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Leaving! Well Going on an Adventure

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It is a wordthat makes me nostalgic. As I write this I think of all the times I have left somewhere I felt at home. The feeling of looking back and wishing I could stay. Wishing that life didnt keep evolving. But I know that moving is like growing, it gives you something much better, but it is hard to let go of the past.

I’ll be leaving soon. Going on to a new place and a new job. I need to go but that does not get rid of the nostalgia. Part of me knows I am ready and I know this is what is best for my future. But sometime, sometime soon I need ot go back to my roots, to refocus on who I am and become reinspired for the future.

It has been a while since I have moved. This place has been great. I love the friends I have made, but it is time.

Ill be packing up my room and my life of the last year in boxes. And I’ll be off on the most adventurous trip of my life. Having said that, I am still scared, because a new place means change, and that can be scary.

I anticipate the day where my room is empty and the boxes are full. I’m off to China. What will I see? Im not sure yet. But I already miss my family and friends.

What Can I expect as an explorer?

I dont really know. Will it be better than my life here? I guess that is the crux of the matter. That is the question I continually ask myself.

I finally got a cool job though! I am going to be teaching English. Yeah I know! Me right?

Well a friend went and he says he is making a nice nest egg. It’s not that they pay more than they do here. The point is that in China the cost of living expenses are much lower. That means I can save and travel some more.


What About My Girlfriend?

I’m glad you asked. She is actually coming with me. Well, really it was her idea. She did all the research, and asked my friend to help us find jobs. It is amazing how easy it was.


What About The House?

Well, we needed to do some remodeling anyway. So I am going to have my sister oversee a few door replacements and a glass door installation I want. Thankfully I dont need to touch the windows as my mate Jamie owns a company so he can take care of that for me. 


How Long Will I Be Gone

We have made a commitment to teach for a year. That seems a long time for me but maybe it is just the thing I need. I will miss all my friends but knowing that it is only for  a year helps. At least I know we can come back then.


Anyway, I will let you know how things go.

20 Things That Are Important to Me

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It’s a lazy Monday, and I am just getting into the groove after a weekend of sitting around and watching morning misty rains.  I want to embrace that relaxed, cozy calm feeling by doing some self reflection writing.

I am inspired by many things today, and one particular phrase I read about stands out for me: “You are what you love.”


So I have decided to reflect on the things that I love:

Why talk about this? I don’t know maybe I need validation, just as many of you need that Facebook “Like” or the “Retweet.” And I do have to say that the positive virtual praise can be addictive. So a little online love is a positive thing for me.

I made a list of the things that I love. These are things that my virtual friends probably don’t know, and they are the little things that show me how beautiful the world really is.

I believe that:

You are what you love and not what loves you.

So guys — here is my list. You might want to try this yourself. It is a great way to put things in perspective again.

  1. My girlfriend
  2. My friends
  3. My dog
  4. My family (all of them, even those that are far away)
  5. Man, I love raining days, especially when I’m at my job at  Landscaping Ripley. There is just something so good about the smell of fresh cut grass. 
  6. The gym
  7. Smoothies
  8. A good hamburger
  9. A big breakfast with waffles or pancakes
  10. Travel
  11. Camping. (OK! I’m not so good at it, but I do love it)
  12. Guacamole. I can eat a ton of it
  13. California
  14. New Mexico
  15. New York
  16. Australia was great
  17. Being on the farm
  18. Listening to AMAZING and I mean really amazing music
  19. Disneyland
  20. Peace. This is the thing that I love most, I think.

Wow! What an amazing thing to do. Sitting down and taking 15 minutes just to write down a few of the things you love can give you a lot of insight into who you are and into the life you want to lead. It can give you that feeling of peace and tranquility. Cause even when you don’t have a lot of money, you quickly realize that the things you love in life are not all that expensive. Nope, they’re not. In fact, most of the stuff you really love are free. And you often don’t get to enjoy them all that frequently because you are always worried about the things that don’t matter: what others think, your place in life, the money you make, etc.