How Quickly Life Can Change

We've done so much in such a short amount of time. That's how quickly life can change!

We’re a week into May now and I was just looking at some photos from the past few weeks. In the past month, we went from an expat failure in Ireland to loving life in Malta. We left cold, wet weather to come to endless sunshine. We changed from layers and layers of winter clothes to dressing like normal humans again. Oh, how quickly life can change!

Bugibba Square in Malta

Oh, hey there happy palm trees and sunny skies! Missed you xo

We’re not strangers to this type of rapid change. Of course, nobody truly is. If we all reflect on our time, there are inevitably multiple changes we could note from the past week, month, or year.

That’s why New Year’s Eve is such a time of reflection and evaluation. We look back on our previous year to understand what happened and to consider how it impacted us. We look ahead to the next year with hopes and wishes and goals. And then, the next New Year’s Eve, we evaluate again.

For us, we can look back and evaluate on a shorter scale of time. It feels like ever since we met, life has happened so quickly. Most of the time, it’s been for the better. Sometimes, it’s been terrible. But it’s incredible to look back and to truly evaluate the many changes that have occurred and how they’ve impacted us.

Roatan expats

Oh the sweatiness of Roatan…perpetual “shimmer”

In the past month, we have lived in two different countries. We packed up everything, sold a lot, and tried to shake off a failed attempt at living in Ireland. We arrived in a new place with no home, no work, and no friends.

In only one month, we have found a new home we love, made amazing new friends, and launched a whole new life on a brand new island.

Oh, how quickly life can change!

watching the sunset it Gozo

Watching the sunset in Gozo, crazy wind included.

If we look back even further, just to the beginning of this year, life has changed even more dramatically. We started out 2017 living in Scotland. We rang in the new year at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay with my brother-in-law, his girlfriend, and good friends.

Since then, we moved out of Edinburgh, moved to Ireland, spent a week exploring around Dublin, and started a long-term housesitting adventure in the countryside with TrustedHousesitters.

I also took two weeks traipsing around European cities with a good friend, we spent a weekend in Western Ireland, and a birthday weekend in Dublin. We flew back to Edinburgh for my father-in-law’s birthday and we said a sad “See ya later” to my brother-in-law and his girlfriend before they moved to Thailand.

That’s an awful lot to happen in only four full months!

But that’s just how our lives seem to be. We actively make lots of changes and some changes happen out of our control. We just have to accept it all as it comes and go with the flow.

Most of the time, we can look life in the face and smile, grateful for these crazy adventures we’ve been on and the incredible life we lead. The times that we struggle with that, we at least have each other to lean on.

Lord Mayor of Dublin family crest

Just hanging out in the Mansion House in Dublin. Because his great-grandfather was Lord Mayor. No big deal.

It’s been a wild ride so far! I’m grateful to be here with my best friend, wherever “here” may be. After all, you never know how quickly life can change.


We just moved to the beautiful Mediterranean island of Malta. I’ll be exploring and sharing info about this island, along with plenty of other posts from my European travels and from living abroad in 6 different countries.

To stay updated, sign up for my newsletter and follow me on social media: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are where I spend the most time. See ya there!

We’re a week into May now and I was just looking at some photos from the past few weeks. In the past month, we went from an expat failure in Ireland to loving life in Malta. We left cold, wet weather to come to endless sunshine. We changed from layers and layers of winter clothes to dressing like normal humans again. Oh, how quickly life can change!

Bugibba Square in Malta

Oh, hey there happy palm trees and sunny skies! Missed you xo

We’re not strangers to this type of rapid change. Of course, nobody truly is. If we all reflect on our time, there are inevitably multiple changes we could note from the past week, month, or year.

That’s why New Year’s Eve is such a time of reflection and evaluation. We look back on our previous year to understand what happened and to consider how it impacted us. We look ahead to the next year with hopes and wishes and goals. And then, the next New Year’s Eve, we evaluate again.

For us, we can look back and evaluate on a shorter scale of time. It feels like ever since we met, life has happened so quickly. Most of the time, it’s been for the better. Sometimes, it’s been terrible. But it’s incredible to look back and to truly evaluate the many changes that have occurred and how they’ve impacted us.

Roatan expats

Oh the sweatiness of Roatan…perpetual “shimmer”

In the past month, we have lived in two different countries. We packed up everything, sold a lot, and tried to shake off a failed attempt at living in Ireland. We arrived in a new place with no home, no work, and no friends.

In only one month, we have found a new home we love, made amazing new friends, and launched a whole new life on a brand new island.

Oh, how quickly life can change!

watching the sunset it Gozo

Watching the sunset in Gozo, crazy wind included.

If we look back even further, just to the beginning of this year, life has changed even more dramatically. We started out 2017 living in Scotland. We rang in the new year at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay with my brother-in-law, his girlfriend, and good friends.

Since then, we moved out of Edinburgh, moved to Ireland, spent a week exploring around Dublin, and started a long-term housesitting adventure in the countryside with TrustedHousesitters.

I also took two weeks traipsing around European cities with a good friend, we spent a weekend in Western Ireland, and a birthday weekend in Dublin. We flew back to Edinburgh for my father-in-law’s birthday and we said a sad “See ya later” to my brother-in-law and his girlfriend before they moved to Thailand.

That’s an awful lot to happen in only four full months!

But that’s just how our lives seem to be. We actively make lots of changes and some changes happen out of our control. We just have to accept it all as it comes and go with the flow.

Most of the time, we can look life in the face and smile, grateful for these crazy adventures we’ve been on and the incredible life we lead. The times that we struggle with that, we at least have each other to lean on.

Lord Mayor of Dublin family crest

Just hanging out in the Mansion House in Dublin. Because his great-grandfather was Lord Mayor. No big deal.

It’s been a wild ride so far! I’m grateful to be here with my best friend, wherever “here” may be. After all, you never know how quickly life can change.


We just moved to the beautiful Mediterranean island of Malta. I’ll be exploring and sharing info about this island, along with plenty of other posts from my European travels and from living abroad in 6 different countries.

To stay updated, sign up for my newsletter and follow me on social media: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are where I spend the most time. See ya there!

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Amanda Walkins

Expat writer and passionate proponent of seeking happiness, wherever it leads you. Your options are endless. Whether you are retired, working, or studying, don't be afraid to follow your own path. Do good and be happy.