Hong Kong! Yes, our family is packing up and heading overseas next month. My husband landed a new job with an opportunity to live in China and we jumped on it. We’ve always dreamed of living abroad and now’s the time to make it happen. We are committed to living there for 2.5 years but can stay longer if we choose.
I have so many thoughts on all of this that I’m not even sure where to begin. I’m excited and terrified all at the same time. Yet, something deep down says this is the best next step for us.
Although Hong Kong wouldn’t necessarily be my first choice of places to live, I’m intrigued by learning a new culture and enjoying all the area has to offer in terms of food, history, landscape and an international community. I’m also very happy to be able to travel to so many other exotic locations in close proximity. And mostly I’m pumped to expose my children to the world at such a young age.
On the flip side I’m nervous about navigating a new city with two kids in tow, not having my creature comforts and leaving all my people behind. Which has me thinking about whether or not I can be happy living in a place that is so different from what I know. Can I be content without the luxuries of American life? Will being together as a family be enough to sustain our well-being no matter where we are on the map? Can I remain strong, calm and patient amidst all this change? I guess only time will tell and if I don’t go and find out I’ll always have wondered.
I’m quite curious about our future after this Hong Kong adventure. Will we want more travel and become expats for an extended period of time? Or will we come home to Oregon and never want to leave again? Not something to worry about now and I’m trying really hard to not have any expectations as to how this will shape and change us as individuals and as a family. One thing I do know is that it’ll be an experience of a lifetime!
Obviously, getting a family organized to move across the world is no small feat and that’s why I’ve been really behind on posting blogs. So, I forced myself to sit down and get this out before time gets away from me and I fail to keep you updated. This will most likely be my last blog for a bit.
Our upcoming transition is going to be challenging in many ways so I’m not putting pressure on myself to throw work into the already complex experience. Therefore, I’m going to put The Sideways Approach on hold for a few months until I can come up for air and reassess my goals. At the least I want to keep blogging because I’m certain that this new chapter’s going to provide lots and lots of good content to write about.
In the meantime you can follow our family’s travels on IG at @explore.moorewhere we’ll be posting lots of pictures and updates documenting the realistic highs and lows of our journey in Asia.
If anyone’s been to Hong Kong and has advice good or bad please post in the comments. Or if you have experience traveling internationally with children and can share parent hacks please do so below.