It’s been over a month since we returned from our epic trip around Australia, a trip that morphed from three months on the road to ten. Not only did we journey through the centre of Australia and the length of the west coast, but it took me through a bit of an inner journey of realisation and discovery, awakening something in me that’s made me see the bigger picture so much clearer.
A journey of discovery starts with having new eyes. And right now, heading into the peace and mystery of the Grampians, the energy around here feels like our new home, even if the future is unknown.
Having time away and stepping into a slower pace of life has made us both reassess how we want to live the rest of our lives. Now, a month later, those inner changes and realisations have become outer realities in our world.
We’ve followed our heart and made some pretty big decisions, choosing to swap what could have been a busy stressful reality on our return for a more simple way of living. balanced and aligned with nature.
The Universe has our back
It’s amazing how the Universe conspires with us to make things happen, with signs and synchronicities guiding us during our trip. As we were getting closer to home, I started thinking about the type of job we wanted when we got back. Something different, perhaps at a caravan park, a motel or even a roadhouse. And then I found it: an online advertisement for a couple needed to help run an accommodation business in Halls Gap. So we rang and our lives changed direction again.
We’re now in the Grampians area, one of our favourite places in Victoria where we’ve spent so many holidays with our kids over the years. It’s ironic that the Grampians was our last stop on our trip and it’s here we’ve found this opportunity to settle and work for awhile.
Halls Haven Helpers
So, what are we doing? We start our days feeding the animals on the property, the ever favourite alpacas, a herd of cows including resident Coco, the exuberant goats and a menagerie of chickens and fowl life. Most of the time guests join us for the interactive experience. Along the way we often encounter Mr P the Peacock, emus and of course the kangaroos are always in the background. There’s no more battling traffic on the busy metropolitan ring road for Doug. The most chaos we have are the gangly emus disrupting the alpacas.
We clean units, there’s 12 of them at Halls Haven, comfortable cosy self contained units with two deluxe spa cottages set around a picturesque lake. We help out with maintenance and gardening on the property and I’m learning the administration and booking side of the business. It’s everything we’ve wanted to experience and we feel inexplicably blessed to be here in this peaceful place with the two lovely owners, Jeff and Chris, who’ve made us feel, in a very short time, like it’s our second home.
How long will we be here for? Who knows. For the moment we’re going with the flow, learning the ropes and enjoying the opportunity of this different and rewarding lifestyle.
On our days off we head back to our real home, three and a half hours away. It’s close enough that we can get back for a weekend. Big changes are on the horizon, long term decisions we’re making and also some personal ones that are deeply heartbreaking with Doug’s dad
close to passing sadly passing away, today (6 June).
This year is proving to be one of adjustment, learning to trust and surrender. It’s one of big decisions and change, taking life by the hands and sculpting it the way we want. It might turn out slightly different to how we envision, but I’m finding that when our thoughts are aligned with love, faith and a deep sense of flow that’s when the magic happens.
It’s amazing what happens when we follow our heart and intuition. I feel as though we’re exactly where we’re meant to be at this moment. Waking up to the sounds of silence (and cows and kookaburras) and going to sleep amid mountains is food for the soul.
Magic wasn’t something I had to go in search of; it was here, within me, all the time. When hearts are open, when love is flowing, magic happens. – Katrina Kenison
May we all embrace this time of change, trusting that whatever path we’re on, and no matter what happens, we can always steer life in the direction we choose. May that direction be one of joy, peace, love and freedom.
Sending you lots of love and light.