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It’s official: I’ve made the Tree Change… and wow, just in time!

Moving from my empty nest is a big challenge

Making the tree change #Australia #bigtruck

Yes, it’s happened and I’m excited, as well as still a bit anxious of course. Moving house is never an easy task, and creating a whole new sense of ‘home’ does push my insecurity buttons.

But honestly, it feels like it’s been as easy as possible.

In fact, I must admit it seems as though the Universe has almost fallen over itself to make this flow beautifully.

My one last major concern was what to do with my current home, as I couldn’t afford to sell it quite yet. Who to rent it to? Could I handle really ‘letting go’ of a home base my boy and I had had since 2005?

And then my gorgeous, cheeky, smart-as-a-whip son ‘19.5’ rested his arm around my shoulders and said:

‘I’ve been waiting years for you to move out Mum: let me move back in and rent it from you.’


Like, so totally PERFECT I couldn’t stop grinning. But I had to be cool.

‘Sweetie, that’s a lovely offer, but I have a massive mortgage to pay now, so I can’t give you a very cheap rent; you’ll have to get a flatmate. And quite frankly, two nineteen-year old young men are probably NOT my ideal tenants. Can you find a female friend, or someone who’s super clean/tidy?’

He scrolled immediately through all the contacts on his phone… till his face lit up.

Still can't believe this is my sunset view over 50 in my tree change

What a sunset view #Australia #rainforest #gratitude #wellbeing

Which is how I’ve ended up living in Paradise up in the rainforest, while my son and his good friend K help pay my mortgage, while looking after my beloved old cat, who can’t come with me because my new home is a wildlife sanctuary.

AND JUST IN TIME!!! Because now we are all in COVID-19 crisis! I’ve lost all my festival performing jobs and Pilates classes, and the World has sent us to our rooms.

I cannot imagine the stresses of being locked down in a tin hut in India, or a tower block in Hong Kong; a stone hut in Nepal with no hot running water, or a refugee detention camp.

I feel sick to my stomach at my fortuitous timing and privilege.

So grateful to be locking down here in the rainforest for COVID-19

Soft dawn light over the forest #Australia #grateful #dawn #home

Yet here I am.Β 

With gratitude for universal timing, packing tape, and pure luck, G xO



  1. WooHoo!!! So happy for you lovely! You did it! Love the response from your son. My daughter would say the same thing! Isn’t it funny how we think we’re staying for them, but they are counting the days until WE are ready to leave. If you need a roommate, I’d like first dibs. πŸ™‚


  2. Sick to your stomach? No, you have done well and gratitude is in order, as you indeed say in these comments.I’m so glad for you and wish you well for this new change. What a wonderful place to be right now!

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  3. How great to live in such a gorgeous place even in the best of times, but when the world has turned inward it is even more important. I am glad it all worked out and that your son was able to work out a roommate situation. Good things are happening.

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  4. I’m so happy for you! And please don’t feel guilty, everyone deserves a bit of good luck and happiness. If we didn’t allow ourselves to feel happy when someone else is suffering, we’d never be happy, ever. As long as we are caring and compassionate towards others (which you are), then we are free to enjoy it when things go our way!

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    • Yes Ann, you’re so right- I need to just breathe in and out, and enjoy the blessings as I receive them. Thank you so much for your wise words & caring πŸ™πŸΌπŸ˜Š

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  5. ‘…waiting years for you to move out..’ – brat!!! πŸ˜€
    … well done! πŸ˜€ … fuck guilt, enjoy yourself, wallow, roll around on your new floor and kick your legs in the air, it’s time to celebrate!!! πŸ˜€

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  6. I love that you allowed the Universe to put everything in order for you and that you had faith that this was the perfect move! πŸ™‚ Stay healthy! So happy for you G! β™₯

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