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Adjusting to Life

I firmly believe that life is filled with ups and downs; it's all just a matter of how you take it on.

Recently, I made a big move half way across the world, and as I realize the potential this change has brought to me, I face the daily struggles of culture shock and homesickness. I want to take this time to reinvent myself, to rediscover what it means to be who I am, and to perhaps find a deeper calling in life that fulfills my wants and desires.

I am one of those kinds of people who try to see the good in every situation, because I know how easy it is to only focus on the bad. It is far too easy to only see what tears us down and makes us feel terrible, and sometimes it feels nearly impossible to see the good or to see the potential behind every challenge.

I have been working at my new job in my new country for just about three months now. I struggle with knowing what to eat, or how to deal with the stress of navigating a grocery story where I can barely understand what any item is. I wake up either eager to start each day, or frustrated that I don't feel ready for the day.

Even though these feelings are exasperated by being in a new country and sometimes eat away at me, I realize that I felt the same way back home in America. This is just a new place and my chance to start a new. This is my chance to take control back for what I am, and what I am doing with my life.

I made a promise to myself to get the most out of this situation, no matter what. In the end, this experience is temporary, most likely to become a favorite memory in my life.

So starting now, I will seek to find one shining moment of happiness in each day. I will strive to look only upwards and find who I am and what I am doing.

I hope you will take this journey with me, and find your own moments of joy in each day.

Love always,

Laura Ann

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