Where do I even begin?
A year ago I spent New Year’s Eve on a rooftop bar in Bangkok, Thailand. This year, I spent it in my bed in America. A year ago I was wondering how to teach tiny humans in a predominately Muslim and Buddhist community about Christmas. I was missing my family and my friends. I was daydreaming of the traditional Christmas meal families were eating together. This year, I’m wondering if my students new English teacher is doing a better job than I did. And I’m missing the pizza dinner I treated myself to on Christmas night.
In the last year I have lived in 3 countries, visited 12 countries, and explored over 30 cities.
I’ve lived in a little yellow house, an apartment, and moved back in to my mom’s house. I have had 3 jobs in 3 different countries. I was a teacher, a housekeeper (it’s okay to laugh), and a social media coordinator. I’ve loved my job and I’ve loathed my job. I have been incredibly successful at times and I have failed miserably at others.
I have met some of the most incredible people I know.
From the very first person I met at the airport arriving in Thailand to the very last person I met outside of Temple Bar in Dublin and every one in between, each and every one of you have impacted my life more than you know. Some of you became my best friends and some of you helped me explore a city that I otherwise would have experienced alone. And while I’m sure there are people that I will never see again, there are also people that I now know I can’t live without. I am beyond grateful for the people I’ve met and the outlook I’ve gained through meeting them.
2017 has given me some of the highest highs and some of the lowest lows.
It’s taught me that being happy doesn’t always mean making a lot of money (shout out to my $500/month salary in France). It’s taught me that people and relationships are by far the most important thing in my life. And it’s taught me that no matter how much I want to see the world, there will always be a part of me that wants to put down roots in a community in America.
Life is crazy and it’s weird and it’s exciting.
It is mind blowing to think of what I have accomplished in the last year and what is to come in the following. This year has been, by far, the best year of my life and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings. Thank you to the people and the places that made this year the best one yet.