Alright, so it’s no big mystery that I’ve been seriously off the radar lately. After my post about travel blues, I decided that something really needed to be done, and I needed to decide whether I was staying on this trip or heading home. Not gonna lie, there was a big part of me that wanted to go home. But instead of getting angry with me, after my mother read my post, she was pretty understanding and we sat down for a while to decide what we were going to do. And of course, being us, we decided nothing.
The next night, I decided I was going to go home. I wrote up a pros/cons list that looked something like this: (based on the assumption I would be living with my dad in a different state from my home)
- work for a year – more experience
- can see friends if want to travel
- can get P’s earlier
- time with Dad
- Dad might not be able to support me
- Dad might not want me
- Won’t actually be “home”
- Will have to work FULL TIME – ew
- Still won’t be able to see mates
- P’s = car and car = money
- Have to go through storage (somehow!) and get all my stuff
- Have to get stuff from storage from QLD to NSW – without a car
- will miss: US friends, NYC, LA, Disneyland, Paris, family in Denmark & England, Prague, Greece…
- Have to fly home on plane by myself
- Still seventeen and unable to do anything!
Doesn’t really take a genius to figure out which one was the better option. Also, unless it’s something I’m super sure of, my cons list is always bigger than my pros because I’m very good at being negative.
So I’m staying on the trip, for anyone who wasn’t sure of my final decision. I decided I wanted to learn Thai, but my little brother is currently having more fun (and time) with the app than I’ve had so far, so I have to wait for his excitement at knowing how to say “I don’t speak Thai” in Thai, wears off. Then I can get back on the bandwagon.
I’ve also started an online store selling a couple of things I picked up from the markets in Luang Prabang, Laos. You can check it out here and tell me what you think in the comments. At the moment it’s just a one-month free trial, but putting it all together really gave me a sense of completeion, accomplishment and simple having something to do. Who knew I would be the one to miss routine and work!? It’s also given me a goal for when I’m home, for something to build up into what I hope can one day be something really great for me. I always wanted my own shop, it just took me so long to figure out how exactly that would come about.
My little break from blogging has actually been a bit of a blessing for me, and I’ve recently started to follow a bunch of travel blogs of young couples and women who are travelling the world. (all thanks to Skott & Shawna from Get Up and Globe!)
It definitely helps put things in perspective and it’s really helpful to read that people are going through the same things I am. The idea of “you’re not alone” is definitely one that I think that the human race will always find comforting.
So you can expect more posts soon about what I’ve been getting up to while I haven’t been blogging (hint: it includes elephants, barefoot bowling, meeting great people, and crazy bus trips) but I make no promises of when they’ll be up or what they’ll be about. I said a while ago that I wasn’t going to post out of order, but I’m kind of throwing that out the window. At some point I’m going to make a page and put our trip timeline on there, so any newcomers or readers who don’t visit often can read what I’ve been up to, in the order I’ve done it.
I hope you’ll stay tuned for all of the stuff I’ve been up to, and all of the things I’m yet to do. We fly to the US in just … *doing math in my head, knowing how easy this should actually be* … 22 days – so exciting!!
P.S. I also got a new haircut. Not one of those ones where people are like “oh, you changed your hair? yeah….. I totally noticed!” NO. You will all notice, trust me. I just need to find a good photo of me first.
P.P.S. The wash, hair treatment and head massage before the cut cost me $1.25. The cut cost $6. BEST HAIRCUT EVER!