I’m so tired. It’s almost 6 o’clock in the morning and my parents, my grandmother, my aunt and my cousin are with me at the Toulouse-Blagnac airport for the last time. The last goodbye for a long time. I’m moving to this little island that didn’t even exist for me about two years ago. I say goodbye and hug my mom crying. I can count on one hand the number of times I saw her crying. Hard feelings…
Leaving my family was hard but Jersey has been amazing to me.
I created myself in this island, in every corner of my life. I created a happier but more serious me, a smarter version able to speak three languages fluently and to work for what I dream of. I had a draft of a new lifestyle that I made real. Most importantly, I’ve been socialising myself more than I used to and gain more confidence.
This confidence means a lot to me right now, it’s a different one from what I was used to. I was confident enough to believe in my strengths when now I am able to make you feel those strengths.
Professionally, I had just one job but I had a few amazing experiences. Being a Hall and Conference Porter in a four stars’ hotel was interesting but I quickly run out of enlightenment or challenge. This job was definitely a good representation of my experience in Jersey from that point of view: Both the job and the island had so much to offer but the limits are reached promptly.
I did a part time waiter job as well to afford my lifestyle but my favourite experience was doing modelling with my best friend for the opening of the biggest mall in town.
I was representing Tommy Hilfiger while he was the Hugo Boss model! We were lucky enough to meet the London faces of the brands and some of most important people and sponsors in the island.
Champagne, friends, quality clothes, important people; Definitely one of my best moment!
But the greatest gift Jersey gave me will always be this amazing woman that I now share my life with.
Chloe and I have the exact same expectations and ambitions in both our professional and private life. Although it wasn’t easy to get her into my life… If attitude was a kingdom, she would be the queen!
I met Chloe on a night out, I’m an old-school believer so if there’s music, there’s a dance! Lots of guys were looking at her so I built up the courage and went to ask her for a dance. “You’ve got 5 minutes to impress me” and a smile was her answer. I liked it, it was already a challenge but it became a quest! But every quest has their barrier and Chloe had a lot, legitimately.
It became a game where we were both extremely attracted to each other but neither of us wanted to get hurt and we didn’t play nice at first so we gave up. A month later we bumped to each other and surprisingly everything went smoothly.
We talked, laughed and joked the all night as if we’d always known each other. By then I realised that the first time wasn’t the right
time, I wasn’t ready for anything serious and she wasn’t ready to meet anyone but after this night I knew that I would never give up on her again.
For me she’s the ultimate woman, she’s got all I dreamt for:
She’s smart, driven, beautiful, independent, successful and I could continue like this all day!
She inspires me and falling for her is an everyday blessing because she doesn’t need me in her life but she decided to spend it with me.
2017 was a game changer for Chloe and I, we realised the limits in front of us. We faced limits individually in our lives but this was the first statement we made; Whatever the next step is, we make it together!
We wanted something new for me, another job I can enjoy and be proud of. Chloe was looking for a change and our bodies were craving the sun and blue sky.
Waiting for a holiday wasn’t an option so the moving option was getting more likely. We looked at different places and we balanced all pros and cons but the most exciting place was Australia. We kept having it in our minds every single time, it was ridiculous! The decision was easier for me, nothing except her was keeping me in Jersey as all my friends left the island.
But most of her friends was still in Jersey and most importantly, she has her family living here. However, in a few days, the decision was made and final… Perth it is!
Chloe and I are both organised and perfectionist in different ways so moving was all about excitement, not fear. Nevertheless, we had quite a journey organising our “release”!
I didn’t have a passport at the time so I had to apply for one. Thank God there is a consul here in Jersey! Yeah well, forget it! It’s a post-office for your ID, they can’t help you for the rest… St Malo it was then!
I asked for a few favours and a bit of luck to get (and save money) there but still, it must have been the most expensive passport ever! Although the outcome is priceless; The biggest smile Chloe ever had and this feeling of freedom under my feet!
Within ten minutes, visas were granted and flights booked. Emirates ladies and gentleman! Considering the journey we’d had, we’d done an amazing job of getting prepared in advance and I will detailed that later on in another blog.
Everyone was informed of our move and seemed happy for us. I went back to my family and friends for two weeks before D-day, which was amazing. Then all of my focus was leading to Perth. 501 days after my first big move and I was about to move again.
Another island, another continent, another life, Australia we are here!