So much for my editorial calendar, dear readers - my posting schedule this month has been turned a bit upside down! I've got the visa update being published tomorrow, I promise, plus the results of my survey on Thursday. Hold me to that, okay?
I knew I couldn't move today's post, though, because it's time for Belinda and Bailie's Expat Q&A! As I mentioned in a recent post about being an expatriate, missing experiences with family and friends back home can be the hardest part of living far away, but the prompts for this encouraged me to reexamine my years living in London through the lens of what those I'd left in the States might be missing by not being part of the life I was making abroad.
How do your family and friends back home perceive your new life and is it accurate?
Do you find the need to edit your life from friends and family?
I asked my sister about her thoughts on the first part of the first question above, and here's what she said:
I thought it was great you followed your heart over to London. Cell phones and email have made it easier to stay in touch so I didn't feel like you were that far away, but I was always glad you had Jon's family. I think it was a great learning experience and adventure for you, obviously easier to say in retrospect - hearing some of the frustrations and struggles at the time, of being away from family and trying to figure out your life with Jon, when he was fresh out of college but you already had a few years of life under your belt - I knew that you were growing and being pushed out of your comfort zone which I think would be the desired result of any experience abroad.Well, yeah, that sounds about right to me! So I guess the answer to the rest of question 1 is yes and the answer to question 2 is no. Though my mom would have probably preferred me to edit a bit more - I called her just as often when I was in London as if I were still in DC! I think she was hoping the umbilical cord wouldn't stretch over the Atlantic...