It's been a while.
My laptop and I have been on the other side of the world in a remote land of mystery, stunning alpine peaks, and remarkably poor internet connections.
After spending most of the summer working in Thailand, I was pleased to accept a position living and working in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, alongside my hubby-to-be. We spent three and a half months of what was intended to be two years.
It was an incredible experience, which I have been very sad to see come to an end so soon. The details of our reasons for returning are complex and not to be cataloged here. Although it is very difficult for me to say goodbye to life in Asia, and in particular to leave Bhutan so soon, I am happy to embrace my return to my community of origin here in Southern Oregon.
There have been many recent inquiries about whether or not I am really happy to have left the other hemisphere and to have returned here--won't I miss my travels, won't I miss my friends on the other side of the planet?
Well of course I will miss that way of life. I love traveling, I love working in Asia, I love adventure and change.
But I also love stability, I love the Pacific Northwest, I love my American friends and family.
I love to cook and would be so happy to open a bakery or small cafe.
I love to grow plants and would relish owning and operating a small medicinal farm.
I love to create and would greatly enjoy designing and building superadobe homes.
I love children and would delight in adopting or fostering youth in need of a good home.
I love to craft and would thrill in spending all day creating beautiful masterpieces for my etsy page.
I love to teach and would thrive sharing my wee bit of knowledge in an academic environment.
But I am not mourning the nonexistence of any of these paths. If they are meant to be, I will find them at my feet.
For now, I am living in Southern Oregon again. Cultivating roots, family, and a healthcare practice together with my other half.
Soon this blog will be moved to our new site. I hope you'll come along for the transition into the next chapter: the Radiant Family. Until then, I'll try to toss up a few words about our experience in Bhutan. Some photos, maybe a video or two. But no promises. The next month or so is going to be a whirlwind of transition and joyful hard work.
Since this blog is so short, please continue on to my dear friend Phoebe's post on a similar topic: