Inspired by a fellow expat blogger in the Netherlands, Amanda, today I’m joining with many others around the world and celebrating my expat achievements by posting a Reverse Bucket List. Not to show off, but to celebrate things we have achieved by moving abroad- mine is short and sweet, enjoy:
1. I got an education– I love that my US education allowed me to take a class, not relevant to my major at the time, which opened my eyes and led to me finding my passion and changing my degree to Speech Therapy. UK universities don’t allow you to do that without starting over completely.
2. We got married in the US– as I said before, we managed a wedding, honeymoon and 3 huge receptions on the combined budget of £35k salary and a college student’s wage of $10 an hour all thanks to the exchange rate at the time (£1=$2).
3. My husband’s job is great- he’s happy, so I’m happy. Rather than being in Sales (which he hated) he is now in Global Marketing and he even blogs about it! Click here. He has been promoted since we arrived, which was another unexpected blessing, he’s such a hard worker. Said promotion enabled 4 & 5 to happen…
4. We had a baby– we could afford to start our family way earlier than we would have in Blighty, due to the cost of living being so much cheaper in the US.
So that’s it. Not a long list, but each step has been life altering. Expat life isn’t a holiday. Far from it actually, it’s been tumultuous, emotional and down right perplexing at times, but we have found kind and welcoming people around us who have opened up their homes and heart, which made the transitions and obstacles easier to endure. Crazy as it’s been, you know what? We wouldn’t change a thing.