It’s official you guys, I’m moving to China! I’ve been holding off on telling you guys because I didn’t know what to title this post (typical blogger) and I had cold feet, but I’ve finally plunged right in and I purchased my one-way flight. So, it’s official.
From the very first time I left the states to travel Europe, I knew I would one day live abroad. Of course, I never thought in a million years that the time for me to do so would actually come. Never once did I think that I would be moving thousands of miles away to a country I’ve never visited. I don’t even speak the language! But honestly, this is all part of my great adventure and I’m really excited. I’ll admit, I’m scared beyond belief, but I know that with an open mind, I’m capable of anything and everything.
You’re probably wondering why I’ve chosen to move to China, right? Well, I was offered a job there teaching English! And if you’re in my small circle of friends, you’ve been victim to my endless rants and complaints of uncertainty and stress throughout the application and interview process. So for that, I’m sorry! However, I also want to take this moment to thank my friends and family for being so supportive and kind to me during these past few months because I have been losing my mind. But now that I’ve finally gotten the job, God has answered my prayers and everything that I’ve worked so hard for has finally paid off!
I’m moving to a foreign country. On the other side of the globe. By myself.
I’m moving somewhere I’ve never even visited before.
I don’t speak the language. At all.
I’m going to be a teacher. An educator. A global traveler.
I’m living my dreams and I couldn’t be happier.
I’m going to be living near Shanghai, and it’s right on the water so I’m very happy because while the move is going to be stressful and quite the culture shock, I’ll still be on the ocean. I also have a house set up already, which means… House tour! This will also be my very first home since graduating college. (Big kid moment).
I bought my plane ticket and I’m leaving next Friday, can you believe it?! It’s so soon. In just a little over a week I’ll be in China. WHAT.
So since getting back from Los Angeles, I’ve been running around trying to get everything in order before I leave. In LA, I spent a lot of time downtown at the Chinese Consulate getting my Visa. I’ve also been crafting a handy packing list so I don’t forget anything (i.e., deodorant. They don’t use deodorant there, but you can bet your bottom dollar I bought the Costco pack of 12 deodorants to bring with me!). I have also been seeing doctor after doctor after doctor to make sure that my health is stable enough for travel (I’ll be posting a health update soon!). So far, so good! And of course, I’ve been spending lots of time with family because I won’t see them for an entire year!
Despite feeling overwhelmed and scared, I know I’m making the right decision. I know this will open many doors for me as a professional and a human being. I think this is exactly what I need to kick my adulthood into full gear, and I’ll also be able to cross a few things off my bucket list. I had my doubts, but after thinking it through I know this is about to be the best year of my life. I’m going to embark on an adventure that’s going to set me sailing high on traveling the world while making positive differences in many people’s lives.
One more thing: I couldn’t have done it without you guys. I come here and write down my thoughts, sometimes useful posts and sometimes I just ramble, but you come back day after day to see what I’m up to. I share my fears, my dreams and my stresses with you all and I’m never judged. You all give the best encouragements, and have inspired me to be the best that I can be. I am so thankful to have you as my audience and best friends, and I’m so excited to take you all on this journey with me. Are you ready?!