Big news: Genine announces her departure from Alli & Genine

by Alli and Genine on August 20, 2013 · 9 comments

Yesterday I Googled ‘midlife crisis’. I am a week or so away from turning the big 40 and was desperately trying to ensure that I’m not going through one. There is no flashy red sports car, no younger man or fake boobs. Instead I have a newfound clarity and calmness. The truth is that I am ready to dive in the deep-end and see what life has to offer, without my Alli & Genine world. Eek!

Let me explain. For the past six years it has been ‘my time’ in my marriage; my time to take risks, start new businesses and follow my dreams. During this time my hubby has plodded away in his secure job, bringing in the dough. However, something happened when our beautiful baby boy, Jack, was born. He decided it was time to chase his dream too. Turns out that the chase is paying off and he is starting to make his mark in the acting world. But to truly give it a red-hot crack he needs to move to Melbourne.

This is not just a story of a wife standing by her man and following him to the ends of the earth. For anyone who has a child you will understand when I say that having had little Jack some six months ago, I not only gained an adorable child but a sense of clarity – a sense of what truly is important in my world. For me, that is family and time.

For the first time in my life I have I truly found that sense of time, and I love it. Time for walks in the park, time to catch up with my Melbourne family, and time to rekindle old friendships (I was born and bred in Melbourne). It’s time to work out what my dreams are and to pursue them.

So, when my hubby’s agent suggested we get our butts down to Melbourne where all the acting action is I did not hesitate. With the recent sale of my magazine, and bubba Jack, I am excited to kick back a little and enjoy some ‘time’.

Where does that leave Genine of Alli & Genine? Well, right here, unfortunately. The time has come for me to leave behind our fabulous, crazy, fun, inspiring world, and our ‘issues’, to go and see what the new world has to offer. Big call, I know!

I have loved every minute of our world, especially as I got to do it all alongside Alli – how can you not?! What a ride – radio hosts, public speakers, authors, wine making (and drinking), but more importantly as a true friend through thick and thin and a whole bunch of ‘issues’ along the way.

My leaving obviously leaves a big hole in the ‘Alli & Genine’ world – but Alli has it under control and will keep on keeping on. But friends, I ask that you help me out by giving Alli some lovin’ and support as she transitions into her new world. I have no doubt that she will do it.

So this is my big news, my big farewell and the start of a big new journey for me … thank you all for your unwavering support.

And last, but absolutely not least, thank you to my dear friend Alli for the laughter, the tears, the couch-jumping moments and our friendship along the way. It’s been one hell of a ride.

Genine

x

PS. My new email address is genine@geninehoward.com or come over and be friends at www.facebook.com/genine.howard

PPS. ALLI HERE – Obviously big news for me (of course I had a cry!), but I will share my new plans tomorrow so you know exactly what is happening moving forward in my world. I’m not going anywhere, I promise! Issues? What Issues?

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LisaH August 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm

wow.. what a big leap into a new life you are doing.. but it is obviously so right for you and your little family.. good luck to you Genine…

Big hugs to you Alli.. you can manage the change with all those that love you around you to help support you xxx

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Kara Wright August 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm

As a mother of a bubba Jack, not so bubba and more teen now…not to forget my gorgeous girl – I get it. I had those walks in the park, many play dates, the crazy ‘craft’ days, the ‘let’s go for a milkshake, cause we can’ moments and many a ‘baking’ day…then they go to school and it’s a different shade of busy. That said, brava to you Genine for seeing this and embracing the beautiful opportunity to have crazy fun days in Melbourne with your bubba and hubby pursuing his dream. Many more adventures to come for you that’s for sure. Good luck :) And…Alli ~ you are marvellous, as every door closes another opens ;) xo

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Pauline Sinclair August 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Onwards and upwards! Big decisions all round… but life goes on and there are new adventures to be had… May the change bring you much fortune Genine not just for you, but for the whole family! Will have to look you up next time I’m in Melbourne! =D
Alli – Hugs to you girlfriend, you are one wonderful lady that never gives up, I’m sure you have it all planned out already!give me a call when you have time! Would love to catch up!xxx

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Ingrid Cliff August 20, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Huge dancing around the room with joy excitement for you Genine. Bubs grow so fast – my baby is nearly 18 and it only seems like 18 months. I know whatever you choose to tackle, explore and generally dip your toes into, you will be brilliantly awesome at it (even if it IS in Melbourne).

And as for Alli, sending you a virtual carton of Kleenex, bubbles & choc. I know you will miss having Genine to bounce off. I also know that you are one of the strongest and most amazing women I have met. I watch with delicious anticipation for your next adventure and will be happily waving pom poms from the sidelines for you. Hugs to both of you xxx

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Michele Dougherty August 20, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Genine you will be missed so much on the Sunny Coast – good luck with all your changes and we can catch up for coffee in Melbourne.

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Fiona Marshall August 21, 2013 at 9:10 am

Genine I am so very happy for you to have found your clarity and for your exciting move back to Melbourne. Sending you love , joy and blessing for a wonderful new way of Being.

Big Hugs
Fee x

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Krishna_Everson (@KrishnaEverson) August 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Excited, thrilled, and sad for you all at the same time! Dream big and have fun, Krishna xxx

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Sue Murphy August 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Wow Genine. Thats huge!!! A massive change for you. Having a baby, selling your other ‘baby’, leaving the Alli & Genine world and moving states. On a stress level scale, thats up there!! But you dont sound stressed. quite the oposite. And thats how you know yr doing the right thing. You go girlfriend!! My kids are teenagers and I love them to pieces. Everything I do has to ensure Im there for them every step of the way. And it’s often meant letting go of some of my dreams. But Ive realised lately that they are also a huge part of my dream. Being a great Mum is the best thing I could ever do. And Im gratefully seeing many fruits of my labour these days. Its well worth the sacrifices made.
And to you Alli, we will always love you and support you. You’re awesome. Love what you have created and I know you will go on to create even more magic in the Alli world. We’ve al got issues honey. You just know how to make us laugh about it.
Huge hugs girls.
You’re both amazing.
Sue xxx

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Andrea Kirwan-Taylor August 21, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Hi Genine

I have really enjoyed knowing you through the mentoring programme and I wish you all the very best with your wonderful new life in Melbourne.

Take care

Andrea x

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