m lucky enough to have my wedding there next year. Have a lovely trip.

  • Lena says on January 27, 2013 Reply

    Bon voyage, you world traveler! I had no idea you’d packed up solo, but it sounds like the adventure of a life-time!

  • Jessica says on January 28, 2013 Reply

    Have a wonderful trip!!!

  • Erin says on January 28, 2013 Reply

    have the BEST time!!!! xoxo

  • Carrie // cue the confetti says on February 8, 2013 Reply

    That is amazing!!! I visited Sydney in 2007 and it was FANTASTIC. I’ve been loving all your Instagrams, so fun!

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