Friday, 30 January 2015

into the wild: january.

It's the weekend! Do y'all have any big plans? I've been buried in my latest batch of library books this week, and I'm actually really looking forward to getting my nose into a book on the history of Israel. I love history and hate feeling like I don't understand world issues, so I'm hoping this will start me off with some good background.

Since it's the last Friday in January (could someone please explain how in the world that happened, please?), I'd like to take a second to introduce something new. In an effort to spend more time appreciating what a beautiful life I lead, I'm spending one post a month to reflect on life as an expat. I'll try to keep the questions the same so I can see how things change throughout the year.  And since life as a permanent resident in another country can feel a lot like life on another planet, I'm calling it Into the Wild. 

What do you miss most about where you grew up?

I think it's the little things, like Publix cupcakes and watching the sun set over the lake in my parents' backyard. I had a good chat with a friend the other day about missing the big dark thunderstorms that roll across Florida skies in the summer. It seems like I lived in Florida another lifetime ago, even though I spent almost my whole life there.

What have you loved most about where you live this month?

Ohmygoodness, it has been so magical to watch the snow fall! I'd never seen snow fall like that before, so I can't even pretend to be sorry about dragging my husband outside to play in it with me.

What is one thing you are proud of yourself for doing? 

I went to a Girl Gone International meeting at the beginning of January and made new friends! One of the hardest things about living so far from home is finding your own people, particularly if you don't have the safety net of classmates. And it can be really scary to put yourself out there and ask people to be your friend...not to mention awkward. But with some back-up, I got myself out of the house and met some lovely ladies and got to feel brave in the process.

What is something you'd like to do in this upcoming month?

I'd like to do something more exploring in town. There's so much around here that I haven't seen yet, like Govan Old Church. And the last time I put off seeing a Glasgow landmark, it caught fire and I missed my chance.

What advice would you give yourself?

artwork by Hayden Ireland of HEARTMADEARTS 

Have a wonderful weekend, friends, and feel free to drop me a note below with any questions you'd like to see me include next month! 


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