Another birthday has crept up, and this time it’ll be 28. Unlike most people I actually don’t dread my birthday or getting older. It’s a time for me to do something I love, eat a delicious meal, and reflect on personal achievements of the last year.
I quite enjoy getting older. I know that sounds ridiculous, but hear me out. Your 20s suck. There is just no way around it. You’re trying to figure out life, how to adult, what you want, who you want to be, what you want to do, who you want to be with — there’s just a ton of unknowns going into your 20s. You’re bound to struggle, bound to fail, and bound to question literally every decision that’s led you up to this point.
But that’s also growth.
See, on the eve of my 28th birthday I’m looking forward to edging closer to 30. I’m happy to be in my late 20s. I feel comfortable taking more risks. I feel comfortable asserting myself for the first time ever. I feel comfortable to cut ties, make a move, and dare to dream. I’m finally comfortable enough to go after some of the things I’ve been too scared to go for.
Many of you know that I applied and interviewed for a job teaching English in Japan.
Reader — I was offered the job.
And I took it.
23-year old me would have been too scared to leave the safety of my corner of the world.
24-year old me would’ve been too depressed.
25-year old me would’ve been to anxious.
26-year old me would’ve been too worried about what my friends and family would think.
But 27-year old me was ready.
And 28-year old me is quite ready for a grand adventure.
You know what they say — if you aren’t happy, move. You aren’t a tree.
I don’t know the finer details yet, only that I’ll depart the U.S. for my new home sometime between late August of this year and January of 2018. Exact placement is still up in the air — something younger 20s me would’ve never been okay with.
As you can imagine the cost of relocating to a country halfway across the world is daunting and very expensive. The hubby and I have started a GoFundMe for anyone who would like to help us offset some of the monetary challenges of moving overseas.
If you’re unable to donate, please share. Sharing is caring!
Yes, I’ll definitely be blogging a lot about our upcoming move and adventures had once we relocate!
I’ll try to make time to post more often, I know I’ve gotten sporadic. Between interviewing, resigning from my current job, freelancing, and everything else I’ve just been crazy busy. Speaking of freelancing, I know my last post was centered around getting started with that. Happy to report things are progressing well and I’ve got plenty of work on the table. It’s good to have a side hustle!
So — there’s the latest in the life of Chelsea. Thanks for reading!