After taking nearly a year off from blogging for various reasons, I’m finally back and so excited to continue writing about my adventures. A lot has changed since I last wrote and it would probably take more than one blog post to explain everything.
But basically, I now live in Vietnam!
I absolutely loved Colorado, seriously, it was the best place ever! Unfortunately, the job market there, not so much. I struggled so much with trying to find a decent job, which I never actually did find. This led to me feeling depressed and worthless. I was stuck in a job that I didn’t like and earning terrible money. It was the first time in my life that I started regretting all of the amazing experiences that I’ve had. But, myself and Jason also volunteered at a local college in Denver to help refugees and immigrants learn English. This was an incredible experience and it made me realize that I enjoy teaching and since I have so much experience in teaching ESL, maybe I should focus on getting the qualifications related to this.
We also realized that it would be near impossible to get Masters in Colorado with the jobs that we were in and not rack up a huge amount of debt, so this led to us looking for work abroad again.
It was so hard leaving Colorado, the sunshine, mountains, beer, Denver, mountain towns, friends etc. but we have been in Vietnam for about 6 months now and are enjoying our time here. We are also researching Masters programs which is exciting and if all goes well, I will be starting mine next year.
I will still write about all of the fun things that we did in Colorado and of course write about our time in Vietnam. I’m so happy to be back!!!
I have been a terrible blogger! I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve posted a blog entry.
Life has been very up and down here for me so I’ve just been really focusing on trying to get settled, getting outside and into the mountains and reading more.
I also started my job, which has been exhausting! Running around after 3 year olds all day can be tough and I find that I’m exhausted in the evenings!
My state of mind has definitely been up and down a lot here in Denver. I have been having a hard time accepting that things definitely aren’t going the way we had hoped and then continuing to hope that it will get better.
We are both trying to figure out what career choices are the best for us, I think this current job that I have has helped me realize that I definitely don’t want to be teaching young children long term. The dream of getting a job in marketing is still there and it’s stronger than ever now, so fingers crossed that something will happen for me!
But every time that I’m feeling low or lost (which was happening quite frequently) I try to get lost in the beautiful outdoors of Colorado and remember why we moved here (which works…EVERY TIME!).
As I mentioned in my previous post, our Christmas in Washington was awesome!
On our drive up to Washington, we decided to take a different route than the one that we took when we first arrived in Colorado. We thought that it was too much of a risk to drive through Montana and northern Idaho with the snowy weather and mountain passes. So this time around we drove north in to Wyoming, then west into Utah, then into Idaho and Oregon and finally crossing north in to Washington.
It was a long 2 day drive, but the views were absolutely incredible!
We’ve both decided that even from the small part of Utah that we got to see, that it looks like a beautiful state and we wouldn’t mind moving there! We also stopped in Boise Idaho for a short while and decided that it looked like a cool city with a beautiful backdrop of foothills.
Below are some photos that we took during our road trip.
I hope you enjoy them 🙂
Happy new year everyone!!
I have been terrible and haven’t been blogging much recently, in fact I’ve had 2 posts written for the last month but I’ve been having some much needed family time with Jasons family and just didn’t get around to adding photos and posting them…will do so soon!
So, I’m not a huge believer in making huge New Years Resolutions but I do love the idea of getting to start new and fresh on the 1st of January and making small doable changes.
Last year, I decided that I would work harder on my blog and post double the amount of posts that I did the year before. It was a fun year and I smashed my quota by May. I loved the new conversations that more blog posts brought about, learning more about blogging and getting to know people only from reading their blogs or people commenting on mine. It’s a great little community and I’m glad that I worked hard on updating my blog last year.
This year, I have decided, is going to be more about relaxing and changing myself. The one thing that I really dislike about myself is the amount of time that I spend on my phone and Facebook. It is so boring but strangely addictive. So this year I have decided to delete Facebook from my phone and spend the time that I would have spent scrolling on my phone reading instead.
I have found this great reading list from PopSugar, which you can find here, and I have already started it. It is definitely exciting to have a checklist and to be working towards something rather than just saying that I’ll read more books. I’m excited because this list is going to bring me out of my comfort zone and introduce me to new authors and genres.
I have also joined the library near our apartment which was very exciting. After spending 5 years in Korea, where English books are really hard to find, it feels awesome to have all of the books at my fingertips, and it’s free too!!
