We’ve Moved To.. | This Is Our Life #2
Firstly sorry for the absence, the last two weeks have been hectic, if you’ve been following us on Snapchat you would have been up to date with all of our Sydney adventures.
Secondly, we kind of moved to China… Well not kind of, we DID move to China.
Right now as I write I am eating spicy noodles for breakfast in bed while overlooking our new city as an expat. We’ll be spending the next 12 months here while teaching English in a very nice school a couple of hours from Shanghai.
So why China?
As I wrote in our newsletter I can never think of a good answer to this question. China as a holiday destination has never been on the forefront of my mind, nor has been teaching English. I mean, if I had thought about teaching English prior to now we’d still be in South America eating tacos and building our tans.
Like all good plans I was inspired by other bloggers and a complete lack of enthusiasm for being back in Brisbane as a recent graduate. The last year in Brisbane was a little hard for me, there’s something about locking yourself inside as you overload your subjects while not really knowing whether to reach out to old friends as you know you’re just going to leave again anyway. I’m a shy person but that year back at home really took it to the next level, if I was a superhero I would have been called Supershy, or Shy girl or the Shy Arrow (you get my point).
Secondly as you may already know we went a little viral a couple of months ago and as such we’ve been very lucky to have leveled out to a decent amount of traffic. My dream, like many other bloggers, would be to one day be a full time travel blogger, and as such I decided that after that success that we’d be crazy not to at least make a go of it (sorry, that sounded awfully Australian). After doing a little research I saw that there were many bloggers with the same, or even less traffic as us that were making a living off their blogs so I got a little confident and thought why couldn’t we do that as well?
After a reading a post written by the lovely Drew Binsky who talked about teaching english in Korea while taking his travel blog full time it was the final push I needed. I woke up early one morning, wrote a powerpoint (because I’m nerdy like that) and convinced Steven that we had to move to China to teach english. A couple of days later we booked our TEFL certificate and everything has been crazy busy ever since.
We found it quite easy to find a job but the process was longer than we expected as there was so much to organize, but I love how we just decided to move one morning without too much thought. I feel very grateful that we have that sort of freedom in our lives.
So that’s our plan, teach English in China while trying to figure out how to turn They Get Around in our full time job. As of yet we haven’t really ventured into monetization at all, and I know it takes time to build up an income so depending on how inventive / successful we are we’re hoping to be able to make it work in 1 to 2 years.
That sounds like a long time but luckily teaching English looks very rewarding (we’re in the observation stage at the moment) and not to mention a lot of fun. We’ve also been quite lucky that the other teachers are all very nice and friendly which makes me so happy as it means I haven’t felt so shy over here. I was a little scared that none of them would want to talk to me and that they’d think I’m boring (as I thought I would be too shy to talk to them) but of course that was just me being silly and too anxious as always.
We’d love to have your support as we take this next step in our blogging and want to thank those of you who keep coming back to check out our adventures. Every single nice email, snapchat or comment we save in a special folder in our computer (you know, the virtual and slightly less creepy equivalent of cutting of a person’s lock of hair while they’re sleeping) to look at on days where we start to wonder if all the hard work is worth it.
I hope you all enjoy our upcoming China posts and we hope we can convince you to give this weird country a go. If China isn’t your thing don’t worry, we still have a ton of posts to share from our backpacking trip in Latin America and from our trips within Australia.
See the entire This is our life series.