Moving to New Zealand
It’s Official! We’re going on an Adventure. We’ve bought plane tickets, gotten our passports and are moving to New Zealand on October 17, 2016. Some of you are saying, “About dang time!” Others are saying “WTF?” It’s a long story (a blog post about this later) but we’re excited to finally be taking the plunge in earnest. We’ll be taking the next few months to make preparations, sell possessions, rent our home and enjoy the remainder of our time in Utah. Here are some details.
The short answer is New Zealand. It’s a wonderful country that has garnered a lot of recent attention through the Lord of the Rings movies, the artist Lorde, and other business and media stars that hail from the island. It’s also known as Aotearoa, or “the land of the long white cloud”. It’s beautiful, small, and in the corner of nowhere on a global scale. A recent magazine article called New Zealand the #1 safest place to be in case of World War III. More than anything it’s the beautiful and intriguing place we’ve decided to call home for a period of our lives.
A Global Perspective
One thing that Divinity and I have strong feelings about is the importance of diversity and being more globally aware and installing those perspectives in our children. In discussing our childhoods, we wish we had been encouraged to explore the world more with options like studying abroad, taking a “gap year”, etc. If nothing else, we want to pass along the experience of seeing the diversity of the world while enjoying it ourselves.
One of the biggest reasons of all for moving to New Zealand is that it represents a dream and goal of ours for nearly a decade. Are big dreams only for the elite? Having been raised in a highly conservative culture, I’ve struggled over the years with wanting more from my life but feeling like such dreams aren’t something a family provider can have. In my own way, I’m showing myself that dreams aren’t just for the young and single. Dreams usually come at a cost, but I’m convinced it’s worth the price.
Simply put, we want to go on an adventure! As life has rolled on, I think we’ve felt a lot like Bilbo did in The Hobbit after Gandalf slyly pitched him the benefits of world travel over a comfortable and mundane life in the Shire. The amazing thing is that for a lot of people, this kind of adventure is absolutely within their grasp. To immerse yourself in another culture can be one of the worlds greatest adventures. We don’t know what all to expect and there will surely be struggles, but that’s part of the fun!
We plan on going for at least 3 months, but are leaving an open timetable for this experience. We may be back in January 2017 or we may be back a few years after that.
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