OH MY GOSH, IT HAS BEEN A YEAR!
ONE YEAR REFLECTION
Wow, has it really been one year since I applied for my overseas job? That is so crazy to think about. On this exact date, one year ago I attended an international job fair in Manchester, held by TES (don't you love it when Google photos pop up with a memory!) It was the first to be held in Manchester by TES and for me was a great success. I walked away with two firm job offers and three-second interviews, and that didn't even include all the schools that were there with jobs in my subject area.
The process of looking for my job was really intentional and I have covered a lot of this in a previous blog post. If you are at the stage of looking for your first overseas job, I would definitely check it out. I explore what I did to prepare and what the process was for me.
The process of looking for my job was really intentional and I have covered a lot of this in a previous blog post. If you are at the stage of looking for your first overseas job, I would definitely check it out. I explore what I did to prepare and what the extract process was for me.
A YEAR LATER AND HOW DO I FEEL?
I am so glad I made the decision to attend the job fair when I did. I was mentally and emotionally ready. I recently recorded a podcast with ‘In Living Color’ hosted by Angel Rodriguez discussing these points. Go check it out for those of you wanting to listen to not only my experience but others living overseas. It does focus on the experiences of ‘People of Colour’, therefore includes a range of ethnic backgrounds and their lives overseas. Each one has a different focus and makes for an interesting listen. In this podcast, I particularly focus on the fact that I had to prepare both myself and my son and how I came to be in Kazakhstan.
Anyways moving on, this year has been great for me on a personal and professional level. I keep saying I will write my story and I promise I will, as it will really give some further context, to my growth and celebration of me, life, love, and learning, but for now just know, when I say great, I really do mean it.
Within this year, I have fallen in love with myself, even more, #selflove, I have focused on my own personal growth and taken charge of my emotional development. I have challenged my vulnerability; I have exposed myself to new adventures personally and professionally; I have taken a risk in the fountain of love, so to speak; and ventured in August 2020 across Europe by plane to a far unknown land to many westerners, called Kazakhstan. I am using a growth mindset to learn Russian, although it is super hard and language acquisition is not my top strength; while exploring new friendships and community (which really can bring out your insecurities). I have challenged my spirituality and decided on my own path, focusing on affirmations, the universe, and gratitude, while remaining kind to my spirit for the lessons I am learning, through past decisions and actions that may no longer align with me. I have been living the life I want to create and for that I am grateful. This doesn't mean it hasn't had some hard moments or difficulties, these are daily! However, I am learning to embrace these and turn a new page as I go along.
PURPOSE OF THIS POST?
This post has been written to serve as a reminder to myself and to those that read it, that do not underestimate the achievements you have made, big or small. We are progressing and growing daily. I also want you to know that if where you are, is not where you want to be, a lot can happen in a short space of time if we pursue it. We have to take charge of the things we want and be prepared to take risks. We may be exposed and insecure, uncertain of the outcome, but isn't that, one of the beautiful aspects of living life?
Although at the beginning of this expat adventure, I have gone through a range of emotions, questioning if I made the right choice, feeling lonely and scared, excited and grateful, along with a wide host of other feelings. Parenting on my own can be really hard! Face-time conversations six hours behind with my son’s father to co-parent virtually, or with other members of my family and community. This has also been challenging at times, but if I don't try, how will I know? I want my life to be meaningful to me, and for me to pursue the things I want to achieve. I want my life to be a lesson to my son, that we are human, we make good and not so good choices, but making choices is brave and learning is our growth.
I hope therefore you will be inspired to ensure that you are living the life you want, and being kind to your soul in the meantime. You may face challenges along the way but remember a lot can change in a year, I am now living in Kazakhstan, It’s “‘very nice”!
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