Late last year, I had this awesome idea to launch a new blog that would correspond with a relocation to the coast. A platform to share a real life sea change. I’ve taken a few steps to prepare this blog, but it turns out the first challenge you encounter when moving to regional Australia is access to the Internet.
One of the most basic and central parts of the way we communicate, personally and professionally, has been brought to its knees before it’s even begun. So, as I hang another load of washing on the old Hill’s Hoist in my new beachside yard, I try to enjoy some thinking time. It occurred to me that it’s not so much as an obstacle as an opportunity. As I peg, I can plan content and explore ideas to share. You could say that’s a load off my mind.
Oh, did I mention that the blog was going to be full of dad jokes? Except I’m a mum and I’m going to write from the heart.
TBH (to use teen abbrevspeak), every time I publish something online, it’s with some trepidation. It comes down to a basic fear of rejection, but I’m not ever going to start this new blog if I let that fear stop me. Someone out there will belong to my tribe.
In moving to the coast, I’m going to be in a much better place (spiritually and physically) to soak up Australia’s beach culture and see what’s trending in the world of summer style, swim and sun wear. The ocean and the beach together provide great creative inspiration, after all, that’s exactly what happened with the idea for Solar Bare. The creative concept for reef-inspired prints washed up on the sand one day, together with a now very on-trend summer look; stylish sun protection.
It’s also pretty great that the new office has a sandy floor and vast, open expanses under a wide blue sky. Great for a spontaneous photo shoot, too, where this little beach brand gets to surf a few waves.
Meanwhile, it’s taken more than three weeks to get a connection and the entire family is tapping into the neighbour’s Wi-Fi. That’s definitely a positive about moving to regional Aus. There are still good old-fashion neighbours who are keen to meet and equally keen to help out with any unforeseen challenges – like providing their Wi-Fi password.
In a few weeks, when I’m finally connected back into regular online communications, you’ll be able to follow the highs and lows of the tides and the whole sea change experience at The Sea Word.