"There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars."
Jack Kerouac

Thursday, 8 March 2012

There's always a beginning...

So 2012 so far... I've quit my job as a Personal Shopper, moved back home and completed an EFL teaching course online to fully qualify myself as a teacher of English as a foreign language. This may seem random... I've done the teaching thing before, in Vietnam as a gap placement in between college and uni, and thought that it would be a one off experience to get out of my system before concentrating on real life - it ended up being the most real thing I've ever done, and despite concerted efforts to find something to do with myself within the bounderies of 'normal' life progression - job + car + house +  marriage + retirement - there is nothing I love as much as the feeling of emerging from an airport into hot dusty chaos and plunging into an alien culture. So despite my current (and I'm sure very familiar to many 20 somethings) state of alternating between cold panic that I will end up a penniless loser with no life plan, and longing to do something enriching and challenging and different from the well trodden path, I am going to go and teach English in Indonesia later on this year, indefinitely. Fingers crossed! I put this moodboard together to take pride of place in my room, reminding me during the panic moments of what I'm aiming for and that no matter what else, there is always a beginning.


  1. Go for it - all the best; I'm enjoying TEFL but it's hard work; harder than any other job I've ever done, I'd say but it is definitely real as you put it.
    Good luck.

    1. Thanks Annie :) If you've got any tips or hints as a TEFL pro on applying for jobs abroad or anything I'd really appreciate your wisdom! Sounds like you're having an amazing time.
      Clare x