When Graeme and myself first began to talk about coming to NZ a lot of you may have wondered if it was ever going to happen.
And then, when it got to the point of no return (probably around the time we booked flights, sold our flat, sold our furniture and resigned from our jobs) a lot of people began to tell us how brave we were.
I don't think either of us had given courage and bravery (are they the same thing?) much thought up until that point.
And once we started saying goodbye to so many people I certainly began to wonder if it was stupidity rather than bravery....I still don't think I have made my mind up either way but I have tried to remember my 'courage' ever since we left.
And to re-assert my courage, I am going to tell you all a little story:
Are you sitting comfortably boys and girls?
There is something about me that many of you may not know.
I want to be a writer.
I long for the day when someone pays me to write down words - hopefully in a cohesive order (look at that - she has started using fancy words already!)
I have wanted this for a very long time and have spent the last 5 or so years spending a lot of time researching how to be a writer.
So much time in fact, that I have NOT spent enough time actually writing!
This blog - although I didn't necessarily realise it right at the start - has helped me to re-realise my long-held dreams. This blog has given me an excuse to write.
I enjoy writing it & hope that you - my audience! - enjoy reading it.
So I am declaring my intentions to the world - now you all know & I have become accountable!
I have signed up for a free online course at Barnes&Noble in Romance Writing to help kickstart me. (You should go and have a look as they have a wide range of courses!)
And you - my wonderful audience - made up of family, friends, acquaintances and possibly some strangers who are so charmed by me that they keep coming back for more - can offer me support.....just by coming back here every now and then and reading what I have to say.
Thanks for listening (or should that be reading?!)