36 hours til departure!

In just under a day and a half, I’ll be on a plane somewhere over Asia on my way back to the east coast of the US. As sad as I am to be leaving all the great people I’ve met here in Thailand, I’m ready to go home. I’m ready for my bed, my house, honey nut cheerios, feeling clean and generally getting on with my life. I’ve been researching and applying for jobs from Thailand for the past couple of months, but it’s time to get home and do some good old fashioned on the ground networking and get serious about things. Not that I’m thrilled about diving back into the job search (I’m not) but I’m ready for that next step in my life, whatever it may be.

I’m also ready for a few good nights of sleep in my comfy bed and many wonderful long conversations with friends that I haven’t seen since January.  I have a family vacation down to TN and NC on the books for mid-June, which should be great too. Not to mention I have a birthday coming up. 24 sounds so old, eek. But I have a good feeling about this upcoming year. I think promising things are on the horizon. I’ve finally figured out a career path that feels right (international education) and suits my personality in so many ways. Many of the jobs that I’ve thought I wanted over the past few years sounded great, but none of them fit as comfortably with my personality and interests as this one does. It took a few years, and several detours, but by gosh, I think I’ve finally found it. Now I just need to figure out how to get to my ultimate destination: directing a university study abroad office. Thoughts, advice, and job offers all welcome 🙂

Anyways, I got a little offtrack with that career tangent, sorry. One of the things I’m trying to get better about is not living in the future so much. I’m trying to enjoy my last few days in Chiang Mai as much as possible without thinking about life back home too much (it’s hard!) I have gotten to do some fun stuff this week, though: scenic lunch overlooking the reservoir out in Doi Saket, delicious goodbye dinner at a middle eastern restaurant last night, one last order of pad thai from my favorite pad thai place in the city and I’ve enjoyed some much needed downtime after a busy and fun-filled weekend with a friend from college last weekend! Holing up with a book and my journal in one of my favorite cafes is a lovely breath of fresh (air-conditioned) air. I’m making the most of my 40 B iced coffees (~$1.33) while they last.

I have one last work meeting this afternoon, then a low key day tomorrow to get all my stuff together, one last dinner, and a short pickup truck ride to the airport (followed by ~27hrs of travel time…) standing between me and my return to the states! Bring it on!

❤ J

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