Making the Move

Thoughts from Alanna…

Sometimes it’s hard for me to make big decisions.

Do I want pizza or a burger? Do I want to cut my hair shorter or leave it as is? Do I want to watch a movie or read a new book?

Lately the decision in question has been: do I want to move abroad? And I chose yes.

There’s a lot of repercussions when making the decision to move abroad. First it was explaining to my family and friends, then it was giving my notice at work and telling coworkers, then it’s the entire confusing paperwork that follows. And all the while I get the same question: “Are you sure?”

I guess my point is that I really don’t need to explain it to anyone. I’ve weighed the options and I’ve decided this is the next chapter in my life. I’m terrified and excited and I think that’s an important part of life. I appreciate that many people want to give their opinions and suggestions, but it gets to the point where it’s really overwhelming.

When you’ve made the decision to move abroad and you’re anything like me, you’re going to ask a lot of “what ifs.” What if I can’t find a job? What if I don’t fit in? What if I don’t like it? What if I can’t make friends? I’ve always seem to have a tendency to be anxious but I don’t want to live my life in fear. Even if the move doesn’t work out, what a great adventure it’ll be.

I’ll be making the journey across the pond in a month. I hope to share my discoveries, both good and bad, along the way.

Enjoy the ride!