Photo A Day: New Personal Challenge
Summer is coming (or already here if you live in the Arabian desert) and with it lots of change is on the way.
Jordan and I have been living a nomadic life for a while. Five years ago we left the States and moved to Korea to teach English. We lived there for two years, leaving only to visit our families (who were living here in Jordan and in Slovenia, respectively) and a trip to Turkey. Our dream had always been to backpack for a year, and when our teaching contracts finished we left Korea for Taiwan, and eventually 16 more countries. When that year was over we wandered here to Amman where we've been living for the last two years, leaving only to travel to Israel/Palestine, Tunisia and Egypt. So basically we haven't been back to the States for 5 years. Our ties to America are apparently a lot looser than I thought.
But the time finally has come for us to return. After years of putting off a reentry plan, one has finally emerged and we've even purchased airline tickets. From today we have one month left here in Amman before we start a new adventure in America.
Dramatic, cross-planet relocation is something I have experience with; I have come not to expect anything particular, and have found that life is a little weird pretty much all the time. I live with the tension of not really knowing what normal is. Is normal seeing only the eyes of a woman peeking out from behind her giant head to toe covering, or being able to wear shorts outside of the house? I'm not really sure.
The one thing that I have going for me now is that I've done this before and I have the wisdom of age (almost 28, and so wise!). In order to help stay in the moment during a rather busy and demanding time, I'm going to start up a Photo a Day challenge. I'm going to do my best to take a photo every day for a four month period, starting today May 8 to Sept 8. This period will cover our last month here in Amman, two months of crazy time, and one month in our next destination (Oregon). I'll be sharing photos as I can here on the blog.
If you'd also like to document your summer with a photo a day challenge, join the conversation here, where we can figure how to best help and motivate each other.
Hi There! I’m Marisa Lerin and you’ll see me around at Pixel Scrapper a lot. I started this site in 2010 soon after I discovered a new love in digital scrapbooking. Pixel Scrapper has gone through some significant changes since that time and it’s grown into this lovely community site you are seeing now. I am daily surprised by the turn of life’s events that has led me down this path. If you're new to the site, welcome! Here are a few tidbits about me that I hope will help you get to know me better!
I’m originally from Minnesota, USA, but spent a good chunk of my childhood living abroad (in Bolivia and Hong Kong). I returned to Minnesota to attend university, got married and then moved overseas again (Korea, then Jordan and 1 year of traveling). My designs are heavily influenced by these many nomadic years. I am currently back in the USA, now living in the great state of Oregon!
I have no official training for what I’m doing, since I decided very wisely (haha) to study physics in university. I am always learning new things about digital scrapbooking, and this community has been immensely helpful for that!
If I manage to stop digital scrapbooking you will probably find me watching TV, reading or baking. I also enjoy writing for the blog here at Pixel Scrapper where I talk about whatever happens to be catching my fancy at the moment.
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