I’ve been away from New Zealand for what feels like years. Yet it’s only been 5 months. 5 months of living in countries with cultures vastly different to my own. 5 months of travelling to 5 countries within SE Asia. 5 months of highs and lows that have altered how I see the world and how I want to live.

While away I travelled lightly and enjoyed the simplicity of doing this. I’ve decided that my return to New Zealand is the perfect opportunity to start with a blank page and envision the people, places and things that I want my life to include. It’s exciting and a little unnerving creating a new lifestyle from the ground up.


Friends ask me how I’m settling in. What they might be better off asking is “do you want to settle in?”


I don’t want to pick up the life that I had before I left. Although there were some parts of it that were fantastic, there were other parts that simply weren’t making me happy.

This redesign is part of the reason I don’t want to rent or buy a place and unpack all of my boxes that are stored away. I’m going to spend the New Zealand summer staying with friends and house sitting. I’m just coming to the end of a 3 week sub-let.

Most of my possessions are still in boxes in my storage unit. I’ve visited my unit twice. It was like looking at the evidence of a past life. Already I’m compiling a list in my head of what I want to discard. I’ve a collected a couple of items; my running shoes and hiking boots. I’ve also grabbed two small suitcases as I knew they had cold weather clothes that I’d need until summer arrived.

I opened the red suitcase first. Then the blue. I noted the things that I was going to need. The running and hiking socks, the sports bra, the running tights and tops, a pair of jeans, a merino jersey. The rest I didn’t even want to go through. I figured if I hadn’t needed them for the last 5 months then I probably didn’t need them now. I wasn’t sure how they would fit into my new world.

I figure it’s the ultimate luxury to be able to do this redesign and I’m very lucky to have the opportunity.

I’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks the pieces that I’m adding in and those that are no longer going to stay.


Would you like to redesign your life? What would you keep? What would you discard? I’d love to hear from you.


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