I knew one day, I’d be blogging about this. I believed it would happen for me deep in my heart. I’ve always wanted to explore china since I was 3 years old. Although I don’t remember being 3, my mother tells me I asked how to dig to china, and learned how to use chopsticks at that age. During my elementary years, I was homeschooled. But during all of my free time, i’d read everything I could about China from our encyclopedia set. My mom would take me to the library and all I wanted to do was read informational books about China and how people lived there. This fascination lasted until I was about 9 and I saw Dragon Ball Z for the first time. All of a sudden everything was about Japan and I lost my love for China so easily. As an adult, my curiosity for China returned, but with a sadness because I didn’t have time to even think about all of that. Now I’m in this place where I want to realize my dreams. All my life i’ve felt like there was something waiting for me in china and now I’m finally going to explore that possibility.
How did I make the decision to go? Simple, I realized that in two months I’ll be 25 and I haven’t done anything with my life that I envisioned when I was a small child. I had a clear set plan and goal for my life. Be a business owner, be skinny and fashionable, live in china, be a world traveler and speak many languages. The plan was simple and conscience. All I had to do was follow it. But I didn’t. I’m kind of a business owner (kinda), but I’m not skinny and fashionable, I’ve never been outside the US, I can wing ASL, and I live at home in my mom’s house.
That realization was a huge wakeup call to me.
Okay, so I had a grand realization, what am I to do with it?
I made plans.
I talked to people I knew that at one time lived in china or currently lived there and got advice and also lived their experiences through what they told me. Youtube has also been a God send. Those of you that make youtube videos about living abroad, you’ve helped so many of us.
After that, I kept close two people that would allow me to ask as many dumb, detailed questions as possible and I had them show me websites I could use for job searches. I used echinacities.com for job searches. (Excellent site). And http://cq.ganji.com is the best place to find apartments. Cant read mandarin? use the google website translator.
I found an TESOL course to get certified to teach ESL because China needs a degree or certification to justify you coming to China.
China isn’t extremely picky on who you chose. I went with LinguaEdge.com for my 150 hour TESOL.
My good friend that needs a more rigorous program is going through:
This program is more expensive, but it includes a practicum module which is key for people going to countries that are pickier than China. Hopefully this helps someone.
I also decided what kind of weather i’m interested in, and what my location preferences are. For me, I want to be a distance away from large bodies of water and away from earthquake zones and mudslide areas. I wanted city life with a decent night life. (I’m not a clubber, but nightlife can mean other things.). I’ve always wanted to live in NYC but I feel like going to China is more important. At first I settled on Chengdu, but realizing there are bigger cities that are in the same area that meet more of my requirements, I chose Chongqing. This may yet change again. But as of right now, I’m in love with Chongqing, also because it’s a huge city and the Chinese equivalent of NYC. What would make things even more perfect is if I can find a church there.
Today, I took a HUGE step.
I decided to change my resume to reflect a TESOL certificate (even though I don’t have one yet.) and I actually started applying to schools and looking at apartments.
The reason why I did this is because I want to get an idea of how my qualifications will help me find a job and also, I wanted to see how the apartments will look/cost so I can factor that into how much I need to be paid monthly for a job.
I’ve already gotten back responses wanting to interview me over Skype. I did explain that I plan on coming to China in January. And even though January is awhile away it seems these schools are still open to speaking with me. I think this is good. So i’ll go along with getting my TESOL certification from LinguaEdge and saving up as much money as I can. I plan to go to China with at least $3600 for my flight and for my first month’s expenses.
I’m excited guys. This is what I’ve always wanted. I’m going to go for it. If anyone else needs advice or is going through the same process as I, please comment and maybe we can share this experience together. You can be going to anywhere in the world. I think some of the processes will be the same.
We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned about the situation and condition of hunger strikers in turkish prisons. We understand that over 700 Kurdish political prisoners have passed their 47th day on hunger strike, without their demands being addressed by the authorities. Medical experts confirm that in the course of a hunger strike the 40th day is a turning point where physical and mental dysfunctions commence, as well as cases of death begin to occur.
According to international conventions signed by the republic of turkey, the government is in charge of a prisoner’s health. As top-ranking members of the government, the president, prime minister and the minister of justice will personally be held responsible for any damage to the prisoners’ physical condition.
Furthermore, the prisoners’ demands consist primarily of the right to defense in mother tongue and freeing Abdullah Öcalan from solitary confinement. We would like to express our full support of these demands since they are based on fundamental human rights.
We therefore urge the turkish government to enter in constructive dialogue with the prisoners to respond to their demands.
The international community’s opinion on turkey and its reform process will be strongly shaped by the way the present hunger strikes are handled and the prisoners are treated. turkey’s reputation might be seriously harmed should this incident turn into a human tragedy.
please sign this n reblog it’s now the 50th day of the hunger strike
I’m considering getting lap band surgery. I know all about WLS. And I know that it’s still a slow rate of weight loss. Honestly, I could probably do without the surgery. But this will force my hand and make me stick with it. My issue is that I can’t stick with anything long term. I feel like this is an answer because it forces me to. And it’s completely reversible. I’ve been researching WLS as an option for years now. And every once in awhile I act like I’m really going to follow through and do it. But now i’m desperate. I need my life to move forward and I feel like this is a huge hurdle for me and WLS will get me over the hurdle. I thought I could do it by myself and I gave it real effort. But in the end, no such luck. If I could do it by myself I would of done so by now…
I wish I was pretty. I have ideas, that if I could lose 200 lbs I’d be pretty. And then I’d work on getting jacked and some muslces n stuff. (not too much muscle. just toned). I want to be my best. I just feel so overwhelmed. I have so far to go…How can I lose 200 lbs all on my own?! If I could, I could have any guy I want. I’m pretty in the face being 200 lbs overweight. But I’d be leaps and bounds prettier. It would be a real game changer. As a black woman, I have features that the majority of males find attractive. (in the past and now). It would open up my dating pool and I’d finally be able to find love and be happy. I could get engaged and eventually have kids. And I wouldn’t feel so alone. I just need to get over this hurdle. I had a dream 2 days ago, divaslimsdown from youtube and jennifer hudson were in my dream. Both black women, both had to lose an overwhelming amount of weight. I felt like that was God telling me that I’d be a success story too. I’m just ready to start. I’ll be 24 in two weeks and That’s almost half way through my 20’s. Time goes so fast. I don’t have time to spare. I want to be young and pretty. And still able to wear whatever styles I want.