In a moment, everything changed.
I went from the excitement of a new adventure, to an overwhelming feeling of isolation. The life I knew and everything that made sense and made me feel secure, seemed to disappear in an instant. In short, I felt disconnected in the most unsettling of ways.
But just as the initial shock had begun to settle, I got a call. It was an offer to come back to Australia to start a brand agency for the M&C Saatchi Group with two incredible flagship clients as my sign-on gift. 5 weeks later (after a spree of interviews) I was appointed as MD of the business and was submerged into an incredible culture brimming with ideas, characters and opportunity. That eerie motel room in Westport quickly became a very distant memory.
Fast forward to December 2021, a little over 13 years later, and I’m grateful to say that I’m a million miles away from that motel room in Westport and the beginnings of that crisis. But whilst I’m at home with my husband (I say home, it’s actually anything but – lockdown renovations and temporary accommodations are not fun), the around-the-clock Zoom calls with our Sydney, London and US teams, on top of the ever changing COVID-related restrictions, has meant that the unsettling feeling of disconnection has returned. I’ve felt disconnected from friends, family, colleagues, the noise and rhythm of the studio, the casual interactions of everyday life, and the serenity of the beach. Basically all of the important things that ‘normality’ makes us take for granted. I’m sure you feel the same.