Today £22 has automatically been taken from my bank account by WordPress, which means it has been a whole year since I took the leap to join the ranks and start a blog. So not something I had expected to do. After all, with so many fantastic AMWF blogs out there, what could I possibly have to add??
Well 33 blog posts in, I don’t know if I’ve added anything useful to the internet, but blogging has given me the wonderful gift of connecting with likeminded bloggers and women living in China, and even the chance to chat with bloggers whose blogs I used to (and still do) look forward to reading on my lunchbreak, who I once envied as I read about their exciting lives. I feel honoured to have conversations with these intelligent women from all over the world with valuable experience of China, marriage, motherhood, life. If I ever need advice about this aspect of my life, or just to grumble about the challenges of cultural clashes, I have people to turn to who know exactly what I’m talking about. I have also learnt that however exciting people’s lives may seem, EVERYONE has their ups and downs, and nobody has the perfect life.
I am no longer the person I was one year ago. I was homesick, heartbroken after a miscarriage and a bit lonely. A year on, I am no longer homesick (as I’m in the UK for a few months, ha!), am married to a wonderful man and am now a mother to a beautiful little boy. My Chinese journey has moved on a year, my Chinese has moved on a bit and my family has gained a cute new member.
So one year on from a very low time, I am celebrating the gift of time in healing, and celebrating a year of blogging. Thanks year-ago-me for starting a blog and thanks to the internet for making it possible.
Here’s to the next year 🙂