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“The only way I’ll leave Guam is if you make me, but I’ll be kicking and screaming the whole way!”

Well, it happened. As you read this, I am somewhere in the Midwest starting a new life with Peter. It may come as a shock to you, it was surely a big shock to me too. The day we left for our South Korean vacation, Peter received a job offer that would mean we’d have to leave Guam. During our trip, we got a taste for what the weather would be like for us in the future. I hated it.

“Umm I don’t think I want to move anymore.” Peter replied, “I thought you wanted to be closer to your family. If we don’t like it, we can always come back to Guam.”

Since our last (and only) trip home, we’d been thinking about moving closer to our family. Throughout the last two years I’d gone from being extremely homesick and ready for something more, to feeling like I could just give up my old life and stay in Guam forever. This truly is a bitter sweet moment for me, as I am incredibly sad to be leaving Guam, I am excited about Peter’s new job opportunity and what is to come for us in our new home. I’m not sure if I will return to Guam, but I hope I do.

I am terrified. I don’t think I am the same person I was before my big move to Guam. I wonder if I still have anything in common with the friends I left behind and if people will accept me as they have in Guam. I don’t know if I’ll be able to assimilate back into life as a Statesider and I don’t know if I want to. I love who I’ve become, an island girl.

The past month has gone by in a flash and upon my return from South Korea, I had just a couple of weeks to pack three years of my life into a few boxes. It’s not so easy for me to throw things away. I have a memory attached to almost everything, and I like that. I’m starting a completely new life in a place I’ve never been and so, I’ve had to make some hard decisions about what deserves to be in that life.

I have felt so many emotions including something that feels like heartbreak. I’m not sure when it happened, it kind of just snuck up on me, but I fell in love with Guam. It is so unique and has been full of lovely surprises, so it breaks my heart to say goodbye. I will miss the sun, beaches, flowers and my laid back lifestyle. But most of all, the warmth from the people. I don’t think there is any other place in the U.S. where the quality of life is so good, where so many different people can come together and live harmoniously, as I’ve seen while living in Guam. The island spirit is something that I just can’t describe, especially in Guam, you have to live it to really understand it.

I’ve been blessed to live this life and, thankfully, I’ve documented it over the last three years on this blog. So whenever I’m really cold, homesick for Guam, or need a reminder of the good things in life, I can come back here to read my posts and all the positive comments from my readers.

Thank you Guam for giving me this experience. Thank you to everyone who has supported my blog and to all the people I’ve met because of it. I love you!

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It’s that time of the year again, no I’m not talking about the holidays! It’s my 3rd year Guam-iversary!

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November is a special month because it marks the time when I took a leap of faith, quit my job, left Oregon, moved to Guam, shared a life with someone special, and started this little blog!

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I’m willing to celebrate anything that lets me drink on the beach while reminiscing and watching the sunset!

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Thank you for reading, commenting, saying “hi” to me in the grocery store, and supporting my blog along this great adventure 🙂

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1000 Days

 

So this is what 1000 days feel like.

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My three year Guamiversary is just around the corner! Oh how time flies, I still feel like I just arrived and I can vividly remember my feelings upon my arrival. I’ve done a lot while I’ve been here. If I had to leave tomorrow, I’d be pretty satisfied with the time I spent in Guam. Although, it went absolutely NOT as planned. That is why I don’t like to make plans anymore, I just go with the flow. So don’t ever ask me where I’ll be in five years because I don’t know and I like it that way!

The last 1000 days have consisted of some lows, highs and in betweens. I’ve had lots of sunshiny days and acquired a nice golden tan. I’ve survived tropical storms, typhoon threats, and earthquakes. I’ve eaten too much gyoza, fried rice, and bbq chicken. I’ve fallen in love and gotten engaged ❤ travelled to the Phillipines and Japan, felt island fever, hated Guam and loved it, taken thousands of pictures, laughed really hard, cried from homesickness, learned how to snorkel, parasailed, and swam in the Philippine sea. Saw a shark, dolphins, sea snakes, eels, colorful tropical fish, and a dead whale. I’ve hiked to Mt. LamLam, Sella Bay, and trekked all over the island. Drank fresh coconut water, met some really cool people, and started this blog! I’ve learned a lot about myself and who I want to be. I’ve chilled out a lot and feel peaceful, which is a new feeling to me. I no longer drive but ride on a motorcycle, which I never thought I’d do. I try to lead a very minimalistic life, spend time outside as much as possible, cook healthy meals, and never take things too serious.

Not sure how the next 1000 days will turn out, as long as Peter is with me, it doesn’t really matter!

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Read my very First blog post !

Blog Talk Radio

Some of you may have been listening to Guam’s The Breakfast Show on K57 last Monday morning when Peter and I were being interviewed! Thanks to Patti Arroyo and the person who found my blog and suggested she interview me, I had the opportunity of being on the radio for the first time. For those of you that know me, I’m a pretty reserved and shy person so the thought of having to talk about myself on the radio left me feeling really anxious. Patti reached out to me while my parents were visiting and we set a date for the interview. I was unsure of how this would turn out and I didn’t tell too many people about it. When the morning of the interview arrived, I woke up with a cold! I remember saying to Peter, “The good thing about radio is that no one is going to see me so I can look a little bummy.” To my surprise, when I walked into the station, Patti mentioned that we’d be on local access T.V. !!! Just my luck 😉 Anyway, the interview went well and it felt like I was just having a conversation with a friend. I developed a newfound respect for radio hosts and the way they can come up with questions or topics on the spot. Thankfully Peter was by my side and accompanied me to the interview. We were able to share this experience together and tell our story! If you’d like to listen to the two part interview you can find it here.

