Hello blog world!
It’s weird to me that I haven’t blogged in months. I’ve been on loads of trip that I’d love to share, yet I’ve written nothing. I don’t know what’s going on with me, but I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things and start writing some more. Since my last post, I’ve travelled to America twice, Budapest, Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, and Myanmar. I’ve gotta tell someone about them!!!
I have plans to post stories about my trips, photos that will make you want to visit, itineraries and tips, and more. Somebody keep me motivated, please! hahaha Until I gather all my thoughts for you, here’s an update on what’s been going on with me, as well as a new mindset I’m hoping to keep in the future.
It took me a while to get home this summer. I was super devastated that I couldn’t get my visa and passport back until June 18 and then had to book my flight immediately after. Because I booked so last minute, it costed me a fortune. You possibly read my venting about this here. And five days before going home I lost my phone in Shanghai while I was out one night. The phone was two years old though and had just been shattered to pieces the week before. Oh! and the battery was fried after I plugged in a speaker… That phone needed to go anyway.
Being home this time around was great. The previous summer I enjoyed myself, but I was overwhelmed by not prioritizing how I spent my time. I thought I could do everything and see everyone in 2 weeks and that it would be fine. I was wrong.
This summer I took a different approach. I made time for the people in my hometown that I’m closest to, mostly just giving myself the time to catch up with each of them once individually and once again in a group setting. This allowed me to spend more time with my family, and I’m so glad I did it this way.
After two weeks at home, I went to DC for a week. It was a really nice time, and I got to stay with a friend that I hadn’t seen in a while that I met working in China my first year.
Next, I left from DC and flew to the Czech Republic. This began my two week trip around four European capital cities with one of my favorite people in the world. We had such an amazing trip, but just before we were going to fly out of Budapest (spoilers for my later posts*) I lost my brand new iPhone 7 plus – or more likely it was stolen, but that’s a story for another time.
Flying home to Shanghai wasn’t bad. I was, for the first time, eager to begin the new school year. I feel a million times more confident in my teaching skills now, and my schedule is lighter than it has been in the past. My apartment is perfect, and I’m actually able to enjoy everything Shanghai has to offer now. All good things!
++The New School Year (September – October)
As I mentioned above, I had a lot to look forward to this school year. My job at my new campus is great; the work load is infinitely less, my students are brilliant and easy to manage, and my coworkers are super cool and helpful. Honestly, the first month went super smoothly.
For the October holiday, Lisa from Adventures of a Dream Catcher and I took a trip to Myanmar. We visited Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, and Inle Lake. I think I bought more souvenirs on this trip than any other trip I’ve been on in my life. haha
Then I came home for one of my best friend’s wedding. I was a bridesmaid so unfortunately I couldn’t take many pictures, but it was lovely. The wedding was outdoors in the middle of October, but the weather was surprisingly perfect. I’m still recovering from jet lag after traveling for 8 days, working for 3.5, flying to the US for 3 days, and returning back to work immediately. But really, it was all worth it to be a part of her wedding and to see my family even if it was for just a day and a half.
It’s great to be back in Shanghai though, knowing that I can breath easy for a bit as things calm down and I welcome in the holiday season. October begins my favorite part of the year. I’m so excited!
Look out for my next post to find out my new mindset and approach to time-management!
Until next time ♡