I chose the word “Grow” as my word for 2016.
In the early hours of March 17th at the airport, during the biggest moment of panic I have ever experienced, I remembered this word. I remembered this word as Bryson held my hands and said “We’ve got this!”, as my mom texted me saying “Chloe you’ll be ok! You’ve travelled so much already. I love you.”, as my friends sent me messages of encouragement, I remembered to grow. To not stay stagnant in the comfort zone of my day to day life, but to just give way for the new, the scary, and the unknown.
And after taking a few very deep breaths, there we were, walking onto the biggest plane I have ever seen.
For the next 36 hours, we would be taking planes, trains, and automobiles, standing in lines, signing contracts, dropping bags, reading maps, until finally, we would arrive to our new tiny home. Our 33 square metre apartment in the heart of Osaka, Japan.
And here we will stay for the next 9 months or so.
During our first week, we completed our paperwork, fiddled with our tricky mailbox, and explored some of the amazing sights our new city has to offer. We also made new friends, ate the most delicious food I have EVER had, and woke up at sunrise to watch sumo wrestling until sunset.
We feel so incredibly grateful for this amazing adventure we are having already and it is only week one!
I have started something new which I would like to try, which is to post videos of our stay in Japan. At the end of this post, you will find a embedded URL of my first video of our stay. It is a little rough but I know the footage will only get better as I become more accustomed to filming rather than just photographing.
Week 1 down, and many more to come!