What I’m doing now
Settling in to Oxford, England:
Five weeks ago I moved to Oxford, with everything I own in three suitcases.
Leaving New Zealand was so so sad. I’ve never loved a place that much. I actually cried a few times, missing it in advance. But change is growth. (More on that, here.)
My month here has been filled with nothing but errands, and local learning. Getting my resident visa, setting up bank and phone, staying at AirBNBs temporarily while meeting with many realtors and viewing many homes — figuring out where to live long-term, registering my son for school, selling my house, winding down my New Zealand life, buying a house, finding a lawyer and accountant, getting a car (Nissan Leaf), getting a dog (Golden Retriever + Standard Poodle mix), furnishing the new house, and much more.
I under-estimated the moving process, though I’ve done it a few times before. In hindsight, I wish I would have picked out a home in advance, and had it ready before arriving.
I honestly haven’t done anything else for the past six weeks. I haven’t worked on my next books or much else at all.
I’m so looking forward to being settled in a home so I can just get on with my work. (Or maybe this is all procrastination.) Though my psychological and even self-fulfillment needs are met, I've been focused on re-making the basic needs for a little too long now:
Updated March 15th, 2019, from Oxford, England.