Oz Dream 2018 comes true!

This weekly dose of daring from Brene Brown sums up perfectly how I’ve been feeling for the last 6 weeks since we found out I’d secured a job that has helped us fulfill our dream of moving to Australia.

So our hope was fading that I’d be able to find a professional position with employer sponsored visa and the week-end after my birthday I decided to give it one more push of responding to jobs advertised and approaching agencies with my resume.  Little did I know that this final act would turn everything around.

Having emailed them on the Saturday I got a phone call from Brisbane on the Monday morning.  And then 3 weeks later a phone call came on a Friday morning saying that the job they had put me forward for, although not the one for me, had put my CV in front of someone who knew someone who was looking for a nurse with skills and experience just like mine.  So much so that they wanted to interview me the following Monday morning!  And they were so keen they offered me the job on the phone then and there – twice!!  And of course I said yes because this was the job:

Clinical Nurse (Consultation Liaison) Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Service
Queensland Health (Organisation site)
North West Hospital and Health Service, MOUNT ISA

The Clinical Nurse (Consultation Liaison) Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Service position provides a range of alcohol, tobacco and other drug assessment, screening, early and brief intervention, treatment and intervention services that address the health needs of clients with substance use issues.

The North West Hospital and Health Service covers an area of over 300,000 square kilometres and services the rural and remote communities within North Western Queensland and the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Health Service includes the City of Mount Isa and the towns and areas of Burketown, Camooweal, Cloncurry, Dajarra, Doomadgee, Julia Creek, Karumba, Normanton and Mornington Island.

So my dream job in my dream country – the universe had my back all along 😉  This blog and all the resources I’ve developed were an important factor in my being successfully employed which just thrills me and fills me with pride.  Everything I’ve been doing since I got sober has played a part and led to this moment and opportunity.  As Belle said to me:

if you’re sober, then shit happens. and you’re living proof of that 🙂

It’s in the same state as my family who are a 3 hour journey away by plane and car.   It’s a 4 year work visa but we’re hoping we can turn that into longer so that my children can finish their secondary education in Australia but we’ll see.  Right now we don’t know and that’s okay.

Huge thanks goes to Tyler Dewar at HealthX who has been superb in sorting things out and supporting the process despite the time difference between here and there!

And where would I be without all of you?  This blog, and by extension my sobriety, may have stumbled and ceased without your ongoing support, love and compassion and for that I am eternally grateful.  I don’t know what the future holds or how the blog will proceed but I’d like it to continue to share my ongoing journey.  I have enough blog posts scheduled to see us through until April and by then I’ll have had 3 months to settle in and learn how my new employer and this alcohol addiction and recovery blog will work in documenting both my professional life and my ongoing personal story of recovery.

We fly out in the next weeks in preparation for me starting my new job so bear with me over the next few months as there may be delays in my responding to requests and replying to comments while we find out feet in Oz.  I never thought I would be typing those words and that this dream would become a reality.  In the words of Faithless & Dido: ‘It’s been a long time coming but it’s well worth waiting and I raise my hands and ask for nothing more‘ *cue happy tears*

So my word of the year for 2018 is fulfilment which follows on from abundance in 2015, clarity in 2016 and liberation/freedom in 2017.  All have been incredibly prescient!

If you’d like to follow me in Oz I’ve set up a new Instragram account specifically for it which goes live today!


24 thoughts on “Oz Dream 2018 comes true!

  1. Oh Louise!!!!!! I was with you on the very first DRY thread and have followed you faithfully ever since.

    I have actually got tears in my eyes reading this. I am SO happy for you!!!!!!

    Just, WOW!!!!!!

    Lots of love, Slim Cheesy

    1. Slim Cheesy!! How lovely to hear from you 🙂 Thank you so much and please do send my love to all the DRY thread over at MN xx

  2. Oh this is wonderful news! It truly is a dream come true; I’m looking forward to following your new adventure. Huge congrats & hugs! xx

  3. Best 1 Jan post EVER! So proud of you for all you have achieved and for your persistence, determination (and let’s face it bloody-mindedness!) in making this dream real for you and yours. Hip hip hurrah! Much love xxx

    1. Thank you so lovely Prim! It has been said I am a stubborn f*cker – or in more professional language, a tenacious soul 😉 xx

  4. Wow! What a great opportunity. I wish you as a new blog reader all the best. I read the post when your dream of living in Australia had failed and now this. Wow again. I will follow your new path in Australia.

    1. Hey Ingela Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog and now following me on Instagram 🙂 It’s amazing what can happen when you put down the drink! 😉

  5. Lou, what fantastic news! So pleased for you; all that hard work and that determined, get up and try again attitude paid off. And how great for the team in Brisbane to get you… Lucky them! Wow! Ah, Australia ❤️Fantastic country, what an exciting and sunny ☀ next step for you and the Hofs! Well done Lou. Xxxxxx

  6. What a WONDERFUL news! I am so happy for you! Wow!! Wow!!!! How very exciting and fulfilling and whoah!!!! 2018 Is going to be great!
    I love to hear how you fare. Wishing you, I think, good nights sleep with all the excitement. 🙂 <3 <3 <3
    xx, Feeling

    1. Hi tiredoftreadingwater! Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog and a happy new year to you too 🙂

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