Sunday, September 25, 2011

If you haven't already noticed, I've made some changes around here! Redesigned the blog to make it look (hopefully) less cluttered, moved my blog list to my Reading List page and added a Rummage Sale page. I'm working on selling the majority of my books (I'll be adding new books at least once a week, if you're interested) and some of my clothes because ...

... I'll be moving to another country for an undetermined amount of time in mid-November. I'll be moving to Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, to study Chinese (in preparation for the day China takes over the world, oh geez) and to hopefully teach English. I've been thinking about going into the field of education for about 2 years now and I'm going to take this time to do some informal teaching and see if it's really for me.

This is a huge leap of faith for me and, as you can probably imagine, kind of scary. I will literally have a one-way ticket to Taipei. I'm not a big risk taker, yet I love the idea of change. I love the idea of starting all over and getting the opportunity to be the you you've wanted to be. I realize how naive that sounds, but it's an idea that has sustained the hope in me since I graduated college. I haven't found "my calling" yet in the corporate world, so this is more or less my soul-searching trip. My biggest problem over the years has been my passiveness and my habit of waiting for something to come along rather than actively seeking to change things. I tend to run away from the bad instead of searching for something great. So in a way, this trip will be a test, or maybe a way to force myself to step outside my comfort zone.

The last time I was in Taiwan was when I was 15 years old, and only for a summer. I was a little more rebellious then and basically went about my business as if I were in America. I'm probably not going to have the same attitude this time around, but sad to say, I'm pretty sure I'm a lot less adaptive now that I'm older, especially since I'm in the midst of some sort of major nostalgia trip. I think being there will be a massive culture shock for me. There are so, so many things I'm going to miss here in the U.S. -- but I'll save that for another blog entry.

The upside is I'm sure as hell going to try to squeeze in a trip to Australia/New Zealand while I'm over there! It's a trip I've been wanting to take since 2003 or 2004, and I told myself if I was unemployed for an extended amount of time, I'd take full advantage of the break and visit the land down under (sorry, I had to).

I don't know how long I'll be gone for, honestly. If Rick Perry is elected president, I might not be back until his term ends ;). Of course, I'll be blogging from wherever I end up -- it'll be an opportunity for me to explore new foods and cultures, at the very least! I hope you'll join me on my soul-searching adventure :).

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  1. Cheers to the move! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to read about your adventures abroad. Also, I like the new banner.

  2. Cheers to the move! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to read about your adventures abroad. Also, I like the new banner.



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