I’ve always blogged for other people. More specifically, I only ever blogged for organisations where I worked. I wrote about museum work I loved, so I never felt the need to have my own blog. In the last six months my life has been turned on its head. I handed in my notice at my job in Edinburgh, packed our stuff into a shipping container and moved to Adelaide, Australia. Why the big change? For the same reason as so many other people I’m meeting here. My partner got offered his dream job. We’ve spent a few months settling in and now it’s time for me to get back to writing. I’m excited about the opportunity to write outside of an institutional setting.
I’ve always seen myself as a career-girl. As all museum curators know; you have to work damn hard to get into the sector; let alone get a good job that pays above minimum wage. So why give up the job I worked so many years to get? I guess sometimes you just have to go with your gut and take a risk.
Sometimes I worry about being seen as the girl who followed her man. Is it possible in today’s modern world for both partners in a relationship to have successful careers in the cultural sector? Are you always going to have to make some tough decisions and sacrifices? Maybe some of you wise owls out there have some sage advice to share?
Bye for now…