Home country: Australia
New home: New Mexico, USA
Why did you decide to move abroad?
I was working a corporate job in Melbourne - my life was "perfect". But I had this inner knowing that I had a Life Purpose and it was out there waiting for me to discover. So I mustered my courage, quit my job, sold/gave away almost everything owned and went backpacking. Within a year of unstructured travel I came across the Avatar Course in New Zealand. Almost straight away I knew this was my calling and that I wanted to teach this incredible course about exploring consciousness and mindfulness. To do that I had to go to the States because it was based in Orlando, Florida. I arrived in the US and immediately and unexpectedly fell in love with it. I met so many lovely people and saw how truly beautiful the country was. I didn't want to leave so I made it my home and embraced my calling. It has been a wonderful adventure.
What has surprised you most about living in a foreign country?
How kind, generous and sweet people are in general. I think the media presents the world to be a scary, hostile place but that has not been my experience at all. On the daily I meet beautiful, genuine people who are working to make the world a better place.
What do you miss most about home?
Family, beaches, health care, jobs market and food.
What are your favorite activities in your new town?
Visiting National Parks
What advice would you give to tourists visiting your new home town?
What is the one MUST SEE?
Best day trip
Up into the Taos Ski Mountains
Any cultural/language barrier funny moments?
I had to learn to speak very slowly and clearly so that Americans could understand me
Currently road-tripping through National Parks. Next trip is from Southern Oregon to Denver, Colorado via Yellowstone National Park. I'm teaching the Avatar Course in Denver so I need to be there by mid-August.