I am sooooooo grateful for this opportunity! When I think about all I have experienced these past 3 (hard) years and all I have accomplished to get to this point, it all seems worth it. I will reflect on that more later. I’m thrilled about my new school and coworkers, who I WeChat with frequently. I already have a new friend who shares similar interests and outlooks as I do!!! Yay! Everything is going rather smoothly in regard to getting my Chinese Visa: almost all my paperwork is complete and any (perceived) obstacles that have come up have been easily overcome (like stupid Florida Educ Dept. idiocracy!)! I even woke up to some weight loss—hoping it’s not all from the stomach flu I had for 3 days LOL! I’m attending yoga class again this AM with my BFF, and have been keeping my exercise pretty consistent. I started using MyFitnessPal again to track calories; to put earnest effort into losing weight before I depart so I don’t have to buy a bunch of new clothes! I’ve decided to learn from my experience traveling to Korea (And all the wisdom of living abroad I gained in Korea) and ship everything over except for one suitcase and a carry-on. I’ve already download an voice-recognition translator App that speaks in Mandarin what I input in English!!! Although my list of TO DOs seems to grow daily, I am also striking through items as well. The biggest relief has come from China entry-required medical tests for (not as expensive as I thought) and having my Sis in FL helping me with the ****wits at the Florida Dept of Ed so I can get my teaching license notarized in a timely manner! Yay!
I’m grateful that it is all coming together. I’m grateful that I am achieving my goal of living in China! I’m grateful that I am achieving my goal of working at an IB International School! I’m grateful for my awesome new flat! I’m grateful for no more roommates (especially the inconsiderate messy one!) I’m grateful I can once again get a dog!! I’m grateful I get to live in Chengdu! I’m grateful that I have heard so many positive comments about China and Chinese people from expats who have lived in China for years! In fact, the ONLY NEGATIVE I have heard about living in Chengdu is the air pollution—but masks during winter and indoor air filtration devices solve that, so hey!
So grateful for all that is BECOMING!!!