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The End of the World and a Thing or Two About Cha(lle)nges

2012- the end of the world.  I think I believe that in part, but as a colleague of mine said recently, “2012 will be the end of the world (as we knooow iiiit) as we personally experience it.  It will be a shift in personal perspective, the end of one stage and the beginning of another.”

Since 2012 started I’ve had the profound feeling that it was going to be a year of change. Well, was I right or was I right:  change has been all around me.  And I’ve witnessed that my life isn’t the only one being affected by this theme- friends and family alike have been bombarded by change (buying houses, moving, moving abroad, getting married, babies, changing jobs, new romances, etc).

A thing or two about changes in my opinion: they’re humbling, surprising, enlightening, exciting, invigorating, challenging at times, easy other times, reflection-inducing, and some of the times will catch you off guard so fast you won’t know what hit you.

So, here is a list of the changes (some of them challenges) that have come my way since 2012 started (most have occurred in the past 2-3 months!):

1) I received my British passport! Tea or scones, anyone? I feel like Jason Bourne with my multiple (well, 2) passports.

2)  JIPAR- mi amor and partner in crime. In order to be with my favorite person on earth, who is from Spain, we’ve had to figure out on which continent we wanted to be.  It was easier this time for me to go there, so…

3) …I applied to and was accepted into a program for Visiting Teachers in Valencia, Spain that was set to start in September.  My acceptance of this position led to…

4) …leaving my wonderful teaching job in NC, packing up my life, JIPAR packing up his life, and me moving to Spain in June to start my Masters program and then start preparing for the move together to Valencia in August. Unfortunately…

5) ..I had to check the “unemployed” box for the first time in my life since after the budget cuts Spain’s government performed mid-July, I found out there would be no job in Valencia because they had decided to cancel the program and reallocate the money for better usage.  Thus JIPAR and I began to scramble to create a Plan B…. (skip to number 10 if you want to find out what we came up with!).

6) Finished my coursework for my Masters in Granada… WOOHOO!

7) New look: I cut off ALL of my hair (and left it in Sevilla).

8) Am soon going to be a sister-in-law!!!  Congratulations to my lovely sister and her fiancé!

9) My car just turned 200,000 miles. 🙂

10) And the last change… drumroll pleeeease: JIPAR and I are moving to Nicaragua in November to work at Buena Vista Surf Club, a little eco-hotel in San Juan del Sur. We’ll be there until May cooking and helping manage the place and will try our hand at teaching surf lessons (JIPAR) and leading yoga classes (me).

SHEW! It’s been a CRAZY summer trying to figure out a next step for our lives, but I know in my heart and my bones that whatever is next and this next phase of life is going to be as beautiful (and even moreso!) as all of the plans we had made and were changed.  Just as my sister said: I’m so lucky to have been given a situation of despair and desperation (suddenly unemployed in a foreign country with no immediate family around and no plan B or even C) to one with multiple choices. The universe is always at work 🙂

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin

Here’s to risks, letting go, changing, and blossoming!