October 26, 2016

Daydream Island – Part 1: The Decision

Daydream Island - Part 1: The Decision. Anna Johnston http://www.shenannagans.com

I ain’t gunna lie friends – most of 2016 has been down right shitty, so awful in fact that the rainbows and unicorns that usually feature in my happy place to constantly remind me of all the amazingness possible in life, seemed to have disappeared.

I found myself alone and so bored with my life that it seemed nothing could bring back the fun. I became unconscious about my life and just going through the paces, and there didn’t seem to be much feeling attached to anything. I feel sad about me writing how it all went down as I was coming to grips with the fact that the wheels had fallen off my life.

The winter of 2016 just about did me in as life stepped down to ground-hog day filled with back to back grey foggy freezing mornings driving to work, and grey sleeting rain or icy winds to drive home in. Everyone around me seemed sick with some sort of flu, or moaning about something that was wrong with their lives. I spent a good chunk of time feeling angry at those who felt it okay to dump their negativity all over me when I was trying REALLY hard to be chipper and survive the dark headspace that seemed to plague me, it was all a vicious cycle, but in truth I guess the people in my world kind of reflected what was going on inside my head.

Daydream Island - Part 1: The Decision. Anna Johnston http://www.shenannagans.com Daydream Island - Part 1: The Decision. Anna Johnston http://www.shenannagans.com

Next came the weird but oddly comforting and incredibly surreal stage of daydreaming just so I could escape the boredom. If people around me annoyed me, I’d escape into my inner world and simply “be” wherever I wanted to be, invariably that place was a tropical island somewhere far, far, FAR removed from my life in Canberra.

This was the best stage of whatever was going on with me because I could simply flick a switch and go to my warm sunny tropical island whenever I wanted to. I vaguely knew it wasn’t that healthy and probably not the best thing for my relationships and career as a long term hiatus, but it was pretty impressive just how much of my day I was on remote control and going through the motions without anyone noticing.

Daydream Island - Part 1: The Decision. Anna Johnston http://www.shenannagans.com

Daydream Island - Part 1: The Decision. Anna Johnston http://www.shenannagans.comEscaping to my mythical tropical island was becoming a bit of a habit, so much so, I actually began to entertain the thought of moving away from my hometown of Canberra. With that idea bubbling along at the back of my mind, I began to feel a little bit more alive. The practical planner in me jumped into gear, pro and con lists were written in secret, I brushed up my CV and I started to look seriously at the job market.

And then, there it was – Daydream Island in sunshiny North Queensland, Australia was calling out for an Event Manager, and for one ecstatic moment I didn’t think I could breathe. In an embarrassingly short amount of time I’d sent off my CV. A few hours later I got a call from the recruiter and within a few more days I was signing contracts.

Daydream Island - Part 1: The Decision. Anna Johnston http://www.shenannagans.com

Daydream Island - Part 1: The Decision. Anna Johnston http://www.shenannagans.comSo, the moral of this story is to listen to your heart, because I reckon there is a greater part of us all that is guiding and steering us to follow our dreams.

I mean look at me….. I totally daydreamed my way to Daydream Island!

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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My Inner Chick - November 9, 2016 Reply

WOW!
I respect and admire you, Anna, for following your dreams.
It’s not easy, but you. are. doing. it!
I’m excited to hear MORE>
Love and Support from Minnesota! xx

Elissa - November 5, 2016 Reply

Amazing how things came together like that with the dream of the island turning into reality! Really hoping it’s all uphill from here for you. Uou could be onto something – maybe all of us should just get out of winter for a while, even for a holiday, to try and escape that time!

Evelyne CulturEatz - November 5, 2016 Reply

I am so happy for you Anna, what a great new adventure. And I can relate, I am gettign an itch to leave my home town too and slowly letting the seed grow. I am not as far ahead as you.

Pat - November 3, 2016 Reply

Congratulations on your daydream coming true! I wish you lots of fun working your dream job and hope it is all it promises to be!

hassan - October 31, 2016 Reply

Hi Anna My good and so far friend. Congratulations about your best dreams…

Tim UrbanDuniya - October 27, 2016 Reply

I am so so happy for you my friend!! I know a little bit about how tough this year has been for you (and following on the back of last year too), and this really is a daydream come true!! Congratulations – I really hope this is everything that you had ever hoped it would be! 😀

    Anna - October 27, 2016 Reply

    Thanks heaps my friend, it has been a rocky ol year, BUT …. since arriving on Daydream Island, my life has been truly wonderful and everything I hoped it would be. 🙂 Life is GOOOOOOOD!

