The Big Magic

In the past I have often kept a blog but I’ve never had an actual website before with my own web address. I’m still very slowly learning how everything works as I’ve never been much of a WordPress girl but I’m moving in the right direction so we’ll see how it all goes!

The reason I am starting this is because in 2 months, 2 weeks and 3 days precisely I am leaving Perth, my home for over 20 years to go and live in just outside of Liverpool in the UK, where I was born. I’m leaving behind my immediate family, including a crowd of brothers and sisters; a small extended family and an amazing bunch of friends to pursue this massive life change. It’s been a really difficult decision to make and the worst of it hasn’t even happened yet… I’ve still got a whole host of goodbyes that I can’t even begin to contemplate. In spite of this, I know that I’m making the right decision for me now. Perth has held many comforts for me but the longer I stay here the more comfortable I get and I can feel myself slipping into the mindset where I will neglect to push and challenge myself and I’ll end up with a life I never wanted, stagnated and impotent. Not to say of course that people who live here lead those kinds of lives, I’m speaking as an individual.

So what do I plan to do in England? Well, my degree is in History and Museum Studies so something in those fields would be ideal. I have a strong interest in Arts and Culture so I’d love to work in some capacity in those fields.

Above all, I want to live a life that I am proud of. I want to contribute something meaningful and to feel that I’ve made a difference in some small way. I want to feel like I belong and to feel valued both personally and professionally. I want a chance to work in the fields that I am passionate about and I am hoping that I can find those opportunities in the UK. I read somewhere recently that the things that you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling and that if you can find a way to explore and engage with the things you are passionate about in your professional life… then you are doing ok!

On a personal level, I have a lot of anxiety over the move. I want so badly for it to all work out. I’m filled with conviction and doubt in equal measure. The doubt only spurns from doubt in myself though. Doubt that I can pull this off, doubt that people will want to hire me. A crisis of self-confidence if you will.

The conviction on the other hand is a steady gold nugget of hope inside my chest and the knowledge that all the times I have been back in the UK, including a stint of 6 months in 2012 when I studied abroad, it felt right. It felt like home.

Dallas Clayton

Dallas Clayton (Instagram)

So I’m writing this blog to document my experience of making that move, to keep in touch with family and friends when I am living in the UK and also as a side to share book reviews, music recommendations and other bits and pieces.

Feel free to follow along!


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