Discovering Yourself in New Zealand tells the account of how Pallas Hupé Cotter and her ancestors boarded on an chance in 2011 afterwards her bedmate was offered a job in New Zealand. Pallas, who had been a longtime account anchor, absitively she and her ancestors would yield the attempt and move center beyond the angel from Sacramento, California to Wellington, New Zealand. Pallas had continued been affective at a agitated pace, alive continued hours at her job as able-bodied as accepting a wife and mother to two boys. She accomplished it was time to apathetic down, reinvent, and balance herself, so she accepted this move to New Zealand as her opportunity.
As Pallas states aboriginal in the book, “Life is about adage yes, traveling through accessible doors, and accepting involved, but it’s aswell about alive how to downshift to a accessory that allows you time to reflect on your journey. Whatever accessory is appropriate for you.”
Pallas abstruse how to about-face apparatus in New Zealand area the clip of activity was a lot slower, and this book is her allurement to the clairvoyant to downshift with her. Discovering Yourself in New Zealand is not alone about how Pallas and her ancestors apparent themselves; it’s aswell about how readers can ascertain and reinvent themselves. Pallas uses her claimed adventures as springboards for readers to abeyance and reflect aloft their own activity choices and the possibilities that anticipate them. Each affiliate ends with Reinvention Questions focused on assorted capacity to animate readers to accomplish their own changes in life.
Pallas herself accomplished abounding forms of reinvention afterwards affective center beyond the world. She abstruse to apathetic down the pace. Rather than plan a agitated job with continued hours alfresco the home, she congenital her own business from home-after all, New Zealand is accepted as the best abode in the angel to alpha a business. Pallas aswell accepted the befalling to become a accessible speaker, including giving a TEDx allocution at the aboriginal TEDx Women’s Event in New Zealand. She aswell started to exercise added by abutting a women’s walking group. She even abstruse to cook.
The changes in ability that New Zealand offered helped Pallas to accomplish abounding of these changes. She begin that she had to apathetic down because in New Zealand one doesn’t just blitz in and out of a grocery store. If she went to the market, the bell-ringer would accomplish abiding she tasted his angel cider afore she was accustomed to acquirement any. She begin that humans capital to yield the time to babble with her, and she didn’t wish to be perceived as a abrupt American by not accomplishing so. She aswell apparent that abounding community and traditions were altered in New Zealand. Halloween was not at all as accepted a holiday, but the Christmas division was absolutely a time to relax-often at the bank back it’s summer in New Zealand during the holidays. And again there were all of the fun accent differences she abstruse to accept and embrace.
In addition, New Zealand was abounding of alluring things to explore. Pallas accustomed during the acme of the activity over The Hobbit movies accepting filmed and appear in New Zealand so she accomplished immediate the arrival of tourists searching for Middle-earth and all the affairs and action that went with it. She aswell visited Christchurch to see how it was rebuilding itself afterwards the adverse 2011 convulsion which larboard her activity abstaining but aswell admiring the animation of its residents. And she and her ancestors accomplished an convulsion themselves in Wellington that larboard them annoyed but grateful.
Throughout the book, Pallas highlights her adventures from affective to New Zealand with a alternation of full-color photographs that will contentment and awe the reader. They beset aggregate from apparel parties and appearance shows to amazing backdrop and ancestors photos. I absolutely had no abstraction how admirable New Zealand was until I saw these photos. Sometimes a account absolutely is account a thousand words.
When I accomplished account this book, I acquainted a admiration to see “Middle-earth” for myself. Who knows? I ability even move to New Zealand myself at some point. But added importantly, I acquainted like my eyes had been opened to the countless of possibilities that activity has to action but that are so simple to overlook if we get bent up in our circadian routines. As Pallas makes clear, reinvention is accessible whether you biking or you break at home because there are consistently new things to discover.
At the end of the book, Pallas reflects on her chance so far-after 5 years, she and her ancestors are still adequate their New Zealand adventure but aswell analytic what the approaching may hold. Pallas states:
“I feel beholden and adored that I was accustomed this befalling to reinvent. But I accept abstruse that it didn’t in fact crave a move to the bend of the universe. You can charm your life, and accomplish it an ballsy experience, by blame abeyance and allurement yourself, ‘Is this the activity I wish to be living? What can I do to change it?’ And not absolution annihilation stop you.”
I allure readers to aces up a archetype of this book, analyze their own possibilities, ask themselves the abounding reinvention questions posed, and balance themselves. Afterwards all, it’s the chance that matters.