Did I ever imagine that in 2019 I would be packing up my life and moving abroad for who knows how long? No way!
Life since high school has been an incredible journey. I have travelled all over the world, worked hard to save my money, learned more and more about myself and the world around me. I have made some wonderful friendships, and also ended some toxic friendships. After buying some cheap, dodgy cars, I saved enough to buy a $14,000 Subaru Forester. I completed my Bachelor Degree of Social Science and at the same time did a 6 month internship with Baptist World Aid Australia. I had family breakups, digestion issues and lifestyle changes. I think though the highlight has been how convicted I have become about spreading Gods word and how I seem to keep learning and growing in having a relationship with him.
Let me start by saying I have always had a heart for other cultures and helping people. It has never been the idea that moving to a brand new country has scared me, it’s more been moving to a brand new country alone that has scared me. As any young female dreams of finding the perfect man, I slowly came to the realisation that I couldn’t just wait around, hoping for my perfect fairy tale. As awful as the reality is, I may never find anyone and I am slowly coming to terms with that. I have always been an independent person, so I think that helps with the process and I seem to learn from others mistakes all around me that life can get busy, messy and painful.
Okay.. okay I’m getting a bit off topic! I have so much to write that is in my head but I don’t know how to put it all into words.
Simply put, I have decided to move to Vietnam to take my first steps at being an independent adult, working on my career but keeping my heart focused on the Lord.
This also isn’t just a quick decision I have made, it has been on my heart for well over a year now but I have always talked myself out of it. The hardest thing you can ever do in life is put yourself in an unfamiliar environment with no comforts, fully relying on God. As some would know I had been accepted into doing a Masters of Linguistics next year which I was so sure was the right choice (finally some direction in life) but the more I investigated this, the more I realised the negatives out weighed the positives. I was in this bubble of anxiety, stress and worry about the future. I knew I needed to trust God but in my heart I just wanted answers and direction. Now I realise that specific events that have happened in the last 5 years, God used to lead me up to that moment I decided moving to Vietnam to Teach English was the right choice.
The reason I have chosen Vietnam is because I have already spent a month backpacking there the start of this year. Therefore, I know I will feel safe there and I am a little bit familiar with the culture. From what I have been told it is very easy to find work, accommodation and the standard of living is ridiculously cheap so from what I will earn I can still live comfortably and save money.
I am planning on leaving around May 2019, however I still haven’t officially booked or organised anything. I will be packing up my life in one suitcase and that really excites me! Until then I will continue to be saving up my money, get things sorted for the move, sell my car and serve God.
I am now calm and have no worries about the future because I know whatever choices I make, whether they are right or wrong, God will use for his plans.