…wait for it…….
I am….SO…and I mean SO…done with this process of obtaining an English teaching position overseas. I’m starting to think people are praying and fasting against it because this is getting R.I.D.I.C.U.L.O.U.S. Silly Catherine…… I thought my bachelor of science nursing degree held some type of weight/significance in the outside world. I was not expecting a flood of positions overflowing my inbox but….not a ONE?
Here are my personal explanations for why this process has been a #FAIL thus far:
1. Schools do not always have openings for 2 teachers at once.
2. My best friend has her Masters in Special Education plus 2 years of teaching experience. Her experience trumps my zip.
3. We still have financial obligations in the US. It would not be wise financially to apply for positions that pay just enough to break even.
4. ( I can state this confidently…do the research yourself!) Agencies and employers require you send a picture and sometimes even a full body one! I have read a couple of blogs that write this pretty plainly…. they love our Caucasian brothers and sisters that are from a native English speaking country and will overlook some requirements to employ them. That being said………………. my best friend and I are very chocolate. There is no getting around it.
We are looking for 1 school that pays decent enough that we can handle home obligations and travel occasionally. It needs to have at least 2 positions appropriate for her and I and be willing to fill them with chocolate women.
It seemed plausible in the beginning.
I’m trying to pack a house in a little over 2 weeks ( by myself) because it closes early May. She recently did not renew her teaching contract in preparation for the big move. Combine all the frustration/decisions/stress and you have the perfect storm for a hot mess.
We’ve discussed the large possibility that nothing will go as planned, what that means to us and how it may affect our friendship. Although the topics were vital and realistic, it hurt to have it. Asia is not the place I would love to live…(travel? yes!) I’ve mentioned here before that I’d prefer Central/South America any day. Heck, I would live in Mexico to get my Spanish down and be happier LMBO. I enjoy learning the Spanish language and the thought of becoming fluent is just AMAZING!! Yo queiro un papi chulo y horchata, tamales y beaches lmbo.
Nevertheless….this is our current situation. There is much more to write…but I will lay that all out another day.
Please send a prayer up for us if you feel led ❤
In other news, I completed my 30 miles in 30 days challenge. Well, who am I foolin….I EXCEEDED IT!
TRUST, it had nothing to do with being healthy and everything with being challenged. The girls included in the challenge with me are all runners for Nike. (In my head). I would literally go to bed and by the next morning…these chicks had ran 4 miles already. By April 21, one of the chicks had already surpassed the 30 miles. The next day two other women finished out the challenge also. Catherine… being the cool headed woman she is went double time on the treadmill and knocked out 14 miles in 3 days of power walking. Yeah, let that sink in….. #dontjudgeme.
I finished the challenge on the morning of the 24th ONLY because I didn’t want to be the only one who took the whole 30 days smh.
In all my competitiveness, something amazing happened…..I actually had a desire to go jogging. Ladies, I’m talking about a just got off a 13 hour shift, it’s 8:30 at night type of jog. I’ve been doing a mile for the last two nights and it feels awesome. My cousin says next month is a 40 miles challenge. *le sigh* I’ve already looked at my work schedule and color coded how many miles to complete on select days so that I will have all miles completed by the 28th. I jogged about 50/50 of this last challenge. I am hoping to do the same if not better with this next challenge.
Alright I’m done…back to packing this home. It’s a shame that ABM, Mimi and Twenty Two don’t live closer…. you’re cyber status has saved you lol.