Wow. Another year has flown by and now 2013 is just around the corner. I know I say this every year, but seriously, where did the time go?
It’s strange; 2012 seemed to have whizzed right past me, but when I think about where I was just a year ago, and how far I’ve come since then, it feels like a dozen lifetimes have passed me by.
I’m going to be honest: 2012 was a challenging year for me. I know that I haven’t really gone into detail with my problems this year, but it’s been a year of epic highs and soul-crushing lows. A year of repeated mistakes and a year of growing. I felt like I was in a complete funk, like I had forgotten who I was, and I had more than my fair share of moments where I thought, “What in the world are you doing with yourself?” I honestly couldn’t find an answer to that question.
Perhaps I still can’t, but at least now, waiting at the cusp of a new year, I can look back on 2012 and feel proud of all that I have overcome and accomplished.
I finally quit my teaching job and left Hong Kong. I love working with kids and teaching, but the “learning center” that I was working at didn’t make me feel like I was teaching young minds as much as it made me feel like I was just getting thrown into a cage with wild, enraged tiger moms. It truly sucked; probably the worst job I’ve ever had (though to be fair, I did have some extraordinary students who made my time there worthwhile and fun, and I’ve had some really AWESOME jobs in the past). I was just glad to get out of there. And Hong Kong? Well, I love the city and my friends, but I never felt comfortable living there; I didn’t feel like myself. It just wasn’t a right match, I guess.
I was feeling adrift and missing NYC immensely, especially the fun summer months in New York so I decided to spend my entire summer there! It was a great time and it allowed me to really question what I was doing with my life, where I wanted to be, and I found that NYC is where my heart truly belongs. There’s no where else in the world where I feel as much at home as I do in New York. This realization gave me a new direction, but I wasn’t quite ready to just stop traveling and settle down right then and there, despite the fact that I moved into a fabulous Lower East Side apartment! (I promise to blog about my LES neighborhood soon)
During my summer of leisure and fun in New York City, I finally got around to something that I had been wanting to do for months now: Migrate from Blogger to WordPress! As you can see, I did manage to figure out all that wacky HTML stuff and get it done. And with the help of my friend Melanie of Do What You Love, I also updated my Connvoyage logo. Awesome!
Many of you may know that one of the main reasons I left New York City in the first place was to do more volunteer work around the world, particularly at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Well, for my birthday in 2012, I finally did it. And oh my goodness, the experience was absolutely amazing, a total dream come true! (I also promise to write a blog about my time at ENP!)
2012 was undoubtedly a difficult year for me even though it may not have seemed that way, but guess what? I survived and I learned, but most importantly, I grew from the experience of it all. Knowing that I can face difficult challenges and come away from them with purpose and a renewed sense of who I am, I’m confident there’s nothing I can’t do once I put my mind to it.
So, 2013, I have a message for you: BRING IT. I’m ready for you.