Who were you 5 years ago?
Five years ago, 2012, was the year that I moved out west to Calgary and started a new life. Calgary was (and still is) amazing. It brought out the best in me. I was happy, in shape, outgoing, had a social life, and started dating again. That was Calgary Louise. She was a happy go-lucky lady who loved life in the west.
Three years ago, 2014, had me in Italy for three weeks. Italy took my breath away. It’s a beautiful country that is so rich in history. I didn’t want to leave. So I was very happy to move to Europe late that year to experience life there. Moving to Europe was definitely the biggest change I made in my life. I changed my career, my outlook on life and my attitude.
I can say that these two events in my life definitely changed me. How could they not? They were major moves, with a lot of changes, and all the changes affected me in a positive way. Do I regret either of those decisions? No because without either of those changes, I would not be who I am today.
Who am I today?
I am still that confident, strong woman. I think of myself as being courageous for embarking on a one year adventure in China to teach kids. I feel blessed every single day for having the life that I have been given.
I think I am also a bit of an anomaly. I don’t know many people who have done what I have done. Maybe I know more people than I think I do that have, who knows. I also am not one of these people who have endless amounts of money to travel around the world. I have to work in order to keep travelling. And I love that!! I want to teach EVERYWHERE!!
Who will I become?
I have more dreams. I love teaching and want to keep teaching around the world as long as I can physically and mentally do this. I want to write. Maybe a book. Maybe travel articles. Maybe just for myself. Writing makes me happy and relaxes me.
I also want to open a café. That dream is one I have had for many years! Maybe once I am tired of traveling the world (is that possible??), I will settle down somewhere, and open a café where people can come and talk about their travels and enjoy a coffee and cake.
I want to inspire others to go and do what I have done. It is possible for anyone to have this life that I have! No matter your age, you can do this.
Like the quote says – who you were, who you are and who you will become are all different people – it’s true, and I know that the person that I will become will continue to be the strong independent woman that I am now.