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Living In Australia: 5 Top Cities To Relocate To And How To Choose

Living In Australia: 5 Top Cities To Relocate To And How To Choose

Australia is a very diverse country with cities ranging from metropolises to small rural towns with populations of a few hundred. It has beautiful beaches and barren outback, as well as a few islands. There are a couple of factors that you will want to consider when you are selecting a particular city to settle down in.

The four main factors will be the job situation, the cost of real estate, the cost of living, and the climate. Here is a list of cities that you might want to consider based on these factors.

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1. Melbourne

Melbourne has reclaimed its position for being one of the world’s most liveable cities. Apart from being built around the scenic Yarra river, making it a prime spot for water sports, its residents are surrounded by cutting-edge architecture, music, green parks, and libraries. The climate is never too hot or too cold. In the summers, the city sees daytime temperature highs of 25 degrees Celsius or more, while the winter drops down to only around 15 degrees Celsius. Getting around the city is very convenient, owing to its well-connected tram network which covers around 150 miles. It has a strong economy and is the hub of Australia’s manufacturing industry. Real estate in Melbourne is cheaper than Sydney by 30-35%.

2. Sydney

There is no doubting the fact that Sydney is the financial capital and the biggest and oldest city of Australia. Sydney is best known for its natural beauty and cultural diversity. Sydney’s economy is larger than that of Hong Kong’s or Singapore’s, producing more than $306 billion worth of goods and services each year. The major industries here are manufacturing, information and communications technology, tourism, financial and professional services, and research and education. Employment prospects in Sydney are generally considered to be quite good, with plenty of opportunities available and a low unemployment rate. Sydney is the most expensive city in Australia to live in and proudly features in lists of the most expensive cities in the world. According to Tom Caesar, Managing Director of The Positive Group, “with the help of several home financing solutions, people still prefer to choose Sydney. Weather-wise, in the warmest months, Sydney’s temperatures can go up to 40 degrees Celsius whereas in winters temperature can fall to 6 degrees.”

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3. Adelaide

Adelaide is known for its Mediterranean climate and a population of about 1.3 million. It is now emerging as an increasingly popular place to live for new arrivals to Australia — especially for students. The weather is pleasant and hits around 7 degrees in the winter months and jumps to 30 degrees on an average during the summer. Adelaide boasts a healthy economy and there are plenty of job opportunities. Major industries in Adelaide include healthcare, manufacturing, retail, public administration, education and training, and healthcare. It is also considered as one of Australia’s most affordable cities.

4. Perth

A consistently warm city, Perth’s weather peaks above 30ºC during summer and dips to around 18ºC during winter. The mining sector employs a lot of people in the city, along with other industries like tourism, manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, and information and communications technology. The cost of living is quite affordable here.

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5. Canberra

Canberra has quite a dry climate and is prone to frosty conditions during the extreme winters. The temperatures can be as low as zero in the winter and as high as 28ºC during the summer. Canberra houses the parliament and, as a result, many of its residents are public servants working for either the Australian or ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Governments. It has also started to attract some employment in the cultural sectors. The city is quite affordable in terms of cost of living.

Featured photo credit: Flickr, Creative Commons: Sacha Fernandez via flic.kr

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

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