Thursday, 10 March 2016

New First Steps

Hello everyone!

I fully intend to update you on what's been going on in the past year. It has been very busy, what with university, travelling/living in England for three months (!!!) and then wandering about the UK for two and a half weeks after that.

Before I delve into what I've been doing, I'd like to just ponder what's coming. I am at the edge of beginning a new phase of my life, with my final semester of university looming ahead in the fall and graduation in May of 2017.

Wow. By that time I will be twenty-four years old, and it will have been five years since I was in high school. *cue eyes bugging out* I don't feel that *old*, but it's definitely weird when so many people I know are getting engaged/married, and I'm still trying to figure out the whole "being an adult" thing.

Thankfully, I do have a game plan. Though of course I've heard it said plenty enough times, "Want to make God laugh? Tell Him your plans." So these are more... possibilities that I have been considering.

First, after graduation I want to go home, spend some time with my family/work at my coffee shop job to pay off some student debt. Then, in January 2018, I want to fly off to England to au pair for at least one year. Then, if that time makes me feel equipped enough, I hope to either go teach in Japan or South Korea, or find some sort of job over there.

This is all in-between visiting friends in the States (Wisconsin, North Carolina, Oregon, etc.) and across Canada, of course. By that time, I will have people I love in British Columbia, all the way to the Maritimes. For those of you who might not know exactly what Canada looks like, here's a map:

The yellow splotches will give you an idea of where I am (sort of--the splotches aren't completely accurate) and where my friends are. Canada takes a long time to travel across. Our provinces are definitely far larger than most of the states in the US. And it's about $400 Canadian to fly out one-way to British Columbia--it's cheaper to go to England now!

So, that's a bit about the "new first steps" I want to take in the future. Next time, I will delve into the past year and what I have been up to.