It’s been a while and there’s been a lot going on in the world since I last posted – from the death of cricket great Shane Warne to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia to the return of office workers to CBDs after two long years and our city coming back to life with the many festivals now on. I’ve had a lot going on both personally and professionally – my year last year may have ended on a whimper but it’s definitely started with a bang in 2022.
My big news is that after over 10 years of living in Rosanna, Mr Rosanna and I executed on a long held ambition and goal of buying our forever home in Ivanhoe to be closer to family, just before Christmas. We’d been priced out as a young family when we initially moved from Brunswick to here, where we also have family and I have to say there have been no regrets.
Within the last two months we have both bought a house and sold a house and while things were always going to play out fast – 10 inspections in three weeks almost killed me particularly lining up for the first inspection. By last month, we were match fit with hiding spots for all our clutter. We have been very lucky and feel very grateful to have sold to another young family also with ties to the area who’ve come from the inner city to create a life here.
I’ve had a number of friends now ask me if I plan to change the name of this blog but the answer is no, in the same way I’ve never changed my maiden name. I don’t think Miss Ivanhoe has quite the same ring to it and while one of my uni friends jokingly suggested the very modern Miss Rosanna-Ivanhoe – that’s not going to cut it either.
After over a decade living here, Rosanna is now part of my DNA, it’s who I am and who I will always be. I’ve seen things, done things and been things I don’t think I would have ever tried had we stayed living in Brunswick. In creating an online persona, Miss Rosanna has forced me to step up in real life and become the bigger, bolder and braver version of myself. Writing this blog has been a cathartic experience and I hope it’s been helpful to those of you not only in my local community in Banyule but to those readers overseas who also follow this blog, which always surprises me.
My path in Rosanna has led me to here and now and I’ve loved every minute of it – the good, the bad and the ugly (and there have been down times I’ve deliberately not posted about suffice to say that my street has been a microcosm of life and what can sometimes go wrong). Rosanna has shaped the person I’ve become with many life lessons along the way. Lessons in patience and acceptance, in the development of equanimity and letting go, and simply being knowing that life always changes. I’ve found a wonderful community of people I’ve met online and later in real life – people who’ve become my friends – you know who you are. As I said in the article I wrote about Rosanna many years ago, Rosanna has embraced me with her arms open wide and the feeling will always be mutual.
So what now for Miss Rosanna? Things are still playing out on the professional front for me – I’ve returned to an incredibly busy work environment with my team now directly reporting to the Dean and CEO and more changes ahead in ANZSOG‘s 20th Anniversary year – I will keep you posted. I have a house to pack up and the closing of one chapter but the beginning of another still right here in Banyule. While I may have found the forever home in Ivanhoe, in my heart and on this blog, I will always be Miss Rosanna.