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Some Things Work Out

Last night was the night I've been waiting for, and I didn't think it was going to happen. Reading my blog for the past year you might think that good things fall into my lap a lot, and for the past year, they kind of have. But I've got 23 years of experience to the… Continue reading Some Things Work Out

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The Unforeseeable Future

Have you ever delved so deep into your personal plans for the future that you forget that you don't have a clue what your life will be like? I've been on a steady roll doing exactly that for almost a year now, and I desperately need to snap out of it. All of my life… Continue reading The Unforeseeable Future

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Was that really a week?

(I should start off by saying, unrelatedly, that if you read my last post and were wondering, my sister's surgery went without a hitch, so she is successfully recovering and trying to deal with temporarily being confined to crutches.) My friends came to visit me! Various friends from all over the country visit from time… Continue reading Was that really a week?

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Let’s get excited for a moment.

Anyone who has had more than, say, three life experiences knows that great surprises come in all shapes and sizes. This time my surprise came in the shape of a long lost friend offering me a great opportunity. My plans for moving to China in January to teach English have remained surprisingly cohesive for the… Continue reading Let’s get excited for a moment.

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Surprise Surprise?

Have you ever been going about your day, minding your own business, when suddenly life smacks you in the face, out of the blue, all the way from left field? You'll have to pardon my mixed metaphors, I'm still in a bit of a fluster here. I'd been at the gym working out for about… Continue reading Surprise Surprise?

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Being Done

I've never been so pleased to call myself unemployed in my life. Don't get me wrong, I've come to love teaching. It's just that the particular teaching situation I've been in for the past year and a bit has been pretty sucky. But as of six hours ago, I'm a free woman! As I was… Continue reading Being Done

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Guangzhou

It seems that every week I'm talking about some new plan or scheme or dream. Stepping back though, I can at least see for myself that I've been putting a little more time and attention into my pursuits, and that they're no longer just things I run into in my free-fall. A very short time… Continue reading Guangzhou

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“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

Well, I've come to a point where I'm once again no longer sure of what's next. Not that anyone is ever really sure of what's next. But I had a plan and now I'm not sure I do, and mostly I'm okay with that. But it's no reason to stop doing, so I'm going to go… Continue reading “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

Peace Corps

Peace Corps

I try not to talk about it because I tend to get way too excited about it, but if you haven't figured it out already, the Peace Corps has been a life long dream of mine. I am pretty sure I was younger than 10 when I read something in a National Geographic magazine about a Peace… Continue reading Peace Corps

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A Yearning for Travel

I cannot stress just how much I want to travel. There are so many places I want to go, that I can't even begin to narrow it down enough to make any sort of concrete plans. I have only truly visited three countries outside of the US, though I suppose if you count layovers and… Continue reading A Yearning for Travel