When traveling with a family, everyone's opinions matter. In February, my husband had some big concerns with moving abroad. He was worried about leaving his current place of employment. He wondered, "Would I be able to find anything that pays as much when we return?". He did't want to see our family struggle financially when we returned back to the USA. We decided to put the traveling abroad dream on hold for a while. It was a grieving process for me, since this was a big dream of mine. When you are a single person, you can focus on what you want. When you are part of a couple and part of a family unit, it is important to consider how everyone is feeling. It was a hard time for me, but I got through it and focused on my teaching job (which I love), and on my family.
Fast forward to July 2020. No one is going to China. The borders are closed. My husband tells me one morning, "I think we should do it. I think we should move to China. Let's go!". I was pretty shocked and I wasn't sure if he was serious. Is he for real? He told me he thought about it and there are a lot of reasons he wants to travel. He told me he is tired of working long hours and not spending as much time with our family. He doesn't want to be stressed out about work at such a young age. He likes the idea of exploring a new country together as a family. Now we are on the same page and ready to begin planning our adventure!
Before we decided to put the dream on hold, I was offered a position teaching English at a University in Hainan, China. (Yes, the exact location I was hoping for!) The university is near the city of Haikou. I contacted the school liaison and updated him on our situation. He told me they were still looking for English teachers. Yes! Now the preparation work begins. I want to be as prepared as we can be before the borders open. What I usually would have spread out over six months, I am preparing to complete in about three months. There are so many factors that are out of my hands. Sometimes you just do your best and let the rest fall into place.
I will post separately about all of the documents I have been preparing for my school. There is a lot happening there, so it is worthy of a second post. It is going to be a lot of work, but I am so excited to share every step of this adventure.