Wait, what? Has it really been 10 months?
Wow, I’ve now been living in Jakarta for almost an entire year. And in exactly one month I will be leaving this city for good. My how time does fly.
Here’s what I was up to last month:
Prepping for My Big Move
In case you missed my big announcement last month, I’ll be doing some traveling this summer and then I’ll be moving to Cambodia! Saying that never gets old.
Ever since I found out that I’ll be staying in Southeast Asia for another couple of years, I’ve been working on making some changes to this site…see my pretty new theme? I’ve also decided to write monthly wrap ups about my life as an expat and all the nitty gritty that goes on behind the scenes (because I know all of you are just so fascinated with my life!).
In a nutshell, the month of May was a good one. I went from having no idea what I was going to do after my year in Jakarta to committing to two more years in Southeast Asia. Last month Aaron and I nailed down plans to move to Phnom Penh. Aaron’s contract with his new university has now been signed and plane tickets have been bought. It’s all coming together. And guys, I’m really excited!
Not knowing what we were going to do or where we were going to go after Jakarta has been a huge source of stress for me during the past six months. I am stoked to be moving to Phnom Penh, a city that I love, but I’m also enormously relieved to have some sort of plan for life after Jakarta.
Both Aaron and I went through a series of emotional mood swings last month, going from being sad and nostalgic about leaving Jakarta right when we were starting to like it, to being just plain ready to get the hell out of here. Certain things, like our unbelievably obnoxious upstairs neighbors, have both of us incredibly eager to move on.
In the past few weeks we’ve started prepping for our big move. I’m relieved that we’ve now been through the process of moving abroad before because I feel so much more prepared this time around.
We only had three weeks’ notice before we moved to Jakarta and when I got here there were so many random, hard-to-find things I wish I would have packed. But I suppose every expat has this experience. So this month I’ve been ordering all sorts of fun things online. I plan to arrive in Phnom Penh prepared with items like good bath towels, top sheets and a crate of mac & cheese – necessary items that apparently don’t exist in Asia.
As someone who has an unhealthy obsession with House Hunters International, I’ve also spent a disturbing amount of time looking at places online. Whenever I’m sitting in my apartment, listening to my upstairs neighbors pound on the floor for no apparent reason, I open my laptop and swoon at Phnom Penh’s houses and daydream of living in a swank rooftop apartment on the river (a girl can wish!). At the very least I’m just hoping not to have upstairs neighbors this time around.
Aaron and I had one last hoorah in Bali a couple of weeks ago. It was our last trip in Indonesia before we move, which made me a little sad. We were so thrilled to visit with some friends, old and new, and had a blast traipsing around Bali’s rice terraces, beaches and traditional markets during what was a pretty much sleepless 48 hours (more Bali posts will be coming your way soon!).
Most of my days have been spent in my apartment, which doubles as my office, writing and editing articles. At this point, I feel like I have senioritis and am having an increasingly hard time focusing on work. I’m also counting down the days until I don’t have to look at this view all day, every day.
That being said I am grateful to be working, doing what I love most: writing and editing. I’m also in the process of looking for more freelance opportunities once I leave Jakarta. Unfortunately for me, I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t even been able to think about what’s coming next. Hopefully I’ll make a lot more progress on this front in June.
I’ve been thinking about taking this blog to the next level for some time. And seeing as I’ll be abroad for the foreseeable future, I figured it’s time to put thought into action. I’m sure you noticed that the site looks a lot different (hopefully better!).
Every time I looked at my old site I would cringe. After spending over a year plugging away at this blog it was about time for a little makeover. I still have a lot of tweaking to do but as of now I’m very excited about the new look of my site.
The month of May was clearly a big month for me; it has been chock full of new and exciting life changes and opportunities. I even made firm plans to attend my first ever travel blogging conference! That’s right, I purchased a ticket to TBEX Bangkok, which will take place in October. I’m so excited to attend my first-ever travel blogging conference and to learn more about the biz. But if I’m going to be perfectly honest I’m a super introvert. So I’m kind of nervous and not entirely sure about what to expect.
But that’s what life and travel is all about right? Stepping into the unknown, no matter how uncomfortable it makes you. No matter how anxious I am about all of these crazy life changes, I am really excited about the possibilities and the future.