There's nothing on the expat pages so thought I'd put this in here in case other non Aussies want to chat?
I feel like I've really stuffed up coming to Australia. Or maybe not coming here but not integrating properly. I've done all the wrong things and now I feel quite lost.
We moved here about 8 years ago when dd1 was 18mths. We have good friends here and for years things were pretty good. But since we've had surprise #3 I never see them. Everyone else has moved on with work and I'm still sahm with no family support, high need 9 year old, messy 7 yo and clingy 2 yo who still needs me to get her to sleep. Although I have non Aussie friends here they all have some family members here now. They've work and friends from school and exercise groups etc. I've got none of that. Inactive mothers group. I've joined our local playgroup but even that's not working out as we've too low numbers and me and the other coordinator are so busy with our kids we don't have the time to dedicate to trying to advertise or build it up. It's become a chore rather than a way to meet local families.
I'm a native English speaker but sometimes I feel like such an outsider I may as well be speaking a foreign language.
I loved Australia when I was young and carefree, the bars, the beaches etc. but with a family it's all about extended family or work life and I have neither. And I've become so anxious lately. I don't know why but it's not helping me see a way through this, how to break this isolation?
Can anyone relate??