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Two years of living the dream

Two years of living the dream

Two years ago today, I walked out of my stable, secure, sure-to-lead-to-success job in high-tech PR in Silicon Valley for the last time. A six-month stint in France was my proposed cure for a broken heart and stalled life, and I have to admit: it worked.

Bronte Beach in Sydney Eastern Suburbs on a sunny day, Australia

Living in France and exploring Europe was a dream, but the past year has been nothing short of incredible. I booked a one-way ticket to Sydney, and did my best to explore Sydney on a budget. But everyone kept telling me that I’d love Melbourne–the culture, the laneways, the street art–and they were right.

Christine Amorose & Esther Assaad at an Essendon Bombers AFL game, Melbourne

I spent eight months working at a gorgeous Scandinavian furniture gallery,ย reading in the sunshine on my beach-view balcony, drinking too many lattes, eating a lot of Vegemite, becoming obsessed with AFL (go Bombers!) and basically being really, unbelievably happy.

Christine Amorose at Melbourne Cup 2011, Australian spring racing carnival

I splurged on a fancy fascinator and new dress to sip champagne and win bets on horse races. I cheered on the USA at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. I fell in love with the waterfronts of Wellington and Hobart. I discoveredย the coolest museum in the world.ย I hopped out of a plane over the Great Barrier Reef, finally checking skydiving off the pre-marriage bucket list. I drove across the Nullarbor. I ate from countless street carts in Bali, Thailand and Vietnam. Now I’m back in California, contemplating my next adventure.

Sandboarding on the Talia Dunes, South Australia, Nullarbor Traveller

This is my chance to say THANK YOU. I honestly couldn’t do without you, and I wouldn’t want to: my readers are what makes this all worth it.

It’s also my chance to evaluate what I’m doing with C’est Christine, and how I can improve it. I’ve put together a quick survey to find out who YOU are and what you like and dislike about this site. Click hereย to fill out the survey: it will only take two minutes, and will help me create a site that is more enjoyable and helpful for you.

So thank you–and cheers to many more years of living the dream!

  • LostInCheeseland

    Funny, as I was reading your feelings on Australia I thought to myself, “so why did she leave!!?” But I get it ๐Ÿ™‚ My sense is that it won’t be long before you’re back down under! will gladly fill out the survey!

  • Congrats – you made it two years longer than most of the US population makes it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sounds like a fun two years ๐Ÿ™‚ What are you doing while in the US? Visiting or working?

  • This is awesome. Congratulations on making the decision and living your life to the fullest. I admire it so much and adore your blog. You’re an inspiration, Christine!

  • Congrats!! I think a two year anniversary is reason enough to treat yourself to another plane ticket ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Candice Walsh

    You da bomb.com! Congrats on making the two year mark. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย 

  • Adgln

    Exactly how I feel. Love you, Christine !

  • Sounds like an awesome two years, here’s to many more ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

  • Congrats! Here’s to many more – can’t wait to see what’s in store for you. All the best.

  • camorose

    Thanks lady! Honestly, I knew that if I stayed I would never leave and I really wanted to do some traveling through SE Asia and get some time at home–but who knows what will happen next ๐Ÿ™‚

  • camorose

    Thank youuuuu very much!

  • camorose

    Extended visit!

  • camorose

    Thanks, Krista! Always love your blog too–definitely need to meet in person while I’m in California ๐Ÿ™‚

  • camorose

    I’ve already treated myself to a few…but heck, I like your thinking ๐Ÿ™‚

  • camorose

    Thanks girl! Get out to California!

  • camorose

    Glad you’re enjoying it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • camorose

    Thanks for the well wishes!

  • camorose

    Thanks! Hopefully our paths will cross soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Milly

    I was doing a bit of research about the Coogee-Bondi walk, and saw your site…now I find myself in the last 2 hours reading your blogs and will definitely check your archive. ย I like your stories and photos – it’s simple, genuine and not too much drama! ย I’d love to know about your new adventure…Milly ๐Ÿ™‚

  • CaptainandClark

    Congratulations!ย  It’s a big milestone and we’re so glad that you’re still living the dream.ย  We’re excited to see what you accomplish in the next year. ย 

  • camorose

    That’s awesome! The Coogee–Bondi walk is one of my favorites. I’m back in California at the moment, but planning my next adventure–not sure where it will be next ๐Ÿ™‚

  • camorose

    Thanks so much–appreciate the well wishes ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Congrats on 2 years of travel/living overseas! You’ve certainly made the most of your time. Look forward to following your adventures for years to come ๐Ÿ™‚

  • camorose

    Thank you! Appreciate the support ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Congratulations…my two years comes up next month! Time flies when you’re travel blogging:)

  • You are truly living the dream! Can’t wait to see what you get up to next!

  • Have loved following your journey Christine! I think what you do here is fantastic- you’re thoughtful, kind, positive and an inspiration to many. It is very hard to improve on that!

  • Shelley

    LOVE EVERYTHING!

  • camorose

    Thank you, and congratulations to you as well!

  • camorose

    Thank you, and congratulations to you as well!

  • camorose

    Awww thanks! Loving it so far ๐Ÿ™‚

  • camorose

    Awww thanks! Loving it so far ๐Ÿ™‚

  • camorose

    Thanks so much! That means a lot–you two are definitely the inspiration for once I “settle down” and have kids–love knowing that that means I don’t have to stop traveling!

  • camorose

    Thanks so much! That means a lot–you two are definitely the inspiration for once I “settle down” and have kids–love knowing that that means I don’t have to stop traveling!

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  • Anฤ‘ela ฤ†enan

    :))))))))))))))))) just a huge smile! Thank you for writing!! Happy anniversary! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • camorose

    Thanks lady! You’ve been around for most of the anni’s–thanks for being such a loyal reader!