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The "In Between" Time

Updated: Apr 8, 2022

"Welcome to the bookstore. Can I help you find anything today?"

That was my line on a daily basis when I got home from Senegal. Social media might lead you to believe I'm just going from country to country, but there's "in between" time too. Don't let the 'Gram fool you.

Coming home was not exactly planned. I left Senegal after five months when I had originally planned to stay for at least a year. Check out my blog post on Why I Had to Leave Senegal Early for all the tea on that.

Before leaving, I began interviewing and job hunting to find my next country, school, and adventure. I looked online on countless job boards and reached out to various other recruitment agencies. I live life by the seat of my pants, but sometimes I do have to put a plan in place. My parents don’t want to take care of me forever... I know I can't believe it either 🙄

Sometimes, a lot of time can go into finding the next job because it's not something to take lightly. Figuring out where to relocate your entire life to work and live can take some time. Before leaving Senegal, I began applying and interviewing for jobs all around the world... literally. I'm talking the Maldives, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Japan, Thailand, and more! I said it once and I'll say it again, I follow the opportunity and I'm always open to new experiences.

Luckily, I was able to return to my temp position at a bookstore in my home state. After a few weeks back in Connecticut, I accepted a full time PAID position teaching English in South Korea. Now, it was time to start the visa process. Working at the bookstore gave me something to do and put some cash in my pocket to help me with the visa process. The visa process was definitely much easier to do from the comfort of my home with reliable Wi-Fi and cellular connection. I also had all the resources I needed readily available.

The last and most important thing I did while at home was spend time with my family and friends. I am rarely home so it’s important I spend time with my people. From inside jokes to Ebonics to sarcasm, being able to speak my first language all the time without having to think about it is something you don’t realize you miss until you come back home. Reconnecting with my folks and just kicking it is always the best part of coming back to the States. I can't stay for long, but I do enjoy those moments together.

Living this lifestyle has ups and downs... At times it's definitely not the most conventional or stable way of living, but I'd still choose this life no hesitation.

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