Quenn Suebah - October 27, 2016 Reply

Wow Kid, what a great story you’ve brought us all on.

I’m so proud of you for sharing the dark gloomy stages of all you’ve been through as I know it hasn’t been easy for you, but…. you’ve turned it ALL around & found some BIG positives out of the situation you found yourself in, many people would not be able to do it, but you did it kid & I applaud you.

I cannot wait for your next blog on Part 2 to see your Daydream Island.

Ala - October 27, 2016 Reply

Anna, HI–it’s been way too long, and I’ve been busy here catching up on your life. First off, I’m really sorry to hear about that dark, crowded headspace. That’s never any fun, and downright lonely if anything. That being said, I’m glad that you were able to channel that into something much more than a daydream–a positive reality that will make for an AWESOME change. I have completely confidence in you, and am sending you the best of wishes for this exciting new adventure!!

Kristy - October 27, 2016 Reply

Awwww I had no idea you were going through such a rough time but you did something about it which is surprisingly one of the hardest things to do when you’re in a rut.
I’m so proud of you, recognizing the situation and you have definitely made great choices. I hope you enjoy your new surrounds but don’t be a stranger when you come back to visit. We will miss you but I’ll be planning my holiday soon 😉

Mandy - October 27, 2016 Reply

Still so incredibly excited for you darling Anna! Cannot wait to hear how you are settling in and having fun!
Love and hugs from across the oceans from sunny South Africa.
🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

Alice Lau - October 26, 2016 Reply

You are one amazing person & you truly deserve the happiness & joy that life is bringing to you! Amazing times are ahead & we’re all so lucky cause we get to read & experience it with you!

Maureen - October 26, 2016 Reply

I am so happy for you. I love living in Queensland. You’ve got a fantastic new job and you’ll make wonderful new friends. I hope you’ll share all the good news!

Mabel Kwong - October 26, 2016 Reply

So happy for you, my sweets! Working in paradise and leaving a life that wasn’t for you. I wish I could have come hug you during those frosty moments, and give you a bigger hug right now! When you’re down, you’re down. But with the down times come the good times and you have every right to enjoy all the good that is coming your way right now 🙂

Been loving your paradise photos on IG. In the photo it looks like a heart shaped island, lol. Soak up the sun, soak up the positive vibes, and maybe I will drop by at some point and frolic in the sun with you there. Big hugs and lots of love your way x

Gary Lum - October 26, 2016 Reply

It’s like a dream come true Anna. I’m so happy for you.

Kris - October 26, 2016 Reply

Great read Sis. Really proud of you for making the decisions and following your heart.

Elizabeth - October 26, 2016 Reply

BEST BLOG EVER…. it is so great…! Wonderful… fantastic! Well they do say you are what you THINK… or is that EAT, anyway in either case it is true for my wonderful blogging friend!
I’m so sorry you were feeling yucking and horrible and depressed with your life, but am equally glad that it lead you to the place you are at now…. never again will you feel cold (unless you o back to Canberra in winter, but why would you do that??)
So Happy and can’t wait to visit… I am planning when I can get to you next year 🙂
Liz xx

Liz Posmyk (Good Things) - October 26, 2016 Reply

Live the dream, gal! So well deserved. Love and hugs XXX

Sam - October 26, 2016 Reply

Hey Anna!
Damn girl! you broker my heart!!!!! Im sorry to hear things in your life had you so down – i can totally relate, this last year for me has made my feel like life had taken a big juicy dump on my (expect for a few shining stars that came to my rescue!). But i feel you babe! I know exactly where your head is/was at!
But OMG I’m so excited for you!!! Daydream island!!!! thats is so awesome !! Congrats!
Maybe it was the worlds way of saying “hey Anna, you deserve to be happy”!
Can wait to follow your adventure from here!!!
xoxoxoxo
Sam

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