Sunday, May 12th, 2019
It’s MAY already?! Where does the time go??
It’s bizarre to me how time can move slowly and so quickly at the same time. I’ve been trying to figure out how to make time slow down in my own little world. You know how we say, “Feels like that happened forever ago!”? What causes this sensation?
I had a thought after returning from vacation in Krabi on this feeling and I felt like maybe I had figured it out. I wrote in my journal, “The secret to slowing time down: GO. Do lots of things. If you just sit and don’t move, everything blends together. With many memories, it feels like you can live forever. Move.”
So here’s the past month that has felt like an eternity…
At the beginning of April, I moved out of my tiny, little hotel room. That cooking class I wrote about in March really did inspire me – I needed to move to a place with a kitchen…and a place that felt a little more permanent. So I did.
I loved this little room, but it was time to move on…
Let me tell you, searching for a new home in Thailand is SO easy and actually quite fun! It is so much simpler than America and within a day of looking, I was set up to move into an incredible condo. There are many ways you can find a new place, but I chose to visit different complexes in person and check out the spots with my own eyes. I viewed 9 different units, and opening each apartment/condo door was like opening a surprise, mystery box. You had no idea what was going to be behind each door.
My preferences: windows, good view, kitchen…and that was pretty much it.
It was a very simple process – I gave the front desk my budget, then they handed me a bunch of keys and told me to check the units out at my leisure.
This condo only had one window and no place to sit and enjoy the view.
This condo’s interior was too dark and just didn’t feel right.
This one was beautiful…
But I didn’t really want a bunch of people from the building next door to be able to look in…
I visited about 5 more units and none of them felt right. I felt like Goldilocks…
The funny thing is that I ended up signing a lease on the very first condo I visited. When I walked into this condo, my jaw dropped and I felt immediately giddy.
But I was convinced that the first place I checked out wouldn’t be the best, so I spent the rest of the day looking at other units that couldn’t even compare. None of them compared to the light and airy space I saw first.
By the end of the day, a lease was signed and I was moving in a few days later.
It’s a beautiful building, standing all on it’s own so there are no other tall buildings obstructing views. There’s a delicious restaurant in the building that delivers to my door (“Condo Service!”), it has a mini produce stand I can buy fruits and veggies, and it has a 24-hour mini mart for when I need to buy one egg or a beer at 1am.
But most importantly, it has a kitchen…and the most incredible view in town. I have a perfect view of the mountain, Doi Suthep, and the sunset. Each night, I relax on my couch and watch the show from the comfort of my own home.
I can’t tell you enough how much moving into a perfect space has uplifted my spirits. I was already happy with my time here in Thailand and my job, but now I’m excited to go home every day and cook some homemade Khao Soi or Pad Thai.
April was a great month of settling into my new space and experiencing many more happy memories in the “Land of a Thousand Smiles.”
Walking through ancient caves.
Riding a boat toward the sun.
Being blown away by an incredible drag queen show.
Having a spa slumber party with my friends.
Taking a much-needed vacation to Krabi for Spring Break.
Experiencing my new favorite holiday ever: Songkran – Thai New Year. It’s a 3-day water festival that turns into nationwide water fights. I was constantly sopping wet, and constantly smiling.
Finally fulfilled my craving for swimming and fresh air.
Visited some islands with some incredible people.
Witnessed two of my friends get married on the beach.
Helped choreograph and performed a fun Thai dance for our school’s Songkran event. The inner-child in me was SO happy.
Learned a new sport: water boxing. I was obviously having fun…
Got blessed by our school’s founders.
Supported my friend at her poetry reading and was so inspired.
Received my work permit. This is huge. The amount of time, effort, money, and energy spent on this little booklet was insane.
Enjoyed a very low-key, but extremely happy, dinner at a market for my 32nd birthday. Grateful.
Watched countless sunsets from my couch.
Enjoyed meals with magical spirits.
Experienced an augmented reality.
Took a long ride up into the mountains and visited a village on the hill.
Took time to smell the flowers.
Shared time and space with someone who makes me smile.
But most importantly, felt my love growing for my kids every single day.
It has been a looooooong long long journey to get to this feeling.
Feeling happy, content, and grounded. My roots are certainly getting deeper in this beautiful country.
I’ve been going and doing and loving all the things. It’s been a complete time warp.
Feels like I’ve been here forever.
Time in this Universe never ceases to amaze me.