Daily Journey Journal #365: end of a journey

Today is the day: the one year anniversary of the Daily Journey Journal Project. When I started the project last year, it was my intention to post once a day for a whole year. I fell slightly short of my goal in that some posts, particularly these last couple of months, were not exactly timely. But, here we are 365 posts later (better late than never, right?) and the project is looking at its end. At the beginning, I wasn’t sure if I would make it a year; I wasn’t sure if I would continue past a year. Today, I can look back and say that while making it through the year was difficult, it was worth it. I can also say that after today, the Daily Journey Journal project will come to an end, at least for now.

Rather than lament all the reasons for not continuing the project for another year, I would rather look back on my 24th year of life and all that this journal captured for me. It has been an amazing year and I am so thankful that I could share it with some many wonderful people in both the real and virtual world.

The Daily Journey Journal started while I was living in South Korea as an English teacher. It traveled with me throughout Asia and took me back home, helped me through a stressful job search and the first few months of a new career. It found me in the highest and the lowest of spirits, feeling at times more confident than I ever have and at other times feeling more lost than I could possibly imagine.

Today, the start of my next year of life, finds me surrounded with family, reunited with my brother and enjoying the time we have together. If there is anything I have learned this last year it is that the pull of adventure often necessitates leaving behind those you love most. When opportunity affords you the chance, spend every second with those you miss before adventure carries you on.

This next year, I have little idea of the adventure to come, but I know that whatever it is will help me to figure out what path I most want to follow in life. In my first Daily Journey Journal post last year, I wrote about who I was that day. Reading it now, I see that I am not the person I was a year ago. That goofy, weird oddball is still there, but looking in the mirror today, I see someone else, someone looking for an answer to a question yet to be asked. And so, this next year I am setting out to discover what that question is and to find the answer.

In the meantime, I’ll pop in periodically to catch up. Until then, thank you for stopping by, for your encouragement and comments, for your positivity and time.

All the best,

KiwiBee

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Daily Journey Journal #310: not summer yet

It is spring in Laramie which means beautiful weather one day and snow the next. Today, after such lovely weather the last two weeks, the weather man just had to change things up with a fine blowing snow storm. To me, this is normal, but I forget that this weather situation is abnormal to A. So, this morning when I woke up, our house was freezing. My fingers and toes were ice the second I left the warm cocoon of the bed. I realized then that A had thought the nice weather was here to stay, and so had shut off the heat.

I must say that in all my years of living here, I am not sure I have ever completely shut off the heat. It is just one of those things I would never think to do, especially not until at least mid-June, if then. Our weather is so unpredictable and the difference between day time and night time temperatures can be drastic. To me, this seems like a completely common thing, but this morning was a nice reminder that no matter where you live, you have new things to learn. For A, Laramie is new enough that we are re-learning things together, one bizarre season at a time.

Daily Journey Journal #300: addressing the itch

From March 23, 2015

The wanderlust bug has me bad. Try as I might to ignore it, my ears are always tuned in, listening for our next adventure. In my mind, I am always searching through the opportunities I know are out there, waiting to explore.

Until today, I had not acted upon this need to wander, but that is no more. I came to the conclusion today that it is absurd to deny myself the pursuit of dreams and hopes, or to even consider them seriously. So, tonight I decided to investigate an opportunity encouraged by my previous university adviser. When we met up in December, we discussed the possibility of me attending graduate school at an international school. He sent me some information to consider, but I put off exploring it because I wasn’t sure I was ready for graduate school, or if I even wanted to pursue a master’s degree. But today, as I was mulling all of this over for the thousandth time, I concluded that if I didn’t explore this possibility, I would never know if I was ready or if I wanted to take this path.

And so, I’ve started my exploration of a master’s program. If nothing else, it will help me to see what path I really want to follow. Here’s to finding a new path!

Daily Journey Journal #280: yes!

From March 3, 2015

The first time A and I met we were eighteen years old. I had just survived a twenty-two hour flight from Colorado to Tanzania and remember exactly nothing from our first meeting. I had no idea that I had just met the man who would become my companion in adventure for life. I had no idea that I had just met the person who would help to change the whole course of my life for the better.

The connection we made in the two weeks we spent together in Tanzania was so unlike anything else we had ever experienced that we decided to date long distance, across countries and continents. Over the course of four years, A and I lived in three different countries, flew across the United States over ten times and spent a grand total of 11 months together in the same city.

Four years after we first met, we decided to move to South Korea, where we were actually together permanently for the first time in our relationship. We faced a crazy boss, the ups and downs of culture shock and the extremities of international travel together, and some how managed to return to the United States still in love and happy.

Five years, ten months and two weeks from the day we first met, A asked me to embark on another adventure with him. It is perhaps the biggest adventure we will ever have together.

Marriage.

And, I am happy to say, I said yes!

Daily Journey Journal #278: learn like a kid

Today was the last day of the kids’ ski program and it was a perfect day for it. The weather cooperated for us, which meant we could have one last long ski together. And, what a ski it was.

When we started class six weeks ago, no one could put on their own skis. It took us a good twenty minutes that first day to get everyone’s gear on and skis pointed down the trail. We went maybe a mile, spending the majority of our time falling in the snow every few steps and trying to learn how to untangle ourselves from tree roots and snowbanks. One girl took off her skis to go both up and down hills. One boy stopped only when he ran into something and fell over.

Today, the picture couldn’t have been more different. All the students had their skis on before I even arrived and had them check in. They took off down the trails, steady on their skis and quick to stand up when they fell. They were excited to retrace trails from the previous weeks and even more excited to try a new route. They went up and down hills like they were nothing. All those fears, all those insecurities, all those difficulties from day one were gone. Today, they weren’t learning how to ski.

Today, they were skiers.

We only had four lessons together, so if there is any credit to be given for the students’ rapid progression, it is to themselves. They learned how to ski simply by being kids and from them I learned how to learn better by watching them watching me.

10 ways to learn better

  1. adapt quickly
  2. overcome your fears
  3. be determined
  4. stand up when you fall down
  5. be confident even when you have no idea what you are doing
  6. befriend someone you just met
  7. be observant
  8. trust yourself
  9.  try new things
  10. enjoy something, even if it is difficult