Where Have I Been?

Hi, guys! I know it’s been a while since I last posted on here, and for that, I apologize. I wanted to post a short blog article to talk about what’s been going on.

Well, for starters, the month of June got super busy with getting ready for my next year in Yueyang, and then I went back to the States around the end of June. Shortly after that, I went on a trip to Alaska with my parents, which was a long but fun vacation. And then my old, beloved laptop wheezed its final wheeze, so as we speak, I’m typing this out from my tablet. I’m back in the U.S. for another month or so, and then I’ll be back in Yueyang for the next year around the end of August.

So, what does this mean for the blog? Well, I hope to post some articles about my time in Alaska, and then we’ll see how it goes from there. I’d love to keep more content coming your way, but I’m also not sure what you would find interesting. Please let me know in the comments what you want to know about! See you next time!

Wherever The Path May Lead

I always get the question of “where I see myself in five years”, but it’s a bit tricky when my life has changed so much even in the last year and a half.

It’s been a long time since I posted an article, and I think a lot of that has to do with the end-of-year burnout that seems to plague teachers and students alike. I’ve been working on lessons for the rest of my time in Cili, getting ready for my next year in Yueyang, and heading home next month, as well as thinking about where my path will go next.

People who know me outside of the blog know that I am a very creative person. I love working with music, art, and above all, writing. For reasons that are many and varied, I decided not to bring a lot of my creative outlets with me to China, like my knitting supplies—a decision that I regretted when culture shock reared its ugly head. I have learned this year that I need music in my life, as well as the tools to create it on my computer, and I also need to work on my writing. One of my goals for China was to self-publish a book before I leave; while I’m nowhere near achieving that goal, I’m very close to getting the first draft finished, which is a huge step for me.

Part of my path going forward is to include creativity into my life for self-expression, if not to sow the seeds for a future career. I have started a blog under my pen name, and I hope to keep that going as I keep writing and hopefully publishing my work. I hope to be able to develop a music production setup for next year so I can start composing and producing music again (that’s on the blog too).

I always get the question of “where I see myself in five years”, but it’s a bit tricky when my life has changed so much even in the last year and a half. I’ve changed career paths and moved to rural China. When I first came here, I didn’t plan to stay in Yueyang next year, yet here I am. That said, some things like writing and music have stayed the same. I’ve been listening to a lot of self-development podcasts, and they talk about living one’s truth; wherever the path may lead, I hope I’m getting closer to living my truth.

I’ve been working on my visa for next year, and I’m hoping I can talk about my process and lessons learned. If you want to hear about that, or anything else, please let me know in the comments below! I hope to be back here soon, so I’ll see you then! Zai jian!

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