Making a Move!

It has been some time since I posted to this blog.  In the meantime several things have happened:

  1. I have become unemployed.  In order to be available for the next adventure, I resigned my positions with Calgary Co-op and the YMCA LINC program here in Calgary.
  2. I became a person of “no fixed address”, spending most of July in Brampton, Ontario and most of August sleeping on the couch in NW Calgary, and being awakened by grand-daughter  hugs.
  3. I have spent copious amounts of money Fed-Exing papers here, there and everywhere in order to obtain the necessary documents to teach English overseas.
  4. I have also spent too much time stressing about the time things take, and the things that might happen….
  5. I have obtained a visa that allows me to spend the next 10 months of my life teaching in Beijing.

Yes…Beijing, a place I never imagined going to.  It was never on my bucket list, even when I began exploring the overseas teaching market.  Mind you, I never planned to go to Paris either, and I had a wonderful adventure.  So I anticipate these next few years with great joy and also a little stress, but I am in fact getting on a plane on Friday morning and heading west!

Biggest life lesson:  I am not my own.  God has bought me with a price and He knows the good things that are in store for me – and my family – now and in the future!


As you can see, my collection of vintage suitcases are well stacked, holding all the things I still want to have in my life.  I had hoped to limit it to that, but alas, there is some overflow.  Perhaps next year I will be able to release more of it for someone else’s enjoyment!

My next post may be from Beijing, so stay tuned!

About Marcia Stehouwer

I have a great life (most days) and a small budget, so being frugal is one of my favourite hobbies. I started this blog after procrastinating for 3 months, on April Fool's Day. I knit, I read, I knit, I work... I am also about a quarter of the way through my goal to lose 100 pounds. So between knitting, working, reading etc., I also do some walking! EDIT: 2021. I am not closer to my weight goal, but moving forward. The budget is still small. We are renting our homestead and progressing towards our family dream!
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