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28 Tomorrow

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.

The Eglis Go To Japan

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!

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Slow and steady (wins the race)

I know what you’re probably thinking:

“Did you give up on your resolution already, Chelsea? You haven’t posted in a few days.”

Well the answer is — no, I didn’t. In fact, quite the opposite.

I decided to take my creative outlet to the NEXT LEVEL (insert booming explosion noise here).

But really though — over winter break I did a ton of research on how to become a freelance writer (I love you guys that faithfully read my blog, but getting paid is sweet). As many of you know, one of my biggest complaints of my current line of work is that the paycheck is so small —- so small. Well, just like most teachers, I needed to find a side hustle, and a side hustle that wasn’t going to require me losing massive amounts of sleep.

Enter my attempt at freelancing. I figured, I like to write, I can do it from home on my own schedule, and I can completely control the projects I take (or don’t), and I make some extra cash in addition to building my professional writing experience.

So, thanks to a lot of digging through Google and reading a lot of blogs, I found a site called Upwork. Now, don’t expect to jump on here and be making Kardashian level money or anything — it’s not like that, and they take 20% of your earnings, and some clients will take another 20%….and well, you can do the math. Definitely not going to replace my full-time job, BUT; I’m building legit writing experience, earning a little extra on the side

AND IT’S THE PERFECT REASON TO WRITE EVERY DAY!

For me, it’s a win-win.

You can check out my first *REAL* published article here!

Resolutions, Part 2

I have a bit of a personal ritual around the New Year. Not only do I celebrate my 8th anniversary of marriage to my husband on the 30th, but the new year also symbolizes a time to stop and reflect on the year I’ve had and the goals I want for the future.

I can say, without a doubt, that 2016 has been a steaming dump of a year. There were a few highlights, undoubtedly, like the weddings of a couple of my best friends, an awesomely extravagant vacation, and adulting successfully by doing something called buying a car. And while all these events are wonderful, it cannot overshadow the festering, stinking dumpster fire this year has been since the beginning.

Four more days, friends. Four more. But what, oh what, does 2017 hold?

That, readers, is questionable. If, like me, you have harbored extreme resentment and a little bitterness since the election, you, like me, are probably approaching the new year with apprehension. Uncertainty. Even disappointment.

Trust me, reader, I sympathize.

And that brings me to my resolution for 2017. I only have one this year, but I think it’s going to be important if I ever want to leave this rut and keep moving forward.

My 2017 resolution is simply this: To stop being afraid and live the life I want for myself.

I know you’re probably like, c’mon Chels, that’s so vague and idealistic. You can’t accomplish that. You can’t measure that.

None of that really matters to me.

What matters to me is the world seems to be falling apart at the seams, and if I let it, it will drag me down with it.

I refuse to let that happen.

I refuse to be afraid of circumstances out of my control.

I refuse to stay stuck out of comfort and fear of change.

I refuse to sit for another miserable year and end up the same unsatisfied human I seem to always be reflecting on the past year, and moving into a new one.

Attempting to find a job in Japan has given me renewed desire and perspective. A goal to work toward. Something I have wanted for a very long time but have been too fearful to pursue. Will it happen soon? Maybe. Will it happen under the circumstances in which I want it? Doubtful. Will it solve all of my woes? Certainly not.

But will it happen? Most definitely.

It can’t be any worse than sitting and waiting for change to come to me.

I’m so tired of waiting.

 

And so, I face 2017 with little fear and increased optimism.

 

2017 just better be ready for me.