As of June 1st, I have officially been living in gorgeous New Zealand with my partner of one year. Two short months ago I was saying my goodbyes while crying to my family and boarding a plane to start my new life. I could not wait, even though saying goodbye to my family. Nervous yet so excited I flew halfway across the world to be with my partner and make a life for myself. Living in New Zealand these past two months have been utterly life-changing and I simply can’t wait to live my brand new life here and take you all with me.
Before talking about living in New Zealand I should tell you some of the reasons why I needed to leave Ireland, one of those was to close the distance between Ryan and I, to improve my mental health and start a life nowhere near my abusive father and his family.
My First Two Months Living In New Zealand
These past two months have gone by so quick I actually can’t believe that I am sitting here actually writing this post. It only feels like yesterday I step off the plane and into Ryan’s arms. S many things have changed and I am so excited to share it all with you!
My New Lifestyle
Since arriving in New Zealand my lifestyle has drastically changed, I have gne frm eating one or two meals a day full of carbs with bad snacking of sugary foods and choclate and t tp it all off sugary energy drinks. Not the healthiest if I do say so myself! But since living with Ryan I now eat three full healthy meals with healthy snacks in between. Although there is room for improvement it is a whole lot better than before.
Another huge new aspect of my new lifestyle is Crossfit. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday I attend a one hour CrossFit class. When Ryan signed me up I thought that I would hate it and want to quit but I have been attending a little over a month now and I absolutely love it! A big part of me giving up on my previous fitness journey was lack of motivation, confidence and pure and utter boredom doing the same thing each and every day.
With Crossfit each day you have a different workout and set of mvements to go through which keeps your body guessing. That’s one of the reasons I fell in love with CrossFit. I’m not bored anymore!!
Along with Crossfit, I have been cooking dinner each night from scratch which has been fun because I never really cooked at home (thanks mum!!)
Moving to a different country can be very eye opening and since being in New Zealand I have seen many culture differences between Ireland and New Zealand. Many of the differences include
- The language
- The public holidays
- Traditions and
Maori is the official first langauge of New Zealand although everyone speaks English there is still a big emphasis on using Maori within normal everyday conversations. Even while Ryan and I are talking he says something in Maori and I have no idea what he’s saying althugh I d know what some words mean now after being with him a year! I find it truly inspiring that although it’s not used widely across New Zealand anymore that people are still making an effort to use their country’s language and use their culture. Although Ireland was a dual speaking country between English and Irish no one ever speaks Irish outside of school. Once you graduate from school you almost always never use it again unless you want to become a primary school teacher.
The public holidays
Their are many public holidays in New Zealand just like in Ireland but within the first month of living here I became aware of Anzac Day. Anzac Day occurs on 25 April. It commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women.The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers – the Anzacs – on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915.
This isn’t just an ordinary day though. Many people are off work and their is a dawn service in sme towns that people can go to, to pay their respects to those who sacrificed their lives and thank those who have returned for their services. Although I didn’t go to the dawn service I know that I will put more effort into going next year as this is my new home.
Since being here I have been very surprised at how welcoming the Kiwi’s are. It has been so surprising because I feel more at home and welcme here than I ever did back home in Ireland. They have been so welcoming, encouraging and have made me feel like home the minute I landed in Auckland on April 1st.
Kiwi’s are known for being kind hearted, easy going and very chill people and I can say that this statement is so true. Every person I have met has definitely been kind hearted, easy going and very chill which has been very strange for me because I am not a chill person at all. I have been welcome very easily from Ryan’s family, his Crossfit family and his Zuu family which has been relieving because I was so worried that I would be seen as an outsider by everyone but that’s not the case at all.
I couldn’t write a post about living in New Zealand and nt talk about this beautiful country. I have not travelled far in New Zealand but where I have been has been so so amazing and beautiful! It has been so breathtaking visiting waterfalls, mountains, the beach and so much more during these gorgeous two months.
My Mental Health
Last but not least I wanted to discuss how my mental health has been while living here. Before I left Ireland I was on a very bad spiral. I was going down a dark path of my depression and anxiety. Change can be very difficult to adjust to but my huge move was very easy to adjust t and didn’t affect my mental health in a negative way at all. It has been the complete opposite. No I’m not saying that I am cured I still take my pills every single morning and I still have bad days but those bad days are much less frequent now. Sometimes a change can be good for you and your mental health.
Living in New Zealand has been amazing so far!
Have you ever moved abroad? Let me know in the comments below what it was like for you!
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