Here’s a quick summary of August:
I arrived in Saipan, where I met friendly people, ate delicious food, saw breathtaking vistas, and squeezed my new family member.
After 12 days in Saipan, I then tagged along with Chris, who had a professional conference in Singapore. We stayed there for a week, then did a bit of touring through Malaysia and Japan before returning home (I’ll write about this soon!)
Since coming home, I have been thinking a LOT.
Straight up – I miss you guys so much. I miss reading your blogs and sharing your experiences. In fact, there are lots of things that I miss about my life on the “mainland.” However, I’m trying really hard to develop a new path here, instead of simply moving my Pittsburgh lifestyle to Saipan.
Moreover, I’m so, so fortunate that Chris’ new job and our frugal stylings are giving us enough financial stability that I don’t need a job right now. For someone that has worked and studied simultaneously since high school, this new unstructured time is very strange and a little uncomfortable. In the end, however, it’s an amazing opportunity that I really don’t want to squander.
So, I’m thinking a lot about how I want to spend my newly unoccupied days. These are a few ideas that I’m bouncing around:
- I want to cook more, especially with a new variety of ingredients readily available. I want to utilize local foods as much as possible and avoid “imports” when I can. For example, this means more fish and less dairy.
- I want to write more. I majored in nonfiction essay/memoir writing in college and I haven’t really been writing much outside of my blog. I guess I also haven’t really been writing much inside of my blog either, but I’d like that to change.
- I want to volunteer. I’d like to do something health related, perhaps similar to the Girls on the Run program.
- I want to self-educate. I’m married to a librarian, so I don’t really have an excuse A couple of topics that I’m interested in exploring include local history, Buddhism, and Korean language.
Anyway, that’s kind of where I am right now. It’s definitely a much different place (literally and figuratively) than where I was a few months ago, but I’m trying really hard to take the new changes in stride.
Speaking of being in a different place, I’m not quite sure what the future holds for this ‘ittle blog space. I definitely plan to keep writing, but I’m not sure how topical it’ll be and will likely start to lean further from “body” and more towards “brain” and “because.”
Either way, if you’ve gotten this far, it means that you stuck with me through the prolonged absences and existential crises and for that I send you a really, really big, grateful hug
Has your blog ever changed direction?