Shaping the Future

If this blog was a child, the Child Protection Services people would be all over my ass like white on rice. Thank gawd it’s not and the only thing I have to answer to is the guilt, sadness and feelings of inadequacy in my own heart.

I lose.

I do however have a new goal for myself (new as in I’ve been thinking about it for over six months now, and finally have a plan of action). I’m going to teach English overseas. After months of researching and (FAILing) at trying to save money for the CELTA course I have decided I’m going to move back in with my mother (cue death march music).

My lease expires at the end of this year and the course starts mid-February so I figure that gives me enough time to save the money necessary for the course. It will also give me ample time to remember why I moved out 7 years ago in the first place.

I’m really hoping the course is worth the $2500 price tag. Oh, and the emotional scarring I’ll be sure to endure.*

There are some really important unresolved issues that I’ll have to deal with in the upcoming months. Things such as: Where do I want to go teach? Will I survive 6 months to a year in a strange country? What am I going to do with all my shoes while I’m gone? I guess I’ll just have to tackle these as they come.

I wonder if I can work: “How to Make the Perfect Dirty Martini” into a lesson plan…

*I’m mostly kidding. My mum can be fabulous – when she isn’t stark raving mad

16 responses

  1. That's a pretty cool decision, I reckon. Having taught for two years in Japan I'd say it's definitely worth it. But then I would say that, given that I just got married to someone I met while I was there.

  2. That's a great plan! I used to work with a girl who has now gone to teach English (in China, I think?) and I think she thinks it's the best decision she ever made!

  3. Oh my! that is an awesome plan! do you know what country you want to go to?

  4. Totally inspiring that you've got such a great goal!

    A friend of a friend left the UK a year or two ago to teach English in Japan and she is still loving it… so exciting!

    Moving back in with parental folk can feel like a step back in a way, but it's going to result in such a huge leap forward for you… best of luck ! 😀 x

    P.S. I'm a different Mich… but there are many of us 😛

  5. Oh, I moved from Central America to France, and I took about 1/3 of my shoe collection. I miss the rest of my shoes. SO yeah, be sure to pack them ALL. Because you never know when you're feeling like wearing those cute black maryjanes and surprise… you didn't pack them.

  6. if you are the kind of person that I think you are after reading two posts, then I think you are never going to look back after going ahead with your decision. enjoy it! it's likely going to change your life!

  7. Good for you. As someone with an M.A. in TESOL and a Ph.D. in Superficiality, I hesitate to say that the $2500 are probably wasted. Depending on what type of job you are looking for, it probably isn't necessary. Look for a job first & see what they require. If you're ever in Oregon maybe you could find work, here. Most of us natives here don't speak English good (and want to learn to do other stuff good, too).

  8. Ohh, moms. Pretty effing crazy, if you ask me. But I'm sure your trip will be worth it!

    I can't wait to hear about what happens while living with your family again… now THAT is good blog material, if I do say so myself.

  9. I want to know that perfect dirty martini secret.

  10. I just recently made the decision to teach english abroad as well! I hope you write about how the course goes and where you end up 🙂

  11. I have thought about doing just this to save money. Writing my rent check each month makes me nauseous and I seriously need to start being more financially responsible this year.

    ANYWAY, I am proud of you for taking this step! Congrats!

  12. I want not approve on it. I think warm-hearted post. Especially the title-deed attracted me to be familiar with the whole story.

  13. I wanna go to africa and just do service for like a month.

  14. I would teach in France….and I would make the students bring me drinks all day until I passed out…

  15. Best of luck for the journey.
    Just be yourself,
    life will take its course reardless:)

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