I made the rather odd decision to start this thing all over. I know, you’re mad I deleted the old stuff because my life is just so darn interesting you have to read it thousands of times, right? No, didn’t think so. I had started 2012 off with a resolution to blog more, which I did well in the beginning, and then completely failed miserably at. Will 2013 be any different? I hope so! We have a lot of big plans for 2013, the first being we’re moving to North Carolina this month! Insane right? This California girl and her Washington husband are invading the East Coast with their brood! We are so excited about leaving Okinawa and starting a new life there, and all of the lovely things that come with living in the United States. I could go on and on about how much I’ve appreciated living in Japan, and how it changed my mind about a lot of things, but… well that’s the unspoken difference you can see in me I think.
I am a healthier, happier person with a whole world of ambitions I didn’t have prior to living in Okinawa for 3 years. The main, and very important one, is that I’m aiming to start Nursing School! I think everyone who knew me growing up would scoff at the idea of me being elbow deep in strangers and bodily fluids instead of behind a desk teaching or writing. But they’d also know I’m anything but monotonous, so I’m looking forward to starting the challenge. My ultimate goal would be working with the Wounded Warriors program, but that’s a long way off. I’m also looking forward to joining up with Stroller Warriors in Camp Lejeune! I’ve spent a year with the gals here in Okinawa and my heart has grown about 20 sizes because of it. Seriously, I’m the Grinch of running, and these crazy athletic Who’s have changed me! I can’t wait to hit the trails running in a new place and work towards my 250 miles in one year goal, and my run a marathon goal. I tried that this year and wasn’t organized about it at all and lost track, but that’s what resolutions are for right? Admitting your mistakes, realizing your goals, and changing your ways.
We also have a lot of goals as a family, some as little as bringing back the family dinner at the table, and some as big as planning baby #2. Lots of little things in between of course, but they’ll play out as we make the changes. I think we’re going to be so much happier in NC than we were in Okinawa. Just talking about the possibilities of fishing, hunting, and all of his hobbies, the Mr.’s eyes light up! When he’s happy, I’m happy, and in turn, Jackson is happy. Plus, I get to live in a house! Not a two room tiny apartment with a micro sized dryer & dishwasher and awkward neighbor eye contact if the curtains are open. An actual HOME. I can’t even count the embarrassing things my neighbor has seen me doing. You liked my flailing about attempt at zumba, I know you did! With the move we also get all of the restaurants & stores I’ve had dreams about for the last 3 years. When you have a dream about getting a job at Target and using the employee discount, you have a problem. We have it so good in America, it’s insane, I’ll never take it for granted ever again!
So here’s to 2013! With a new blog, new goals, and new lease on life living in North Carolina!