Move was worth all the challenges
TWELVE years ago, Kim Morrison and her family left the life they knew in New Zealand for a fresh start in Australia.
They decided to change countries in 2006 after losing a house contract and suffering the tragic loss of Kim’s sister-in-law to suicide.
The Morrison family’s move seemed the perfect choice to make, Kim said, but no major decision comes without hardships.
“The move was massive,” she said.
“Leaving friends and family and the life we knew was incredibly emotionally challenging.
“But my husband Danny and I knew we needed a fresh start.
“The move to the Sunshine Coast was also about putting some sunshine back into our lives.”
While Kim said all signs were pointing her to this region, the move was not an easy journey.
“Getting our Australian citizenship has been one of the biggest challenges,” she said.
“We have spent tens-of-thousands of dollars and finally, after four years, the children and I gratefully gained ours. Sadly, they still won’t allow Danny to have his – maybe because he was such a good Kiwi cricketer.”
Today, Kim is a successful motivational speaker and entrepreneur. She is also celebrating the launch of her newest book The Art of Self Love, which was released in August. Kim’s business venture in Australia began with the release of her book Like Chocolate for Women, which she co-wrote and self-published in 2009.
Kim launched her business Twenty8 essential oils and skincare about the same time.
“I had no doubt Twenty8 would be a huge success when I started,” she said.
“The Sunshine Coast has its own incredible energy, and there are a lot of clever people, entrepreneurs and businesswomen who I believe are very supportive of one another.”
Kim said even though she was proud her business had taken off, she had not been prepared for the pressures that came with the success.
“It’s been a very beautiful but winding and challenging road if I am honest,” she said.
“Reality showed me I didn’t realise just how big a task running a business with two small children and a husband away seven to eight months of the year would be.
“There have been days when I have literally been on my bathroom floor in tears and have had challenges that have knocked me for six.”
Despite everything Kim has faced during her journey of self-creation, she kept her optimism and gratitude throughout every step.
“Living the dream is getting up, on, out, over and through those tough times and appreciating the strength and gifts in doing so,” she said. “I have two amazingly talented and caring children, I have a gorgeous husband, I have a business I feel incredibly proud of and I have family and friends I adore.
“What a blessing to call the Sunshine Coast home. My advice is to take care of the privilege.”
FRESH START: Kim Morrison says she’s blessed to call the Coast home.