Jill and I are somewhere over the Pacific Ocean right now.
We are flying home and hopefully we are peacefully asleep as you all read this.
We are out of Beijing and on to our continued adventures as mobile vagabonds.
In the last 1.5 years we have had so many amazing experiences, made so many friends, and seen so much that this blog barely touches the surface our our time abroad.
I will be, in the future, writing a book about it and going very deeply into what it is like to live in China, be a therapist here, and how it has affected both Jill and me.
However, at this moment, I just want to thank all my amazing friends who Jill and I have met here in Beijing and in China.
This also includes our friends we’ve met on our travels to Malaysia, Singapore, Mongolia, Greece and Turkey during the past 1.5 year here.
We decided we’d have a little Bye Bye Beijing party and it was fantastic. We had it at The Local and it was a perfect way to say goodbye and start to move on.
Being an expat can be difficult because people are constantly moving and appearing or disappearing from your life. We know this is part of the joy and the sadness. I had to say goodbye to a lot of clients also and that is a tough part of being a therapist. You help people through their most difficult times in life, see them change, and then have to say goodbye. It is both a joyful experience and a loss. Maybe that is why I’m okay with being an expat and seeing so many people come and go. I can accept that they will leave, I enjoy the time I have with them, and then I know that something else will appear and I’ll learn more or see a new way of thinking.
I also hope that these friends, and the many others we’ve made, will come visit us wherever we are and keep in contact.
As for plans, we expect to be in San Francisco Bay Area for the next 3 months. Jill has an amazing website, San Francisco Tourism Tips, and we need to be there to support it and our livelihood. If you haven’t see her site, please click the link above and subscribe or like it on Facebook. Also share it with anyone you know that might be interested. It is made for travelers and locals and Jill has done an amazing job. I’m absolutely amazed at how hard she works and how professional she is regarding this business.
During our stay in San Francisco, we will see my sister Stacy’s family, and my dad, in Walnut Creek. During this time, we will visit my brother Dave’s family in Portland. After that, we will head down to Los Angeles to see friends and family for about a month. During that month, we will make a quick jump down to Cancun to see Jill’s sister Julie and her family. Then over to Santa Fe, NM to see my mom Judy and her husband, Phil. Lastly, we will hit Nebraska to see Jill’s parents, Emma and Bill.
We are thinking we will live in Costa Rica or possibly Colombia. We have a lot of options and it could even include moving to Turkey or Greece.
It is a hard life but somebody has to live it. 🙂
We are also building a new website that will be unveiled in the next month or two. It will focus on helping others live their dream life, figuring out what that exactly is, how to plan it, deal with problems that come up, and then inspire others to do the same. Keep your eyes open for it because it is a life dream for us to help others make their dreams become reality. This includes you, our dear readers!
Thank you for being a part of this journey as we’ve reached 556 days in Beijing. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have.
We look forward to seeing everyone back at home, or wherever you are, and continuing to write the story of our lives as it moves ahead.
Enjoy our final post from Beijing and pictures of the party.