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Another Year Almost Closed

I can’t believe it is already December. Another year almost closed. I tend to get reflective around the new year. Recapping the time passed and reviewing the plans for the year ahead. Since it has been a few months since my last entry, I guess I have quite a bit to catch up on. If…

One Year

One year ago tomorrow I was arriving in NZ with my three very large (and heavy) bags. I didn’t have a car, a permanent place to live, and I had never driven on the left hand side of the road. I had also never worked in a men’s prison before. It was the beginning of…

Coming Out

It’s been awhile since my last entry. I apologise for that, but to be honest, I have been struggling a bit these past few months. Most of my time and energy have been directed inward for a time of introspection and reflection (and reserved for day-to-day functioning). I also tested positive for COVID two weeks…

Mid-Year Check In

We surpassed the 6 month mark on March 23, 2022. Time is so strange. On one hand it feels like we have been here for years, but 6 months doesn’t sound that long at all. We also got our application in for residency, so hopefully in the next few months our visa status will change.…

Out with the old, in with the new?

I used to be terrified of public speaking. Terrified. I almost considered not going to graduate school to avoid the class presentations. Luckily, someone at the company I worked for in my late twenties told me about Toastmasters. That’s also when I first learned that one of the best ways to overcome my anxiety is…

The Frog in the Boiling Pot

When I was a freshman in high school, I went on my first trip out into nature with a group of fellow students on a school trip. We went to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee and did a mixture of hiking, rappelling, and something else- tree climbing maybe? It’s the first memory I have of…

A New Year

It’s hard to believe it is January 4, 2022. Time is such a strange concept. It boggles my mind how it can be fast and slow all at the same time. To the exact day, my partner found a job in his field three months after we arrived. That was the last piece we were…

The Adjustment Phase

In my experience, when we believe we are bad, we make all kinds of decisions and life choices that we may not make if we knew at our core we were worthy and valuable.

Settling In

It has officially been one month since arriving in New Zealand. After we were released from MIQ and flew to Christchurch, the real experience began. My company helped us out with housing and a rental car for the first two weeks, and my coworker graciously gave us a hatchback so we could fit all of…

Transition & MIQ

On my first day in graduate school back in 2013, one of my professors asked my cohort what we wanted to do with our degree. My answer was to work internationally; somehow invoking change in how mental health systems worked. My work experience at a residential recovery center years prior had left me feeling that…

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