I’m an American living in Kobe, Japan, but I won’t be for long. After over four years of living away from home, this summer my husband and I will be returning to Michigan. It’s exciting and scary, all at the same time. In some ways I feel like a high school or college graduate all over again, with people asking the inevitable, “So now what are you going to do?” And, after all the time I’ve spent living abroad, I am certainly still unequipped with an answer (I can’t say I ever will have one definitive answer for what I’m going to do in my life).
No matter what comes my way I’m determined to stay positive and continue having adventures–even if my adventures might seem rather ordinary to most people. And so here I am with a new blog, one that is more personal than the one I’ve shared with my husband while living in Japan… One that is written by only me.
With this blog I am hoping to play around with the following ideas, though these could change along with everything else in my life:
Monday Matters: Whatever strikes me as interesting, notes about the week, etc.
Tuesday To Do’s/Projects: Creative endeavors I have worked on/am working on
Wednesday Learning: Something I’m learning about
Friday Five: 5 tips, notes, or observations
We’ll see how it goes. Before I close I wanted to explain one last thing: the title of my blog. I don’t often read poetry, but when I do I especially enjoy poetry written by Gary Snyder. He has one poem in his collection Danger on Peaks in which he translates some Japanese:
“Inch by inch
creep up Mt. Fuji”
While Snyder is talking about mountain climbing, I also see the little poem as a metaphor for life. I’m a tiny snail creeping along in the big, big universe, and–no matter how seemingly small I am–I keep hanging on and going up.
Until next time~~
6 thoughts on “Big Changes Are Coming”
I look forward to reading your blog, hope to see you and Chad when you get home. Are you going to have a party?
Thank you, and absolutely! We will probably have a lunch party in Grand Rapids on either June 1st or 2nd. I will let you know!
i love that you are starting a blog of your own and I can’t wait to follow your transitions! Though I still wish you’d stay here
Thank you! I feel like I can do so much more now that I’m not feeling restricted to only writing about Japan, though I might not be as interesting once I move back to the states! We both know it’s not going to be easy to go back in a lot of ways, but at least you & I will see each other once every year or two!