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.
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?