When Hubby and I moved to San Diego last July, we weren’t sure how long we were going to be there. I didn’t have a job and he was completing a one-year fellowship. With so much uncertainty, we put all of our life in a storage unit in Georgia and signed a 13-month lease for a fully furnished apartment. We drove across the country with whatever would fit inside or on top of our car. For the past 15 months we have lived out of 6 suitcases and 12 boxes (most of which are hubby’s medical books). The opportunities for us in San Diego were so great, it was worth putting our lives in a box and living from a suitcase for a while.
Yep, that is all of my life in 10×15 foot box.
As I write this, I think of all the other bloggers who are currently abroad and living from a suitcase. Like Megan from Soulshine Traveler who has jumped around South America, lived in Russia, and explored Europe. Or Ashley and Justin from This Parallel Life who moved from their New York apartment into a storage unit in Denver while they seek adventure traveling the globe for a year. Or my dear friend Mary from Mary in Haifa who has split her furniture between her parents and friends while she takes a year away from her career to complete her Master’s degree in Israel.
For each of these bloggers, they have put away their material possessions to seek something they cannot achieve at home. Whether it is adventure, culture, education, or just a change from the norm, they have prioritized the experience over their belongings. From personal experience, I can honestly say this is not easy to do. But looking back on the last 15 months, I can say it was worth it.
A big thanks to Brilliant London for nominating Global from Home for the One Lovely Blog Award. Now that we are moved and I’m feeling slightly settled in OKC, I am ready to bestow the honors to others. So here are the rules:
1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you (thank you, Brilliant London!)
2. Paste the award image on your blog, anywhere.
3. Tell us 7 facts about yourself
- When my Hubby is out of town, my meal of choice is cheese and crackers.
- My favorite trip was to El Calafate, Argentina with my best friend. She threw up on me after eating bad sushi but it only made the trip more memorable.
- If I could go any where in the world right now, it would be a toss up between Cambodia and Egypt.
- My mom always taught us, “Where there is a will, there is way.” The older I get, the more I agree with her.
- I have pictures of me with two celebrities: Jimmy Carter and Oscar the Grouch.
- Currently I am applying for a PhD program in higher education and hope to start classes in January.
- I have read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice at least 6 times.
4. Nominate 15 other blogs you like for this award (this is the fun part)
- William Penn University Study Abroad Blog – it is so much more than just a study abroad blog. Karolyn amazes me daily with her creativity.
- Turkish Musings – Haley is headed to Istanbul in just a few weeks
- Mary in Haifa – Mary is a study abroad professional heading back to school…in Israel
- Parallel Life – one of my favorites blogs of a couple traveling the world together…I think they’ve been nominated for this a bunch but I don’t care…so good
- French Paintings – an expat artist in the South of France learning and painting the landscape
- Postcards Wall – this simple blog shares one of my passions: postcards and stamps from around the world.
- You Bloody Tourist – a British student ramblings and adventures in Australia and beyond
- Salaam Y’all – a new Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia
- Will Travel with Kids – with her two young daughters by her side, this blogger explores the world around her
- Freedom Abroad – Katie is spending a year abroad and exploring all she can do for free
- World Lit Up – reading a book from each of the 194 UN recognized countries
- News from a Broad – Benne’ is an art therapist who has moved her life to Merida, Mexico
- College Forever – a great blog for anyone considering a career in higher education
- Travel.Culture.Food – a fantastic blog to help plan your travels. She even takes requests!
- Partners for Peace – another one of my favorites, Mari and Paul are Peace Corps volunteers in Ecuador
5. Post a comment on each of your nominees’ blogs telling them about the nomination
I promise to have this done in the next 24 hours