Published on November 6th, 2010 | by Paz10
Why we decided to move and how did we come to this decission? Part 2
If you are tuning in for our Part 2 of why we decided to move to China…you are interested in making a similar choice, you are trying to find out how we could be so crazy, or you are extremely bored. No matter what your reason we are glad you are here! p.s. it doesn’t snow in the south. Catch Part 1 here
May 2010 – Deciding To Go
• While we were looking at houses and jobs in the South… I said to Zeek I just want to work and travel with you guys. Zeek says, “me too”! Uh oh….a little seed has been planted. The next day Zeek, ” says why don’t we live overseas”. Now we had tried to see how we could do this for years. I had looked into Foreign Service, jobs overseas, ect. Zeek says, “you could teach and I can work on computers. All we need is each other”. I teach…I have been working in training and enjoy training adults. I guess I never thought about teaching, why? I don’t know why I never took the path of teacher. There were many teachers over my 21 years of school that I could have done without but there were many that made my life more enjoyable and enriching.
• I e-mailed a friend that is teaching English in South Korea. (He is single) He said there was a job available to begin in August. I have to admit the rush of being able to live and teach overseas was like I had just chugged 3 cokes and a pack of snickers. The pay sounded great, paid for accommodations and health insurance. Why I had not taken this more seriously earlier in our life, I do not know. Self-doubt, fear of failure, God only knows.
• Ahhhh! I called Zeek and he says, “Lets do it! Let’s go”! So, I ran the numbers and it became a probability. All we need is a miracle. I am all about believing in miracles, so here we go!!!
June/July 2010 – Thank you Internet
• We start researching everything I can get my hands on, how, when, where, what does a family do to move abroad? How do we do this? I have an idea in my head but only know of one person who is doing this and they have no husband, and no kids, lets just say a hell of a lot easier. We have a house, student loans, bills, and lets just throw dirty diapers in there, because we have them. hahaha
• I found so much information on the internet. Late nights reading blogs similar to this one about mostly single people living all over the world. Oh how jealous was I. To turn the clock back 5.5 years and decide to take our adventure then, it would be so much easier. But would it be as much fun? NO. The idea of traveling with our two kids is just as exciting as the idea of backpacking with some of your best friends in Europe. However there may be less bar hoping. Below are some of the awesome sites about regular people living overseas with their families and living the life of less or should I say of more.
• We aren’t going to South Korea and did not move in August. We are moving to China in February of 2011.
• The more we read, the more we liked. Many people not working 40 hour weeks, living way under their means, and saving all while taking kick ass adventures all over the world. Hmm, yes please! Where have you been my whole life. Nevertheless, it is hard work, smart living, budgeting, and adventure that keeps all of these families afloat, relaxed, and educated.
• Some of our ENLIGHTENMENT lessons:
○ We determine our own measurement of success
○ Many different ways to educate our kids
○ That many people are out there living with less, learning more, and spending time together as a family. Yeehaaa
• Something could go wrong; but that is okay. We will be together and we are experiencing and living the life that we were given. Isn’t that what life is suppose to be about. We do not want to be running ragged. We want to be wondering what do to next with our time…or just do nothing at all together.
August 2010 Time to get ready
• Over the next 6 months we have to get ready to leave. So much to do!!!! I can’t even explain how much there is to do. Wait, yes I can because I have a million to do lists. Lol
• I am working on getting a TESOL teaching certificate just to make sure I know all of the tricks of the trade
• Sticking to a budget to save as much money as possible. Good-bye eating out. It is for a greater good.
• Relaxing and knowing that doors will open if it is meant to be and they will close if it not suppose to happen. Faith that as long as we are smart and work together we will have a great time.
So we are now in the beginning of November with tons done and still more to do. I am not going to lie that it is a bit stressful at times but the changes in our mindset have made us be aware of how much we can do with a little will-power.
I am going to put together a set of blogs about how to find a job and things to look for. In the meantime check-out these great sites of other people kicking butt living out-side of the box.