Thursday, January 03, 2013

It's a New Year

I was asked to write something on New Year's resolutions for A Life Overseas, a communal blog to which I am a contributor. Read here what I wrote.

2012 will go down in history as one of my favorite years: This time a year ago, I had no idea yet what would be next. But in the past 12 months, I completed my dissertation successfully, got the job with Compassion, moved to Thailand, graduated, and traveled several thousands of miles: from SA to the US, US to Indonesia, Indonesia to the US, US to Korea and Thailand, Thailand back to the US, US back to Thailand, and back to the US again, and back to Thailand, then to the Philippines, back to Thailand, and I ended the year back in South Africa.

Although 2013 won't include major milestones like graduation and an international move, it will undoubtedly include much travel. Tomorrow, I fly to India for work. Next month, I'll be in the Philippines and Bangladesh. And so continues the journey.

I've learned to travel much lighter, and my prayer is for the same to be true to my life in general: That I would continue to travel in such a way that I'm not too overwhelmed to embrace new opportunities, make new friends, see new places, take new photos, learn new words, acquire new skills, and shed more burdens that hinder me from doing the aforementioned things.

May 2013 hold amazing new opportunities for you and yours, too.


  1. Hi Adele. This is Lana who often comments at a Life Overseas. How is this hot season going for you? I know CM well, and I can speak Thai although I am not living in Tland anymore. Just wanted to say that you are inspiring. I am beginning my masters degree now, and somehow still want to get a PhD for fun. Yet I also remain passionate about missions and travel. Hard to see the two together, but thanks for being awesome.

    1. Hi Lana,

      I am blessed with great AC and spend most of the hot part of the day indoors, so hot season's going OK for me! Hey, if you're passionate about missions and travel, join the Doulos ship!! :)

      Did you live in Thailand long? What did you do here?

      Good luck on your studies. Thanks for saying hi.