It’s almost been two years since we heard about that strange flu first discovered in China. Our lives have been upended ever since. We are slowly coming to terms that we will never return to life as we knew it before.
What I wasn’t ready for was it to be depicted in the fictional world. Recently I was confronted with this twice in one week. Not only was I not prepared for it, I was also overwhelmed by the emotions I experienced.
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After living in China for nine years a move to the US would seem to be a significant change. In some respects these countries are complete opposites. There is so much written about the major political and cultural differences of these two nations that have come to represent the East and the West, I can’t really contribute more to the conversation. However, I can make some observations on the small things.
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My days as a tai tai are quickly coming to an end. Next week I start full time permanent work for the first time in four years!
I was surprised when I counted up the years since I started my “one-year” sabbatical in mid-2017. Where has the time gone? What have I done with my life?
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I’m sitting in my backyard, enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. And also, the wildlife that regularly visits us.
As a girl growing up on a farm in Australia, I’m ashamed to admit I never appreciated how lucky I was to grow up surrounded by nature. Kangaroos, emus, cockatoos and galahs, and yes, snakes and spiders were all a part of the experience.
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This was my happy place when I was living in China. Just 10 minutes from home I could escape here when I needed space.
Surrounded by nature I could almost convince myself that I was in the middle of a forest rather than a city of 10 million people.
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I’m having a special dinner party at my place to celebrate my birthday. It’s a select group. The conversation is assured to be interesting.
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“Use this opportunity. Make this not only a hunt for a job, but a hunt for a life. A deeper life, a victorious life, a life you’re prouder of.”What color is your parachute, Richard N Bolles
A few months ago I wrote about job hunting in a new world and the two books I planned to use as a guide as I explored what my next career step would be; What color is your parachute? by Richard N Bolles and Designing your life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans.
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This week I celebrated three years of blogging. This is so much longer than I ever expected. I really thought it would be 12 months, 18 at the most. But in the process I’ve discovered I really enjoy blogging.
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Practicing Shinrin-Yoku today. The colours, the textures, the sounds, the smells. Could this be my new happy place?
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