Sunday, May 22, 2016

The 'V' Word

I want to be brief with this, but it's something I feel I need to discuss (I shall refrain from ranting, I hope).

Sometime during my 2 year break from this blog, I became a vegan. Some of my friends also are, many aren't - and this has never been a problem. I'm a big believer in a.) not being preachy and b.) that people in my life should know that my personal choices are not a commentary on theirs. However I'd also like to follow up with c.) I do really stand behind my decision and I welcome discussion whenever people have questions.

Since then, I've had a few jibs and jabs about it from people in my life - but for the most part no one has really cared - and so they shouldn't, as it effects no one but myself. However, it does feel like there's a weird mindset around veganism and that brings me to this article on Vice. It's a good read, I encourage you to click through and check it out, because it explains my view better than I probably can.

TLDR; I really like vegan food, my body thrives on it and with the information I have I feel it's the best decision I could make, but if you're not vegan, I don't give a flying f*ck. You do you, let me do me and let's all just move on.

Lastly, I made a video of what I eat in a week, you can view it here, and I promise it's not just lettuce leaves and water x

Sunday, May 01, 2016

We've officially pulled off the move!

Leaving New Zealand and our jobs, friends, family and comfy lifestyle behind was always going to be a bit of a risk but we knew it was something we just had to do. Our month of travelling around exploring new locations was incredible but as soon as we got to Edinburgh and realised it was time to face reality, it was a completely different feeling.

We had 3 big things we needed to achieve as quickly as possible: a job each and our own house. I (Amanda) got a job, we managed to get a house (after a lot of complications with agencies) and now we're pleased to say - Jeremy got a job too! So it feels like we officially pulled off this whole thing.

I don't want to sugar coat it at all though, it was tough. We borrowed money off friends twice. I cried at work a couple of times. We ate a lot of baked beans on toast and spent time bouncing between pep talks and self doubt. But we actually did it and we're both in jobs we love and we couldn't be happier with our little home.

So the plan for the rest of the year: entertaining some friends who are coming to stay (my cousin is up first, so excited), visiting York and hopefully Spain and basically just nesting and enjoying our own home and starting to make friends here.

Here's the latest video, thanks for following our journey!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

House Tour: Edinburgh Edition

Hello again! We've been out of action for a couple of weeks due to not having internet set up in our new apartment but fortunately it's all sorted now and we're up and running again.

Just dropping in quickly to show you our new home. It's a work in progress & every pay day we'll be buying new things to make it feel more like our own but we couldn't be more excited to have our own space again! Here it is:

Saturday, March 05, 2016

So much has happened!

Hello again!

It feels like so much has happened since the last time I logged in here, but really just two [major] things:

  • I (Amanda) got a job! YAY! As a Marketing & Business Development Executive in the legal sector. Feels so good. Jeremy is still on the hunt but the right thing will pop up in good time.
  • And, we got a house! Although that's a story for another day as we haven't filmed our video of the whole ordeal just yet (and it truly was an ordeal). Full story coming soon!
Anyway, with employment and a house sorted, things are really looking up! We are getting into the groove in Edinburgh and starting to make a life here. 

Here are the latest few videos:

1. An Edinburgh Weekend (the one where I get a job)

2. A peek at what our day to day life looks like in Edinburgh: 

3. Vegan food & playing tourists:

The story of our house hunt is to come!

Monday, February 15, 2016

SNOW! + When is the right time to move?

Here's the video from this weekend. We were lucky enough to find ourselves in the middle of a snow fall on top of Arthur's Seat!

Mentally it's been a bittersweet weekend, as we missed the wedding of some close friends in NZ due to having just arrived over here and it being too expensive to turn around and fly all the way back so soon. This was the first of two weddings we're missing this season and it's a strange feeling.

Missing out on milestones of the people you love is one of the downsides of moving overseas for sure, but we've discussed it a lot and there's never going to be the "right time" to do it, as something will always hold you back. If travel is what you're after, you just have to bite the bullet and accept all the highs and lows that come along with it.

Anyway, despite my musings, I'm happy we made this choice and I'm happy we're over here. Edinburgh is beautiful (as is evidenced in this video in particular) and we're having the best time so far. Can't wait to see what 2016 holds!

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