I've had a few weeks away from blogging. I also had a few weeks away from running. 2013 was a somewhat stressful and crazy year for us and I was feeling burnt out and exhausted.
In 2013, Lachlan, Henry and I moved from Shanghai to Hong Kong. While the life is a lot better for our family in Hong Kong, it was not an easy move and there are still a lot of things we miss about Shanghai. In particular, Shanghai's diversity is hard to beat. While it's a lot easier living in Hong Kong on a day-to-day basis, it's certainly not as rich or fulfilling an experience - I can't step out the door and everyday learn something new. And again, I really miss our friends. There is nothing like the bonding experience of having your first baby in mainland China. I met so many amazing people (other mums, my bosses at Spinback Fitness, our driver Xiao Yu, Ayi and my Chinese teacher Cathy) and so saying goodbye was hard. I still miss these people terribly!
Making the adjustment to living in a new city was not easy. Starting all over again, for the second time in two years was also not easy.
I also made the decision to return to part-time work. This was a lot more challenging than I had hoped. Having very little work experience in Hong Kong, trying to break into a market where there is practically no concept of part-time work was demoralising. However, watch this space! I have secured a few writing gigs that I'm really excited about, and I have other plans I'm looking forward to sharing with you.
I also ran three marathons - in Nagano, Berlin and Taipei. As you all know, I LOVE running, but training for a marathon certainly takes its toll. By the 15 December, I felt worn out and my body was sore.
And Lachlan travelled a lot. This was not always easy - for any of us. While it's wonderful to have this amazing expat experience, it does at times come at a price.
I felt I needed a little break.
However, I've had the chance to refresh and re-prioritise. While I may not blog everyday (it was becoming a little obsessive) I'll still have tonnes of great things to share with you. I love hearing your comments and sharing our adventures. 2014 is going to be bigger than ever!
|This time last year we took my baby sister to the Harbin Ice Festival. It got down to minus 30 degrees celsius. It was so cold, and I HATE the cold. It's hard to believe how much has happened since then!|
|Henry and his best buddy in Shanghai. These two had plans to get married in Uruguay. We miss her (and her mum) so much!|
|This is when we first arrived in Hong Kong; our house in Stanley|
|And then we moved to Disco Bay. It's the first time I've ever moved house by ferry!|
|Family holiday to Hawaii. I am happy to be flown in an 8 seater plan by this pilot any day. He was a total rockstar!|
|We were so lucky to have my brother Eddie and his lovely girlfriend Sunny visit us.|
|The star of Dim Sum and Long Runs - exhausted after swimming.|
|My heart melts; he was so proud of himself in his soccer uniform.|
|Rockin the stay-at-home-mum gig; here are the Elmo, Cookie Monster and Big Bird cakes that I made for Henry's 2nd birthday.|
|Playing dress-ups in the backyard.|
|My first race in Hong Kong with the KipMovin team!|
|Some of my other Hong Kong family; us Team Italia girls like it up on the podium!|
|Post race misery and pain in Berlin.|
|The start of Taipei Marathon: a much happier day!|
|New Year's Eve Normandy Style: We know how to party!|