I have been getting a few messages recently asking about who I am, what I’m doing out in Sydney, what my plans are now that I am here, and what I was doing back in London. So I figured, what better way to answer these questions than with a get to know me blog post!
So I guess I should start with the basics! My name is Adeline Loke and I was born and raised in London, UK. My parents are originally from Malaysia and most of my family reside there. In February 2018 I moved to Sydney with my boyfriend as he was transferred to his company’s Sydney office. We were both feeling very tired of London and were itching for a change (you can read more about how I was feeling in this post), so this move came at the perfect time.
Back in London I was working in digital agencies in both paid and organic search. Whilst I met some really incredible souls and crazy intelligent people, it always felt as if something was missing. I was disconnected with my work and never really felt fulfilled with what I was doing. This feeling of disconnect trickled into my everyday thoughts, and towards to the end of last year my dissatisfaction with life peaked.
Was I anxious about moving across the world? Absolutely. But I also knew that staying in London was not going to be healthy for me, and that if I never tried something new, I would be so deeply unhappy. Travelling into London everyday, seeing people’s grumpy morning faces, being shoved from all angles and herded like cattle into trains during the peak time commute… I felt like I was surviving, not living. It’s not how I imagined my 20’s to be.
It has been approximately a month in Sydney now, and I can say with much confidence that I am really loving it so far. Even as I’m writing this now, I feel like pinching myself… how is any of this real? I feel so grateful and so lucky to be in the position that I am now.
Generally speaking, I know that I can be quite a closed book. I don’t generally open up to people (any other INFJ-ers out there?), but that is something about myself that I really want to try and change. To be open to more opportunities and more chances of doing something truly great, I’m realising that I need to open up who I am. I’m hoping that really pushing myself to blog and to connect with other bloggers will help me achieve this.
Moving here to Sydney has not been the answer to all my dissatisfactions though, and I never expected it to. But being here has given me my energy for life back. I was scared at first, and had so many questions swirling about in my head. Can I make it work here? Am I going to make any friends? What if I don’t fit in? Even though I still can’t answer these questions in full, I have hope that it’s going to be okay. I see the light at the end, and I’m chasing it with all the energy in my bones.
If you got this far, thank you for sticking with this blog post (I don’t normally post this many pictures of myself, I swear!). I want to write more about the things that I love. Self-improvement, gratitude, food, beauty, styling and fashion. I’m still figuring it all out as I go along – but I hope you stay for the ride!
Jacket: Missguided / Bodysuit: ASOS / Jeans: Topshop / Trainers: Nike
Photos were taken in The Royal Botanic Gardens by the wonderful @simply_topx