Love Where You Live
Are you a creature of habit…? I am!!!
I drive the same way each day to drop the kids to school, get my coffee from the same coffee shop, always shop at the same butcher, fruit and veg - I think most of us do.
Moving to Sydney to go to boarding school was a massive move for me and when I left school I moved straight to Clovelly in the Eastern Suburbs.
I spent twenty years in either Clovelly or Randwick North and loved it. It was my little village, everyone knew me and I knew them.
The time came for Frankie and I to buy a house and sadly those areas were just out of our price range. Frankie said we are going to have to move further south!! I was devastated and really fought him on this. I didn’t want to leave my village and basically told him I would rather live in a unit and stay where we were then move south.
When I say south it was only two suburbs away in Maroubra, which is not far at all but at the time it felt like a 1000 miles away!!
Frankie and my friends all started to call me a suburb “snob” and gave me a hard time because I even refused to go and look at properties or drive around the streets. Finally Frankie found a little semi right on the water in a quiet cull de sac street and he was so excited. He rang me and said “I have found the perfect place, you will love it”
A few days later we purchased our little dolls house in Maroubra and I had no choice, it was time to move.
Over the next 18 months we renovated as it was not liveable and I turned our little dolls house into a semi by the sea with a Hamptons touch.
Once we had moved in I was still really homesick for my old homes in Clovelly and Randwick and my old life. I would drive back to my little corner store man (Charlie) in Clovelly to get my bread and milk, this went on for 6 months.
Finally....... Frankie said this is ridiculous you need to fall in love with where we live now. Stop being a brat and look at how beautiful are home is and start exploring your new environment.
So that’s exactly what I did.
After 6 months of tears I started to walk the streets, visit the corner shops and chat to the locals. I realised Maroubra was just as beautiful as Clovelly and Randwick, I had not been taking notice.
I was being a brat or a suburb “snob” and my new home of Maroubra was actually AMAZING!!!
I have now fallen so in love with our home and suburb, it has been nearly five and half years and I never want to leave.
I went for a walk this morning with a friend and said to her “don’t you just love where we live how spoilt are we to have this at our door step”!!
I don’t take it for granted anymore. I look at the ocean everyday and appreciate it. I am so grateful to live in such a beautiful area and thank Frankie for making me look outside my comfort zone and move “SOUTH”.
Change is not that bad after all.