On Thursday, I got semi-bored and while I was mindlessly surfing the internet, my mind wandered to my recent handbag post and it got me thinking about the What Ifs in my life.  As this is a beauty blog, I don’t talk much about myself here because I ramble a lot in my personal blog…but some of you may not know my story about how I came to Australia…

It seems weird because back in Scotland, it appeared that I had everything.   (I am such a bragger! *rolls my eyes*) I had my family and friends with an amazing social life.  I had a fantastic job in one of the most prestigious dental practices in Glasgow.  I had my yellow car.  I had my brand new apartment and it had the most gorgeous white leather couches.  I was a gym bunny and I had 3 wardrobes full of size 6-8 clothes that I could fit into!  Okay, I didn’t have a man (but I wasn’t short of offers) but I was actually really happy being young, single and free.  So what happened?

I gave everything up.

I came to Australia on a working holiday visa.  I knew nobody in Australia.  Nobody!  I had never been to Australia before.  Never!  Well, one fine day, I met my Melbournian husband-to-be on Manly Beach in Sydney (where he was there for a weekend getaway) and somehow, we got married after 180 days of meeting each other!  Crazy – yes!  And that is why I am now stuck in Melbourne in the ‘burbs with no job, no mo-honey, renting a unit and eating my way to a size 12!

What if I hadn’t quit my job and left Scotland behind and come to Australia???  I wondered what would  have happened…here is what floated into my mind…

what if

I would still be working away so I would, most likely, be spending money left, right and centre.

Since I previously chickened out of buying a Chanel handbag, I’d eventually psych myself up to buy one.  I would no longer wear el cheapo Primark jackets and upgrade to more expensive coats.  Of course, I would still be wearing the classic LBD, but I would definitely ditch my mouldy bras and wear Agent Provocateur.  I would learn how to pronounce Louboutins and own a pair.  I would think about Tiffany’s diamonds but wait for Mr Right to come along and gift me some bling.  As for make-up, nothing much would change – I would be a fan of Shu Uemura eyelash curlers, Lancome mascaras and lipsticks and so on.

All that stuff sounded so good…until I realised that if I hadn’t come to Australia, I wouldn’t have met Mr Right…and I also wouldn’t have started this beauty blog.  Noooo!!

At this point, I stopped wondering about the What Ifs and started playing with my lipstick collection and found a beautiful red lippie.

Moral of the story :  There isn’t a moral.  It’s like that movie Sliding Doors.  You watch the entire movie and then wish you could get back the precious 99 minutes you wasted watching it.  And then you’ll have the Aqua song “If Only I Could Turn Back Time” stuck in your head for the rest of your life!  Instead, you’ll read this post, scratch your head and wish you could get back those 5 precious minutes you took to read this…and then you will have that Aqua song playing in your head.

Share your “What If” story.  What if I hadn’t published this post?  What would you have been doing instead of reading this??

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92 Comments on What If…

  1. Sarah Collett
    11/02/2012 at 5:36 pm (6 years ago)

    Meg I will let you know how that concept goes and looks. Lol. Ling we need tips on panic situations. Everyday life saver ideas.

    • Ling
      13/02/2012 at 9:48 pm (6 years ago)

      @Sarah Collett, What kind of panic situations??

  2. Megs
    11/02/2012 at 5:37 pm (6 years ago)

    Speaking of parties, we would love to learn some quick & easy party styles from you Ling…

    • Ling
      13/02/2012 at 9:48 pm (6 years ago)

      @Megs, Ooh, I’ll see if I can come up with some styles…

  3. Megs
    11/02/2012 at 5:38 pm (6 years ago)

    Haha thanks Sarah.. worse comes to worse you could go for the horror look & tell everyone you thought it was fancy dress

  4. Sarah Collett
    11/02/2012 at 5:39 pm (6 years ago)

    Not half bad meg. Amazing what a girl can do when things go wrong.

  5. Megs
    11/02/2012 at 5:40 pm (6 years ago)

    Actually Sarah’s make up drama makes me wonder, do you have any tips Ling for how to get make up stains out???

    • Ling
      13/02/2012 at 9:49 pm (6 years ago)

      @Megs, No idea. I just buy new stuff LOL

  6. Megs
    11/02/2012 at 5:40 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m so pleased, hope you have a great time Sarah..

  7. Megs
    11/02/2012 at 5:42 pm (6 years ago)

    Another idea would be great bargains that can be found on the web???

    • Ling
      13/02/2012 at 9:49 pm (6 years ago)

      @Megs, I’m not a big fan of online shopping but I heard ebay is good..??

  8. Megs
    11/02/2012 at 5:47 pm (6 years ago)

    Are we there yet????? lol we must be close

    • Ling
      11/02/2012 at 5:56 pm (6 years ago)

      @Megs, Thank you for all your comment Megs! Must read them tomorrow…but as of Hubby’s orders, I need to spend time with him! Enjoy your weekend!

    • Ling
      13/02/2012 at 9:49 pm (6 years ago)

      @Megs, Thanks for the rambles!

  9. sue petrie
    11/02/2012 at 9:53 pm (6 years ago)

    My unit was sold so i moved back home to mums until i could find a place mum became very sick with stroke and a heart attack my what if is if i was not here to save her she would not be alive.

    • Ling
      13/02/2012 at 9:49 pm (6 years ago)

      @sue petrie, WOW!!! That’s an amazing story! Thank God you were there!!

  10. Melody
    12/02/2012 at 12:23 am (6 years ago)

    I feel like this all the time!
    I think of all these “What Ifs” but if all these things didn’t happen, I wouldn’t be who I am today and that’s a scary thought! D:

    • Ling
      13/02/2012 at 9:50 pm (6 years ago)

      @Melody, Yeah, that’s true!!! I’d hate to be another me.

  11. Tine
    13/02/2012 at 5:41 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh I’ve definitely had my “what if” moments. The biggest “what if” for me would be if Tim and I haven’t gotten back in touch years ago, I’d still be in Malaysia, unhappily working as an engineer, earning good money but hating the job. I wouldn’t have the guts to quit and do something absolutely different because my family (the naysayers) would protest vehemently. I would probably still be stuck in the relationship that destroyed me slowly the two years before Tim came into the picture.
    I wouldn’t be here because I’ve told myself before that, of all the places i’d go, I will never move to Australia.
    Funny how things turned out, eh?

    • Ling
      13/02/2012 at 9:33 pm (6 years ago)

      @Tine, I love your story. Probably biased because I knew you guys back in DCCF…but it’s a beautiful story which will be fantastic to tell your grandkids 🙂

  12. Eden-Avalon
    14/02/2012 at 7:15 am (6 years ago)

    I would have been paying attention in class. So~ Time well spent!

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