I received an adult coloring book as a Christmas gift and I’m crazily excited to start spending time relaxing and coloring.
How about you? Do you make resolutions? Have you made any resolutions?
Last week, I was feeling pretty down about the job hunt so myself and Jason decided to take a day trip to Vail, CO. So I’m sure most of you have heard of Vail before but if not then it’s a big ski resort in the mountains about an hour and a half away from Denver.
The drive to Vail is absolutely beautiful, we passed some other smaller ski resorts such as Brekenridge and the scenery was just breathtaking!
Once we arrived we found a parking lot (which was shockingly expensive, $20 for 2 hours parking!)
We got Willy and walked around the town.
It’s an absolutely beautiful town, it’s so clean with beautiful German inspired buildings everywhere.
There was a beautiful skating rink and small local stores everywhere.
It was such a great way to spend a day and it has made me so excited for the thousands of other small towns in the mountains that myself and Jason have yet to explore!
The place that I want to go the most is Telluride. They have an awesome Bluegrass festival in the summer and unfortunately the tickets went on release last Friday and are almost sold out (being unemployed makes it impossible to afford it right now) But I’m sure that this time next year I’ll be more than prepared to get some tickets!
How about you? What’s your favorite Colorado town?
We finally made it up to the mountains!
I’d be lying if I didn’t say that the mountains weren’t a huge part of why we decided to move to Denver. Thoughts of snowshoeing during the winter and backpacking and camping during the summer get me all kinds of excited. (I must add that I’ve never even tried snowshoeing before, but I know that I’m going to love it)
A few days ago myself and Jason were looking for jobs and getting stressed about life. The weather was absolutely amazing out, so I decided to drop everything and get Jason to go on a little day trip with me.
We decided to go to Georgetown as it’s not very far away from Denver but it’s still far enough to be in the mountains.
The drive was a nice 40 minutes with not a lot of traffic (the joys of being jobless and going on a random Tuesday). It was right off of the highway but felt like it could have been a million miles away. The historic part of town had the most beautiful victorian style houses and gorgeous Western style shop fronts.
All of the stores seemed to be locally owned and sold local products (which is awesome). We stopped to get some delicious ice-cream that was made in the town next to Georgetown.
After walking around for a while, we decided to drive up a pass next to the town. It was a beautiful drive and it brought us up high enough to where there was some snow on the ground…it got me pretty excited about wintertime.
We were driving for about 30 minutes when we looked at our GPS and realized that there was still a long way to go so we decided to turn back.
Once back in Georgetown we drove to the train station. The train in Georgetown is very famous and the ride is supposed to be absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately it was closed when we went there, but it’ll give us a reason to go back in the summer.
Overall, I loved this little town and it has made me so excited and eager to visit many other small mountain towns in Colorado!
I can’t believe that after all of the dreaming, planning and worrying we are finally here!
We have been here for a couple of weeks now and so far so good. We love our apartment and the area seems pretty safe. We are only a 20 minute walk from the beautiful Sloan’s Lake which is amazing!
The city itself is only a 15 minute drive away and the mountains are to the west of us and not too far away either. We have been busy trying to meet new people and get ourselves established in this city.
It’s so much harder moving to a western city than it was moving to Korea. You are so obviously different in Korea that it’s easy to meet other foreigners and people are willing to go out of their way to make you feel more comfortable in their country. Here, we are just like everyone else.
It also seems like people don’t really say hi to each other here in our apartment complex, I guess it’s big city syndrome but myself and Jason are both making sure to say hi to everyone (although we have gotten a few surprised glances).
We are still job hunting. I’m quickly realizing that when it comes to job hunting, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know and unfortunately we don’t know anyone here.
We’ve joined a website called meetup.com that has been a bit of a life-saver for us. It allows you to join different types of meet up groups (there’s a group for everything!). We’ve been to a couple of them, one was a dog walk in a city park and the second was at a dog friendly brewery in the city. It was definitely nice to meet some new people and make some contacts as well as seeing new places in the city. We have a few more coming up this week.
We also joined a website for expats and went to a meet up with them. It was so much fun and we met a girl that had also taught in Korea and a guy that had taught in Japan so we immediately hit it off with them.
I’m excited for what these next few months will bring (I’m really hoping, they’ll bring us both jobs!!).
But I’ll keep you updated.