Life Updates: New Country, New Job, New Me?


It’s been a hot minute since I’ve last written anything for this blog. Eight months, to be exact. And it's not like I haven't been doing anything. In fact, I've done a whole lot (and I'm kind of bummed that I didn't write about it!). Between when I last posted in February and now, I've shown three groups of family/friends around Japan, visited family in Montana, spent a week on a beach in Malaysia, ticked off my final major region of Japan, finished my contract on JET, and moved to Kuala Lumpur.

Wait, what? 

Yeah, for all my talk about how much I love KL and how it felt like home the first time I visited, I never thought I'd make this move either - not this soon, anyway. And yet, here we are. 

But why didn’t I write anything sooner? Well, I tried. I’ve started and stopped several posts over the last few months, but nothing really seemed to stick. I tell myself it’s because I’ve been busy freelancing (which I have), need a new direction (which I do), or just that nobody cares (not true, right?). But mostly I think I’ve just been lazy.

So this is me trying to break out of this funk and get my booty back to writing for me. And to kick it off, here are a few new things in my life right now (I’ll consider going back and writing about all those missed events later).

Living in KL

I’ve been here since August, and, not counting the trips I’ll be taking every few months, I plan on being here for the foreseeable future. Granted, at this point, the future is shrouded in a thick blanket of smog, and the immensity of “foreseeable future” should be taken with a grain of salt.

I plan on getting into my exact reasons why later on, but long story short, living in KL allows me to have the standard of living I want at a price point that I can afford. Especially since I no longer have regular income (which is terrifying).

Freelance Writing

I had a great work setup in Japan. With 20 days of paid vacation plus all of the school breaks off, I could basically come and go as I pleased. After two years of being spoiled like that, I didn’t want to give up that freedom for a traditional office job once I finished JET. Hence, freelancing!

I’m not doing any one thing in particular, but all of my jobs so far have had me working with words (surprise, surprise). Most commonly, I’ve been editing other peoples’ writing as well as ghostwriting. I’m having a ton of fun and get to learn a lot about topics I might have never even thought about otherwise. Some of my past and current clients include a life coach, a neuroscientist, an interior designer, and an endurance sports researcher. 

I’m still learning how to market myself and really get this business going (have you noticed the new website?), but for now, I’m pretty optimistic. If you or anyone you know needs writing services, hit me up!

Help, I’m lost

That’s not to say that everything’s been a walk in the park. As hard as it is to admit, this transition has been pretty tough. Freelancing means that I’m largely working from home. And while that itself isn’t a problem, it also means that I don’t have the built-in social interaction of a traditional workplace. I like to call myself a strong, independent woman, but even strong, independent women get lonely sometimes too.

There’s also this huge pressure from my student loans to make a certain amount of money each month. So far it’s been fine, and I’m making it work without much problem. But knowing that work isn’t steady yet and that I do have real financial obligations does get to my head sometimes.

I’m doing my best to use these insecurities and fears to propel myself into growth as much as possible while letting myself understand that it’s okay to not have everything completely under control. To be honest, it’s been a while since I’ve had a real reason to work toward something, and it really does feel good to have direction again.

Anyways, thanks for sticking around, and I promise there will be new content here on a more regular basis ♡