I’m still surprised at the attention my little blog has received, especially in the last few months! Thank you everyone who reads, shares, comments, and just generally supports me ❤

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P.S. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Uno Magazine Best Blog 2013

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I receive a lot of lovely messages on my Facebook page from people all over the world inquiring about life in Guam. Last month I received a different kind of message from the Editor-in-Chief for Uno Magazine Guam. I was asked if they could put my blog in their “2013 in Review Best of Guam” issue for “Best Blog.” My first reaction was, “Is this real?” Then I was like, “Woohoo yessss!” Thank you Uno Magazine for acknowledging my blog and for the very nice write up. What a great way to end 2013!

Back from Home!

After two lovely weeks in Washington, Oregon and Idaho I have returned to Guam. It had been a year and half since I last saw my family, and I was really looking forward to this trip. Peter told me that when you go back home for the first time after being away for so long, you can see changes in yourself. With this in mind, I was wondering how my friends and family had changed. In a way I wanted things to be different because nearly two years have passed and I didn’t want to see anyone doing the same old thing. In another way, I didn’t want things to change too much. I wanted to come home and feel like I never left.

We arrived in Seattle to spend the weekend with Peter’s family. I went to the Seattle Space Needle for the first time! It was a really pretty day and I was lucky to be able to see the entire city! Later in the week I visited my sister, mom and dad and was able to celebrate my dad’s birthday with him! Most of the trip consisted of business and we had to squeeze family and friend time wherever we could. I’m really thankful that all of our friends and family were so understanding.

I met my girl friends at the Portland City Grill where we caught up. It was a nice evening! I was happy to see that although they were all pretty much the same, they were all doing very well and seemed happy! I missed them a lot, but everything seemed relaxed and normal and it felt like we had just seen each other last week.

Peter and I survived our first road trip together when we drove across Oregon to Eastern Oregon and Idaho. Our entire time spent in Portland was COLD and rainy. Everyone kept telling us, “Oh but last week it was so hot, I don’t know what happened.” Now that we’ve adjusted to island weather, anything below 80 degrees is COLD! So as you can imagine we were freezing the entire trip. I didn’t have any  cold weather clothes with me so I borrowed things from family. Half way through our road trip, the Oregon scenery changed to desert and the sun was shining so bright. We went back to my hometown to visit with my dad. I was so happy. I couldn’t imagine ever leaving again. I jumped out of the car as soon as we arrived and my dad was waiting outside for us. I felt overcome with a lot of emotions, but mostly I was just joyous! Home sweet home.

My dad’s house was under construction so it was an interesting week. Other than that everything went smoothly. He cooked Spanish food for us, took us out to the desert, we visited the Owyhee hot springs and taught Peter how to shoot a rifle and shotgun. Peter and I went to Boise and found the Record Exchange where we bought tons of used CDs. Later we went to the Senior Citizen Center dance and I danced with my dad while Peter danced with the ladies haha. On the weekend my grandmother celebrated her 80th birthday that turned into a family reunion. My aunts hired a Mariachi band to serenade my grandmother, which brought her to tears. We ate tons of delicious Mexican food, danced and talked. Peter met nearly my entire family on my mom’s side. They all said, “Oh what a handsome boyfriend you have!” I guess they approve of him 🙂

Throughout my trip I was sad. I knew that each day brought me closer to my departure back to Guam. I love Guam a lot. But if I have to give it up and be cold for the rest of my life just to be near my sister, mom and dad, then I will. That’s what I realized on my trip. I don’t want to miss out on anything else and I want to enjoy my life with my family. I can always come back to Guam when I’m older. I’m not leaving anytime soon, I just know that my goal is to move closer to home ❤

Internet, Emails from Mom and Going Home

Finally, after a week without internet I’m back! Initially I was signed up with MCV Broadband for internet, that didn’t work out so I tried IConnect’s new 4G internet and it was AWFUL! The device wouldn’t charge while it was being used and the internet connection was slow. So, a few days ago I had GTA come out and install internet and it has been the best so far! Pretty much all internet on Guam is slow, but I think GTA’s the best. I’m just glad to be connected again. Being so far away from my family and friends is hard so emailing regularly makes the distance easier.

As you have probably heard, North Korea has been causing a ruckus lately and many people on Guam are afraid that we will be their target. So, it’s no surprise that I woke up to an email from my worrisome mom asking me to come home immediately! I’m more afraid that a typhoon will hit Guam than North Korea’s threats.

Now for the exciting and good news! It has been a year and a half since I moved to Guam and I haven’t seen my family at all! Next month I will be going home! I am so excited! I haven’t been away from my family this long. I will be there for two weeks and will be in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. I miss my parents and sister so much and am looking forward to eating a TON! I’m not looking forward to flying for so many hours. I get a bit nervous, which is odd because I’ve traveled quite a bit. Some people tell me to drink wine on the plane to calm my nerves, but are there any other tips out there to ease the anxiety?

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